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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 14, 2020
Playing with Curves: Winding Ways from Samelia's Mum

A number of years ago, I was at a quilt show, was completely inspired and bought a template set for the Winding Ways quilt block. 



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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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December 12, 2019
Kaffe Fassett in Bath, Part 2 from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

The American Museum and Gardens in Bath, UK, opened its doors in 1961 for the first time at Claverton Manor. It is the only museum outside the United States dedicated to the American arts. Unfortunately, the manor part of the museum was closed for Christmas decorating, but thankfully the Kaffe Fassett exhibit was held in another building, so much to may delight, we were able to see the unique combination of old and new quilts. As promised, here are the rest of the quilts from the exhibit. We hope you enjoy them!

Fan
Katy Clark Elmore, 1937
Chula, Missouri

Dotty ...

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December 5, 2019
Kaffe Fasset in Bath, Part One from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


A couple of weeks ago, I (Kara) wrote about a lovely quilt shop, Poppy Patch, over in England, with a little teaser of the Kaffe Fasset exhibit at the American Museum in Bath, UK. Wait no more, because today and next week, I will be sharing some of the amazing antique quilts and the Kaffe Fasset reproductions of those quilts. 

This was one of my favorite exhibits ever. For me, it was the best of both worlds—antique quilts and Kaffe Fassett fabrics. While Teri and I don't usually work with really bright colors, there is a "bright" side ...

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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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October 11, 2019
Symposium wrap, a survey, and the Peacock Party from Wendy's Quilts and More

What a week that was!

Some blocks I started at Symposium

Yes, I'm back from Symposium and filled with inspiration.  I met so many lovely people and I want to thank all of those people who came up and introduced themselves to me.

There must have been at least 3 people every day who came up to me and quietly said, "You won't know me, but I read your blog / follow you on Instagram".  It's wonderful to know that so many Kiwis read my blog.  I really thought most of my blog readers were American, but it ...

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October 10, 2019
When the Unknown Surprises You! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As we have shared in the past, Teri and I (Kara) are novice quilt collectors. We started with a few quilts that we inherited and picked up a few here and there as we wander the antique malls—one of our absolute favorite things to do together! A few of those inherited and purchased quilts have been shared on the blog (you can read about them by clicking on the links at the end of this post). Over here in Germany, there are not many antique quilts to be found, so I have formed a habit, albeit not necessarily a ...

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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!

Mariner's Whirl IMG_2908wtmk

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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February 19, 2019
Dance of the Poinsettias Progress from Quilt Obsession

Can Can Front, February 18, 2019 IMG_2730wtmk

I’ve now added ten of the 10-point stars to my version of Can Can, now Dance of the Poinsettias. I’d finished the little pink units I showed in my post on Friday and had actually already added one before I remembered to take the progress picture.

Can Can Back, February 18, 2019 IMG_2728wtmk

The back after pressing.  I’m grading the seams right away which helps when pressing.

The next round requires ten  large 10-point stars. I need to make a total of 16 more large 10-point stars for the entire top and I may — I haven’t decided this yet — make all 16 before ...

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September 23, 2016
Granny Squares baby quilt from Postcards From Panama

Not for any particular baby. I’m just calling all of my small quilts (about 36″x48″) baby quilts. I have a 21 year old granddaughter- so someday they may have a recipient.

Meanwhile it is a good format for trying out patterns I’ve wanted to make. Even though it would have been an easy pattern to sew on the machine it is hand pieced.

There will be 12 squares and I’m planning on a two inch white sashing  and a four inch white border with a wonderful Kaffe floral print backing and binding. It will be custom ...

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December 10, 2014
Recent Finished Projects from Quilt Finishes

I've been lax in posting on this blog.  Not that I haven't finished quilts, because I have.  I've concentrated on my blog HandPiecing.


Here are some of the quilts I've finished in the last few months


Prairie Women Project Vase and Flower
This pattern was created by my friend and quilt teacher Mary Clark.  I hand appliqued and hand quilted this wall quilt.  Here's the back.

Back of Vase and Flower
This miniature is made with Inklingo 0.5 Log Cabin Collection and half square triangles.  All hand pieced and hand quilted.

Close up showing ...

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