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July 17, 2020
Birdies in the Window from From My Carolina Home

Sometimes things just come together when you aren’t expecting it.  I had this pretty bird fabric out, trying to figure out something to do with it, when the nice folks at MadamSew sent me some happy mail.  In the box were two new things to play with, some Square Templates and a Rotating Cutting Mat.  So, a bit of secret sewing was in order to do a project for them.  I did this wall hanging as a pattern, and it is now available on the MadamSew blog.  You start with fussy cutting your motif on two sides.

Fussy Cut Window at

Rotate the ...

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All The Blues .... A Lucy Boston quilt by Joy Hill from Wendy's Quilts and More

My mum's Lucy Boston quilt is finished and we both love it. Mum's favourite colour is blue, and she loved choosing fabrics for this quilt.  Hence the name .... "All The Blues".

Mum finished her quilt before Christmas, but she was keeping in under wraps because she was going to enter it in the Auckland Festival of Quilts this year.  But unfortunately that's been called off, and it will be another 18 months before the next Festival, so mum gave me permission to share it now.

Mum has developed a great eye for fussy cutting, and she had ...

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July 7, 2020
Fussy Cutting Tutorial for Squares and Borders! from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

We’ve all had that fabric that is just too pretty to cut up. Today’s tutorial shows you how to make sure your favorite fabric design motifs are front and center for your quilt blocks and borders.

In today’s tutorial I show you how to fussy cut squares and borders, which is the process of very deliberately cutting your fabric to showcase your favorite motifs or to make sure your border cuts are parallel with the lines on the fabric design. Fussy cutting is a great way to take your quilt designs to the next level which just ...

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April 1, 2020
A MINI ADVENTURE from That's Sew Kerry

When I Met Tula! 

I don't think I ever told you about the time I met Tula Pink - major fan girl moment, I was really impressed with myself that I actually managed to get whole sentences out and they even made some sense!

There's always that worry that if you meet an idol or someone you greatly admire, they may not quite live up to expectations etc, but she really did! Tula was so kind and down to earth, she walked around the room before hand, talking to everyone, having a little sit down looking at the projects ...

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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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SEW THE RAINBOW! from That's Sew Kerry

Travelling Quilt Bee 2019

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be part of a Travelling Quilt Bee it was an amazing experience for me, I made some great 'virtual' quilt friends many of whom I am still in regular quilty contact with, as well as being a great opportunity to try new things and develop my skills. This was largely due to the fact that back then I wasn't overly brave when it came to fabric choices, colour palettes or block/pattern choices and had a real tendency to stick to what I knew and ...

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March 6, 2020
And Yet More Fiesta! from Quilt Obsession

I am not even close to finishing the Fiesta top. I keep forgetting that even though I laid out the blocks and thought I had the block placement all figured out, I’ve been changing it as I go — so it’s not just a matter of sewing the blocks together now but moving them around and — well, just changing things on every row since the second one!

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So all I’ve got are some more pics of a few of the blocks. First a pretty blue star block.

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Some of the star blocks have a frame, so to speak ...

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March 3, 2020
More Fiesta from Quilt Obsession

The colourful Fiesta blocks are the perfect antidote to the grey days of winter that we’ve had so many of this year. I have enough of the fabric left to use in some other project that calls for some wild and colourful fussy cut pieces.

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The effects from fussy cutting/printing a fabric always is a bit of a surprise until the pieces are sewn together. The fabric I used to fussy cut/print for Fiesta has definitely been that – and then some. It was fun to see each block as I finished it.

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Some of the stars end ...

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February 28, 2020
Fiesta!!! from Quilt Obsession

This book arrived and I want to make almost every one of the quilts in it! So it’s a very good thing I got Dance of the Poinsettias done before the book arrived.

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The cover quilt is called Fiesta Gitana and I knew I had to make it the second I saw those skinny stars. An Inklingo Fiesta Gitana collection was released and I was off to the races.

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In no time I had all the pieces printed, cut out and in a box that was just perfect for the Fiesta quilt.

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And those skinny stars turned into some ...

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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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June 20, 2019
Mariner’s Whirl from Quilt Obsession

Where have I been? I’ve been around but had nothing quilt-related to write about or photograph. Thankfully, something finally jolted me out of the creative doldrums!

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It’s called Mariner’s Whirl, which is a Jinny Beyer design (Beyer 382-12) for which three sizes of Inklingo collections (12″, 16″ and 20″) were released. That was what really got me back to working on projects but – surprising myself completely, I chose the 20″ collection to make first. I have ideas about making something with the 12″ size as well, but I wanted to play with the largest size.

And it ...

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