New Blocks Coming Soon - sneak preview

Posted by on 5 April 2021 | 0 Comments

As I worked on some new blocks today for Autism month which I'll share in a bit, I thought this was the perfect time to share some previous posts on a different way to create these animal blocks.

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Starting My Art Quilt

Posted by on 30 March 2021 | 0 Comments

Are you itching to check what's under my needle this week? If you've been following along then you know I'm working on a landscape - actually landscapes seem to by theme this year! I have to admit, they are fun.

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Selecting Fabric Colors for my Quilt

Posted by on 22 March 2021 | 0 Comments

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Last week I started designing a new quilt. I manipulated a photo to make a better composition, then printed it out and pinned it to my design wall to think about and consider changes. 

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Inspiration to Quilt

Posted by on 15 March 2021 | 0 Comments

Last week I went for a 30 minute walk and snapped photos for inspiration (read it here if you missed it) and this week I'm going to use one of the photos I took to start working on a new quilt. There is a little ground work to do first before I can get to the sewing machine or even the cutting board but all these things will make for a better result.

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Ideas for Quilt Making On the Spur of the Moment

Posted by on 8 March 2021 | 0 Comments

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Today, Tuesday, is always the day I publish my blog post. I've been doing this for years now.... and usually, before Tuesday I have an idea of what I want to blog about. Often I have some ground work done as well, however, this morning I come up with a blank. No prep work, no ideas. I have heaps of notes, journals and ideas that I could use so spent an hour or more, sifting through these, but nothing sparked my interest..... and anything that did, actually would have taken more than a day to prepare, create, photograph, and write about.

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My Next Cut Up Quilt

Posted by on 1 March 2021 | 0 Comments

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If you follow along, you'll know what I've been doing over the last few weeks. If not, then I suggest you go back and read last week's blog post.

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The Result of Me Cutting Up a Quilt

Posted by on 22 February 2021 | 3 Comments

Last week, if you read my blog post, you knew I was about to head to the cutting table and cut up a perfectly good quilt which only needed binding to finish - well I did it - yes I cut it up into strips and it was more fun than it should have been! ..... let me also say here, that last week, in one of my groups - unrelated - there was mention of 'falling down a rabbit hole'. I think this is a great description of what happened with this project too.

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A Challenge - in more than one way!

Posted by on 15 February 2021 | 3 Comments

I don't know if you've heard, but we are back in lockdown again.... I was hoping we were over that but no, it continues into 2021... and to be fair, right back at the start of last year when we first went into that dreaded level 4, I predicted we'd still be having problems this time next year!

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The Importance of Numbering and Overlaps in Applique

Posted by on 9 February 2021 | 0 Comments

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Many applique patterns don't have any numbering sequence. Simple designs simply don't need them, but for more detailed patterns, it certainly helps make construction easier so this is why I include them in my patterns.

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

Posted by on 1 February 2021 | 0 Comments

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Wherever you go – slow down – take the time to look around you. This is one of my biggest forms of inspiration, especially in art quilts. Do not look at just the scenery though.... also look for shapes, color, and contrast.... stretch your imagination. If you see something of interest, sketch it, write notes or take a photo to remind you. Almost all of us have smartphones on us these days so there should be no excuses to take a snapshot. Don't just think ‘wow that’s so cool, I could use that in a design. I will remember it’. Trust me, you won't. It will get stored somewhere in the back of your mind and you will never retrieve it. However, if you have a note or sketch, you have something to jog that memory or thought of the moment. Keeping a notepad and pencil in your purse or pocket so you have something to write your thoughts and sights with or get familiar with the camera on your phone so you can snap photos anytime. You can even record your thoughts!

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