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January 17, 2018
Speedy Silent Garden Blocks from Quilt Obsession

Lots has been going on – including a computer that decided it wasn’t sure how well it wanted to work for a few days. Lots of nail-biting going on over that, I can tell you, as I couldn’t begin to think about dealing with all that might have meant. Although I do think it’s a wake-up call and I need to start thinking about a new one in the next six months to a year.

Then I got completely engrossed watching this video. But not because of what she was piecing. Oh, no.

It’s watching how quickly ...

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January 8, 2018
Brown & Blue Silent Garden from Quilt Obsession

First Brown & Blue Silent Garden Blockwtmk

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I love the look of this blue and brown Silent Garden block! I was amazed at just how much I liked it when I finished it.

Back of Blue & Brown Blockwtmk

The back, after pressing.

I let it sit for a couple of days and just kept looking at it and realized that yes, I really did like it and wanted to continue and make the quilt top using those blue & brown stars. So I started on a second Silent Garden block.

Second Brown & Blue Blockwtmk

And in short order I had this, the second blue & brown Silent Garden block ...

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December 29, 2017
Silent Garden from Quilt Obsession

There seems to be a garden theme to my quilts lately. But Silent Garden isn’t a reference to the Garden Gone Wild blocks having gone silent with no work being done even though that seems like it’s the case as I’m still dithering about how to set them and with what.


No, Silent Garden is a design in Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori Quilts 3 book and that is the perfect setting for 6-point kaleidoscope stars. And you know I’ve sewn countless kaleidoscope stars as I just cannot seem to get enough of them!

Lilac and Pink starswtmk

I knew there ...

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December 21, 2017
A Garden and Stars from Quilt Obsession

What have I been doing? Amongst other things, I’ve been trying out various fabrics for sashing/alternate blocks with the Garden Gone Wild blocks but have yet to find the solution.

These are the 22 flowers in the garden. One of them will be used as a label for the quilt and the other will be the cover of a stitching book, I think, so the top will be made of 20 of these Ribbon Flower blocks.

I used so many different background fabrics for the ribbon flowers that I think I may be limited to something like a ...

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December 19, 2017
Start small from Repro Quilt Lover

Lily block with hand appliqued triangles and squares on the white corners.

I've been thinking about getting back to blogging because there is a direct correlation between the time and effort I put into my own sewing and my number of blog posts.  If you look at the last post, you will see that I haven't written anything since November 2016.  And there were only a handful of posts for the years before that.  I blame Facebook.  And Instagram.  Especially Instagram.  So many of my blogging buddies have abandoned their writing for the instant gratification of a Facebook ...

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December 1, 2017
Crossed Orange Peel Mini Quilt from Charm About You

Happy December everybody! It definitely has started to feel like winter here but I'm trying to stay toasty, wearing my log cabin slippers and (handmade by mum) knitted jumpers. I have some exciting things coming up this month, starting with this new pattern!


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November 24, 2017
Grading of Seams & Beginning of Capriccioso from Quilt Obsession

It took a while, but I finally got all the seams of the ribbon flower blocks graded. I had graded the seams on just about half of the blocks, other than the final seams from adding the background fabrics. I was sure I’d only graded the seams as I went for about five or six of the blocks so that was definitely a nice surprise!

Mason jarwtmk

I started out with an empty Mason jar and put all the little pieces from the grading of the seams of the ribbon flowers in it. This is what I ended up with.

Cutting from gradingwtmk

This ...

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November 16, 2017
How The Flowers Grew – or how I sew Ribbon Flower Blocks from Quilt Obsession

I was at least halfway through making the blocks for the Garden Gone Wild top before I finally realized just how much fun I could have with these blocks as they’re not only all curved piecing, but almost all continuous stitching! I think it was because I began with a ribbon flower block that had pieced “blades” and those that weren’t pieced.  That’s my excuse and I”m sticking with it. Once I identified this sewing sequence, I couldn’t get enough of making them!

Flower Step Onewtmk

The first step – make two sets of six of the centre shapes ...

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November 10, 2017
The Lilac Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession


Finally, after loads and loads of un-sewing, the lilac is done!

Lilac backwtmk

The back, after pressing but before grading of the seams.

Before last night the number of times I changed my mind about a fabric in this flower was beginning to seem endless. The only fabric in this block which was in the first group of fabrics I had pulled and printed for the flower is the one used for the 12 centre pieces.  Every single one of the other fabrics has been changed – and some more than once or twice. I’d even gone so far as to attach ...

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November 3, 2017
A Second Sorbet Peony from Quilt Obsession


Sorbet Peonywtmk

As well as working on the lilac ribbon flower, I have spent a fair bit of time over the past week looking at the flowers that are finished and this one stood out every time. This is the original sorbet peony and it is, while beautiful, very washed out in comparison to the other flowers and would have seemed like a blank hole in the finished top, I think.

Sorbet Peony 2wtmk

So what did I do? I decided to make a second sorbet peony with some darker shades of pink and this fabulous toile for the background as the other block made ...

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October 27, 2017
Number 20 to Bloom is? from Quilt Obsession

It’s a dahlia. Not a black dahlia, though.

pink dahliawtmk

No, of course it isn’t! What else could it possibly be for my quilt but a pink dahlia, given my love of pink? And it is the 20th flower to bloom in the Garden Gone Wild series of blocks. But stay tuned, because … well, because I don’t think I’m finished.  In fact, I know I’m not finished. More on that in a second.

pink dahlia backwtmk

Here’s the back of the pink dahlia. Now that I have 20 blocks done, I suppose I really should take some time one ...

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Glitter class with Jen Kingwell at Symposium from Wendy's Quilts and More

On the last day of Symposium I had another class with Jen Kingwell.  This time it was for her Glitter quilt, which is a pattern I've admired for some time.

We had the option of machine piecing or hand piecing our blocks, but I decided to practice the hand piecing that I'd learnt in Jen's earlier Green Tea and Sweet Beans class.

I'm so glad I chose hand piecing because it was so relaxing.  I was at a table with three other friends from Capital Quilters guild, and we just chatted as we each slowly made ...

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October 25, 2017
A Daffodil! from Quilt Obsession


While I thought I was making a gaillardia or, as it’s more commonly known, a blanket flower, it seems I wasn’t. When I finished and was pressing this last night I realized it reminded me more of a daffodil than anything. That may be because I’ve never seen gaillardia here and the fact a good friend mentioned she was planting daffodil bulbs the other day but, whatever the reason, my garden now has a cheerful daffodil.

Daffodil backwtmk

The back of the daffodil.

In one of the flowerbeds on the roof garden, there is a small area where we ...

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October 23, 2017
New Book = Total Distraction! from Quilt Obsession

Millefiori Quilts 3wtmk

I have been totally distracted the past few days looking through the latest book by Willyne Hammerstein – Millefiori Quilts 3. While I loved lots of the quilts in Millefiori Quilts 1 and 2, the quilts in Millefiori Quilts 3 are all calling to me. I can actually envision making my own version of almost every single one of them.

When it first arrived, I was lost for a few hours going through it. And every single evening since it arrived I’ve been looking through it over and over again, identifying the quilts I want to make.


The best part ...

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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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October 17, 2017
Block 18 for the Garden Gone Wild Quilt from Quilt Obsession

I’m getting very close to the end of making flowers for my Garden Gone Wild quilt! Only two more to go after this one. What is block 18? It’s a zinnia.

Zinderella Zinniawtmk

But it’s not just any zinnia. This one is called the Zinderella Zinnia. Who could resist a flower with that name? When I saw pictures of it, I knew it had to be part of my quilt!

Zinderella Zinnia backwtmk

The back. Once again, it’s pressed but the seams are not yet graded. It seems I’m definitely leaving the grading of the seams for the very end ...

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October 12, 2017
Ranunculus from Quilt Obsession

Before I started down the path of making my garden of ribbon flowers, I had never heard of a ranunculus. Thank you to those who suggested it!


I’m glad to have this one added to my garden as I did need some yellow flowers and I love its cheerfulness.

ranunculus backwtmk

The back, after pressing but before grading the seams. I seem to be leaving grading the seams to the end on most of the blocks. Maybe it’s because I’m getting anxious to get to that 20th block!

I’ve begun the next block, the Zinderella Zinnia. Then I ...

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October 9, 2017
Stitch Gathering 2017 from Charm About You

On Sunday I was in Edinburgh for the Stitch Gathering retreat organised by Jo Avery of myBearpaw. I went to teach my hand pieced Whatever the Weather mini quilt pattern (which will be available to buy soon!). It was a brilliant day spent with wonderful people and it all went by in a flash, as these things tend to do. The loveliest part was getting to meet up with quilty friends, make new ones and spend time with people I have only ever known online. It's amazing how well you click with people on t'internet (pun intended) and ...

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October 6, 2017
Flowers and More Flowers from Quilt Obsession

I didn’t mean to disappear for a week, but the latest ribbon flower became a real challenge when it came to finding just the right fabrics for it. I thought I had the perfect pinks chosen for it as they looked just fine when I pulled them and put them to the daylight test. But when the same fabrics were printed, cut and sewn together, they just did not cooperate and give me the effect I was after. Everything was fine until I got to the last shape on the outer edge of the flower. I ended up printing ...

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September 29, 2017
Very Little To Show from Quilt Obsession

There were some fabulous comments on Wednesday’s post – thank you to everyone as I have had lots to think about and flowers to look up on the Internet! I am behind in answering comments, but will get caught up over the weekend.  One of the recurring themes in the comments was regarding white flowers and yes, I’d love to include some white flowers but I am concerned that they would just end up looking like a hole in the quilt. A yellow flower or two I think I can definitely manage, although I don’t tend to have ...

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