Quilting? Need Dies?

AccuQuilt has the machine just right for any quilting project. They also have fabrics, patterns and other accessories needed for that special quilt you want to make as a gift for Mothers’ Day or any day or simply for your own use.

Quilting has been one craft I have not yet turned my hands to but I have admired all the beautiful ones I have seen. The beautiful designs of the quilts I have seen and some are quite intricate, fascinate me with their hundreds of different colours and the patterns can be endless. I did use a quilt pattern for some cards I made a while back and I was quite pleased with the result. See what you think.

So while I use paper instead of fabric I still appreciate the craft and the designs and patterns I have seen on the AccuQuilt site are very tempting. If you are looking for patterns or designs they certainly have a great choice, from children’s story characters to geometrical styles.
These are a couple more of my paper designs, nowhere near as creative as the beautiful quilts that I have seen on fabric quilts.

Various papers used for this, the green squares are tiles were originally printed for teabag folding. A Michael Strong Stamp flower added.
Made with Creative Memories patterned papers and a Michael Strong Stamp.

One of the designs I found that I would like to see when made as a quilt is this one :

This is called “Go! Grandmother’s Fan Block Bundle”

Just to give you some more choices to whet your appetite, enjoy.

AccuQuilt has a range of free patterns and a booklet of some specific styles.

Well, I think I have given you some good and interesting patterns, dies and machines to look through and pick out your favourites.

As always I should state that should you click the links in this post and purchase from them I will earn a small commission.

Don’t forget AccuQuilt’s online event on Tuesday’s and you can use the following link to register for next week’s event. All AccuQuilt events are special because they have guests every week so don’t miss it. There are always prizes and discount offers so go have some fun.

Register now for AccuQuilt’s April 5 Online Event (12-1 pm CDT)! We’ll release our new April Die to Try with experts Tami White, Shannon Paterson, and Marjorie Busby. Register now for a special discount promotion and chance to win prizes from FIGO Fabrics!

Please leave your comments below, I would really like to know if my posts are providing information you want. Thanks for visiting. Until next time…

A chaotic year at an end but the chaos continues.

Hi everyone,

A sincere apology to my followers, I have not been active on this blog or my Creative Memories Blog or even my Facebook or Twitter accounts in 2020. Why? Disillusionment, during the fires in late 2019 and early 2020, then with the pandemic, the realisation that I have no one to pass my work on to gave me a feeling of “what’s the point”. Without family, the scrapbooks would have little meaning for my friends, they might like looking through for aesthetic value but they would have no real meaning.

Unfortunately, this affected my card making and just about everything, I was not interested in anything much. However, as always, things happen sometimes that just make you come back to life and get motivated again. I can’t remember what it was, perhaps a template for a scrapbook layout or a video about an easy page caught my interest and from then on I tried some challenges and kept going for a while, making cards mainly, sharing and swapping cards then somehow I got behind with the weekly challenges and again fell into the “too hard” mindset.

Then I saw an invite to an event a friend was holding this month (December 2020) and because we have not seen each other for two years, possibly more, I decided no matter what I was going. So, having let my friend know that I was definitely interested in attending depending on accommodation, I set about finding accommodation in the appropriate area. Of course, with COVID-19 I had to be careful and ensure that we would all be safe and that no restrictions were in place that would prevent us from going.

Having found our usual accommodation available we attended the scrapbooking event and had a great day with some old friends and made some new ones. The pages I made are at present incomplete because I didn’t have the right embellishments to add to them but I will finish them off before I share with you in my next post.

As I said I have made some cards for challenges and those I will share with you here, or at least some of my favourites. The challenges I speak of are, of course, with Splitcoaststampers, and a couple of other private groups that I exchange cards with. The first two cards are my own designs and made specifically for swaps. I can provide a brief tutorial on request for anyone interested.

For those interested in the tutorials for the Splitcoaststampers Challenges the links are listed here. The first one TLC788 – Bubble Painting, mine was made with bubble plastic wrap and and white acrylic paint which is explained in the description for the card the link to which is on the card.

The second challenge is the Holly Jolly Christmas folded paper frame and the tutorial link is listed in the above link for anyone interested.

The next one is the “Merry and BrightSketch Challenge called the Double Dutch fold which looks complicated but there is a brief tutorial in the listing for the challenge and there is also a step-by-step SCS tutorial which is very helpful.

The last is titled “Count the candles” whether birthday or other event. Mine was for Christmas candles. I did make an adjustment by hand drawing the flames and “fussy cutting out” and attaching to the rolls. You can read my method by clicking the link on the photo.

I think I have given you enough to go through and I will be back with the scrapbook pages I made earlier this week once they are completed.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break with family and friends, all the best for a much happier 2021 to all. Cheers and thank you for looking and following me. I will leave you with “Just a little note” I made for the Inspiration Challenge for Splitcoaststampers. The link to my card is on the photo below.

Comments and questions welcome.

Still here and I’m back.

Hello, I’m back as promised.  Our internet is fixed and the fires are mostly controlled, though the weather is hotting up again so there may be more to come.

We have had some nice days over the last week or so but it doesn’t pay to be complacent.  Nature as a way of catching you unawares.  After a couple of days of rain the sky was cloudless this morning and we had a beautiful sunny day.

As promised I will share the last day – day 6 of my week of cards, I had shown you one of the three cards already so I won’t include that but here are the other two.

Enjoy!  Until next time, when I will share some scrapbooking projects I’ve been working on.


Still here! First day of 2020 – made it!

Well, I’m happy to say we are safe, though the smoke isn’t doing our lungs any good especially those of us who have even the slightest breathing problem. I’m sure you have seen all the news reports about the ‘fires down under’ well, if you didn’t believe it before believe it now. People on the coast have been going to the beaches to stay safe and those who have boats are going out hundreds of metres from the shore to make sure they stay safe.

Many people don’t live near the sea so we have to do the best we can. Until yesterday we were lucky and didn’t have a lot of the smog that enveloped Sydney and the northern towns and cities, but yesterday, after the fires on the south eastern New South Wales coast and Victoria, we experienced the worst smoke from fires I have seen in 62 years.

Needless to say communications and internet services were affected and/or not available at all. Therefore, I couldn’t post Day 6 of the cards I shared with the Michael Strong Stamps group, which I will do tomorrow, but for today I want to share some of the images I took at different times during the day yesterday from 7:23 am. Around 2:00-2:30 pm maybe a few minutes later it was so dark it resembled midnight, I opened a curtain and could not see anything it was so dark. While my photos do not appear as threatening or alarming as those seen on television, it was horrifying nonetheless.

A few minutes ago we watched the reports on how things have progressed overnight and learned that 200 residences were lost, and that isn’t the final count, things are expected to get worse in the next couple of days, Saturday being catastrophic.  God help us all.♣︎ LR

Tuesday, New Years Eve day – Dec. 31 2019 at 8:25 am.
Looking north east towards Canberra, ACT.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 at 8:25 am – East.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 – facing west from
Aldi carpartk, Cooma at 9:51 am
Top of our street, 31 December 2019 at 1:36pm looking sort of south-west.
Just a shot of the sky a few seconds after the photo above so time and date the same.

An inauspicious start! Card of the Day – Day 5

Hi folks,

I started this post about an hour ago and while trying to upload a couple of photos I took today, I’ll get to that, the internet decided to go down, great just when you are in the middle of writing a post and you want it done….. and it will be another hour before its done.

Anyway, I was going to continue sharing the cards I shared  with the Michael Strong Stamps group a couple of weeks ago but first I wanted to show you our “delightful” smog.  You have no doubt heard about all the bushfires in Australia these past months.  I haven’t seen anything like it since we stopped using coal for heating in winter.  Although, I think Sydney had and still has the worst of it, we have until now been lucky in our part of the country, not had too many in our region but over the last week or so they have been increasing, I am hopeful we will be safe.

The two photos I am sharing, one was taken 7:23am this morning and the second at 5:35pm.  Unfortunately the morning one is through a window with a fly-screen but doesn’t affect the colour or lack there of.  Not a lot of difference but this afternoon’s was redder than this morning, yet the photos on my phone show orangey in colour of the afternoon photo but comes up pinkish here(?) but then again it could my poor computer.  The graphics are getting tired:)

December 30, 2019 – 7.23am

December 30, 2019 – 5.35pm











With that out of the way, I can now share the card for Day 5 of Michael Strong Stamps group’s week of cards.  This one is using patterned paper with Michael’s dragonfly stamp:

I know some of my work is a bit quirky but that makes it fun.

Today’s card is quite easy to make especially if your patterned paper is as good as this, you just need a couple of dragonflies and you’re done.

I have to admit this is one of my favourites.

COD Day 5 – Dec.2019






Usually a week of cards is really only 5 days but this time I did an extra day and shared 3, one I have already shown you, in an earlier post and I called it Card 6.3.  I will share the other two next time, hopefully tomorrow.  In the meantime, stay safe everyone and thanks for reading.

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