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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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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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clara and macy – make your own kits …

[clara and macy] Loving these ‘whimsical goodies’ which you can find at the Etsy shop, Clara and Macy … you can purchase kits to make these little characters. I really loved reading the background to this little shop, which you can find on a blog called Cupcakes for Clara …  ‘I am the lovely lovely Clara. […]

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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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tutorial – journal cover, by bloom …

[Bloom] Today, I’m sharing a link to a tutorial to make these very pretty journal covers. You will find instructions and images for the tutorial here, at Bloom. You can choose one of two closures for the journals, and also a link to Bloom’s very popular original journal cover on her website. I just adore […]

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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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penguin and egg reversible toy pattern, from while she naps …

[from While She Naps] I’m dying here … could this be any cuter? I found this pattern in an email in my Inbox today … Here’s some text from Abby Glassenberg … ‘This toy is reversible! First, it’s an egg just waiting to hatch. Then, turn it inside out, and it transforms into an irresistible […]

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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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