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March 17, 2019
stash report March 17, 2019 from Making A Lather

My Christmas cactus is blooming. With the weird winter we have had, I am not surprised it is confused. What does surprise me is that the blooms look almost pink, and they are supposed to be red. hmmm


Craftsy sent a coupon to me for an additional amount off, and I found 2 fat quarter bundles I thought were great.


Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 yard cozies
Fabric Used year to Date: 73.5 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 9.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 95.5 yards
net fabric: 22 yards bought more than used ...

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March 8, 2019
Auditioning for a New Project from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

March begins and since I finished that huge quilt last week, I feel comfortable starting a new project which has been on my "bucket" list since the first moment I saw it on Instagram -- Marge Sampson-George's Mrs. Peach.  I've had the paper templates for this EPP project since August -- such self-control to wait for six months!?!
(HERE'S a link to my Pinterest board to see some examples.)

Do you follow any Australian quiltmakers via Instagram or Pinterest?
I find their use of print and color so different from my own and I've studied these photos intensively ...

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March 3, 2019
Battle of the Stars from Eagle's Wings Quilts

If you recall, back in January I decided that I wanted to schedule a time period for each of the hand piecing projects I have on the go. Two weeks for Willyne Hammerstein projects, one week for Connections and one week for the pieced hexagon sampler. We are at the beginning of the month which means it is back to my Willyne Hammerstein projects. This one is Battle of the Stars from her third Millefiori book. I have half of the centre sewn together. Now comes the hard part of choosing the rest of the fabrics to complete it. I ...

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February 28, 2019
Another Some of This; Some of That from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Destashing:  A very busy week.  While I did some sewing (most was repairing some sofa covers), I only used 0.03 yds for a few hexies for my Bliss.  I had to do design work modification on the new row deciding what a few in the last row should have been.  Bliss designing:  I  was adding the next round to my EPP project and discovered that I must make adjustments to every 5th hexagon in my last

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Another Some of This; Some of That from Quilting Reader's Garden

Destashing:  A very busy week.  While I did some sewing (most was repairing some sofa covers), I only used 0.03 yds for a few hexies for my Bliss.  I had to do design work modification on the new row deciding what a few in the last row should have been.  Bliss designing:  I  was adding the next round to my EPP project and discovered that I must make adjustments to every 5th hexagon in my last

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February 27, 2019
A BIG Finish!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

It's been almost two years of off and on hand quilting, but it's finally finished!!
I'm currently stitching the binding!  
The quilt is headed with me to a weekend retreat and soon it will be ready for a bed . . . . somewhere.
I pieced the blocks along with a group of other English paper piecing addicts following the direction of Karen at Faeries & Fibres during 2015 -- you can visit her blog HERE and scroll down the page to link to all of the posts relevant to this follow along.

And now here are close-ups of all the full blocks ...

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February 24, 2019
stash report February 24, 2019 from Making A Lather

My hubby brought this flower to me yesterday, in the dead of winter. What a welcome surprise. He had brought one of our planters in from the deck and has it wintering over in our basement under a grow light. The marigold has made it so far.


It was time to do something with this stack of fabric from goodwill. I really like the 2 solid pieces on the left. They are grunge fabrics from before there were grunge fabrics. I am guessing the 80s.
I decided I would weigh it to get the yardage, and there was 5 pounds ...

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February 21, 2019
Kingfisher Quiltalong Top Finish from A Ditchin' Time Quilts


Finally finished my quilt top of the #kingfisherquiltalong !  You know how much I love hand appliqué and this quilt did not disappoint!  If you want to join this quilt along, even though it's over, head over to the blog "Stitched in Color" and you will get all the details and directions.  That's what I did, I was late to the party, but it doesn't matter because it's on-going! 





I will binding it with this purple!  Can't wait.  Love Love Love all this fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics called  Flower Child Fabrics by Maureen Cracknell.




Now ...

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February 17, 2019
stash report February 17, 2019 from Making A Lather

I added this fabric this week. Read about my quilter's miracle here.


I also felt the need to add some neutral reproduction fabrics to my stash for the circa 1880 swap for which I am participating. They are in short supply in my limited reproduction stash. The cheddar/ mustard jumped in the cart.


I am still without a new hand stitching project, so I plan to dig out the hexagon quilt and figure what I need to do to start evening the edges.



Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 yard 
Fabric Used year to Date: 33 yards

Fabric ...

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

**Giveaway now closed**

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 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. 


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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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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
I Like Thursdays and Friday Finish from The Quilting Reader's Garden

I Like Thursdays has come around again.  And while there are lots of things I liked, not many photos were taken.  Here are the ones I did take. That baby quilt?  I like that I got it done. A mistake showed up. Maybe I'll fix it and maybe I won't. Requires three seams to be done over. And yes, it is that soft and muted in real life. This was a Marti Michell all over print from maybe 20 years ago.

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I Like Thursdays and Friday Finish from Quilting Reader's Garden

I Like Thursdays has come around again.  And while there are lots of things I liked, not many photos were taken.  Here are the ones I did take. That baby quilt?  I like that I got it done. A mistake showed up. Maybe I'll fix it and maybe I won't. Requires three seams to be done over. And yes, it is that soft and muted in real life. This was a Marti Michell all over print from maybe 20 years ago.

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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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December 29, 2018
Embroidery, Hexies and Art in Florence from Quilting & Learning

Here is my final travelling post from Italy. I didn't have time to work on my hexies very much, except on the train between Venice and Florence. We just had too much to see and do, or I was just too tired :-)

Embroidery in Venice

I wanted to take my favourite jeans with me to Venice but they have holes in them (on purpose). I decided to patch them up with some of my hand-dyed fabric but didn't get a chance to finish them before leaving...so my jeans were packed with embroidery floss :-) It's a work-in-progress ...

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December 10, 2018
catch up and from Charm About You

*GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED*

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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