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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 10, 2019
My Favourite Quilt Block Hop from Stitchin at Home

Thanks to Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks for running this fun hop.

 It was an easy decision as to what block I would be showing you today, Star blocks hands down. I like all stars the LeMoyne Star or Eight Pointed Star, the  Ohio Star, Sawtooth Star, Friendship Star to name just a few.
Star blocks are one of the most common patterns used in quilts. They are by far my favourite block.

Shall we look at a few.

Ohio Star

The Ohio Star is a nine-patch block made of quarter-square triangles around a central square, the Ohio Star ...

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August 31, 2019
Dear Jane blocks from Espritpatch

I have fallen behind the Dear Jane sew along very quickly... I know,  no surprises there! Making the blocks is not the most time consuming part actually, it's preparing them (cutting the pieces) that takes time. And so many times I have found that I ran out of prep time before travelling so I didn't have anything to sew while out and about.  Finally I was able to finish a few blocks over the last few weeks.

The first one I finished was G12, Gloriae (3 pieces, mainly reverse applique). This one had been prepared years ago

The ...

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August 24, 2019
Bee Inspired and the Quilt Con Charity Quilt Challenge from The Inquiring Quilter

As you might know I belong to an online bee known as Bee Inspired. Recently, one of our members asked if we’d like to participate in the Quilt Con Charity Quilt Challenge and of course I said yes!

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In a nutshell, as a group we are making a quilt for charity that will be shown at Quilt Con. The color palette this year is white/grey/black.

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The quilt design is up to us, but it must include text as an integral part of the design. We came up with a theme (You got this!) and quickly divided the ...

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August 17, 2019
It's officially finished!! lots of photos from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I said to myself - I'm not posting again until Danielle's quilt is finished because you would all be sick of getting updates showing so little progress.  Well, it is done and dusted and as I type it is winging its way up to Danielle in Te Awamutu.  Our youngest son and his family are going up to visit his siblings up that way, so he is loaded down with the quilt and five beanies for delivery!!!

I'm sure most of you think I have fallen off the planet as I didn't realise it had been quite ...

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July 5, 2019
Audrey's Quilt {C2C 2019} from Little Bunny Quilts

These blocks wrap up my commitment to the Coast to Coast traveling bee for 2019!

Audrey requested that we make blocks for a row quilt using white solid and Bonnie and Camille fabrics from the Happy-Go-Lucky line. She also asked that we pick blocks that remind us of our grandmothers.

Audrey made Granny Squares, Karen made Grandmother's fans, and Stephanie made Hungarian Posy blocks (a block she designed herself based on her grandmother's embroidery!)

For my blocks, I decided to go with -- baskets! The pattern I used was technically for an 8" block but I scaled it up ...

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Back Home {C2C 2019} from Little Bunny Quilts

My big blocks have returned to me, and now I have the very tough decision of how to finish this quilt.

Here are all four of my blocks together:

Top row: Stephanie's block, Audrey's block
Bottom row: my block, Karen's block

As a reminder, my blocks are 18.5" unfinished. My original thought was that I would just add navy solid as the sashing and borders so that the quilt blocks would float.

Now I'm wondering about doing something a little more spiffy. I need to do some math and see how much fabric I have ...

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June 8, 2019
Another UFO from Espritpatch

In Flicker's days, I used to be a hopeless joiner, signing up for all the bees and swaps I could find. I have stopped doing so a few years back when I realised that almost all the sewing I was doing was "for others". Although it was great and much fun to swap, exchange, get to know people, I needed to do something a little different. Also I soon realised that in most bees, you end up with 12 blocks (if you are lucky and everyone plays nicely along - almost never) or less... And those blocks are invariably not ...

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May 17, 2019
Going Patriotic and Christmas from Grandma's Red Needle

To all Norwegians worldwide: 


The last two weeks have been very busy. I've been out of the house almost every day, running errands here and there and only had time for sewing in the late afternoons / evenings. 

The Patriotic Mug Rugs in our shop sold out and I made a few new. For the back, I chose a red fabric with tiny flowers instead of the mottled flag red I've used earlier. 

I thought I was done with Patriotic quilts for awhile, but after searching the net for ...

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May 3, 2019
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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April 25, 2019
This and That from Grandma's Red Needle

Hello everyone! 
 I hope you all had a nice Easter. No public holidays here, just normal days for us. 

How are you doing and what have you been up to recently?
First days of this week have just flown away. Today is actually the first day this week I'm not going anywhere! It's raining too, so what's better than playing with some fabrics and a little bit sewing?! 

Thanks for your comments on the daisy blocks! Since my previous post, I played around a little bit and decided to make three more blocks of each and turn ...

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April 24, 2019
A fresh start in coral from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone!  I hope you're having a good week!  I am super-duper busy because I don't know if you've noticed, but it's about to be May.  May! We are racing toward the end of the semester and it's just getting away from me.  So many things to finish, so little time!

The only logical response to all of this is to start a new quilt, right? Over the last few days I started making the blocks for my quilt inspired by the Pantone Quilt Challenge.  Here is the first of my blocks:

It's a ...

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April 15, 2019
Bee Block Done! from The Inquiring Quilter

Regular readers know I belong to an online bee, Bee Inspired. Last year each member got to act as Queen and select a block for us to make her.

Well, one thing happened after another and I never got the last four blocks done. I’m determined to get them done however and to prove that, here’s one of the blocks!

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This one is for Karen @ Tu-na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. The block is called Wanta Fanta, and you can find the pattern in here. The pattern is by Blossom Heart Quilts.

Karen wanted her block scrappy with bright ...

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April 8, 2019
Lots of Progress! (Photo Heavy) from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

I'm made a lot of progress over the past week.  About a month or so ago I made a baby quilt as a gift.  I posted a pic of it on my blog and facebook.  My SIL's mother wanted me to make 2 of them for her as gifts for twins of her niece.  They will be 2 yrs old this summer.  I added a border on these to make them a little bigger so they could use them for several years.  
 They ended up being 52" square.
 I quilted a simple stipple on them.
 I did the ...

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April 7, 2019
Week in Review / Some Finishes and WIPs from Grandma's Red Needle

It's late Sunday afternoon and time for a blog update. 
The sun is shining again today after a couple of days with heavy showers. The temperature has dropped 2-3 degrees (Celsius) and we do hope this is finally the beginning of 'winter'! This summer has been hot! Hot! Hot! More showers to come the coming days, meteo predicts, which is just perfect for indoor activities; quilting! 

In my previous post I mentioned a batik quilt top I was going to work on. As said so done and here it is in all its glory! Finished! 

I love how it ...

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March 30, 2019
Started a new one... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Thanks for the wonderful comments on my SIL's quilt.  :)  She gave it to my brother and he loved it.  :)

I worked on my applique block.  I had it ironed to the background but hadn't stitched around it.  I got all of the green done but not the tulips yet.  After I get this first block done I will prep another.
 While I was working on the applique Richard built a grape arbor for me!!!  He is just so awesome!!!  I love it!!!
 He's still on vacation and Thursday had some nice weather so we took the motorcycle ...

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March 25, 2019
3 More Blocks... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Here is a pic of my design wall last night. 
 After Church we had dinner at mom's then I came home and pieced a few blocks.  I am trying to catch up on my Lori Holt's Block-Along. 
 These fabrics are so not my normal but I'm really liking how they are all looking. 
 Then I moved on to this pretty red print block...
 Another view...
 This was the last one for the night. 
 They are all actually big blocks.
 Of course the purple tulips don't go in this quilt but the rest of the blocks do ...

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Scrappy Week from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I have been tootling away at some more scrappy hearts and hope to have about 20 to send away on Monday.  The response has been overwhelming.  Thanks everyone.
I finished another hat this week.  This one was for my friend Helen, and it was a lovely pattern called Irma by Aneta Gasiorowka, whose Ravelry username is agasi.  It took a little bit of brain work for me to get the hang of it and I was actually amazed that I managed it.  I've never unpicked so much before without chucking it in the corner and leaving it there forever ...

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March 20, 2019
Beautiful Cardinal Quilt from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Yesterday I quilted this beautiful customer quilt.  I just love it!  She did an awesome job piecing it too.  As I was quilting it I kept thinking that I needed one of those Cardinal panels.  I may end up buying one but then again who knows when I would have time to sew it up.  :)  Anyway...I enjoyed quilting this beauty. 
 We decided to use this quilting design because she didn't want the quilting to compete with the cardinals.  That's also another reason that I love Glide thread.  It's so fine that it doesn't take away ...

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#this is not us from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

My heart is still very heavy as I pen this quick post.  The tragedy that unfolded in our country on Friday 15th March has left a huge impact on our people.  50 precious New Zealanders lost their lives when cowardly shot down while praying in their Mosques while they were praying. These people should have been safe We have come together in ways never seen before and made us look long and hard at our own attitudes to races and religions.  It will take a long time for New Zealanders to process this.
I really liked what a Rabbi (on ...

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