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April 13, 2011
Another Crazy Quiltalong!

I have tried to resist this one since I heard about it a few days ago, but today my resolve broke and I've signed up to another Quilt Along (I haven't finished the Lily's Quilts one yet! I must be mad!). Aneela Hoey from Comfort Stitching is hosting a crazy patchwork quilt along.  This QAL […]

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April 11, 2011
Eye Spy - a quilt (well, almost!)

Once I finally decided on my sashing  ..................... Navy was too dark & heavy - hastily unpicked! White was much more balanced! ...........I had a great time piecing all my little squares together. The unfussy white sashing allows the pictures to stand out. I spy something beginning with ................ C! ..............something beginning with ..................P! It took […]

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April 8, 2011
Baskets Galore!

Here are some pics of the cute wee baskets my Friday morning class have been making: Aren't they adorable!  Well done girls! Kaffe Fasset Fabric Bundle: I ordered fabric for my nephew's birthday quilt from Gone to Earth & it arrived today! Yippee!!  The purple at the front is for a pencil case gift! Their website […]

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April 5, 2011
Eye Spy Progress!

I decided enough was enough! It's time to make sense of the over-flowing basket of picture prints & get cutting. I have a mixture of 4" squares and 3" squares. And so to design & background/sashing: Mmmm! Don't like the blue background - too insipid! Liking the white better, but still not quite right! I […]

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April 3, 2011
Mother's Day Inspiration!

Look what I got! As soon as I saw the vibrant colours of my gorgeous flowers I thought 'if these were fabrics you could make a stunning quilt with them!'.  The label on the flowers was 'Tutti Fruiti' - even the name fits! I think I'll keep this picture as inspiration for a red/orange/pink/green quilt […]

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April 1, 2011
Not the Yellow Brick Road!

Picnic Rug complete! I made the binding extra wide using all the fabrics that are in the quilt front. All we need now is some nice warm sunshine & a picnic basket full of goodies! I'm thinking of making a stylish wee carry bag for my rug to use up the leftovers.  Watch this space! […]

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March 30, 2011
Picnic Rug Progress

Last week I started working on turning blue & orange rectangles into a 'bricked' effect picnic rug. Here's what I've done so far: I've been in a bit of a dither over the quilting of this, 'cos I didn't feel the 'outline seam' quilting was enough, and the plain orange 'path' through the middle needed […]

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March 29, 2011
Stylish Blogger Award Winner!

I am very privileged to have been awarded this glamourous award from Leanne at She Can Quilt.  If you haven't already, check out Leanne's fun blog - there are lots of gorgeous projects to inspire you.  In accepting this wonderful award, there comes a few honourary responsibilities: Thank and link back to the person who bestowed […]

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March 28, 2011
Not so fishy!!

Lynne from Lily's Quilts very kindly posted a tute on a mug rug called Fishy Piecing. I always love the look of curved piecing, but don't usually enjoy the process, but I thought I'd have a go anyway: 'This looks nothing like Lynne's' I hear you cry! And you're right! When I got mine to the stage […]

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March 27, 2011
For someone special!

You may remember from previous posts that this has been Mug Rug Madness week!  Check out what the Flickr Group has been making this week. I've been wanting to blog about a Mug Rug I made for a very special friend, but couldn't until I'd given it to her today (she's a follower of my […]

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March 26, 2011
New Programme of Classes: May - August '11

Just to let you know that next term's programme is now available to view here. For information on how to book, see the bottom of the programme page. I'm starting a new Saturday School for beginner's (details on the programme page), so if you know someone who's inspired to sew but nervous about starting, let […]

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March 25, 2011
Quilter's Quest - New Web Page

Just to let local folks know that Quilter's Quest Fabric Shop (Woodstock Road, Belfast) is now up and running online.  Check it out, and they are offering a free bag pattern to everyone who registers their details with them online with their first order.

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March 24, 2011
Dresden QAL Progress Report!

I was really happy with stage 1: Choosing fabrics & cutting out the blades: Then came choosing the centre & outer fabrics.  Hmmmm, more difficult: Too plain! Too flat! Not bad, but not quite! Liking the red centre better, but not the plain background. So there was nothing else for it - a trip to […]

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March 21, 2011
New Fabric & Picnic Rugs

The postman almost got a hug from me this morning! It's so rare that I order brand, shiney new fabric, but I stumbled across a fab UK fabric website called Gone to Earth. They have great deals on fabric bundles by well known designers, and their P&P is first class (literally!). Here's what I got: […]

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March 20, 2011
New Boxy Bag

I recently saw one of those hessian type 'bags for life' and was reminded of my love of structure (talking of bags here, ok life as well!). With some offcut lengths of denim & bright prints I came up with these sturdy, quilted bags: I adapted a pattern I had made last year and am so […]

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March 19, 2011
Update: Dresden Plate QAL

So here's what the fabric 'leaves' look like now that they've been cut. In the spirit of recycling, I've cut up a shirt/dress of mine (the floral), some shirt fabric (plain duck egg) & a curtain offcut (cross-hatch duck egg).  The rest are leftovers from other projects & commissions. My only problem now is deciding […]

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March 18, 2011
Join in the Mug Rug Madness!

If you are as passionate as me about these cute wee mats that are taking over the world (ok I'm exaggerating!) then next week is for you! Erin from Two More Seconds is hosting this official madness! Starting Monday, there will be 10 days of creative ideas & tutorials about mug rugs.  To get you […]

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March 17, 2011
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, from this beautiful Emerald Isle to everyone far and wide! A rather large St. Paddy's Hat modelled by Bethany (9) Go green!  

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March 16, 2011
For the love of Doorstops!

I've got a wee 'thing' about doorstops at the moment.  I think they're so cute when I see them in shops, especially the decorative ones in the shape of cutesy houses, or funky chickens! Picture from Google images   Picture from Google images  I discovered Oh Fransson's doorstop tutorial 18 months ago and loved […]

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March 12, 2011
'Mum I need a present!'

This was the declaration from my eldest daughter when she got home from school on Friday.  It's the birthday of one of her best friends on Monday.  Being car-less all weekend meant  no shops (hooray!) and instead, rustling up a handbag for the birthday girl (a 15 year old can never have too many bags!). […]

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