Working on a New Design

Posted by on 30 June 2020 | 0 Comments

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I'm really excited about working on a new design although it is taking a little longer than inticipated with all that is going on lately! I decided though, that I should give you a sneak preview....

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June's Christmas Block

Posted by on 23 June 2020 | 3 Comments

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block6For this month's block I used a 5" block from EQ8 and adjusted it to make it suitable for a 12" block. I'll use four different fabrics but you could easily make it scrappy if you wanted. Let's get started!

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More Ways Than One to Use An Applique Pattern

Posted by on 14 June 2020 | 4 Comments

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It suddenly occured to me that my applique flowers can be made in a number of other ways, not just applique so today I wanted to show you how I created a new block from one of my existing flower blocks - actually, I chose my very first flower block in my BOW series, the pansy.

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So many Reds!

Posted by on 8 June 2020 | 0 Comments

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Last week I made my first Folded Ribbon Heart from Anita's new pattern. It was super easy and super fun!

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Folded Ribbon Heart Block

Posted by on 2 June 2020 | 0 Comments

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Over the past week, I have been working with Anita on getting her newest pattern published. It's been a lot of fun discovering all the various ways her Folded Ribbon Heart can work in blocks and quilts or table runners so today I wanted to share some of the great points this pattern has.

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May's Christmas Block

Posted by on 25 May 2020 | 0 Comments

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This month's Christmas block I wanted to keep simple and the reason for that is because I wanted to be able to dress it up with alternative ideas. I chose a block with a 6" center so that when we make some 6" blocks later, we could include one as the center for this block. Here is the block....

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Coming Through Lockdown

Posted by on 18 May 2020 | 0 Comments

We are back to Level 2! When I first wrote about lockdown back in March, we were in Level 3 heading quickly into Level 4. Level 4 was hard. Basically we had to stay home, kids were home, adults were home, everyone was home. There was no going out unless we absolutely needed to and only for medical or groceries, and then if you went to the grocery store, only 1 person was allowed in per household.... And there was literally no online shopping either which really made it tough. You couldn't get anything when it came to sewing or crafting supplies... and not even any stationery supplies for the kids. Fortunately, there was a limited supply available through the grocery stores so things like coloring pencils, copy paper, and the likes were picked up there. Level 4 went on for 4.5 weeks and they seemed very long weeks. I went nowhere!

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Quilt As You Go - How to Insert a Quilted Block

Posted by on 10 May 2020 | 0 Comments

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Most of my applique blocks are quilt-as-you-go because I prefer to do the applique stitching through all layers and it is just so much easier to quilt small blocks than it is a large quilt. My flower blocks which have added stitching are all done this way. After launching my new flower block quilt "Flower Garden" I had a customer ask "how do you add a layered block into a pieced quilt design?" .....I decided to share the answer here on my blog.

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A Flower Garden Quilt

Posted by on 4 May 2020 | 0 Comments

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Over the last week, I have been finishing off my "Flower Garden" quilt pattern. Coordinating the fabrics was the most fun and wording it in the pattern rather than referring to color makes it easy for you to pick your own set of fabric colors. Note: To learn more about color choices, I can highly recommend Elizabeth Barton's Color Course - it has a wealth of information and exercises to try.

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Original Pieced Snowflake

Posted by on 27 April 2020 | 0 Comments

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block4 finishedThis block I designed prior to our Covid-19 lockdown... and I must add here, that even though we need to stay home during this time, things are busier than before for me! Often I'm just too tired to sew and this was the case last month, but today we have reached level 3 and with that comes a bit more energy so I felt comfortable in tackling this detailed snowflake block.

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