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August 14, 2019
the seedling quilts book from Charm About You

The Seedling Quilts book, english paper pieces

I want to make every quilt in this book. The Seedling Quilts book is one to be savoured. I was thrilled to be asked by Jodi of Tales of Cloth to join the book tour as she has been an inspiration to me since we became blogging friends. I have always admired her sewing style, the way she combines fabrics and I LOVE her writing (so much I have actually embroidered a poem she wrote). She is endearing, interesting and very talented. 

It's no surprise then that this book is full of all that - gorgeous quilts, excellent advice, tidbits ...

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August 11, 2019
TIME FLIES from That's Sew Kerry

12 Months On

I can't believe it's been over a year since I last wrote a blog post! I was walking around Festival of Quilts a little over a week ago thinking it's been a good few months since I've blogged and I quite miss it, only to log on and realize it's actually been more than a year  - how time flies!

So much has happened since my last post it'll take all day to catch you up but in brief we got the dream house and said room is filled to bursting with ...

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August 9, 2019
A Scrappy Hexagon Quilt - Part 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt!

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 | #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #patchworkquilt
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I am so pleased to have finished my Scrappy Hexagon Quilt. One inch hexagons are the best! They are just the right size to comfortably hold together in your hand while stitching, and the scrappy patchwork fabric created by the use of ALL the fabrics is rather delicious. I do so love a scrappy quilt! I estimate to have used 250+ different fabrics and many hexagon pieces have been fussy cut to feature a fabric design element. There's a lot to see! The perfect I-Spy Quilt.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 | #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #patchworkquilt
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 | #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #patchworkquilt
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 | #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #patchworkquilt

I basted ...

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August 7, 2019
A little bit of this and that! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Where is the summer going?  Already August and I have noticed a few trees around the neighbourhood starting to take on a tinge of colour.

I've been back and forth to the cottage for most of the summer.  Another week and my sister will be back to work and I can do more things around the home and in my studio.

Handwork has been my companion this summer.  Pick up and go, go, go.

Hexie handwork.  A ufo from November 2018.  Time to pick this up again and continue the work.

Two sections are now done and two more ...

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August 6, 2019
Almost ready to quilt at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks link up (Week 240). Click here if you're looking for Throwback Thursday (TBT).

Finishing up my Kingfisher Stitch-Along quilt top

The Kingfisher Stitch-Along started in May 2018 and officially finished in July 2018. However, I do see a few other stragglers on Instagram - we are encouraging each other

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August 1, 2019
Hexie Extravaganza from Quilting & Learning

It's that time of the year again!

One hundred hexies for 100 days! (#100hexies100days2019)

Week 1 is about me
This year, Sew Foxy Mama (@sewfoxymama) started the fun one month earlier. I'm glad since this is the perfect summer project - low key and with hexies

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July 31, 2019
An Old UFO from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

During the summer months, I find I like to have some portable hand work available to work on.  I recently dug out an old English Paper Piecing project and made a bit of progress.

It appears I haven't worked on these since August of 2015!

I finished up another hexagon star.  This piece measures about 12" across.

So that means I now have a whopping 9 blocks finished.  I should probably come up with a better plan for color placement so I can assemble the blocks needed for completing the quilt.  And remember to put that plan in writing ...

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Embroidery done and big stitch quilting from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Well, well, well!  The embroidery is finally DONE.  Lordy, but that was a long process but so worth every stitch.

The hexies are all marked and the hand quilting has started.  Oh, so happy to be doing this.  Mind you, I'm not so happy with my quilting.  My fingers don't want to work the way they used to, so that is something that may stop eventually.  This quilt can not be machine quilted.  It just has to have hand quilting.
Big stitch quilting.  My niece did a bit on her first quilt.  This is how she does it ...

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July 23, 2019
A Scrappy Hexagon Quilt - Part 1 from Red Pepper Quilts

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

I had no business starting another English Paper Piecing (EPP) project but I did it anyway. Having a slow sewing project on the go continues to give me so much pleasure, and while I have yet to baste and quilt several of my already completed EPP quilt tops, this one quietly slipped in without any guilt or regret, and has now been added to my pile of finished quilt tops.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing
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A traditional 1 inch Hexagon Scrap Quilt has been on my quilty bucket list for some time. I just love the look ...

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A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Part 1 from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress.

A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt

At last, another blog update! I know some of you have been wondering if I am still stitching. I am doing the best I can right now and stitching (in particular English Paper Piecing) is still a daily pastime, but I am very much enjoying the relaxed timeline. Having taken a step back I can see more clearly that the pressure (self-imposed!) to update my blog regularly was starting to impact the joy of making and sharing. I am slowly getting back on track - I sure spend a lot of time thinking about the quilts I want ...

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July 9, 2019
Border flowers from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I absolutely love this quilt!

That scroll work on the top and bottom is different and sure sets off the whole look.  It looks so dainty!  Those are tiny hexagon flowers in the scroll work.
A close up of some of the flowers:
Marcie Patch .... what do you think of your hexagon flowers now?  I call this quilt "Border Flowers" in honour of you and me (U.S.A. and Canada)

To those that don't know the story behind the above comment, Marcie Patch (designer of quilts in McCall's Quilting Magazine) wrote on her blog (no longer active ...

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June 29, 2019
Granny Smith in the wild! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Another quilt done!  Done, done, done!

Yee haw!

I'm always on the lookout for a place to take photos of my quilts and this spot has been on my list for a couple of years now.  This is on a bridge on our cottage road.  There will be more quilt photos taken here, so be prepared to see this spot often .... until the snow flies.  LOL

I so wanted to capture the beauty of this spot.  How about my quilt on the rocks?  Jeesh ... that sounds like a drink!

While I was busy snapping photos, my sister was snapping ...

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June 18, 2019
Designer Spotlight: Sue Daley, the English Paper Piecing Expert from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Sue Daley was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She has 37 years of patchwork experience and has spent the last 23 years running her own business, Sue Daley Designs. She specializes in English paper piecing, traditional quilt piecing, needle turn appliqué, embroidery, and fine hand quilting. Along with her pattern designs, precut paper shapes, acrylic templates, books, and accessories, she is also a fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs and Penny Rose Fabrics under the brand Millhouse Collections. Learn more about Sue on her blog.

Take a peek at Sue’s latest collection, Sweet Stems and learn a bit ...

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June 14, 2019
Hex on the Beach ~ One Year Later from Liz Makes Crafts

Never again. Never again. I kept saying this to my husband as I painstakingly stitched together hexagon after hexagon, in what is a 1000 hexagon quilt. Each time, he reminded me that I said this after my last English Paper Piecing project, and the one before that, and the one before that ...

I fell in love with Hex on the Beach by Tula Pink when I saw pictures of it surface at Quilt Market a year ago. Throughout the past year, this became my road trip project, my quilt guild project, and my waiting room project. It was super portable ...

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June 13, 2019
Just a tad crazy! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I'm recently back from a trip to Costa Rica and just had to share what my sister, niece and I did.

But first, something quilty.

Sitting by the pool (Azura Resort, Samara), in the shade, a rum drink on hand and some EPP.   Got to have some hand work to do to keep me occupied and my hands limber.

Once back home, this is where this piece is at.  This project will be discussed more on a separate post.
Now, onto the crazy bit.  Do you see this?  Zip lining!  What the ..... My sister and I went with my ...

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June 7, 2019
Mum's Lucy Boston and the Peacock Party from Wendy's Quilts and More

We're back! Our son's graduation went well, and we all enjoyed some family time together in Auckland. 

I got to study mum's Lucy Boston quilt, and talk about border options with her.  The body of the quilt is all complete now, but she was waiting to hear what I thought about her border choice.  I liked the piece of fabric she had chosen, but suggested she use a different part of the fabric and keep it lighter rather than darker and heavier looking. 

This is what we agreed on.

Of course she will have to buy more ...

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June 2, 2019
Lordie .... this is an oldie! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I'm going to be working on this old ufo once I'm home from my vacation.

Yesterday, my sister dropped off a top that she bought and needs adjustment to take on her trip with her youngest daughter and me.  She was coming over to drop off my plane tickets and pick up the other clothes that I altered.  She forgot to give me my tickets.  Silly woman!

Anyway on her way out my studio door, she saw this project on my design wall.  That's pretty, she said.

I told her it was going to be her quilt ...

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May 29, 2019
Last bit to do .... from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I'm trying to get this last section of embroidery done for this top and it is slowly getting there.

Here is a better look at that last section.
The photos don't do my work justice .... because it is absolutely beautiful in person.  Soon, my lovely, soon you will be done and then hand quilting can start.
Not much has been happening lately in my studio.  Too busy with other things.  It is nearly the end of May and cottage time will take me away from my studio.  Hand work will come with me and slowly over the summer ...

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May 7, 2019
Oh, just another EPP quilt finished! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

LOL ..... this quilt has been sitting on a shelf for almost 2 yrs. since the top was finished.  Just lately, a bunch of my tops have been sent out to a LAer and she is getting them done for me and I am enjoying my quilts so much more than just a top.

A close-up of the half hexagons (HH) that are made into triangles.  The size of the HH are 3-1/2" at the widest point and 1-1/2" high.  All hand pieced using the English Paper Piecing method.  To make one triangle, you need a light, medium and ...

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April 26, 2019
An English Paper Pieced - Low Volume - Stretched Hexies Quilt: Part 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

Low Volume Stretched Hexagons Quilt - English Paper Pieced | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

My Stretched Hexies Quilt is finally finished. I may have spent more time thinking about basting and quilting this quilt than the actual doing .... I am such a procrastinator! Of course, the task was not nearly as ominous as I had imagined it to be and I am really very pleased with how the finished quilt looks. Quilting my own hand pieced quilt tops still raises the level of quilting anxiety but I am always happy to embrace the challenge even if it takes that bit longer to get started on the basting and then the quilting.  I have lots ...

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