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November 21, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving from Fret Not Yourself

I hope you're enjoying some turkey and family time this weekend. We're in Texas celebrating with lots of family. It's our usual "Waltz Across Texas" to visit {almost} everyone. So fun to catch up and see what's new at their houses.

The US has the latest Thanksgiving day. I wish ours coincided with Canada's. Friendlier, more uniform and perhaps we wouldn't feels so rushed. Kaja and I have discussed Christmas preparations for a while. We both like desserts; mince and Christmas cakes are her favorites while sweet potato and quince pies are mine. However ...

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Moving Right Along from Quilts....etc.

I had mentioned that I had several fabrics that I thought would work out ok for a border for the little quilt from the charm package – little did I remember just how closely the two fabrics match up to some in this charm package.  Look at these!    Both are a different shade then those […]

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Weihnachtskalender from Grit's Life

Hallo Ihr Lieben,

noch 9 Tage, dann gibt es für Euch meinen 1. Weihnachtskalender.
Jeden Tag gibt es 3 Stoffe als Superangebot zur Auswahl. Laßt Euch überraschen, und schaut einfach rein, vielleicht ist ja etwas passendes dabei.

Alles Liebe Grit

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Twins!!! from Sew Preeti Quilts

Somethings are just better together like turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and butter.  (Clearly, I have Thanksgiving on my mind.)

Here is my latest finish - two quilts that are just meant to be together. Because they are for twins.

Scrappy One

Scrappy Two

A dear friend is going to be a grandma. She gleefully shared the news and her delight was supreme as she said - TWINS!!!

Candy & Cupcake

Monkey - ready to jump off the edge!

Since the twins are due by the end of the month, it was absolutely essential for me to drop everything and ...

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Around Here Week 46 from The Snarky Quilter

Nature has marvelous taste in seasonal bouquets. Here’s one she presented to me just before the hard frost. I leaned over a fence and found the perfect arrangement. Unfortunately, it’s too big for my table, and I know I can’t … Continue reading

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Cleaning and more baking............ from Exuberant Color

I had a date with the vacuum cleaner yesterday and then it was time to bake some more.  This is English Toffee Squares.  They don't get stale so I can always bake them several days in advance.  I don't like nuts on or in anything but I had a bag of chopped walnuts so I put them on part of it.  I hope that part gets totally eaten because I don't want any of them.
This is my mother's hand written recipe card with my own notes written in pencil.  It is a thin layer of ...

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Starting a New Quilt from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Have you tried out any of the quilting magazines that are available digitally?
Several of them promote their new issues on Instagram and I was charmed by a pattern that the Quilters Companion featured last week from the new issue, #88.
It's an Australian publication and I couldn't find it locally but was able to purchase it quickly and easily via the website, -- just go to the site and search for the magazine by name.
Quilters Companion
The pattern is Jewel of the '30s by Jenny Tate.  The pattern is written for EPP but I need a new ...

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Grati-Tuesday 21 Nov 19 from Aussie Hero Quilts

G'day all, 

Christmas is coming fast, where did this year go.  Lots of quilts and laundry bags on the list that need to go in the mail by Christmas Day... if you need some motivation read on.

Hi Caroline L,

Just a quick email to let you know that I received the quilt that you made for me - and I absolutely freakin' love it!!!

I honestly can not thankyou enough for the smile this put on my face when I opened that box. Not only have you done an incredible job with your workmanship, but I can see that ...

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BOM 2018: Introducing 'Daisy Blue' (3 of 3) from Esther's Blog

Beginners, fear not! I have not forgotten you in my BOM 2018 offerings. As you know, my BOM 2018 includes 3 x BOM quilts (and a few extras to boot) and whilst I'll always show you how to navigate the blocks of all my quilts each month, I know there are some of you starting out who just want things easy.

'Daisy Blue' is a quilt custom designed for all you beginners out there and is approachable, achievable and a perfect quilt to 'step up' your skills with.

I'm thinking of making my own Daisy Blue from my ...

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Daylilies from Jo's Country Junction


You might remember that sometime in the last month or so that I wrote a blog post asking if any of you had ever made every quilt in a quilt book.  The idea has stuck with me and that’s exactly what I’m going to attempt.  I’m even giving myself a goal….that means I am serious.  If you missed that post it’s here.

Here’s my plan.  I am taking Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book and am making EVERY quilt in the book.  Here’s where I was at the last tally.
There are 13 ...

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I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 11 from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to the I Wish You a Merry QAL!

Block 11 is here! And after this, only one more block to go! Good thing, since around here the days are growing shorter and the temperatures are dropping.

Block 11 - North Star Blocks 1 through 10 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Blocks 1 through 10 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

How are your blocks coming along? Here's what mine look like.

Click here to learn more about the quilt along schedule and the location of the patterns for blocks 1 to 10. Continue reading to find out more about Block 11 and how to enter the block giveaway.


For my blocks ...

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Quick, Easy Quilt Pattern from Learn to Applique

Quick easy quilts make beautiful gifts. I revamped this quilt pattern after Sue sent me a photo of her newly quilted Stepping Stones quilt. This one she calls "Kitty Love".

stepping stones by Sue - named Kitty Love

Kitty Love by Sue

Kitty Love features a cat print surrounded by pink and red squares - perfect for any little girl.

stepping stones by Sue - close up

Close up of Kitty Love

So you can either use a favorite print like Sue did featuring cats or any other theme fabric or how about a favorite block? I put this quilt together quickly using one of my favorite blocks "Air Castle".

stepping stones with favorite block Air Castle

Stepping Stones with favorite block Air ...

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Meeting Day And So Much More! from Quilting My Way

This morning I was up and going. I had breakfast with Katt. Then off to Cherrill's. She wasn't going to the meeting because she had a lot she wanted to do. So, I headed over to our meeting.

We had a good meeting. Only 5 of us made it, but that's understandable. We decided to have a Christmas meeting at my house on the 18th with potluck. Should be fun! We were talking about having an exchange. Not sure if everyone is for that, but I think that would be awesome.

I bought this from a gal ...

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Think Pink... the story of a Christmas tree from Samelia's Mum

Pink Christmas Tree
Pink Christmas Tree

Quilted Pink Penguin - Christmas Tree Skirt
Quilted Pink Penguin - Christmas Tree Skirt

It was last year when I was "wasting time" scrolling through Pinterest that I saw the most beautiful pink Christmas tree. 

BTW: I say "wasting time" because honestly, it is the biggest sapper of my time. Sitting and scrolling and thinking "geez, that's so pretty. I could make that..." and then some more scrolling and "oohing and aahing"... you get the drift.

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The Final Day In California from Mama Spark's World

This is getting long but I want to share all the cool things I got to do while in California. My friend Karen and her baby and I had our first stop at a neat little bakery  for some pastries and coffee.   Well, for Karen and I not the baby. She's too young for coffee, silly! Then we drove to Griffith Park Observatory.   Here we are!   Karen wanted LOTS of photos, LOL. The

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Eleven Plus Prizes from Quilt in Piece

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Eleven Plus Prizes Don’t forget, besides the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end. Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along. And now for block 11. The “North Star” block was designed by Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing. You can find the tutorial and pattern on her blog here. Here is my finished North Star block. I dug really deep into my stash ...

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More of My California Visit from Mama Spark's World

Once the retreat was over Traci drove me back to my friend Ana's house.   We walked to the La Brea Tar Pits.   I could NOT have been more excited!!!   Living prehistoric history!!   My scientific geeky self was in heaven. The first pit you see is called the Lake.   The tar is covered with water giving the appearance of a "lake".   Apparently it is not really tar but actually

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I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long: North Star from Snowy Days Quilting

north star quilt block

It's hard to believe that it's already time for the penultimate block of I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long! If you're just joining in, you can find all of the information and past blocks on my quilt along page.

This week's block is a lovely North Star designed by Kathleen McCormick of Kathleen McMusing. You can find her blog post with the block pattern right here.

Tri-Recs Tutorial

I chose to make my block using the Tri-Recs rulers by EZ Quilting, and I've written a detailed tutorial in case you would like to do the ...

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Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks volume 16 Blog Tour Road Rally Winner from 3 Dog Design Co

Congratulations to the Joyful Quilter - you have won a signed copy of the magazine!

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More Squishy Mail - and a Finish - from A Left-Handed Quilter

First the Squishy Mail - I received my order of three more notebook covers from Gene Black - and I was sure glad that I had placed my order before he had a chance to sell them at the Holiday Faire this past weekend - They really are nicely done - THANKS, Gene!! - ;)) And I finished the Autumn Table Runner for a friend - she wanted it long so it would hang off the ends of her six foot

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