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March 27, 2020
Friends at the Fence... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Look what's up on the Design Wall...

I have had this panel for close to a year now...

I put it up on the design wall...

then waited for inspiration to set in.

English Paper Pieced Hexagons...

on the table

Now, I am inspired !

Here goes...

The sky has a very soft pink 

running through it...

I pinned up the light blue and pink hexagons

 along the sky.

At this point, the sky is blocked in 

with blue hexagons.

I have started on the lower portion...

blacks, browns, rusts 

to go with the horse colors.

I am getting goose ...

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March 23, 2020
WHY DO YOU QUILT? from That's Sew Kerry

A Question Often Asked

I've had this post rattling around in my head for a while, something has always stopped me writing it, I'm not sure what really but now in the midst of 'isewlation' due to this horrid Coronavirus outbreak it seems like a good time to finally get it out. For those of you that have read the dreaded 'C' word and immediately got put off - it is the only time it appears here.

What on earth are you doing? What's the point in cutting up perfectly good pieces of fabric into smaller ...

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March 19, 2020
Go BIG.........or Go HOME from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I haven't had much time with my

sewing machine out in the Thread Shed

 since calving season began

in February...

I have been hand piecing in the evenings...

English Paper Piecing

Just so you can get an idea of the size of these

paper pieced flowers:

Each hexagon petal is 

nearly the size of my hand !

Go BIG.....or Go HOME !

These piece together fairly quickly...

I can stitch together 5 or 6 in an evening.

I have 13 done so far...

Not sure what I will do with them?

For now, I just enjoy looking at these BIG ...

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March 8, 2020
Smitten Quilt from Samelia's Mum

This past week, I've spent my evenings slowly stitching up the last few EPP blocks to finish of the Smitten Quilt. I'm pleased that only one week into March, I've finished the 3 last full blocks and 3 half blocks, which were my "One Monthly Goal" for March (OMG).

My next step is to sew these blocks onto the main quilt top and then figure out how I'm going to finish the sides of this quilt. There isn't an instruction for this on the pattern, which I must admit is a little disappointing.

I was ...

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February 27, 2020
traditional + modern epp curves from Charm About You

epp shapes and a spool of aurifil thread

Isn't it always fun to start sewing a new pattern or project? When I found out we were working with Paper Pieces for this months Aurifil Artisan challenge, which is English Paper Piecing, I was super happy. They have a huge range of paper shapes and you could spend a day browsing their website looking at all the possibilities, thinking up patterns and imagining blocks. As soon as I found the Joseph's Coat pieces I knew I had found my project. I have never made this traditional block and I enjoy sewing curves, it's also a pretty ...

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I'm Retreat Bound Again! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

For the past couple years, I've been confining the retreat projects I haul out of the house to hand stitching only!  It's so much easier to pack and I'm more relaxed while at the retreat which makes it more fun to be away from the studio.
This weekend, I'm working on my 2019 #sharksdinnerBOM blocks.
I went back through my blog photo archive and was surprised to discover how few pictures I've shared on the blog?!?   
I shared lots of pics on my Instagram feed!! 
But these are the only four process pictures I shared ...

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February 25, 2020
Prepping hand work from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

My life is a tad topsy turvy right now.  After my aunt passed away last month, my elderly cousin needs assistance and a week ago, he ended up in hospital.  It is so hard when we are a five hour drive away from him.

So, whenever he is able to leave the hospital, I will be heading back either to look after him for a few weeks or help pack up his apartment in the event that he is to be moved into a nursing home instead.  Uncertain times ahead for all of us.

Whatever happens, I need to be ...

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February 23, 2020
My New Eye Bowl from Gefilte Quilt

Pass the Visine! Here's my new Eye Bowl!

The name is inspired by the orange Tula Pink fabric covering the small diamonds. I drove the point home (because too much is never enough for me) by placing glass eye beads on half the outer shapes. 

It's entirely English Paper Pieced. Before embellishment, it looked like this:
Afterwards, along with the beads and buttons on top, I added danglies below.
 The back: 
Pure fun! I showed a different polygon-based bowl in my last blog entry, here. All my techniques and many more ideas (but not this exact project ...

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My New English Paper Pieced Basket, Roof Optional from Gefilte Quilt

Here's my new thing! It's English Paper Pieced canopied basket...

....which can keep the dust off your giant, color-coordinated thread cone...

...or help you find your measuring tape...
Or stuff with faux flowers....

With you inside, it's a bulky bangle bracelet!

...which doubles as a wee, insecure handbag (needs a zippered lining)....

The shape is a modified truncated cuboctahedron. Here's what it would have looked like if it were a complete polyhedron (closed up, without the handle):

Can you see the family resemblance to this stuffed and complete truncated cuboctahedron pincushion?
I made the pincushion for ...

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February 22, 2020
My Dodecagon Quilt Top!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

 While I gave myself the "one monthly goal" challenge to use the entire month of February to get the five large sections of my dodecagon quilt together, once it started to happen I was anxious to see the finished top because it is so beautiful!!
(My pictures are a bit dark -- blaming cold cloudy Ohio winter days -- but you get the idea.)
I calculated that I needed to stitch twelve 1" seams every day to be finished!

First the upper right corner. 
Then the lower right corner!
And the lower left corner!
On Monday evening, I pushed to finish the ...

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February 21, 2020
Millefiori Quilts 4 from Wendy's Quilts and More

I'm so excited! I now have a copy of Millefiori Quilts 4 by Willyne Hammerstein.

Millefiori Quilts 4 is Willyne's latest book for Quiltmania and it contains another 19 amazing quilt patterns.  

My Ballet with Kaffe quilt waiting to be hand quilted

As I've been good and finished the English Paper Piecing on my Ballet with Kaffe quilt from Book 2 (photo above), I rushed out and ordered some templates for two of the quilts in Book 4.  

I chose "Send Flowers to Your Loved Ones" and ordered the hand piecing acrylic templates for it.  Because as ...

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February 14, 2020
Impulse English Paper Pieced Heart Dish from Gefilte Quilt

I always get in a Valentine's Day mood at the last minutes. Here's the impulse project I made yesterday, an English Paper Pieced dish that can serve as a pincushion:
...or a thimble holder:
...or maybe an embroidery thread basket....

Or, pile it with chocolates for your sweetie. Here's how I constructed it. There's stiff fusible interfacing inside each piece; both sides are covered with fabric. 
The bowl takes shape when you sew up the side seams. 
Last, I did a bit of embellishment with the variegated embroidery thread in the ball above.
If you'd ...

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February 10, 2020
Road to California, 2020, Part 2: Shopping! from Gefilte Quilt

Last week, I showed off some of my favorite quilts from Road to California 2020 show. Now let's get to the fun stuff: Shopping! Disclaimer: If you click on these links, I don't make any money. But you might lose money, because this merchandise is (often) thrilling!

If there's one attribute that unites Road to California quilts - whether the top is pieced, appliqued, embroidered, fused, stapled, and/or mutilated - it's this: dazzling, immaculate, professional-grade quilting - the stuff that holds the three layers together.

That's why, every year, I walk out of juried show. and into ...

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February 8, 2020
Road to California 2020, Part I: The Quilt Show from Gefilte Quilt

Road to California, a terrific quilt show, took place last week, ending on Sunday. There was something for everyone - traditional, art, modern, and group quilts; challenges, guild raffle quilts, and more than a dozen wildly diverse special exhibits. Great classes. Hallway massage. Uniformed Boy Scouts who, for a small donation, watch your bags while you shop. Tons of vendors.

Also, it's next to a mellow, convenient little airport - you could walk from the Ontario, California airport to the convention center. So it's not surprising that this warm and welcoming show attracts 50,000 viewers, plus entrants and vendors ...

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February 4, 2020
New month from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

January went by in a blur.  Heck, November, December and January did too.  Travelling back and forth to visit with my sick aunt occupied most of my time.

Sadly, my aunt passed away a week ago.  She got her wish to be moved to a hospice and that is where she ended her life.  She was the last member on my Mom's side and a generation has now ended.  Rest in peace, Aunt Bette, rest in peace.

Due to my staying on for a few extra days to sort and pack up her belongings, I did bring some handwork ...

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January 31, 2020
One Monthly Goal!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

I've been using the "One Monthly Goal" goal link-ups at Elm Street Quilts for a couple years now to push myself through this BIG project which I began in February, 2017.
I fell in love with Marge Sampson-George's Dodecagon Quilt (thanks Instagram) and since it wasn't available in the United States or on-line at that point, I used my Aussie family connection to buy the templates and papers!
Over the course of piecing the dodecagons, I fell in love with several other English paper pieced designs that featured a medallion style center - long story short - I designed ...

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January 28, 2020
Hexagon Table Runner......#3 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

English Paper Pieced.....Hexagons

I enjoy a hand piecing project when we travel,

so I am putting together a 

take-a-long table runner.

After all of the paper hexagons are covered with 

fabric, I put down a white piece of fabric and

arrange the table runner...

This is my third table runner,

and I still enjoy the process.

The pieces are all arranged,

but not sewn together just yet...

I pin each hexagon to the fabric base.

They will live on this fabric until they

are hand pieced together.

The fabric will not remain under the hexagons.

Once they are all ...

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January 17, 2020
Another section ready from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Over the past few days, I've been busy prepping my hexagons and basting them.  The result is another section is ready for sewing together.  All those rows will be bagged and they will come along with me on my next trip to visit my sick aunt and frail cousin.  I need something to get me through some very sad times and this project will fit the bill perfectly.

While the above project sits in a bag, this old UFO got my attention once again.   Time to work on those blocks and how nice it will be to see this ...

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January 16, 2020
Travels and Tiles from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

It is hard to believe that it is 2020! I (Kara) am not sure where the last year has gone, let alone the last decade. Our past year has been busy with travel through 9 different, inspiring countries and 3 family weddings—two of which were our own children. Our most recent offspring to tie the knot wanted to have a small, intimate, destination wedding in Spain. Given our location in Germany, we decided to drive down to Barcelona for the wedding, stopping along the way in France to break up the trip. This of course gave me plenty of ...

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The Passenger Project from Samelia's Mum


It started out as a project for when we travelled to the US, the year before last. A big tin filled with prepared 1" hexagons to create hexie flowers, which I ended up using to make my Kingfisher Quilt. It's still one of my most favourite quilt finishes to date.
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