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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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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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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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Developing Applique Techniques for more than 37 years

Posted by Ruth on 28 January 2018 | 0 Comments

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Morning Glory block applique and embroidered by Ruth BlanchetThis year my goal is to do more quilting... a lot more quilting. As always, I have lots of quilt ideas floating around in my head, most of them involve applique... and I know I need to get them out. I've already made a start by creating my new Morning Glory block. Originally designed for my BOM Spring Life program, I rearranged it to create a whole new design and of course, I now have this available on my website: Morning Glory design

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Quick, Easy Quilt Pattern

Posted by Ruth on 21 November 2017 | 0 Comments


Quick easy quilts make beautiful gifts. I revamped this quilt pattern after Sue sent me a photo of her newly quilted Stepping Stones quilt. This one she calls "Kitty Love".

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Butterflies and Flowers

Posted by Ruth on 20 October 2017 | 2 Comments

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BOM butterfly quilt Spring Life by Ruth BlanchetI am so excited to be able to publish my Block of the Month program and it is perfect for Spring! If you love butterflies, then you'll love this quilt too. I made this quilt for my granddaughter Amy as she just loves butterflies which is the theme for her bedroom.

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Stealing isn't Cool!

Posted by Ruth on 9 March 2017 | 34 Comments

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It's taken me a little time to write this blog post because I am still in shock-horror of what has happened to me. The purpose of this post is to make my fellow quilters, teachers, and colleagues aware of what is going on. When nothing is said, nothing changes so my hope is that you will spread the word so this sort of behavior doesn't continue. 

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