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[30 Dec 2009 | 4 Comments | 3,186 views]
2009 round up

It feels like I didn’t really get that much knit in 2009 and that’s partly true. I didn’t really have much personal knitting or sewing time and if I’m honest, I didn’t feel much like knitting for the middle half of the year. My mojo has come back in full swing though and if my plans for 2010 work out the way I’m thinking, I’ll get a tonne done and I’ll be able to share all the secret projects too come Q3.
Let’s recap and nutshell this past year’s projects, shall …

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[13 Jun 2009 | 29 Comments | 15,532 views]
pressing your pieces

I know a few people who are wading deeper into quilting waters, so I thought I’d put together a couple tips for them. Not so much a life preserver as just a pair of water wings.
Other folks like Ashley and Oh, Fransson! have put together some great starter points for the new quilter, so I’m not going to dive into that. I just wanted to share one or two of my faves for piecing. Like always, it all comes back to pressing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it …

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[11 Mar 2009 | 26 Comments | 2,923 views]

Remember waaaaaaaaay back in September of 2006 when I started that brown coin quilt? This weekend I finally finished it. Normally on Saturdays the last thing I want to do is spend another 8 hours in front of the sewing machine (hazards of sewing for a living) but I was feeling the need for an FO.

The quilt top had been finished for a while, so all that needed to be done was to baste the top to the backing and batting and quilt the darn thing. I chose the …

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[4 Dec 2007 | 16 Comments | 2,401 views]

As the temps dipped below freezing I started digging around for blankets for the kitties. We have several afghans they can curl up in, but I can’t leave them out unsupervised now that Teek has shown himself to be a teething chomper. He’ll take a big bite of an afghan and pull his head back trying to rip pieces out. How did I manage to adopt a yarn eater? Gah! I needed to come up with an alternative for cat warmth.

Enter my ugly first quilt.
When I wanted to learn …

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[23 Jul 2007 | 19 Comments | 2,368 views]

Summer in Austin is much more conducive to quilting than knitting. The thought of sitting under a hot task lamp with 3 feet of silk in my lap with the AC cranked is not very appealing. Consequently Hanami is hibernating for a few days while I resurrect an old quilting WIP.

The brown coin quilt I started last September has been hanging on the back of my studio door for 10 months now. This week I took it down, gave it a good press and finally sewed on the remaining border …

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[10 Sep 2006 | 17 Comments | 1,741 views]

When I’m putting together a new quilt, I never realize where the colour inspiration comes from until I’m knee-deep in the project. Last week I started piecing a baby-sized chinese coin quilt (partially inspired by one Wee Wonderfuls Hillary did ages ago.) I pinched the brown cotton from Mum’s stash last summer and I’ve had the blues on standby for almost a year as well. I supplemented the scheme with a touch of orange and yellow (Heather Ross’s gnomes and mushrooms from Cia’s Palette) and some random scraps.

The half-pieced …

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[28 Jul 2006 | 7 Comments | 1,677 views]

  Safety for Birds    Originally uploaded by Nin(j)a.
Over a year ago I started the Quilts and Quilting group on flickr. At the time when you did a search for quilt groups or even quilt tags there was almost nothing. Since then there’s been a myriad of fantastic talents who have added their photos to the pool. I thought I might add to Eye Candy Friday by highlighting some of my recent favourites from the pool (seeing as I haven’t time to do any quilting myself.) …