You can dye any color you need!

Posted by Elizabeth on 14 May 2017 | 1 Comments

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If you've never dyed fabric before and want to learn how to do it in the most straightforward way, without having to dye a lot of colours you really don't want, then I really recommend "Basic Dyeing for Quiltmakers" with Elizabeth Barton. Elizabeth explains her dilemma and how she overcome it to create a fun-filled workshop with lots of easy steps in learning to dye any colour you need...

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May Stitch Along Instructions for Week 2

Posted by Ruth on 12 May 2017 | 0 Comments

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stitch-along challenge - bright colorful half inch squaresDid you get your little squares cut up? If not, there is still plenty of time. I made a start but think I will need to add more. I have sorted them into three groups. Blues, reds and yellow/orange. I do think I will add some more bright yellow squares because these mainly look orange!

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May Stitch Along Instructions for Week 1

Posted by Ruth on 6 May 2017 | 2 Comments

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This month our theme is going to be to use scraps - lots of scraps so I hope you have some.... if not, then charm squares will do. Focus on bright colors, but you'll need some softer colors and darker ones as well but the main should be brights. Select reds, oranges, yellows, blues, and purples... throw in a few teal colors as well if you like. Remember just use your scraps!

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My April Stitch Along Week 5 part 2

Posted by Ruth on 1 May 2017 | 0 Comments

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Time to continue on from yesterday's post! For my second design, I switched around how I did the stitching. Still starting with the circles, I free-motion stitched around the raw edge to keep them in place, but left them at that, deciding to add any couching after the quilting was completed.

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My April Stitch Along Week 5

Posted by Ruth on 30 April 2017 | 2 Comments

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It took me a bit to get started with finishing off my pieces, mainly because I knew I had quite a bit of work ahead of me so had to find some designated time when I knew I wouldn't get interrupted. I decided I liked the split level display so immediately cut the three pieces apart to work on them separately.... starting with the leaves project, I knew I needed to start by stitching around the raw edges of the circles. I used a pale lemon thread for this which matched the fabric.

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Do you know how to display, care and store your quilts?

Posted by Susan Dorchester on 30 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Do you run out of ideas for decorating and displaying your quilts in your home? I may have the answer for you. My "Display Your Quilts" online workshop gives you ideas and how-tos for this along with the very important information about how to care and store your quilts.

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Is it a Bargello?

Posted by on 28 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Bargello Swirl by Ruth Blanchet made using Hoffman FabricsThis quilt is circular as you can see but are you aware that there are no curved pieces to be cut or stitched? This suits me! I'm not into curved piecing at all! The whole project is straight pieced..... and yes, it is a Bargello Quilt.

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Doodling Creates Fabric Fun!

Posted by on 26 April 2017 | 0 Comments

marker mania scribbled fabricDo you, too, like to doodle? I love to doodle. I don’t know if you are like me, but I can’t tell you how many marking pens if have - Sharpies and fabric markers of all thicknesses. I wanted to make use of them, so I came up with something where I could use a lot these pens to make my own fabric textures.

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My April Stitch Along Week 4

Posted by Ruth on 25 April 2017 | 0 Comments

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This week I needed to make 'windows' in my cover fabric to see the best sections of my project. As I checked each project I noticed there were only a few areas that I really didn't want to highlight so I decided to do this a little different. I used the computer to help me determine where to place the windows.

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Zoo Friends for Children

Posted by Jennifer Houlden on 21 April 2017 | 0 Comments

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What better way to brighten up a child's room than with a quilt full of colour and cute little animals. Zoo Friends is the perfect quilt for this - lots of bright colours and 13 wonderful animals to put a smile on any child's face.

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