A Flower Garden Quilt

Posted by on 4 May 2020 | 0 Comments


Over the last week, I have been finishing off my "Flower Garden" quilt pattern. Coordinating the fabrics was the most fun and wording it in the pattern rather than referring to color makes it easy for you to pick your own set of fabric colors. Note: To learn more about color choices, I can highly recommend Elizabeth Barton's Color Course - it has a wealth of information and exercises to try.

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Original Pieced Snowflake

Posted by on 27 April 2020 | 0 Comments


block4 finishedThis block I designed prior to our Covid-19 lockdown... and I must add here, that even though we need to stay home during this time, things are busier than before for me! Often I'm just too tired to sew and this was the case last month, but today we have reached level 3 and with that comes a bit more energy so I felt comfortable in tackling this detailed snowflake block.

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Half Square Triangle Blocks for a new Quilt

Posted by on 20 April 2020 | 2 Comments

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This week I've been making a new quilt using some of my blocks - I have lots of them! The design includes 12 blocks, four 10" square blocks and eight 8" square blocks. I decided to use my flower blocks for this quilt. These will work wonderfully although some blocks will be more suited to the 10" square size. This being said, it is easy enough to reduce the size of many blocks by simply printing the templates at 90% of the actual size.

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Photos With Your Phone

Posted by on 13 April 2020 | 3 Comments

Do you create quilts from photos? I use photos all the time and although I have a really good camera, I often see potential quilt ideas when I'm out walking without it in hand... but I always have my phone so can snap photos with this. So today I thought I'd share with you how I go about doing that because there are a few important tips you should know.

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This Day, What Day, Some Day

Posted by on 12 April 2020 | 0 Comments

Online somewhere I saw "It's no longer Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.... but instead: This Day, What Day, Some Day." That is so right! I have no idea what day it is anymore but here we are. I did work a little more on my journal 'brain'. I've added numbers to represent covid-19 cases in NZ from 29th March through to 4th April. On the 5th we hit over 1000... Perhaps it is time to stop recording this!!

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Meh Meh Meh

Posted by on 8 April 2020 | 0 Comments

[edit: I started this almost a week ago but only posting it now!] One week of lockdown - where did that go?  Yet it seems months already that we have been in this state, but it's only one week! My daughter summed up the feeling I was also having nicely with her words...

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Changes to Workshops

Posted by on 6 April 2020 | 0 Comments

With the pandemic around the world, it is time to make some changes to my online scheduled workshops and all the other scheduled workshops at academyofquilting.com As a team we have decided to take away the scheduled workshops and open them up so you can start any time instead of a set time. Today I thought I'd run through briefly which workshops they are for me....

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Free Form Cutting is Just One Thing You'll Learn

Posted by on 2 April 2020 | 0 Comments

The Six Hour Quilt class focus is on the most straightforward and fun way to make a unique quilt based on your own ideas. Elizabeth Barton tried it out on two people who had never quilted before...and one who had made only one quilt following a traditional pattern. Here are some of the results!

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First Week Update

Posted by on 1 April 2020 | 0 Comments

I'm struggling to work on my journal each day so some days might just be recording or nothing at all as I take on my new additional role of helping with homeschooling my granddaughters.... and although this can be fun and rewarding, it is also draining and tiring.... and that's on a good day!

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A March Signature Block

Posted by on 30 March 2020 | 1 Comments

This month's block has been delayed until now, and even then, it wasn't the block I planned. When I get started with these things, they seem to run wild in my head and get more detailed by the minute...  So I put my detailed block on hold for a month or two and went with something a little simpler, well so I thought...

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