Show n Tell

Here is where I will showcase your work. Many of you love to share your success (and I think you should) and many others want to see how it looks in many colourways. And to be inspired. So here are snippets of Life is Beautiful Works in progress from around the world.

I’ve sent a photo of the Life is Beautiful quilt.   So much fun to do.  My setting is different as I love putting blocks on point.   In doing so, I had to be creative and come up with 4 more blocks. Jeanie – Ye Olde Schoolhouse –

Jeannie is selling BOM kits and patterns for her version.

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Hi Helen,

My Life is Beautiful quilt, made by hand (patchwork and quilting), now hangs at the shop of

Den Haan & Wagenmakers in Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

I enjoyed every moment making it.

Kind regards,

Annelies van den Bergh

The Netherlands


From  Lisa of Cubbyhouse crafts

She has finished her journal cover –doesn’t it look just lovely? She has used old antique bits and pieces she had in her stash.

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Wilma Broos (The Netherlands) has finished her Life is Beautiful quilt. She has made it a little smaller to fit the spot on her wall where she has hung it. I love the rich blue and cream colours she has used.

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Marina who won the blog competition for Life Is Beautiful has finished her quilt also. What a quick and wonderful result. congratulations Marina.

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Annie Schuiling

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I finished the quilt!  I stitched the blocks with Sulky Blendables 12 wt cotton thread and attached all the circles with needleturn appliqué. Cheryl Brown, of Centerville, Utah, added custom machine quilting.

Thank you for your wonderful pattern.  It was a joy to stitch and sew.  The quilt will hang at The Buggy Barn’s annual quilt show in August.

I’m looking forward to your next project.

valerie brown

Twin Falls, Idaho


I’ve finally started Life is Beautiful, using the Rural Jardin fabrics

Hugs Jo



D is a regular stitcher of my designs and sent this lovely email in regarding the therapy of stitching. As many of you would know I am a long time believer in the fact that stitching is my and many others therapy… I have had several calls and emails like this telling me what Life is Beautiful has done for them.


I often say stitching is “cheaper than therapy”, and good for the soul.

Your “Life is Beautiful” stitchery, which I purchased recently was the perfect therapy for my mother. She went to Perth from her hometown of Sydney to see first great grandchild. However, the adventure quickly ended with urgent hospital admission, and bypass surgery. I flew over to look after her when she was discharged from hospital until safe to fly home.

She could not resist the stitchery I had traced for her – unable to concentrate on reading and restricted initially to short walks I had organised the perfect distraction and therapy – and the first panel she did was “Life is Beautiful” . She found the sentiments in the book, and presentation so wonderful and inspiring, and  they did reflect how she approaches life.  I have a feeling I will be completing the quilt part  though!


————————————————————————————————Marina won the blog competition for a free set of LIB patterns and she has already finished her top! lovely and rich colours.

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Wilma Broos from The Netherlands has also used blues and whites….

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i love these fresh bright fabrics Sarah of Quilt Fabrics Delights has used!


and look how Ingrid has used her blocks she showed us earlier below – wow!



there are more photos on her blog.


From Heleen Kok in The Netherlands


Love the look of these threads, I think they might be from Threadworx?


By the most delightful Kim from Country Patchwork Cottage Balcatta WA


From Ingrid of The Netherlands

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Anne from The netherlands

Patchwork by Sea – Brighton South Australia

By Jane of Purrfectly Quilted

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by Annelies of the Netherlands


Its great to see our first journal covers completed. These are by Else

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Barb has made a great start with Marcus reproductions fabrics and some from the Bonnie blue range. She is ready to start assembling some now to see how it will look!

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15 responses to “Show n Tell

  1. Excellent! It’s great to see what someone else is doing. I hope to add email some progress picture soon. Enjoy this wonderful project!

  2. Thank you for showing my blocks. I so much enjoy making them !!

  3. Nice to see so many different blocks! I went to a workshop this week, it was a lot of fun with the ladies at Den Haan en Wagenmakers. I like the mix stitcherie patchwork a lot. Greetings, Else

    • Hello Else, Annelies has been sending me photos of your progress, you all look like you are really enjoying this project which makes me very happy. Thanks for visiting here. hugs helen

  4. All the different colour combinations are so inspiring. I am almost finished my stitching and can’t wait to put them on the background blocks.

  5. Annie Schuiling

    I love all the different colour versions of the
    blocks – so exciting.

  6. How do I order the patterns for Life is Beautiful please I have fallen in love with it.

  7. Can you please tell me how to order the pattern for Life is Beautiful Quilt Patterns please I have fallen in love with it

  8. I have ordered the patterns for life is beautiful and love looking at all of the
    different stitching and colors. I am so excited to get started. I especially love the way Ingrid from the Netherlands stitched around her embroidery.
    Can anyone tell me what stitch she used?
    Thank you Helen for such great tutorials, and cute patterns!

  9. Seeing all the different colour ways is very inspiring. I have bought the turquoise/blue from threadworx to do my stitcheries but am still patiently waiting for my local quilt shop to get the recommended stabiliser. Can’t wait to get to share mine too.

  10. how wonderful to see all the different colour’s didn’t know all the dutch ladies as i am dutch born it is nice to be doing the same quilt

  11. marianne dingemans sydney australia

    loved doing Life is beautiful and am now looking for quilting idea’s any suggestions

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