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September 17, 2019
Assembling the Scrappy Hexagon Quilt Top from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Don't you love to see pictures of other quilters' chaotic sewing areas?
This is the view at my machine Sunday afternoon as I hid from the world and pieced.
Can you tell I found another new sewalong?!?  
It's the #littlemisssawtoothqal -- you can explore the progress of others on Instagram by clicking HERE.  @southerncharmquilts is the hostess -- find her on Instagram.

After I finished a couple days of the #100days100blocks, I started working on the first step of the #littlemisssawtooth blocks (using a layer cake that has been on my shelf for about 4 years and planning it for ...

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September 12, 2019
Laying Out the Quilt Top from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

How are doing with the y-seam chain piecing?  
If you feel a bit frustrated, remember this is a new technique for you.  With some consistent practice, you'll find a rhythm and it will feel more natural -- I promise!!

I finished all 42 of my assorted units and laid them out on the design bed.
Good thing the guest bed is clear as the design wall in my studio is clogged up with #100days100blocks!?!
Working with the thirty 4-hexagon units, lay out 5 across and 6 rows down. 
Lay them out as they come off the top of the stack ...

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September 9, 2019
Let's Start Piecing!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Last week, I invited all of you to join me in making a scrappy hexagon quilt.
If you didn't see the first post, it's HERE.
Are you ready to do some piecing? 
Even if you don't have everything cut, you can still start piecing.
Take another look at Marti's template.  See the holes drilled in each of the six corners?
If this is your first y-seam piecing, I encourage you to set the template on the wrong sides of the hexagons and mark a dot through each of those holes.

A bit tedious?
Yes, but it ...

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September 7, 2019
Start a New Project with Me!!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Good afternoon!  This is "organized" in my studio -- all the fabrics and Marti Michell templates in one place as I work through this years edition of #100days100blocks along with lots of quilters around the globe. 
Did you join in this challenge?
If you did, are you still on task and keeping up!
So far, so good here!
My design wall is right up to date with block #61 for August 30 starting a new row across the bottom!
I'm using my Marti Michell templates to cut most of the pieces and as I was stitching up several sets of ...

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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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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 9, 2019
A Scrappy Hexagon Quilt - Part 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt!

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 | #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #patchworkquilt
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I am so pleased to have finished my Scrappy Hexagon Quilt. One inch hexagons are the best! They are just the right size to comfortably hold together in your hand while stitching, and the scrappy patchwork fabric created by the use of ALL the fabrics is rather delicious. I do so love a scrappy quilt! I estimate to have used 250+ different fabrics and many hexagon pieces have been fussy cut to feature a fabric design element. There's a lot to see! The perfect I-Spy Quilt.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 | #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #patchworkquilt
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 | #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #patchworkquilt
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 | #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #patchworkquilt

I basted ...

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August 7, 2019
A little bit of this and that! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Where is the summer going?  Already August and I have noticed a few trees around the neighbourhood starting to take on a tinge of colour.

I've been back and forth to the cottage for most of the summer.  Another week and my sister will be back to work and I can do more things around the home and in my studio.

Handwork has been my companion this summer.  Pick up and go, go, go.

Hexie handwork.  A ufo from November 2018.  Time to pick this up again and continue the work.

Two sections are now done and two more ...

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July 31, 2019
Embroidery done and big stitch quilting from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Well, well, well!  The embroidery is finally DONE.  Lordy, but that was a long process but so worth every stitch.

The hexies are all marked and the hand quilting has started.  Oh, so happy to be doing this.  Mind you, I'm not so happy with my quilting.  My fingers don't want to work the way they used to, so that is something that may stop eventually.  This quilt can not be machine quilted.  It just has to have hand quilting.
Big stitch quilting.  My niece did a bit on her first quilt.  This is how she does it ...

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July 23, 2019
A Scrappy Hexagon Quilt - Part 1 from Red Pepper Quilts

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing

I had no business starting another English Paper Piecing (EPP) project but I did it anyway. Having a slow sewing project on the go continues to give me so much pleasure, and while I have yet to baste and quilt several of my already completed EPP quilt tops, this one quietly slipped in without any guilt or regret, and has now been added to my pile of finished quilt tops.

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing
Scrappy Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #scrapquilt #slowsewing #englishpaperpiecing
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A traditional 1 inch Hexagon Scrap Quilt has been on my quilty bucket list for some time. I just love the look ...

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A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Part 1 from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress.

A Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019 #englishpaperpiecing #traditionalquilt

At last, another blog update! I know some of you have been wondering if I am still stitching. I am doing the best I can right now and stitching (in particular English Paper Piecing) is still a daily pastime, but I am very much enjoying the relaxed timeline. Having taken a step back I can see more clearly that the pressure (self-imposed!) to update my blog regularly was starting to impact the joy of making and sharing. I am slowly getting back on track - I sure spend a lot of time thinking about the quilts I want ...

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July 18, 2019
Split Hexies from RobynsPatch

What was I Thinking … Found some very old hexie blocks in the dark depths of the stash – perhaps they should have stayed there! Another blast from the past when making first attempts at exploring hand piecing, hexagons, weird … Continue reading

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July 12, 2019
Top fertig from Grit's Life

Hallo Ihr Lieben,

ich habe mein aktuelles Hexagontop fertig, jetzt noch quilten.

Es wird eine Tischdecke, die


bei meinem Patchwork - Gartenfest einen der Tische schmücken wird.


Noch bis zum 18.Juli 2019 gibt es meine Onlineshop-Aktion.

*** HIER *** geht es zu meinem Onlineshop. ImWarenkorb gebt dann den Gutscheincode:
Sommer2019 ein und die 20% werden automatisch abgezogen.

Das nächste Projekt ist in Arbeit. Das wird ein Monatsprojekt und wird erstmals live gezeigt bei meinem Patchwork-Gartenfest.

Alles Liebe Grit

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July 9, 2019
Border flowers from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I absolutely love this quilt!

That scroll work on the top and bottom is different and sure sets off the whole look.  It looks so dainty!  Those are tiny hexagon flowers in the scroll work.
A close up of some of the flowers:
Marcie Patch .... what do you think of your hexagon flowers now?  I call this quilt "Border Flowers" in honour of you and me (U.S.A. and Canada)

To those that don't know the story behind the above comment, Marcie Patch (designer of quilts in McCall's Quilting Magazine) wrote on her blog (no longer active ...

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July 4, 2019
End of June & a Winner from Heart Desire Creations

Industrious wouldn’t exactly describe my quilting progress this past month. There have been some big house chores, like power washing, and truthfully, I have been in a relaxed mode with my sewing this past month.  There’s surprisingly has been quite a bit of progress, though.  I got a quilt back from the long armer and did get it bound.  I’ve been working on a quilt for our bed – bigger than I usually do and although I love it and it’s exactly what I’ve wanted, it’s a bit boring (all 3 1/2″ squares). I ...

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June 24, 2019
My Pot of Gold & A Giveaway! from Heart Desire Creations


img_1371Several years ago, more like many years ago, I started collecting metallic fabrics. Many had an Asian theme and I loved them.  It took me a couple of years to decide, but finally I decided to do a hexagon star pattern.  I cut the hexagons on my Sizzix – I cut, and cut, and cut.  Rather than cut the individual triangles, I sewed the hexies to strips of fabric and then trimmed.


I found this black with gold dots fabric and a friend suggested that I scatter a few black stars about. Had to admit – a good idea.  It also meant ...

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June 13, 2019
Just a tad crazy! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I'm recently back from a trip to Costa Rica and just had to share what my sister, niece and I did.

But first, something quilty.

Sitting by the pool (Azura Resort, Samara), in the shade, a rum drink on hand and some EPP.   Got to have some hand work to do to keep me occupied and my hands limber.

Once back home, this is where this piece is at.  This project will be discussed more on a separate post.
Now, onto the crazy bit.  Do you see this?  Zip lining!  What the ..... My sister and I went with my ...

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June 2, 2019
Lordie .... this is an oldie! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I'm going to be working on this old ufo once I'm home from my vacation.

Yesterday, my sister dropped off a top that she bought and needs adjustment to take on her trip with her youngest daughter and me.  She was coming over to drop off my plane tickets and pick up the other clothes that I altered.  She forgot to give me my tickets.  Silly woman!

Anyway on her way out my studio door, she saw this project on my design wall.  That's pretty, she said.

I told her it was going to be her quilt ...

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May 29, 2019
Last bit to do .... from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I'm trying to get this last section of embroidery done for this top and it is slowly getting there.

Here is a better look at that last section.
The photos don't do my work justice .... because it is absolutely beautiful in person.  Soon, my lovely, soon you will be done and then hand quilting can start.
Not much has been happening lately in my studio.  Too busy with other things.  It is nearly the end of May and cottage time will take me away from my studio.  Hand work will come with me and slowly over the summer ...

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April 26, 2019
An English Paper Pieced - Low Volume - Stretched Hexies Quilt: Part 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

Low Volume Stretched Hexagons Quilt - English Paper Pieced | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

My Stretched Hexies Quilt is finally finished. I may have spent more time thinking about basting and quilting this quilt than the actual doing .... I am such a procrastinator! Of course, the task was not nearly as ominous as I had imagined it to be and I am really very pleased with how the finished quilt looks. Quilting my own hand pieced quilt tops still raises the level of quilting anxiety but I am always happy to embrace the challenge even if it takes that bit longer to get started on the basting and then the quilting.  I have lots ...

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