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I now have my  copy of American Patchwork so I can join the “Quilt-Along”.

Join in by getting your copy of the magazine  and check out Lissa’s blog.

  to see all the designer’s that have  joined  her with their version of  the quilt-along blog


Tone it down

Scrappy quilt

Low - volume Quilts

I’ve  started with my usual pastel scraps.


and a diagram so my aqua scraps  would be my main colour.

scrappy quilt 1

This is how my first block is turning out….

possibility ?

I’m thinking of adding the flowers to the side  strips as I’m using a plain white on white

fabric instead of a coloured print.  One down with19 more to go.  This is

going to take awhile as  Christmas is creeping up very quickly but this quilt

is becoming very addictive.

                       back soon with more, Arlene

I’ve just picked up my issue of “Quiltmaker’s  Jan./Feb. magazine and I was   thrilled to see an ad for my

new line,  “Cherished Memories”, in it.

Fabric line

“Red Rooster Fabrics”

 is  shipping this line  to quilt shops now.

I always tell myself that I won’t go near the magazine rack when I’m

shopping, but it never works, lucky me.

Kaffe Fasset’s  newest  book “Quilt Grandeur” is also on my list.


back soon with some pictures of the new scrappy quilt………Arlene

Another Scrappy quilt to start soon…..

I’m anxiously awaiting my copy of this magazine


so I can join Lissa  Alexander’s first ever “Quilt-Along.

I’ve been choosing  scraps  from my stash while I’m waiting.


Congratulations…. you’re a winner!

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Here’s the 4 winners from our draw.

Lisa McGriff

Diane B

Margret Andrews

Pat Wade

Please send us your address so we can put your prizes in the mail, we’ll follow up with

an email to you.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who stopped by for a visit.

Thank  you to “Quiltmakers” for another wonderful tour and another

fabulous issue of their 100 Blocks magazine.


Welcome to day 5 of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour

and thank you for stopping by to see my block.


I’m so   thrilled again  to have my block in Quiltmakers inspiring 100 Blocks Magazine and to

join in the blog tour.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so you’re  eligible for our  prizes,  plus

Quiltmaker is also going to send 1 lucky person a copy of the magazine from your comments.

My block is called “Whimsical Boquet”

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Ok, in the beginning it did take on the look of an” ice cream cone” but as I added the leaves it turned into

what I had hoped  for  in the first place, a whimsical flower.

The idea started as usual with my favourite things, leftover scraps.

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When I started  the block I didn’t know what I was going to do for the sashing, would it be different

colours or would it be a white sashing, in the end I chose the white sashing.

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I had forgotten how many days it would  take me  to get all those little pieces cut, arranged, and raw edged

but in the end it was all worth it and I loved the fact that I had rescued more scraps.

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We’ve started something new here at Rabbits Haven,  all the little  scraps that are too small to cut up for quilts

are now being used as stuffing to make soft little pillow mats  for our  Animal Shelters, and

believe it or not,  the little scraps make a great soft stuffing, and can  stand up to many washings.

Check with your local Animal Shelters to see the different sizes that they might require.


Once I finished putting the blocks together I started on the border……I chose  the

scrappy look again, and love it.

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and here’s the almost finished quilt, I’m just doing the binding.

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It’s going to be a combination of scrappy strips.

Don’t forget to leave  us a comment so  you’re eligible for our draw.

Quiltmaker will be sending one of you their  fabulous new issue of  100 blocks magazine,and

we will be sending three of you a package of border prints for your stash.


You can leave  a comment  until Saturday at 6 p.m. and we  will announce the winners

on our blog Sunday.

We hope you have enjoyed all the blogs on this tour,  we’ve been so inspired by

the wonderful blocks and have already picked out some to try.

Thank you  again for stopping by  and don’t forget to check back on Sunday to see the winners.

We will need your address.                            Arlene

It’s 90 degrees in Palm Desert but that hasn’t stopped the

  Quilter’s Faire Quilt Shop

  from making this adorable  quilt from my  line of  Christmas Fabric.

“Here come Santa”

I was thrilled  when my sister Sharon and her friend Chere took this picture of it

while they were fabric shopping in Palm Springs.


They’ve  also done a wonderful job of  machine quilting.

back soon and have a great day following “Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour.


Don’t forget to join us for

fabric line

“Cherished Memories”
fabric line.

“Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour  that has already started,

click here  www.quiltmaker.com/quiltypleasures so you don’t miss any of the great blogs.

myblockisin8_200You can see my block on Friday’s Blog Tour.

                                                                                               have fun following the tour,  Arlene

We’ve added a special touch for  boys only  to this little baby  quilt.

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and this  was what we did for that special little girl……so it was only fair that

the little boys had their own special quilt.

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I’ve just raw edged the rabbits to this quilt using a smaller stitch so that it

safely goes through all the washings  it requires in it’s busy life.

It’s making me think that I have to make two new dog quilts for the two new

additions to our family, two of my grandchildren have  just adopted a dog each  so

the stitching is going to have to be strong, I’ve seen them in action.

                                 back soon Arlene

  ” Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour”

 Our rainy days are here again

100 Block Tour

[“Sparkle and her friend are from a watercolour I did for one of my fabric lines – “Dancing with Sparkle”.]

So thank goodness for

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour  starting soon.



“Here comes Santa” fabric line is in shops now.

Fabric line.."Here comes Santa"

Fabric line for Christmas 2013

Here comes Santa

We were   so lucky to be featured  in an article in this special Christmas issue of

Quilters Newsletter magazine


Christmas Issue

“Quilters Newsletter” Christmas magazine 2013

Christmas placemat

Sweet placemat

The patterns for this adorable placemat, napkins, and  table runner  are available in this issue of

“Quilters Newsletter”  Christmas issue on news stands now.

These cute patterns were designed and made by Bev Getschel of Amery, Wisconsin.

I love the way she bordered the table runner using the little Santa faces.

Christmas runner and napkins

                                                           back soon, Arlene