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July 22, 2024
More travel: Gold Mine tour and listening to audio books from Dreamworthy Quilts

 We stopped at a gold mine in our travels.  The kiddos loved it!




I am not tall enough to require a hard hat - cool!  They were not concerned about me hitting my head.




I found a quilt block as well as some quilt hanging on the wall of the visitor's center!





The rail tracks in the mine and my feet...






Here is a photo of the books I have read thus far in 2024.  While traveling I finished Sunflower Sisters, Home Front, and Lemon Tart.  I listened on a higher speed, but still, we were on the road for ...

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Yesterday Was Sunday - from Quilting My Way

 It's called a DAH moment this morning. I told Patrick last night that I had done my blog. Yeah, well, guess not. I thought I wrote on here when I was working on cleaning up my computer room. 

So, yesterday was Sunday. I did my usual cleaning except laundry. I will do that this week, probably a little every day this week. 

After all that, Patrick wanted to go to the movies. So, we did. I'm to the point that if he wants to do something, we will. He's so skinny and who knows how long he ...

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A Finish in Black and White from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It was a sit and stitch day yesterday. I was able to get all the way around my quilt binding, and I have a finished quilt to show you today. It was created from Moda's Catnip panel. The panel was a gift from my friend, Sharon, quite some time ago. I'm making a concerted effort to turn several different panels I've acquired into finished quilts, and this was among them. This is the Catnip quilt. It ends up at 67 x 67 inches. 


If I'm remembering correctly, I found a similar layout ...

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A Finish in Black and White from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It was a sit and stitch day yesterday. I was able to get all the way around my quilt binding, and I have a finished quilt to show you today. It was created from Moda's Catnip panel. The panel was a gift from my friend, Sharon, quite some time ago. I'm making a concerted effort to turn several different panels I've acquired into finished quilts, and this was among them. This is the Catnip quilt. It ends up at 67 x 67 inches. 


If I'm remembering correctly, I found a similar layout ...

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Birthday Celebrations, Shopping, Pinterest Pages, Jackie's Meditation Moment from Canadian Needle Nana

 Order of business from the last post, Beth's cake was officially a Chocolate Filled Kahlua Tiramisu Cake from Rock Recipes. This cake is delicious and surprisingly light. 

Tony's birthday celebrations continued Saturday night. It included a wonderful and fun limo ride to Quebec. We did the same thing for his 80th, some of you may remember. We enjoyed oysters and the four course Table d'hote meal at the Gatineau Sterling and it was delicious. Here is the Salmon Tartare. Most of our main dish, steaks, came home with us.
I gave myself a haircut the day before ...

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Weekly update: it's a flimsy + a new start from With Strings Attached

 
After last week's storms it's easy to see why the French explorers called the river "eau pleine," or "water-full."  Eau pleine became Des Plaines (a river and a city) and O'Plaine (a road).  

I ignored the sign and walked on my heels through the puddle.  


That was Saturday's walk at the Des Plaines River Canoe Launch.  Sunday was closer to home at Sand Pond.  


Clockwise from left:  coneflower + monarda, mullein, pinnate coneflower, nightshade, betony, primrose, swamp milkweekd. Center: American germander.

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Our friend Mary Lou invited me to harvest a second batch of rhubarb.   Our only freezer ...

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Island Batik Ambassador Unboxing, July 2024 from Curlicue Creations

Here's my Island Batik Ambassador unboxing video for July 2024.  Please watch to see what I received from Island Batik, Hobbs batting, Aurifil thread, and byAnnie.  I will be using these items for my Island Batik Ambassador monthly challenges for the second half of 2024.  See below for photos and descriptions of the items.

Disclaimer:  The  items in this post were given to my by Island Batik and industry sponsors Hobbs, Aurifil, and ByAnnie.
This collection is Floral Fun.  It was designed by Kathy Engle, and it is a signature collection for Lizard Creek Quilting.  I love the purple ...

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A Ribbon Runs Through It 2.0 version from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

 Hello Everyone,

I received an email from a quilter wondering what fabric line I would suggest for A Ribbon Runs Through It since the original fabric line is no longer available. I thought about it and went to the Marcus Fabrics website to check out what lines are going to be available soon.


I saw the Elegant Estate Collection by Judie Rothermel and fell in love with it. You can view the line with larger images by clicking HERE.  I downloaded the images into my EQ8 software and played around recoloring my original design.




Then I started playing around with ...

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A Small Peek Inside My Quilt Designing from Podunk Pretties

Hi Quilty Friends!  The good news is all the quilt block applique has been stitched in place on all the blocks. YAH!   


The not so good news for me is it took forever because I kept playing around with sashing and border ideas.  Fabric was pulled from the scrap bins, auditioned and rejected many times.  Sometimes I didn't even bother to take down the previous fabric as shown by the green arrow below.  So many photos were taken of the ideas.  Way too many to share.  You're getting just a few highlights of my crazy brain.  Getting to ...

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Holey Moley! The Prosecutor vs the Felon! from South Jersey Quilter

 Or a much stronger expletive. Yesterday Biden announced that he is leaving the prez race, and endorsed Kamela Harris. Yike! Talk about historical. At first I was really upset, then the endorsements started coming in. I was afraid the dems would shoot themselves in the foot, as usual, and run someone other than Kamela, and hand the election to the felon. 

I'm excited to find who they will choose as her running mate. I'd love Mayor Pete, but they wouldn't win. I'd love Whitmer, but they wouldn't win. The country is still more racist and ...

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Before The Rains Came - from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!


Yesterday's lunch on the back porch - not knowing what would be erupting within the next hour.

Holy cow did it come down! 

We could see it coming in the distance - and before the deluge erupted we were able to get sme over the porch rail photos taken - 

I'll share those tomorrow - in the meantime, here is what happened through the weekend from within the Quilting Quarters:
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The Design Wall this Week from Life In Pieces

It cooled off for the weekend, but it was mostly cloudy and a bit rainy over both days.  It was nice weather to hang out in the sewing room.  Who am I kidding, I'd say any weather is a good time to be in the sewing room, except maybe during severe thunderstorms.  


There was good progress on the stash organization.  I did spend some time on assessing my storage spaces in the sewing room, then moved a few things.  If I can mostly clear another shelf, the remaining wire cubes can be used to make room for more fabric ...

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piles of stitched work from Karen Ann Ruane

embroidery

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Stitching Opinions Please from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’m still stitching on Rejoice Evermore by With Thy Needle. I love it and am enjoying stitching it. I took it to sit & stitch at the local cross stitch shop Saturday and got a bit more stitching done. I’ve kinda hit a snag. Those open vertical spaces are on the larger birds’ wings. The...

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Design Wall Monday - July 22 from My Sewing Room

 Hmmm - I have a strange combination of projects going on this week.  There is something Christmas-y, strings and other scrappy play, and finally some 30s vibe things.


The Christmas project in the works is the free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop called Star of Wonder.  I wasn't planning to do this one but I really liked that big star block for the first clue, so it was inevitable that I jumped right in.  One clue per week is manageable when you only have to make 1 or 4 blocks.  This was the block for week #3.  It's kind ...

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Finally quilted this bright quilt made with leftover blocks. 
I also quilted this odd blocks quilt. These are always a fun surprise. Both will head to Annapolis Quilts for Kids for binding. 

If you want to contribute but don't have the time or skills, you can support the national Quilts for Kids by going directly to their website and clicking DONATEI don't earn anything from this link. 

If you want to support me indirectly, I do include Amazon affiliate links to products I use on my other blog posts. If you purchase the items I recommend, or ...

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Another Donation Quilt: Fabric Rescued! from Wedding Dress Blue

When I received a hand-me-down bag of fabric with a few small pieces of this darling hedgehog/squirrel/bird print, it was too cute to throw away. Surely it could be something…

The pattern is simple, but hopefully it will make a family happy.

The nine patch blocks started as 4-1/2″ squares. The star blocks have 6-1/2″ squares of that cute print as centers. The quilt finishes at 36″. It could be made using just about any fabric.

There is something satisfying about taking another look at fabric and creating around that possibility. Thank you to all who ...

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Working in Studio U from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

OH MY GOSH!!! Here's another reason why those hairbands are so important! And not just any old hairband. I have no idea where I bought the orange hairband I wear today, and I have no idea how long I've been wearing it. But yesterday, I mentioned in one group that I had known one of the attendees for several years but met for the first time last month at Quilt Canada. 

Oh no -- she says! We met years ago at Quilt Market! She remembered the orange hairband! People do NOT remember me per se - it's that darn ...

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Are you organized? from Happy Cottage Quilter

 My sister in law has the most beautiful (and organized) sewing room.


And I love this quilt that hangs on the back of her sofa.


My sewing room is always in a constant state of chaos! What about you? Do you work in chaos or order? 

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Wimbledon quilt from Stitching Matters

 I started this Japanese quilt block, in 2008, all done by hand and I only worked on it during the two weeks per year, I watched Wimbledon.

 Finally, 16 years later it is completed.  After finishing it, I realised my hand-sewn seams might not withstand washing by machine. I popped it under the long arm and strengthened the seams in both directions with a soft curvy line of stitching.

 Once hubby finishes replacing the cracked tiles in the living area and we have everything neat and clean again, I will use this as a throw on one of the couches.



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