Hearts instead of Challenge

Posted by on 16 March 2019 | 1 Comments

Sunday is often a time I spend with my daughter Emma quilting and today is no exception however instead of working on our challenge pieces which we have postponed for this week, together we are working on making heart blocks as the nation mourns the loss of 50 lives after the mass shooting in Christchurch last week. Such a sad sad time.

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March Week Two

Posted by on 12 March 2019 | 0 Comments

This week we need to think about what we will create using our selected words and then collect all the materials to make it. I'll hand you over to Emma to explain her thoughts and show you the materials she'll be working with. 

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March Week One

Posted by on 5 March 2019 | 0 Comments


It's time for the first week of the challenge. If you missed the rules for our March Challenge you can find them here: Rules for this challenge.

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Elizabeth's view on Abstract Quilts

Posted by Elizabeth on 24 February 2019 | 1 Comments

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barton elizabeth strengthofquietwindows 300I'm looking forward to Elizabeth's next session of Abstract Art for Quiltmakers so thought it would be fun to get her thought's on Abstract Art.

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March Challenge

Posted by on 23 February 2019 | 1 Comments

challenge intro cactusMy daughter has decided that it is time for another challenge and just like last time, we would both love you all to join in the fun. Here is Emma to introduce the challenge for the month of March:

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Showcasing Beautiful Animal Fabrics

Posted by on 18 February 2019 | 2 Comments

A good number of years ago, at least 15 I'd say and probably closer to 20, I joined a New Zealand online quilting group. While being a member of this group (and I still am) back then we started a secret angel program. For the program, each person was given another's name, address and a clue to some of the things they liked, but that person did not know who had their details. The secret angel would send a small package each month but they never revealed who they were until the very end. Some guessed beforehand, but most didn't from memory. It was a lot of fun.

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Applique Crocus Block

Posted by on 11 February 2019 | 2 Comments

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I'm thinking spring despite these hot summer days we experiencing. Spring sounds much more cooling don't you think? Thinking about spring, I decided it was time to make a new flower block. A crocus comes to mind as I remember seeing these mostly popping up in early spring, although apparently, they are also a winter and autumn flower too.

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Easy Footstool Tutorial

Posted by on 2 February 2019 | 0 Comments

my tigerlily footstoolFootstools come in many different shapes and sizes. I picked up a couple of round ones which I thought were ideal for my project - a quilted footstool. One of the most important things about making these is the measuring. As long as you have the correct measurements you can make to fit or adjust to fit.

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An Illusion of Curves

Posted by on 29 January 2019 | 0 Comments

Last week I was playing with curves, in fact, I created a video showing you how to cut them for curved piecing. This week I'll show you a different way to make curves. Actually, it's an illusion of curves. You see Bargello Swirls appears to be curved - well you would think so being circular, but it is all straight piecing so much easier than you think. Using your rotary cutter and rulers, you never sew a curved seam.

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Modern Quilt Movement

Posted by Elizabeth Barton on 27 January 2019 | 0 Comments

I love reading about how things came about... what started the whole "modern quilt" movement and how is it related to improvisational designs?

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