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Another quilt for the rest home planned in collaboration with Yvonne. She drew me a fantastic cow and I filled it in with fabric and thread. We’ve put it on top of an old, tired itijeme quilt that had passed it’s best … quilt recycling! I was inspired by a master of collage and thread painting, Sophie Standing, take a look at her stuff on line, it’s amazing.

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I really like making a quilt that is planned for somebody special. It lets you add specific quirks just for the one you’re making it for. With a new nephew on the way, this cot quilt was so much fun to make. The pukeko pecking the seedling is ‘cos Raglan is full of the pesky garden raiders, the dog is for Dharma who has been the beloved only child for the last 16 years, the puffer fish for the beach, monarch butterflies roost in Raglan trees over winter and the rainbow is for this colourful little family.

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I have a few old woolen blankets that are too tatty to use anymore, most of them sourced from op shops. They make wonderful oven cloths, I’ve had one for five years and it washes up fine in the washing machine. The best size seems to be 65cm long by 38 cm wide (25″x 15″). I cut two pieces of blanket the same size then embellish one piece with either embroidery or for the two below, with wool applique. My applique fabric is often from felted wool skirts that I’ve also found in an op shop. When I’m happy with the look I back it with the second piece of cut fabric to hide the stitching. To finish I bind the edge as you would with a quilt.

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I enjoyed making this retro caravan cot quilt so much, each caravan was a little adventure. It also gave me a canvas to do lots of variety of machine quilting.

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Wood grain quilting

Wood grain quilting

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H20 quilting

H20 quilting

VW camper van

VW camper van

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Images drawn into a pattern for applique

Images drawn into a pattern for applique

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3 July 2017 So many people have asked me for this pattern that I need to clarify that I’m sorry but I don’t have a pattern. Below I have put the page of images I gathered from the internet and then copied them by hand to the size I wanted. I used a similar technique to this tutorial  http://sewlikemymom.com/the-ultimate-applique-post/ to turn the drawings into applique. Give it a go, it’s not that hard 🙂 The images below aren’t mine but belong to other talented people!

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I started this quilt a few years ago but thought it was looking very bland and lost my enthusiasm for it. By appliqueing bright flowers around the edge it’s looking more cheerful so I’ve gone ahead with quilting and binding it. Yay, finished!

Echo quilting around the party dress

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