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December 4, 2014
2 Quick and Simple Christmas Pillows from Patchwork Posse

Quick and simple is sometimes what I’m all about.  I like to have a few things around the house that are Holiday related…but don’t really want to spend a whole lot of time on them.

These Christmas Pillows are all about that.  Simple and Quick.  But cute!

Using a few other tutorials from around here…they are perfect for quickly sewing up either for yourself or for a quick gift.


These pillows are actually going off to a trade soon….I will be getting two new ones and totally excited to see what they are!

Materials Needed ...

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October 30, 2014

Christmas Bee Round Up

WIP Wednesday was super productive not only did I manage to complete two Bee blocks, but I also got some work done on a secret project for a special little monkey! Smug smile and own back pats coming up!!

First up is the completed Triple Star block that I made for Gemma, she had very specific color choices and color placements as these blocks are intended for a particular place in her house. Although some of the pieces are really small the block itself comes together really nicely and the finished product looks really good.

Next ...

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October 17, 2014
Proud Moments from Quilt Matters

You know that feeling of joy and pride when you finish a quilt? I love that feeling.

Since I started teaching quilting, I've been surprised to find that I get that same feeling when students show me their finished quilts. I see how proud they are of their work and it, in turn, makes me feel proud that I had some role in that. It's awesome!

Recently, Heather Williams, who took my Modern Free Motion Quilting Sampler class back in February, showed me her finished quilt. Whoa! She took it to a whole new level!

She expanded on ...

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October 14, 2014
AROUND THE WORLD BLOG HOP..... from That's Sew Kerry

The Makings of An Autumn Triple Star!!

I have been tagged in the Around the Blog World by my fellow Bee member Pam, over on Sewing Wilde all the way from Western New York. If you haven't yet seen Pam's blog make sure you check it out, she has some wonderful tutorials on there and many inspirational projects to keep you entertained over these horrid cold evenings!!

As I didn't get any responses back from the people around the world I asked if I could tag, I am going to have to bully my quilting bestie Kerry ...

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August 19, 2014
SLOW PROGRESS..... from That's Sew Kerry

Borders and Fillers

It's been an aaaagggee since I have had some spare minutes to sit down and update you on the various projects I have been working on. Life just really got in the way over the last few weeks, I have had some big life changes and upheavals which have really knocked my sideways - Oh and Festival of Quilts squueeeellll- but I am feeling much happier and getting back on track, so here we go.......

You may recall I have been working on something special for my wonderful Daddy who turned 50 at the beginning of August ...

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May 22, 2014
NEW YORK BEAUTIES from That's Sew Kerry

Triangles, Points and Piecing

It's no secret I spend hours and hours of my life on Pinterest, I mean who needs to iron and dust? Honestly?! It was on one of these 'research' afternoons that I stumbled across a picture of an amazing quilt, it really was just so beautiful I had to investigate further!! Enter Karen K. Stone!! 

The image I found was in fact the cover of Karen's wonderful book Karen K. Stone Quilts, which can be found at many great book stores and quilting suppliers, so can her program for EQ7 as it happens!! The ...

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May 20, 2014
soy amado blocks set sail! from ocd: obsessive craft disorder

Starting earlier this year, Alison at Little Island Quilting started a quilt charity to benefit street children in Mexico, inspired by a recent visit she had taken to their group home.  She started making and collecting quilted blocks to assemble into quilts to gift to these children, to add a little colour and something special in their lives, something just their own.  To date, she has made 23 (!!) quilts to send!

I decided I wanted to contribute, and Alison and I both blogged that I would collect blocks from other Canadian quilters who wished to as well, and I would ...

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May 14, 2014
QALs and BOMs from That's Sew Kerry

Spoilt for Choice!!

There are so many wonderfully talented people out there, who keep making all these gorgeous quilts that I simply have to make!! If that's not enough soooooooo many of them are done as Quilt Alongs or Blocks of the Month AND they are free!! It is the perfect excuse to buy all that fabric I have seen, that I really, really need!! Here are a few that I have really caught my eye....


First up is this little beauty courtesy of Amanda over at Material Girl Quilts the requirements are pretty ...

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April 21, 2014
Origami Box Pouch from Mommy's Nap Time

Last night I decided to ignore all my sewing deadlines and sew something fun. Clearly I needed a little bit of scraps in my life. I had bought this little stack of scraps on an Instagram sale last week (from the fabulous Pattern Crush), the scraps arrived so quickly, and they've been calling to me all week!!

I decided to make an Origami Box Pouch since I hadn't tried that construction method yet. Of course I couldn't make it easy - I used some scraps of headliner fabric (a little thicker than Soft & Stable) - and I pieced the ...

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April 11, 2014
WIP WEDNESDAY from That's Sew Kerry

A Treat from a Great Friend....

This weeks WIP Wednesday comes courtesy of a very special friend of mine and my partner in quilting crime, the amazing Kerry Q

Last year we both attended a quilting class one Saturday a month for 6 months, making a wide variety of Stars in all sizes, shapes and levels of frustration!!! I think it is fair to say we both GREATLY underestimated how much work was involved in this quilt. It has been a huge learning curve, very stressful at times but also really interesting and enjoyable. I will let the pictures of ...

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April 9, 2014
Crazy for Butterflies. from quiltaholic

I needed to make a quilt for a king sized bed. Making the top was not a problem but what about the cost of having it quilted. My little quilt frame would not even look at it and even if it would my albeit semi professional machine would be working on minus inches by the time the whole thing had rolled up under the arm. The only thing to do was quilt as you go. I have never done one of these before but never let it be said that I would let a little thing like that stop me ...

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February 19, 2014
Fabric Box from Sew There I was...

I'm madly making mug rugs with
my scrap fabric. One square didn't
turn out, so I decided to make
a fabric box out of it

The box is made with French seams, 
omitting inside folds at the corners.
The seam is on the outside because 
I thought it squared up the box better
This 10 inch crazy quilt block is the
inside of the box along with a 10-inch square
of batting, Warm and Natural
Join this with exterior fabric, right sides together, 
leaving a four inch opening to turn it inside out. 
Hand sew this closed ...

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February 16, 2014
Broken Herringbone block tutorial from Sew There I was...

This block makes a great mug rug.

The tutorial will also highlight that each time you steam press the fabric with your iron, don't "push" the fabric, just apply the iron and press down on the block. Otherwise, the fabric will be stretched.  Practice trimming and squaring up as you go. There isn't a lot of precise sewing, other than a straight quarter inch seam. 
I was inspired to make this block by this post at Play Crafts. Really detailed instructions and lots of pictures!
Your fabric choices can be all one color, or different colors. They can ...

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December 20, 2013
Binding made easier from Sew There I was...

I have only been making quilts, mug rugs, etc, for a couple of years now and have had trouble with adding binding to quilts because the corners were always off.

Then I saw a tutorial by Nancy Zieman about a quilt binding technique

Sewing the binding to my quilted projects used to be such a pain for me, 
until I discovered that if the stitching is continued at a 45-degree angle out to each corner,  
 the project turned and the stitching started again, the binding turns out perfect!

The binding can be any width, the length isn't measured, 
just ...

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December 13, 2013
Christmas Stockings from Sew Paint It

Well it has been very quiet around the sew paint it blog.  This is what comes of having two children with birthdays in December.  And I only have one birthday and one party done so far.  Lots more to do and that is before Christmas!  But it is also a lovely time of year, if a little hot here in Sydney.
The Christmas decorations came out the other day.  The tree was standing there naked for a few days when I lost all motivation.  It is now done and looks great and the kids love it of course.
With the ...

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November 13, 2013
Some Selvage Fun! from Happy Turtle

When I have my walking foot on my machine I try to get in a quick quilt-as-you-go project done before I have to change back to my presser foot.

Played around with selvages this time. 
Was not sure if I wanted to make a quilt out of it or just use this as a mug rug. So I didn't bind. We'll see. 

This would have been simpler if I had started in the centre... but I think I was going for the diagonal stripe when I began the project. Then I changed my mind. So I had to ...

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Some Selvage Fun! from Happy Turtle

When I have my walking foot on my machine I try to get in a quick quilt-as-you-go project done before I have to change back to my presser foot.

Played around with selvages this time. 
Was not sure if I wanted to make a quilt out of it or just use this as a mug rug. So I didn't bind. We'll see. 

This would have been simpler if I had started in the centre... but I think I was going for the diagonal stripe when I began the project. Then I changed my mind. So I had to ...

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July 1, 2013
Quilt As You Go Pouch Tutorial! from Lori H Designs

The hubs and I don't take vacations very often but we have finally made plans for a mini vacation!  We will be exploring the wonderful town of San Antonio next month.  So if any of you know some good quilt shops let me know which ones I should plan on visiting while we are down there.

My goal for this trip is to travel with as many handmade goods as possible.  I have my Weekender Bag that I can use.  And I have also thought about making the Simplicity 2274 duffel bag.  As I was contemplating what I would ...

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April 29, 2013
Patchwork pouches please! from Needles, Pins and Baking Tins

So last week was 2 of my best gals birthdays, Justine and Trudi.

Patchwork Pouches

I made them some patchwork pouches, because no sewing person can ever have enough pouches! I just had to share them with you because, well, I can. And I miss sharing stuff with you guys! Its been approximately 5 million years since my last proper blog post, so you know, I forgive you for forgetting what I look like ;-)

Inspired by 2 central pieces of Liberty fabrics that I got from Jo Organic Stitch Company, I pulled prints that matched the colours. I then made 2 simple ...

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April 10, 2013
Sashing Pre-Quilted Blocks - Tutorial from Fiber Artist Journey

Adding backing strips with edges ironed under over batting, which
has been whip stitched to block seam allowances
I've never made a "quilt-as-you-go" quilt before. This piece, however, was my attempt to both satisfy my personal challenge to complete a 5 x 7 art piece each week along with preparing a piece to enter in the Contemporary QuiltArt Association's upcoming "Salsa!" Show.

I have to admit I'm a bit behind on my weekly 5x7's, but putting together the Salsa quilt, as well as some other projects, have taken priority for me right now.  I'll be ...

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