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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 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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March 1, 2020
OMG - March 2020 from Samelia's Mum

My one monthly goal this month is to make the EPP blocks to finish my Smitten Quilt. 

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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 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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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 22, 2020
Wednesday from Samelia's Mum

It's the last full week of the summer school holidays here so we're trying to make the most of it, even though the teen/tween aren't overly enthusiastic about all of my ideas for 'fun' activities.

We ventured into Darling Harbour (Sydney) and spent a few hours at the Wildlife Park and the Sydney Aquarium. It was quite a warm day, so this was a nice way to stay a little bit cooler. It seemed as though half of Sydney had the same idea as we did because both attractions were crowded.

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January 16, 2020
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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January 14, 2020
» Lilabelle Lane

SPRING BLESSINGS BOM  a new year and a new bom

Allow me to officially introduce you to

"Spring Blessings"

My new Block of the month quilt using Tilda's new fabric range Happy Campers.

Spring Blessings is a 6 Month program that plays with English Paper Piecing, Applique and Machine Piecing. The patterns have been written with the beginner in mind with illustrations and tips for all the EPP.  So if you are new to EPP this might just be the project for you.

This gorgeous quilting is by Anne from Said With Love.

Finished Size - 70" square.

Spring Blessings ...

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December 18, 2019
Eat Chocolate, Drink Coffee. English Paper Piece the Trash into Holiday Decor from Gefilte Quilt

It is not an exaggeration to say that English Paper Piecing (EPP) is one of the most addictive quilt-related activities I've ever undertaken. It wasn't enough for me to do EPP with fabric, first to make quilts, and then to stitch polyhedra.

But then, a couple of years ago, after my DH caved to supermarket displays (always blame the DH!) and bought a bag of Lindt Truffles (no financial affiliation!) I found myself fascinated by the wrappers.  One thing led to parties, I started following people around to collect their wrappers....and here are tutorials for ...

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December 13, 2019
Ballet with Kaffe revisited (and the Peacock Party) from Wendy's Quilts and More

My poor Ballet with Kaffe quilt has been neglected for months.  Some many other tempting things have come along this year, so I put this one away and haven't done anything on it since February.

However, Quiltmania have just started advertising Willyne Hammerstein's fourth book, Millefiori Quilts 4 and that has spurred me into action.

Of course I want the new book, and I probably want to make quilts from it, so I really need to finish my Ballet with Kaffe from book 2. I've worked on it every night this week with no distractions.  That's ...

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November 30, 2019
» Lilabelle Lane

IN A PICKLE Quilt | new from the studio

It has been a busy time in the studio with lots of secret sewing happening in the lead up to AQM - Australian Quilt Market, Australia's version to the International Quilt market and our only wholesale trade show in Australia for the quilting industry.

I have been working on a couple of new designs and this is the first one that I would like to share with you. Please allow me to introduce my new quilt ....

'In a Pickle'

Finished size - 65" x 65"

The inspiration of this quilt has come from ...

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November 29, 2019
Mini Masterpieces: Piecing from Blossom Heart Quilts

The final section of Mini Masterpieces is all about curves – simple, complex, and improv. Are you ready to get your curves on?!

Mini Masterpieces book and thread set

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Applique sampler block

Applique is an easy way to add some literal dimension to your quilts! Mini Masterpieces covers two different methods of machine applique. The sampler quilt block uses interfacing to create a needle-turn look… no hand-sewing needed!

Applique sampler block

Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane was an automatic applique artisan to ask to join in for this technique! And I love how she pieced the background fabric to create an inverse version of the block ...

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November 17, 2019
Battle of the Stars. from Eagle's Wings Quilts

I’ve made real progress on this project in the past week. The centre section is now finished.

I’m starting on the corners and the sides now.

I haven’t 100 percent decided on all the fabrics yet, but this is a start for one of the corners. I’ll need to do some stash diving to decide on what else to use. There are some five point stars and some setting diamonds that go in between these 10 point stars, I’ll get these 3 large 10 point stars done and then I’ll lay out some colours ...

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November 10, 2019
Battle of the Stars from Eagle's Wings Quilts

I’ve retired the appliqué project for a bit and gone back to one of my english paper pieced quilts instead. The last time I had this one out was back in July, going by what I was writing about here on the blog. (At that time it was the middle of the summer and we were in the middle of a wonderful camping trip. Now, it’s cold and snowy out..... sigh.... I want summer back..... Anyhow, I got a bit distracted there for a moment.) And that sounds about right because I started the appliqué project in early ...

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November 1, 2019
More hexie play from Quilting & Learning

Can you believe that October is half done? The leaves here are really starting to change and the weather is turning cold and wet. I may have to put my sandals away soon

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October 11, 2019
Stitch Gathering 2019 ✁ from Charm About You

"This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive." - Alice Waters

Last Sunday was Stitch Gathering, the wonderful day retreat organised by Jo Avery of myBearpaw, in Edinburgh. It is always a full day of fun, with great classes and company and it's always over too soon. I was there teaching a class - something a little different, more on that later! - and also had the opportunity to take a class. As someone that relishes learning and trying new techniques it was very exciting. And oops ...

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Symposium wrap, a survey, and the Peacock Party from Wendy's Quilts and More

What a week that was!

Some blocks I started at Symposium

Yes, I'm back from Symposium and filled with inspiration.  I met so many lovely people and I want to thank all of those people who came up and introduced themselves to me.

There must have been at least 3 people every day who came up to me and quietly said, "You won't know me, but I read your blog / follow you on Instagram".  It's wonderful to know that so many Kiwis read my blog.  I really thought most of my blog readers were American, but it ...

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October 10, 2019
day four . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's MY turn for sharing on the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop!  Annnnd . . . it also MY BIRTHDAY! 
♥  Local grandgirls visited for a birthday eve visit yesterday!  ♥
Hexie Pumpkin Mug Rug
(this is the fourth or fifth I've made...but this one is for ME!)
A birthday means there's a giveaway in here somewhere. ;)

So when I signed on for this hop in July, I gave myself a couple of hours  several days  weeks  until five days ago to figure out what I wanted to make/share.  I love autumn and the less ghoulish elements of Halloween and I ...

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