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April 23, 2019
Beading With Sandy Today from Quilting My Way

Today I was up and TRIED to be out the door on time. I didn't make it. I stopped and picked up coffee and tea for Sandy and I at Starbucks.

Arrived at Sandy's around 9:15 am. We sat down and started beading. I showed Sandy how to finish up her snowman. I worked on mine and found a mistake in my word chart. So, I worked on fixing that.


This is Sandy's "TaDa!" It turned out pretty good. She missed the noise. We laughed about that. She did an awesome job for her first one ...

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Another Type of Creativity from Thread Head

With all the renovations going on I haven't had much crafting time, but I did finally get a vest that I have been working on into one piece. 

this photo is washed out
It started with the back and knit until the end of the armhole, and then stitches were picked up for each front. Now that everything is joined into one, it is much easier. 

closer to the true colour
The pattern is Capture a Cozy Moment by Carol Sunday (a paid for pattern on Raverly). It is a very straight forward pattern, with a lovely brioche collar ...

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Queen's Garden by Lennea Wolfe from Esther's Blog

Queen's Garden by Lennea Wolfe 
of Olympia, Washington State, USA

'Oh wow' is what I said when I set eyes on these pics..
Lennea has done it again. You might remember her Juliette beauty in stunning black and white with lime accents (click here now to see it for yourself) and now we're lucky enough to see Lennea's Queen's Garden sitting beautifully on her bed. The florals are superb and are the focal point to this beauty. But there's more..
It's not easy to photograph quilts this big, but these pictures show just how ...

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Making Folded Fabric Pine Cone Ornaments from Mulberry Patch Quilts

A customer asked if I’d do a custom order for my folded fabric pine cone ornaments, and I was happy to make some for her.

I love using the Prairie Pointer by Susan K Cleveland. Along with the Woolie Felted Ironing Mat, & my Tailor’s Clapper, it’s the perfect trifecta for ironing crisp and perfect little prairie points.

First, I cut dozens of little squares and fold them in half and iron

Then I center the Perfect Pointer & use it to fold down the sides…slip it under the iron and use my new wooden Riley Blake Tailor ...

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Vignette Week 12 from downunderdale


Vignette Week 12 - The Return of the Godwits - every year these birds migrate to NZ - Manawatu Estuary - and leave again in March

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Pat's Fireside Chat & Giveaway! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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General Store which I'll be using a FQ bundle plus other fabrics for the ...

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Alternate Routes #10 from Tamarack Shack


Tracy also did the Highway 10 Designs 'Alternate Routes' Sew Along at Up North Quilt Shop last year and she chose a black print batik and a very light blue grey batik for the background. I love this colour combination, very modern and masculine.  Tracy added a 4" border to hers and it looks very good with the symmetrical layout she picked from the 20 options we offer in the pattern.


I quilted it with the Plush pantograph, used medium grey So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting. 



Found a new observation deck along the Rainy River that works ...

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Cinque Terre: A Mini QAL from Blossom Heart Quilts

The year is speeding through, and we’re nearly up to May! Crazy! May is the fifth month of the year, and what better excuse than that to make a new Cinque Terre mini quilt… Cinque meaning five </p>
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Dinner Tonight from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Are you starting to see that our meals are almost the same every night? That’s ok . . it makes it easy! Tonight we finished off some leftover meat. Vince had lamb chops and prime rib and I had prime rib. We both had a bit of andouille sausage. I wasn’t going to fix collards/mustard...

The post Dinner Tonight appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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More Pix from Crazy 'bout Quilts

One of the things I love about going to a retreat is the generosity of other quilters. When I asked if I could take a photo of their work they were always happy to allow it. I don't have makers names, or even pattern names, but these were some of my favorite design walls~




If you click on the pix, they will open larger. ;-)
I am planning a unicorn quilt in my future, that pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman

There were design walls all around the gym, even on the floor~





That's it for today~
Until next time ...

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April 22, 2019
Spring Cleaning from Jo's Country Junction

It was one of those “try to stay afloat” weeks for us.  With my doctor appointments and Kramer’s crash landing in the ER on Saturday I gave up on anything fun.  I decided to clean instead.

Part of that was prompted because Kalissa said she is having a garage sale.  Well that had me looking around and getting the spring cleaning itch.  Oh, I’d love to clean…and that’s exactly what I did.  Thankfully cleaning is something I can do a little of here and there and feel like I got something accomplished.

Kayla was here and ...

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First Wash from Adventurous Quilter

My Mod Scrap Quilt got it's first go round in the washer and dryer on the weekend.


 I decided to lay it on the floor to see how the quilting looked afterwards and Ebony the Maltipoo hastily sat on it to show her approval

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Be a Diamond Blog Hop from Color, Creating, and Quilting


Welcome to my stop on the Be a Diamond Blog Hop inspired by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.



If you're visiting this blog for the first time, my name is Janice, I live in a small farm town in southern Idaho and I have been quilting for 3 years now.  This blog hop actually falls only 5 days after my 3 year blog anniversary!  It has been such a fun adventure!   I really hope I meet some new QB's (quilting buddies) as a result of this hop.  I am not a teacher, designer, pattern writer, or famous ...

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BIG News from Little Bits and Pieces

Okay - I've been up to some pretty big things lately.  I finally have time to share with you.

We made a 
BIG Purchase

Which leads to BIG Adventures (over 2600 mile trip & several states)


And Big Mountains
And BIG Cities 
So BIG I had to memorize the map.

My little girl moved to Littleton,
Her boyfriend is in Lakewood,
His parents are in Fort Collins,
We stayed in Golden,
then stayed in Wheat Ridge,

While we were there Mr. Boyfriend ditched my daughter, came back to our campsite and asked us for permission to marry her.

YIKES! That was ...

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Punta Cana Holidays to Calm down from Baby Geniuses Fabric Collections

All too typically staff in each administration and manufacturing positions work themselves right into a frame of mind that retains telling them that they can’t afford to depart the job or it should collapse. They don’t understand it however the longer that they drive themselves to go and not using a significant break, the much less productive and alert that they’re on the job. Because the pressures of labor construct they attain a peak after which slowly begin to deteriorate. This lack of job productiveness prices the corporate cash and sometimes ends in prices to their house ...

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Punta Cana Holidays to Calm down from Baby Geniuses Fabric Collections

All too typically staff in each administration and manufacturing positions work themselves right into a frame of mind that retains telling them that they can’t afford to depart the job or it should collapse. They don’t understand it however the longer that they drive themselves to go and not using a significant break, the much less productive and alert that they’re on the job. Because the pressures of labor construct they attain a peak after which slowly begin to deteriorate. This lack of job productiveness prices the corporate cash and sometimes ends in prices to their house ...

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Precut Parade: FREE Fat Eighth Bundle Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Welcome to the Precut Parade! In this series on our blog, we will be showcasing the new design of our Free Pattern Page! If you haven’t visited it yet, be sure to give it a go by clicking HERE. The free patterns page provides you with full quilt patterns we love and want to share with everyone! We recently updated our Free Patterns page to section the free patterns by precut. Regardless of what precut you choose to quilt with, we have patterns for all of them!

Every other Monday from April 8 to July 1 during this quilt ...

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Zonsopkomst in Wilp.... from Quilts Van Kippetje en Meer

Op je vrije dag ( 2de paasdag) om zes uur je bed uit om de zonsopkomst op de dijk te fotograferen is iets waar ik lang over nadacht....zal ik het doen?





Maar ik heb zeker geen spijt!






En trouwens, hoe langer je wacht, des te eerder moet je je bed uit....






Op de dijk had ik een prachtig zicht op het oosten...






En een mooie kolk reflecteert de zon en de rode lucht natuurlijk ook heel mooi!






Een duikplank en een verlaten surfplank geven extra contrast...






En toen de zon steeds hoger aan de hemel stond??
Om half acht dook ...

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Finley Tote Sew-Along (intro + supplies needed) from Sotak Handmade


Hello, hello everyone!

Are you planning on joining our Finley Tote sew along? Yay, welcome! 

I absolutely love how versatile and useful this tote bag is. It's large enough to carry all one needs on a daily basis but is not so huge that you feel like you lug half of your belongings around :).


Finished size of this tote is 13'' tall x 10'' wide on bottom x 4'' deep.

And, there are so many possibilities for customization to fit one's needs. You can make exactly the same tote as the one pictured above, you can also choose ...

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Letting an old project go from The Academic Quilter

(This is a giveaway post!)

Hi everyone! How was your week?  It has been a busy, busy time around here! There are big changes coming at the AQ household, none of which I'm prepared to share with the interwebs just yet, but all of which mean that there is a great deal to do and not enough hours to do it.

With all of the busy-ness around here this week, along with some of our obligations associated with Easter, I have barely sewn a single stitch. And I missed something important, too-- two weeks ago this blog turned five ...

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