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TGIF! Have a great day! 🌷
The last block for April is...... Brenda from the book The New Hexagon by Katja Marek
All 4 blocks for April are shown below and the lovely ladies are "Willa, Lorna, Louise and Brenda"
Check out a great source below to get this amazing book below:
Whats this all about? Check out our first blog post about this Quilt Along by clicking here
Have a great Wednesday everyone! ☀️
I decided after one of my recent posts about appliquéing and the birdie pillow, I wanted to spruce up my guest room with more pillows. I did not want the pillow to be elaborate or difficult to construct so I got to thinking......
What if?.... I used my rectangular doily I recently purchased? (I love linens and lace, they are textiles/fabric after all, lol) You could also use antique doilies or embroidered linens in the same manner and make this easy pillow.
I decided to appliqué it loosley on top of some really nice Tula Pink gold/yellow fabric to bring out the yellow in my duvet cover.
Before you think why duvet and not "quilt", I know I will eventually make a quilt for that room!
I measured the fabric 2" bigger on all sides and cut it so that the doily would have space around it to show off the fabric. I centred and pinned the doily first and then appliquéd it by hand with a whip stitch discretely through the lace and pillow top fabric.
I then pinned the back of the pillow to the pillow top with right sides together.
I sewed it all around the edge with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 4" gap on the short side for turning and stuffing. It was then turned to the right side stuffed and the opening was slip stitched closed.
....and there you have it, another pretty little pillow for my feminine, cottage style guest room.
Happy Tuesday! ☀️🏠
Nora is one of my students who has now taken 2 of my free motion quilting classes and one of my thread painting classes and has obviously been practising what she has learned.
I emphasize when I teach that practising is the key to success with both quilting and thread painting. I always say "if you take piano lessons, you need to practise to be successful right?" The same goes with anything in life. Skills require practise.
Nora just sent me a picture of her latest project and it is obvious to me she is both practising the skills she has learned and is successful! Check out her work below:
Nora consented to sharing her work with us, Thank You Nora!
These are yummy, easy "bake free" and can be made gluten free and dairy free if necessary
What you will need:
3 cups quick oats (Certified gluten free if necessary)
1 cup shredded coconut
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter, margarine or coconut oil (for dairy free)
1/2 cup milk (or non dairy substitute)
How to make them:
These also freeze well
Think DIY, homemade, reuse and recycle on Earth Day and crafting gives you a great opportunity to do this!
We love a lazy spring afternoon as much as anyone, but we love a crafting/quilting/sewing afternoon even more! Craftsy put hundreds of their top classes on sale at 50% off –– so you can find the inspiration to keep every day filled with creativity. Hurry, these deals end Saturday! Check these classes out here
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and today's block is....
Block # 16 Louise
If you are interested in the book above you can get it by clicking here
Only 36 more hexie blocks to go for 2016 and if you want to find out what all of this is about, check out the first blog post of 2016 here
Have a great Wednesday!😊
Skinny borders are so small that it’s challenging to come up with effective, continuous and/or creative ways to quilt them. I personally also find it a challenge to think of something that does not need marking (on all sized borders). So today I am sharing with you designs I often use for skinny borders. They are listed below from the easiest designs to the most challenging (even though they are all basically easy!)
#1 The Curve
#2 The Curved Vine
#3 The Ribbon
(needs 2 lines of continuous quilting)
#4 The Double Echoed Curve
(needs 4 lines of continuous quilting)
#5 Double Filled Curve
(3 lines of continuous quilting needed)
#6 Ee's and O's
#7 Crazy Eights
#8 The Wave
#9 The Wave Spiral
(from right to left)
#10 The Tight Spiral Wave
*Please note: I would recommend stabilizing your small borders by stitching them in the ditch before quilting them so that they continue to look as straight as when you cut & sewed them to your quilt*
I know there are many, many more free motion design options but I just wanted to share with you a few of my "go to designs" and I hope I have inspired you for your small bordered quilts.
Happy Tuesday! 😊🌷
While my house is upside down with renovating, I decided to try my hand at a knitting class. I actually thought it might be a peaceful past time to get some "ZEN" happening.
I am laughing as I write this because I went to my knitting class all eager and ready and realized I was really rusty and quite the challenging student!
Lynne (my very patient teacher was very discreet and helpful).
I missed steps and dropped stitches and finally caught on but probably should have done a wee practise prior to the class start date!
What am I making? "Toe-up Socks on 2 Circulars with Lynne"
I did not know prior to this class that this is possible but now I know.
I have caught on to at least what I have to do up to the heel part. The next class is about the heel joined to the rest of the sock. I also caught on that Shall We Knit in Waterloo has wonderful and luscious yarns, great classes, books and information on knitting and crocheting and it's very near my home (almost too near!).
I have a head start on these socks for next winter and I am thinking there may be brightly wrapped knitted objects under an evergreen tree this December!
This is all if I can find the time away from quilting and sewing, but it's a refreshing activity that allows my mind to wander into quilt wonderland while I am knitting away!
Happy Monday, enjoy this lovely weather ☀️☀️😊
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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