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December 18, 2014
Mid-Month Report - 15 Minutes to Stitch - December 2014 from Life In Pieces

Back in September I resolved to spend more time stitching.  I was having problems finding the energy to go sew in the evenings, so 2014 hasn't been nearly as successful in terms of quilt finishes as the previous year had been.  So I challenged myself to spend at least 15 minutes in the sewing room each day.  I've found if I can get myself into the sewing room, it typically ends up being more than an hour of stitching time.  

I did really well in October in getting up the stairs and into the sewing room.  November, I ...

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December 17, 2014
Giveaway Day Winner and new giveaways! from Ella and Nesta's Little Room

This season's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day has been our favourite one yet! It has been so fun dashing around with you from one blog to another, finding old and new friends. Some friends, we admit,  we had lost track of in the craze of activity of our corner of Blogland! So it has been great to catch up again. We are impressed by how generous everyone is and that we all really enjoy giving!

We would like to thank all those who passed by and left a comment. We're planning on making a fun statistic with your ...

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Barn Cabins - Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts from Piece N Quilt

I'm so excited today to share another one of the quilts from our upcoming book; Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts.

This quilt is Barn Cabins. I really love this quilt. It goes together pretty quickly, it's super cool how the blocks are put together and then rotated to create a cool illusion. The quilt shown here is 96"x96", but like all of the patterns in Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts, the pattern is also available in baby and throw sizes.
We made this version in just three colors, but with some careful planning ...

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modern fabric bundle ~ giveaway ~ from Charm About You


My stash is superabundant and so it seemed right to share it and join the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day!

I created a modern bundle of fabrics to giveaway that I think you'll love. There are bright fun prints, low volume and stash blenders.

I know you're probably all hopping around so I won't go into too much detail about what is there but the bundle includes a couple of FQs and plenty of scraps - all a useable size (though many have pieces cut out, it is my stash after all!). They are unwashed ...

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Three small ways to give this Christmas season from Diary of a Quilter

A few years ago, I wrote about our warm fuzzy jar and the real meaning of Christmas. In the last week I've come across a few small ways to make a big difference for other people. And as a result you can receive your own dose of the "warm fuzzies." With a small contribution from many warm hearts I think the cumulative effect will make a profound difference. I firmly believe that through "small

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A Christmas Tree Skirt from Lily Patch Quilts

As we were putting up our Christmas decorations Thanksgiving weekend, we couldn't find our tree skirt. I remembered that it got washed and rolled up before being put away. I must have put it in a really safe place because we looked everywhere and still couldn't find it. I ended up making a new tree skirt for our tree. I drafted up the pattern and got to work. I pieced the backing using Kate Spain's In From the Cold fabric collection.

I managed to get this tree skirt done in two days, squeezing in whatever free time ...

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Winners Announced! from Sew at Home Mummy

All winners were chosen by Normally I post a screen shot of each random number generated, and the winner's comment, but given the fact I had so many winners to draw it was too time consuming to do this. So, you'll have to take my word for it this time 'round.

Congratulations to the following winners. I have emailed you, please respond ASAP so that I may forward on your prizes.

My Favorite Things, Day 1: AURIFIL WINNERS - 
IG Entry #14 - @usairdoll
Comment #406 - Jacklynn Grimm *sent*
Comment #165 - Sarah *sent*
Comment #241 - Stephanie *sent ...

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I'm glad I'm sore: Philly half marathon report from TwynMawrMom

So I did my 'shake-it-off' run this morning- it was the .2 miles to the bus stop with the twyns, does that count?

Ok, ok, I may have run .05 of it and watched the kids run the rest of the way.

Ok, ok, I just ran down the driveway and checked to make sure my legs were still there.

I am sore, people.

Like, super sore.

But in a good way.

It teaches ...

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Holiday Survival Essentials from TwynMawrMom

Well Hell-OOOO my friends! It's been a busy December so far, yah? [read in hopped-up mommy-Midwest accent]

I know you are missing my posts about the Elf, family fun, and training, but honestly, so far, this month has been about ETSY for me. The holiday. orders. are INSANE. Thanks for keeping mama busy ;)

If you aren't already following me on Facebook, keep track of me there when I'm quiet here. I've been able to share a few fun custom requests and mind-blowing space-time-continuum ...

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Patches and Pinwheels Progress - Leaders/Enders from A Quilting Chick

When I pulled out the blocks for this post, I was surprised to see how much progress I've made.  That's the wonderful thing about leaders/enders, isn't it?  You do all of your normal sewing, but in between, you're building another, beautiful, free quilt.

So far, all of those 36-patches have been from individual squares.  The blocks I'm working on now are from strip sets.  Isn't it turning out pretty??  I can't wait to see what y'all are working on.  So here you go.  Here's our linky party for this month ...

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Hola amig@s

¡La Navidad ha llegado a QuiltJoia !

Y para este acontecimiento queremos estar más cerca de todas 
vosotras. A partir  de ahora podréis encontrar nuestras colecciones en diferentes tiendas de Patchwork.

De esta manera QuiltJoia os puede ofrecer un servicio de máxima calidad y comodidad para realizar vuestras compras.

A continuación os dejo un listado de tiendas de Patchwork donde
podréis encontrar nuestras colecciones .

Centre de Costura i Labors Montse Forcadell
C/Galicia,2 Cambrils (Tarragona)
Tel:977 794464 [email protected] 

C/Marià Aguiló 69-71 Barcelona
 (entre las calles Llull yPujades)
Tel: 931 777 220 info@authen-tic ...

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Just to let you know…I’m not perfect from 365 days of wonderful

I’m off my game I guess….3 massive fails in less than a week….scary.
I just wanted to let you know that I am not perfect….not everything I do, make, bake turns out, I’m just like everyone else….human. I thought I’d share my ultimate fails for the week.
Fail 1
Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastries

This is what they are suppose to look like…and mine….
Yuk….mine look disgusting..they all opened up, weren’t cooked thru…what a disaster!
Fail 2
Theirs……yummy right?
Mine….voila…hockey pucks!
Fail 3…the ultimate fail ...

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The Village Stash Society Colour of the Month for December is grey from The Village Haberdashery

Our Colour of the Month Club colour for December is grey! A seriously useful colour to have on hand. Our bundle is runs the gamut from dark to light, warm to cool, geometric to floral – basically a little of everything! Here is our designer bundle:


From top right:

Flurry in Steel (Dashwood Studio)
Shape of SpringFull Circle in Shadow by Eloise Renouf (Cloud9)
Dim DotsFog (Michael Miller)
Modern NeutralsPatchways in Grey by Amy Ellis (Moda)
Miss Kate – Sundae in Grey by Bonnie & Camille (Moda)
Brambleberry RidgeKnots and Loops in Fog by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Quilter ...

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Wellness Wednesday...Ep. 44-46 from Quilt-a-Daisy

Happy Wednesday!  It's been a great week so far for me...I've only been working half days!  My last day of this year will be this Friday, and it will be pretty early in the day.  I'm so excited!

On to my workouts...well, I have been running.  It hasn't been pretty, but after a few weeks of doing nothing, what was I expecting?  I've got 8.9 miles so far for the month.  That's well short of where I would LIKE to be, but have to build back up.  Next race is March ...

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Southern Fabric Gift Certificate Giveaway! from Diary of a Quilter

Today we have an awesome giveaway from sponsor, Southern Fabrics. Southern Fabrics is an online fabric shop located in Georgia and happy to ship all over the world. They specialize in the latest from Free Spirit, Moda, Riley Blake, Cotton + Steel, Dear Stella, and Art Gallery.  Fabrics are searchable by Collection, Designer, by Color and Theme. In other words, there are lots of ways to

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Another project.......... from Exuberant Color

I only have 3 days to come up with an idea for a Christmas stocking for the newest member of the family.  The party is on Sunday.  My two friends are coming over to sew today so I will play around with some ideas while they are here.  I have a tutorial for making a Christmas stocking here.  The one I was building in the tutorial was for this little guy's dad when he joined the family party.
One of my friends stopped by yesterday with this gift for me.  We have had many discussions about brown sugar and ...

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Quilting a Community from Free Motion Quilting Adventures

One of the things I love about quilting is the sense of community it fosters. While we quilters are an increasingly diverse group, there is that shared love of creating with fabric and thread and having our creations warm the body and/or soul. I love that even a pink haired twenty something quilter can have a point of interest that can intersect with that of a prim, blue-haired great grandma.

There are quilting guilds galore, quilting clubs, and cars full of quilting friends who travel all the quilt 'hops' from shop to shop. Shows, conferences and retreats too. There ...

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Kansas Twister from Quilts....etc.

Yesterday I worked several times on the Kansas Twister – I really wanted to make some progress – I am now slightly more than half way done – which means there is still quite a bit to do LOL See this top part! done – I did move the lower rows up later in the […]

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Hello!! from Karen Ann Ruane

home again

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Snapshots QAL with Fat Quarter Shop from Piece N Quilt

Have you heard about the new Snapshots Quilt-Along with Fat Quarter Shop? Kimberly is awesome and has created this adorable new free pattern, she's simply asking that you donate $5 per pattern download to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. You can donate here. Fat Quarter Shop & Moda Fabrics will each match up to $10,000 as well. How awesome is that!
On the 15th of each month Kimberly will release a new pattern and how-to video, you can watch the introductory video below.

I'm super excited to be sewing along, with several other bloggers. I've ...

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