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December 29, 2020
Big Flower Quilt.....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Remember this Big Hexy Flower?

I chose these 4 lime green fabrics
for the background hexies...

I put the light green background hexies
up on the design wall with the BIG Flowers:

they look NEON green......eeek!

After looking at this on the design wall
for the last 2 months, I took them all down.

I found a richer, calmer green fabric
and wrapped it around the hexy papers:

Ahhh....much better.

There is a bed sheet under the hexagons.
They will be pinned onto the sheet.
Then I can keep them in order as I 
hand piece the hexagons ...

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December 21, 2020
2020......Highlights from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 A look back at 2020...

January 2020

I needed a fresh start for 2020.

My sewing area went from this:

to this:

February 2020

Calving Season begins @ the Kessi Ranch

Playing with Rayon Threads

March 2020

The Turkey Vultures are BACK

Calving Season....continues:

Fertilizing the Hay Fields

Playing with Improv

April 2020

Improv Technique 2

Improv Technique 3

Improv Technique 4

Improv Technique 5

Improv Technique 6

Improv Technique 7

Improv Technique 8

Sunflower Quilt Finished

May 2020

Zipper Pulls

June 2020

Improv Quilt Top

Messy Painted Canvas

July 2020

Tassel Necklaces

Haying Season ...

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November 13, 2020
Neptune and the Mermaid from Wendy's Quilts and More

This week I've been hand quilting my Neptune and the Mermaid quilt.  I usually use a hera marker to mark my quilting lines, but this time I've used a blue washout pen because it was hard to see the marked lines on the highly patterned fabrics. 

I always use a hoop when I hand quilt, but I must have taken it off before I took the photo above.  Here it is on another section of the quilt.  

Aurifil 12wt is my favourite thread for hand quilting

I like to experiment with my quilting, so I'm going to ...

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October 16, 2020
English Paper Piecing....BIG Flowers from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Remember these JUMBO fabric flowers ?

The flowers were created with some 
leftover hexagons from the quilt below...

I pieced two of these quilt tops three years ago.

I had orphan fabric covered hexagons
in the bottom of my sewing box.

Here it is three years later
and I am stitching on those hexagons again.

I have 30 hexy flowers finished so far...

I decided on lime green hexagons for the background...

Four different shades of lime green...

I cleaned off the design wall and started
pinning up hexagons...

I think the lime green is working 
in the background...

A few ...

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October 10, 2020
Glitter in Green from Wendy's Quilts and More

My Glitter quilt is finished! And it won a prize in our guild's exhibition. 

Yes, I won Best Hand Pieced and I was thrilled. Glitter is designed by Jen Kingwell from Australia.  I started my Glitter quilt in a hand piecing class with Jen Kingwell at the Christchurch Symposium in October 2017.  I did promise Jen that it would be finished by October 2019, and the top was finished by then, but I didn't start hand quilting it until January 2020.

Now it's finished, and it will look just right on our bed. I chose the greens ...

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October 2, 2020
English Paper Piecing and Tractor Work... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


In the evenings I have been doing

some hand stitching...

English Paper Piecing.....Hexagons

Batik Fabrics

These are jumbo sized Hexagons:

They are very large and
the stitching goes quickly !

I spread them all out on the floor tonight
to see what colors I need...

The chair helps you realize
just how BIG these flowers are !

8:00 this morning:

The Cowboy is hooking implements up
to the John Deere tractor...

The ground has already been plowed and harrowed.
The roller packers are hooked up today.
They compact and press the soil down and
prepare it for seeding...

This is ...

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September 30, 2020
English Paper Piecing and Plowing... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


On Mondays I spend the day with the

Harlan Valley Quilters

@ the Quilt Palace

I brought along the Horse Panel
and put it up on the design wall...

This is my little corner of the sewing room...

I also brought along the border/frame
for the Horse Panel...

The hexagon papers need to stay in the 
outer edge of the borders.....for now.

The borders are pinned up around the panel.
I need to do some measuring and tweeking
before I can begin the applique' work...

It is good to see it up on the wall.

Then I had to ...

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September 29, 2020
Hand Piecing and Covering Hay Bales... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I am making progress on the 

Horse Quilt Panel

English Paper Pieced.....Borders

I finished the 4th border last week...

Last evening I pieced the 4 borders together
which creates a frame around the horse panel...

I put a chair in the photo so you can see
the actual size of the piece.

My next opportunity, I will applique' this frame
to the horse quilt panel.

Most of the hay bales we made last summer
have been stored in all the barns...

The rest of them are stored outdoors...

It is time to get them covered:

We use large sheets ...

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September 13, 2020
Hand Piecing, Pears and Wild Fires... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


The English Paper Piecing continues

on this Horse Quilt Panel...

Three of the four border sections are 
hand pieced together...

This is the fourth and final border 
I am piecing now...

I have been toting the borders around
in this Messy Painted Canvas tote bag...

When a hand piecing moment arises,
I pull a border section out of the tote bag and stitch for awhile.

Our pear tree in the yard
has been fruitful...

Pears....almost too pretty to eat !

Pear Freezer Jam

We pick a few pears each day,
some are shared with our little goat herd,
the rest ...

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September 11, 2020
Hand Piecing and Peaches... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Our power has been out for several days so...

I have been english paper piecing

the borders on this horse panel quilt...

There are 4 borders...

I have this bottom border left to hand piece,
then I can put this baby together
and get on with the machine quilting.

The power came back on today...

I got busy canning these peaches...

We are enjoying the last of the summer flowers...

Thread Shed petunias, hollyhocks and dahlias

The deer have begun to come in the yard at night

and munch away on the petunias and hollyhocks.

Now that the power has ...

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March 27, 2020
Friends at the Fence... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Look what's up on the Design Wall...

I have had this panel for close to a year now...

I put it up on the design wall...

then waited for inspiration to set in.

English Paper Pieced Hexagons...

on the table

Now, I am inspired !

Here goes...

The sky has a very soft pink 

running through it...

I pinned up the light blue and pink hexagons

 along the sky.

At this point, the sky is blocked in 

with blue hexagons.

I have started on the lower portion...

blacks, browns, rusts 

to go with the horse colors.

I am getting goose ...

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March 19, 2020
Go BIG.........or Go HOME from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I haven't had much time with my

sewing machine out in the Thread Shed

 since calving season began

in February...

I have been hand piecing in the evenings...

English Paper Piecing

Just so you can get an idea of the size of these

paper pieced flowers:

Each hexagon petal is 

nearly the size of my hand !

Go BIG.....or Go HOME !

These piece together fairly quickly...

I can stitch together 5 or 6 in an evening.

I have 13 done so far...

Not sure what I will do with them?

For now, I just enjoy looking at these BIG ...

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February 21, 2020
Millefiori Quilts 4 from Wendy's Quilts and More

I'm so excited! I now have a copy of Millefiori Quilts 4 by Willyne Hammerstein.

Millefiori Quilts 4 is Willyne's latest book for Quiltmania and it contains another 19 amazing quilt patterns.  

My Ballet with Kaffe quilt waiting to be hand quilted

As I've been good and finished the English Paper Piecing on my Ballet with Kaffe quilt from Book 2 (photo above), I rushed out and ordered some templates for two of the quilts in Book 4.  

I chose "Send Flowers to Your Loved Ones" and ordered the hand piecing acrylic templates for it.  Because as ...

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February 8, 2020
Hand Piecing 103 video - 8 pointed stars from Wendy's Quilts and More

Many people have asked me how I got the centre tight on the 8 pointed stars in my first video.  So, I've made a third video explaining how I did it. This video also includes more demonstrations of me stitching, and the tailors' knot.

I learnt this trick for the centres from Willyne Hammerstein when I attended her class at the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) in Melbourne in 2018. 

This is Willyne Hammerstein's Moncarapacho quilt that was on display at AQC.  Willyne hand pieced it all and hand quilted it too.  This is hand piecing at its finest ...

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February 7, 2020
Hand Piecing 102 video - making your own templates from Wendy's Quilts and More

Well, I never expected that my video on hand piecing would be so popular!  Thank you for all the positive feedback on my last post and my Hand Piecing 101 video.

I thought that most hand piecers purchased acrylic templates, but there clearly are a lot of people who make their own templates, and many of you wanted tips on how to make accurate templates.

So, my next video, Hand Piecing 102, is all about how to make your own hand piecing templates from template plastic.

You can watch it here:

Hand Piecing 102 explains how to get straight edges ...

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January 31, 2020
Hand Piecing 101 video from Wendy's Quilts and More

Guess what! I made a video.

A number of people have asked me about hand piecing recently so I made a video.  It's just a little home movie - nothing flash - but I think it covers all you need to know.

It's interesting that when I grew up in the 1980's in New Zealand my mum taught me how to English Paper Piece with hexagons.  It was a relaxing way to hand sew fabrics together.

But when I met Willyne Hammerstein from the Netherlands, she said that people in Europe grew up hand piecing, and they didn't ...

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January 28, 2020
Hexagon Table Runner......#3 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

English Paper Pieced.....Hexagons

I enjoy a hand piecing project when we travel,

so I am putting together a 

take-a-long table runner.

After all of the paper hexagons are covered with 

fabric, I put down a white piece of fabric and

arrange the table runner...

This is my third table runner,

and I still enjoy the process.

The pieces are all arranged,

but not sewn together just yet...

I pin each hexagon to the fabric base.

They will live on this fabric until they

are hand pieced together.

The fabric will not remain under the hexagons.

Once they are all ...

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November 22, 2019
Neptune and the Mermaid (and the Peacock Party) from Wendy's Quilts and More

Last month I showed you the blocks that I started in my hand piecing class at Symposium.  Well,  here they all are, finished.  I used some really fun fabrics called Neptune and the Mermaid, designed by Tokyo Milk for Free Spirit Fabrics.  I've added in some Tula Pink fabrics because they work so well with the Tokyo Milk fabrics.

That's nine big 18" blocks finished.  I can hardly believe that I hand pieced a quilt this quickly! I've really enjoyed making these blocks. I'm quickly becoming a real hand piecing convert and actually prefer it to ...

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