Win a Flower Block pattern!

Posted by on 25 April 2018 | 12 Comments

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Do you know of a different flower I haven't made? Click through to my 2nd Flower block Competition and let me know a flower you cannot find on our BOW pages  and if I decide to add it to my collection, you'll receive a FREE copy of the pattern.

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Teaching Young and Old

Posted by Ruth on 25 April 2018 | 4 Comments

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It's school break so what better time is there to spend with your grandchildren or children ...and of course teaching any craft is fun especially for me as I have a real passion to see others, both young and old, learn and achieve new things. So knowing my granddaughter Amy would be spending some valuable time with me this break, I decided not to wait till next April to release the next animal block but rather get her involved in creativity.

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It's been a while since I did this

Posted by Ruth on 17 April 2018 | 0 Comments

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It's been rather a long time since I did any traditional patchwork and before this morning had not planned on doing any in the very near future. In fact, it wasn't until I started thinking about what I should put under my needle this week that an idea for a traditional patchwork border hit my mind as I looked at the Penguin block I made this month. One thing led to another as you can see by the end of this blog post.

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Applique Tips for Fusible Applique

Posted by Ruth on 10 April 2018 | 0 Comments

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April is World Autism Awareness Month. In New Zealand, autism affects one person in every 100. That's around 40,000 of us! And every year during April, I put out a new animal block to add to the collection of animals drawn by my son who is autistic. 

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Bouncing Off The Walls

Posted by Ruth on 4 April 2018 | 2 Comments

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For the longest time now I've been thinking about making a music quilt. I'm particularly fond of music which probably stems from learning to play the piano at an early age. I did make a small art quilt a few years back that did include musical notes...

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Is it a Butterfly?

Posted by on 28 March 2018 | 0 Comments

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This week I have been playing around with some kaleidoscope designs as I put together my newest e-book download. The designs were all generated by one image - an image with a butterfly and floral arrangement. Each design created is very different and in most, you cannot even determine there was a butterfly at all!

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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 | 1 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 | 2 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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