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July 28, 2017
Orange, Orange and More Orange from Quilt Obsession

While I”ve gotten started on the next block, which is going to be orange, I’ve not managed to get much sewing done.

Orange pieceswtmk

In fact, this is about all there is to show so far – a little stack of pieces, waiting to be sewn together.

I’ve been busy working on what I think may be the groups of fabrics for another two orange flowers and choosing the purples for one more purple flower. Then I got to the pinks and got lost for hours, choosing fabrics that seemed just right for more pink flowers. I’ve not yet ...

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July 26, 2017
Anemone Ribbon Flower Block from Quilt Obsession

I’ve found some great websites over the past week or so with fabulous pictures of flowers and it has been to those websites that I refer when trying to name the blocks of my Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt. Particularly for this one …

Anemone Ribbon Flowerwtmk

… the Anemone Ribbon Flower block. And this is yet another variation. The variations with this block, depending on whether I use mirror shape images, different outer edge shapes, adding the bonus shape, fabric placement, etc. truly do seem endless!

Anemone Ribbon Flower backwtmk

The back of the Anemone Ribbon Flower. I’m really curious why the colour reads so differently ...

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July 24, 2017
Is It Half a Violet? from Quilt Obsession

I’ve got half of the next Ribbon Flower together – but I’m not sure yet just what flower it is. Is it a violet or clematis or verbena? Maybe salvia? Perhaps a pansy? I know it’s not wisteria, as I have the fabrics set aside for that – I think.

Half Purple Flowerwtmk

I can’t wait to see this one together as I think the effect with the dark shapes making up half the centre are going to give it a different look than any of the others.

It would have been finished but I spent tons of time on the ...

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July 21, 2017
The Periwinkle Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession

The next block for my Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt is complete. I got sidetracked so many times while I was making this one that it’s hard to describe!

Periwinkle Frontwtmk

But before I say a word about the distractions, the Periwinkle Ribbon Flower block.

Periwinkle Backwtmk

And from the back. I’ve graded all the seams except where the pieced flower is added to the background. Once again, I pressed the background in behind the flower as I decided I definitely like what that does to the look of the block.

What was distracting me? I kept looking for fabrics for the ...

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July 19, 2017
Slowly Growing Flower from Quilt Obsession

Half Periwinkle Blockwtmk

This is a very slowly growing flower. I had grand plans Monday afternoon of starting to sew it right away, with the thought I’d finish it yesterday. I got everything printed quickly. Then my plan went out the window.

First of all, we ended up out for hours on Monday, seeing a friend we hadn’t seen for ages. When we get together, we can talk for what seems like forever. So very little sewing got done Monday. And then yesterday, instead of sitting down and sewing, I got intent on finding just the right fabrics for more flowers ...

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July 17, 2017
The Iris Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession

When I was growing up, an iris was always the very first flower seen in the garden in the spring. After the months of drabness and seemingly endless days of grey skies that is our winter, that iris always seemed so rich and vibrant and such a wonderful burst of colour. When I started making the purple ribbon flower, it immediately made me think of that first iris of the spring.

Iris Ribbon Flowerwtmk

The iris ribbon flower from the front.

Back of Iris Ribbon Flowerwtmk

And the back. I have graded all but the seams of the background pieces. This time I decided to press the background ...

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July 14, 2017
Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt, Block 2 from Quilt Obsession

My new quilt in progress now has a working name – Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt. And while I’m still undecided about whether the very first Ribbon Flower block I made will go in this or the Peony Quilt, I know for sure where this one is going – in the new quilt in progress! I think I’m determined to try almost every variation I can using different fabric placement, using the bonus shape, et cetera.

Front of Pink Ribbon Flower blockwtmk

Block 2 – which is a study in pink! As of right now, I think each block will be a study in tones of one ...

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One paper pad, eight easy papercraft projects to try! from The Village Haberdashery

We have these totally lovely paper pads available in so many themes and motifs, but what should we make with them? The possibilities are endless but the super talented Laura Howard is here today to show us eight fun and easy papercraft projects you can make at home with just one pad! Take it away Laura!

Craft paper pads

Today I’m sharing some fun and easy ideas for crafting with paper and card.

Eight easy papercraft projects to try

This post was inspired by a range of gorgeous paper pads available from the Village Haberdashery’s shop. Each pad includes 30 sheets of co-ordinating paper and card (15 ...

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July 12, 2017
Ribbon Flower Unfolding from Quilt Obsession

I thought I’d have it finished by now, but not quite. There were a few changes I made which involved printing a few more shapes and it has slowed me down a bit.

Ribbon Flower Variation - pinkwtmk

As of now, I’ve got this pink Ribbon Flower variation a bit over halfway done, although only this portion is joined together so far. I feel relatively sure I’ll have it done for Friday’s post!

Purpleswtmk

I’ve also been pulling more fabrics. This group of purples will get some other fabrics put with it and I know a purple Ribbon Flower variation is ...

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July 10, 2017
And the Next Ribbon Flower will be? from Quilt Obsession

I spent a lot of time on the weekend trying to find just the right fabrics for my next ribbon flower. And I do mean a lot. It started Friday afternoon and is still ongoing. I pull a group of fabrics, bring them out to the living room and then look at them for a few hours or a day or so.  Actually, there are three or four groupings I’m looking at and changing periodically by adding and subtracting fabrics.

Tropical seas fabricswtmk

This grouping will definitely be part of a Ribbon Flower. I know I want to add something else to ...

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July 7, 2017
A Blue Ribbon … from Quilt Obsession

Blue Ribbon Flowerwtmk

A blue ribbon flower, that is. I learned a few things sewing this one that weren’t really things I even thought about with the first pink one as that one was all batiks.

I thought the darker blue was perfect as it was not one of the thicker quilting cottons. Clearly not as fine as a batik, but it was – or so I thought – more than good enough. I was wrong. The lighter blue behaved perfectly, but not the darker one! It frayed when I was circling the intersection where all 12 of the flower petals meet. So lesson ...

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July 5, 2017
I’ve Got the Blues from Quilt Obsession

Blue Harpsichord Blockwtmk

When the Ribbon Flower collection was released last week, I was in the middle of a harpsichord  block – which, of course, got dropped midway through so I could go play with the Ribbon Flower. Now it’s finished and has joined the other finished ones in the Harpsichord Quilt project box.

Blue Fabricswtmk

When I knew a Ribbon Flower collection was going to be released, I started pulling fabrics that I thought might work together rather nicely. This was the combination that I couldn’t resist for my next ribbon flower.

Pieces for Blue Ribbon Flowerwtmk

A few minutes and I had all the pieces printed and ...

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July 4, 2017
busy from April Sewing Journal

So time went by like a storm- a new graduate and all that entails.  Had a fun time. This also happened:

Since my graduate doesn’t really like to have his picture online, I won’t share those, but here is the story. It was a beautiful graduation. I didn’t cry, but nearly did several times. It was great to see him so grown up.  Then we had a lovely party with so many friends and family.

The day everyone left town, a storm came through and this tree went down.  For me, it was hugely emotional. In the ...

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July 3, 2017
Pink Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession

Ribbon Flower - Pinkwtmk

My first ribbon flower block is finished – and I’m thrilled with it! It may become Peony Quilt block number 2. Or it may become the first of a variety of ribbon flowers in a second quilt. I know I want to make all sorts of ribbon flowers in different colours, so this may be the first block of a second quilt that has been started. All the time I was working on this block, I kept thinking about hydrangea. So perhaps I’m going to go through my fabrics to find just the right fabrics for that.

It was ...

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July 1, 2017
Canada Day – 150!! from Quilt Obsession

Canada 150 Quiltwtmk

I got my little red and white Canada 150 quilt finished just in time for Canada Day! The weather cooperated yesterday so we could get a photo of it out on the roof garden. It’s 22″ square.

I’m particularly thrilled with it because it was made using shapes I printed on my fabrics with Inklingo, which was invented by Linda Franz, a very talented Canadian quilter!

Canada 150 'toonwtmk

“Canada Day – 150th Birthday”


Filed under: hand piecing, HSTs, Inklingo, machine quilting, quilts Tagged: Canada 150 quilt, Crafts, fibre arts, hand piecing, Inklingo, machine quilting, quilts, red and white quilt

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June 30, 2017
A Ribbon Flower for the Peony Quilt from Quilt Obsession

Yesterday, the much-anticipated Inklingo Ribbon Flower collection was released and – all I can say is wow! There are so many variations possible that I think I could make a number of quilts using it and know I’m going to make a variety of blocks using different fabrics,  because I can’t possibly resist doing so. But first I had to pick out some pink batiks for a Ribbon Flower block for the Peony Quilt.

Freezer Paper & Fabric readywtmk
First I got all my freezer paper cut to size and labelled and the batiks needed for each shape.

Fabric Printedwtmk

Then a few minutes later, I ...

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June 28, 2017
Pink Harpsichord Blocks from Quilt Obsession

Production of the harpsichord blocks slowed right down this week!

Deeper Pink Harpsichordwtmk

So far I have one pink one done.

Light Pink Harpsichordwtmk

And a lighter pink one. I take them as they come out of the little envelopes, don’t go looking for the pink ones – so it was rather fun that I had two pink ones in a row!

What have I been doing? Getting the quilting of the little red and white Canada 150 done and the binding attached. Now all that’s left is to tack down the binding and figure out what I’m going to do for a label ...

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June 26, 2017
Counting Harpsichord Blocks from Quilt Obsession

Orange Harpsichord BlockwtmkAnother five Harpsichord Quilt blocks are finished and pressed. First is the orange one that I posted on Friday – but now it’s pressed.

Back of Harpsichord blockwtmkAnd the seams are graded.

Medium Blue Harpsichord blockwtmkA medium blue one and it’s my favourite of these five.

Light Blue Harpsichord blockwtmkAnd a lighter blue one.

Green Harpsichord BlockwtmkA green one.

Red Harpsichord blockrwtmkA pretty red one.

On the weekend, I decided to count the completed Harpsichord blocks and how many are in the project box, ready to sew. The quilt calls for 154 blocks. I’m 99.9% sure I printed everything needed for the top when I began the project, but I ...

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June 23, 2017
Harpsichord Block Sewing Sequence from Quilt Obsession

I said I was going to do it and, as I know I’ll end up referring to this if – when the Harpsichord Quilt project ends up dormant again (which is an inevitability when the Ribbon Flower collection is released),  it will be a great resource for me.

Beginningwtmk

I start with the middle square and the four black music print octagons. The first octagon gets added to the middle square but I don’t break my thread.

First Continuouswtmk

Because then I sew the second black octagon to the first. Then I start again and sew that second black octagon to the ...

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A Year of Wreaths: June Felt Butterflies Wreath by Laura Howard from The Village Haberdashery

It’s time for the May wreath in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her beautiful butterflies tutorial and pick up a kit here. Take it away, Laura!

Felt Butterflies Wreath

This month’s wreath is an ode to two of summer’s great joys – clear blue skies, and beautiful butterflies!

The wreath is wrapped in some gorgeous sky blue yarn and decorated with butterflies made from wool blend felt. For an extra special wreath, you could use embroidery thread to decorate the butterflies’ wings or add sequins for a bit of sparkle. You can also use the ...

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