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January 23, 2021
Twenty Patch Scrappy Quilt from Sotak Handmade

 

You guys, I made a quilt!



I used to make many, many quilts when I first started sewing 9 years ago, but lately I haven't been in any kind of quilting mood at all. So, having this quilt all finished feels like a huge accomplishment. Especially since it was over 1 year in the making :).



I started making this quilt in October 2019 as a way of using up some of my ever growing mountain of scraps. I cut my fabric to 2.5'' squares and just started piecing them together into these lovely, scrappy 20-patch blocks. I wasn ...

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January 22, 2021
How to Repair a Damaged Quilt from Craft Gossip

A few years ago I was putting away a quilt and I snagged in on a wire hanger.  It ended up with a 2 inch slash in it and I was heartbroken.  Luckily I am a quilter so I was able to fix it.  Unfortunately, many people don’t have that knowledge.  The good news is that Darcy Quilts has a handy tutorial that goes over how to repair a damaged quilt.

There are a number of sections, so pretty much any issue with a quilt is covered.  There are instructions for fixing the following:

  • A frayed seam
  • A small ...

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January 15, 2021
Hand-Quilting Tools: What Works For Me from Quilting Studio Adventures

 


This quilt has been my nightly companion since December 11.  I think in another two weeks it will be finished.  I am loving the texture.  I am loving the sound of the thread being pulled through the three layers.  It's only been the past 6 years that I've been hand-quilting, and now it seems my day is missing something if I don't hand-quilt for a bit.  Let me share with you what I have found works for me.  I am left-handed and do things differently from others.  





My thread of choice is No 8 Perle Cotton.  JoAnn ...

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January 10, 2021
Aotearoa Blooming from Romany Quilting

This wall hanging was actually completed just prior to Christmas, so I can claim it as a 2020 finish, just didn’t have time to blog about it during the Christmas rush.  Aotearoa Blooming features nine stitchery blocks, adapted from Jenny Hunter’s applique patterns, which were printed in the New Zealand Quilter magazine in the late 1990s. 

After bookmarking these patterns in the magazines for such a long time, I decided that I would prefer to do them as stitcheries.  The first of the prepared blocks came along on our 10 week South Island caravan holiday back in early ...

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December 26, 2020
20 Projects to Make With Scrap Fabric Yo Yos from Craft Gossip

Remember those cute little fabric yo yos (or Suffolk puffs) that your grandmother used to make?  They were in every color imaginable and she made all kinds of fun things out of them.  Well, I have rounded up 20 tutorials to inspire you to make your own.  From earrings to table runners, you are sure to find a project that you will love.  There are even a couple of tutorials to show you how to make a yo yo if it’s a new skill for you.

  1. Molly and Mama brings us this beautiful and detailed tutorial demonstrating how to ...

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December 7, 2020
Surprise No. 1: For Cristina and Joe from Quilting Studio Adventures

 


You know how you want to do something so special for someone and sometimes get a bit paralyzed in getting started?  I knew Cristina and Joe were getting married at some point, and I knew I wanted to make them a "I'm thrilled you found your life partner" quilt.  And then paralysis set in.  What helped me to break through was this fabulous assortment of peppered shot cottons.




I wanted to do something featuring equally all the colors - so saturated and so bright,  I even went to one of Cristina's favorite artists, Robert Motherwell , for inspiration.  I eventually ...

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Hand Quilting Cherry Tree from Humble Quilts


I must be the slowest hand quilter in the world! This is one of my first posts about quilting Beyond the Cherry Tree- HERE.(in 2012!!)
I have cross hatches going one direction in the border complete, now working on the other direction. 
I use a Hera marker for that. 


And once it is complete these little oopsies will be harder to find. Thankfully the quilt in 100x100!

My friend Sharon sent hers away to be marked because she knew she'd experience these types of mishaps. 

I'm not sure I'll have this done this winter or not ...

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December 6, 2020
Smitten from Samelia's Mum

I joined Cheryl and the gang (sounds like a band, right?) for Friday Night with Friends (FNwF). It's the last one for 2020 and honestly, I'm happy to see the end of this year. 

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November 30, 2020
Hello Santa, Train Ride, and a little stitching from Romany Quilting

Santa and his Elf friend came calling while we were at Pauanui, weren’t we lucky he knew just where to find us.  Guess the pair of us had been very well behaved this year as our names were called up to go and sit on Santa’s knee.  Poor Santa, we didn’t really want to cause him an injury, so just gave him a cuddle instead.

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So nice to see you, Santa

I had a mishap in the caravan when we first arrived, tripping and falling and giving my jaw a great whack.  So spent the rally sporting ...

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November 24, 2020
Where are we Now? from Romany Quilting

Leaving Taupo behind we spent the next night out in rural Paeroa.  You may remember that we had discovered that the young Lone Pine planted behind the  National Army Museum had originated from seeds collected in 2012 from the Turkish red pine growing at Paeroa Golf Course.  We were so close – of course we wanted to see this famous tree.   So we drove off to see if the staff at the golf club could help us in our quest.  They were so helpful and we were kindly escorted over the greens to see the tree and the accompanying plaque.

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“There ...

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November 21, 2020
A Wet Week of Hand Stitching from Cat Patches

Good morning! I missed you guys! Did you miss me? We could get just a sliver of cell signal when we were out on the beach this past week, but in the RV...Nada. Zilch. Nothing. We were unplugged. 

As expected, it rained almost the entire time we were gone this past week. No worries though. I spent my time hand-stitching. Mike read his books, and the kitties were busy on woofie patrol. Smitty took the first watch:


Sadie took the second:


But let's just back up a few days, shall we? Before we left home, I finished off ...

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A Wet Week of Hand Stitching from ... Cat Patches

Good morning! I missed you guys! Did you miss me? We could get just a sliver of cell signal when we were out on the beach this past week, but in the RV...Nada. Zilch. Nothing. We were unplugged. 

As expected, it rained almost the entire time we were gone this past week. No worries though. I spent my time hand-stitching. Mike read his books, and the kitties were busy on woofie patrol. Smitty took the first watch:


Sadie took the second:


But let's just back up a few days, shall we? Before we left home, I finished off ...

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November 14, 2020
Two Quilts for Binding from Cat Patches

It was a very productive day yesterday. I was able to finish quilting the two quilts I've been working on. And let me just say it was a Red Letter Day finishing off the quilting for Mulligan Stew. I started making it on April 15, 2013. It is the longest quilt-in-the-making of my quilting career. I hope it never takes me so long to finish another one.

But before I tell you about the quilts, I'll just say we had quite a storm here yesterday. A big tree blew down across the driveway we share with our neighbors ...

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Two Quilts for Binding from ... Cat Patches

It was a very productive day yesterday. I was able to finish quilting the two quilts I've been working on. And let me just say it was a Red Letter Day finishing off the quilting for Mulligan Stew. I started making it on April 15, 2013. It is the longest quilt-in-the-making of my quilting career. I hope it never takes me so long to finish another one.

But before I tell you about the quilts, I'll just say we had quite a storm here yesterday. A big tree blew down across the driveway we share with our neighbors ...

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November 13, 2020
Approaching Two Finishes from ... Cat Patches

It's raining hard outside as I write this, and it has been raining all night long...over an inch when we checked this morning. This storm was predicted, and so Mike and I went out and did our grocery shopping yesterday. I'd much rather do it in dry weather than wait for it to start raining sideways. Our list was relatively short since we have a lot of leftovers on the menu this coming week. And that leaves me with a day for nothing but sewing. My energy level is still low, although I can't blame the ...

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Approaching Two Finishes from Cat Patches

It's raining hard outside as I write this, and it has been raining all night long...over an inch when we checked this morning. This storm was predicted, and so Mike and I went out and did our grocery shopping yesterday. I'd much rather do it in dry weather than wait for it to start raining sideways. Our list was relatively short since we have a lot of leftovers on the menu this coming week. And that leaves me with a day for nothing but sewing. My energy level is still low, although I can't blame the ...

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So Thankful from Needle and Foot

OK – this is such a sweet little finish! Remember I mentioned Julia is learning to embroider and to knit? She stitched the word thankful for me on a simple square of quilting cotton. (She was looking for something to do and I asked her to stitch one word I could display during the fall season.)

I knew I would make something very understated with this. Using a deep red scrap, I sewed on the first border. It finished at 3/4″ wide. Then I took an earthy brown scrap and attached a second border which finished at 1 1/4 ...

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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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November 12, 2020
Lots of Stitching from ... Cat Patches

You might think I did a lot of stitching yesterday, and I did. But I have my own set of stitches right now...about half a dozen on my nose. Yes, I've cheated death once again. I look like hell, but I'm feeling pretty good. Thank you to all who wrote to wish me well on this latest bit of nosiness. Thankfully, it took just two swipes to remove the little basal cell from my nose. To see my swollen schnozz and my blackened left eye, you might think it was more. I'm just glad I don ...

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Lots of Stitching from Cat Patches

You might think I did a lot of stitching yesterday, and I did. But I have my own set of stitches right now...about half a dozen on my nose. Yes, I've cheated death once again. I look like hell, but I'm feeling pretty good. Thank you to all who wrote to wish me well on this latest bit of nosiness. Thankfully, it took just two swipes to remove the little basal cell from my nose. To see my swollen schnozz and my blackened left eye, you might think it was more. I'm just glad I don ...

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