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February 14, 2019
stitching progress + epp giveaway! from Charm About You

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cross stitch - Kindness & Fortitude: A Quaker Sampler from Modern Folk Embroidery by Lucy Brennan

Those quiet moments in the evening, a few stitches on my lunch break, this pick up and put down project is slowly coming to life. It is a soothing, mindful way to relax and all the colours together look very peaceful and calming to me. 

cross stitch - Kindness & Fortitude:  A Quaker Sampler from Modern Folk Embroidery by Lucy Brennan

I knew that the Kindness & Fortitude: A Quaker Sampler from Modern Folk Embroidery was going to be the first project I started in 2019. It was no coincidence that my word for the year is FORTITUDE, I did chose this pattern partly for that reason but also because it appealed to me ...

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February 12, 2019
The Ardently Austen Hexie Pillow from Samelia's Mum

I'll start this post by saying that I am possibly (most probably) the slowest EPPer on the planet. I love EPP and the whole process of slow sewing but I'm super slow at it. 

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February 8, 2019
February 2019 Meeting Recap from NYC Metro MOD Quilters

Lots of Eye Candy!

Usha from Handloom Batik brought her wonderful fabrics.


 Theresa showed off all of the blocks created so far for the St. Vicent's quilts. Deadline for blocks is the April Meeting.

Tina also told us about volunteer opportunities with Social Justice Sewing Academy.
http://www.sjsacademy ...

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February 6, 2019
English Paper Piecing: Diamond Tote from The Cloth Parcel

Have you ever wanted to try English Paper Piecing?  We made a small tutorial on the basics of the process quite some time ago, but sometimes you need a little more direction and ideas for easy projects.  Carolina Moore‘s new book with Nancy’s Notions, Learn to English Paper Piece, is a great starting point!  Here’s a […]

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February 5, 2019
Millefiori Quilts 2 - Ballet with Kaffe Fassett from Wendy's Quilts and More

I've been working on my Ballet with Kaffe quilt recently.  This quilt didn't see a lot of action in 2018, but I'm certainly giving it all my attention now.  I'd really like to finish it this year. 

The pattern is called "Ballet with Kaffe Fassett" from Millefiori Quilts 2 by Willyne Hammerstein.  It's the quilt shown on the cover of the book above.  My inspiration fabric is the one on the left by Cotton + Steel.  I'm trying to keep the the colours used in that fabric because I love how they look together. 

I ...

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Geo Diamond block from Charm About You

Geo Diamond quilt block made with Art Gallery Fabrics by Charm About You

As I was going through my stash to make this block inspiration struck. Isn't it funny how memories and things can suddenly come to mind and influence you. This wasn't my original direction but I am so pleased with how this came together!

Geo Diamond quilt block made with Art Gallery Fabrics

The block is called Geo Diamond and designer Naomi Clarke has just launched the Geo Diamond English Paper Piecing Sewalong! Click the link to get all the details, parcels start shipping in March and there are lots of options available.

It's a 12" block, so a great size! There are loads of layout possibilities ...

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February 4, 2019
Hexagon Table Runner.... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

It's time for a new...

Hexagons.....always a favorite to hand piece

This is what 170 hexagons looks like

This is how big they are...

A hexagon is measured by one of the sides...

1  1/2 inches along one of the 6 sides

I use a glue stick to baste the fabric to the 

paper hexagon

I am using 20+ fabrics...

some of them are my hand dyes

some of them are commercial batiks

they are all bright and cheerful...

which I need on these gray, rainy days of winter

here in Western Oregon

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January 30, 2019
Rainbow Nundle Dilly Bag Finish!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

I'm so pleased with my finished bag that I've already filled it with the next knitting project!!
I just have to finish the toe of the final Christmas sock and I can cast on this new cardigan for me!!
I showed you these rainbow bands of hexies last week on my way out the door to a weekend stitching retreat.  Many of the hexies were basted during the fall session of #100hexies100days2018 on Instagram with the intention of making myself Brigitte Giblin's Nundle Dilly Bag.
I made one for my knitting daughter and loved it so much ...

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January 25, 2019
Would YOU like to be a part of my quilt? from Lilabelle Lane

I have started a 1" Scrappy Liberty Hexagon Quilt with the addition of some vintage linens that I have rescued and repurposed as well as adding in some plain hexagons made using the excess fabrics from the cut linens that I will go back and add my own embroideries too.

This was my first nights progress whilst watching the tennis and there are three vintage linen pieces worked into this panel already.


As I am working the vintage linens into my quilt my mind wonders to the creators before me. Where they might have been and who they might have ...

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January 23, 2019
January Stitching from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

I can't believe it's mid-January already!?!
I set a personal goal at the beginning of the month to "deal with 10 UFO's" -- that may or may not mean finishing of course!!

I have finished one pair of Christmas socks with a second pair moving in the right direction.
In an effort to transition from "plain" socks I grabbed several new "fancy" sock patterns during the #sockvent18 in December event on Instagram.  This charming Vanilla Spice pattern with the faux cable up the back of the leg caught my eye and is an easy knit.
(Pattern is from ...

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January 20, 2019
Stitching slow today from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

It has been a few months since this project was last worked on.  Simple embroidery stitches.  I'm on a mission to try to work on this at the beginning and ending of each day in my studio.  Just a few minutes, just a few stitches will make all the difference in getting this wall hanging done.

You are probably wondering why are there safety pins here and there on my top?  There is batting behind.  No backing yet, just batting.  I prefer to do my embroidery with batting.  Call me silly, but that is what I prefer.

Isn't ...

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January 18, 2019
An All Stars Assembly from Liz Makes Crafts

I really enjoy the slow pace and different flow of English Paper Piecing projects, but if I thought Supernova was time-consuming, it was nothing compared to All Stars. I started actively working on this quilt top in June of last year, and I think no less than 200 hours went into it.

The most challenging part of this quilt is actually the fabric selection, which I did back in May. I resisted the urge to go with a kit (which is crazy expensive anyway), and instead painstakingly picked out my own fabrics (but still all Tula Pink), and allowing the ...

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December 30, 2018
Celestial Stars or Xmas Stars from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Oh my, how I love this quilt.  EPP.  What more is there to say?

With all the snow in our backyard, it is hard to get a good quilt photo.  So, let's put the thinking cap on and find a way!

This is ok .... but I need a better angle for my quilt journal.

 Not bad, but how about a straight on photo?
 This would be the perfect straight on position.
 Except those vertical bars and the plant are in the way.
Better, but now the chandelier is in the way!
Enter my husband with a long stick ..... to ...

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December 27, 2018
Farmer's Wife Sewing Along Recap Month 4 from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Photo 2018-12-24  3 42 09 PM

Hello Makers, 

Happy 2019! With a new year in our midst  we are filled with different emotions. Some of us are feeling accomplished and grateful for the year they had and excited for what 2019 will bring. You may also be feeling overwhelmed of the idea that maybe you didn't succeed in everything you set out to do in 2018 and a little discouraged to start 2019. What ever you may be feeling, let it all go, breathe deep and and remember to be present. Live each day for today and enjoy each process of your life one day ...

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December 25, 2018
Still Time to Make a Scrappy Ornament!? from Gefilte Quilt

I realize it's Christmas Eve, but if all your other preparations are done, there's still time to make this scrappy triangular bipyramid scrap ornament! It's a very relaxing and therapeutic project (except the deadline!)
It started with a thick piece of scrap fabric strips - jewel tone batiks - stitched to black felt. If you have extra time, go wild with the freemotion quilting, decorative stitches, and couched yarns. Front:

The messy back - don't worry about it:
Detailed directions for getting this far are in this blog post from 2013. Cut that base into 6 equilateral triangle. Satin ...

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December 10, 2018
catch up and from Charm About You


to save you some time, scroll down to the bottom if you're only interested in the giveaway

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Candy Wrappers, Broccoli Bags, or Both? Upcycled Polyhedra to Sew from Gefilte Quilt

In my last post, I showed off several polyhedron projects from my  new book, "Stitch-a-hedron: English Paper Pieced Polyhedron Gifts and Accessories to Sew." For those projects, I used quilting cotton, or necktie silks.

As much as I love working with gorgeous fabrics, I also get a kick out of working with upcycled materials - aka the trash.

First, we have a half stellated dodecahedron with a message. It's  made with candy wrappers wrapped around cardstock templates, and sewn together by hand. It sits mysteriously on a surface with a peak pointing upward.
When you flip it over and look ...

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My New Book! English Paper Piece a Polyhedron! from Gefilte Quilt

I am having an out-of-body experience - after two years in the works, my new book just went live on Amazon! And on etsy, too! It's not about's about the joy of stitching polyhedra! 

What, I hear you asking? Polyhedra? You probably haven't given a dodecahedron or icosahedron much thought since high school (unless you play Dungeons and Dragons).  Neither did I, until last year. So how did I get from quilts to polyhedra? 

Through English Paper Piecing.

If you're a quilter who's tried English Paper Piecing, you know it's a fun, addictive ...

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B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 2  © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt

In case you are wondering what I have been up to ... this is it! Needless to say, the process of transforming the 108 hexie flowers from my previous work in progress blog post into a quilt top has been time consuming. Although I had already pictured in my mind how the hexie flowers were all going to fit together, I did spend much time pondering the final layout and the contrasting colors, including the use of the chambray - linen look - fabric for the joining hexie. Was it all going to work?

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 2  © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 2  © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 2  © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt
All photos have been taken after the removal of ...

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Sweet Annabelle Quilt - a free EPP Project tutorial - from Lilabelle Lane

Sweet Annabelle Quilt
- a free English Paper Piecing tutorial -

Sometimes I find that I just need a simple grab and go English Paper Piecing project, one that doesn't have to be thought about too much. One that can be cut and basted and either thrown into little zip lock bags or held together with binding clips. One that can come to swimming and dance lessons with me, to doctors appointments and then to the beach on holidays.

I have been exploring options for such a project over recent months. Scrolling through Paper Pieces website looking for inspiration as I ...

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