Tissue Paper Quilting

Posted by Ruth on 19 June 2018 | 0 Comments

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Today I thought I would demonstrate how easy it is to quilt a design without marking your quilt top. I never trust those markers and even if I did, it can be quite difficult drawing on the fabric anyway. Drawing on tissue paper is much easier. 

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Quilting a Penguin

Posted by Ruth on 13 June 2018 | 0 Comments

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This week my penguin quilt was under the needle again.... this time to quilt it - one of my favorite parts of quiltmaking.

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Inspiration for a New Baby Quilt

Posted by Ruth on 6 June 2018 | 1 Comments

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Inspiration for another baby quilt was gained a few months ago after visiting Oamaru's Penguin Encounter. It was quite chilly standing on the grassy bank at dusk waiting for penguins to return to their nesting beds for the night. The previous evening a good number had been spotted so we were hoping to get a glimpse, but alas, we saw only one.

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From Beginner to Gallery

Posted by on 23 May 2018 | 3 Comments

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The first time I met Barbara was in my Getting Started With Quiltart class at academyofquilting.com. She had decided to join my workshop to break away from traditional quilting and I have to say, she's had a remarkable journey since. I caught up with Barbara again recently so decided this week we'll take a look at what's under her needle. But first, let's see where she began on her journey.

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Do you ever get stuck for a quilting idea?

Posted by Ruth on 15 May 2018 | 1 Comments

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Do you ever get stuck for an idea to quilt a background or border? Usually, you just need a little quilting to hold the layers together, or reduce some bulkiness. Simply following the fabric lines or design often works very well.

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King Protea - new flower applique

Posted by Ruth on 8 May 2018 | 1 Comments

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applique tipsCongratulations go to Sue for suggesting the King Protea flower block. Our pattern will be coming your way.

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A New Flower to Create

Posted by Ruth on 1 May 2018 | 9 Comments

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Last week I posted a blog for a Flower Block competition - what a lot of fun I had collecting your suggestions in both email and blog comments. I've made a selection and begun work on the new flower - but I won't tell you what it is just yet! Perhaps you can guess from my fabrics...

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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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