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September 20, 2020
Turning Lines Into Circles for Curved English Paper Piecing from Gefilte Quilt

What do these English Paper Pieced blocks from my new book, "Hexagon Star Quilts," have in common? 
Answer: They're all straight lines. I've always been curve-averse, and although I've done plenty of English Paper Piecing in recent years, almost everything I've made with the technique has had straight lines only.

But quarantine is an opportunity to try new things (assuming you don't have an essential job, young children, and/or a sourdough fixation). So a couple of weeks ago, I plunged into curved EPP in a big way. It turned out to be mostly easier ...

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August 24, 2020
Scary Unfinished Quilt, Happy Ending, Don't Look Too Close from Gefilte Quilt

This is a mystery quilt adventure. If you hate suspense, scroll to the very bottom of the post to see the finished quilt. If you enjoy mysteries, read from the top. 

I'll begin this story in front of my UFO (unfinished object) cabinet, a terrifying place, in a far corner of my sewing room, under the ironing board, behind/beneath my Featherweight table. 
To open the cabinet's doors, I have to curl myself into in a fetal position - then, the doors open only halfway, before smashing into my knees. Fetal position also describes my emotions, when I look ...

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July 8, 2020
Masked Hexagons, Part II: A English Paper Piecing Variation from Gefilte Quilt


I'm going nuts making masks! 

These are a few of my new masked hexagons, made from the scraps of face masks I've been sewing since March. In my last installment, here, I described how I made these hexies, using conventional English Paper Piecing techniques. At the time, I had only made about 35 hexagons. 

Since then, I've made many more masks to donate - I'm closing in on 1,000 masks - and about 40 more masked hexagons. So here's the finished quilt, with a total of 73 masked hexagons, all socially distanced. My free, revised ...

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July 3, 2020
Masked Hexagons, Socially Distanced: An English Paper Pieced Mystery Scrap Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

If you are one of the thousands of quilters giving time and fabric to make lifesaving masks, thank you. For me, making masks is not only a good deed, but a powerful way to reduce anxiety in a tragic  time. 

You may also be putting mask scraps aside, to someday make a  quilt. Here’s one idea that you can work on as you continue to make masks: 

And here's what it would have looked like on white:

It's not finished - it's just a top - because as I continue to make masks, I will grow it. The ...

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June 1, 2020
Custom Cushion for Scarlett from Samelia's Mum

I never tire of playing around with my 2.5" scrappy fabrics. Over the weekend, I put some of them together to make a custom cushion for a little girl called Scarlett. 
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April 30, 2020
Custom Cushion for Iyla from Samelia's Mum

It's a Thursday and day 50 bazillion of the Covid-19 pandemic. The weather has cooled and we're expecting some rain later today which is exciting, because we don't seem to get much rain.
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April 16, 2020
Sewing with my girl: a pillow for Lexie from Samelia's Mum

It's no secret that I really enjoy making custom scrappy patchwork pillows as gifts for family or friends. I also take custom orders for these very unique pillows through my Facebook page. They make especially great gifts for people with unusual names.
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