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May 31, 2019
Marshal Mystery quilt - and the Peacock Party from Wendy's Quilts and More

This weekend my husband and I are off to Auckland because my eldest son is graduating on Tuesday. He is has completed a Bachelor of Software Engineering, majoring in Game Programming.  He has a job already and is putting all his skills to work as an Interactive Developer.

Our younger son is also studying for a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Software Engineering, but he is studying at a different university.

My kids don't like me talking about them on my blog, but we are very proud of both of them.

Graduation in New Zealand tends to start with ...

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May 10, 2019
Dear Jen - the first 6 blocks - plus the Peacock Party from Wendy's Quilts and More

Here are my first six blocks of Dear Jen by Jen Kingwell.  Each one is 6" finished - so quite small.  There's going to be six released every month for 12 months.

At first I thought, "Oh, there's only six, and they're small.  This won't take long".  Then I spent a couple of hours just cutting out the pieces and thought, "Wow!!! There's a lot more to these than meets the eye".

I'm hand piecing my blocks.  I wouldn't call myself a master hand piecer, but mine are satisfactory.  Some people are trying to ...

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May 3, 2019
The start of Dear Jen - and the Peacock Party from Wendy's Quilts and More

Well, thank you for all the kind comments about my Suffrage in Stitches panel.  I delivered them yesterday, and now I won't see them again until the exhibition opens.

A few weeks ago I warned (confessed?) that I'd signed up for an online block of the month through Amitie Textiles called Dear Jen.  It's Jen Kingwell's version of a Dear Jane quilt, and probably as close as I'm going to come to making a Dear Jane quilt.

Of course a new quilt calls for a new fabric pull.  I'm thinking of using this bundle ...

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April 19, 2019
Glitter - and the Peacock Party from Wendy's Quilts and More

Some of you will remember my Glitter quilt.

It's a pattern designed by Jen Kingwell from Amitie Textiles in Australia.  I took the Glitter class with Jen at our Christchurch Symposium in October 2017, and I promised Jen I'd have the quilt finished before the next Symposium in Auckland in October 2019.

I finished hand piecing all the blocks before Christmas 2018, but as at 1 April I hadn't started joining them up yet.  You might think that's a 5 minute job, but I want to hand piece them together too.  I know some people have ...

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March 27, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Gypsy In The House! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Scraps, scraps everywhere - they can really consume you, can't they?  But every so often, it's nice to have a finish, and be able to look at it and know that you took something that could have been thrown away and turned it into something beautiful.  You may have seen this post about my Long Time Gone quilt...

...and today, I'm happy to say that now I can add Gypsy Wife to the (nearly) finished column!  I went back and looked through my pictures, and found this one, dated August 8, 2017.

That was the day ...

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March 22, 2019
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A BIG Finish!!! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Wow!  It's already Friday!  And since our whoop whoop party was pre-empted last week, I bet I'm not the only one with a lot to whoop about this week!  So let's get started...


Maybe you remember this picture - taken the day I finished my Long Time Gone quilt top.  Notice the date on the top?  That's right - July 10, 2017.  That. is. pitiful.  I had every intention of hand quilting this top, and it's been sandwiched for more than a year.  I did a little bit of hand quilting, but nowhere near as ...

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November 25, 2018
Tom Jones, Oh, nee Delilah! from M. Brito de Campos

Ik wilde na de 1e serie Lancaster Diamond blokken, 
een Delilah blok tussen door maken.
Ik wilde geen ronde naden en geen y-naden 
en koos voor een eenvoudig blok 
met alleen rechte naden.
Rechte naden waren het inderdaad, maar wel heel veel naden!
Want elk blok bestaat uit 14 stukjes!

En het waren 
negen (9) blokken.

Een flink tussendoortje, maar ze zijn wel heel erg leuk geworden.

Groet, Marina.

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October 5, 2018
More hexagons from Making A Lather

I have added the blue hexagons to Mrs. Holder's hexagon quilt. There were 32. The numbers will get smaller as I turn it into a rectangle.

Here are some inspirational pictures from our Friday quilt group.
Hazel finished this one, she is 85 years old. Her daughter quilts them for her, but she is still buying fabric and piecing. She is a hoot.

Connie was finishing a baby quilt. so cute

3 of us are working on drops of jupiter by Jen Kingwell and this is Sue's. I only have 2 made.

And another Hazel fall wall hanging ...

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September 28, 2018
Bon Bon table runner from Wendy's Quilts and More

I've finished my Bon Bon table runner and I'm very happy with it.

The colours in the Alison Glass fabrics work really well with my dining room chairs.

The three feature Bon Bon blocks are hand pieced, using acrylic templates purchased from Jen Kingwell's shop, Amitie Textiles.  You can read my earlier WIP post here for more details.

I wanted the table runner to fit nicely on the bookcase in the dining room, so I padded it out with some filler blocks.

I also wanted it to be quite flat so we could stand things on it ...

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hexies and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

All the green and brown hexies are attached to Mrs. Holder's hexagon quilt. I decided to"finish" Mrs. holder's hexagon quilt. so I am working my way to a rectangle.

It is the end of the month already and it's time to see how I did with my one monthly goals.

"For my one monthly goal this month, I want to finish the strings for orca bay, finish roll roll cotton boll, and I want to start a unicorn quilt for my Granddaughter." 

I did finish the strings for orca bay and cut and started the piecing ...

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September 21, 2018
stitching hexagons from Making A Lather

Last week I decided to"finish" Mrs. holder's hexagon quilt. I spent the week cutting, glue basting, and adding the red and neutral row around the quilt. There were 54 hexagons in that ring. I certainly have rebuilt my calluses for hand stitching. This is the last ring before I start to turn it into a rectangle.

I saw a blurb somewhere about making bread machine bread mixes ahead of time, and I wanted to try that. Sometimes, just the idea of getting everything out of the cupboard to load the machine is enough to deter making bread. But ...

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September 12, 2018
I May Have a Scrap Problem... Making Headway, and Inspiration! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I hope, if you're in the track of Hurricane Florence, you've made it to a safe place, AND that you have sufficient important supplies (fabric, thread, sewing machine, rotary cutter, etc.) to keep you occupied during the storm.  I have family on the east coast in NC and VA, so I'm definitely keeping an eye on the storm reports.  Stay safe, everyone!!!

I've also made some good progress on my scrap sewing this week!  Last week my Something Blue quilt was at this point...

...then late last week it went to this....

...and finally ...

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August 31, 2018
Bon Bon by Jen Kingwell from Wendy's Quilts and More

I made a new start last week.  Back in January I bought one of Jen Kingwell's Tempter block patterns when I was at the Amitie shop in Torquay, Australia.

The Tempters are a set of acrylic templates designed for hand piecing.  Each of the designs is very intricate and that's why Jen recommends hand piecing.

The blocks are 10" finished.  I'm only intending to make 5 and then turn them into a table runner for the top of the book case in my dining room.

The shapes are all irregular, and it's easy to get confused ...

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August 24, 2018
glitter blocks finished from Making A Lather

And with that, the last 4 of the glitter blocks are done. I checked the dimensions, and I may want it bigger, but, not by making any more of these blocks. The blocks were not hard but challenging. And I did get into a rhythm when putting them together. I will have to get creative.

I wonder if I might like to add vertical bands. Although I like them altogether. It was a magical day outside for photos. Most of these blocks were made from scraps from a quilter's estate. 

I am linking to:

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August 17, 2018
a few more blocks from Making A Lather

I'm hoping to find a little progress this week. While I have been working on finishing the last blocks for glitter, I have made 2 jewel box stars as the leader / ender.

I had the pieces for another Christmas snowflake paper pieced. I trimmed, and de-papered them, and sewed the block together.

And I have finished 2 more glitter blocks.

I am linking to:

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August 16, 2018
glitter blocks from Making A Lather

I mentioned last week that I had just a few more glitter blocks to finish before I could start assembling the quilt. I made an effort to cut the background pieces for the rest of the blocks and set them by my machine. I try to sew one every day.

I think these last ones have been the hardest, because, I didn't have any idea what to use as the background, so I just picked something, telling myself that if I don't like them, it won't matter in the big quilt. There are so many odd fabrics ...

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August 11, 2018
Summer in Torquay from Wendy's Quilts and More

I'm thrilled to share my most recent finish, Summer in Torquay, and to let you know that it received a Merit award in the Churn it Up challenge at Capital Quilters exhibition.

It seems I won a few awards at our show! More details to come next week.

I started this Jen Kingwell design back in January because I wanted to enter our guild's Churn it Up challenge which is part of our exhibition.  The challenge was to include at least one Churn Dash block in a quilt.

Jen Kingwell's quilt at Amitie Textiles

I don't ...

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August 9, 2018
catch up from Making A Lather

After my daughter went back home to Utah, I was feeling glitchy, unable to focus. So, I played catch up with the little odds and ends laying about. I had four glittter blocks to put together. I almost couldn't remember my method it has been so long.  I did a count, and I need 10 more to finish.

I have 7 more to this stage. Surely, I can push to the finish.

 I had a stack of shirts to put away and I remembered I need another 100 pieces cut for rectangle wrangle, so I cut 40 some.

And ...

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July 25, 2018
a few challenges from Making A Lather

Today is part of the double wedding ring challenge at Jo's country junction. I am using a different ruler and I am still not sure if I will like the larger size. I plan today to sit and cut the smaller pieces, but I did cut 9 of the center pieces. That is all I have done for this new project. I blogged about it last week

I found a large piece of fabric at goodwill and instantly thought it would be a great backing for my rainbow quilt that is ready for the quilting. This is part of ...

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July 21, 2018
It’s My Small World After All from Cookie's Creek

I’ve been working on, loving and, at times, cursing the My Small World quilt for about a year now.  And it is done!  Yay!!!

What fun this quilt was to make!  It starts with lots of cute itsy bitsy blocks:

The pattern includes some rather difficult hills.  The bottom right hill was my first English Paper Piecing and these are very small hexies!  And the bottom left hill was a bear!  I finally turned the pattern into a paper piecing pattern for each arc and then put them together.  The top two hills were a breeze after that!

Notice ...

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