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November 21, 2016
Fraternal Twins from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

...the quilt version.
What quilts would you make for your friend if they were having twins? What quilts would you make for your friend if those twins arrived nearly two months early? My sweet friend and fellow Stash Sewciety Bee mate, Carlie, told me months ago she was having twins...a boy and a girl. I thought I had so much time but then sweet Tucker and sweet Lucy arrived in mid-October. I wanted to finish a few  other commitments before deciding what to make for the twins.

I stumbled across a photo on Pinterest. It was an easy strip ...

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October 26, 2016
Pretty in Pink Baby Quilt from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Finally arrived back to say hi.  Have not been doing a lot of stuff, but did manage to make two baby quilts to give away.  Loved doing something small and pretty.  Used up scraps with both of them, although confess to having bought a couple of pink fat quarters for one, plus a pink binding fabric.  My stash does not contain a lot in the way of pink.  Anyway, forgot to take photos of the first one, so here are the photos of the second one.

Love the little pops of yellow.  The backing fabric I found in my stash ...

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September 29, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 108 - Colour on the Back from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

Green is probably the main colour on the back of the quilt I am piecing together at the moment.  I had to put up a more colourful picture this week.  The light isn't good enough for pictures of the front.  The neutrals would be all washed out.  With a bit of luck, it might be finished next week...

The piece at the bottom is the peacocks FMQ sample which features as the background for the linky button below - it is finally finding its way into a quilt!

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Here goes for week 108...

The project in Week 107 that caught ...

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September 28, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 107 - Bit by Bit... from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

Still working on attaching the sample pieces, using my favourite Quilt As You Go method.  I am testing a slight change in the method, but need to attach a few more pieces before I can be sure it is consistently better. 

This latest piece I have joined has got a few artistic tucks.  Not ideal, but I'm not going to fret over them.  Sewing has had to take a slide down my list of priorities over the summer, but I am hoping to get back into the groove over the next month or so.

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Here goes for week 107 ...

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September 15, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 106 - Turning Neutral from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

Unusually restrained colours - I don't usually go for neutrals, but when I laid out all my practice pieces out together last week I rather liked the effect, and now I have joined the first two pieces, I think this project might start growing on me.

The dinky pale brown check blends in really well.  It's a shame that I haven't got enough for the binding.  Or have I?  I shall find out soon enough.

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Here goes for week 106...

The project in Week 105 that caught my eye was Olena's amazing magnolias.  The colours are beautiful ...

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September 14, 2016
Quilt As You Go - Connecting Sunshine Blocks from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This month we've pieced and quilted our 9th block for the Machine Quilting Block Party which means three rows of the Sunshine Surprise quilt can be connected together Quilt-As-You-Go style! I love seeing the blocks come together and how beautiful this quilt is looking now:

Beautiful Sunshine Surprise Sampler Quilt where you learn how to piece and quilt the blocks step by step.

The binding cutting sizes and specific instructions on this Quilt As You Go connection method can be found in the Block #9 Quilt Pattern. Click Here to find the pattern at

Now let's learn how to connect these blocks together in this new video:

Learn how to Quilt As You Go and bind quilted blocks together with help from Leah Day
The trickiest part of this connection method ...

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September 1, 2016
New Star Crossed Block for September from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's September 1st which means we have a new block pattern for the Machine Quilting Block Party! This month we're going to piece and quilt this beautiful Star Crossed quilt block:

Star Crossed Quilt Block by Leah Day

Click Here to find the pattern for $4.99 at

This month we're also going to start trimming and connecting our blocks together so the quilt will be easy to finish by the end of the year. I've included a tip video plus binding instructions in this month's block pattern.

Have you fallen behind on the Machine Quilting Block Party? I'd ...

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August 31, 2016
Sneak Peek for Block #9! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Are you ready for a new block for the Machine Quilting Block Party? The pattern for Block #9 will be coming out tomorrow so here's a little sneak peek!

Yep, we're going to be quilting some pretty circles this month! Click Here to find all the block patterns published so far.

 This month we'll also begin putting the blocks together Quilt-As-You-Go style with binding strips that look great on the front and back of the quilt. After creating Block #9, you'll be able to connect three rows of the quilt together so your Sunshine Surprise quilt ...

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August 15, 2016
Quilt as you Go from Joy of Quilting

For all of you who want to know how I put together my Sampler Quilt Blocks.  

It's a Quilt as you go method which I show in the video below.

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August 14, 2016
How Do You Make Do? from The Snarky Quilter

While I submitted “OK MAKE DO” as a sketch for my master class I know it’s not really good material for that class. It’s too clunky and down home with all the scraps. I’m making it as a quilt as … Continue reading

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August 3, 2016
Forest Floor – wall hanging / play mat from Veni Vidi Vicky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis project takes me back to the roots (how fitting!) of my quilting journey.

Before I owned a sewing machine I would sew little projects by hand. One of my favourite things to make were bird mobiles (after a free bird pattern that was since taken down – here‘s the full story on it). I added small leaves to the mobiles to add a little interest – and this is when I did my first (hand) quilting stitches – a crease across the middle of the little sandwiched leaves.

When Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost asked me to stitch up ...

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