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May 28, 2016
You May Have Been Wondering... from Dogwood Lane Rambles

Where the heck have I been? Things have been pretty quiet here on Dogwood Lane but I have a spectacular excuse for not communicating with you. Romantic Villages of Alpine Europe! Starting with:

I've kept our plans about this trip to myself for more than a year and now I can tell you all about it. Chris and I have never been to Europe so this was a BIG deal for us and we had the best time traveling through five European Alpine countries in 20 days. Don't worry I won't give you a day by day ...

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Twin Kite Flight Quilt Set {Pillows Finished!} from Busy Hands Quilts

I've finished the two Kite Flight pillow shams to complete the set.  It turned out so bright and cheery!


With a dash of extra Kona Rich Red, I increased the quilt size from a large lap to a twin.  The larger pillow cover is made from extra blocks, and the smaller 16" pillow is made from the tiny leftover ends of the strip sets.  Check - another item off my to-do list!  This quilt was originally blogged here.

Kite Flight is made from a Craftsy kit.  The current kit is made with a white background and is so modern and ...

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Granny's Square Patch {the Rootbeer Float Version!} from Busy Hands Quilts

This quilt reminds me of A&W Rootbeer, so I've named it "Rootbeer Float".  This was the first quilt I made when testing my Granny's Square Patch pattern.  Maybe you'd agree that it wasn't meant to be the cover quilt!!


The blocks in this quilt are bigger than the blocks in the Granny Square Patch pattern.  I was still playing with it when I made this quilt and decided the blocks needed to be smaller for more visual effect.


I learned from my friend Shannon of The Flemings Nine that quilting in brown thread will soften ...

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Finito Completo!! from DaySpringQuilter

Introducing Waltz Around the World. This is my latest pattern which is available for download here: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/home-decor/waltz-around-the-world/202656?rceId=1464454258058~uostizw1




It's a rainy Saturday here and the hubster is away until tomorrow. This means that I'm taking a day to sew ALL DAY LONG!!  Now that I've finished the quilt which will be a store sample for the pattern, I'm forging ahead to finish this king sized quilt top (Blooming Nine Patch).



And if I have any steam left I want to get back to my EQ7 to ...

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Free Motion Quilting Video: Fern Flower Motif from Free Motion Quilting Adventures

Better late than never! I finally got my latest video uploaded and edited on YouTube. I had a lot of fun building upon this sample from my Craftsy class and sharing it with you.



I hope you have a lovely Memorial Day if you are here in the States. No matter where you are, I think it's safe to say the men and women who served and died while serving their country should be honored.


Check back with me early next week because I'm finally going to reveal my big secret project!

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Garden 5/28/2015 from Wont to be Quilter

Hi friends
Hubby had to water it last night!!
It's way to dry.

So far one pod of hot pepper!
Plus Green tomatoes the size of golf balls.
Have a good one
Hugs
Babs

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Garden 5/28/2015 from wont-to-be quilter

Hi friends
Hubby had to water it last night!!
It's way to dry.

So far one pod of hot pepper!
Plus Green tomatoes the size of golf balls.
Have a good one
Hugs
Babs

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Stashbuster numbers game from Mel's quilting blog

Well, I can't say I'm doing great at this.
I've had lots of "issues" this year which have made me not sew as much as I normally do.

But, the Stashbuster numbers for June are
#2
America the Beautiful

Looks like I only have two of the blocks done on this one.
I believe I didn't like the way the mountain went together, so I stopped.
I can't say this is one of my favorite samplers, so I imagine I'll figure something else to do to finish it.
#33
Color wash by Carol
I ...

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Memorial Day from On The Go Quilting

Yesterday as I sat in the truck waiting for my husband to finish up at his doctor’s appointment at the VA Hospital in White River Jct, Vermont I looked at the scene in front of me and realized how important that scene is.

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In that scene I captured here for you there is a huge old tree on the left and I think about the many veterans that tree has sheltered in their journey up to the hospital for services.  Behind the tree is the Veterans Administration Hospital (in White River Junction, VT) where my husband has been attended ...

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Memorial Day from Quilter in Motion

Yesterday as I sat in the truck waiting for my husband to finish up at his doctor’s appointment at the VA Hospital in White River Jct, Vermont I looked at the scene in front of me and realized how important that scene is.

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In that scene I captured here for you there is a huge old tree on the left and I think about the many veterans that tree has sheltered in their journey up to the hospital for services.  Behind the tree is the Veterans Administration Hospital (in White River Junction, VT) where my husband has been attended ...

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My Most Perfect Day from Blackberry Creek Home Arts

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Disclaimer: This is not my sewing room.

My most perfect fantasy day would not be at the beach or in the mountains or at an Elvis concert. It would be at home. First I would awaken sometime between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. to the soft purrs and quiet snuffles of my furbies (instead of at dawn with Taco walking on me and Skipper emitting his ear-splitting, heart-stopping bark). 

I would slowly become aware of the wonderful aroma of fresh-brewed coffee coming from the kitchen. (I don't know who would have made the coffee. Maybe I have ...

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A New Challenge, Improv-Curve Piecing from Jan's Quilts

At this months' meeting of the Temecula Valley MQG, my friend Susan gave a demo on  improv-curve piecing.  The demo was very inspiring and I'm going to give it a try.

About a month ago I received notice of the colors for the 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge.  My guild is doing a charity quilt, but not the challenge.  I ordered the solid colors that were part of the challenge.  The colors were a starting point and they encouraged you to pull prints that went along with the solids.

These are the solids.  I thought they were very pretty, and ...

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Books have Arrived! from Shawkl


Just look what the UPS man just delivered! The Volume II books are here! Woot! Woot!
 
Thanks again to everyone who ordered a book during the Pre-Order Sale; and I'll be mailing these out on Tuesday...so watch your mail boxes the end of the week!
 
I ordered a handful of extra books...both Volume II and Volume I books. They are listed at the Etsy Shop, and when they are gone...they are gone.
 
Amazon will have the Vol II book active at Amazon.com by mid-week...and the International sites soon after! Not sure about the launch ...

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Halfway There {RSC 2016} from Little Bunny Quilts

Since we are now officially halfway through the block making portion of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I thought that it was time to show off all 55 of my farmer's wife blocks that I have made thus far.


I am SOOO HAPPY with this so far! I am excited that I get to make 56 more! I'm also happy with the great variety of colors, tones, and different fabrics. There isn't a single block that seems out of place now that all of the blocks are together.

Sharing at Scrap Happy Saturday!

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Memorial Day – May We Never Forget from Quilt Shop Gal

Here is a video created for Memorial Day, by Chad Warner, showcasing pictures and the song “If you are reading this”, by Tim McGraw.

And, here are some beautiful patriotic quilts that caught my attention on Pinterest:

 

I wish you and yours a Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

 

 

 

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Lions & Tigers & Bears Oh My from Joy of Quilting

Can you spot the mistake? - it's quite a major one. This is what sometimes happens when us quilters get over exited working on a project.
I finished putting this quilt top together and laid it out to consider how I wanted to quilt it.
Um......that's a strange way I've put those colours together I thought. 
Why did I put all the pink on one side of the quilt? That was an odd thing to do.
Then it hit me - I pieced the top in two halves - In my excitement to get the top completed I'd ...

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H2H challenge link up! from Quilting with Calicos



I've been crazy busy lately but I most certainly didn't want to miss out on the link up for the Hands to Help Challenge held by Sarah over at "Confessions of a fabric addict". Sarah is collecting quilts for three different charities, it's awesome!!!  Here is the quilt I am donating this year to Happy Chemo!


Scrappy tumblers!


Nice and bright and cheerful!



You can learn more about the H2H challenge over at Sarahs blog...today is the last
day to link up though!




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snack saturday from Quilt Nut Creations

Chocolate Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Filling and Chocolate Buttercream

Ingredients:
  •         2 cups sugar
  •         1 & 3/4 cups flour
  •         3/4 cup cocoa powder
  •         1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  •         1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  •         1 teaspoon salt
  •         2 eggs
  •         1 cup milk
  •         1/2 cup vegetable oil
  •         2 teaspoons vanilla
  •         1 cup boiling water




1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat three 8-inch cake pans with nonstick spray. Line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper. Spray each pan again and coat with a thin layer of flour.

2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar ...

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WORKSHOP ON THURSDAY from The Proficient Needle

I was asked to take over a workshop on Thursday.  The person who was going to teach it had to be out of town.
Thursday morning I headed to the fairgrounds in Odessa ON, where we use one of their buildings for large workshops.  I was there about 8:45, and helped set up tables and chairs.  Soon ladies started arriving with sewing machines, and lots of assorted stuff.

I had 2 helpers for the morning and part of the afternoon too.  The ladies were there to make some clothesline baskets.  I only had a couple to show, as most ...

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Finish it Friday - No Bake Jolly Bar Quilt from Kinda Quilty

This Friday's finish is a scrappy quilt based on the No Bake Jolly Bar pattern.  

It was made as part of the 2016 Hands to Help challenge and has already made its way to Covered in Love.



Next up is a bright and scrappy Lolly quilt that was sent to Happy Chemo.  This quilt was made with many gifted scraps that I received last Christmas.


I have lost track of how many Happy Scrappy Houses quilts that I have made.  No matter what type of scrap, each quilt always seems so happy!


I am hoping that I can make ...

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