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Personal Unique Gifts You Can Make Easily

Posted by Ruth on 23 November 2016 | 0 Comments

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Isn't if funny how when you are out shopping you find something you never went out to intentionally buy, but the thought of it just sparks a brilliant idea? In fact, the thought gave me a great idea to create some very personal unique gifts to give away. I was actually in the art section of a store looking for sticker albums for the kids (gosh I didn't know these were so hard to find!) when I spotted some inexpensive ready framed canvases. Okay, so I'm not a painter, but I thought why not use them to mount some of my flower blocks!

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Mother's Day Rose

Posted by Ruth on 6 May 2015 | 0 Comments

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the rose quilt - a quilt design with yellow and orange rosesMany quilters don't know that the majority of my applique stitching is raw edge. Even just recently, when I was showing some of my applique flowers, a number of quilters asked, "is that really raw edge?". Of course, there are some secrets in my technique which reduce fraying and give the appearance that the edges are turned under.

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Friday Flower Tiger Lily

Posted by Ruth on 27 December 2013 | 0 Comments

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Well today is the last flower block for my BOW program, but it is not the last flower to be made. Be sure to check in next week for two more flowers that are not listed in the BOW program. For the last BOW program flower I have a tiger lily. I had this flower scheduled for the last by request from my daughter as today, 27th December is my granddaughter's 2nd birthday. I made this one with lots of love for her.

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Friday Flower Sparaxis

Posted by Ruth on 20 December 2013 | 0 Comments

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My mum sent me some photos of her sparaxis from her garden so I just had to make one in my block series. The colors are so vivid. She has two different sparaxis, a pink and an orange. I chose to make the orange color.

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Packs of Four

Posted by Ruth on 14 December 2013 | 0 Comments

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It was a wonderful goal to reach 50 published flower blocks this week and now I'm busy putting them all into four block packs. Today I put together packs 5 and 6 and uploaded them to the website. 1 through 4 have been there for a while now. 

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Friday Flower Tulipa Agenensis

Posted by Ruth on 13 December 2013 | 0 Comments

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I was looking for the Star of David flower which is supposedly another Christmas flower. I had a hard job finding information about it online. While looking at these really pretty flowers I found a Star of David Tulip (as it was referred to) which I decided was even prettier and thus, is this week's flower. It's real name is Tulipa Agenensis and as it happened, I really could not find a lot of information about this either other than it is a bulb plant and from the lily family (Liliaceae). After more research I discovered it listed as a subgenus tulip. The name Tulipa Agenensis, according the to wikipedia is also known as Eyed Tulip. 

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Friday Flower Poinsettia

Posted by Ruth on 6 December 2013 | 0 Comments

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I have made many different poinsettia patterns for Christmas time including a stained glass poinsettia which I teach online. Today's block will also be a poinsettia. Here are some photos of the projects I've made.

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Friday Flower Buttercup

Posted by Ruth on 29 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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The real name for a buttercup is Ranunculus. The buttercup is known for its yellow color and it was believed once that its color came from butter - not true of course. I remember as a young girl rubbing buttercups on the palms of others and telling them if it left a yellow mark, it meant that person liked butter. I don't know where that notion came from, but after doing some research I had to giggle to myself when I read that this game wasn't just in my neighborhood, it appears it was quite commonly used all around the world in a similar way.

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Friday Flower Hibiscus

Posted by Ruth on 22 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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This week's flower is Hibiscus. Hibiscus are known for their large trumpet-shaped blooms and attractive stamen which seems overly large for the flower. I did a little research to find out some facts about Hibiscus. Hibiscus has a less commonly known name of Rose Mallow. The flowers have five or more petals and they come in many colors of pink, red, orange, yellow and purple. Dried Hibiscus is edible and a delicacy of Mexico and tea is also made from this plant. Hibiscus is the national flower of Malaysia and the State flower of Hawaii. There are actually two native Hibiscus plants of Hawaii but only one is named as the State flower.

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Friday Flower Begonia

Posted by Ruth on 15 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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With over 1400 species, Begonia flowers come in many different colors and shapes but I think their most interesting part is their leaves. Many have leaves that are outlined in a reddish color and others have wonderful red designs in them. When doing a search online, I saw some pretty amazing leaves that I think would make great quilts.

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