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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 23, 2017
Inklingo Ribbon Flower Christmas Quilts from Stof genoeg

Finally I got to play with Inklingo Ribbon Flower in EQ. I designed some Christmas quilts, combining the Ribbon Flower blocks with several other Inklingo blocks. In the quilt above, the 12 inch [30,5 cm.] blocks are in a horizontal … Continue reading

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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 16, 2017
Trying the stars in Inklingo from Art In Search

     I came across Inklingo a couple of times over the years, but did not have the focus to go through all the webpages to figure it out. Motivated by possibly making Passacaglia by not using English Paper Piecing (I can hardly look at the words), I found Inklingo again. It tried the free shapes and made the two stars. I was able to machine piece them. The yellow fabric was sent to me by Linda from Inklingo printed. I then printed on the white with black. Easy to print. I bought the Handbook. Now I have to decide whether to ...

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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 13, 2017
Books on Monday – Quilting on the Go…English Paper Piecing from 120 Blocks

Welcome back to Books on Monday. We still have a couple of months worth of this before I run out of books that I have purchased, so expect a post on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Today … Continue reading

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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 31, 2017
Dates for Second Applique Retreat! from Simple Bird Applique

Thanks to everyone who signed up for my first Applique Retreat which will be held in March at Fireside Retreat in Orillia.  The response was so positive that I have booked a second Retreat!  The dates for the second Retreat are April 20-22 (Friday-Sunday).  All meals will be included, starting with dinner on Friday night.  This Retreat is a perfect opportunity to learn the method I use for all of my applique projects.  It is also a perfect time to catch up on your own applique projects and to be inspired by other students. Your fee of $400.00 includes ...

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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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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 22, 2017
Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars from Just Sayin' Sew

I wish you could actually hear the oos and ahhs we heard as we placed templates on each person’s fabric for these fancy kaleidoscope star blocks.  You’d have thought you were watching fireworks or something!  OOOOOOOoooooo, look at that one!  Ahhhhhh, how cool is that one!  What a fun time at our JSS Retreat!

The gals asked if I’d teach them how to do this fabulous technique with Inklingo at retreat this year.  It might have to be repeated at our next retreat!  It is much like Stack ‘n Whack, but oh, so much easier than lining ...

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October 20, 2017
New Block-of-the-Month! from Simple Bird Applique

I’m so excited!  I will be launching a new BOM that will start in January, 2018. “Hugs and Kisses”, designed by Sue Garman, is a quilt that I have been on my mind for a while.  Here are a few of the 12″ blocks.  This quilt is a perfect project for beginners and experienced stitchers alike.  I cannot wait to finish it:). You have until December 15 to sign up on the website.  The fabrics you will receive are exactly as shown below.

If you are interested in signing up for Friends of Baltimore/Baltimore Squared Block-of-the-Month, you still ...

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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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Around the Retreat Walls from Just Sayin' Sew

I know, I know….. I said I was gonna blog again.  And here it’s already been a whole week!  But alas, life gets in the way sometimes.  And I had a retreat to pack for and things to get ready.  Because JSS Retreat is a major event!

But you all need to see quilts, don’t you?  So without further ado, here is what’s happening on the design walls so far.  Hopefully I am attributing them to the correct quilter!

Cookie’s.  Love these cool applique designs.

Lynda’s.  I think she is required to make a few ...

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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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