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applique and patchwork quilt block designed by Ruth Blanchet with free instructions at Arbee Designs

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come stitch with me - a stitch along for quilters

Come Stitch With Me

Want to come stitch with me? Over the next few weeks I'm doing a stitch along on my blog. Join in or follow along, suggest ideas if you like, have...

Come Stitch With Me

Want to come stitch with me? Over the next few weeks I'm doing a stitch along on my blog. Join in or follow along, suggest ideas if you like, have...

butterflies and flowers all cloth quilt design

Butterflies and Flowers

Appliqué allows you to get creative and personalize your sewing and crafting projects. Have fun experimenting with these different techniques to make your butterflies and flowers truly unique and beautiful.

Butterflies and Flowers

Appliqué allows you to get creative and personalize your sewing and crafting projects. Have fun experimenting with these different techniques to make your butterflies and flowers truly unique and beautiful.

a New Zealand adventure of beautiful scenery

A Trip of Beautiful Photo Inspiration

The vistas that unfolded around every corner were nothing short of breathtaking, with landscapes ranging from pristine beaches to majestic mountains, spanning the entire breadth of the country from east...

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A Trip of Beautiful Photo Inspiration

The vistas that unfolded around every corner were nothing short of breathtaking, with landscapes ranging from pristine beaches to majestic mountains, spanning the entire breadth of the country from east...

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a multitudinous amount of different blocks can be created

How Many Variations Can One Simple Block Make?

I've been told "no stone is unturned" when it comes to the instructions so you cannot go wrong..... even if you cut a crooked strip!

How Many Variations Can One Simple Block Make?

I've been told "no stone is unturned" when it comes to the instructions so you cannot go wrong..... even if you cut a crooked strip!

so much fun can be had when making surprises!

Fun To Be Had with Stitching Surprises

I organized a small knitting retreat to celebrate my birthday and I had a lot of fun planning surprises - this is what I did!

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Fun To Be Had with Stitching Surprises

I organized a small knitting retreat to celebrate my birthday and I had a lot of fun planning surprises - this is what I did!

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2 new flower blocks added to the BOW applique flower series

Coneflowers or Echinacea and Hoffman Fabrics

Two new flower block in quick succession. I posted my 60th flower block last week and now comes my 61st. There are so many wonderful flowers to create and I love making...

Coneflowers or Echinacea and Hoffman Fabrics

Two new flower block in quick succession. I posted my 60th flower block last week and now comes my 61st. There are so many wonderful flowers to create and I love making...

the 60th flower block has been added to the BOW flower applique series

My Sixtieth Flower Block

Pressing, drawing, cutting and stitching, with some tweaking along the way produced the following Flower block - the 60th in the BOW flower block series.

My Sixtieth Flower Block

Pressing, drawing, cutting and stitching, with some tweaking along the way produced the following Flower block - the 60th in the BOW flower block series.

creating a fuchsia flower in fabric creating more applique flowers

My Favorite Flower - creating a block

Fuchsias are my very favorite flowers. For my fuchsia block I used two shades of pink. The three flowers are made individually on a Teflon sheet first before adding them to...

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My Favorite Flower - creating a block

Fuchsias are my very favorite flowers. For my fuchsia block I used two shades of pink. The three flowers are made individually on a Teflon sheet first before adding them to...

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stained glass applique - a sunflower in the making of Ruth's stained glass applique adventure

My Adventure with Stained Glass Applique

From the very first designed stained glass applique project to the most recent and how they came to life, a journey that hasn't finished yet as thoughts for the next design...

My Adventure with Stained Glass Applique

From the very first designed stained glass applique project to the most recent and how they came to life, a journey that hasn't finished yet as thoughts for the next design...

morning glory applique designs by Ruth Blanchet

Morning Glories applique quilt - a play with color

It's fun playing around with various colors in a quilt. Using one of my favorites, I came up with many variations - some I likes, others not so much. Which...

Morning Glories applique quilt - a play with color

It's fun playing around with various colors in a quilt. Using one of my favorites, I came up with many variations - some I likes, others not so much. Which...

learn how to use difficulty threads and yarns in your sewing machine

Fascinated about Filament Fantasy

Beautiful quilts can be made on any machine - you just have to know how to work with those threads on your own machine. Linda Schmidt gives you a step-by-step...

Fascinated about Filament Fantasy

Beautiful quilts can be made on any machine - you just have to know how to work with those threads on your own machine. Linda Schmidt gives you a step-by-step...

alterations for a popular purse pattern to make it your own

Creative Twist on Purse

Instructions on how to make easy alterations to the Candy Sweet purse to make it your own. These instructions include two new styles of purse using the Candy Sweet pattern...

Creative Twist on Purse

Instructions on how to make easy alterations to the Candy Sweet purse to make it your own. These instructions include two new styles of purse using the Candy Sweet pattern...

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