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September 17, 2019
Wishful Thinking: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Wishful thinking colour board at Clever Chameleon

I’ve been doing some Wishful Thinking…..

Child's Play icon with Island Batik

This month’s Island Batik Ambassador challenge has caused me lots and lots of thinking and sketching; drafting and redrafting. My task is to create a 45″ x 60″ or larger quilt for a child or a teen using the AccuQuilt Cleopatra’s Fan block die. They call this innocent-sounding little challenge “Child’s Play”.

Child’s Play?! “Rocket Science” is more like it! </p>
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September 16, 2019
Introducing my Exit Strategy from Quilting & Learning

In the spirit of anticipation, celebration and learning, I am starting a new project.


In less than 3 years and 2 months, I will be 60! People are generally not eager to grow older, but I believe that the perks of age and wisdom more than make up for the laugh lines and grey hair (which I've had for over 15 years anyway!)

60 will begin the next phase of my life - Fibre Artist!

So, how am I going to get ready for the fibre artist phase of my life without living in the future? Well, pretty ...

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September 8, 2019
Kingfisher Stitch-Along quilt top finished from Quilting & Learning

Kingfisher Stitch-Along quilt top 

It's done! About a year late, but it's done....well at least the quilt top is done

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September 5, 2019
Riddle Me This from Appalachian Quilts

I've seen a lot of posts on social media where a quilt was given as a gift and no "Thank You" was received.  Recently, someone posted that she had given a couple a quilt as a wedding gift and had received no acknowledgement.  In her words (loosely), there was no thank you, no why did you give us this thing, no I don't like it.....nothing.  Now the couple is pregnant and she is wondering if she should make them a baby quilt.

By definition, a gift is just that - it is something that we give without any ...

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August 31, 2019
Batik Jelly Roll Quilt from Thread My Bobbin

I've made a start on a few projects this week, including a purple batik jellyroll quilt. Last year I bought some batik jelly rolls when they were half price.      I hadn't sewn batik or used jelly rolls before so I started with a simple pattern I saw on You Tube. Five strips are sewn together and then cut into squares. Then take two squares with stripes in opposite directions and sew right

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August 19, 2019
Only 115 blocks left on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks link up (Week 242).

Only 115 blocks left to FMQ

Batik king-sized bed quilt
I don't think that you've seen this beauty since 2016! In July of that year, I only had 146 blocks left to quilt out of 169 (13 x 13).

I haven't posted about this project since then but I have photos from April 2018 of a few blocks that I FMQ at the time.

This is the king-sized quilt.

I counted the quilted blocks - from the back of the quilt, since that was much easier! That's when ...

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July 8, 2019
A Sparkle Jane Project from Wedding Dress Blue

Daughter, known as Sparkle Jane, is also having a productive sewing summer.


This is a project she started and put away a few years ago.  As sometimes happens, it was time to get it out and make a decision.  The funny thing is that both of us thought of it as a dark, slightly depressing, quilt.  It isn’t!  She was able to quickly finish and assemble the top.


Next step is finding the perfect backing fabric.

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July 2, 2019
4 patches from Making A Lather

I've made another 50 four patches -only 212 to go. These are for sand castles quilt in Bonnie Hunters book. I have the string piecing done, and I am slowly building four patches as leader/ enders.

I have been moving my batik fabrics to the new bookcases. I had more than I thought. I suspected that about all my fabric, which is why I needed more/better storage.

I am linking to:

chameleon color linky

Oh scrap

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July 1, 2019
Not Prizewinning Quilts - Quilts that ARE the Prize! from Gefilte Quilt

Do you belong to an organization that gives out awards? If so,  please consider hiring a quilter to make them! 

OK, it's a selfish idea - I'm seeking full employment for myself and quilters everywhere - but I'm also thinking of the well-being of the awardees. A wall quilt makes a room cozier than a cold, hard  plaque. Plus in case of earthquake, quilts falling off the walls are significantly less of a concussion risk. (I'm not paranoid, I live in California!) 

To tell the truth, I never thought about making awards - until early this year, when a ...

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June 26, 2019
Scrap Challenge and more from Grandma's Red Needle

Midsummer came and went, can you believe we are heading towards Christmas and New Year again?! 

I've been super busy and I'm not sure where to start. Quite a lot to share, I may share it into two posts. Why don't I post more often?! :) 
OK, let's start with the Advent Calendars.

 When I wrote the previous post, four Calendars were already quilted and the binding thread basted. A little progress; the 24 felt bags and a lined drawstring bag (to keep the felt bags) are completed. Next step is to add 'gold' metal rings (to ...

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June 23, 2019
Quiltsy Team Scrappy Spring Challenge and more from Grandma's Red Needle

'Winter' is definitely here to stay. Cooler days and nights, which I love, but still.... BRRRR! The change in weather has caused my sinus infection to flare up again; blocked nose, sinus headache and not feeling well enough to do much. I'm one of those who can't sit still, I have kept myself busy sewing, which include rests on the couch and hot chocolate to drink. Good thing I'm feeling better today.

The best way to keep my fingers warm is to get busy and sew. A couple of items make me sew excited and I wish ...

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June 12, 2019
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

This is going to be so many parts. I'm still working through my collection of batik fabrics. I didn't expect the hair to read as red as it does in this image but I really like it.
Building up the layers from the bottom.
I finished up the hair. 
I don't know if I would have picked these fabrics at the fabric store, but when you shop your collection of fabric you make do. 
The applique is finished. Next up will be the quilting. I'm going to let her hang so I can think ...

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June 10, 2019
Wear Your Quilt Show on Your Head (or Your Kids' Heads) from Gefilte Quilt

Last week, I taught a class in making small Jewish caps at a fabulous Canadian needlework conference. That got me thinking about a different style of hat that I haven't made in a while - quilted pillbox hats.

I originally designed them as "Bukharan"-style yarmulkes, but they turned into a canvas for fiber art creativity, including quilting and applique. Thinking about them again, a couple of weeks ago inspired me to look up my old photos on the computer. The photos were bad - cameras weren't as good and/or I had no idea what I was doing ...

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June 3, 2019
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

It's been a month since I first shared this project with you. You can read the May 1st post here. I finally decided it was time trace the design onto my background fabric and start gluing pieces in place. I use Elmer's Liquid School Glue to attache the applique pieces. Full list of supplies at the bottom of the post. 
I wanted to break up the tail into several sections and work through several colors. 
Here is the tail cut and laid out before gluing. 
I would pick the one pieces I wanted to be in ...

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May 5, 2019
Rainbow from Espritpatch

A long while ago, I signed up for a workshop with Jacqueline de Jonge to make one of her fabulous pattern. I picked the Enchanted Stars pattern. Next step was to assemble a beautiful rainbow of fabric for this massive project!

Before the class we were advised to cut all the pieces (and there are loads!) to save time. I dutifully did and ended up with lots of pretty colourful trimmings
The workshop was on Friday and Saturday. The quilt is labour intensive and requires a lot of precision with so many points and spikes. All the peaks and flying ...

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May 3, 2019
Break time with improv piecing from Quilting & Learning

It's DrEAMi! (Drop Everything And Make It!) or Squirrel time again with Sandra at mmm quilts.

Policeman and black squirrel in High Park, [Toronto, Ont.], 10 Nov., 1917
Photographer: Boyd, John, 1865-1941
Library and Archives Canada (see Related links below)
Improv piecing

When I'm up against a deadline, I usually need some serious procrastination time! Maybe it's to let my brain peculate while I distract myself, but what ever the reason, it happens almost every time.

To procrastinate, I've read 3 books in a series (I suspect that they were short but who knows when it ...

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Wall Hanging Progress and New Blocks from Grandma's Red Needle

Where did the first months of this year go?! May already and the Southern Hemisphere is heading towards 'winter'. We've got a touch of 'winter' already; temperatures dropped 5-6 degrees C beginning this week. After a very hot summer, the 'winter' climate suits me better. I'm warning you; soon I'll be complaining about the cold weather! LOL

Not much new has happened on the sewing table, except I've been busy working intensively on one item; the NYB / sunflower wall hanging

More progress after I took this photo. Yesterday I finished quilting the eight 'sunflowers ...

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May 1, 2019
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this idea for a while now. A somewhat crazy idea.

I printed this hand embroidery design from Urban Threads poster-size because I want to use applique to make a mermaid quilt. I went to YouTube to find a tutorial for raw edge applique. I found this one from Nancy, which was great, but with these big pieces I really wanted something that didn't mean I'd have to go shopping.
YouTube was kind enough to let me know that I might be interested in another video called: Raw Edge Applique using Freezer Paper & Elmer's Glue ...

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April 29, 2019
Fabric Shopping (and Food Eating) in Paris: Happy Accidents from Gefilte Quilt

We were in Paris for five days in early April, where my husband had to work and I could be a tourist. We came back two days before the Notre Dame fire, which I reflected on here. I also visited the St. Ouen flea market, chronicled here

I made no plans to visit fabric stores - with so little time, I figured I'd have to focus on major tourist sites. Plus, I already have waaaay too much fabric at home. 

But that's not how it worked out. 

The first place I accidentally found fabric was in the department store ...

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April 16, 2019
Pond Life – Colour & Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Grumpy Frog colour scheme at Clever Chameleon

Waaay more excited about my Pond Life baby quilt than this frog is!

Today I have been working on the Pond Life quilt that I introduced last Tuesday. Want to see how it’s going? And find out who is featured from last week’s link party? Well, read on, Macduff!

accuquilt challenge logo with Island Batik

What and Why is the Pond Life Quilt?

For April, the Island Batik Ambassadors have been set the challenge of using the Accuquilt Ready. Set. GO! system we received in January to make a baby quilt.

Ready Set GO cutter from accuquilt

The GO! Cutter is not a new-to-me toy. I bought one several years ...

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