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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Parallels Between Painting and Quilts

Posted by on 24 February 2018 | 0 Comments

Quiltmakers who are moving forward with their work often study art - there is so much to be learned. Think of all the parallels between painting and quilts.

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The reality quilt class!

Posted by on 13 February 2018 | 0 Comments

Three unsuspecting friends got together with Elizabeth to learn how to make a small art quilt - in six hours! The class with multiple short videos shows how you can make a quilt without stressing out, without agony, without buying anything extra. It also covers basic planning and studio practice ideas that you'll be able to use over and over in other pieces e.g. quick design methods, easy ways to make good color choices, simplifying cutting and constructing, a simple facing method that you'll love to use over and over.

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