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October 14, 2018
Use Your Best Scraps for Quilts that Sing from Gefilte Quilt

I recently finished this commissioned quilt, a gift for a singer-songwriter. This artist's lyrics are full of natural imagery - I listened to loads of them on Youtube before designing this.

What also served me well was a lesson that took me years to learn: To make a beautiful quilt, start with beautiful fabric. 

I know, guilds are always doing "ugly fabric" challenges - but the exceptions only prove the rule. Fun, funny, interesting can be done easily with hideous fabric. But if you need beautiful, on deadline, pull out the good stuff.

In the background of this piece, the light ...

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From Tree to Shining Tree (With 3 Tips) from Gefilte Quilt

In our last installment, I showed off a commissioned tree-themed quilt. Sending it to its new owner broke my heart! It also lacked buttons. So I rapidly made the following three quilts, each about 15" square. A winter tree:

An autumnal tree (or maybe a summer citrus?)
Can you find the bra clip?
 Next: Winter again? The trunk is white.
But the leaves are green, so let's call it early spring!
The trunk is Jane Austen text so I added a metal heart charm (the text below it says "heart is really attached")...
...and a squirrel from the cake-decorating ...

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October 13, 2018
Thankful Wreath Quilt with Sweet Peas from Clever Chameleon

Give Thanks Always wreath quilt concept by Clever Chameleon

Tuesday and a half ago, I said I was starting on a thanksgiving-themed wall quilt in Blossom Batiks – Splash fabrics. It’s getting there…..

Blossoms Batik Splash fabrics by RJR at Clever ChameleonWhen my samples of Blossom Batiks – Splash fabrics from RJR arrived in the post, the first thing they reminded me of was sweet pea flowers. Probably because my hubby’s Gran used to grow sweet peas every year, in colours not dissimilar to these. Blue-green leaves and two-tone purple flowers.

And as it turns out, this was a very helpful association to have. Because, as well as the October Beary Colourful bears, I had promised RJR ...

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October 2, 2018
Blossom Batiks Splash: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Blossom Batiks Splash color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Teal with red-violet and blue-violet. Now I’m inspired!

Have you seen these recent fabrics from RJR Fabrics? Today’s colour board is created from this really beautiful subset of the current RJR Blossom Batiks – Splash collection. Aren’t they glorious?

These colours are consuming a lot of my attention at the moment. Hopefully you’ve caught up with yesterday’s release of the tenth bear in the Beary Colourful BOM…. and saw the blue-violet RJR fabrics used there.  Of course, September’s bear was red-violet. And November’s will be teal. But that’s not where my current obsession ...

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October 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Special Treats Blue-Violet Bear from Clever Chameleon

Blue-Violet Bear of Special Treats appliqué by Clever Chameleon

Healthy Choices Red-Violet Bear made his debut last month…… but what of his non-identical twin, Blue-Violet Bear? Of course, he must be October’s Bear….. the Blue-Violet Bear of Special Treats!

Blue-Violet Bear comes straight after Red-Violet Bear, just like dessert after a healthy meal! You know you want him! He says that after you have taken Healthy Choices Bear’s advice and been good to your body, you should also ignore him and spoil yourself occasionally.

Special Treats Bear is the reminder that “sometimes foods” are actually okay to have sometimes…. after all they are not called “never foods ...

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September 27, 2018
Big Sale This Weekend! from Cultured Expressions

Hey Everyone!

As I promised last week while packing for Santa Fe, this week Cultured Expressions has some interesting specials, so you can stock up and stay busy while I prepare to leave town again (somebody has to do this backbreaking work…)

Cutting to the chase, enjoy these savings now thru Saturday, Sept 29 (in-studio), or Sunday, Sept 30 (online and Virtual visits).

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Read the full newsletter here

And please remember that we’ll be CLOSED Oct 14 thru 13, 2018.

The studio reopens with regular hours on Wed, Oct. 17 from 4-8pm, with our Winter workshop schedule.  We’re ...

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September 25, 2018
Wishing Star: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Wishing Star colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

How the blazes did it get to Tuesday again?

No matter. That just means it’s time to party again! Woo hoo, I love this time I set aside each week  to really delve into what others have been up to.

On my side of the fence…… there has been much quilty activity in my sewing room. Sadly, most of it can’t be revealed to you just yet. But I did make a bookmark we can talk about. </p>
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September 22, 2018
Seeing StarsIsland Batik Ambassador September challenge has me... from Living Water Quilter

Seeing Stars

Island Batik Ambassador September challenge has me star struck!  LOL


The blues of Alpine Ice and yellows of Dear William collections(provided by Island Batik) are featured in the mini star quilt.


Piecing perfect star was easy with Quilt In A Day’s Triangle in a Square .


The mini star quilt is perfect for featuring my new ruler quilting design.  I like seeing a design in different setting. Above, the same design is on a wholecloth quilt and my new star panel, Starburst.


Here are before and after photos of the design in the star mini quilt. The ...

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September 18, 2018
Aurora Star Revisit: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Aurora Star color scheme from Clever Chameleon

Today I have for you a recycled idea and a brand new quilt!

Starstruck theme by Island BatikFor September, the theme for the Island Batik Ambassador projects is “Starstruck”. This theme immediately and happily put me in mind of a quilt design I conceived for Colour Inspiration Tuesday last November. Finally, I had a reason to put “Aurora Star” at the top of the ideas-to-play-with priority queue. Then, noticing that it’s now Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Week,  I found the extra motivation I needed to get a quilt finish on the table asap. Literally. Ha! There’s a filthy big clue to what I ...

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September 12, 2018
Welcome to My House blog hop from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Carol, who blogs HERE is hosting another great blog hop. . . this one is all about houses:

I am so happy that I was able to participate in this hop. . . .but, I will admit, I had hoped to be further along with my project than I got.

However, we all know that life has a way of getting in the way of fun times. . . but I am further ahead that what I was a week ago, so that is a plus.

I am making a birdhouse quilt; here is the one block that I have finished (except for the entry hole ...

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September 8, 2018
Meet and Greet Event from Quilting & Learning

Quilters' Meet and Greet Event

2018 Online Quilters' Meet & Greet
For quilter's participating in the 2018 Online Quilters' Meet & Greet and to my loyal readers

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September 7, 2018
Show and Tell Friday from Clever Chameleon

Royal Adelaide Show handicrafts

Show and Tell Day! Lots of show-standard handicraft eye-candy, the winners from my Island Batik blog hop contest revealed and a quilted postcard all in one glorious crafty post today!

I haven’t had any sewing time this week, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been super busy with lots of things quilt and craft related. Join me today in congratulating the clever winners who named my dragonfly quilt on my stop of the Island Batik Great Outdoors blog hop. See the postcard mini-quilt I sent Jeanette for her win from our Teddy Bear’s Picnic. And also ...

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September 6, 2018
Progress for 6and6in2018 and all that... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

has happened in the last six weeks has halted some progress, but I'm quite pleased at what I did manage to achieve.  After the medical hassles mentioned last I managed to get a bladder infection and then react afterwards to the antibiotics.  Ho hum, it goes like that sometimes.  Now it's onward and upwards I reckon.

So I have managed to make some progress on Danielle's quilt which only needs the 5.5 inch and 3.5 inch HST's made.  Unfortunately, because I have changed the initial direction for the fabrics in this quilt I felt ...

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September 3, 2018
Funky Mountain Landscape Quilt Finished from Quilting & Learning

Funky Mountain Landscape Art Quilt

It's done! I have to admit that I'm surprised that I finished it in time for the August One Monthly Goal (OMG) deadline.

As I mentioned in a previous post, this funky mountain landscape quilt is for Joe's graduation and her first apartment. Joe is one of my daughter's friends, and a real sweetheart :-)

Funky Mountain Landscape Quilt is finally finished!
I really enjoyed working with the batiks. It adds some great colour to a traditional landscape.

Thread sketching the mountains

This is the photo that started it all. It was ...

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September 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Healthy Choices Red-Violet Bear from Clever Chameleon

Red-Violet Bear of Healthy Choices appliqué by Clever Chameleon

Today we truly have a Berry Colourful Bear to add to our Beary Colourful family. Please welcome the Red-Violet Bear of Healthy Choices!

Red-Violet Bear is so bursting full of health and vitality you could probably catch a wellness from this guy! He chooses good healthy food full of vitamins and antioxidants. He chooses clean air, drinks lots of water, exercises regularly. And he knows that treats are only “sometimes foods”. If there is a healthy choice to be made, Red-Violet Ted is all over it like a rash. He is of course too perfect to be true, and can ...

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August 31, 2018
Moroccan and Maple Leaf Quilts from Charm About You

It's back to work around here and, before I shower you with talk of the new makes, I want to share these quilts I made earlier this month. These featured as part of a 'trip around the world' theme on Sewing Quarter.

This design has a Moroccan tile influence, the colours and patterns give a rich jewel vibe too. The pops of pink add another dimension and create an interesting pattern themselves. It's a simple block I created using Creative Grids rulers. An important step in my quilt making process is to lay out all the blocks before ...

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August 24, 2018
August OMG - Funky Landscape from Quilting & Learning

I like participating in Elm Street Quilts’ One Monthly Goal (OMG) because it helps me review my commitments for the month as well a sorting out details such as what and when I will post.

Funky Mountain Landscape

I first mentioned this project on February 4th of this year. My famous last words "My goal for To-Do Tuesday this week is to start on this quilt by auditioning fabrics. If it's going to be a funky landscape, I'm thinking that some colourful batiks could be cool." At least I can say that it will be batiks but my ...

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August 23, 2018
Scott Hansen Tie One On from Terificreations's Weblog

One of the reasons going to Quilt Market with either the Magazine or on my own is so important is getting to see the new fabric lines, and new designers. With the eclectic flair and unique color sensibilities Scott Hansen, my predecessor as Community Editor, has designed Tie One On with Banyan Batiks, due out… Continue reading Scott Hansen Tie One On

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Fabulous Freebies – Quilt Binding Resources and a Free Appliqué Pattern from Clever Chameleon

Have a Really Great Fall appliqué pattern at Clever Chameleon

Today is the fourth day of the Fabulous Freebies blog hop. Isn’t that Great!?! 

This is the hop where we get to tell you about our favourite online quilting freebies….. resources we have found or written in the past and still love now. And there are plenty of new freebies going around too! This generous hop is hosted by the very interesting, funny and talented Joan of Moosestash Quilting. If you are not already a regular at Joan’s you are missing out, not just on fun quilting banter, but her unique garden and her adorable kittens too. Do ...

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August 22, 2018
Looming Up A Storm from Eric the Quilter


I loomed a lovely scarf with fabric strips for both the warp and the weft. I know… I’m a rebel!

The warp was some left over quilt backing, and the warp was strips of batik fabric I had chilling in a bag waiting to be used… Well, I found a project for them!

I’ll post pictures of the finished scarf later this week! I just have to unpack it!!!

Follow the jump for more pictures! 

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