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grape hyacinth flower block in a quilt

Grape Hyacinth - applique flower block

I remember Grape Hyacinth popping up in early spring as a young girl. I loved these little flowers so of course I needed to make an applique flower block.

Grape Hyacinth - applique flower block

I remember Grape Hyacinth popping up in early spring as a young girl. I loved these little flowers so of course I needed to make an applique flower block.

Izzy's finished tortoise cushion - instructions on how to make it in the blog post

Izzy's Embroidered Cushion

I'm looking forward to having my granddaughters for a sleepover. Last year Izzy (aged 6 at the time) embroidered my tortoise design using a simple running stitch

Izzy's Embroidered Cushion

I'm looking forward to having my granddaughters for a sleepover. Last year Izzy (aged 6 at the time) embroidered my tortoise design using a simple running stitch

Elizabeth Barton's color course

How much do you know about color?

Color combinations, color and contrast, value, intensity, and temperature.... now you can learn it inside out with the help of veteran teacher/designer Elizabeth Barton. She doesn't leave any stone unturned!

How much do you know about color?

Color combinations, color and contrast, value, intensity, and temperature.... now you can learn it inside out with the help of veteran teacher/designer Elizabeth Barton. She doesn't leave any stone unturned!

Poppies - a new design

Poppies - a new design

I wanted to show you some work-in-progress photos as well as share some tips I think you'll find useful when constructing this quilt or any other applique quilt for that...

Poppies - a new design

I wanted to show you some work-in-progress photos as well as share some tips I think you'll find useful when constructing this quilt or any other applique quilt for that...

what's happening in Fall weather

Ambitions Often Outweigh Time and Energy

As you will discover, my ambition outweighed my time and energy so all my plans did not come to light but this update let's you know what been happening and about to...

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Ambitions Often Outweigh Time and Energy

As you will discover, my ambition outweighed my time and energy so all my plans did not come to light but this update let's you know what been happening and about to...

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using different techniques to create butterflies

Butterflies - appliqued verses embroidered

I've been playing around with applique and embroidery butterflies. Of course, applique is my go to, but many quilters are afraid to do it - but really there is nothing to...

Butterflies - appliqued verses embroidered

I've been playing around with applique and embroidery butterflies. Of course, applique is my go to, but many quilters are afraid to do it - but really there is nothing to...

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