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Seduce me with words
Write me stories where you are the hero
full of people shouting your name in adoration.
Stories where you save grannies out of trees and help cats cross the street.
I’ll believe in your goodness when it is ascribed to you.
Write me love poems, or dance songs,
instruction manuals, or a science fiction novel.
For all I care you write me a shopping list!
If it’s written down by you it will melt my heart.
I don’t care if you lie if you do it in writing
-remember how Shakespeare convinced Juliet to love Romeo,
and Cervantes Don Quixote to attack Windmills.
Words can drive the right person to do anything.
I promise you, you win the battle for my heart
with a dictionary and thesaurus in hand
and the passion for grammar burning in your heart.
Words will inscribe love into a bookworm’s heart.
Make the story beautifully crafted in flowing sentences
full of exclamations marks to signal your passion
and a well-rounded question mark at the end
to give me the feeling I ever h
:iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 6 6
Dear Jane corner kite WIP by BellaGBear Dear Jane corner kite WIP :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 1 4 Dear Jane update! by BellaGBear Dear Jane update! :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 3 7 Acupictora's celtic sew along update by BellaGBear Acupictora's celtic sew along update :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 10 10 Ten years from now I'll be a tree by BellaGBear Ten years from now I'll be a tree :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 7 2 Detail of ten years from now I'll be a tree by BellaGBear Detail of ten years from now I'll be a tree :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 6 2 Ying Yang Dragon cross stitch by BellaGBear Ying Yang Dragon cross stitch :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 13 10 WIP 10 years contest by BellaGBear WIP 10 years contest :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 5 7
(visiting) A cold place
This is the story of a girl who went north to see her grandpa die
but don’t be sad, he was an old and bitter man
And had chased his friends away a long time ago
still, Giselda could not let him die alone
So, she went from the South where she and her lover lived
up to the North, where her grandpa would die
In a village where everything is cold
so cold, that everyone is fixed in its place and unyielding
The coldness is not only in the bones of the people but also in their hearts
because everybody with a distaste for love
And an unwillingness for kindness and cheer
ends up here to embed themselves in a perpetual coldness of heart
When Giselda went home after her grandpa’s lonely goodbye
her car slipped on ice and crashed against a tree
And was totally wrecked
so, she could not reach the warmth of her own home
She went back into town to find a person who could help
but she only found people fixed to their place
Because their cold and bitter hearts
had stopped all sense of human
:iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 7 18
Dear Jane quilt block F-7: star struck by BellaGBear Dear Jane quilt block F-7: star struck :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 6 0 Dear Jane quilt block M-8: enchanted square by BellaGBear Dear Jane quilt block M-8: enchanted square :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 6 4
My everywhere man and nowhere boy
From my everywhere man to my nowhere boy.
Can you teach me the art of disappearing?
So, I can move to this land where you profess to life,
where all feeling is gone.
:iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 3 0
A little dude on a horse by BellaGBear A little dude on a horse :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 8 9 Ship ahoy! by BellaGBear Ship ahoy! :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 11 23 A quilted heart to symbolize love by BellaGBear A quilted heart to symbolize love :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 5 0 Double wedding ring quilt by BellaGBear Double wedding ring quilt :iconbellagbear:BellaGBear 5 8


Postcard from Rome 18 by JACAC Postcard from Rome 18 :iconjacac:JACAC 110 68 Simple Victorian shrug from blanket by Cyanida Simple Victorian shrug from blanket :iconcyanida:Cyanida 7 3 Frida Kahlo Cross Stitch by Tishounette Frida Kahlo Cross Stitch :icontishounette:Tishounette 10 2 No Drama WIP 1 by Mattsma No Drama WIP 1 :iconmattsma:Mattsma 2 19 Boo Cat by Mattsma Boo Cat :iconmattsma:Mattsma 6 7 Angry Lizard (Reloaded) by Kaleidechse Angry Lizard (Reloaded) :iconkaleidechse:Kaleidechse 5 3 Birds on a Wire 1 by EarthBalanceCraft Birds on a Wire 1 :iconearthbalancecraft:EarthBalanceCraft 11 5 Sleeping dragon by Glori305 Sleeping dragon :iconglori305:Glori305 115 57 Cardinal Stocking by Glori305 Cardinal Stocking :iconglori305:Glori305 3 3 Fort St. Angelo - Malta - 32 by silentmemoria Fort St. Angelo - Malta - 32 :iconsilentmemoria:silentmemoria 7 3 Stairway of Life - Malta - 16 by silentmemoria Stairway of Life - Malta - 16 :iconsilentmemoria:silentmemoria 14 3 The Pollinator by Ryardn The Pollinator :iconryardn:Ryardn 26 5 Perky Plumage by Ryardn Perky Plumage :iconryardn:Ryardn 37 22 Wonderful creation by ChaosFay Wonderful creation :iconchaosfay:ChaosFay 8 6 Butterfly Boundaries by ChaosFay Butterfly Boundaries :iconchaosfay:ChaosFay 11 5 August Haze by ChaosFay August Haze :iconchaosfay:ChaosFay 12 7




Rianne Doller
Artist | Student | Artisan Crafts
A woman teaching herself the magical art of quilting, patchwork, embroidery and other sewing-related artistry.

Artisan Craft week

Welcome to this tutorial! Here I'll explain to you how to make your own 'patchwork' star. Patchwork is what quilters call sewing tiny pieces of fabric together. The technique used in this article is very accessible, even if it's only because I haven't figured out all the fancy techniques yet myself :P. It has served me well for many years, so it is time to share it with you all. You'll see, once you get the hang of the basics, a whole new world of fabric and possibilities will open up to you!

This is what you're going to make:

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What you'll need:

  • Graph paper + pen
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissor
  • Needle
  • Thread, ideally a colour matching one of the fabrics
  • Pins
  • Teaspoon or iron

Some basic information:

  • The pattern I’ve given is 16 x 16 centimetre. However, because it's drawn on graph paper you can make it as big or small as you want (bigger is easier). Also, people who work with inches will be able to draw out the pattern on their own graph paper. To make that easier there are some distance markers on the pattern. Just turn your head to the left to read them.
  • For fabric, you can use any 2 fabrics that match well together. Contrasting fabrics are best. For beginners, I recommend something non-stretchy and cotton. I’ve used obvious colours for a star, but go as crazy as you want!
  • Yellow in my drawing is the 'star fabric' and the light blue is the 'background fabric'. 
  • 0.5 centimetre is not the same as 1/4 inch. However, both numbers are used, so go with what works for you. You are fine when it doesn't get much smaller than 0.5 centimetres. When I say 0.5, the inch people can simply think 1/4 inch.
  • Have fun! That's what it's all about!
Pattern by BellaGBear

Now how to make this star for yourself:

1. Draw the star on graph paper in any size you want. Also transfer the letters on your pattern, because those will be used throughout this pattern. You could, of course, print the pattern, but I always notice you get a good 'feel' of how a pattern goes together when you draw it out yourself. Remember: bigger is easier when you are unfamiliar with sewing.

When the pattern is drawn, cut out the pattern pieces. If you want to keep your pattern intact you can also draw A, C and D again on a new piece of paper and cut those out. 

2. Draw the pieces on the fabric. Leave about 0.5 centimetres seam allowance around each block. Draw the following pieces:

  •     8 x A on your star fabric
  •     8x B on your background fabric
  •     4 x C on the background fabric 
  •     1 x D on the star fabric.

Here is a sample of how that looks. See that 0.5 centimetres is added for each block, meaning that there's 1 centimetre (0.5 inches) between the pieces.

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4. cut out the fabric with the 0.5 centimetre seam allowance:

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5. Now it’s time to start pinning! Pin together the A pieces with the B pieces on the long side. Put the pieces together with the right sides of the fabric together as shown below:

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6. Sew the pieces on the pinned line with a sewing machine or by hand. It is easier to do it neatly by hand when you are new to sewing. Choose what you’re most comfortable with. Make sure you sew over the first few stitches 2-3 times to secure them in place at the beginning and end. Ideally, your stitches should be less than 0.5 centimetre. 

When the pieces are sewn trim the seam to approximately 0.5 centimetre. Open the piece and press (iron) the piece with a teaspoon to the dark side. The 'dark side' means that you fold the seam under the darkest fabric you've used (see the picture). This is done so the seam doesn't shine through the lighter fabric. Also pressing all the seams to one side will help you later when the seams start to accumulate at the back of the block. There are a lot of discussions about all the different ways to press a seam, but I won't tire you with those now. Your first piece won't be perfect anyway, so just press them to one side, and it'll turn out wonderful.

You can also use an iron for this step, but often I’m too lazy to do that myself so I'm not going to force you to do it.

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7. Now lay out all the sewn AB pieces and pin them together as pictures in the photo below. The backs of the background fabric should meet and the star fabric comes together in a point. I have a hard time visualizing stuff like this, so I always lay out the pieces as in the picture, so I know for sure I pin correctly (and even then I make mistakes Doh!). When they are pinned you can sew and press them as before. 

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8. Now lay aside 2 of the ABAB units you just sewed for later. Pin, sew and press the C units on each of the edges of the other AB AB units as shown below. 

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9. Now for the exciting part! - Well, every step is exciting, but you see what I'll mean when the block starts to get together. Grab your D piece and add the two pieces you just laid aside as shown on the photo. Add extra pins where the seams of two pieces meet to keep the pieces in place. It's hard to pin too much when you're afraid the pieces will move.

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10. Now to finish the block add the ABABC pieces to the ABABD piece. After that, give the block a good press with a real iron et voíla! It's finished.

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What now?

You'll see that now you’ve mastered how to make your own patchwork with graph paper you can go crazy! Just be sure to number your pieces and to always double check you’re sewing the right pieces together.

What we've just made is what you call a 'block' or a 'quilt block''. You can use this for many different things. You can make a lot of these and turn them into a blanket, use it to make a bag and you can even make a pincushion out of it! The possibilities are endless. If you have any experience sewing, just treat this block as any piece of fabric. If you haven't, youtube has many videos showing you how to finish this. You can, of course, also hang this piece in your room as a symbol of what you can achieve by following 10 simple steps.

And who knows, maybe if many people make use of this tutorial, I'll write another one detailing how to make something awesome out of this block. For now, I suggest you get creative yourself with your newfound creative energy and get crazy. And remember these points:

  • It’s your first quilt, and that is never a failure! So go and experiment and do what feels good.
  • Perfection is only for people who have been in this business for 30 + years and quilt for the queen, but even then I would argue that point. 
  • Post a picture of your star!
  • Have fun!

Now, my lovely people, I've got nothing left to say. Go out into the world and quilt! 


Let me start by saying that I love how soft this one looks. I want to grab it and snuggle with it. Also I like the quilting with the in...

The arranging of items in this photo works very well, with the paper work on the table and the bigger items on top. Also the photo and ...


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JACAC Featured By Owner 1 day ago
00NovaCat00 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thankies for the fav!!!
BellaGBear Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
absolutely no problem!
Narmita08 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the faves! :happybounce:
BellaGBear Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
no problem! It were great pieces :)
JACAC Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018
t h a n k . y o u . m y . d e a r . f r i e n d . =)=)
BellaGBear Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
no problem :)
JACAC Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018
Iduna-Haya Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you for adding my work to your collection :) I’m happy you enjoyed it

Have a nice day!

BellaGBear Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
no problem! I loved the composition and colour use, very inspiring.
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