A new quilt for the New Year and a busy year ahead!

Since I posted last, my book Quilts from the Colonies has arrived in my hot little hands…

I am so so thrilled with the result.  It is perfect in every way.  Quiltmania‘s talent in bringing all the quilts, photographs and patterns together in to one beautiful package just bowls me over.

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Seventeen projects

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a- Tisket a-Tasket

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Sarah-Jane’s Scrapbag

The two quilts shown above are the two I will be teaching in Nantes at Pour l’amour du fil.

I’d love to have you join me in the classes so keep an eye on their website which is constantly being updated

http://pourlamourdufil.com/cours-et-ateliers/

I have managed to put the book down periodically …

and I’ve been having the loveliest time in my wee studio. Here’s what a lovely time looks like

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Enter at your own risk!

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No beautiful or glossy styling here.

But I’ve been working on a few projects simultaneously, so may my mess please be excused?

The one I’m currently working on fanatically  steadily is this one

Working title Irish Medallion

Working title Irish Medallion

 If you’ve been following along on my Instagram page you will have seen some of the progress.

Deciding on a background for the applique centre is not fast but it’s fun

Pull some possible contenders from the stash

Pull some possible contenders from the stash…

Narrow it down and stand back

Narrow it down some and stand back…

Then pick a winner.  And stick with it.

Then pick a winner. And stick with it.

I’ve completed the applique and am now spending summer evenings stitching a border of Coffin shapes, stitched using the English Paper Piecing method

ENglish Paper Piecing... very relaxing

English Paper Piecing… very relaxing

 One border done and three to go.

Happy stitching and til next

Margaret

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Christmas Catch-up

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I know I’ve really (really) been Missing in Action. But this is what I’ve been doing… designing and finishing seventeen quilts for my very first book! Quilts that once only had *working titles* now have real names; Quilts that have been a long time in the making are finished; And new Quilts have been designed […]

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Throwin’ a Friday arvo sickie…

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…cos I feel like blogging not working. I’ve been continuing with this quilt over the last couple of months but before I show you how it’s evolving I want you to see how the 1800s Sunburst is looking now that all the blocks are together. We all know what a nice feeling it is when the […]

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Loving the Winter

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Winter means nights in, in front of the fire. Nights in front of the fire means hand-sewing. BTW, thank you SBS for playing a great movie last night on the telly ~ “Walk the Line” with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon~ I stayed up till the end and got lots o’ stitching done. This is a finished […]

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Two finishes

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I have finally completed the top of Miss Hitchens’ Whimsy, just the quilting to do now. *Insert Happy Beaming Face* With MHW’s completion I got stuck into OMG Ombre…cutting the fabric for the remaining flying geese blocks.  Well when I say remaining I mean 22 of the 25 needed…I hadn’t got very far initially. I […]

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Progress x three

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I’m so close to finishing Miss Hitchens’ Whimsy … I can hardly believe it. I’ve calculated just four evenings of stitching will complete the remaining two small corner blocks. (once I have prepared them of course) And then I just need a few hours to assemble because all the border strips are sewn… …and the […]

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OMG Ombre and some new patterns

Rising Sun Medallion

I’ve been enjoying working with some Ombre fabrics which have been in my stash for a wee while, and I confess I’m still adding new ones to my shelves. Ombre fabric, also known as a Rainbow or Fondu print, was very fashionable with quiltmakers during the 1830-1850 period.  The fabrics created shading and interest to applique quilts (think epergne vases in Baltimore Album quilts)  […]

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No way, it can’t possibly be…can it?

Keep Calm and Carry On.

Well the computer can’t lie, and I am hanging my head in embarrassment here. I haven’t blogged for long time.  I have been hanging out on Facebook a little bit and lately on Instagram too but it’s not quite the same is it. https://www.facebook.com/quiltstation http://instagram.com/margaretmew/ Shall I just get back on the horse and hope […]

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June Orr 1849

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I was really surprised to realise when writing the last blog post that I hadn’t written at all about the June Orr quilt which was hanging over the top of the ladder in this pic from last time  So as promised, though not as timely as promised, ( I have been back nearly two months…eeek […]

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Travel prep

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Isn’t it great that we can take our stitching with us when we go gadding about.  I just wish I could sew in the car though, I know many can but not me…makes me feel a tad squeamish. Before first light tomoro I am off to New Zealand for what we now jokingly call the […]

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