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Hugs from Helen

and the winner is.

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Hugs from Helen - 08/27/14 - 5 days ago

I guess it is time to choose a winner to receive the fabric kit and appliqu paper to make my house block. Congratulations to Wanda who has won the original block on the Quilty Pleasures blog.

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Video Tutorials

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Hugs from Helen - 08/19/14 - 13 days ago

As promised for some time now I have finally uploaded some video tutorials to YouTube. I have also added a page with them all to the blog so you can easily find them over there on the right under pages. I do hope you like them I will endeavour to add more over time but no promises to when The...

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Hugs from Helen - 08/19/14 - 13 days ago

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Parade of Homes

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Hugs from Helen - 08/15/14 - 17 days ago

How lucky am I to be a contributor to Quiltmakers Parade of Homes to be considered in their 13 favourite designers, alongside some of my own favourites and two other Aussies is very exciting.. and an honour

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Watercolor Fruit Quilt Fabric Samples

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Country Garden Stitchery - 07/31/14 - 32 days ago

A few more of my Spoonflower fabric samples are ready and the colors are so nice for summer! Fabrics in blues, reds and yellows. This is "Cherries and Berries Picnic Quilt" fabric. Apretty blue and white quilt style fabric design with strawberries,blueberries, cranberries and cherries....

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Honey Bee Pink Blossoms Watercolor Fabric

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Country Garden Stitchery - 07/17/14 - 46 days ago

I received some more of my Spoonflower samples back and think they printed out nicely. This one is calledPink Fruit Blossoms & Beeswith rows of flowers. Would make a cute skirt! And some coreopsis flowers called "Pink FlowerDot"drawn in ink with watercolor in a dot style pattern. Some...

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Love Thy neighbour part 2

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Hugs from Helen - 07/10/14 - 53 days ago

a little progress on my neighbourly quilt this week hope to finish it over the weekend between dance Eisteddfod performances. so the next step is: to sew all of those blocks together, first into rows, then the rows together to make your centre panel. The first step was easy, but you do now have...

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Ocean Beaches Summer Gifts

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Country Garden Stitchery - 07/10/14 - 53 days ago

Since it has been in the 100s here lately I've been thinking of the beach. I started browsing ocean beach gifts and found a few things to share starting with this ocean scene photograph pillow And I loved this monogramluggage tag in ocean colors for your vacation to the beach. A...

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Love Thy Neighbour quilt

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Hugs from Helen - 07/07/14 - 57 days ago

yesterday was dark and dreary in Hobart, wet, wild and windy also perfect quilting weather so I delved into my stash I had a quilt wanting for my lovely neighbour who has recently moved into a nursing home not too big, not too heavy, warm and snuggly to make her room feel more homely We always have ...

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Sunflowers for Summer

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Country Garden Stitchery - 07/03/14 - 60 days ago

Browsing online I was inspired by sunflowers so thought I'd make a post dedicated to them. I found a few favorite things starting with this phone case These sunflower plates would be great for summer dinners on the patioand BBQs! And how about some bright sunflower pillows for the...

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Blooming Fantasy

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Hugs from Helen - 07/02/14 - 61 days ago

it is with great excitement (For Laila) that I can finally announce that this stunning new Block of the month is ready Laila, my lovely lovely friend from Norway asked me over a year ago now if she could make something for me. I had had this quilt designed for a long time but had never gotten...

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Vegetable Fabrics and Garden Flowers

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Country Garden Stitchery - 06/26/14 - 67 days ago

I received some new fabric samples from Spoonflower this week. This one is called Fresh Veggies andhas pen and ink with watercolor vegetables in a large pattern repeat. A spring green check with chamomile flowers drawn in sepia ink with watercolor. And asunflower print in ink with...

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and the winners are?

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Hugs from Helen - 06/23/14 - 70 days ago

wow, I certainly have a lot of ideas of what youd like me to work on next. cant promise them all but it does give me food for thought so now I have to choose five of you for a little fabric pack of each of our 36 Basically hugs fabrics If you are a winner please contact us with your snail mail...

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Birth Month Flower Needlebooks

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Country Garden Stitchery - 06/17/14 - 76 days ago

I've started September Morning Glory and I wanted to get all the needlebooks out that I've completed in this series to see which finishing techniques I liked best. I really like the needlebooks finishedas May and June were with a border of fabric on the left side. I tried a few...

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show and tell Tuesday

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Hugs from Helen - 06/17/14 - 77 days ago

wow, its been a long time since I remembered to do a show and tell post but thankfully Candys photo was emailed to emailed to me this morning to remind me.. After market in Pittsburgh Jo and I spent a lovely week with Lisa, her family and her Quilt Foundry shop girls in Maumee Ohio.. I got to...

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Fabric Heavena giveaway

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Hugs from Helen - 06/16/14 - 78 days ago

I thought Id officially tell you about my two latest fabric lines now that they are shipping into Aussie stores as I type. at market this year I had to be prepared to release two ranges at once scary but exciting, and a lot of last minute sewing twice as much as normal but we got there so here are...

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home home again jiggety jig

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Hugs from Helen - 05/28/14 - 96 days ago

Yes, home again after a wonderful three weeks in the USA with Jo. Many of you may have followed our travels and misadventures on Facebook, but for the rest of you heres a few pics to try and show you just how big & exciting Quilt market is. This is how our booth looked when we first rolled out...

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up, up and away - again

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Hugs from Helen - 05/08/14 - 117 days ago

As I cross the final points off my packing list, ready to fly out to International Quilt market in Pittsburgh tomorrow, I write to you with a few peeks until my return.

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Let we Forget

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Hugs from Helen - 04/29/14 - 125 days ago

I had this post ready to go as I drove up the highway (see below) but obviously it did not go!!!

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Ribbon Embroidery Topiary Needlebook and Etsy Finds

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Country Garden Stitchery - 04/25/14 - 129 days ago

I've been in a bit of an inspirational slump lately, but I finally got inspired to make some new needlebooks this week. A little topiary tree with French knots in silk ribbons and cotton flosses. For the other needlebook I have a collection of the 2 1/2" charm squares and found a plain one to...

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AQC

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Hugs from Helen - 04/23/14 - 131 days ago

well I am back and breathing just for a minute! AQC was just wonderful, I caught up with so many friends real and online friends. met many inspiring women and shared highlights with many of my quilting idols at the Bernina Celebration Gala dinner. (not to mention the entertainment) A huge...

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eeeek a little fabric fondling here.

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Hugs from Helen - 03/25/14 - 161 days ago

yes I know.. where have I been? I think I say that every post? Well I have been busy and can show you many things in the next few days as they all come to fruition Firstly though. look what I came home to yesterday after a day of teaching well that was after I ripped into them! what was...

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Cottage Door Embroidery Pattern and Southern Bell

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Country Garden Stitchery - 02/21/14 - 192 days ago

I finished a little cottage door hand embroidery pattern this week and picked out the fabrics to sew it into something. I was thinking of spring and gardensso wanted to embroider this little design. I almost have enough little patterns like this to puta collection of patterns together in an...

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Wildflower Hearts Embroidery Tote for Valentine's Day

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Country Garden Stitchery - 02/08/14 - 205 days ago

I've been working all week on this project so I can enter it into the Craftsy Valentine's Day contest. I wanted to embroider a little wildflower patch of heart flowers and I envisioned it on a zip pouch or a tote. The tote won out since I wasn't up for a zipper project right now....

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a hexie a day keeps the doctor away

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Hugs from Helen - 01/15/14 - 229 days ago

Yesterday I put up a step by step tutorial page on using my iron on pre-cut hexies if you havent discovered these yet and are either addicted to hexies, or have been thinking youd like to try them then this will be a great start watch this space for a fun swap coming soon using this method. Just...

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New Fabrics, Chickadee and Notions Mystery

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Country Garden Stitchery - 01/10/14 - 234 days ago

I went to one of my favorite quilt shops in Reno for their end of the year sale and had a great time picking out some fabrics to use in my projects this year. I got a few bolder colors rather than my usual pastel favorites, not too bold, but bold for me. I needed to add some reds to my...

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Lightbox Transfer of Hand Embroidery Patterns

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Country Garden Stitchery - 01/03/14 - 241 days ago

I transfer my hand embroidery patterns the good old-fashioned fashion waywith a lightbox or a window. I used to use a window often before my patterns got a bit bigger and before I purchased a lightbox, which I love. I use a#1 Micron Pigma Pen in sepia or black. I like the sepia because it's a...

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A Christmas Apron

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Country Garden Stitchery - 12/24/13 - 251 days ago

Inspired to take a break and sew yesterday so I looked through my collection of quilting and sewing magazines for an inspiringpattern. I found an apron pattern in the "Simple Quilts" issue. I bought some prettyChristmas fabrics with a robin egg blue theme a few months ago and have been...

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Chickadee Hand Embroidery and Bird Inspiration

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Country Garden Stitchery - 12/18/13 - 257 days ago

The robins have been visiting our trees a lot lately to grab the little plums still hanging on. They've been inspiring some of my bird designs. I like robins, they're a brave bird and stay around a while if your near. I started a little chickadee hand embroidery pattern on some...

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Christmas Spirit

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Hugs from Helen - 12/17/13 - 258 days ago

I have been told by my 9 year old that we have no Christmas Spirit this year. It has come up on us so quickly we haven't had time for any decorating, didn't make it to any Carols and are just keeping our heads above water trying to get away in a few days time for our family gathering interstate.....

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