Happy New Year!

Wow! Time is going so fast! We are enjoying a wonderful summer just now, with just enough days of less sunshine to remind us that we live in the land of the long white cloud! It does, of course, keep everything nice and green most of the time.

I am very happy to welcome into the world two new grand babies, one local and one on the other side of the world. Such a great thing to become new parents and possibly even greater to become new grandparents!

I have been fairly busy lately getting the Block of the Day 2016, That Town and Country Quilt, up and running with many enthusiastic quilters taking part and sharing their blocks on the dedicated Facebook group! It isn’t too late to join in the fun, registration is on my website here: http://www.gourmetquilter.com/pages/block-of-the-day-2016

Below is a video of a sample block for the quilt.

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Quilty Box has arrived!

I am thrilled to have received a Quilty Box from QuiltyBox.com! It arrived in my mail box, looking so innocent, however the inside is quite delicious! Thank you QuiltyBox. QuiltyBox.com is something you can subscribe to, and in return they will send you a Quilty Box each month containing delicious new products – so exciting!

So here is how it happened:


and then the opening began, the tension is mounting:


will I ever see what’s inside?


oh my goodness, all this packaging! whilst keeping everything safe, is preventing me from seeing what’s inside!


and there it is, lots of delicious goodies!


and inside are some exciting new fabrics by Angela Walters, and also a book that she has co-authored that requires further reading, some fabulous Aurifil thread and acrylic templates for a drunkards path block, plus some interesting information. All in all, a scrumptious treat, thanks QuiltyBox.



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Introducing ……..Block of the Day 2016 – That Town and Country Quilt

This video is an introduction to the new project for 2016, Block of the Day 2016, That Town and Country Quilt. This is going to be such a fun project making little applique blocks throughout the year and building up your own Town and Country! There is so much opportunity for embellishment and personalizing the blocks to make it you own!

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How to make some Quick & Fun Gift Bags from a Fat Quarter – Quilting Tips & Techniques 181

This video shows how to cut and make fun little gift bags starting with a fat quarter. Great idea to have on hand for those times when you need to wrap a gift, any time, any season, great for birthdays and special occasions.

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How to use some 2 1/2″ x 5″ strips to make a fun quilt – Quilting Tips & Techniques 180

This video shows how to use some 5″ squares, cut in half, or 2 1/2″ strips to make a fun and quick quilt. many of us have 5″ squares and 2 1/2″ strips these days, some leftover and some deliciously co-ordinated! This quilt shows one of the many ways to use some up! There is a pattern for Sashed Strips using 5″ squares here.

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Registration for What’s in the Box Mystery Quilt 2015 is closing soon!

I am so thrilled by the response to the What’s in the Box Mystery Quilt 2015, people from all over the world have been registering! There is still an opportunity for more investigators on this mystery, the registrations close at the end of April. I have been getting all the boxes ready, we are going to have some fun!

If you aren’t familiar with the Mystery, there is a video here

and Registration information:

if you live in New Zealand, you can Register here

if you live in Australia, you can register here

if you live in any other part of the world, you can register here

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