Viewing entries posted in March 2013

Flying Squares - free block

Posted by Ruth on 12 March 2013 | 1 Comments

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Last week I shared a 5-patch block with you called Four-X Star block. This week I have another 5-patch block but this one is a little more tricky to construct. I love the name of this block - Flying Squares.

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What do you like about quilting

Posted by Ruth on 9 March 2013 | 1 Comments

Today I thought I would ask you what you like about quilting. I've made a short survey to see what is most popular. I'm hoping this might help me decide on what my next project might be.

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Friday Flower poppy

Posted by Ruth on 8 March 2013 | 1 Comments

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I am sure you knew I couldn't go too long without presenting a poppy block. Poppies are one of my favorite flowers and I have made a number of quilts with poppies over the years. My first ever pattern was Poppy Day. It was designed for a class back in the 90's and then later became the first class taught on Quilt University. For the 10 year anniversary of Southern California quilt run I designed Scenic Paradise which had poppies and my most popular poppy pattern of all is California Poppies. Still a big hit and selling strong. I also have a free poppy block for those who register as a subscriber for our newsletter. I have ideas to make another poppy pattern soon.

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Fiesta Bargello quilted

Posted by Ruth on 7 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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Last week I told you about Fiesta Bargello and showed photos of me putting it together. This week I want to share with you how I quilted it. Often for bargello quilts, I will just quilt wavy lines along the design, but this time I wanted to do something a little different.

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Machine Quilting Day 10

Posted by Ruth on 6 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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The most obvious place to look for a quilting design is probably in the fabric you are using to make your quilt. This is especially so if using a floral or print, but you can also find design ideas in batiks and other fabrics.

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Entwined Star - ready to begin

Posted by Ruth on 5 March 2013 | 6 Comments

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Anita Eaton's Entwined Star quilt is a favorite for sure. The blocks are fun to make and look wonderful if you want to make them all scrappy. A great way to use up leftover scraps from other quilts. 

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Four-X Star block - free pattern

Posted by Ruth on 5 March 2013 | 1 Comments

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In my selection of free block instructions I have mostly included 4-patch blocks and 9-patch blocks. Today I want to introduce a 5-patch block. This one is called a four-X Star block. I am making a 5" block but will also give cutting instructions for a 10" block as well.

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Remembering

Posted by Ruth on 3 March 2013 | 1 Comments

Recently I saw a couple of photos that brought back all the shocking memories of living through one very unsettled city. Early in the morning on 4th September 2010 I was woken by the terrifying noise and shaking of the flat I was living in, right in the heart of Christchurch city. It will be a day I will never forget, a memory of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. But that one morning was nothing compared to what was to come. There wasn't just one earthquake but many aftershocks to follow. 

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I'm an applique lover

Posted by Ruth on 2 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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If you have been following my blog posts you will already know that I'm an applique lover. I love creating applique because it is different than anyone else's applique since I design from scratch. My designs are usually based on photos I take so I know no one else will have the same.

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Friday Flower Manuka

Posted by Ruth on 1 March 2013 | 1 Comments

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I am sure many of you have heard of Manuka Honey. As a young girl I remember eating this. I also remember my father telling me about manuka trees, a native tree to New Zealand, and how his father before him would cut them down as a young man to clear areas for farmland. I remember my father using Manuka for axe and grubber handles, he always said you couldn't beat them for strength. Being a hardwood, it was a great source of heat from our open fire too. I remember pealing the bark off the logs to get the fire started.

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