Showcasing Beautiful Animal Fabrics

Posted by on 18 February 2019 | 0 Comments

A good number of years ago, at least 15 I'd say and probably closer to 20, I joined a New Zealand online quilting group. While being a member of this group (and I still am) back then we started a secret angel program. For the program, each person was given another's name, address and a clue to some of the things they liked, but that person did not know who had their details. The secret angel would send a small package each month but they never revealed who they were until the very end. Some guessed beforehand, but most didn't from memory. It was a lot of fun.

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Applique Crocus Block

Posted by on 11 February 2019 | 0 Comments

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I'm thinking spring despite these hot summer days we experiencing. Spring sounds much more cooling don't you think? Thinking about spring, I decided it was time to make a new flower block. A crocus comes to mind as I remember seeing these mostly popping up in early spring, although apparently, they are also a winter and autumn flower too.

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Easy Footstool Tutorial

Posted by on 2 February 2019 | 0 Comments

my tigerlily footstoolFootstools come in many different shapes and sizes. I picked up a couple of round ones which I thought were ideal for my project - a quilted footstool. One of the most important things about making these is the measuring. As long as you have the correct measurements you can make to fit or adjust to fit.

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I've Been Practicing

Posted by on 7 January 2019 | 2 Comments

After 25 years of using my faithful Bernina sewing machine, I finally splurged out and bought a new one. Being familiar with computers it wasn't too difficult to find my way around but I had my manual at the ready. There are a number of new features that I'm not familiar so some learning will be needed for sure.

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A New Addition to the Family

Posted by on 17 December 2018 | 0 Comments

It's getting close to Christmas and this year I've had a new addition to the family, little Sarah, which means I need to make a new Santa sack. So far I've made all the kids one each. Amanda (her mother) loved the look of my butterfly quilt (pictured below) and requested butterflies on the new sack with a present or two.

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Easy Way to Frame a Block or small quilt

Posted by on 11 December 2018 | 1 Comments

frame series of picturesFraming is a really easy way to make a wonderful gift .....and looks great displayed in a set too if you have a little more time. This is one of the methods I describe in my "20 Methods to Finish Your Quilts" book.

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Chopping Up a Quilt

Posted by Ruth on 8 October 2018 | 4 Comments

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Why would I want to chop up a quilt? Literally, I don't but it is fun to imagine what we can create by chopping one up. This idea came to me while creating my last challenge and not knowing what to do with the final piece. The finished project was not something I particularly wanted to display, so I had the idea of chopping it up for coasters. You can check that blog post out here if you want.

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Some Fabrics Are Just Too Hard to Cut Into

Posted by Ruth on 26 September 2018 | 0 Comments

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Hey, do you have one of those scenic fabrics or large prints that you just don't want to cut into? Most of us do so today I want to share with you one way you can preserve that beautiful fabric by showcasing it in a quilt but still enjoy cutting it up so it is not just sitting in your stash waiting to be used.

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Winter Projects are Perfect with Winter Food

Posted by Ruth on 19 September 2018 | 0 Comments

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We all know that winter is a great time to quilt. Staying indoors by a cozy fire, out of the weather is definitely the choice option. Of course, staying indoors in summer out of the blazing heat is also a perfect time to quilt - in fact, when isn't there a perfect time to quilt? .... but one of the things I love about winter quilting so winter foods and one of my favorite is soup - nothing better on a cold winter day, smelling the soup simmering away as I quilt. My all-time favorite is Pumpkin soup!

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My Adventure with Stained Glass Applique

Posted by Ruth on 12 September 2018 | 0 Comments

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Throughout its thousand-year history, stained glass has been known as colored glass outlined in black - usually leading - and found in windows of churches or other religious building. Stained Glass is still popular today and often referred to as art glass. 

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