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quilting plans for 2015 …

After dealing with December’s quilting progress, I thought I would work on a creativity plan for 2015. Last year, I worked on a little challenge called #simplyretrochallenge that I set up for myself. It involved making the 11 quilts in ‘Simply Retro’ by Camille Roskelley. Other quilters who wandered along and expressed an interest were […]

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quilting wips, december 2014 …

Hello fellow quilters and/or gentle blog readers … it’s time to wrap up the quilting happenings of the last month of last year! It was pretty much a December like everyone else’s, I am guessing, with lots of rushing about and doing important last-minute stuff, with not all that much time for quilting and the […]

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quilting wips, november 2014 …

Three finished quilts this month … a mini quilt, and two lap-sized quilts. I set to and put together my second Sea Breeze quilt this month. It had been cut out and waiting patiently for some weeks now, so a couple of weekends back, I bit the bullet and sewed it up. It went together quickly […]

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a little update …

I’ve been away from the blog for a few days, haven’t I? It’s that very busy time of the year … work is finishing up, holidays are beckoning, family fun is just around the corner, we are attending a graduation soon, and helping a girl move back to our home city … oh yes, and […]

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tutorial – hexie case pattern, by During Quiet Time …

[During Quiet Time] Just in case you have a bunch of hexagons lying around waiting to be made into something fun, I thought I would share a link to this hexie pattern for a little zippered bag. You can find the pattern for sale at During Quiet Time here … Here is a description of […]

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scrappy quilts …

One of my favourite quilts to make is a scrappy quilt … you get to use all those lovely little scraps left over from quilting fun which means no piece of loveliness is wasted, I love the surprise patterns that can suddenly appear when you lay out a quilt design, they are relatively quick and […]

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tutorial – *smiles*, a hexagon quilt …

I have mentioned how addictive making a hexagon quilt is, haven’t I? I get about 4/5’s of the way through a quilt, and the next one pops into my head!!! My latest finished hexagon adventure is called *smiles* … because it makes me smile when I look at it. Here are the ‘vital statistics’ of […]

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quilting wips, october 2014 …

I’m thinking if I don’t get this posted, November is going to be half over, as today is the 5th!!! There was a mad scramble during the last couple of days of October, quilting/sewing-wise, as I wanted desperately to ‘tick’ some things off my lists below. And I’m glad to say that I have been […]

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tutorial – designing a hexagon quilt …

Gentle readers, it’s that time again … time to design and begin a new hexagon quilt. It goes without saying that it takes time to hand-sew a hexagon quilt. I really enjoy the process that spreads over months, but I also enjoy the planning and designing of a new hexagon quilt. I’ve enjoyed making different […]

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october is on the way out … quilting talk!

Tomorrow is the last day of October, and there has been a sudden flurry of activity in my quilting corner over the last couple of evenings after I have arrived home from work. I am very conscious of my October quilting wip (works in progress) roundup that I want to do on the first of […]

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simply retro challenge, quilt 8 update and finish …

Sunday morning, I got up and thought, ‘Today would be a good day to make a (mini ) quilt!’ … and indeed, it was! The man was out doing a (short) long run of 15 kms, and not a creature was stirring, as the boy was sleeping in. Incidentally, the man came home wearing a […]

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quilting wips, september 2014 …

A little while back I very foolishly patted myself on the back for not having any (well, not many) quilting/sewing wips (works in progress). Well, how the mighty have fallen!!! To keep myself honest and motivated, I thought I would share my wips at the end of every month; it will be interesting to see […]

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the dilly bag-a-long …

Welcome, blog readers, to the start of the dilly bag-a-long!!! For the next four weeks, myself, GnomeAngel and a group of super-duper bloggers will be helping you make your own version of the Judy Newman Dilly Bag. I’m not sure how I ended up at the front of the line … *sharon looks furtively behind […]

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simply retro challenge, quilt 7, update 1 and finish …

I’m not going to lie … this quilt just don’t like me!!! Right from the start, it has been out to get me. I guess the first mistake I made was when I realized that the quilt was now available as a mini, and I thought what a great idea! I raced over to thimble […]

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liberty mini quilt …

I mentioned a few days back how much I enjoyed visiting Liberty of London while on our recent holiday to the UK. I bought two packets of 2 ½ inch squares with the thought that I would make some hexagons with these very precious and beautiful fabrics. After some online research, I found a cute […]

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podcast chatter …

These last few weeks, I’ve been enjoying some ‘new to me’ podcasts, and I thought I would share them with you today. Stephanie, the voice behind the microphone at Modern Sewciety, explains a little about her podcast content …  ‘I love blogs and I love podcasts. I want to hear more and really meet some […]

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hexagons and the sizzix big shot …

Recently I lashed out and purchased the new Sizzix Big Shot machine with the idea of using it to trim hexagon shapes from 2 1/2 inch squares of fabric. I love buying the cute little precuts called mini charm packs, which are 2 1/2 inch squares, and I thought that trimming the charm packs on […]

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simply retro challenge, quilt 7 …

Well, look at that … it’s September! And it’s time to choose our next quilt in of our very informal Simply Retro challenge, where we choose a quilt at the beginning of the month and use it as inspiration to create our own quilts. We are using the very gorgeous book, ‘Simply Retro’, by Camille […]

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a blog hop with a difference …

I was tagged last week by my friend Cassie to take part in a blog hop, who was tagged by Tammy from Girls Wear Blue Too. I thought it would be a great chance for some of my newer visitor to get to know me a little and share some things about my creative style. […]

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simply retro challenge, quilt 6 – update 1 and finish …

This month I chose to make a mini quilt rather than a full-sized quilt. I think I am quite liking mini quilts, as I have made a few lately. Month six (August) in our #simplyretrochallenge was Fresh, from Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley. If you chose to make the full-sized quilt, you would have ended […]

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