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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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July 28, 2014
Block a Day July - Week 4 from On the Windy Side

Oh no - I nearly forgot to post my fourth week of blocks! Oops! Anyway, here are all 27 of my blocks so far - I almost can't believe there are only 4 more to make! 


This week's blocks, all in the bottom row: 21 July - Forecast of overnight snow, 22 July - Time for an early night, 23 July - Anyone for a cuppa?, 24 July - Star flower, 25 July - Croque-madame, 26 July - Lazy Saturday, 27 July - Scrappy log cabin.

My quilt is continuing to be pretty eclectic and scrappy, which I'm loving.  Here is the link-up for everyone who ...

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July 21, 2014
Block a Day July - Week 3 from On the Windy Side

This weekend I managed to take a quick photo of all my blocks so far.  I'm quite pleased with how my quilt is coming along (and that I'm more than halfway through the month).

Block a Day July - Weeks 1 to 3

This week's blocks, all in the bottom row. From left to right: 14 July - Fussy catting, 15 July - Stars, 16 July - Dreaming of summer (it's so bloody cold at the moment), 17 July - Drifting away.  Nine patch because that was what I was teaching that night, colours chosen because of that annoying but catchy song. 18 July - Nearly didn't happen but ...

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July 14, 2014
Block a Day July - Week 2 from On the Windy Side

I've been keeping up with my block a day challenge so far.  I was sick for most of the week so there were a couple of days which were a struggle (and these blocks were really the only sewing I did all week, apart from a bit of hand quilting on the sofa!).

Block a Day July - Week 2

Top row: 7 July - Hand quilted, 8 July - I love yellow, 9 July - Here's one I prepared earlier (started on Sunday but finished on Wednesday), 10 July - Improv lettering inspired by Chawne.

Bottom row: 11 July - My quilt just needed a lovely Melody Miller lady ...

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July 9, 2014
Quilt as you go Scrappy Ornaments Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

Today is a surprise– Christmas in July!!!  I am teaming up with a few awesome others to bring you some fantastic easy, quick, and super cute ornaments!

For my ornament, I thought I would use a previous felt ornament template….but with a new twist.  Using the quilt as you go technique, you can sew these up with all your tiny little fabric scrap bits.  No piece is too small for this.  In fact, the ornaments will look scrappier if you use smaller pieces!

scrappy ornaments | quilt as you go | patchwork posse | easy sewing projects and free quilt tutorials

Materials Needed:

Print felt ornaments template

scrap fabric- little or big bits of co-ordinating fabric

batting- ...

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July 7, 2014
Block a Day July - Week 1 from On the Windy Side

Since my decision last week to make a 6.5" square quilt-as-you-go block each day for the month of July, I've been doing exactly that.  Here are my first six blocks.

Block a Day July - the first 6 

Top row, from left to right:  1 July - Passport photo (imaginary self), 2 July - Hello winter, 3 July - Hand printed fabric and thoughts for a friend who had a sad day.

Bottom row, from left to right: 4 July - Dinner with friends (we talked a lot), 5 July - Scaled down star (and liberty just because), 6 July - Hourglass block for a busy day.

Block a Day July - the first 6

For a tutorial on how ...

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June 26, 2014
Flag Pillow Tutorial – Quilt as You Go Technique from Patchwork Posse

This design has been stewing for a bit.  I finally snuck in a few sewing minutes and put it together.   Lately I have been having a lot of fun with the quilt as you go method.

After sketching a few things, I figured out how to make the flag layout work…… so happy with how it turned out!

I am not one to dec my whole house with holiday stuff, but it’s been awhile since I’ve had anything new for the 4th of July month.  This project is perfect.  It sews up pretty quick, and since it is ...

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June 6, 2014
Quilt as You Go Patchwork Bags -class review pt 1 from Patchwork Posse

Recently I have become a major fan of the Quilt As You Go technique.  I have tried it out on a few projects, but this is just me experimenting and not really knowing what I was doing….just giving a few stitches a try.

I knew that I wanted to finish the projects a little quicker, and that I loved having the projects look quilted, or more finished on the outside.  To achieve this look I gave the quilt as you go method a try.  sigh…… I’m smitten!

quilt as you go online sewing class  review | patchworkposse

After giving a few projects a try, I found out that ...

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June 4, 2014
Teacher gifts in progress - WIP Wednesday from Closet Quilter

Before I begin, I want to thank everyone who left a comment on my recent post about originality in patchwork.  Your advice and encouragement are just what I needed to work out my own feelings and move forward.  Thank you all!

There are only a few more days of school left, and I can't believe how much there is still left to do.  I've focused all my spare time on teacher gifts and I'm nearly done.

teacher gift in progress

I'm working on a Divided Basket (pattern from Noodlehead), and my 3rd Tinker Tote from the Craftsy class, "Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork ...

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May 25, 2014
New to Me in May from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Welcome to this month's link up for

where we celebrate the trying of something new whether it was successful or not!

This month I have had a go at a new method of paper-piecing, well new to me anyway :)

Paper-piecing on stabiliser is certainly something I had never tried before and I am pleased to report that it seems to work!

Well, those points are much neater than anything I have achieved in the past.

I have also been trying out a new to me method of quilting on a quilt for my brand-new great nephew. I read Benta ...

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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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Quilt as You Go Zipper Pouch Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

Today I am over on Ellison Lane– sharing this Quilt as you go zipper pouch.    This is part of A Patchwork Summer Series.  It runs from May 12- July 30th…and it will be FULL of fantastic tutorials, ideas and things to get you sewing during the summer.  I was one of the lucky gals to be sewing along and sharing something.


Before you head on over to find out how to do it….how about I share a little bit.

A Zipper pouch comes in so handy…especially during the summer time.  I find myself in the car a ...

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May 16, 2014
A Perfect Quilted Tote from Mama Love Quilts

Have you ever made anything that you love to bits?

I just finished making this Perfect Quilted Tote and I'm loving it to smithereens!


I used the Perfect Quilted Tote by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson. I made the wide version, using the "quilt as you go" or QAYG method. I started with a piece of fabric on a layer of batting and backing.


Bit by bit, I pieced and quilted until I had two quilted panels.


The process can involve improvisation as you add one piece and then another without a planned layout. Of course, you could plan ...

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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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Free pattern: Scrappy Table Runner from Craft Gossip

Scrappy Quilt As You Go Table Runner

This table runner designed by Teri Stillwell is the perfect project to learn the Quilt-As-You-Go technique. It’s a small size (16″ x 42″) with large impact. Follow this link, Scrappy Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner to get the free download.

Image credit: Connecting Threads

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May 11, 2014
I’m Stuck on You from If These Threads Could Talk

Or, you will be if you use Dream Fusion Batting by Quilters Dream Batting.  I first tried Dream Fusion last year when I taught  Quilt as You Go Blue Christmas.  This lesson makes it possible to complete a lap size quilt in a weekend, for those times when you need a gift but don’t have time to get it to a longarmer.

The glue threads are needle punched right into the batting.  Once you have fused Dream Fusion batting to your fabric, it stays fused.  It is not like anything other fusible batting out there.  The quilt was so ...

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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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