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September 13, 2019
"How long did it take you to hand quilt that?" from Wendy's Quilts and More

Yes, I frequently get asked, "How long did it take you to hand quilt that?".

Well, this week. as I put the final stitches into my Shuttles quilt, I tried to quantify how long it had taken me to hand quilt it.


But before I came up with a number, I started to wonder if there is some magic number that people are looking for!

If I say two months, will that scare people off even trying hand quilting?

If I say two weeks will they still think that's too long when they could just send it out to ...

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Nothing Very Inspiring from Quilty Folk

Where to start? I don't seem to do very well with being over-scheduled and/or missing out on having good chunks of time for my own pursuits. In fact, it really messes with my creativity which we all know is of absolute importance in the general scheme of things. Right?

Patchwork Garden applique prep
After fiddling around in the quilting room here and there, mostly wasting time, I finally was able to buckle down and get the applique prepped for Patchwork Garden. This quilt has been quite the roller coaster ride of loving it and then hating it. You ...

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September 12, 2019
Binding and more binding! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

My hexagon wall hanging is all finished now.  Just need to cut the correct size rod and I can show you the final quilt hanging.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of my progress this week.

Binding got cut out and sewn onto the quilt.  Look at all that hand quilting!  Oh my!  My hands hurt like heck, but it was so worth it!  There are a few more smaller tops that will be brought out and basted for more hand quilting as I quite enjoyed the process.  I tried a massage gizmo that will be great for ...

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September 4, 2019
A little bit of this and that! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I'm hand quilting again after quite a hiatus.  My hands and fingers can't work like they used to, so in between sessions of hand quilting, other things were happening.

My lovely hexie wall hanging is the chosen project.  With all that embroidery, there was no way this was going to be machine quilted.  It would not have done justice to all that hand work.

After an hour here and there during the week, the centre is almost done.
In between sessions, binding got sewn onto this Xmas quilt.
Seriously .... that seam had to happen right in the corner ...

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September 3, 2019
2019 AQS Show Grand Rapids Part 2 from 120 Blocks

I always have great plans about making posts that have a theme or fit together somehow in my mind whenever I do these quilt show posts. Then when the time comes I don’t remember how I planned to organize them, … Continue reading

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August 30, 2019
Some hand quilting (and the Peacock Party) from Wendy's Quilts and More

This week I've been watching the US Open tennis on TV.  The timing works really well for me, because the 7pm evening session starts at 11am NZ time.  I do some work in the morning, and then I keep the afternoons free to watch tennis.  I've even moved my sewing table closer to the TV so I don't miss any sneaky shots down the line.  

I've been hand quilting my Shuttles quilt from Kaffe Fassett's book, Quilts in Morocco.  I love this quilt - it's going to be so bright and happy.

I'm using ...

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August 28, 2019
Not done with apple cores from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

You know, after making three apple core quilts, I thought that was it.  I was done with making them.  I was apple cored out!  Or so I thought.

So, what happened?  Well ...... do you remember reading about my friend Karin working on apple cores in the garage?  She rescued them from a friend's garbage and was determined to do something with them.  Well, that rescue didn't last long.  She up and gifted them to me!  LOL  Then, the friend (Cathy, Cathy, Cathy) found more apple cores in her studio and sent them up to Karin and Karin dropped ...

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August 23, 2019
Where Did the Summer Go? from Quilty Folk

Summer is wrapping up for us with a whirlwind of activities. Feels like it barely got here and now we're looking at Fall headed our way in just a blink! Just a quick check in to say I'll be absent from the block for a couple weeks. There is entirely too much going on to make proper time for everything blog related.

In the hoop
I was trying to finish the hand quilting on Make Beautiful Things by the end of August, but it's not looking very likely. Lots of hand work to do here and there ...

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August 22, 2019
keith haring wholecloth quilt (in progress) from Charm About You

This month's Aurifil Artisan challenge was to make a wholecloth quilt. I was sent fabric and thread to work with and given free reign to create. There were a few ideas swimming around my head but when we went to the Keith Haring exhibition in Liverpool recently I couldn't resist doing hand quilting inspired by his designs.

This is an incredibly playfully stitched project and there are elements I absolutely love and also some lessons learned.

I was sent solid fabric in the colour Haze, Painter's Palette Solids by Paintbrush Studio. It's one of their 2019 ...

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August 21, 2019
Aurifil's Whole Cloth challenge with Paintbrush Studio Fabrics from Wendy's Quilts and More

A few weeks ago Aurifil sent some of their Artisans a spool of thread and some fabric from Paintbrush Studio Fabrics Paintbox Palette.  The challenge was to use these two items to create a mini whole cloth quilt. About 20 of us took part in the challenge, and Aurifil will  blog about all of the results at the end of August.

Here's what I made:

It's a bright orange cushion / pillow that I hand quilted freehand.

The colour is actually "Goldenrod" which is one of Paintbrush Studio's Trend Palette colours for 2019. I have to admit that ...

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July 23, 2019
Hand quilting my Cartwheel quilt from Wendy's Quilts and More

It's winter here in New Zealand and that means that it rains a lot.  Our country doesn't get to be so green without a lot of rain.  I need something bright and cheery to work on during winter, so I decided to start hand quilting my Kaffe Fassett cartwheel quilt.

I'm following the advice in the pattern and quilting along the black lines in the background Parasols fabric.  I'm using Aurifil 12wt in black to quilt down the centre of these lines.  I don't have to mark any quilting lines - I'm just following the ...

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HERITAGE STORIES: Jewel Fans from Nestlings By Robin

I love quilting for Kay:)  Her work is put together meticulously and she gives me some leeway to design some of the quilting.  
We are a great team!  Once I have some ideas, I run them past her and we collaborate.
Her lovely Jewel Fans allowed for each fan to be quilted just a tad differently so I didn't get bored:)

I like to mark in a way that won't be permanent or too difficult to remove.  My favorites are either the white pencil or a hera marker.
 In the hoop ready to go!
 By the piece quilting ...

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July 16, 2019
It Doesn't Look Like Much, But I'm Making Progress from Quilty Folk

Next up in the hoop is the Big Tipsy Basket quilt. I don't think it was really supposed to be next in line, but I'm playing around with the idea of putting this one into the regional quilt show. It's all been sort of up in the air as we have an older friend getting married that particular weekend near Portland, Oregon.  

Big Tipsy Basket
Quilts are supposed to be picked up directly after the end of the quilt show and I've been having trouble lining up someone to collect my 'potential' entries. Still working on ...

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July 8, 2019
Slow Stitching on a Wet Weekend from Romany Quilting

We have just had three rather wet and cold days away in the caravan.  Just as well I had some hand quilting to do.  I’m currently working on the Puriri Wreath block, on my New Zealand Botanical quilt.

A little hand quilting

The rain kept coming down, the wind blew, but we were nice and cozy inside our caravan.  Gemma was interested watching the rain drops trickle down the front window.  And any birds she saw looking for worms outside put her in to a state of great excitement!

Yes Gemma, it’s still raining outside

The weather may ...

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June 30, 2019
The Sewing Day that Wasn’t from Romany Quilting

I was all set on Saturday for a day of stitching with my quilt guild members.  My packed lunch was all prepared, and I had sorted out my hand stitching projects to work on.  I took plenty - you have to make sure that you don’t run out of things to sew, do you?  Plus my camera, and note book, after all, there’s sure to be something happening which is blog worthy.  Waving goodbye to Robin, off I went to the hall.  But on arrival I could see that the gate was locked up tight, and not a soul ...

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June 29, 2019
2019 Shipshewana Quilt Festival – 2 from 120 Blocks

I’m sorry for the gap between the first post and this. I had some internet access problems, but they seem to be over now. On with the show! In this post we will look at some/most of the show winners. … Continue reading

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June 25, 2019
It's Carnival time at QuiltNSW Sydney Quilt Show from Wendy's Quilts and More

I'm very pleased to finally share some photos of my prize winning Carnival quilt on my blog. I just love how it's turned out.

This was my primary entry in the 2019 QuiltNSW Sydney Quilt Show - and it won two prizes!!!  Firstly I won a Judge's Commendation in the Pieced Quilt (Amateur) section, and then the Best Traditional Quilt Award (Amateur), which was judged across all of the amateur quilts in the show!

I was thrilled to win these awards, and very grateful to the sponsors and organisers.  My prize was sponsored by Lloyd Curzon Textiles who ...

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June 16, 2019
Slow Sunday Stitching from Romany Quilting

I’ve just finished hand quilting the second block of my New Zealand Botanical quilt.  I’m doing Big Stitch quilting, and using a Sue Spargo thread, Perle No 8 in a pretty variegated pale green.


This block shows the Chatham Island Forget-me-not, and has large shiny leaves, with clusters of sky blue flowers.  The plants are widely grown in nurseries and gardens throughout New Zealand and overseas.

It may well be winter in our part of the world, but I got to sit outside for an hour or so making the most of the wintry sunshine.  Block number three ...

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June 10, 2019
Pretty in Purple for Throwback Thursday from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Throwback Thursday (TBT) link-up for June. I'm co-hosting for Sandra of mmm! quilts this month. If you're looking for Free Motion Mavericks, click here!

Pretty in Purple Lap Quilt

This was one of my first quilts, made when I was still quilting by hand. Those half-square triangles (HST) were all individually cut and sewn!

It's really incredible how the quilting world has changed

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June 5, 2019
A Finish and More Progress on the Applique Baskets from Quilty Folk

Playing With Scale is totally completed now! It was one of those Adhoc. Improv. challenges that really stretched the brain waves. In a perfectly relaxed sort of way of course....

Playing With Scale a finished quilt!
It's probably not something you see all the time out there on the Net, these colors and prints combined with the free-cut strips, but I find it ridiculously charming all the same. People who stick with solid colors just don't know what they're missing!
So glad I added the flower into the mix
The {oh-so-obvious} different widths of the free-cut strips ...

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