Hops and Leaves

Posted by on 20 March 2018 | 0 Comments

Hops and leaves - what am I talking about? Part of Sue's adventure to NZ included me showing her where I was raised as a young girl. Although the house I lived in from 0-11 yrs old is long gone along with the hop farm I grew up on, the Liquid Amber Maple tree Mum planted when I was born is still going strong.

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A New Technique and Free Tutorial

Posted by on 13 March 2018 | 3 Comments

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I had fun recently trying a new technique - art yarn. This is my first attempt and I know I need some improvements but I'll work on those! In the meantime, I thought I would use the art yarn to make some sort of decorative fabric creation.

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Free Tote Instructions

Posted by on 6 March 2018 | 0 Comments

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Last week I had the Black-eyed Susan block "under the needle" so this week I decided to revisit the previous Spring Life BOM block - the clematis. In my BOM program, I used the design to decorate a corner of a block so I could demonstrate Echo quilting and now I have decided to turn this block into a small tote to hold a book I made for a friend. Today I want to share with you the instructions on how to make this tote..... and it's easy to adapt if you need to!

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What's Under the Needle

Posted by on 27 February 2018 | 1 Comments

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This is the first post in my new blog series called "What's Under the Needle". Basically, I am going to share with you what I have been working on during the week since my previous post. At times I will be giving away free patterns or tutorials, presenting new projects and offering challenges among other things. I hope it will be as much fun for you as it will be for me, with some learning experiences along the way! So let's get started with this week....

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Parallels Between Painting and Quilts

Posted by on 24 February 2018 | 0 Comments

Quiltmakers who are moving forward with their work often study art - there is so much to be learned. Think of all the parallels between painting and quilts.

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The reality quilt class!

Posted by on 13 February 2018 | 0 Comments

Three unsuspecting friends got together with Elizabeth to learn how to make a small art quilt - in six hours! The class with multiple short videos shows how you can make a quilt without stressing out, without agony, without buying anything extra. It also covers basic planning and studio practice ideas that you'll be able to use over and over in other pieces e.g. quick design methods, easy ways to make good color choices, simplifying cutting and constructing, a simple facing method that you'll love to use over and over.

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Improve Your Modern Quilt

Posted by Elizabeth on 29 January 2018 | 0 Comments


strength of quiet windowsa by Elizabeth BartonMod Meets Improv (my online workshop) shows you how to cut and sew a modern quilt top, either in a traditional way with precise measuring or in a much more relaxed improvisational way. I give you lots of ideas for designs...and show you how to make more for yourself.

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Developing Applique Techniques for more than 37 years

Posted by Ruth on 28 January 2018 | 0 Comments

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Morning Glory block applique and embroidered by Ruth BlanchetThis year my goal is to do more quilting... a lot more quilting. As always, I have lots of quilt ideas floating around in my head, most of them involve applique... and I know I need to get them out. I've already made a start by creating my new Morning Glory block. Originally designed for my BOM Spring Life program, I rearranged it to create a whole new design and of course, I now have this available on my website: Morning Glory design

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The Six Hour Quilt

Posted by on 21 January 2018 | 0 Comments


It is always wonderful starting a new workshop with Elizabeth Barton and for 2018 she has a new one published, The Six Hour Quilt. A little different than her previous workshops, but just as much fun. This is a good basic class but also fun for students of any level!

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My Grandma's Scraps

Posted by Marilyn on 18 January 2018 | 0 Comments


When I was a very young child (6-7) my Grandma who was born in 1910 took me up very narrow stairs to a little loft that was part of her very small little house. The loft was closed off in the winter (reminds me of my Billy Creek house) because it just was so cold up there that any water in a bucket would freeze.

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