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Trudi Wood

  1. Making plans for 2016

    Happy New Year everyone!  If you're like me, I like to plan ahead, and have everything all in one place, and my diary is the key to that.  I prefer to pretty mine up with its own custom made cover. I hope you will have a go at making your own. Gather supplies: Sizzix Bigz L Die - Fan Blade 30 degrees (660459) Sizzix Big Big Shot Pus Machine Large fabric scraps for outside and sleeve...
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  2. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, let it snow ...

    Hi everyone!  With Christmas fast approaching, its time to think of decorating the house or even my studio space.   So with Sizzix Bigz die Snowflake Ornament, I've rustled up some snowflake bunting for the house and studio. Snowflakesbunting
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  3. Creating curves - part 3

    HI, Trudi here from Quilting Prolifically, back from the excitement of Quilt Market in Houston. So I finally got my quilt on with my quilt top.  I've named this one 'curves not curves'. Creating Curves 5 Items I used Sizzix Bigz Die - Square, 4" Finished (4 1/2" Unfinished) (659838) Sizzix Bigz L Die -  Half Square Triangle 4 1/2" Assembled Square (659832) Sizzix Bigz L Die - Triangles, Isosceles & Right 4...
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  4. Creating Curves - part two

     
    Hi, Trudi here from Quilting Prolifically. So last month I made a great start on my curves, not curves quilt.
    18 of these Shoo Fly blocks done, and I was well on my way to getting the other 18 alternate blocks done too!
     
    This second block is made up of nine patch of 4 1/2" squares.  Plain squares in the corners, and squares made with the Isosceles Triangle die, and 2 1/2" Hal...
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  5. Creative Curves - Part one

    Hi, Trudi here from Quilting Prolifically.  I've been working on curved piecing, having started on a whole series of Double Wedding ring inspired quilts.  Ambitious I know, but I have one under my belt already, and a second started.  But sometimes all those curves can be a little intimidating, so I wondered if I could create the illusion of curves without the curved piecing.

    Yes you can!

    so ...

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  6. Summer Sunshine - Rising Sun

     
    With summer in full swing, it seems a little unfair to bemoan the rising sun, however, 4.30 am in my bedroom window, beautiful as it is, I'd rather the dawn chorus would wait just a little longer. So this month, in my homage to the rising sun, I give you the Rising Sun Block.
    I found this beauty in the Quilters Album of Patchwork Patterns By Jinny Beyer
     
    and really, if you ...
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  7. Jacob and his Ladder

     
    This month I am looking at the Jacobs Ladder block.  This variation is traced back to Grandmother Clark 1932, a series of booklets published by W L M Clark Inc of St Louis.  Such a simple and effective block, using just 2 dies along with the BigShot Plus.  I thought I would tell you a little about my process too! It all starts with an idea, an image that caught my attention, in a bo...
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  8. Antique Inpsiration

    I'm back with another historical block made new with the Big Shot Plus (or the Big Shot) and Bigz quilting dies. This month I am looking at the Crazy House block, similar to the Lucky Clover block, but with the addition on half square triangles.  and not a Y Seam in sight!
    This block can be traced back to the Ladies Art Company between 1928 and 1934.
    For this block you will need the...
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  9. Making new from the old

    I've been looking at vintage blocks a lot lately, thanks to a friend and her inspiration for scrap reduction, and thanks to the amazing book Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman, published in 1993.  A historic record of over 4000 patterns. It doesn't give you any measurements, cutting instructions, just a picture of a pattern, any alternative names, and its origins. Fascinati...
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  10. dreaming of spring

    Hopefully spring is just around the corner, yes I'm hopeful!  So to brighten things up, I figured it was time for an intervention.
    The snowdrops are still blooming in my garden, and the crocus have shown themselves, the daffs are making good headway already.  I'm ready for some colour! So armed with some pretty wool felts from Hantex, a 12" polystyrene ring, a bunch of ribbon, a handful of di...
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