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July 30, 2014
Stray Dog from Ruth Powers Blog

On the fifth of July I saw a strange dog near our house. Thinking it might be someone’s pet scared off by fireworks I tried to check for a tag but could not get close. A few days later it showed up inside our fenced yard! It is much smaller than our dogs so must have squeezed under a gate. We have been feeding it in hopes of gaining trust enough to catch it but so far not even close.

straydog

At least I see that it is a “he” which is a relief! He has learned to come for ...

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A Butterfly Challenge from Tartankiwi

Those of you who have been around here for a while may have noticed that I like to play around with my sewing. I don't like to repeat myself too much and on the occasions that I do repeat a pattern, I like to give it a new twist.

As such, I'll admit that I wasn't really thinking when I volunteered to do swap for one of my butterflies.

Butterflies again? - yawn!

But then I had an idea- I love it when that happens!

How about adapting the patten to make it a wonky logcabin butterfly and ...

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A Butterfly Challenge from Tartankiwi

Those of you who have been around here for a while may have noticed that I like to play around with my sewing. I don't like to repeat myself too much and on the occasions that I do repeat a pattern, I like to give it a new twist.

As such, I'll admit that I wasn't really thinking when I volunteered to do swap for one of my butterflies.

Butterflies again? - yawn!

But then I had an idea- I love it when that happens!

How about adapting the patten to make it a wonky logcabin butterfly and ...

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Napkin Nervana from Mama Spark's World

I think the napkin saga is finally coming to an end.   On Saturday I was supposed to meet up with friends, Robin and Judith at Robin's house.   She has a great screened in living space that we were going to work in.   We had everything we needed and the day looked promising.   Here is the venue we were working in.   They use it as a guest room in the summer time. Robin is a fabulous

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WhIPped into Shape from Color Me Quilty

Summer is always a busy time of year, especially if you live on a lake. All picnics are here. I have four of them in the next week. Sunday is my quilt guild picnic, so you know I have to get my sewing room in order. ;)

So I spent some time this week organizing my scraps.

These are the scraps for my Victoria Findlay Wolfe scrap quilt project

A tote full of the rest of my scraps

Scraps of solids and batting to make practice FMQ samples

My fairly organized sewing room
As you can see in the picture of ...

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More Decorating with Books from From My Carolina Home

Here are additional interesting ways to hide your book stash decorate with books. They can be put in lots of places, not just on shelves.  I used this set of Monica Ferris’ Needlecraft Mysteries as a display in my sewing room on the mantle over the fireplace.

Ferris books

A tiny quilting book is in the lap of a little bear in his rocker.

quilting featherweight

Up in the library, a trio of rabbits looks at a book with pretty watercolor pictures.

Reading rabbits

A dark corner of a Victorian shelf holds a stack of books waiting to be read.

Victorian shelf books

Next to the gas fireplace is ...

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Feature: Fox Field from Southern Fabric

I know all you Tula Pink fans have been awaiting the day we were able to start carrying her lines!

Well you all can rejoice...

Fox Field by Tula Pink is here for you!


You may have notice, we have now expanded our inventory to include not just the greens, but all of the Fox Field colors!

Hooray!


*Sidenote: Anyone else giggle seening the bunnies and picturing a fox playing chase with them, you know in a field...Fox Field.. okay, just me?

Head on over to our shop today and get your fix of Tula Pink today!


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Sparkle Box Pouches! from Mommy's Nap Time

I've been sewing.

Accomplished tonight: zips sewn and top stitched for 7 boxy sparkle pouches. One pouch finished. If you're looking for a sparkly gift these will be ready later this week. #sewingnightatemilys #noshedoesnthaveinstagram #boxpouches #forsale #zippouch #zippi

I'm a bit addicted.

I can't get enough.

New vinyl colors!! Who needs a pouch?? $17 for a 7" x 3" x 3" or set of three different sizes for $45. Mint, teal, purple, grey, blue, silver. #boxpouch #zipperedpouch #OMGallthesparkles #goingtoquiltcon

Sparkle vinyl!!

Big and little. Special orders for two of my co-workers. What do you think @saharfakhri and @texas_bones ?? Big is 10" x 5" x 4" little is 3" x 1" x 1" #zipperedpouch #boxpouch #sparkles

I'm hoping someone wants to buy these when they're finished... because I just keep making them! 

No really, if you want one let me know.
$17 each (usa shipping included) / $12 / each for the little ones. 

Christmas in July?

I even made a couple OSU themed ones - Go Buckeyes! 



Don't mind me, I'm just over here sewing sparkle pouches.

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Marcus Fabrics Sew along from Quilting with Calicos




Check it out...

A new sew along, starting August 1st!

Friends & Companions Sew-Along

Heres the link!

http://heartspunquilts.blogspot.com/2014/06/marcus-fabrics-designer-sewalong-coming.html


Thanks Kathy!

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Echo Block #4 from Wayne Kollinger's Quilt Blog

Clay's Choice
























I get a new block (an Echo block) by combining two sizes of Clay's Choice blocks.

The new block can be sewn entirely from squares and half-square triangles.

What the block ends up looking like depends to a large degree on how it is colored.





I chose to limit my color scheme for the blocks to a neutral (brown) and a color (2 colors for the last one).

You might want to experiment with different color schemes.

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More Eye Candy from the trunk show from Quilt Walk Talk













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Kits! Kits! I've Got Kits! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

 I spent the weekend packaging up quilt kits! Doesn't that sound like fun... I've selected and prepackaged everything you need to get a project started... these are great for gift giving and quilt retreats. I've use quality 100% cotton fabric, notions like buttons and seed beads are included in the kits. My tea towel kits have the heat n bond included! Have you ever gotten a kit only to find there's no pattern! Don't you just hate when that happens, well, I've made sure to include the pattern too! You just need the thread ...

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Glacier Star from THE QUILTED PINEAPPLE

Those of you who "know" me, know that when I take a blogging break it usually means that I will come back with something worth the wait.   And you are correct!!!  In the Midwest, we are having a particularly cool summer.  Truthfully, it is far too cool than I prefer.  I had to put a hoodie on today!!!  Yuck!!!  On the bright side, the super cool mornings have been perfect for running.  Nice and

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Row by Row: Spring Water Designs from Becca's Crazy Projects

Spring Water Designs in Columbia, MD, is another great little shop.

This is a new shop.  They are also a Handi-Quilter dealer.  I may have to take a class with them sometime.  I'm self-taught, unless you count Craftsy.  The Row-by-Row Experience is a great way to learn about new shops and to make new friends.  This is where I picked up my extra fabrics for the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge.  the fat eights they give you is just enough to whet your appetite.  If you missed it, you can ready about what I made with my challenge fabrics in ...

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A summer tote from HoneyBee Quilt Co

During my last "stash building" trip to Joann's, I selected quite a few fabrics with bags in mind. I just love using bright, bold prints and pairing them with more subtle, smaller prints or textured solids. This particular birds print just screamed "take me home!" 



I paired it with a thrift store doily, some giant ric rac that I purchased at the last Quilt Show in Atlanta, and a few cute buttons. I was worried that using two prints, both with light backgrounds, would appear too busy. I wanted there to be enough contrast - I think the embellishments really ...

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Don't Forget!! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

The quilt show in Saulnierville is now on!


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Wildflower Inspiration from Magpie Quilts

I am so thankful that we live where we can travel a relatively short distance and be in the middle of the Rocky Mountain foothills. 
Wild Tiger Lily
 Throughout the summer, these foothills come alive with various wildflowers, each season bringing in a different palette of color and texture.
Goldenrod
 This past weekend I enjoyed an opportunity to camp with my family in the middle of this beautiful wilderness.
Wild Delphinium
 And along with photos of my kids and grandchildren, I managed to take some of the flowers that were in bloom.
Indian Paintbrush
These may become inspiration for a ...

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HSTeria Quilt Along and Hexies/More from Quilts....etc.

More on the Hexies for Diamonds are Forever – I got the row attached and working on another - After that photo I did work on it a little more and have more of that shorter row finished and I got to thinking it looked like I didn’t have enough white hexies left to finish […]

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Liberty of London Massdrop Giveaway! WINNER ANNOUNCED on JULY 31st~ from Sew We Quilt

You may have heard of them by now.. if not read on. 




What is a drop? It's when a group of people get together to place a bulk order for a product they're interested in. Buying together allows the group to get a better price than you could get alone.

If there are notions, or fabric collections that are new to the market and you see it as something you would like to purchase  but it's not within your budget....Massdrop may be for you!

If you are a company that is marketing  a new product ...

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{Yarn Along} Not a Drop to Drink from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


Knitpicks Dancing in the Jig colorway!


Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis is one of the darker YA novels I've read lately. I'm talking about the wonderful, intriguing kind of dark, not the kind that makes you want to scrub your mind out with bleach and forbid your offspring from reading anything by that author until they're much, much older.  I've stumbled across a couple of those, usually as my kids are checking them out from the library.

This book is the kind of dark that keeps you turning pages, fearful for characters you ...

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