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New York for the 3rd time!

And so here’s my third cushion made from New York themed  fabrics using patterns from the Pillow Pop book.

One side uses 2 subway inspired fabrics in an simple “round the houses” variation of log cabin -

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And the other side is a mixture of strips of vertical and horizontal “scraps”

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An inspiring day with Philippa Naylor

Yesterday I took a day’s holiday and instead of heading into London, went east to Wickham Market and Quilters Haven for a workshop with Philippa Naylor on precision piecing (an extended version).

As you can see  – the goal was achieved!

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Never have I pieced so accurately and though it took me all day to make this, the effort of being so careful really seemed worth it.  Now of course that I know I can avoid cutting off my points, I have no excuses!

I learnt so many little things that all went together to help produce a block I am really proud of.  It was well worth it and was much more fun than the title suggested!

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Quilting the Raffle Quilt

At our forthcoming show of quilts at the URC in Little Waltham, we are going to raffle a quilt to raise funds for Farleigh Hospice.

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The blocks for the quilt were made by the group’s members mainly from fabrics from Pat who died a little while ago.  She was a very talented quilter as well as being a lovely lady.  Carolyn did a fabulous job in putting it all together.

It has been my pleasure to quilt it  – I admired many of the quilts Pat made and her high standards of workmanship were something to aspire to.

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Pineapple quilt quilting finished!

With the Avanti back and running perfectly, it took no time at all to get the last bit of the top quilted and the binding sewn on.

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Hopefully a couple of hours of gentle handsewing of the binding on the back and it can go on our bed for a few weeks before being shown at Little Waltham Patchwork Friends Quilt Show at the United Reform Church in Little Waltham on the 11th and 12th April.

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Avanti 18 – Problems solved!

Cotton Patch did a wonderful job sorting out my machine and giving it a thorough service.  There was play in the needle shaft – no doubt a a result of some ugly incidents with rulers when I was just starting out.  As I’m working on a batik top, this didn’t make things easier for making my stitches.

Once it was back, and I’d moved up to an 18 needle and slackened the thread and quilt tensions, she quilted beautifully – and much more quietly!

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New York Again!

So onto my second cushion in my New York Pillow series.  This is the design that set me off in the first place when I admired the cushion my friend Louise had made at a workshop at the City Quilter in New York.

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And then I “needed” to choose another design for the back.  I thought I’d use the rest of one of the fabrics I’d used on the front and thought an off centre strip of flying geese on an all white background would go well with my front.

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Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.  Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.  Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.  Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.  Give so much time to improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticise others.  Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!

Christian D. Larson