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March 11, 2011
Lily's Quilts 'Quilt Along'

I've taken the brave step of joining a Flickr Group Quilt Along. Lynne, from Lily's Quilts, will take us through this fab dresden plate block, step by step.  (For really adventurous types, they can make lots of blocks and build up to a full size quilt.) This is week one, where we choose our fabrics.  […]

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March 9, 2011
Sneak Peek at Summer!

I'm currently working on my Summer program of classes (can't say I'm feeling especially summery though looking out at the rain!) and thought you might like a sneak peak of one of the items we'll be making. Beach huts remind me of where I used to live on the sunny South Coast of England, and […]

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March 7, 2011
Postage Stamp Mug Rugs

A few years back a friend gave me a sweet little bag of assorted 2" pre-cut squares.  They could well have been the ends of jelly rolls or such like. I was looking at them recently wondering how I could put them to good use.  So play time ensued! (P.s. despite my best efforts, I couldn't get the […]

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March 4, 2011
Fabric Giveaway

Just to let you all know there's a lovely bundle of fat quarters being given away on Vignette in Stitches blog.  You don't have to be a blogger to enter. Check it out  - if you're not in you can't win!

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March 4, 2011
Completed projects

I love to share in the euphoric feeling of a completed project!  Here are some pics from ladies in my recent classes who have managed to get their UFOs (unfinished objects) turned into FOs (finished objects)!  Maureens' floor cushion   Marion's Quillow! Ruth's pair of floor cushions. Ruth's first quillow. Ruth's 2nd quillow! […]

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March 3, 2011
Flying Geese Finished!

I swiftly acquired another iron this morning (see earlier blog!) and pressed on (get it!) with this present for my friend's daughter. I have a love/hate relationship with flying geese - love the versatility & finished look, love the no waste technique of making them up, hate it when the points don't meet, hate it […]

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March 3, 2011
Demon Iron!

Last night I was making great progress on a present for my friend's daughter.  My back was turned for a second when smoke started pouring out of my iron.  I switched the steam setting off and tried it on the ironing board - big mistake! I quickly realised the iron had become possessed and went […]

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February 28, 2011
Mug Rug

Mug Rugs are everywhere!  This phenomenon rapidly sweeping across the quilting world has reached Belfast! I love gift ideas that are a little bit different, and have been seeing a number of mug rugs appear on various international blogs.  Check out A Cuppa and a Catchup, Pin, Sew, Press, and I'm Just a Guy Who […]

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February 27, 2011
I've been tagged!

I'm still getting to know this wonderful world of blog-land! Today I discovered that the lovely Sheila of Blue Patch Quilter has tagged me on her blog.  This is a way of raising the profile of new/lesser known blogs that the person likes or recommends.  Many thanks Sheila, what a compliment! In keeping with the […]

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February 26, 2011
Cot Quilt

I've just finished a commission quilt, for a wee baby not yet born.  As we don't know if this new life will be 'blue' or 'pink', I took inspiration from Makower Farm fabrics, soft lemons, zingy green, fun spots and vibrant check red. There's a lovely lemon fleece backing on the quilt, to make it even […]

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February 25, 2011
Fabulous Bags!

My 'Friday girls' finished their bags today.  Well done girls - they look fab! Enjoy your beautiful creations.  Permission to show off granted!

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February 21, 2011
Recycled Denim

I live in jeans 365 (pretty much!) and always have a pair or two to cut up. Denim is such a great material to recycle and is strong and durable enough for handbags.  I made a few of these crazy patchwork ones last year for a bag sale, and loved how they turned out (they […]

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February 19, 2011
Bethany's Cushion & Flickr Pics!

I have succombed even more to this technological age and set up a photo stream on Flickr (you'll find a button on my blog which should link directly to it).  Flickr is a great place to 'surf' for inspiration on a vast range of crafts & projects.  As I was uploading some pics I was […]

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February 12, 2011
Table Topper

March is going to be table runner month for my classes (also called table toppers).  I've had a jelly roll sitting about my sewing room for some months now, thinking I'd 'save' it for a quilt one day (that day never arrived!).  I finally plucked up the courage to pull the ribbon and unfold the […]

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February 11, 2011
40 Shades of Green!

A good friend of mine was celebrating her big 40 this month and was throwing a '40 shades of green' themed party.  Sadly I was unable to attend the party so thought I'd make Angie something that contributed towards her creative theme. The birthday girl! I foundation pieced 40 different green fabric scraps onto a […]

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February 10, 2011
Classes Update - Well done everyone!

Both my classes have just finished their first projects.  They all did really well and I hope they are as proud of their achievements as I am! Thursday evening class:               Project - Floor cushion Working hard! Oh the concentration! Always time for a smile! Gorgeous! Classey! See more of this one at Sew Me Stunning! […]

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February 9, 2011
Eye Spy!

I love the concept of 'Eye Spy' quilts for children (& adults!). I have this dreamy fantasy of sitting with a little one on my knee, playing 'eye spy' while finding the different pictures in the quilt lovingly draped over the 2 of us!  Examples of Eye Spy Quilts from the web About a year ago I started keeping my eye out […]

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January 23, 2011
Baskets & Doorstops

I've been asked to take a few more classes at Oasis Caring in Action Centre this year.  I spent an amazing 12 months with these wonderful ladies last year, and got so much satisfaction from helping women from the local community learn new sewing skills and get excited about their very own makes. This time […]

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January 6, 2011
Pincushion Pleasure!

Sometimes a girl just wants to indulge herself with a glam wee make that sits on her table and makes her smile!  At least that's what I get when I look at my newly crafted pin cushions, made from recycled fabric - as sweet as pumpkin pie!  Made from a pillowcase! Made from a child's jacket! I've […]

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December 31, 2010
Christmas Presents 2010

During the summer I hatched a plan with my 3 daughters to make daddy a 'prayer' quilt.  Daddy gets up very early in the mornings to pray, but during the winter months it can be very cold at 5.30am!  So we thought a snuggly quilt with especially chosen bible verses sewn into it would inspire […]

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