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September 24, 2014
working and progressing from Charm About You

I'm feeling like a good girl today because I finished off Janet's Bee A Brit Stingy blocks and got them in the post:

Why is it I never spot those rogue threads before I actually take a picture??

I also had time for a play today and got on with preparing some more green tea and sweet beans blocks, even cutting into this gorgeous Cracking Codes print. I absolutely love the colours, the rectangles are really vibrant in real life and I love that simple pattern.

Tonight it's on with some hand quilting and serious chill time ...

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September 14, 2014
a start not a finish - le challenge from Charm About You

This is the fifteenth challenge link at le challenge, which means I've successfully finished fourteen makes since we started, but this time... well you've probably already guessed... I have no completed project to share.

I was exciting by the theme 'era' and had lots of ideas but it's been such a busy summer (blah, blah, excuses, excuses!), I had grand plans but as time ran on I realised they were not feasible and I just couldn't find the love for hurriedly cobbling something together.

So instead I made a start and finished the first block of ...

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May 11, 2014
Quilting Update from 120 Blocks

Yes, I have been working on various projects, sometimes simultaneously! So here is the update: Cut the charms for the Twilter charm swap. While I was at it, I decided to cut some 1 1/2 inch strips and store them … Continue reading

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April 8, 2014
Jumping projects from Lilabelle Lane

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

I have been busy working on the next lot of blocks for my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt.

These are the blocks I have so far.

 Now it's time to prep some more.

I laid out my "Lucy Boston Blocks" yesterday.
I am trying to make a decision on the colour of fabric to use for the 1" square blocks that will join these together.  Any suggestions?  So far I keep going from Burgundy to a Coffee colour.

oh, and I went into my LQS today to pick up my copy of Vignette ...

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April 2, 2014
WIP WEDNESDAY from That's Sew Kerry


Just a quick one today, I have had such a crazy week and not really much time to get my quilt on....sigh!! So I had to do the next best thing and buy some fabric...yaaaaaaaaay! Here we go

Alphabet by Windham Fabrics

Newspaper Collage by Windham Fabrics

Britten Nummer Fabric at Ikea

I have decided.....eventually after much deliberation, that I will tackle the amazing Green Tea and Sweetbeans quilt by Jen Kingwell

With my background fabrics bought and selected I really have no excuse now not to get started, bring on Saturday when ...

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WEEKEND REVIEW from That's Sew Kerry

Quilting in the Surrey Hills

Saturday was a great day, so hot and sunny, the birds were really chirpy, the flowers looked so lovely in the sunshine and best of all a whole 4 hours dedicated to quilting with some wonderful friends!!

Val started some gorgeous Log Cabin, Caroline was working on a bag project and Kerry Q is adding the finishing touches to a lovely sea creature themed baby quilt. 

I however took the plunge and make a tentative start on the wonderful Green Tea and Sweet Beans by Jen Kingwell. As usual it took me the best part ...

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March 14, 2014
ONE HAPPY GRANNY!! from That's Sew Kerry


Well after a few all-nighters and one small disaster I did in fact manage to meet my deadline of Wednesday and have the quilt finished for Granny's birthday. She was pleased as punch, although very biased and has paraded it around to all of her friends. I really enjoyed making it, I learnt many new techniques and also that I can actually function rather well with only 3 hours of sleep!

It was always my intention to do this as a 'quilt as you go', due to the intricacy of some of the blocks, I picked ...

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March 7, 2014
Cleaning out the Cobwebs... from Cabbage Quilts

...that have been slowly taking over this blog! You know how when you haven't done something for a while, it gets harder and harder to get back to it? So I'm taking a deep breath, and here goes!!! What has been going on for the past month? I will list it out under headings....

It was been soooo wonderful to have my hubby back! For three months over the Christmas break he was away on the high seas on a Navy ship (he is a navy Chaplain). I won't pretend that it was easy, three months ...

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January 12, 2014
it's my birthday from Charm About You

Today is my birthday. I've had a lovely relaxing day and even managed a little sewing, which I'll show you later in the week. For now I'll share some lovely fabric goodies.

Recently I won a couple of giveaways from the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day. First up this gorgeous bundle of goodies from rosa e chocolat - such pretty fabrics, beautiful yarn and the sweetest little bag - thank you!

Then this super snuggly bundle of Puttin' on the Ritz from Sew Adorable Fabrics - a shop packed with gorgeous fabrics! Thank you Hannah!

Then yesterday a gift from ...

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January 4, 2014
modern? traditional? how do I become a better quilter? from Charm About You


There's so much gorgeous modern fabric and so many great quilt patterns but sometimes it feels like quilting is about things being fast and simple to make. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a sweeping statement about modern quilting, there is a lot of complicated piecing and amazing quilting going on too. Perhaps it is just that I am drawn to the modern quick makes (I don't have a lot of sewing time) or maybe because I still consider myself a beginner and so avoid difficult patterns because I don't think I would be ...

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November 9, 2013
Saturdays Scraps from Alsha's Space

Welcome back for another week of scrappy goodies!

Haven't had the opportunity to do much sewing this week - have been hand sewing some Green Tea and Sweet Beans blocks, and doing s bit of work on my swap blocks with Australia Quilt Swap Blocks.  I've also  been busy with Doll Quilts, as they are due soon as well!

So one day through the week, I collected all the scrappy tops that I have ready to be backed and bound - I was surprised at just how many there are!

There are 5 small quilts hanging on this clothe hanger ...

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June 16, 2013
New Amitie BOM from Cabbage Quilts

Putting it simply, I simply adore Jen Kingwell's (Amitie) talent for quilt and pattern making.

Jen's new Block of the Month quilt 'Bring Me Flowers' is yet another fine example of her gift for combining sometimes wacky but always wonderful fabrics to create delightful quilt blocks, sent out and received each month with great anticipation on my part!!!

Month two has arrived and is in progress! Such gorgeous fabrics including Liberty's, yum.

And in case you are wondering, I am still slowly working on Jen's Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt. Another classic pattern that can ...

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February 13, 2013
WIP Wednesday from New Nest Designs

 This past Sunday I joing the OCMQG for our monthly sew and was happy to make progress on a few projects!

First, as promised last week I did make some progress on my February blocks for the Green Tea and Sweet Beans BOM. These churn dash blocks came together fairly easily. I still need to tackle the orange peel blocks; I got some good advice from my guildmates on applique and I'm excited to try it for the first time.

I was excited to receieve my blocks back from our OCMQG 'A Particular Kind of Bee' and I spent ...

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February 8, 2013
Green Tea and Sweet Beans from New Nest Designs

Photo from Sewing Party
 My New Year's sewing resolution is to make 2013 a year of learning. I consider myself an intermediate sewer at this point and I'd like to challenge myself to learn new things. I had never considered joining a block-of-the-month, never really saw one I liked, until I saw this at my LQS, Sewing Party. The pattern is Green Tea and Sweet Beans by Jen Kingwell and I was first drawn to it by the beautiful combination of low volume text and brights prints. Second, it has a lot of things that I don't ...

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