What's Under My Needle?

Posted by on 3 February 2020 | 0 Comments

What's under my needle this week? Well, this might be a familiar sight to many...

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Creating a Block in EQ8

Posted by on 27 January 2020 | 0 Comments

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Since last week's Christmas block, I've been asked a number of times how to design the block in EQ8 and/or if I have a copy of the file.... so this week I decided it would be good to show you how to draw your own blocks and a few tips I used along the way to make the drawing easy. 

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Christmas Block-a-thon block 2

Posted by on 20 January 2020 | 2 Comments

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For this week's blog, I decided to play with EQ8 to design my own block. It's easy to start with a block and move some lines around however it is always best to start with the size you intend using so you don't get funky cutting instructions. For example, if you want a 12" finished block, don't play with a 5-patch block. On the other hand, a 6" block would be fine because you can double it to make 12".

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Down on the Farm - Ducks

Posted by on 13 January 2020 | 0 Comments

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I spent Christmas down on the farm at my daughter's place in North Canterbury. It's such a different lifestyle than the big city! It reminded me of my Country quilt I made a number of years ago "A Day in the Country" which is not only a BOM series but also an online workshop.

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What's happening in 2020

Posted by on 7 January 2020 | 0 Comments

Today I've been taking some time to think about what 2020 will bring. The day had started out fill of interruptions which in turn brought distractions and other things to think about. Which door shall I open? There seem to be so many options. I'm certainly never short of a design or idea I want to create.

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2019 Creations

Posted by on 31 December 2019 | 0 Comments

Honestly, I have no idea where 2019 went. It was here one minute it seems and gone the next as here we are on the last day of the year again, with each year going faster than the one before. As usual, I never design and make as many new patterns as I'd like throughout the year but today wanted to look back over those I did make for 2019.

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Tutorials for you

Posted by on 23 December 2019 | 0 Comments

If you're like me, this week isn't one for sewing.... a lot of other things yes including two grandchildren's birthdays and 16 people for Christmas dinner.... but it is a lot of fun still. So instead of sewing this week, I thought I'd share 10 free tutorials I have written over the years that are posted on my website. Let's take a look!

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One last thought for quilted Christmas Gifts

Posted by on 17 December 2019 | 0 Comments

Oh, just a week before Christmas and I need one more gift. But I had the thought of looking through some of my unfinished (UFOs) quilts and perhaps find something to finish off for a gift. Among them, I find a Celtic design that I'd made years ago. I don't know where the design came from, I don't think it is one I made up, but probably one from a book or pattern I purchased in my early quilting days. 

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Christmas Block-a-thon - Block 1

Posted by on 10 December 2019 | 5 Comments

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I know it is a bit late for thinking about making a Christmas quilt, but I figured if I started now, then I might have it done by 2020. You see, I just love Anita's Christmas quilt and the great thing about it is you can make blocks as you like then later put it all together. That's what I am planning on doing.

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Something off the quilting subject but still sewing

Posted by on 3 December 2019 | 0 Comments

This week I've been doing something a little different, still in the sewing world but not so much in the patchwork/quilting world. I've been making toy foxes. Why? well, there is a lovely lady in Wellington that needed some help in her toy industry so I figured, why not?

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