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November 19, 2014
while away the hours from Charm About You


I am doing a lot of hand piecing, English Paper Piecing and hand quilting and am loving it more and more. I think I need to turn my machine on just to make sure it's ok but I'm content spending my evenings curled up with a needle and thread for now.

I've done more green tea and sweet beans blocks, here are my first two Garden Paths (just one more to do):



I did some epp and hand appliqué for a cushion I hope to be teaching and of course I'm going to hand quilt it ...

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November 12, 2014
happiest with fabric and a needle in my hand from Charm About You


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I realise I've said it before (and I'm sure I am preaching to the converted) but quilting really is the best therapy. With my husband busy curating an exhibition, I have sat and sewed while watching tv*, trying to relax as best I can. I have to say I am very pleased with the results and these little patchwork flowers and blocks bring a smile to my face.

The flowers and leaves are destined to become a cushion that I hope to be teaching in ...

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November 5, 2014
blocks and blocks from Charm About You


So despite all the blah feelings of late and the fact I've got lots of other things I should be doing, I have managed to make some progress on my hand pieced Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt.

Here are my 2 Lozengers blocks:


Not sure why I jumped ahead to do those but I'm going to do the blocks in order as they appear in the pattern book because I think it will help me keep track of where I'm up to. 

I've got lots more of these to do but here's my first ...

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

GREEN TEA AND SWEETBEANS

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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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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