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March 19, 2019
Diamond / The Birthstone Series from Quiltmanufaktur

Vor geraumer Zeit kam mir die Idee, dass es möglich sein müsste, die Fassetten von Brillanten als Foundation Paper Piecing auf Stoff zu bringen... Dass jemand so ein Idee schon hatte und dass es daher sogar schon Pattern gibt, wusste ich nicht.

Umso mehr habe ich mich gefreut, als ich bei meiner Suche auf MJ Kinman gestoßen bin. Sie hat sich genau diesem Thema angenommen und wenn man auf ihrer Website surft, dann funkelt und glitzert es wie verrückt! Man kann sagen, dass sie das Darstellen von Fassetten für Schmucksteine zu ihrer Passion gemacht hat.
Wie gut, dass sie uns ...

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March 18, 2019
Hanami QAL: Week 2 – Sewing Your Blocks from Blossom Heart Quilts

It’s been so wonderful to see so many people excitedly preparing to sew up their Japanese quilt blocks! Other than the Day When Instagram Broke, I’ve loved checking out plans, fabric pulls, and even some blocks sewn up already on the #HanamiQAL feed on Instagram.

Talking of which, it’s time to draw the winner for week 1… Congratulations Katie – @iamkateyz! I will be in touch to coordinate your prize.

iamkateyz Hanami QAL winner 1

On to week 2! This week’s task is to start sewing your blocks. You can see the full rundown of the QAL schedule and prize details on ...

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A Happy Week of Sewing from Life in the Scrapatch

My first foundation pieced block in a few years.

I started this quilt Here.
and I am really enjoying fussy cutting and sewing these blocks.

This is 

I bought a kit for this pattern about four years ago and never got to it.
I am happy that I am finally getting to it.

I felt all thumbs for the first few minutes,
but my foundation paper piecing skills came back 
like riding a horse.
I feel achy and accomplished now.
 I am pleased with myself for getting back in the saddle.

My FPP Tutorial may be ...

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March 14, 2019
Spring Fling quilt from Charm About You

spring fling quilt by Lucy Brennan | Charm About You

I'm so lucky that I get to have SO MUCH FUN creating designs with bright and beautiful fabric. For this quilt I picked out prints from Zuma by Tula Pink and a range of colours from Tula Pink solids.  A classic block in the centre and medallion style borders made with a mix of regular machine piecing and foundation paper piecing, make for a modern and dynamic quilt. My Spring Fling quilt pattern is in Issue 71 of Love Patchwork & Quilting - out now!

The detail in the prints is just amazing, there's so many that I thought were ...

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March 12, 2019
A Mola finish from Quilting & Learning

Funky Flower Mola

It's done! I've spent many hours embellishing the Funky Flower Mola that I started two weeks ago for the Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop. I really enjoyed the embroidery and the beading.

Funky Flower Mola - finished!
After the blog hop, I added another butterfly and embroidery to the top of the piece.

Second butterfly and vines
I also added tiny pink seed beads around the funky flower.
Beading the funky flower

One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March

It's been a while since I linked up to an OMG - so here goes!
I ...

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March 5, 2019
The Hanami QAL – A Virtual Cherry Blossom Picnic from Blossom Heart Quilts

During cherry blossom season in Japan, you will find parks full of trees that have quite simply exploded in pink and white blossoms. And underneath these trees, you can barely walk for all the picnic blankets and plastic sheets that cover the ground for excited picnickers sharing a hanami picnic.

Sakura cherry blossom tree

Hanami is the activity of viewing sakura (cherry blossoms) while they are in full bloom, and it is not uncommon to have several hanami booked during the week or so that the trees are in bloom – various friend groups, family groups, work lunches, and even evening events with lights strung ...

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February 27, 2019
Hinamatsuri Pattern Release from Blossom Heart Quilts

If you were to be in Japan this week, you will have seen beautiful displays of dolls set up to celebrate Hinamatsuri (Girls Day) tomorrow. These displays will feature, at the very least, an Empress and Emperor kneeling down and holding fans. The bigger and more elaborate displays will include tiers of attendants and musicians underneath the Imperial couple.


Nesnad [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

For my next Japanese quilt block pattern, I wanted to create a set of these Imperial dolls. They’re a little similar to the Kokeshi dolls, well, in that you have plenty of ...

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February 18, 2019
I Heart Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks (Week 215) link-up. As a tribute to Valentine's day, I have a 

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January 1, 2019
Forrest of Trees - It's a "Wild" Life Block of the Month - #12 from Creatin' in the Sticks

Happy New Year!

It's the twelfth and final month for the 
It's a "Wild" Life Block of the Month!

This month's block is a big one.

Forrest of Trees

It is a mixture of traditional piecing and paper piecing.
Forrest of Trees
12 1/2" x 60 1/2"
and Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy
 designed this month's block.

You can find the pattern information on Amy's blog by clicking HERE.

All of the blocks are now released
here is a suggested layout.

All of the patterns are available:

Here are my versions ...

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December 30, 2018
my last quilts from Charm About You

foundation paper pieced hot air balloon Liberty fabric

I have two quilts that I finished recently, both made for Sewing Quarter. These are the last quilts I will make for them (for now at least) as I start something new. This one is the pretty Hot Air Balloon quilt pattern by Sarah Ashford

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December 23, 2018
that time I forgot to photograph a quilt from Charm About You

It was bound to happen at some point. I completely forgot to photograph a quilt, therefore failing as a blogger. Thanks to the magic of screen grabs and YouTube though, I can at least show you the finished quilt (not quite in all its glory).

First let me share a pretty pincushion I made for Sewing Quarter. This is the Voodoo Feather Pincushion from the book Adventures in Paper Piecing by Sarah Elizabeth Sharp. I made it using fabric from a Tilda Bird Pond charm pack.

voodoo feather pincushion foundation paper pieced tilda fabric

The book is excellent. It takes you through everything about foundation paper piecing, including ...

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December 21, 2018
A finished birthday bear mini from Quilting & Learning

Birthday season in our family is mostly in the fall. This year I decided that I didn't want to keep buying birthday cards and that I would make each person a mini quilt. In theory it's a wonderful idea (and many of you agreed with me!), however.... it's much quicker to go buy a card than make a mini! So if you decide to do the same, you might want to add some "making" time to your mimi

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December 10, 2018
holiday spirited elves from easypatchwork

Hi everyone, Here is a quick note to say, yes. I am still here, alive and kicking. I have been totally in my design element designing all kinds of foundation paper piecing dolls. After I made the Paper Dolls -  Mini Collection and Winnie the Witch, I just couldn't stop and designed the Spirited Elves. This is probably the biggest collection I have designed so far too with sew many possibilities.

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December 2, 2018
A loon, a bear and a binding tutorial from Quilting & Learning

Finished loon

Finished loon quilt mini
The loon mini is quilted in-the-ditch.
I found some fabulous foundation paper pieced patterns for making woodland animals blocks. Here's how it started.

My October DrEAMi! (something that catches your fancy and you just have to Drop Everything And Make It!) was a foundation paper pieced block that I gave my brother for his birthday instead of a card. Since he loves the outdoors, I made him a loon.

This is the first of several minis that I'll be making using Made by Marney's patterns. The finishing of the loon mini and the making of ...

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December 1, 2018
Geese and mountains from Granny Maud's Girl

I am frantically hand quilting my Christmas tree skirt (any completion date before midnight on Christmas Eve will feel like a win), but I cannot believe that it is almost Christmas and the end of another year. This year has been a busy, busy blur.

Even though I have been busy, when I promise to help, I stick to my promises, especially for a good cause. Kate is once again making a quilt to raise funds for ovarian cancer research, and I once again contributed a block.

This quilt’s theme is ‘Go teal it on the mountain’, and Kate ...

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November 30, 2018
Cartwheel quilt from Wendy's Quilts and More

Yes, I've started something new.  It's a crazy pattern from Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Grandeur book called "Cartwheel".

The rainbow ric rac is from Spotlight in New Zealand, but I believe you can buy it at Joann's in USA. 

There's so much going on in this quilt, and to top it all off, it's got ric rac!

I've admired the pattern since I first got the book, and when my good friend Anne was destashing some of her Kaffe Fassett fabrics, I spied the background fabric called Parasols in her box.

So Anne kindly ...

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November 5, 2018
Starry Bright Sky QAL - pattern 11 from TweLoQ Designs

It's time now to get to this month block of the Starry Bright Sky QAL! 
This is the LAST block of this QAL!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Starry Bright Sky QAL page
This is a wonderful Skill Builder, because every month I will be featuring a different technique and we will have step by step instructions to walk you through the entire process, from cut to finishing.

Visit the QAL page to find all the information about the event rules, the quilt layout, all the future techniques and more.
I recommend ...

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November 4, 2018
Travelling vicariously and DrEAMi! from Quilting & Learning

Wandering Camera

I did my end-of-the-month post before thinking of the Wandering Camera photo linkup and my DrEAMi!. I don't want to miss it but I don't have much to post, so I've decided to travel vicariously through my daughter who is presently studying Art History in Venice (how cools is that

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October 24, 2018
Diamond Mini from Quilting & Learning

I love trying out new patterns, especially when they come from a fellow blogger. I often don't have the time to try them out, but this weekend I wanted to make a special little something for my sister-in-law who was visiting from Vancouver.

Diamond Mini 

When she was here last Thanksgiving, she mentioned that she loved the colour combination of bright green and pink. I had promptly picked up some Kona fat quarters but never did get around to making anything. So finally, a year later, here it is.

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September 23, 2018
don't worry bee happy from Charm About You

I wrote on a quilt (and it wasn't the label)! I'm sharing how I added text to a recent quilt finish and having a little catch up...

foundation paper pieced fpp heart pattern

I sent this heart to Jenny for special secret quilt she's making. It's a lovely foundation paper pieced pattern by unicornharts, you can find the free Hearts fpp pattern in her shop on Craftsy. The print fabrics are from the new Autumn Vibes collection by Maureen Cracknell. You can find UK stockists through Hantex.

Despite it being a little way off, you may be already thinking of makes for ...

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