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November 3, 2017
Winter Workshop Preparations` from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Last week, I got a reminder from the Lake Farmparks Quilt Show coordinator that it was time to submit a supply list for my February workshop and then the brochure arrived for this winter's classes.  Time to drop everything and organize some more for this workshop.  Registration begins on November 13, so there is time to consult your calendar and make plans!  I hope you'll consider joining me to start your own version of Lorena Uriarte's Opal Essence!

My first contact with the pattern was via Instagram when it was first released in Desert to Sea, a ...

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October 26, 2017
Quilty 365 - Top #4 finished from Luna Lovequilts

The fourth and last quilt for my Quilty 365 project progressed at last !
Le quatrième et dernier quilt pour mon projet Quilty 365 a enfin progressé !

Luna Lovequilts - Quilty 365 - Hand applique circles

I finally went for a print designed by Carolyn Friedlander, Crosshatch white on white, for the background fabric.
J'ai finalement opté pour un imprimé de Carolyn Friedlander, Crosshatch blanc sur blanc, pour le tissu de fond.

Luna Lovequilts - Quilty 365 - The last top of a series of four quilts

I started to quilt it earlier this week and chose an even grid quilting design. It isn't worth a picture at the moment but I hope to make some progress in the afternoon and be able ...

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October 19, 2017
Green Tea and Sweet Beans at Symposium from Wendy's Quilts and More

My first class at Symposium was Green Tea and Sweet Beans with Jen Kingwell. I enrolled in this class because I really wanted to learn Jen's way of hand piecing and hand applique. At the end of the two day class I felt very happy with what I had learnt, and knew I would get faster with more practice.


I don't know if I'll ever make a full Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt, but the techniques I learnt will certainly be put into practice in other quilts.

On the first day I hand pieced two tiny ...

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September 12, 2017
Not for the Faint of Heart: Snip, Snip, Snip! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

So last night, my Reality-Romance-Addicted husband was camped out on the sofa to see who got engaged from Bachelor in Paradise, and I was sitting next to him with my applique project.  


Trimming Away my Applique Backing with the Duck Billed Applique Scissors
I decided that I needed to trim the backing away from behind my Whig Roses PRIOR to stitching down those brown center circles that I glue basted in place on each block last week, because I didn't want to risk accidentally stitching through to the backing and not being able to remove it later.  These are ...

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September 11, 2017
Slow Stitching Progress: Frankenwhiggish Rose Applique from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Finishing Up the Last of the Layered Petals
Good morning and happy weekend to you!  I've reached a mini milestone in my hand applique project.  One block is completed in its entirety, and I have now stitched down stems and all three layers of petals on my eight remaining blocks.  Those petals took me a LONG time, all needle turned and secured with tiny hand stitches in silk thread.  I have certainly had some practice with inside and outside corners!

Here's a reminder of what the first block looks like, and where I'm headed with the remaining ...

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September 7, 2017
Basting the quilt...Faufilage pour piquer... from Accroquilt


I'm basting with thread my Baltimore quilt.  
I don't know if I need to baste from top to bottom AND from left to right 
or only from top to bottom.
My stitches are about 2 inches apart.  Is it enough, is it too much or do I need to do the left to right side too.
Will you share your experience?

Je faufile présentement ma courtepointe Baltimore.  Je la piquerai à la main finalement.  Un doute dans ma tête:  est-ce suffisant de faufiler de haut en bas seulement (à environ 4 pouces d'intervalle) ou dois-je aussi le ...

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June 4, 2017
Circling circling circling from Adventures in Life

we just returned yesterday from an overnight boating journey which turned into 6 days ... although not well prepared to spend an extra 4 days away i did take enough sewing to last until the final day which we spend fishing
i have been spending my evenings and car/boat time hand appliqueing circles onto low volume 6 1/2 squares ... these are some of my finished squares for our trip ... i am finding hand stitching to be very relaxing not to say how portable it is
 we spend most of our time tied up at Gorge Harbour Marina on Cortes ...

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January 29, 2017
Winter Blues - January Update from Quilting Artist


I know a lot of you have had the winter blues this year with lots of snow.  My heart goes out to you living in the northwest who seem to not be getting a break from the snow.  Fortunately (don't say it!) we have been very lucky here in the northeast with very little snow thus far. 
But what I mean by Winter Blues here are some of the projects I have been working on the past month.  I seem to be working with a lot of blue.. must be the season.  I hope to get the binding on ...

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