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Tula Palooza To you with love block and Economy Block

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 Hello Everybody! I seem to be in a pretty creative mood at the moment. And I decided to do some more on my other neglected sewalong, Tulapalooza. This is an Instagram sewalong using the fabrics of the peerless Tula Pink . Technically the sewalong finished at the end of 2019, and I was only doing a block a month instead of a whole quilt top a month, but I do want to finish off my 12 blocks so I can turn them into a quilt. I had managed faithfully until September, but things got away from me towards the end of last year, so I still had 3 blocks left to go. You can read about my previous blocks here; January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September . But I now have got through another two blocks, so I only have one outstanding. Here are the October and November blocks. October's block was using the To You with Love pattern, which is free on Stash Bandit's (Diane Harris) website .  It's a mini quilt pattern of little symmetrical hearts. Here's my

Photo tutorial - how to keep a ruffle hem detail on a memory cushion

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 Hello everybody! It was my little daughter's third birthday on Friday. She is currently a Minnie Mouse fan, and I had this sweatshirt that I bought in a charity shop last year, sitting around waiting for an upcycle. So I turned it into a cushion as a birthday present for her! Making these cushions is a service I offer in my Etsy shop. Partly so I could remember how I did it for myself, I recorded the process to make a photo tutorial for you all.  The bit I really wanted to record was keeping that ruffle at the bottom. This method would work with any similar hem detail you wanted to keep. 1 Turn the top inside out and used a cushion to mark your sewing lines, so your motif (if you have one) sits the way you want it to,.  This top is the right width that I don't have to take in the side seams to fit my cushion (a 16 inch square). I am pretty sure that makes the whole of this process a lot easier. 2 Chop off the bottom ruffle/hem detail. I gave myself 3 inches of fabric to work w

Focus Cutting Sewalong - March and April Houses

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 Hello everybody! I have finally started to catch up with my Focus Cutting Sewalong blocks!  I am running very late with these. I already cut myself down from 1 block a week to 1 block a month in the clearly erroneous belief that I would keep up with that. Lockdown and migraines have seriously screwed up all my sewing (and other) plans for this year, but over the past couple of months, with the kids back at school, my sewjo has definitely come back and I feel ready to try and catch up on some of my poor neglected sewalongs. So, a couple of points to note. Our host, Naomi Clarke, has changed the name from #fussycuttingsewalong to #focuscuttingsewalong. She explains the reasons here . While I am not going to rename my 2018 and 2019 works in progress from the sewalong (Fussy Cutting Forest and Fussy in the Sky with Diamonds) I will be using the term focus cutting for this year's quilt and going forwards. So, onto the two new blocks! The theme for March was animals. Here is my block.

Spooky stitching

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 Hello everyone! I hoped to have this post up on Halloween, but that didn't happen so you can have it on Day of the Dead instead. I have been managing quite a bit of spooky stitching over the last week or so. I finished a little cross-stitch kit! It took me less than an hour. I think it's pretty cute. I'm pretty sure there's enough spare thread to make a second one, as well. And my Halloween La Passacaglia has been making some good progress.  Three of my large rosettes have definitely grown. Here's the biggest purple one. If you compare it to my previous post , you can see the difference. Here's the other purple one. It has just had the outer purple triangle shapes added. And here's one of the orange ones. This one had only the 5 orange centre diamonds done previously. I really like the star effect with this last one, I am almost tempted to make a whole quilt of this star shape, appliqu├ęd onto squares. Not that I need another idea to add to my mental future

La Passcaglia update

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 Hello everyone, With it being October now, and with Roger Penrose being in the news I have been feeling the need to work on my Halloween La Passacaglia Quilt again. It's been months since I picked it up, so my first thought was 'what on earth was I planning to do next?' While I had dutifully recorded everything I had done, I hadn't made any note of what I planned to do next.  My overall plan is still a little sketchy on details. I had some cat pentagons cut out and basted already, so I made an executive decision about which rosette they belonged to and added them. I then looked at this fabric, which I hadn't used anywhere yet. I thought that I was probably going to use it for lots of pentagons around my large purple rosette so I decided to do that.  I also realised that I could get two different thin diamonds fussy cuts out of the same fabric, so I cut those out and added them to two white rosette centres. Bats around cats and pumpkins around bats For the large ros

Fussy Cutting Forest: Flimsy finish

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 Hello Everybody! I have actually finished a quilt top! It's my Fussy Cutting Forest quilt, made from the blocks created during the 2018 #fussycuttingsewalong hosted by the lovely Naomi Clarke on Instagram.  You can read more about this and see it all coming together in my previous blog posts ( November roundup , Fussy cutting forest begins , December roundup , Works in progress , Making mistakes , More works in progress , Oops  OK, there were more of those than I was expecting). Here it is! I did actually manage to find a space on my kitchen floor big enough to put it down. I am quite happy for my solution for finishing off the corners - I am going to cut the edges of this to turn it into a neat rectangle when it's been quilted, so I needed enough extra at the sides and corners to be able to do this. The making of this top really has been a learning process, I definitely learned a lot about fussy cutting by doing the different challenges every week.  There is a marked differe