Elizabeth's Scrap Quilting - a superb idea!

Posted by on 24 February 2020 | 0 Comments

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Elizabeth Barton has always been a lover of scrap quilts.... however not of tedious cutting out of specific shapes and pattern matching.... instead, she came up with a very different way of approaching the use of scraps.

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Foundation Pieced Christmas Block

Posted by on 23 February 2020 | 0 Comments

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This month is fast coming to an end and I realize I haven't made my Christmas block! Since I enjoyed working with EQ last month, I decided I would use it again but this time to create a foundation pieced block. I was thinking along the lines of a Christmas tree so I played around and came up with this block...

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A New Method of Scrap Quilting Gains an Award

Posted by on 22 February 2020 | 0 Comments

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Today I wanted to share with you one of the videos in Elizabeth's amazing new workshop "The Great Scrap Quilt". Her method of construction is fabulous and the quilt shown in this video is one that won the Edward Lambert Fiber Art Award. As you will see, her color selection is amazing, she knows just what fabric to put where!

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Brunnera Flower Block

Posted by on 17 February 2020 | 1 Comments

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Brunnera is a flower in the Boraginaceae family or more commonly known Forget-me-not family. As with most flowers, there are many species of Brunnera. The best known is Siberian bugloss. Its interesting heart-shaped leaves grabbed my attention so I decided to make a new flower block.

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Deciding on Fabrics can make or break the design

Posted by on 10 February 2020 | 0 Comments

This week I've been working on my new Bargello pattern. I decided that I needed to make a second sample so dived into my stash to pull fabrics. For any Bargello, color is an important subject as it can definitely make or break the design and pulling 10 fabrics in two colors can be quite a task but fortunately, I only need a small amount of each - just a strip or two.

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Don't be bamboozled

Posted by on 8 February 2020 | 0 Comments

"Don't be bamboozled, but above all, don't be boring.... in anything!".

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What's Under My Needle?

Posted by on 3 February 2020 | 0 Comments

What's under my needle this week? Well, this might be a familiar sight to many...

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Creating a Block in EQ8

Posted by on 27 January 2020 | 0 Comments

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Since last week's Christmas block, I've been asked a number of times how to design the block in EQ8 and/or if I have a copy of the file.... so this week I decided it would be good to show you how to draw your own blocks and a few tips I used along the way to make the drawing easy. 

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Christmas Block-a-thon block 2

Posted by on 20 January 2020 | 2 Comments

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For this week's blog, I decided to play with EQ8 to design my own block. It's easy to start with a block and move some lines around however it is always best to start with the size you intend using so you don't get funky cutting instructions. For example, if you want a 12" finished block, don't play with a 5-patch block. On the other hand, a 6" block would be fine because you can double it to make 12".

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Down on the Farm - Ducks

Posted by on 13 January 2020 | 0 Comments

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I spent Christmas down on the farm at my daughter's place in North Canterbury. It's such a different lifestyle than the big city! It reminded me of my Country quilt I made a number of years ago "A Day in the Country" which is not only a BOM series but also an online workshop.

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