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  1. Janice Holton
    April 10, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

    Hi Fi, It was very nice to “meet” you via the New Quilt Bloggers intro week. I enjoyed reading about your journey this far and really love the quilt you made for your daughter.
    I also enjoyed your photos. Very nice! You are going to love the things you learn through this New Quilt Blogger experience! I was a new blogger in last year’s event and had a great time!

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    • Fi
      April 10, 2017 @ 7:33 pm

      Thanks Janice for your kind words. I am so looking forward to the whole experience. cheers Fi

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  2. Julie
    April 10, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

    Love all the colour in your quilts. I have plans to make a hexi quilt one day ……..

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    • Fi
      April 10, 2017 @ 7:31 pm

      Yes I am a bit of a colour lover Julie and I just love hexies they are so portable, just don’t give yourself a time limit and before you know it, its ready for quilting. Cheers Fi

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  3. Beth T.
    April 10, 2017 @ 4:05 pm

    So happy to have discovered your blog; I’ll be following along from now on. I’m a machine piecer, and have learned that what I love most is making quilts in which the blocks “change it up”–making the same block over and over again bores me silly. So, samplers or improv or spur of the moment is what makes me happiest.

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    • Fi
      April 10, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comments Beth, and yes I also am a spur of the moment and want to explore more improv piecing. Cheers Fi

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  4. Samantha D
    April 10, 2017 @ 5:28 pm

    Fi – I so enjoyed the stories behind your gorgeous creations, and I couldn’t agree more about the need for creative play! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Fi
      April 10, 2017 @ 7:26 pm

      Thanks so much Samantha for dropping by. Creative play is a must I believe I just need to make more time for it myself as well!!!! fi

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  5. Olusola
    April 10, 2017 @ 8:43 pm

    I enjoyed reading more about you Fi and that quilt for your gorgeous daughter is so colorful and pretty! Have fun

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 7:19 pm

      Olusola thank you so much for stopping by again! Fi x

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  6. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
    April 10, 2017 @ 10:22 pm

    I really enjoyed getting to know more about you, Fi, especially what CLOTH stands for and means to you! I agree that making / quilting is medatative as well, especially when I am sewing on a binding by hand. My favorite piecing technique is the two at a time HST method (I can’t seem to get enough of HSTs in my designs).

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 7:18 pm

      Oh thanks so much Yvonne 🙂 I do so enjoy my hand stitching and binding is a favourite part of finishing a quilt for me as well. Oh HSTs I do love these as well and would love to explore these as a design element more. Thank you again for all your work and encouragement. Cheers Fi x

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  7. Jennifer@inquiring Quilter
    April 10, 2017 @ 10:52 pm

    Hi! It’s so nice to meet you and the others in our bee! Love your story, love your blog, and u especially love the quilt you made for your daughter. I just want to wrangle that teacher who made the comment in your first class. I’m so glad you ignored it and continued down your path of mixing fabrics and colors because the results are amazing and so totally you! I will be putting your blog on my must read list.

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 7:14 pm

      Oh thanks so much Jennifer, it is going to be a wonderful journey together this Bee of ours! cheers Fi x

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  8. Sarah J
    April 10, 2017 @ 10:55 pm

    Love, love, love your quilts & color sense!

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 7:06 pm

      Thanks so much Sarah, this is such a wonderful experience of community. cheers Fi x

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  9. Anita Jackson
    April 10, 2017 @ 11:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing part of your lovely quilt history with us~ Such a treasure for your children!

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

      Anita thank you so much for stopping by Fi x

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  10. Laura Piland
    April 11, 2017 @ 12:02 am

    I love the documentary your son made! Such a great way to have a memory of what you do!

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 7:04 pm

      Thanks Laura, it is a bit of a funny little doco, my niece wrote and sang the music you hear as well! I am glad I have it of my little smiling whales quilt! Fi x

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  11. Tami Von Zalez
    April 11, 2017 @ 1:35 am

    Very nice textile artwork. I esp. like Smiling Whales.
    Buzzed on in as a hive mate –

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 7:02 pm

      Hi Tami thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 Fi x

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  12. Jan Altomare
    April 11, 2017 @ 1:36 am

    Fi, it is so good to hear your story during this blog week. Your daughter’s quilt is gorgeous. I’ll be following along to see what you do next.

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

      Thanks Jan, it has been a wonderful journey so far. My blossom child, Rose does love her quilt and it reminds me of our love every morning I go in to wake her up, wonderful! Fi x

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  13. Danette Stankovich
    April 11, 2017 @ 2:33 am

    You did a wonderful post for the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. Your quilts are lovely! I believe I have that “skinny whale” fabric, too. I made a couple pillowcases out of it for my camper. I think we quilters can see the fantastic design of the fabric where someone else may not.

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 6:57 pm

      Danette I still have some more of the whale fabric I just loved it as soon as I saw it, just holding on to it as we do 🙂 Cheers Fi x

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  14. Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
    April 11, 2017 @ 2:39 am

    Fi, your blog looks fantastic and I love the story behind who you are as a creative. I think it was so much fun that you included the video in your post! I’m also currently stitching hexies. I have no end project in mind, I just love seeing them stack up! 🙂

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 6:54 pm

      Oh Beth a girl after my own heart! I have an old wooden slide box which is perfect for holding 1 inch hexies, my box is pretty full I must admit. Thanks for stopping by Fi x

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  15. Rose Mikulski
    April 11, 2017 @ 5:50 am

    Hello from the Better Bloggers Hive. I enjoyed reading your post today, full of beautiful creations you have made. I am inspired. To answer your question about a favorite technique, I like handwork since I travel a lot and like have a project which I can do on the go so I’ve done my share of hexies, yo-yos and just sewing squares together. I’m glad to get to you through the Blog Hop, it’s been a great learning experience.

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 6:52 pm

      Hi Rose, it has been a wonderful experience so far hasn’t it. My daughters quilt is caused Roses Flower Garden as her name is Rose also! I am glad to meet you as well Fi x

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  16. Sandra
    April 11, 2017 @ 6:35 am

    It was lovely to read about your quilting journey, Fi! I just adore your quilts, they have so much colour and movement your eye travels all over them. You have inspired me to try making some hexagons too! I plan to carry them about for a spot of sneaky hand sewing whenever the opportunity presents! .

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 6:28 pm

      Oh you better watch out Sandra, hexies can be very addictive! I sewed those hexies for my Roses quilt everywhere, at cricket matches, in the car park waiting for orchestra to finish, I would have sewn them waiting at the traffic lights if I could have! thanks so much for your lovely comments cheers Fi x

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  17. Paige @ Quilted Blooms
    April 11, 2017 @ 9:32 am

    Fi, so nice to meet you! What a fantastic intro! The quilt for your daughter is so special and I just love the colors. And wow, your son did a fabulous job filming as you quilt. Well done all the way around!

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 6:25 pm

      Thanks so much Paige 🙂 My daughters name is Rose so her quilt had to be Roses flower garden and she does love it. I think it is a special gift for our children to watch the work and love that goes into a hand made item whether it be a quilt or a knitted jumper or anything made just for them and it ensures that the next generation appreciates what a skill a ‘craft’ is! Thanks again Fi x

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  18. Leanne Parsons
    April 11, 2017 @ 10:08 am

    The quilt you made for your daughter is gorgeous! I enjoyed your son’s documentary of the blue quilt as well…not everyone can say they’ve had a documentary made of their quilting process, lol!

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 6:21 pm

      Hi Leanne, I hope you had a bit of a giggle at the doco and as you could see no makeup or hairstylists were harmed during the making of the doco (lol) and I was so glad he could put my Nieces song to it as well. Fi x

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  19. Lisa
    April 11, 2017 @ 11:06 am

    Hi Fi: A lovely post and wonderful photos. You have definitely nailed having your blog show case your love of textiles, colours and handstitching and I plan to follow along.

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 6:18 pm

      Hi Lisa thanks for the follow along 🙂 I am so glad that my love of textiles and especially hand stitching comes through! Fi x

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  20. Diana @ Red Delicious Life
    April 11, 2017 @ 12:40 pm

    Hello Fi, it’s wonderful to meet you! You have such a captivating quilter’s story and I just love the acronym that you’ve come up with for the word Cloth. It’s perfect. I also really love the look of your blog – very polished and professional. Looking forward to learning more about you in the future.

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    • Fi
      April 11, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

      Hi Diana and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and I really appreciate your kind words. Cloth – creating love of the handmade just seemed so obvious to me and I hope as a group we inspire many others in creating and loving it!!! cheers Fi x

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  21. Wendy
    April 11, 2017 @ 10:36 pm

    Hi Fi! I’m late to reading your blog, but it was well worth the wait! What fun to meet you through your blog! Your teacher’s comment — I think she just knew you had talent getting ready to bloom 😉 Your quilts are lovely, I especially like the one you made for your daughter.

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:17 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Wendy, yes daughters quilt will always hold a special place in my creative journey x

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  22. Debbie
    April 12, 2017 @ 12:57 am

    Hi Fi: I love the video and the story of the “All the Blues” quilt. It is amazing from piecing to finish. It is so good to get to see your work.

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:19 pm

      Hi Debbie, I am glad you liked the little video it was fun to make especially with a 3 week deadline so it had to be something achievable in that sort of timeline, it is amazing what you can do when a deadline is looming large. Thanks for popping by Fi x

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  23. Anna
    April 12, 2017 @ 4:33 am

    I love color but I love to create too .I did a quilt with curtan/and fabric samples .was heavy and cool didn’t need any batting…But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. .ty for sharing… happyness04431@yahoo.com

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:20 pm

      Colour is a big driver in much of my quilts and great that you too have been brave enough to play with your fabric samples, wonderful Anna x

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  24. Amanda
    April 12, 2017 @ 4:58 am

    Fi, lovely to see that you not only quilt, but sew garments, spin, dye, etc. I do a few activities myself and like you only wish I had more hours in the day 🙂

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

      Oh hours in the day Amanda, some days the time just disappears so quickly with not much achieved! I wish at times I was a lot more organised to accomplish and bring out of my head the many ideas that seem to fly around in there!!! Thanks for stopping by Fi x

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  25. Sarah@123quilt
    April 12, 2017 @ 5:51 am

    I really enjoyed reading about your quilting journey and I love that CLOTH has a special meaning for you. As far as a particular technique goes, I love sewing and piecing HSTs. They are very meditative for me.

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:25 pm

      Hi Sarah, you are the second person who enjoys piecing HSTs, looks like I might have to give myself some play time with this design element! Thank you for stopping by my blog Fi x

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  26. Kathleen Scargle McCormick
    April 12, 2017 @ 10:41 am

    So much good information about you in this entry. Love the understanding of Cloth (creating love of the handmade) that you shared with us. The documentary was fun, as well as the joy of your daughter in her quilt. The technique I go back to is handwork – piecing, appliqué – but not often enough.

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:27 pm

      Hi Kathleen thank you for stopping by my blog! I too also enjoy appliqué and would love to find the time to design a quilt using some fun/modern appliqué designs along with some freehand quilting of course! Fi x

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  27. Emily
    April 12, 2017 @ 11:35 am

    Nice to meet you, Fi! I love that wonky trees quilt! And your daughter’s smile as she is wrapped up in her quilt is amazing–a truly fabulous quilt picture.

    I don’t know if it counts as a technique, but I do find myself making a lot of scrap quilts. I swear my scraps multiply over night! You’d think I’d have used them all up by now!

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

      Hi Emily, thank you very much for stopping by. Scrap quilts another aspect of quilting and design I would like to explore further! I certainly have enough scraps to make quite a few quilts I reckon!!! Thanks for the wonderful comment about my daughter wrapped in her quilt, she is a gorgeous soul and growing into a wonderful young woman (who will still stand still for her mum to take her photo!!!) Fi x

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  28. Leanne
    April 12, 2017 @ 11:19 pm

    I love, love the video. I would have given him an A+. I love the perspective he has on the process, the parts he decided to capture, the time spent on the layout decisions, the moments of handstitching, the prepared fabrics. You have given him insight into our craft. I love your quilts too and it was lovely to learn more about you.

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:33 pm

      Thank you Leanne for stopping by! Yes the making of the video was a fun thing that happened out of the blue and I had 3 weeks! It is a lovely reminder of times spent together, discussing his ideas and vision for what he wanted to show. My kids have grown up in a home where creating (mainly with textiles) is very normal for them and I am quite proud of that – creating love of the handmade – for the next generation Fi x

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  29. Tish
    April 13, 2017 @ 1:50 am

    Very nice to meet you, Fi. I love the picture of your first quilt, it looks so snuggly and inviting. The quilt you made for your daughter is gorgeous! So much color and life. I look forward to following along on your blogging/quilting adventures.

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:34 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Tish and for your lovely comments Fi x

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  30. Olivia
    April 13, 2017 @ 3:03 am

    Hi Fi! I really enjoyed your blog post! I am a lover of hand stitching, mine is in embroidery. I find it soothing to stitch away in the evenings. I started stitching embroidery while going through a difficult time in my life and am glad to know their are others out there who do so as well. Beautiful blog!!

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:39 pm

      Thank you Olivia for your kind words. I think there might be many others out there who stitch, slow stitch to ease a restless soul, some days we just need to and feel so much better for it. Keep those hands moving Olivia Fi x

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  31. Jennifer Strauser
    April 13, 2017 @ 11:06 am

    Oh my goodness. I love your anagram of CLOTH. Very nice. And your video – I have chills. What a wonderful project – your family is very talented.
    I love hexies, too. I have people remark on my patience, and I tell them the same thing – it is my meditation. It’s nice to hear that someone else “gets it”.

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:42 pm

      Hi Jennifer, oh I get it! I have had the same thing said to me about patience and it make me wonder what do others do in the evenings while watching a movie or the TV. I have been stitching more hexies this afternoon for a new project and I do love the repetition – yes my meditation too Fi x

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  32. Rita
    April 13, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

    Hey Fi, I love the earthy pictures throughout your blog! I’m so excited to see someone who dyes fabrics, it’s something I’ve been interested in but never actually tried it myself. I truly commend you for having the patience to hand-sew so much, I need instant gratification and have challenged myself to make 1 hand-sewn quilt ever. Keep up the good work, I look forward to following you now!

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:44 pm

      Hi Rita, I do love brewing up my natural dye pot it is a bit of a patience tester even for me! the longer you leave the fabric wrapped often the print will be better and I must admit I just can’t wait some days! I would love to make a quilt from my hand dyed pieces, one day. Thanks for dropping by my blog Fi x

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  33. Vanda Chittenden
    April 13, 2017 @ 6:29 pm

    Hi Fi, I really enjoyed reading your blog. It moved me a lot. I especially liked your hexie quilt. And the one with the whales is awesome. Unfortunately the documentary would not play for me, But that might be because of where I live.

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:45 pm

      Hi Vanda, sorry the video wouldn’t play, it is on Vimeo if that helps at all. Thank you so much for stopping by Fi x

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  34. Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting
    April 14, 2017 @ 3:00 am

    I loved getting to know you through this post! I’m amazed by the wide variety of projects you work on. They are all so lovely!

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

      Thanks Bobbi for stopping by my blog! I sometimes wish I could focus a bit more on just one aspect of creating textiles but I suppose it would be better to embrace the variety and one day I will incorporate a few together – a quilt from natural dyed fabrics that is one that is on my drawing board! Fi x

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  35. Sarah Goer
    April 14, 2017 @ 5:03 am

    I love that you add hand quilting to your projects. It gives such an excellent texture. The quilt you made for your daughter is beautiful. What a wonderful way to use the fabric from clothing you had made her.

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    • Fi
      April 14, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

      Hi Sarah, I do love the texture that the freehand quilting/stitching I do creates. Being fairly dense in places creates lovely ridges and hollows to catch the light. Thanks for stopping by Fi x

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