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August 30, 2015
Halloween Swoon Mini from Goer

Hello! It seems I inadvertently took the month of August off of blogging. There were many reasons, but not because I wasn't sewing. I have lots to show you and September should bring back a more regular blogging schedule. One of the things I've been working on is my Halloween Mini Swap package. It was my August ALYoF Goal to get it finished and mailed. I hosted the Halloween Mini Swap on Instagram as a means to finally dig in to my Halloween stash of fabrics that I've never cut into. In the end, I made my ...

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Cutting up scraps........ from Exuberant Color

I had a run in with yellow jackets on Friday early evening.  I got stung on my hand, my left earlobe and behind my ear.  That earlobe is at least triple the size of the other one.  I took Benadryl and 3 naps yesterday. 

Last night I started cutting my Kaffe scraps into 2.5" squares.  I have 2 projects in mind to use them with.

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FREE! QUILTsocial Magazine Issue 4 Now Available from Quilt Social

 

Here it is, the new issue of QUILTsocial Magazine! We’re extremely excited to release this FREE issue featuring a full 62 pages packed with tips, projects, and quilting know-how!

Learn about sewing borders, 2 quilting techniques to improve speed & accuracy, the super accurate way to make flying geese quilt blocks, the 3 most important tips for binding, and check if you use the 9 sewing habits included in this issue. See what the fuss is over the PFAFF Creative 1.5 and its 5 stellar features on this NEW entry level sewing machine. That’s not all! You know ...

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Winter Wonderland from Quilts....etc.

After a very difficult time of figuring out sashing for the Winter Wonderland  center block I got it done – what can I say math is not my strong suit – especially when it gets to eighth measurements.  One sashing needed to be 1 and 7/8ths inch – really – I hate working at cutting […]

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Filling in the blanks from Sew Slowly

Most of my slow Sunday stitching is actually quilting, but I will also do a bit more on the denim.  I have carried on adding little patches along with the stitching and am like them a lot (not to mention using up some scraps).  This week's job is to fill in some of the big areas still untouched.  I keep thinking I will leave some blank spaces, but when I've tried this they haven't looked quite right: more unfinished than deliberate.  I still like the idea though, so will keep fiddling about trying to get it right.


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A sustainable wardrobe – Part 3, Raw materials: On to natural fibres from Stitch and Yarn

This month I decided to check back through my credit cards to be absolutely accurate about the last time I bought clothes. It turns out it was December 2014 – a pair of pyjamas, and March was the last time I bought shoes – a new pair of runners to replace my seven-year-old pair that had lost all support. So I can definitely say it's now eight months since I've bought clothes and five since I've bought shoes, and right now I can't say I'm suffering in the slightest.

I'm also starting to feel much better ...

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Stunning Stitchin Sunday from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

It has been a while since I've done a Stunning Stitchin Sunday post. Just about a month exactly.
Life just has been too hectic and I got way behind in blog reading.
Happily I can report that I'm all caught up and so have some lovely stitching to share you today.  Yes some of the quilters' posts were from a few weeks ago but you may not have seen them and I don't want you to miss being able to enjoy all their pretty work.
Enjoy!

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Island Batik - Summer in the Country Blog Hop - Haystack Christmas from KISSed Quilts - Keeping It Simple and Stunning

 Summer in the Country Blog Hop. - Day 14

Welcome!!

This is part 2 of my participation. I hope you enjoyed the post (Part 1) on 18-Aug (Day 2).

When I originally thought Summer in the Country and was looking at these fabrics, there were a couple that just said--Christmas in July. But we're doing the blog hop in August, so that wasn't quite right, but I just couldn't get the thought out of my mind.





So, I have a little Christmas in July concept, that has now been adapted to be a wall hanging that could be ...

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The End of Our Shop Hopping.... from Quilt Doodle Doodles

 Before starting our quilt retreat weekend, we had two more quilt shops to visit on our shop hop. Both of these shops are in Rochester. 
We found this sign funny, chalk it up to exhaustion from shop hop....
I'm breaking the law, I've stopped and am standing by this ridiculous sign.
It's also a horrible picture of me.... ack!
Quilting Cupboard in Rochester....
It's a great shop to visit, but shhhh not allowed to take
pictures inside... :(
I found this fun fabric at Quilting Cupboard, they had an awesome quilt and
kitchen towels using this fabric ...

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The End of Our Shop Hopping.... from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

 Before starting our quilt retreat weekend, we had two more quilt shops to visit on our shop hop. Both of these shops are in Rochester. 
We found this sign funny, chalk it up to exhaustion from shop hop....
I'm breaking the law, I've stopped and am standing by this ridiculous sign.
It's also a horrible picture of me.... ack!
Quilting Cupboard in Rochester....
It's a great shop to visit, but shhhh not allowed to take
pictures inside... :(
I found this fun fabric at Quilting Cupboard, they had an awesome quilt and
kitchen towels using this fabric ...

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Will this be the one? from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I got all 20 of my big strip sets finished!!! 
 I was hoping that I would get them done yesterday and I did!
 Now I am moving on to the next step of making 17 of the small strip sets that consist of 4 strips.  I will get those done today...hopefully.
 A few of you have asked what the quilt is going to look like (hopefully) and here is a photo of the original. 
 This is a Edyta Sitar design for Laundry Basket Quilts that she is doing as a Craftsy class.  The quilt it called, Trail Mix.  

I ...

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For the Love of Fabric: “Curiosities” from Fabrics 'n Flowers

When I first saw the sneak peeks of the Curiosities fabric collection from Art Gallery Fabrics last spring, I knew I would love it. Then, at quilt market in Minneapolis in May, I got to see it in person…Jeni Baker has arguably produced her best fabric collection yet (isn’t she one of those that just gets […]

The post For the Love of Fabric: “Curiosities” appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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Stitching News from Angie Quilts

Peggy spied the opportunity of spare tables and made a quilt sandwich.
This is another quilt that Peggy will donate to the Donna Louise Children's Hospice. So, over the holiday weekend, let's hope Peggy gets a little stitching time...
I love the fabric choices!!
Di Butterfly is getting ahead for sewing prevention season... This Christmas Nancy Halvorsen panel makes a lovely wall hanging and carefully quilted with metallic thread, as Di is doing... gives it little extra gorgeous-ness! 
Steph arrived for class with her two, very different, gifting quilts almost finished. Both just needed the 'crust' trimming off ...

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Sunday Morning Reading 12 from Geta's Quilting Studio



Chenille Appliqué Basics Rainbow Bargello Quilt

Simple Smocked Apron

Inspiration - easy rainbow quilt

Hexagami- dimensional hexagons

Folded star tutorial 

No sew blanket knot tying

Entrelac Socks - to die for!

Crochet Around An Embroidery Hoop

Prism bargello pillow


Felt kitties

Whatever The Weather by Lisa Tilse for Robert Kaufman  - wonderful prints

Christmas clothespin wreath

Crepe Paper Peony Flower Tutorial

Decorative leather wall panel


The Art of rock painting 

Craft table inspiration

DIY pretty decorative pie crusts

Kimmi Doll Cookies 

12 awkward confessions about working from home

Have a lovely Sunday,
Geta

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Sunday Pics! from Piecing the Past Quilts

19th century twin sisters doing handwork

Okay, this one has no quilts in it, but the handwork they are doing qualifies them for "Sunday Pics" in my book!

They are twin sisters, the photo being taken somewhere around the end of the 19th century.  They are dressed alike, have their hair styled the same, and are working on similar lace projects - maybe collars?

It appears they are married - both wearing rings on their left hands.  This makes me wonder if they decided to stage this photo, going back to the days of their mother dressing them alike and putting identical ribbons in their hair.  They look ...

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A Picture for Sunday - Sea Campion from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Growing at the foot of the cliffs on a Welsh beach.

Welcome to the latest follower Quiltmam Citaatje - thank you for joining!

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A Speical Wedding from Quilting Corner

Renee's daughter Bryna was married this week.  It was the first time in a very long time that Renee had all 9 children together.  This made the wedding so very special.  Mazel Tov to Renee and family.
 

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A quilt for Matthew- RIP from Aussie Hero Quilts

 In October last year I posted a story about a special quilt we made for a soldier called Matthew Millhouse.  Matthew was one of a group of soldiers who were the first Australians to be injured on deployment in Bagdad nearly 11 years ago.  You can read the previous post here  but to recap, Matthew received a concussion but once he came home it was clear that not all was as it should be.  To cut a long story short, over a period of time it was determined that the brain injury that Matthew sustained had resulted in him being ...

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Stash Report from Jo's Country Junction

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Oh my oh my…

You might remember that a bit ago Kelli and went to Blue Earth, Minnesota to do a trunk show.  Well a short time before that I had gotten a note from Jolyn.  She was cleaning out her sewing room and wanted to know if I wanted scraps or fabric.  YES PLEASE!!

I just love the goodies that come my way.  She said she had four bags.  WOW!!  I’ve learned that four bags can mean lots of things…  4 Ziplock baggies to four grocery bags to four giant garbage bags.  This is what she brought to ...

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Creative Arts Inspiration: Focus is Saying No from Professional Quilter

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” ~ Steve Jobs

 

People think focus

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