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May 29, 2015
Chookshed's Party weekend! from frog cottage designs

This weekend is the Chooksheds 3rd Birthday. That means your family will have to fend for themselves...pull out the slow cooker and and your UFOs....Its time to celebrate and sew the weekend away.


If you would like to join us or see what's happening this weekend, sign up HERE

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Works in Process from Quilting in the South

Yippee, I am almost done with my tunic.  When I started it I hoped to have it done before Fall but now it should be done before Summer officially is started.  I have about 6 - 8 rows left to do on the collar, the bunched up part at the top and then I will be sewing up the seams. This has been so easy and fun.

These are my light purple heather socks.  I have about 1.5" more done than shows in this picture and am about to be ready to start the heel: I will be doing the ...

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Done! from My Sewing Room

Two more pillowcases done. 

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A Stormy Night from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Rita’s Thundershirt should be here tomorrow. I was hoping it would get here today but it didn’t. This is Accuweather’s radar. With us only having well water, if the power goes out, we don’t have any water unless we fire up a generator and we don’t usually do that right off the bat so . […]

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A break from HST"S from Ouvrages d'une Acadienne

on  my quilt "Words To Live By" 
Paper piecing the HST's does help time wise.  Sew them in strips 
Cut them 
Remove the paper , iron and  open them 
cut the tails off, and
 Voilà!  the basket is full. Now it's sew time......  the borders...
Stay tuned 

The break came when we were invited to a luncheon in Bridgetown at the guild there. What a beautiful event ...  
Member Clara 
The food.. quilters not only sew but they cook also and when you find quilters you find good food! 
 Meeting new friends and
 sharing quilting ideas.. member Charmène
 How wonderful ...

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What's up? from Ouvrages d'une Acadienne

I know for certain what is not coming down and that is snow!!! Finally!!!!! we get to feel the hot rays of the sun.. I must say it is not yet perfect as we still have some cold spells .

We had our shopping trip 
to Avonport Fabric Discount Center  and everyone still talks about the fun they had SHOPPING, laughing and just being together~!
A road trip to remember!! 

I have finished a few projects since my last post and very happy to cross these off my list.
 First on the list is my mystery quilt for the 2016 challenge ...

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Tulips from Random Acts of Stitching

Recently my daughter reminded me she didn't have a suitable seasonal banner for her mini flag stand so I decided to make the tulip from the 2006 March/April issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine.  I liked the result so much I decided to make the complete project featured in the magazine.  It was designed by Leisa Breheny.  The tulips are paper pieced and the project was machine quilted.

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A.M. (Sweet) Hunter-Titus

 Mrs. A.M. "Sweet" Titus was born Amanda Elmira Hunter on February 6, 1896. Later her name changed to Amanda Marie. One of twins, she is the last of 14 children born to Reverend Eldridge and Mrs. Catherine Abney Hunter. Her twin was Eldridge Emanuel Hunter.
 She possessed a keen intellect, and was a fluent speaker. She was an excellent student who did exceedingly well in Math. She attended Patterson Prairie and Titus Farm Schools of Freestone County, and Prairie View College, Prairie View, TX. She did independent Study and attended many, many religious and secular ...

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The Home Stretch from The Chester County Criswell Quilt

In the midst of special birthdays, anniversaries and a family wedding I have been collating the final pattern of the block of the month Chester Criswell Quilt.  The first block was released nearly three years ago in August 2012 and Block 33 will be unleashed in a few days.  Congratulations to all of you that have kept up with the blocks and shared your blogs, you deserve a medal!

The final block doesn't mean the end of the quilt.  The patterns are all available at Two Bits Patches, you can still buy one or two or all.  There are ...

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We are nearly there from Vicki's Fabric Creations

Wow, it has been 10 days since my last blog post. We have 3 more shows to go and then packing up, moving out of the theatre and all the washing to do. Last weekend I washed and ironed over 80 pieces of costume in the 3 day lay off we had from the evening show on Saturday night until the show this Wednesday just gone.
These are just a few of the pics I have to show you. The ones below were taken by Jake Jacobson of , JJJ photography Ulverstone.

This is a dressing pic of the boys from ...

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Picnic at the Fairgrounds {a finished quilt!!} from Material Girl Quilts

So, this might be my new favorite :)  Say hello to Picnic at the Fairgrounds…

Picnic at the Fairgrounds quilt

I love absolutely everything about this quilt.

Picnic at the Fairgrounds

I just knew that the combination of Camille Roskelley’s Cheerio quilt pattern and Denyse Schmidt’s Picnic and Fairground fabric would be perfection…and I am not at all disappointed.

Picnic at the Fairgrounds quilting

I also love this quilt because I finally pushed past my fear of straight line quilting on the longarm.  Now I wonder, why did I wait so long to try this?!?!  I LOVE the look and texture of straight line quilting.  I will never push a big quilt ...

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Simple Quilts from Love Laugh Quilt

It's a JOY to make simple quilts.

Simple quilts that will give warmth and happiness!

These two quilts will be donated to a school in Kenya.
It was FUN taking lots of flannel scraps and
making something useful!

The scraps in this quilt are BIG.
They were given to me and needed VERY LITTLE trimming.
They were MEANT to be together.
The farm animals are even going the RIGHT direction!

Even BIG scraps can find a happy home in a QUILT!!!

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I Can't Sleep from Quilting Corner

Do you feel the same way as I do when planning new quilts?  I can't sleep when there are so many quilts in my head.

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Paint Stik Afternoon from Quilt Paint Create

On Monday afternoon I took paint stiks to the layered paint piece.

paint-stik-on-paintI used three different colors of paint stiks and maybe a half dozen rubbing plates. My favorite was the morning glories and leaves in the barn red.
I haven’t heat set it yet. We’ve had such a busy week with the holiday and pre-graduation events that I haven’t had much time at home.
I’m not sure where it goes from here, but I’m thinking it needs some surface embellishment. Maybe yarn. Maybe not. I never know until I start playing.

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I emptied my scrap bin today from Quilting with the Dread Pirate Rodgers! aarrggghhh!

OMG .. an empty scrap bin!
and it was a LONG time coming. 

Like most quilters, I create a sizable accumulation of scraps ... leftover bits and pieces from whatever project you are working on.  They are too small to use in your project but clearly too large to just literally throw away.  You know they are good for something else ... mini projects, mock-ups, experimentation ... that you will *certainly* do some day.  In the future. The far future.

color piles of scraps

My scrap bin was over-flowing.  I can tolerate a high degree of clutter but this was absolutely over the line ...

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Almost out of thread again from Cascade Quilts

Ugh, my local quilt shop only had one small spool of the light gray aurifil thread and no big spools.   I thought it was going to be enough, but it for sure is NOT going to be enough.  Since nobody else local has any, I am going to have to order more online.  :(  Ordering now, and then finishing up what quilting I can do, bummer....

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A Guest Post by the Fabulous and Beautiful Debby Brown!!!!!!! from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

YAY!!! A guest post by Debby Brown!!!!!!!!!!

Here we go...

Confession:  I started out in quilting as a longarm quilter because I couldn’t quilt on my home machine.  Are you disappointed in me ...

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White Wedding 5 from Virtual Quilter

White Wedding 005

Simple and elegant.

Love it … but it needs some quilting.

That is not going to happen in the near future … I have my bags packed and intend retreating with fellow quilters for a few days.

Virtual quilts have been scheduled to appear during my absence.

Filed under: White Wedding Tagged: Applique, Patchwork, Quilt

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Prepping for a party.... from Julia's Place

We are going to a party...Chooky is celebrating 3 years in the Chookshed....and we are invited to help her celebrate....yay!
I thought I'd use this special time to bust some scrap stash....boy, do I have some serious scrap stash problems...
I love my CW fabrics, and find it so hard to throw out the smallest tiny piece....but there comes a time, when enough is enough!
One little tub to cut up and have ready for party time...
Some background fabric stash to cut up...will need more of this, and yes there is lots ...

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Studio Organizing, Week 22 from Prairie Moon Quilts

I think I bit off more than I could chew last week!

This is as far as I got on my closet:


It’s emptier, but not even completely emptied out yet! I’ve been a little lacking in motivation this week. Send help — send me some mojo!

Yet here we are — it’s already time for this week’s task, which is:

Clean out a fabric bin

I have many of these. Many. Some of them aren’t even bins. They’re boxes, bags, piles, you name it. Many. Too many.

My goal is to tackle just one of ...

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