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November 17, 2017
Wholecloth, Batiks and Hexies from Quilting & Learning

It's been a busy week since the last post. I've made some progress on a couple of projects, including starting a new one.

November's Learning Quilt-A-Long

My goal for November is to create a wholecloth quilt from each different batting being tested. In some of the projects, the FMQ follows the design on what will be the backing.

For this first piece, I began by quilting on the silk batting. Last month I had quilted on the cotton-wool batting first, so the silk batting felt very thin in comparison. This time, the silk batting was great.

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November 13, 2017
Books on Monday – Quilting on the Go…English Paper Piecing from 120 Blocks

Welcome back to Books on Monday. We still have a couple of months worth of this before I run out of books that I have purchased, so expect a post on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Today … Continue reading

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November 8, 2017
Leo’s Mane Fourth border from Eagle's Wings Quilts

I’m late writing up a post this week. I usually do one up for Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching. I was stitching on Sunday, lots and lots of stitching. But I was also binge watching a show on England. Tony Robinson is the guy’s name, and he does walks all over the country side and talks about the land marks and the history. I am fascinated by all things English history, so I got rather caught up in it. By the time I realized what time it was, it was too dark for pictures and too late for ...

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Colour Burst Block Two - Celestial Star Quilt from Lilabelle Lane



"Celestial Star"
the Tula Pink version.


I have finished the second bock for my new version of my 'Celestial Star Quilt'.

I have very little of that black Neptune fabric that surrounds my centres left over from my La Pass Quilt so I have very cautiously gone ahead and cut it up and I am very pleased that I had just enough to go around the centre of all nine of my colour burst blocks.


Here is the progress shots of what order I went about selecting the fabrics for this block.
There really is no reason for the order ...

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November 5, 2017
come and gone . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Can you believe we're already into November??  How did that even happen?! And did everyone that needs to, fall back an hour? 
I know that a lot of people don't like the time change ... and *I* don't enjoy that we switch back and forth, but I do love the return to standard time! Oh -- and don't forget to change your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide batteries! (nod to Sarah!)

October was a fun and busy month. I feel like I got a lot accomplished, too. I finished two Christmas quilts and designed (or rather, resized) two ...

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November 4, 2017
Smitten Quilt {FNWF Progess} from Samelia's Mum

Paper Pieced Smitten Quilt by Anorina Morris
Smitten Quilt {Progress}



Good morning friends. It's a lovely, cool and drizzly Saturday morning here. It's been such a long time between rainy days, so I'm really enjoying this weather, for as long as it lasts.

I joined Cheryl and the girls for FNSI by working on block for my Smitten Quilt. I will reiterate here that I am THE SLOWEST PAPER PIECER IN THE WORLD! In choosing the fabrics, the glueing and then the hand sewing of the pieces. 

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Celestial Star - The Tula Pink Version from Lilabelle Lane

Celestial Star meet Tula!
Whoops, a new start  ;)


"My Original Celestial Star Quilt".

When I originally designed my Celestial Star Quilt I had Tula Pink Fabrics in mind but to keep with the theme and feel of my book I decided to make it in Liberty Fabrics.

Now the time has come for me to make my Tula Pink version :) I really do not need another project but if I don't start it now I feel that I may never, so now is as good a time to start as any.

One of my biggest tips for any project ...

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Celestial Star Stitch-Along from Lilabelle Lane

The wonderful team over at The Red Thread Studio have just announced their new Stitch-Along for 2018 and I am so excited that they have chosen my

Celestial Star Quilt 

the cover quilt from my book

"Quilting on the Go ... English Paper Piecing".


All the details for the Stitch-Along can be found in their Blog Post HERE.

They even have a fabric option where you can use the same fabrics that they are using.


In my original quilt I used Liberty Fabrics.


How great is that quilting by Linda at Ladybug Quilting here in Bendigo.

So there really is no ...

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October 30, 2017
Still Weaning and a Speedy Trip to Nebraska from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I'm still playing catch up, but we finally finished weaning on Saturday and I've still got pictures to sort through and share from the previous week. Most days, the boys gather a pasture, drive them to the pens, sort off the calves from the cows, run the calves through the chute to process and vaccinate them, and then run the cows through. They bring them up a few head at a time: And funnel

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October 29, 2017
Slow Sunday Stitching.... from Eagle's Wings Quilts

I’m continuing to work on Leo’s Mane. And yesterday evening I put the last stitches into the last star for the third border. Woohoo, yippee and a happy dance or two!!


I’m a little later posting today than I like to be, but I have an excellent reason. Our grandson Avery was visiting this weekend, so we spent the time with him today. He’s on his way home now, so it will likely be a month before we see him again. (sigh) We did some fun halloween crafts with them yesterday. He made a wreath, using ...

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October 28, 2017
Fussy Cutters Club ~ We Are All Connected mini quilt from Charm About You


Angie Wilson AKA Gnome Angel is such a joy, her blog and social media are filled with gorgeous projects and the most wonderful fussy cuts! I was super excited when I found out she was writing a book and leapt at the chance to be part of the blog tour - or bribed her - either way I was thrilled to discover this book was even better than I thought it would be (and I had high expectations).


Fussy Cutters Club isn't a dry 'blah blah blah' book, this is like a clever friend explaining fussy cutting to you. With all ...

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October 22, 2017
Leo’s Mane Third border from Eagle's Wings Quilts

Hand stitching is all about slow stitching. It’s about enjoying the process as much as the finish, since the finish takes so long to happen. But, slowly Leo’s third border is coming together. I started the third border back on the 6th of September, but then took two weeks out of that time to work on something else. Out of 28 blocks needed for the border I have 18 1/2 of them finished. The last of them should be done by the end of this month, if I keep up with the amount of stitching I’ve ...

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Labels, Image Transfers and Slow Stitching from Quilting & Learning

Last week in my Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Fall 2017 post, I mentioned that I would write about the use of a photo transfer medium to put the image of the statuette on fabric. So here it is, with a few other things thrown in!

Image Transfers

Mod Podge
Photo Transfer Medium

I've wanted to place images on fabric for a long time but the one attempt by my son to do this didn't end well for either the image or the printer! I'm not bad with technology and will eventually have to buy a new ...

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October 19, 2017
Smitten Quilt {progress} from Samelia's Mum





Do you ever plod along and then one day, re-assess the road you’re on? You can then either veer off course slightly or if the opportunity arises, turn off and follow another road to discover greener pastures? This is me and my creative journey, so far.

For years now, I’ve been creating projects for others. Whether it’s for magazines, fabric companies or commissions, I’ve been following their vision and doing as asked. Don’t get me wrong. It’s been a lot of fun with wonderful rewards but I think I’m just tired and seem ...

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October 18, 2017
Leo’s Mane back in production again from Eagle's Wings Quilts

I’ve gotten as far as I can get in my version of Creme Brûlée without rethreading the sewing machine with dark thread. I have to sew up the corners of the borders before I can sew down the last of the outside diamonds. So, I am back to working on Leo’s Mane, the third border. I’m taking these stars and am adding on the outer triangles to turn them into finished blocks, which I am then stitching together to make the borders. Here’s how it looks so far, with that third border laid beside what is ...

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October 12, 2017
Vibrant Curiosities from Wendy's Quilts and More

Here I am with my Vibrant Curiosities quilt at our national Quilt Symposium in Christchurch last week.


And here's another photo with slightly better lighting:





I started this quilt a whole year ago in October 2016 when I was looking at photos of all the fun people were having at Quilt Market in Houston.  I had a bundle of Tula Pink's Slow and Steady fat quarters, and decided it was time to rip into them and start making something pretty.


I do love English Paper Piecing, and Paper Pieces in USA had recently started advertising octagons and squares ...

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October 10, 2017
Fussy Cutters Club: Super Star Coasters from Blossom Heart Quilts

It’s certainly been the year for Aussie quilt designers and their books! It’s such a thrill to see my friends succeed, and I know that there’s more to come. We’re too talented a bunch here Down Under to stop us </p>
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October 8, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! from Eagle's Wings Quilts

It is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, and I wish to extend our hopes that all who celebrate it will have a wonderful weekend. Kathy asked what are we thankful for? There is so much.... our God and Saviour have to be at the top of the list along with all the gifts and blessings He has given. This home and the family in it is right at the top of that list of gifts. It is such a joy to live here and to be able to share in the lives of our daughter and son-in-law and grand daughter on ...

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October 4, 2017
a mixed bag . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I did some VERY BADLY needed organizing and deep cleaning in the Nook two weekends or so ago, so I've been able to spend snatches of time as they come along, working on an assortment of projects.  One of those is actually two of the same piece, mostly, which I created as a gift and then did another for a swap.  It hasn't been gifted yet, so I'll just show a little intriguing bit . . .
Ha!  In another week or so I'll share it in its entirety and by then I may have made a third one ...

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October 1, 2017
A little Creme Brûlée from Eagle's Wings Quilts

I’m continuing to take a break away from Leo’s Mane while I work on Creme Brûlée, which is a design by Willyne Hammerstein from her book Millefiori quilts 2. It’s much less complex than Leo, so it’s been a nice brain break.
I’ve taken the original single rosettes and started putting them together.
 I have a total of 12 of them finished. I don’t know if this is going to end up being a full sized quilt, or if I will end up just using what I have and making it into a smaller ...

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