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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Cutting Free-form Curves

Posted by on 22 January 2019 | 0 Comments

A while back I wrote a post about curved piecing and some of my students have since asked if I could make a video showing how I cut those curves - so I did and wanted to share it here.

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Hibiscus Sunset

Posted by on 14 January 2019 | 0 Comments

I've made literally hundreds of quilts and every quilt has its own story. Hibiscus Sunset is one of my newest patterns, its story, however, spans for quite some time.

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I've Been Practicing

Posted by on 7 January 2019 | 2 Comments

After 25 years of using my faithful Bernina sewing machine, I finally splurged out and bought a new one. Being familiar with computers it wasn't too difficult to find my way around but I had my manual at the ready. There are a number of new features that I'm not familiar so some learning will be needed for sure.

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A Spectacular Waterfall - Hidden Falls

Posted by on 4 January 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently I asked Linda Schmidt what she had been working and she showed me a photo of her lovely "Hidden Falls". Wow, how magnificent is this?

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Let's learn more about Abstract Art

Posted by on 3 January 2019 | 0 Comments

Have you ever thought of enrolling in Elizabeth Barton's abstract workshops? She has two, Abstract Art for Quiltmakers and More Abstract Art for Quiltmakers. Where the structure of these classes are the same, the lessons and exercises are very different. The intro of the second workshop sums itself up very well!

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