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August 20, 2019
Applique Update & Detour from Heart Desire Creations

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A very long time ago I began to hand applique Lollypop Tree by Kim McLean. The background for my first block wasn’t quite what I wanted so I began again, using a gray and white backgrounds. Much better! There are now three complete and the fourth one is very close to being done.

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But I’ve come to a complete halt. I was so on fire to finish this one and get to number five. My plan is to do six total as the blocks are rather large. Most unfortunately I’ve developed what I believe is tennis elbow ...

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April 26, 2019
The Peacock Party and a touch of Kaffe from Wendy's Quilts and More

It feels like it's been a very short week here.

We had public holidays for Good Friday 19 April and Easter Monday 22 April.  And then on Thursday 25 April it was another public holiday for ANZAC Day, where we honour the Australians and New Zealanders who have fought for our countries.

So there's only been 3 work days this week, and it's also school and university holidays, so my university student has been back home this week.  Fortunately the good weather has returned and it feels like one final reminder of summer today, before we get ...

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December 23, 2018
Last Quilt of 2018 from Heart Desire Creations

Taking a break until 2019 is in order but I want to first share my final finish of 2019.  I had many 2 1/2 inch strips of Kaffe fabric. Some were from a design roll and some from another project.  Never have I ever done a Jelly Roll Race quilt so I thought that might be fun. However, after separating the light and darks, I decided on something a bit more dramatic.

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Matching the diagonal strips was a bit challenging, but once I figured out the method, it wasn’t too bad. I really like the look and best ...

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November 28, 2018
On the Design Wall from Heart Desire Creations

Finally I have something on one of my design walls!  I’ve already eliminated a couple of blocks that just didn’t “fit.” Yes, it is all Kaffe fabrics. AND – all from my Kaffe scrap bin! (Not that the bin appears to be any less full.)

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This is from Kathy Doughty’s book, “Making Quilts”. I started this one out as  planned color, with each round being a particular color. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really working for me and am now putting it up as scrappy. I see that I have a lot of rearranging to do, but I need ...

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October 15, 2018
The Fabric Made Me Do It – Again! from Heart Desire Creations

Keep Calm Squirrel[1]Remember my rant about reducing my WIPs? Huh – guess I lied! How weak am I when I begin to look through my fabrics. Maybe I can justify this one, though – it’s a leader ender to have on hand at upcoming retreats.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! This also puts me as a member in good standing in the Squirrel Club!

I was going through my scrap bin of Kaffe fabrics which was filled to the brim with beautiful, colorful prints. I saw a quilt online recently that’s done with all half square triangles ...

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September 16, 2018
Squirrel! Club from Heart Desire Creations

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It was not difficult at all for me to become an official member of the Squirrel Club for quilters started by Julie at Me and My Quilts. I was not, definitely not starting another project until I’d completed many of my Works in Progress. Well….the other day, anticipating the possibility of Florence taking down our electric, two friends and I sewed all morning to complete the table runner project for a church I told you about here.  I loved the group effort – lots of talking, laughing and we were very industrious and finished the project! Unfortunately, I have ...

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May 2, 2018
Applique – So Much Color from Heart Desire Creations

Several years ago I saw the applique pattern, “Lollipop Trees” by Kim McLean and immediately fell in love. An impossible task? I was up for the challenge! The pattern was gifted to me on my birthday and I began block one and finished it! But…I didn’t care for the background fabric I used so that block got tossed into the maybe I’ll see you one day bin and I began again. This time I chose a gray on white fabrjc and for all the applique pieces I am using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Two blocks are complete and ...

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March 26, 2018
Koi Pond Quilt from Heart Desire Creations

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On July of 2016 I posted about a quilt top I designed using Kaffe Fassett fabrics and was finishing it up.  I did and had it quilted and then it just sat in my quilting closet. When the quilt top was finished, I thought it looked  like a pond of water. I even had the quilting design to look like ripples of water. Finally, a year and a half later, the Koi Pond Quilt was born!

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The pattern for the koi fish is from the book (I cannot find the book anywhere and really want to give the author/designer ...

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February 3, 2018
Kaffe Fassett class in Wellington - January 2018 from Wendy's Quilts and More

Last Sunday I attended my second design class with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably.  (The first was two years ago which you can read about here.)

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This time we were making Green Diamonds from the Quilts in Ireland book.  I wanted to push my own boundaries and try something new, so I chose a rich, tamatoey red as my base colour!
I found a snazzy colour wheel online at www.sessions.edu which tells you what other colours work with any colour you chose.




So, I set about pulling all my red and green Kaffe ...

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January 29, 2018
Mediterranean Hexagons become Tropical Hexagons from Wendy's Quilts and More

Yes, I finished my Mediterranean Hexagons quilt on Friday, just two days before the 2018 class with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably!




This is the quilt I started in the previous class with Kaffe and Brandon, exactly two years ago.
You can read all about that class in this blog post here.


I'm really happy with the bright colours I chose for this quilt.  I was planning to use black with purple spots in the triangles, but Brandon suggested going lighter and I'm so pleased I did.  The black and white prints allow the hexagons to be the ...

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January 5, 2018
Holiday Sewing Part 1 - Daytripper 2.0 bag from Wendy's Quilts and More

The last two weeks have been very enjoyable.  I've had my mum and dad staying, and together mum and I have been busy sewing many things.

First up was this gorgeous Daytripper 2.0 bag.



Mum gave me the kit for Christmas.  It was a total surprise - she clearly knows me well and knew I'd love the new Kaffe Fassett Artisan fabric.


The pattern is byAnnie, but mum bought the whole kit in New Zealand from The Ribbon Rose. It even included the Soft and Stable, zips, buckles and webbing for the strap.



I made the bag "with ...

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December 8, 2017
WIPs and some flowers from Wendy's Quilts and More

Well, it's December again and I'm trying to finish a couple of small Christmas quilts so I can have them out on display before the 25th.

First up is my "Flocks by Night" by Wendy Williams.  I really enjoyed doing the wool felt applique on this quilt.


But I wasn't happy with one of the wonky stars, so I finally took it out last night and changed it.  Then I basted it, so now I can hand quilt it.


My Holiday Patchwork Forest is almost finished too.  I made it from a pattern designed by Amy Smart ...

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October 25, 2017
Up for a Challenge? from Terificreations's Weblog

Join me, friends, in a challenge with Sue of Sue Pelland Designs. I’ll be picking up my kit at Quilt Market. This starts with the cameo, in one of four color options, designed by Kaffe Fasset. I love the color options: Duck Egg, Black, Grey, and Wine. I’m giving consideration to the gray, it would … Continue reading Up for a Challenge?

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October 22, 2017
Color, Design and WOW! from Heart Desire Creations

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This past week hubby and I went to Jonesborough, Tennessee for something quilty for me. I have been a long time fan of Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably. Their colorful fabric designs and quilt designs wow me. Meeting them in person was going to be another Wow! Monday night was a lecture by Kaffe and he did not disappoint. He captured the audience with his creative journey and process along with lots of humor and a beautiful slide presentation. Hubby even enjoyed the lecture!

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The next day the workshop was at Tennessee Quilts. This is one fabulous quilt shop – 2 ...

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September 22, 2017
Bloggers' Quilt Festival 2017 - Tussie Mussie from Wendy's Quilts and More

Once again it's time for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side.

I love this quilt festival because the quilters don't need to put hanging sleeves on their quilts or send them away in the post, and the viewers don't even need to get off their sofas to see a wide range of beautiful quilts.  That's a win, win as far as I'm concerned.


I'm entering two quilts this year and the first is my Tussie Mussie that I finished a few months ago.

I made this ...

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September 15, 2017
Tropical Hexagons progress from Wendy's Quilts and More

Tennis is my favourite sport to watch on TV.  Each year I try to plan my work so I can watch the US Open in September, and the Australian Open in January.


Both of these tournaments both work well for our time zone here in New Zealand. We are 12 hours ahead of the UK, so it's impossible to watch Wimbledon live, and it's a similar problem for the French Open. (Plus I don't really like clay court tennis - too much sliding about.)

I continued my normal sewing routine for the first few days of the US ...

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