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November 28, 2022
Getting Hexie with It from Becca's Crazy Projects

Week number two of using the Sewline Water-Soluble Fabric Glue Pen I'm back to show you my progress. This time I managed to baste nearly 100 hexies with a single stick of glue. The stack of fabric that still needs to be basted is so much smaller. I ordered my refills from Amazon and they should be here this week.  

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November 27, 2022
Polar Bear block — Paper Piecing design in two sizes from Wisonsin Quilting

This simple paper piecing Polar Bear block comes in two sizes 8″ x 8″ and 15″ x 15″.. both sizes included in the same purchase for $8.60

The pattern comes as a PDF download for you to print, the smaller version prints on one piece of paper, the larger on 4. Click here for pattern.

The eyes and nose are appliqued, the ears are free to flap and are inserted into the seams as you assemble the block. This is a great, quick, fun to make pattern. I’d love to see what you come up with.. don’t ...

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November 25, 2022
Hexies and my doggy family from Quilting & Learning

Hi! I thought that I would give you a quick update on my hexies since that's what I've been doing a lot of these days. It's perfect for mindful stitching because there are very few decisions to make. I love all of the slow stitching involved.

More hexies

While I was away with my girlfriend at my brother's cottage, I had time to play with more hexies. Here are some images of what it looked like at the beginning of November.

The eventual Hexie blanket

You can see that I'll have to work at making ...

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November 21, 2022
Getting Hexie with It from Becca's Crazy Projects

After a week of using the Sewline Water-Soluble Fabric Glue Pen I'm back to show you my progress. I would make a few of these most evenings. At the end of the week I had consumed the glue and basted 75 hexies. I think that's pretty good. I've changed the glue and am back at it. I wonder if I will get as many next week. Hopefully I will be close. That stack of fabric still needs to be basted. I already have more refills in my Amazon cart. Once I finish the basted I will be ...

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A Fun Scrappy Quilt from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I've been meaning to take photos of a few finished quilts ..... but life keeps getting in the way.

This was a sweet and easy quilt to make and it went together very quickly.  A perfect quilt for donation.  


Can you see the snow in the background of the above photo?  Unless we have a thaw, this snow will be staying until the spring.

Quilt details:
Source:  just starting cutting and placing on the design wall
Block size:  2" x 4" finished
Quilt started:  November 2021
Quilt finished:  October 2022
Quilt size:  54-1/2" x 69-3/4" (top size before ...

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November 14, 2022
Getting Hexie With It from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been thread basting my hexies. By the way, these are my absolute favorites scissiors for snipping thread. I have a pair near my long arm and this pair in my hexie kit. Linked at the bottom of the post. 
I decided to give the Sewline Fabric Glue Pen a try. 
This kit (linked at the bottom of the post) comes with the glue pen and one refill. 
One is basted with thread, the other with glue. I don't sew through the papers when basting. I only stitch through the fabric on the back side. This means the ...

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November 12, 2022
I'm Done with the Pyramids .... or Trees? from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Are these pyramids or trees?  My hubby says 'trees'.  Anyway, the top is currently at the LAer and I will get it back in a few weeks.  I can't say this was a fun EPP project to do as it did give me some issues that I was able to overcome.  So glad this one is done and I can move onto something else.

My churn dash quilt is back from the LAer.  This has been added to the pile of quilts to bind next year.
With the huge X-stitch craze going on now, my sister sent me a ...

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November 11, 2022
Auckland Festival of Quilts - the exhibition from Wendy's Quilts and More

We got a lovely surprise when we walked in to the Festival of Quilts and saw mum's Lucy Boston quilt had a ribbon it!

I was so pleased for mum because it really is a beautiful quilt and deserved something I thought.  







We met lots of friends at the quilt show, and made some new friends too.  Everyone was so nice, and I felt very relaxed because I wasn't involved in organising it.  

We even went to the prize giving on Saturday evening and mum received a monetary prize for her efforts.  We weren't expecting that!







The ...

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November 9, 2022
Getting Hexie With It from Becca's Crazy Projects

As I was working on my hexie flowers I realized I didn't know where the rest of the flowers were hiding. This later afternoon sun is not helping me take good photographs. 
I poked around in my sewing room until I found what I was looking for: a box labeled "Hexies". Sometimes I get it right. So many great things in that box. A big stack of finished flowers, two more 5" charm packs, a bunch of hexie papers, and some larger pieces of coordinating fabric. 
I cut those last 5" charms into 2.5" charms and put them ...

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November 2, 2022
Getting Hexie With It from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have been working, on and off, on these hexie flowers for close to ten years. It is a great travel project, or something I can do while watching television but I just haven't been working on it all that diligently. Want to see where I was in 2014? Check out this post
I was recently in a teleconference and grabbed my bag and got stitching. 
I managed to finish four of them last week. Slow progress, but not ten years of slow progress. 

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September 30, 2022
finally a finish from Making A Lather

I finished the binding on my EPP diamond quilt. And I can call it finished. It has been a few months since I have had a finish. Meanwhile, I haven't stopped sewing, and, the tops are still piling up in the closet. I need to move a long.

This was my very first English Paper Piecing. I started ( 2009)  with this quilt I needed a hand project for an airplane trip to Utah to see my daughter. I was sure I didn't want to do hexagons ( what did I know?) And this seemed simple enough to be a ...

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September 26, 2022
It's been a while! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

My life is quite busy at the moment and will continue for another few more weeks.

Cottage season is winding down and my sister and I are trying to get as much done outside and inside while weather permits.  Our Canadian Thanksgiving is in a few weeks time and that is when we close down the cottage for the season.

The squirrel saga continues.  The cedar seeds have dried up and are now brown in colour.  We keep checking each time we go out to the cottage to see if the squirrel has stored away these seeds.  Come on, squirrel ...

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September 17, 2022
Sewing on the road from Northern Deb Quilts

Al and I are on our way to my brother's farm in the U.P. of Michigan. They called us to say they needed help with the harvest...which means they've canned all they are able to and would like us to haul tomatoes and other stuff back home. I usually can tomatoes into sauce each year because my husband (being Italian) requests spagetti about once a week. We go through a LOT of sauce!
So yesterday I dug through my 30's for scraps to for the tumbling blocks quilt so that I could work on it ...

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August 21, 2022
Grand Prismatic from Live a Colorful Life

 While I have been documenting all the quilts I've made since I began quilting (1994), I have realized that some of those that I consider my biggest and best have never had a post of their own. There have been progress shots along the way, but nothing about the finished quilt. 

In the next few days or weeks, I will be posting a few of them as I write up the post for the Quilt Diary blog. I begin with Grand Prismatic, a quilt finished in 2021.

 Grand Prismatic was inspired by the Grand Prismatic spring at Yellowstone National ...

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Grand Prismatic from Live a Colorful Life

 While I have been documenting all the quilts I've made since I began quilting (1994), I have realized that some of those that I consider my biggest and best have never had a post of their own. There have been progress shots along the way, but nothing about the finished quilt. 

In the next few days or weeks, I will be posting a few of them as I write up the post for the Quilt Diary blog. I begin with Grand Prismatic, a quilt finished in 2021.

 Grand Prismatic was inspired by the Grand Prismatic spring at Yellowstone National ...

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August 19, 2022
english paper piecing from Making A Lather

I was able to trim and add borders to my English paper piecing project at open sew, except the upper left hand corner that was not complete with the diamond EPP shapes. I was technically missing 3. I would have to add them at home. sigh..... I have tried to make this a goal for 3 months, now. I think not knowing how I wanted to finish it was the reason it stalled.- getting closer

I started ( 2009) English paper piecing with this quilt. I was sure I didn't want to do hexagons ( what did I know?) And this ...

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August 8, 2022
Christmas Stars from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

How about a Xmas in July ..... hmmm ..... August ..... quilt?   I meant to post this quilt in July, but time slipped away and here we are in August!

"Christmas Stars"

A close-up of the quilting design.
It's not often that the back of the quilt is shown, but here it is for this quilt.
Quilt Details:
Pattern Source:  Inspired by a quilt shown in Fons & Porter Love of Quilting, Nov/Dec 2021.  Their      pattern was all machine pieced using only a few fabrics, but I did my quilt using the EPP method and there is quite the variety of Xmas ...

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August 2, 2022
Happy hexie flower mug rugs from Quilting & Learning

Hi! It would seem that hexies are back into my life. They are very meditative to prepare and to stitch together (i.e. relatively mindless but enjoyable for a short time). 

Happy Purple & Spots

July's colour for the 2022 Table Scraps challenge is purple and the theme is circles, spots and dots. Until last year I had very few fabrics with spots but because of a wonderful gift of scraps, I now have tons.

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July 8, 2022
Dilly Flower update from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

The centre of this project is now complete!  All that has to be decided now is how much bigger to make this quilt?  A few ideas are fermenting in my brain ....  


There was a question about how the hexies were sewn together?  Everything you see here is by hand using English Paper Piecing method.  No machine.

"Dilly Flower" is available on Elise Baek's etsy site and she regularly shows new patterns on the Facebook site .... English Paper Piecing Society.  I'm a member of that group and it is so nice to see EPP patterns and quilts and works ...

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March 29, 2022
Current projects from Northern Deb Quilts

This is my newest quilt start. It's long term ...a hand sewing ( #epp ) project. My last English paper piecing quilt top took 7 years to make and it's taking about 6 months to hand quilt then bind. This one will be faster since it wont be just worked on during car rides and doc appts. I'm doing some blocks each evening. I've hauled out my bin of 30s reproduction prints and vintage fabrics and am sorting in color order. Then I have daughter Jenn finding coordinating light/medium/dark sets for the blocks.
Also, in the ...

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