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March 17, 2019
stash report March 17, 2019 from Making A Lather

My Christmas cactus is blooming. With the weird winter we have had, I am not surprised it is confused. What does surprise me is that the blooms look almost pink, and they are supposed to be red. hmmm

Craftsy sent a coupon to me for an additional amount off, and I found 2 fat quarter bundles I thought were great.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 yard cozies
Fabric Used year to Date: 73.5 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 9.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 95.5 yards
net fabric: 22 yards bought more than used ...

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March 10, 2019
stash report March 10, 2019 from Making A Lather

I had a flannel day at goodwill. Most of these pieces are at least 5 yards. They will make great backs. I am even wondering if the bottom piece would work as the back for my double wedding ring quilt. They are washed and dried and folded.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1.5 yards cozies
Fabric Used year to Date: 72.5 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 15 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 86  yards
net fabric: 13.5 yards bought more than used

I have made great progress on either the bottom or the top of ...

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March 3, 2019
stash report March 3, 2019 from Making A Lather

Stages of grief of a fabricholic

1. denial - sure I have a lot of fabric, but not that much and I need everything for projects I plan on doing. I just need a better organization system and spend a little more time focused on my projects. And I will just focus on finishing and then everything will be sunshine and happy sewing.

2.  anger - I can't find anything, it's a mess. Why can't I keep up and finish everything. It's not fair that quilter's keep enticing me with new inspiration. finishing takes longer than cutting ...

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February 24, 2019
stash report February 24, 2019 from Making A Lather

My hubby brought this flower to me yesterday, in the dead of winter. What a welcome surprise. He had brought one of our planters in from the deck and has it wintering over in our basement under a grow light. The marigold has made it so far.

It was time to do something with this stack of fabric from goodwill. I really like the 2 solid pieces on the left. They are grunge fabrics from before there were grunge fabrics. I am guessing the 80s.
I decided I would weigh it to get the yardage, and there was 5 pounds ...

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February 17, 2019
stash report February 17, 2019 from Making A Lather

I added this fabric this week. Read about my quilter's miracle here.

I also felt the need to add some neutral reproduction fabrics to my stash for the circa 1880 swap for which I am participating. They are in short supply in my limited reproduction stash. The cheddar/ mustard jumped in the cart.

I am still without a new hand stitching project, so I plan to dig out the hexagon quilt and figure what I need to do to start evening the edges.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 yard 
Fabric Used year to Date: 33 yards

Fabric ...

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December 29, 2018
Christmas Cheer from Quilting & Learning

T'was the night before Christmas and mom is still cleaning, shopping, wrapping and blogging!

I helped decorate my colleague's and my office before leaving for Venice. At least that was done when I came back to Canada! I had one week to get ready for the holidays, and I spent most of it in bed or helping my daughter who was even sicker than I. Oh well, I'm sort of rested and at least we weren't sick during our trip

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October 1, 2018
Kingfisher Quilt : Ta-Dah! from Samelia's Mum

Happy (public holiday) Monday! I love a public holiday, though it could have waited a couple of weeks as we've just started our spring school holidays here in NSW too.

The kids are upstairs cleaning out their wardrobes and deciding what clothes still fit and what they can donate to charity. They're both growing up so quickly. Too quickly!

While they're busy, I thought I'd share a few pictures of my finished Kingfisher Quilt. It was finished last week, but when I came to sit and blog about it last week, I realised that I had ...

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June 24, 2018
Kingfisher Quilt from Samelia's Mum

Happy Sunday friends. Normally I'd be sharing a Sunday Seven post, but I've not been on the computer all that much this week so haven't really come across lots of new exciting things to share here. Instead of spending a whole lot of time online, I've been continuing to work on my Kingfisher Quilt and really enjoying the slow sewing progress.  I've now finished making all of my hexie

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May 25, 2018
Cutting Hexagons with the Cricut Maker plus Video from Patchwork Posse

I’ve been having some fun with the Cricut Maker lately!

I thought it might be fun to cut out some English paper piecing templates— hexagons! with it. It really worked out great.

You will want to give this a try! Make your own English paper piecing templates in all shapes- hexagons, diamonds, polygons and more. Endless possibilities.

You’ll be shown how to use the shapes option for the Cricut, adjust the size, duplicate and then cut. Easy to customize your shape and size.

I did end up placing an additional shape in the center of the hexagon so ...

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April 26, 2018
New Project from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I know...
I need a new project like I need a hole in my head, as the saying goes.

But I couldn't resist.
I had been seeing photos on Instagram and blogs from the Netherlands and surrounding countries. I was so drawn to it...No control.

It's a Mystery Hexagon quilt called Winterse Hexjes from Anne Liefs who has a quiltshop in the Netherlands.

She started the mystery at the beginning of this year but you can still sign up like I did a couple weeks ago

This was week 1 and 2

Week 3 and 4 

Now ...

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April 17, 2018
Giant Rose Star Quilt from Pink Doxies

The Kite Shape:
Working with 60 Degree Shapes

The kite shape was never on my bucket list of "Have-to-make that!", but likely because I didn't know its capabilities. I hadn't had much experience with it, and needed to know how it related to other shapes in the 60 degree family. 

Did you know the kite shape is a combination of a hexagon and a small triangle married together at one of the six sides? Many of our first shape experiences are as children, and most of us did not encounter it. It's rarely included in shape sets ...

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April 16, 2018
Total Relaxed Day from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I decided this morning that it was going to be a day of as little housework as possible, just the basic. Also no cooking....
total leftover and clean out the frig day.

It was a cold, blustery day. Sun came out but still didn't make much of a difference.
Stayed inside, lots of piecework, sitting around. Probably too much sitting around but it will warm up and it is going to be a busy week ahead.

On the list for today was to add grey around this diamond


I also dug out the Vintage Garden top that is ...

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April 7, 2018
Fussy Cuts Tips & Template Play from Pink Doxies

Machine Pieced 60 Degree Star in 
Digitally Printed Fabric

After my short experience with English paper piecing, I decided I needed a better method to achieve 60 degree piecing. See 60 Degree Shapes. Measuring with standard quilting rulers was successful with 60 degree diamonds, but my interest piqued in specialty templates for more complicated shapes. I was travelling light for a few days, but 2 new Marti Michell template sets, G & H, were small enough to pack in my carry-on. Both sets are based on 60 degrees shapes, but in different sizes. I'd bought them several months ago, but ...

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April 4, 2018
Scrappy 60 Degree Hexagons from Pink Doxies

Adding More Blocks

Last week I played with some scrap blocks built around these 60 degree diamonds on Make It Happen Monday. I was curious if the diamond backgrounds were too busy, and how a solid would change the block. I had a teal print that read more like a solid in my scrap box, and gave it a whirl. I added 4 more blocks, and made some observations how they all worked together.

What's Good

I like the stronger contrast with the darker value diamonds. I'm curious about how other colors with similar value would look added ...

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March 24, 2018
How to Piece a 6 Pointed Star from Scraps from Pink Doxies

Six Pointed Star Hexie

My last post 60 Degree Shapes talked about experimenting with these blocks, and many of you said this was something on your own bucket lists. It's opened the door to another world of quilts to make, and I thought you might want to join me.

This is a picture heavy post for those of you who need to know before continuing, but you'll know all my tricks from cutting to problem shooting by the end. Shall we do this?

*This tutorial assumes basic sewing techniques of a intermediate sewist.

14.5" Unfinished Block ...

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March 3, 2018
English paper piecing from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

While I didn't get everything done yesterday that I had hoped (I was hoping to have another customer quilt quilted), I'm still on track. It's going to be heads-down for the next couple of weeks until that long arm goes in for servicing. Then I can have three to four weeks of doing nothing! As if!

I did get that huge customer quilt completed the day before.

Customer quilt - DONE
 I still need to trim it, but as I have three in total for the same customer, I'll wait and trim later this week.

I got ...

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February 18, 2018
The Rainbow Connection Update from Curlicue Creations

Here's the latest on The Rainbow Connection.  I'm still sewing away, slowly, but continuously.  Soon it will be one big hexagon.  I'm not sure where I'll go from there.  Should I finish it as a hexagon, or square it up?  Opinions?  Please leave a comment below.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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February 16, 2018
tree pillow and merry go round quilt from Charm About You

There's nothing quite as frightening as taking a pair of scissors to cut into something you've sewn! The results of doing reverse appliqué make that trepidation well worth it though. 

reverse applique tree pillow Tilda

This is the Tree Pillow, pattern from the book Sewing by Heart by Tone Finnanger, made for Sewing Quarter.

reverse applique tree pillow Tilda

It's a lovely folk design, with birds and lots of curves; circles, flowers and leaves. I used two layers of cream cotton over the Sigrid Plum print from the Tilda Cottage Collection. 

reverse applique sewing embroidery scissors

This meant the design only showed through the reverse appliqué areas that I cut away.  It ...

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December 25, 2017
Best of 2017 from Quilting & Learning

Since I haven't really been finishing much this month, I may as well start reflecting on the year that is almost finished. Wow, hard to believe that 2017 is almost history!

Doesn't Cheryl have the best button ever? I love it!!
Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is hosting the Best of 2017 Linky Party. This event is about writing a post based on your "best" 5 posts - however you want to define this.

Highlights of 2017

Celebrate - Fêtons 150!
Inspired by Cheryl's blog, I created a 2017 Finishes page using the InLinkz linkup tool. Since I'm ...

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December 16, 2017
Finished Growing Up QAL from Quilting & Learning

It's been a fun year participating in Alida's Growing Up QAL. Each month we tried a new technique and made some fun blocks. Alida was well organised and gave us a couple of options for each block. I usually chose the easiest one :-)

For my colour palette, I chose Kona solids in different grey, pink and maroon. I did add a few prints in the improv log cabin block.

Here is the list of the blocks and techniques we learned (as well as the links to the posts):

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