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April 2, 2019
Green Hearts: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Green patchwork colours at Clever Chameleon

Green for Solidarity and Caring

Several days ago I found out about the Healing Hearts for Christchurch initiative. It is a drive to make and distribute quilts to the people most affected by the recent terror attack in Christchurch.

I decided that I would like to support this group of caring quilters on their quest to show love, respect, acceptance, and support to those affected within the Muslim community. They are also reaching out to the first responders, emergency services personal and ongoing support workers of Christchurch. So today, my friend Susan and I started turning our green fabric scraps ...

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Hourglass Quilt Gifted from Fret Not Yourself

Happy birthday to the young recipient.

Here it is, quilted, bound, and washed. No quilting design seemed a good fit to me. Either they distracted from the colors or they seemed too prominent on the solids. Finally I simply stitched in the ditch along each seam line.

Hourglass quilt in solids
The back really shows the crinkling effect of the quilting design and batting choice. Stitch-in-the-Ditch emphasized a gathering effect not seen on my other quilts. I think the combination of two threads (nylon monofilament and cotton) in the ditch and solids caused this. Other fabrics may behave the same ...

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March 28, 2019
A Stretched Hexies Quilt ~ English Paper Pieced from Red Pepper Quilts

A Stretched Hexies Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

I did not intend to take such a long break from blogging and sharing my sewing adventures! But I have enjoyed taking the "work" out of what has been my normal for the last 10 years; instead simply enjoying the making, and enjoying every decision that comes with that, from leisurely choosing fabric, to design, and every single (slow) stitch. No deadlines, no pressure to document. 

A Stretched Hexies Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019
A Stretched Hexies Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019
A Stretched Hexies Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

And I have been sewing! I have been working on this Stretched Hexies Quilt top for the last few weeks. This quilt top has been English Paper pieced (EPP). I continue to enjoy this ...

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March 26, 2019
Mindful sewing from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Last night, I was reading a magazine that I borrowed from the library. Yep - it's ready to be returned today so I see a walk in my future!

Anyway, there was an article in the magazine about Sustainable Sewing (Mindful Making). It's Part 2 so now today, I'll try to find the issue with Part 1. The article focuses on garment sewing, but as quilters, we also have the same issue. 

We get excited - we buy a new kit or new pattern and fabric. We rush home (well sometimes) and start cutting. Oh worse - we see a ...

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Time to Sew a Top from Fret Not Yourself

You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.
~C.S. Lewis~

You know the drill. Sew the blocks into columns; sew the columns into pairs; repeat until the top is done.

Sewn. Wow. These colors look like stained glass.

A rainbow of colorful fabrics makes this simple pattern into a stunning quilt.
Hourglass quilt in solid fabrics

I'm not sure what quilting will enhance/ complement this design.

Enjoy the day, Ann

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Stellar BOM: Blocks 6 + 7 from Blossom Heart Quilts

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles⁣

I’m feeling very still⁣

And I think my spaceship knows which way to go⁣

Block 7 from Stellar BOM with AccuQuilt Qube by

Download the free pattern for block 7 here

Block 7 is quite possibly one of my favourite non-star blocks… It’s a bit fun! A spaceship taking off into the sky, zooming through the stars and planetary bodies. Like block 6.

Block 6! Let’s not forget block 6, it’s a moon… or a planet… or where ever it is that the spaceship is headed. And that pink Alison Glass print with the symbols? Definitely a ...

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March 24, 2019
Crazed Diamonds Quilt Top Finished from Clever Chameleon

Crazed Diamonds finished quilt top at Clever Chameleon

Crazed: characterized by a network of fine cracks….

I’m naming my latest Island Batik challenge quilt “Crazed Diamonds”. I think that speaks well to both the crazy quilt heritage and the modern outcome of this quilt design. And possibly my wider quilting life too… </p>
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March 21, 2019
Quiltville 2018 Mystery Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

This is the Good Fortune Quiltville Mystery Quilt for 2018! If you don’t know the Bonnie Hunter Mystery, you should! She starts around the end of October announcing a color palette using paint...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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March 19, 2019
Hourglass Solids from Fret Not Yourself

What gives dignity to death is the dignity of the life that preceded it.
~Sherwin Nuland~

Still in recovery. This is a quilt I made but didn't blog because I wanted to make a video. Haven't done that; probably won't now.  Still, it's a pretty quilt to share.

When I reorganized/cleaned my sewing room last year, all threads and sewing supplies went back in their respective drawers. That's not much but makes the room neater. The biggest decision was to put all the "pulled" fabric back in the stash. The partially sewn blocks are ...

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Crazy Coral – Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Crazy Coral colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Just crazy enough….

Like a good friend with whom you can let your hair down anytime, my new little quilt is going to be just crazy enough to be great company. </p>
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March 18, 2019
Quilting Marathon!! from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Phew, that was some weekend!! I can't believe how much quilting got done.  These wonderful people did it again, they used every inch of the design wall and two tops got finished with the rows of two others sewn!  Look at this, just amazes me how much they do. Hands 2 Help 2019 we are making it happen over here!

I just love these big Blog patterns - 2 tops complete 
we used the entire design wall.  So sorry I didn't get a picture of the spools, it will be wonderful when all those rows will be together
I ...

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Cathy's Quilt from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Yesterday I put the finishing stitches onto this scrap quilt: This is the quilt I made for the wife at North Camp that is battling cancer: This is the second quilt I made like this - the first being an experiment. When she saw it on one of my quilt ladders, she fell in love with it so I began sorting through my scraps: As I began making blocks, I asked her if she had any shirts from

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March 17, 2019
"Never enough cats" Quilt for Molly from Monas Creativity

The Pins and Paws Quilt by Jenny At Missouri Start Quilt Company
This quilt is made from scraps, only the background fabric was purchased. The quilt is tied.

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March 14, 2019
My Alphabet Blankie Upside Down from Quilts + Color

I recently shared a small part of this quilt on Facebook. When Judy Spahn said she didn't recognize the fabrics I found another photo which was not good.  I just found this picture which is much better than the other one.
But, it didn't take Drew to tell me it is upside down!
It is a scrap quilt. The 9 patch blocks each have either a letter of the alphabet or a number in the center. My name is at the top and where I live and the date are at the bottom.
It's the quilt I ...

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March 13, 2019
Oh Happy Day! from My Quilt Infatuation

Today is the day!  I worked hard yesterday to finish up the center piece for my color wheel wall just so that I could share the finish with you at today's party.  I love it SO much.

I know it's hard to tell in the photo, but these minis take up the entire wall (each one measures 24 inches square).  If you look back at the photo of the original wall, you will see that the thermostat is not centered.  It was only about five inches to the left of center, but that was enough to throw a ...

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March 12, 2019
Sew Succulent: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Sew Succulent colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Sometimes you just have to get started. Then the ideas will finally come….

This week I have been working on my crazy diamond quilt idea from my previous post. I started this quilt with very little idea where I was headed…. A bit scary!……. But to put it off much longer would have been inviting worse disaster. Like, no quilt at all….

No captivating ideas had been forthcoming to me for the March Island Batik Ambassador challenge until now, and it certainly wasn’t for lack of pondering. All I had to show for about a month of ruminating was ...

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March 11, 2019
Quilting a Checkerboard Tiles Block on a Home Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Our Checkerboard Tiles block is ready for quilting and after all that piecing, that’s quite an achievement! See how I am keeping the quilting design very simple with straight lines quilted on my Singer treadle machine:

Click here to find the pattern for the Checkerboard Tiles quilt block. The best thing about this Friendship Quilt Along is you can make the quilt exactly the size you need. Pick from crib, throw, twin, queen or king and make the corresponding number of blocks you need to make your quilt.

Click here to find all the Friendship Quilt Along tutorials I ...

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March 10, 2019
Making Waves from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Two more classes - DONE!!!  There's one more this morning and then I get the afternoon to deal with the aftermath. The studio looks like a hurricane went through it. And I spent an hour this morning pulling samples for the applique class so all that will have to be put back as well.

There's some good news to this - I did find a tub of half quilted items. Seriously??  How hard would it be to sit down and finish up a couple of those? Thank goodness because I'm going to need some fast finishes this year. It ...

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March 9, 2019
Vintage Reimagined with Island Batik from Clever Chameleon

Matha Bingley's crazy diamond quilt

“Give the Past a Personal Touch”

That is the monthly challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors this March. An invitation to reimagine a vintage quilt (or a building or furniture or another artefact of some kind) into a new quilt.

Vintage reimagined challenge

As the muse for my challenge piece, I have chosen an early Australian quilt by Martha Bingley. Not much is known about Martha Bingley or her quilt (pictured above). Except for one picture of her and the information contained on the quilt itself. There’s a good reminder to label your quilts right there, people!

Martha’s crazy quilt is now ...

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March 6, 2019
Circa 1880 Scrap Management from Collector with a Needle

3" scrap blocks
I'm doing some scrap management - how's that for justifying a new project?
I like it.

I saw Wendy's post HERE about the Circa 1880 Project and it sent me over the edge...Off I went order the set.

I'm starting with scraps (laying around the floor and cutting table) from other projects.

I just love the tiny size and simple block.

However, I'm not following the plan....
Not swapping, not using 1880 fabrics and making my own timeline.  Just a little time for machine work these days.

Happy Stitching!

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