Is it a Bargello?

Posted by on 28 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Bargello Swirl by Ruth Blanchet made using Hoffman FabricsThis quilt is circular as you can see but are you aware that there are no curved pieces to be cut or stitched? This suits me! I'm not into curved piecing at all! The whole project is straight pieced..... and yes, it is a Bargello Quilt.

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Doodling Creates Fabric Fun!

Posted by on 26 April 2017 | 0 Comments

marker mania scribbled fabricDo you, too, like to doodle? I love to doodle. I don’t know if you are like me, but I can’t tell you how many marking pens if have - Sharpies and fabric markers of all thicknesses. I wanted to make use of them, so I came up with something where I could use a lot these pens to make my own fabric textures.

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My April Stitch Along Week 4

Posted by Ruth on 25 April 2017 | 0 Comments

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This week I needed to make 'windows' in my cover fabric to see the best sections of my project. As I checked each project I noticed there were only a few areas that I really didn't want to highlight so I decided to do this a little different. I used the computer to help me determine where to place the windows.

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Zoo Friends for Children

Posted by Jennifer Houlden on 21 April 2017 | 0 Comments

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What better way to brighten up a child's room than with a quilt full of colour and cute little animals. Zoo Friends is the perfect quilt for this - lots of bright colours and 13 wonderful animals to put a smile on any child's face.

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April Stitch Along - week 4 instructions

Posted by Ruth on 21 April 2017 | 0 Comments

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This is going to be my most favorite week of all! I think I'll call it Windows :) You'll need 3 pieces of paper or card this week about the same size as your three projects - not essential, but I think it will make it easier - and some extra fabric.

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Adding Text on Your Quilt

Posted by Shirley Goodwin on 20 April 2017 | 0 Comments

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Shirley's Christmas quilt made in EQ7

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How Barbara Began Making Victorian Sewing Boxes

Posted by Barbara Dieges on 19 April 2017 | 0 Comments

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Barbara Dieges' Victorian Box 001I had nothing to do one day, so I spent it at the Pasadena (CA) Library. They have an awesome section, or did at the time, of old magazines. When I am talking old, I am being literal. This padded hexagonal box was illustrated in an 1867 Godey’s Lady’s Book; which was a lady's magazine of that day. There was no pattern, so I used the illustration to make my own. The pictures all show lace, but if you don't like lace and ruffles, you can just use cording. Cording is used on three of the lids, so the lace can be dispensed with on the other three. I like the lace, because, first of all, it is pretty and it helps hide the gap between the lids.

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My April Stitch Along Week 3

Posted by Ruth on 18 April 2017 | 0 Comments

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photo of tree trunkThis week I decided not to do the leaves - instead, I chose the moss on the tree trunk.

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Texture

Posted by Elizabeth Barton on 18 April 2017 | 0 Comments

The low immersion techniques we have used so far to create different values and colors leave a beautiful random texture on the fabric. But there are also ways to make very specific textures, in fact, there are so many ways that I have decided to limit to just one, so there will be lots more for you to explore when you have finished this class. I am going to focus on a type of texture I have a lot of experience with. I have found to be both amazingly beautiful and frustratingly demanding in designing quilts using it.

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April 2017 Stitch Along Gallery

Posted by Ruth on 15 April 2017 | 0 Comments

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It is great to see some photos come in from other quilters joining me this month in my monthly stitch along. I cannot wait to see more photos coming in. If you want to join in and missed the instructions, you can find them here:

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