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Vanessa Swann
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May ...
things I've learnt so far about machine quilting ...  * you really need to press and baste well! * it shows up any sloppy piecing - help! * it is SO time consuming!  * and finally  you need plenty of thread! First Bernina quilt finished! Love the way I can ...

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April ...
my favourite month - especially exciting when this box arrives .... my Bernina 770QE and I've nicknamed it "The Beast"! I felt so nervous to use it and I wasn't sure where to begin ... SO ... decided to take a deep breath and just make some little houses .....

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March ...
 and another bag making day with Jennifer ... I have taken my medallion quilt to a long arm quilter to have it partly quilted.  When I get the quilt back, I will hand quilt around the appliqué.  Spent a day preparing the quilt - removing all the threads fro...

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February ...
Started the month making another bag and then some more houses ... My Valentine's Day house! Most of the month, however, has been taken up finishing my medallion quilt ... I ended up making 124 circles to hand sew in the dips of the scallop border ... Absol...

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Happy New Year and ...
I hope you all had a great Christmas!  I can't believe that I haven't posted anything since November!  I've been busy  making more wall hangings and bags but unfortunately I didn't take many photographs!  Here is a snapshot ... Wall hanging for Sue's birthd...

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It's official ...
I have flanged ... and this is what my quilt top looks like now ...  one more round to go! Last weekend I met my dear friend Heather at this show in Bristol ... it was really good and we spent a lovely day looking at and talking fabric!  It's good to go to ...

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It's all in the stars ...
I set my stars into this beautiful purple tulip fabric ... I would never have done this, if Colleen (one of the ladies in my class) hadn't set her stars into a darker fabric ... I was all set to put my stars into a cream fabric but this looks SO much better...

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Another birthday to celebrate ...
Happy Birthday Andy Zak ... Cushion pattern came from one of my favourite bloggers - Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew ... I've had this American Stars and Stripes fabric for a couple of years ... just waiting for the perfect project ... And I think these b...

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Celebrated ...
two birthdays at the weekend ... Happy birthday to Theresa ... and Happy Birthday to Lesley ... I made these little wall hangings for my friends, adapting the Anni Downs Angel Quilt pattern.

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Happy times ...
spent at Cupcake Cottons!  50% off Christmas fabrics today! I love the fact that Steph puts your purchases in a lovely brown bag with a Cupcakes label!  It makes it special! I particularly like the fabric in the bottom left of the picture - feel some fussy ...
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