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April 21, 2017
Earth Day Sale on Busy Hands Quilts' PDF Quilt Patterns! from Busy Hands Quilts


Save 22% off all Busy Hands Quilts PDF quilt patterns this weekend in celebration of Earth Day!  Save a tree and consider viewing your patterns on your computer or tablet.  Of course you still have the option of printing the file at any time.  This sale is running in my Craftsy and Etsy pattern shops!



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Brick Cottage Lane 2 | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Finish is a king size Brick Cottage Lane {2} quilt.  I made this quilt top last summer, and it's finally finished!


Some of you saw this last week, but it's the only thing I have ready to share today.  My other sewing this week was my upcoming pattern, and it's not quite ready to share.

And here it is on a full size bed, so the overhang won't be this much on a queen or king.


The quilting is an ...

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April 19, 2017
Snow Fun! from Heart Desire Creations

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I recently traveled outside of my “box” and entered the Martelli Quilt contest.  There was a theme choice of Winter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Autumn. I chose Winter and was sent these templates:

Winter Templates

There was no set criteria except for the size of the finished panel. My interpretation was that although we did not need to use all the templates, I should use as many templates as many times as I could. My guess was that the quilt panels would be displayed at market and/or shows to show how the templates could be used. I used the quarter round template ...

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April 18, 2017
Liberty Dainty Tote from Ellyn's Place

I'm still working my way through the glorious bundle of Liberty I bought last year. After piecing a quilt top, I had little pieces left over, just big enough for 1/2" hexies. I combined them with a solid aqua and soon I had this pretty panel...
in my usual fashion, I had no plan for it! Then I realized it was the perfect size to incorporate into a dainty tote. I hadn't made one of these in ages and it's my favorite little bag to make. I ended up cutting the panel in half so I ...

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Disperse {a new quilt pattern on sale!} from Material Girl Quilts

If you follow me on Instagram, you have likely seen my latest quilt design, Disperse.  The pattern is now complete

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A Rainbow Aurora Quilt from Blossom Heart Quilts

This past Easter weekend here in Australia was a 4-day long weekend. Practically everything is shut on Good Friday, and Easter Monday is also a public holiday (although a lot of retail is open). While many people go away, we had the most wonderful, relaxed weekend at home. Also, after a week with us, my mother-in-law left on Saturday. So in reality, the past week has been pretty chilled, relaxing and on my part – getting a bit of sewing done too. While some of that was with my kids (more on that another day), I also took the opportunity to ...

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April 15, 2017
BLOCK 4 Reveal! Live Each Season "MYstery" BOM * New WOOL Bundle from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

Hey!  Happy “LUCKY” Friday!!!!!  Today is the release of BLOCK #4 of our Live Each Season BOM!  So of course, we are giving away KITS of this darling summer themed block over on our FB page!  There is nothing like a cold glass of lemonade and fresh picked strawberries!  Both are so refreshing on a hot summer’s day!  We are loving this BOM as well as the NEW Sweet Olde Summertime BOM!  It is so fun to offer you exclusive projects that are designed just for YOU!!!  You gals are just the best!  SOOOO glad you are loving the ...

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April 14, 2017
Finished or Not Friday | a King Size Brick Cottage Lane {2} from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My not finished is a king size Brick Cottage Lane {2} quilt which had been aging in the closet for 9 months!



I made this quilt top when I wrote the pattern last summer, but I chose to use the Bonnie and Camille version for the cover quilt, and this quilt didn't get quilted... until now!  I intended to finish the quilting and bind it today, but it took a long time to quilt this big baby, and I had to take lots of ...

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April 13, 2017
Breaking Waves Finish! from The Inquiring Quilter

When I was trying to decide what posts to create for my week in the New Quilters Blog Hop, I suddenly remembered that I’d never shown you the finish of Breaking Waves.

I made two quilts from my Charming Stepping Stones quilt pattern--Rainbow Connection was the other one and I blogged about it here. I like to make multiple versions of my quilts when I create a new pattern so I can show multiple possibilities for making the quilt your own.

It took me quite a while after my Stepping Stones QAL ended to get around to quilting Breaking ...

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April 12, 2017
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada from Wisonsin Quilting

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Jasper, in the Canadian Rockies is one of 4 parks I’m illustrating in commemoration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.  This paper pieced pattern is a straightforward assembly of horizontal strips.   Total number of piece is less than 50 and the colors are very forgiving as long as you keep the lightest on the top of the mountains and the darkest at the waterline.   Water reflections are best a shade darker.  The finished project is 32″ wide x 24″ high.  The packet includes a color chart, a visual diagram for the piecing sequence, and ...

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bitsy boxes from Ellyn's Place

This weekend I had some fun pattern testing for my friend Natalie over at Ticklegrass Designs. I added some props to the picture so you can see just how tiny her latest bags are!
The Bitsy Box pattern is now available as a PDF here. Seriously people, you need to make a few of these! They are so much fun, so quick (under an hour to make each one) and adorably cute at 2 1/2 inches cubed.
Wouldn't it be fun to fill one of these with binder clips for a sewing pal? or tiny animal toys for ...

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April 11, 2017
Aurora BOM Round 3 Now Open! from Blossom Heart Quilts

Yes indeed, I’m running the Aurora BOM again this year! I heard your interest when I was teaching the Aurora sampler quilt locally, mixed with the disappointment that you weren’t living nearby. But now you can sew along!

Aurora quilt

This year’s Aurora BOM program is neatly timed so that the final email is sent out October 1st, giving you plenty of time to get it all wrapped up in time for Christmas… whether to snuggle for a winter Christmas, or gift at Christmas, or even just to get one finished quilt project done before the holidays!

quiltingwithyou Sue Aurora quilt

Aurora quilt ...

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I Have Two New Patterns! from The Inquiring Quilter

This is Week 1 of the New Quilt Bloggers Hop, and I’m celebrating with a new post each day this week.

Yesterday I told you a lot about myself, including the fact that I work closely with several fabric manufacturers. I’ve been editing patterns for some time now, but recently I got the privilege of creating several patterns for new fabric collections. It’s been hard to keep this a secret until the fabric collections were released, but I’m happy to share two new patterns with you!

First up is Fly Away Home, a lap sized quilt ...

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April 7, 2017
Jelly Roll Waves Lap Quilt in Blue and Aqua | FONF from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My finish is a Jelly Roll Waves lap quilt in aquas and blues!  With the new quilting machine, I've been pulling out UFOs that are near completion in order to have something to quilt.  This project was ready for quilting, so it jumped to the top of the pile.



Jelly Roll Waves is a pattern I released this winter, and this is the fourth quilt I've made using the pattern.  I have found it's really addictive and enjoyable to make.  The ...

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April 6, 2017
French Boutis Scissor Case from Averyclaire

French Boutis is an ancient form of French quilted needlework. Traditionally it is all white on white, but I adore the bright Provencal colors and created this SCISSOR CASE to entice people to learn this art. It is done with a small running stitch and a back stitch on two pieces of batiste, then yarn is drawn through the channels to give it a raised relief. I am working VERY hard to bring this art to the USA. I teach classes for a minimal fee and sell beginner kits on my ETSY AVERYCLAIRE page. The kit is available in a ...

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April 3, 2017
Boundless Patterns Now Available from Better Off Thread

The PDF patterns are now available for a few of my Craftsy quilt kits.  These patterns were previously only available as a kit, but now you can choose to purchase just the pattern and use your own fabrics!

Head to my Shop or my Craftsy store to check them out, or scroll down for links:

Stained Glass Spectrum

Measures 60″ x 60″

Advanced Beginner/ Intermediate block-based quilt.  No templates or papers needed.

Solar Flare

Measures 72″ x 72″

Intermediate. One template and minimal paper-pieces (could use included template instead).

Decodent Diamonds

Finished Quilt Measures 56″ x 70″

Advanced Beginner/ Intermediate ...

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March 31, 2017
The Midnight Quilt Show from Better Off Thread

Have you see The Midnight Quilt Show yet?  It’s a new-ish quilting show on YouTube, produced by Craftsy and hosted by Angela Walters.  Each episode features a different pattern, and Angela demonstrates the construction and quilting with humor and down-to-earth clarity.

Three of my Craftsy kit patterns have been featured on the show: Solar Flare, Wallflower, and Stained Glass Spectrum.  I was squealing when I first found out my quilts would be featured!  My kids were very impressed when they heard Angela say my name during the episode.  They think I’m famous, now, ha!

You can watch the ...

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March 27, 2017
Sis Boom Angie Hack-A-Thon Round Up from Sisboom

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Our Sis Boom Angie Hack-A-Thon is over and it was a great week. We are rounding up the week in one post so you don’t miss any of these great ideas. Thanks to all our bloggers who participated! We love all your takes on our beloved Angie.

Idle Sunshine Angie Hack

Idle Sunshine teaches you how to use knit for the Angie instead of the traditional woven.

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Anna’s Heirloom Boutique teaches you how to do a faux corset!

Angie with contrasting pocket

Inspinration shows you how to redraft the dart into a princess seam and add visible contrasting pockets.

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Cookies N Bees – gives the ...

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FMQ paper piecing Elephant from Wisonsin Quilting

How am I going to quilt this huge paper piecing project?

I’ve been stuck longer than I want to admit, trying to figure out how to quilt this behemoth… So a jumped at the chance when KathleenQuilts said she would give some online advice on her Free Motion Fridays.  Here’s  some of what she suggested: KathleenQuilts advice four

For the whole thought process see her post dedicated to this elephant pattern of mine

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I Love A Sunburnt Country: My Plans For Girt By Sea from Blossom Heart Quilts

I knew heading into designing Girt By Sea that I needed to make this quilt for myself (as opposed to just my border for the pattern sample!), but that I needed to make it in the colours of Australia. From a sunburnt desert centre through to the oceans that surround my island home, and deeply inspired by the poem My Country by Dorothea Mackellar. It’s a poem that has always filled my heart with a love for the landscapes of Australia, especially this verse:

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of ...

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