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September 5, 2019
Fancy Fox Quilt Top Done! from The Quilt Yarn

Made a concentrated effort to finish off the Fancy Fox quilt top. Don't know about you but it always takes me a moment to really get familiar with a pattern, so the first few blocks are always a bit out in measurement and I usually still try to work out which way I am going to press the seams. After having done a few I then could go over to chain piece elements together.

On the weekend I did the remaining 9 blocks chain piecing the segments in one hit. These last 9 blocks were much better in accuracy ...

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August 28, 2019
X MARKS THE SPOT from That's Sew Kerry

Treasure Hunt 

Treasure Hunt Block Tutorial

12.5" finished block
This block is part of the great series by Blossom Hearts Quilts called The Bee Hive there are 12 blocks in the series, all completely free. The template for this block can be found here.

A1 and A4 2 1/4" x 9 1/2" 
A2 and A5 2 1/4" x 7"      
A3 and A6 2 1/4" x 4"

4 of each is needed to make one complete 12.5" block.


This block is put together in 4 units very simply by foundation paper piecing.

I ...

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August 20, 2019
SCRAP BUSTING from That's Sew Kerry

No Scrap Left Behind

This is something I actually started quite a while ago, the center or main body of the quilt is a simple Jelly Roll quilt but is a very effective and rather quick way to rustle up a fairly decent sized quilt in a couple of hours.

You will need a full Jelly Roll, unroll it and layout all the pairs of colours/prints so you can easily see what you've got to work with. Then sew every strip end to end so you have one extremely long, continuous length of fabric measuring 2.5" wide ...

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May 29, 2019
My First Time on the Sewing Machine from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello makers,

The last few days, I’ve decided to tackle something I never thought I would try (at least by myself)... sewing on the sewing machine. As a kid, my grandma loved to sew but she never used a sewing machine, everything she ever did was by hand, and she passed those skills down to me. Growing up, she would have me sit next to her on her bed, set down a pile of socks, shirts, pants, anything with holes, and have me sew up the holes to practice. I really enjoyed that time with my grandma, it was ...

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May 28, 2019
I Might Have Started a New Project?!? from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Yep, there is something taking over the design wall in my studio!
Inspired by Jessie Fincham's (aka @messyjessy1 on Instagram) tutorial on piecing a Scrappy Irish Chain (HERE) and . . . . . . 
. . . . . . my bulging basket of 2 1/2" squares, I launched a modified version a couple weeks ago.
My modification is that my blocks are 7 by 7 squares (her's are 9 by 9) and
I'm setting scrappy dark greens squares to criss-cross each block on the diagonals.
There are white squares (the background fabric) in the #4 position around the outside edges and everything else is scrappy, scrappy ...

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May 14, 2019
~ Assembly Line Sewing ~ from Podunk Pretties

Most non quilting people think quilters are patient.  That couldn't be farther from the truth.  As a quilter I know just how impatient I and other quilters can be.  I mean really lets be honest.  Almost  all of us have a drawer stuffed full of UFO's or WIP.  Why does this happen?   Could it be we lack patience?  Well of course!  We can't wait to start the next project.  We will give excuses for our lack of commitment to a project.  But really it all boils down to we don't have the patience to stay with ...

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February 15, 2019
Hybrid Piecing from Quilt Obsession

Pink Unit IMG_2750wtmk

I need to make 10 of these for the next round of my Dance of the Poinsettias – which is now the name of my Can Can quilt, thanks to a comment left on my last post!

I really am enjoying making this top but I wanted to see if I could speed it up with some hybrid piecing. This little pink and white unit is perfect for that.

Machine pieced pink skinny diamonds IMG_2733wtmk

The centre two skinny pink diamonds are machine pieced.

Machine pieced white large diamonds IMG_2731wtmk

As are the pairs of two larger white diamonds that are on either side of the unit.

Pnk unit laid out for hand piecing IMG_2734wtmk

The piecing that’s left to ...

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February 5, 2019
Production Line Piecing from The Quilt Yarn

I am on to my next baby quilt. I already constructed one quilt, then found out the couple were expecting twins, so committed to do a second one in a different colour way. Well, I thought that I have got heaps of time...expected arrival is set for April! However, as I am hearing it, those babies are in a hurry...definitely is not going to be April. The expectant mum is currently in hospital being monitored. I reckon another few weeks and they are going to be arriving.

So I had to spring into action. Nothing better than a ...

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July 11, 2018
You Know You’re a Quilter If… (And Winners!) from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! It was so much fun to read the comments yesterday to discover where YOU are from! We’re certainly a cosmopolitan group! WINNERS Congratulations to Helen S. from Assisi, Italy-YOU are the winner of an electronic copy of 180 … Continue reading

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June 14, 2018
How to Chain Piece Quilt Blocks – FREE Beginner Quilting Videos and Pattern from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Once you get the hang of it, sewing and quilting is very relaxing and enjoyable. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want to speed up the process. After all, how are you going to make all the quilts that you are dreaming of in your head if each one takes forever to piece?

That is where chain piecing comes in and I show you how to do it in today’s video. With chain piecing, you sew like pieces together all at once without breaking your thread. This method saves time, because instead of sewing each block individually ...

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March 4, 2018
Deep Saturday Thoughts from 120 Blocks

Chain piecing has its disadvantages. It is quick though. But if you make just one tiny mistake and don’t notice it until several pieces later, you have a long chain of mistakes. In my case, 35 blocks worth. In my … Continue reading

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November 29, 2017
Shocker - Quilter's Recipe Box Variation for Square in a Triangle from Pamela Quilts

Finally!  My block is done and I have time to create this post - it goes to show that I should have been working ahead, but it just didn't happen this month.  In honor of our crazy weekend I have named this block "Shocker":

It was so lovely to have sunshine in my studio this morning as I worked, and I love these bright and cheery fabrics (provided by Island Batik).

This block uses four different fabrics - here are the cutting requirements - for this one I will simply call them by the colors I used:

Blue:  two 3 7/8 ...

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November 20, 2017
MeTime from On The Go Quilting

You might not remember but I started working on a Pineapple Block quilt when I was at Quilt Retreat in October.  I may, or may not, have shared photos.

Yesterday afternoon was MeTime.   Yes, no laundry, no cleaning, no cooking but MeTime.  MeTime is when I do exactly what I want to do — for ME.  You might think I have a lot of MeTime but it seems like there is always laundry time, cleaning time, cooking time, meeting time, out-to-eat time, and it just goes on and on.  I don’t call working on projects for others MeTime.

I’ve ...

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October 20, 2017
MODERN MAN SAMPLER from That's Sew Kerry

The Sequel...

Rather embarrassingly I started this quilt almost 2 years ago even though I had a set deadline life and many other things just got in the way and it sat on the side being ignored, you can see the beginning of the journey here but feeling newly motivated and with a new deadline for completion in mind, Modern Man Sampler currently looks like this 

This isn't anything like the final layout as I still have about another 17 blocks of varying sizes from 6" - 18" to go and I am also still in the process of trying ...

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October 10, 2017
STARTS AND FINISHES from That's Sew Kerry

An Animal Menagerie 

It feels like an age since I've had the time to sit down and share my thoughts and adventures, not for want of intention simply to much life going on! I've not been idol in fact far from it I seem to have quilts and ideas coming out my ears! 

I finished Grans Fancy Forest and thankfully it went down a treat, although the deliberate errors still really annoy me, Gran didn't mind them.

Not only has it made a great addition to the chair, but the spot has now been taken over for ...

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