May Stitch Along Instructions for Week 3

Posted by Ruth on 19 May 2017 | 1 Comments

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So where are you up to? Did you make a sunset or sunrise? I think the trick is making those tiny squares work in the way they should, but if they don't, it doesn't matter! I think I've made Aurora lights instead.... but to continue on, this week we are moving away from squares unless you choose not to of course...

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A Relaxed light-hearted carefree approach

Posted by Nancy on 18 May 2017 | 0 Comments

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Ecru Wreath made by Nancy Chong using needle-turn appliqueI love the look of Baltimore Album quilts. I love the joyous use of color, the formality of the designs, the realistic depiction of nature, and the hand appliqué technique itself. I also love the red-and-green quilts that were made up and down the Eastern Seaboard of the US throughout the 1800’s, because of their limitation in color, their informality of designs, and that they were appliquéd. The more we learn about these quilts, the more we find out they were made using needleturn techniques and that is my specialty.

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A Walk Down Memory Lane

Posted by on 16 May 2017 | 0 Comments

It's autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere, fast moving into winter but not without me capturing a couple of photos of Liquid Amber Maple leaves turning into a beautiful sight.

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A Favorite Eight-pointed Star

Posted by Anita Eaton on 16 May 2017 | 0 Comments

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entwined star christmas block by Anita EatonThe Entwined Star block is a variation on an eight-pointed star made from a basic nine-patch block. I designed it for a sampler quilt when I was doing a Block of the Month through the quilt shop I was working for. I had decided to do a variation of each of the blocks that we made because I wanted a larger quilt.

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My May Stitch Along for Week 2

Posted by Ruth on 15 May 2017 | 2 Comments

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I've been having fun with this challenge! First up, I did a google search and came up with some really beautiful sunsets or sunrises. I picked one of the paintings from here: Google Search to provide me with inspired. There are many many beautiful images that it took me quite some time to chose. I even ended up watching a painting video which helped inspire my process.

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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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