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May 13, 2021
Hexies galore and Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I can't believe  it - I totally forgot that I had a post and a link up due today. I did vaguely think about it this week and then my sleep deprived brain skipped right over it. Such is life these days!

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May 11, 2021
Sunday Catch-Up (on Tuesday) from Samelia's Mum

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April 7, 2021
Take Your Work on the Go! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Spring is here and summer is on its way and with them comes beautiful, warm weather! It’s getting harder and harder to want to spend your days completely indoors when you could be out soaking up the sun.

With hand work, you’re never confined to any specific space – the world is yours for the taking (and making!). Get outside and create to your heart’s content!

Quilt-As-You-Go (QAYG) and English Paper-Piecing

Both QAYG and English Paper-Piecing are perfect ways to continue stitching up beautiful projects wherever you roam! Take your pieces on the go, all you need are ...

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March 26, 2021
Quilting Tips: Fussy Cutting 101 from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 

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Hello, Makers! 

Coming back this week with another tutorial, if you missed what we spoke about last time, make sure to check out my Reverse Applique Flower Patch tutorial! As many of you may or may not know, my quilting journey started pretty recently as I dove headfirst into this industry and fell in love with fabrics! As I progressed my skills in the quilting world, my research was always intense as I was craving to learn more about it every week. One of my favorite things I learned about was Fussy Cutting! Which is a technique of choosing a ...

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March 20, 2021
Beachy Vibes and Berry Pie from Samelia's Mum



Rain, rain, rain... you'd be mistaken in thinking that Australia is a hot and dry country with the amount of rain we've had recently.
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February 24, 2021
Another Hexie Mania from Quilting & Learning

I hope that February has been treating you well. Personally, I'm getting ready for Spring, whether Mother Nature cooperates or not

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February 6, 2021
Diamond Star from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

The last time this project was worked on was April 2011.  A long time ago!  It was probably pinned on the wall for me to think about the borders and what to do and then promptly shelved.  

Fast forward to February 2021 and out came the bin.  It was time!  Up on the design wall it went.  What to do with borders?

When it was pinned onto the design wall last week, I could see there were a few areas on the outside sides that needed completion before working on borders.  So, rummaging through my scraps, fabric was found and ...

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January 18, 2021
Pink - RSC2021 from Samelia's Mum


Firstly, happy birthday to me! I've had a really lovely day with my loves. CONTINUED (Keep Reading) »

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December 29, 2020
Big Flower Quilt.....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

Remember this Big Hexy Flower?







I chose these 4 lime green fabrics
for the background hexies...




I put the light green background hexies
up on the design wall with the BIG Flowers:

they look NEON green......eeek!

After looking at this on the design wall
for the last 2 months, I took them all down.



I found a richer, calmer green fabric
and wrapped it around the hexy papers:


Ahhh....much better.




There is a bed sheet under the hexagons.
They will be pinned onto the sheet.
Then I can keep them in order as I 
hand piece the hexagons ...

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December 21, 2020
2020......Highlights from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 A look back at 2020...


January 2020


I needed a fresh start for 2020.

My sewing area went from this:



to this:




February 2020

Calving Season begins @ the Kessi Ranch



Playing with Rayon Threads




March 2020

The Turkey Vultures are BACK




Calving Season....continues:




Fertilizing the Hay Fields



Playing with Improv




April 2020

Improv Technique 2



Improv Technique 3



Improv Technique 4



Improv Technique 5



Improv Technique 6



Improv Technique 7



Improv Technique 8



Sunflower Quilt Finished




May 2020

Zipper Pulls







June 2020

Improv Quilt Top




Messy Painted Canvas




July 2020

Tassel Necklaces



Haying Season ...

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November 23, 2020
Wheels on the Cart! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Well ..... all the wheels/stars are done!  Whew, that was a job trying to select fabrics.  My friend, Darlene, asked me if it was designed to have a row of darker hour glass blocks above and below the wheel/stars?  Can you see those rows?  Oh yes, that was intentional!
Hour glass blocks are starting to be sewn together.    
Since there are so many seams, they are being pressed open.  Less bulk at the joins.
See the beige fabric in the wedge part of the wheel/star?  There is none left.  There are enough scraps to make a couple 1-1 ...

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November 12, 2020
Almost Ancient: English Paper Pieced Mosaics with Cheryl Lynch's New Fabric from Gefilte Quilt

My newest finished piece!
It's a tabletopper or wallhanging, about 20" across, made up of seven English Paper Pieced (EPP) blocks. The faux mosaic fabric - those little pieces aren't separate, they're printed - are from a fascinating new collection by my friend, quilt designer Cheryl Lynch. 

In recent years, Cheryl's been designing mosaic quilt patterns, made by cutting fabrics into small pieces. But even more recently, she designed fabric with the look of complex mosaics - but you can finish in a fraction of the time. 

Cheryl gifted me with these FQs.

First I cut out a bunch ...

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November 6, 2020
Guy Fawkes Night from Wendy's Quilts and More


Last week was Halloween, this week it's Guy Fawkes.  

Guy Fawkes was a much bigger deal than Halloween in New Zealand when I was growing up.  Most families bought their own fireworks and let off some sky rockets, Catherine wheels, flower pots, and double happys in the back yard.  Sparklers were just for little kids!


Then sales of fireworks to the public became restricted, and city councils started putting on large displays at public venues.  In Wellington they used to put a barge in the harbour and let off massive fireworks for about 15 minutes.  However, because it's ...

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October 16, 2020
English Paper Pieced Coaster Tutorial: Finish a Block, Enjoy a Fantasy Euro-Vacation! from Gefilte Quilt

Are you a wannabe traveler, sitting at home, while your muscles and your miles (frequent flier) stagnate? 

This project can brighten your days and remind you of better times and more interesting places. 

It's an English Paper Pieced Euro-coaster, upon which we can place our demitasse of home-brewed espresso, or perhaps a pot of Earl Grey. 

Put another way, this tutorial shows how I used fabric from Paris, and one of the blocks in my new English Paper Piecing book, "Hexagon Star Quilts," to make a coaster. It would also work as a hanging ornament. You can adapt this ...

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English Paper Piecing....BIG Flowers from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

Remember these JUMBO fabric flowers ?


The flowers were created with some 
leftover hexagons from the quilt below...




I pieced two of these quilt tops three years ago.

I had orphan fabric covered hexagons
in the bottom of my sewing box.

Here it is three years later
and I am stitching on those hexagons again.




I have 30 hexy flowers finished so far...





I decided on lime green hexagons for the background...






Four different shades of lime green...



I cleaned off the design wall and started
pinning up hexagons...


I think the lime green is working 
in the background...





A few ...

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October 13, 2020
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show Launch! from Gefilte Quilt

This idea isn't original to me - hanging a different quilt outside every day to entertain pandemic walkers. A quilter friend in Louisiana did it first - I saw from her posts that she and her neighbors were enjoying it. Then I heard about members of a quilt guild in Northern California, who showed off their quilts at the same time, so folks could follow a map to visit them. 

Even then I might not have bothered, because hanging a quilt is a schlep! But then I needed to bring my hanging rack into our house's front room, for a ...

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October 10, 2020
Wedding Ring Problems from a daily dose of fiber

I always have multiple projects going in all the fiber crafts that I like to do. In the quilting arena, I do machine sewing or quilting during the day. At night, I sew on my latest hexie project (trying to finish the Halloween themed quilt) or I do English Paper Piecing. During the last few months, I must admit to buying a lot of paper pieces for a variety of EPP designs. And none of them have been easy patterns to do…

I’ve been gluing and sewing double wedding ring arcs for weeks and fiddling with layouts. Here is ...

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October 3, 2020
Nearly Completed EPP Monogram Block + Backing, Binding Fabrics Selected for Welcome Home, Baby Quilt from Cheeky Cognoscenti

You guys, as soon as this pandemic is over and the quilt shows start up again, I need to sign up for an in-person English Paper Piecing (EPP) class.  I am happy with how my EPP monogram block came out, but I'm pretty sure it should not have taken me this long to sew just the one block:

EPP Monogram Stitched and Trimmed

That's what I miss most about live-taught classes -- the individual feedback you get from the instructor looking at your work up close and saying things like "When your stitches get that small, you're not ...

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October 2, 2020
English Paper Piecing and Tractor Work... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

In the evenings I have been doing

some hand stitching...


English Paper Piecing.....Hexagons





Batik Fabrics

















These are jumbo sized Hexagons:


They are very large and
the stitching goes quickly !




I spread them all out on the floor tonight
to see what colors I need...










The chair helps you realize
just how BIG these flowers are !



8:00 this morning:


The Cowboy is hooking implements up
to the John Deere tractor...





The ground has already been plowed and harrowed.
The roller packers are hooked up today.
They compact and press the soil down and
prepare it for seeding...



This is ...

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October 1, 2020
My AQS QAL "Letter Home" Continues, Complicated With Some English Paper Piecing from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I'm making some headway with my baby boy quilt NewFO!   I haven't cut out the four Wasabi (greenish yellow) QSTs yet, but I'm almost done piecing the rest of the blocks for this "quick and easy" project.

Piecing is in Progress!

I changed my mind about foundation paper piecing my center monogram block, too.  I just could not abide with those extra seams that I would have in the center of my "C" if I did FPP, so this block will be my second ever attempt at English paper piecing (EPP).  

FPP Version, with Extra Seams in ...

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