Folded Ribbon Heart Block

Posted by on 2 June 2020 | 0 Comments


Over the past week, I have been working with Anita on getting her newest pattern published. It's been a lot of fun discovering all the various ways her Folded Ribbon Heart can work in blocks and quilts or table runners so today I wanted to share some of the great points this pattern has.

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May's Christmas Block

Posted by on 25 May 2020 | 0 Comments

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This month's Christmas block I wanted to keep simple and the reason for that is because I wanted to be able to dress it up with alternative ideas. I chose a block with a 6" center so that when we make some 6" blocks later, we could include one as the center for this block. Here is the block....

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Coming Through Lockdown

Posted by on 18 May 2020 | 0 Comments

We are back to Level 2! When I first wrote about lockdown back in March, we were in Level 3 heading quickly into Level 4. Level 4 was hard. Basically we had to stay home, kids were home, adults were home, everyone was home. There was no going out unless we absolutely needed to and only for medical or groceries, and then if you went to the grocery store, only 1 person was allowed in per household.... And there was literally no online shopping either which really made it tough. You couldn't get anything when it came to sewing or crafting supplies... and not even any stationery supplies for the kids. Fortunately, there was a limited supply available through the grocery stores so things like coloring pencils, copy paper, and the likes were picked up there. Level 4 went on for 4.5 weeks and they seemed very long weeks. I went nowhere!

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Quilt As You Go - How to Insert a Quilted Block

Posted by on 10 May 2020 | 0 Comments


Most of my applique blocks are quilt-as-you-go because I prefer to do the applique stitching through all layers and it is just so much easier to quilt small blocks than it is a large quilt. My flower blocks which have added stitching are all done this way. After launching my new flower block quilt "Flower Garden" I had a customer ask "how do you add a layered block into a pieced quilt design?" .....I decided to share the answer here on my blog.

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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

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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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