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Bargello Patterns - 2 seasons

Posted by Ruth on 30 July 2015 | 0 Comments

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As I've been designing a brand new bargello, I've also been refreshing my Bargello Seasons patterns and transferring them to downloadable patterns. The two I have done most recently is Bargello in Summer and Bargello in Winter - opposite seasons for opposite sides of the equator. I didn't do that on purpose, it was just the way it happened.

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Do you know difference...?

Posted by on 27 July 2015 | 2 Comments

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circular bargello - online workshop or quilt patternDo you know the difference between a basic straight bargello design and a circular bargello design? There are two main differences between these designs. The obvious one is that the bargello strips form a circle in the circular bargello and this is because all the strips are cut as wedges. The second difference is that all bargello strips are cut the same width whereas a straight bargello has many different widths to form the design. All this is covered in my Circular Bargello Class which I teach at the Academy of Quilting.

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Need new ideas for 2 1/2" strips?

Posted by Ruth on 26 July 2015 | 3 Comments

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If you need a new way to use those 2 1/2" strips you have been collecting, you want to give this pattern a try "Flower Boxes". There are multiple layout and border options to make any size quilt you need and this technique is definitely a new one. Include the flowers or not, the inspiration can lead you into a new world of creativity.

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My Stitch Along July week 4

Posted by Ruth on 26 July 2015 | 2 Comments

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Time to finish up this challenge. I decided to add some more quilting to my piece as I wanted the triangles to pop a little so I added some small stippling in the background starting in the center. I used a pale blue variegated thread.stipple starting in center of the block

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Stitch Along July Week 4 rules

Posted by Ruth on 23 July 2015 | 0 Comments

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hanging tab on back of quiltDid you see the projects progressing in the Gallery? Check it out July Challenge Gallery. This is the last week of another month!

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Be assured of enjoyment and future creativity

Posted by on 22 July 2015 | 0 Comments

Ulu quilt pattern ALOHA is often the greeting you will hear from Nancy Chong especially when she is making Hawaiian Quilt. I am sure she will be saying this a lot in her upcoming class "Hawaiian Quilting 101".

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My Stitch Along July week 3

Posted by Ruth on 19 July 2015 | 0 Comments

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Stitching week - woohoo. My favorite part. First things first and that is to cut a new background so I can make this design a little larger than minute. I always giggle at the word "minute". How can a word sound so different and have different meanings yet be spelled the same? The English language makes no sense at times! In this case, I'm meaning, extremely small, not a period of time.

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Crazy And Sane Discounted

Posted by on 17 July 2015 | 0 Comments

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Crazy and sane lonely star quilt by Cindy Thury SmithThe object of this Crazy And Sane online workshop with Cindy Thury Smith is to introduce experienced crazy piecers to some simple sewing techniques to add visual punch to their crazy quilts. Sane quilters frequently use secondary patterns, settings and sashing to highlight their designs and crazy quilters can also use these.

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Stitch Along July week 3 rules

Posted by Ruth on 16 July 2015 | 0 Comments

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We are already up to week three of July - time flies for sure. Rules are relatively easy this week. Remember to continue thinking abstract. Stitch your abstract appliques in place if you haven't already. Then couch thread around the edges of the shapes OR use couching to create more abstract shapes.

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Pattern Giveaway

Posted by Ruth on 15 July 2015 | 0 Comments

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light upon the earth quilt - available as pattern designed by Ruth BlanchetHey, I decided to do a pattern giveaway. I want to give away one of my favorite flower patterns.... the Calla Lily quilt "Light Upon the Earth".

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