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October 20, 2014
Christmas Makes from Creating Chaos

Such a long gap between posts!  I am very ashamed.

However, I have been very busy making ready for Christmas and now various items have been delivered to different outlets, I finally have time  for blogging.

Started off with gift tags in three designs:


I particularly like the button ones and will be using this idea for my Christmas cards this year.

Felt decorations came next:



As Mug Rugs/Mats seem popular at the moment I made some of those too.   I also made some special Christmas ones to use when leaving a drink and snack for Santa!


The final ...

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October 7, 2014
NYC! from Ellyn's Place

In the spring, my oldest daughter Leigh Anne moved to New York City. It's been her dream since she was a little girl, to be a journalist in the Big Apple, and this year she made her dream come true. I couldn't wait to visit her there, to see her awesome apartment in Brooklyn (which is bigger and more beautiful than I ever expected!) to share some good food and meet her new friends. So, last Thursday, my buddy Joellen and I hopped on a plane and went to New York to see Leigh Anne!

yes indeed, we ...

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October 1, 2014
The bling pouch from Karen Ann Ruane


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September 26, 2014
Fabric + Shopping in London from Diary of a Quilter

I've already shared a couple of posts of fabulous fabric shopping locations in London - the Cloth House and Liberty of London. By no means am I the expert on all the great sewing shops in London, but I there were a few other shops and spots that I hit during my short stay that I thought inspiring and share-worthy. Another great resource for Liberty of London fabrics is Shaukat in South

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September 20, 2014
layers of lace, from Karen Ann Ruane

lace, mirrors, flounces,

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September 17, 2014
Aprons for my Helpers from Fluffy Sheep Quilting

When I brought my shop to the Clarinbridge market last weekend it was a true neighborhood affair.  Not only did the community join in to support local vendors, but the two lovely girls from next door volunteered to help me mind the shop.  They are 10 and 12 years old.  The 10 year old loves pink and purple, loves to perform/sing and can tell a super story playing each roll herself.  The 12 year old is a jokester, an athlete and animal lover.  They are hilarious together.  We visit nearly every day to let our dogs play and hear ...

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September 12, 2014
Clarinbridge Market Stall {2014} from Fluffy Sheep Quilting

Last weekend I took the shop to the next town over, Clarinbridge, for their annual market.  Every Saturday in September they ask the local vendors to come to the town's square and set up a market stall.  It's quite traditional in that there are farmers vending veg, people spinning yard from fleece and livestock for sale.  You wouldn't believe how hard it was to resist the donkey foal on sale for 40 euro!   If only we had a field.

We arrived bright and early to set up in our assigned spot.  There was a small issue in ...

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August 7, 2014
Raceway // New Quilt Pattern from Pile O' Fabric

Today I would like to share my newest quilt pattern coming out for Aria Lane. Meet Raceway, designed and pieced by yours truly and machine quilted by professional longarm quilter Sarah Wilson from Crinkle Love. I made the Raceway quilt in a 60.5″ x 60.5″ throw size with Kona Cotton Solids in Cerise, Charcoal, Nautical, Breakers, Chartreuse, Coral, Red, Teal Blue, Crocus, and Brt. Peri.

The Technique

Do you like sewing curves? Most quilters I meet along my travels usually say they’re afraid to try curves piecing, but I want to challenge you to give them a ...

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July 21, 2014
Texas Roadtrip QAL San Antonio! from Ellyn's Place

Hello friends! Welcome to the ellyn's place stop on the Texas Roadtrip. I am blogging to you from Allen, TX which is just north of Dallas. But I am lucky enough to tell you about one of my favorite Texas cities, other than Allen of course, San Antonio. 

Our family first visited San Antonio in 2003 shortly after becoming residents of Texas. We went down Thanksgiving weekend and had such a wonderful time. Walking along the riverfront, especially with the Christmas Lights shining, was such a joy! We also purchased seats to sit along the river and watch the ...

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July 11, 2014
Cute, cute, cute, cute fabric posting. from I Can Quilt Knit Crochet

I found this at Sew Me A Song on  This is called Thumbprint cats.  I ordered 1/2 yard.  This would make a super cute wristlet and/or change purse.  Love those kitty cats.

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Cute, cute, cute, cute fabric posting. from I Can Quilt Knit Crochet

I found this at Sew Me A Song on  This is called Thumbprint cats.  I ordered 1/2 yard.  This would make a super cute wristlet and/or change purse.  Love those kitty cats.

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July 2, 2014
A Sparkling Blogger Bundle! from Fluffy Sheep Quilting

Who is this month's featured blogger?  Can you guess?  They created a bundle that's sophisticated, masculine and modern....and dipped the FSQ in pink glitter.  You have one guess and only one guess...

That's right! Today is the launch of the Molli Sparkles blogger bundle.  Today's a great day to visit Molli's blog if this is your first time meeting him.  Just this past Monday he made his television debut on the Today show where he did a super job promoting quilting while the co-host lost all sanity while trying to stitch together two little ...

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June 30, 2014
The Canvas Pattern: Now Available in FSQ from Fluffy Sheep Quilting

I am delighted to announce that She Can Quilt's Canvas quilt pattern is now available at Fluffy Sheep Quilting {the shop}!

You can find the pattern by clicking on the "Patterns and Kits" button on the shop home page, or by following this link.  Currently the pattern is available as a PDF that will be emailed to you after your purchase.    

Created by Leanne of She Can Quilt

Leanne's pattern is very clearly written with a lovely prologue describing considerations when you are designing your own Canvas quilt.  She helpfully includes size charts including fabric requirements, two cutting ...

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June 23, 2014
Paris from Quilting Stories

Pink building
Pink building


Cafe Paris
Rue Cadet - Paris 9e

Rue du Faubourg Montmartre - Paris 9e

Amelie's Restaurant
5 rue Versigny - Paris 18e

Amelie's Menu
5 rue versigny - Paris 18e

Passage Jouffroy
Passage Jouffroy - Paris 9e


Antique books
Book shop


Cross stitch
Arts & Crafts

Cross stitch
Arts & Crafts

Cross stitch
Arts & Crafts



I came back from France last week and I am happy to share with you those few "postcards" of the places I like to visit when I stay in Paris. They are very few pictures because I was often forgetting my camera, or I did not want to carry to much burden. Next time I hope to make a better and ...

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June 21, 2014
baby baby baby from Charm About You

So my stall at the PTA fair didn't make me or the school a fortune but I sold a few little bits, had lots of admirers (of the stall not me - although one parent said she thought I was a student teacher not a mum and is now my new best friend!!), questions about commissions and just generally enjoyed the sunshine.

I was disappointed I didn't sell the baby dresses I had made because I think they are too cute. Lots of people loved them but I guess we've all had our babies (since we are at ...

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June 17, 2014
Minerva Crafts Meet Up from Charm About You

On Saturday I had a much needed day out on my own and headed to the Minerva Crafts Meet Up day. Minerva Crafts is based in Darwen, Lancashire and it's huge!! They sponsor my blog and I've ordered online but this is the first time I actually visited the craft centre and I was surprised at how big it is. Stocked with everything a crafter could need for all different types of crafts. 

Of course I found myself in the newly created 'quilters corner' - ok I made that up but it's a neat corner near the front ...

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June 14, 2014
My very own ad ! from Blue Square Quilting

Check out the first ever TV ad by Etsy, customised for my own shop !



If you have an Etsy shop, find out how to create your own version in 5 minutes !

~ Catherine

Tagged: etsy

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June 9, 2014
Clover & Violet's Blogger Bundle from Fluffy Sheep Quilting

What a delicious bundle I have for you this month!  This month's color-laden blogger bundle was created by the lovely Jennie of Clover and Violet.  Jennie has such amazing taste in fabric, expertly combining pattern and color so that they sing. 

Here Jennie combined natural Essex linen with the Wrens and Friends main floral print and lots of super pretty, color-saturated blenders from Dottie, Architextures, Minimalista and Wishes.  Won't these make a gorgeous hand bag or tote? 

Jennie knows, of course, that they'll be stunning in a project like that.  If you have not done so already ...

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June 4, 2014
Just. Can't. Resist. from Fluffy Sheep Quilting

If you're looking to grab a good deal, pop over to Fluffy Sheep Quilting's sale section.  Every fabric that has been in the sale section for a few weeks has been further reduced and new goodies have been added.  It has been recently updated with Minimalista....

and Sunnyside fabrics....

as well as Scrumptious yardage and charm packs.

Happy day, happy day.

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May 29, 2014
Double Publications and Patterns from Patchwork Posse

This past month a few of my patterns have been printed in magazines.  What a joy to go shopping and know that inside that issue is something that I designed.  I feel so blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity to share it with others worldwide!

The first was the tic tac toe pattern set.  This is the funnest set.  The pattern includes the instructions for the reversible play mat, the cinch bag, and the toss pieces.

We keep ours tucked inside the car, just in case we get stuck somewhere and need a quick game to keep us busy ...

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