Ever Thought of Fussy Cutting a Block Center?

Posted by on 31 October 2017 | 0 Comments

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Anita Eaton’s “Entwined Star” pattern is a variation on a “Twin Star” although Anita says that she actually started the star by experimenting with variations of nine patch stars rather than beginning with the “Twin Star”. Drawing a nine patch blocks on graph paper she arranged and rearranged line and color values until she came up with the “Entwined Star” variations. She says that she enjoys that method along with using EQ to do her designs.

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Fabric Tips for Advanced Stained Glass Applique

Posted by Ruth on 23 October 2017 | 0 Comments

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There are no real rules about selecting certain fabrics for your advanced stained glass applique project. However, my suggestions in fabrics will make the construction come together with ease. I suggest using all good quality patchwork cotton fabrics. The reason I suggest good quality is because low-quality cotton and other fabrics can fray readily, which is not desirable for this technique as it can easily pull away from under the bias binding. In particular, when making a design such as "Scarlet Rose" an advanced project which uses narrow bias, you do not want any fraying at all. Batiks and dyer's cotton are ideal as they have a high thread count.

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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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An Important Aspect of Quilts

Posted by on 10 October 2017 | 0 Comments

Perspective is an important aspect of pictorial quilts whether they are a landscape or still life and geometric quilts. The use of various forms of perspective can enhance the depth of the image making it more dramatic and creates the illusion of being three dimensional.

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Abstract is a wonderful word

Posted by on 3 October 2017 | 0 Comments

Abstract is a wonderful word because it has many different subtle meanings. It can be a verb, a noun or an adjective.

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Landscapes from Scraps

Posted by Ruth on 26 September 2017 | 2 Comments

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With all of the beautiful fall colors happening at this time of the year there is an amazing amount of possible photos that could be used to make a beautiful landscape quilt. This particular one Marilyn Lee captured. You cannot get much more beautiful than that!

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Quilt Enhancing

Posted by Ruth on 13 September 2017 | 0 Comments

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There are several of Daphne Greig's quilts below. Do you know what she used to enhance them, AFTER the quilting was completed?

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Breathtaking Fabric Portraits

Posted by Ruth on 11 September 2017 | 1 Comments

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Nine amazing textile portraits have hit social media by storm you could say... and I'm not surprised. These portraits are so real like that you wouldn't imagine they were made of fabrics. Marilyn Belford made her first portrait of her parents (shown top left) back in 1999, she has gone on to make many more wonderful portraits as well as other art quilts. She is one very talented lady! 

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Yosemite Falls, Sandy Beaches or Simple Waves...

Posted by Linda on 5 September 2017 | 0 Comments

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"Waves and Waterfalls" is about to begin again - I do hope you join in and make these pieces with me, because what's a party without people?

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