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January 20, 2019
Essay: Religion is Like a Fungus from Nina Paley

Some of the most maladaptive social behaviors I see seem to indicate deep human longings for religion and/or magic. Here’s something I wrote about religion in December. It’s weird. You don’t have to agree.

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Religion is like a fungus: seemingly toxic, but an essential part of an ecosystem we don’t understand.

Culture is alive. Just as physical living organisms are interconnected in complex ways, so are cultural organisms.

Our usual approach to Life is to think of organisms as discrete individuals. The plant is one thing, the soil is another, the insects another, and the ...

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HPQAL2019 - Harry Selfie from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to the first block post for the EPIC Harry Potter Quilt Along 2019!

Harry Selfie by Sew Fresh Quilts


If you already know what you are doing... 
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If you missed the PRE Introductory Post, you may want to check it out here.
And if you missed the Introductory Post, you may want to check it out here.

ESPECIALLY if this is your first visit to the Sew Fresh Quilts blog.  




This is the SEW FRESH QUILTS version of the FREE Harry Potter Quilt Along quilt #HPQAL2019 as shown below...
FREE HPQAL2019 @ SewFreshQuilts




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Scrappy Baby Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

I love it when people other than me give birth! This quilt was made for my new grandniece from some of my favorite scraps and home-made precuts. (When I have time, I like to cut my juvenile fabrics into 4" or 12" squares. This one used the 12 inchers.) 
The highlight is a fat-quarter with a hallucinogenic underwater scene, reminiscent of the Disneyland submarine ride. It's spent years in my stash, awaiting the right baby.
I also used 10" squares of some of my favorite kid prints. The squares down the left side have a Japanese theme: Frog fabric ...

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Stitching Like There's No Tomorrow from ... Cat Patches

It's raining hard today, and it looks like a day of rain ahead of us. It looked like that yesterday. Mike got out early to do some work on the trailer before the rain hit. By afternoon, it still hadn't hit, and Mike was finished for the day. I think he was waiting for a bail-out from the rain, and it never came. These two took advantage of the dry day and played outside for a good part of the morning.


They have become really good friends. Smitty still needs to assert his seniority occasionally, but for the ...

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Stitching Like There's No Tomorrow from Cat Patches

It's raining hard today, and it looks like a day of rain ahead of us. It looked like that yesterday. Mike got out early to do some work on the trailer before the rain hit. By afternoon, it still hadn't hit, and Mike was finished for the day. I think he was waiting for a bail-out from the rain, and it never came. These two took advantage of the dry day and played outside for a good part of the morning.


They have become really good friends. Smitty still needs to assert his seniority occasionally, but for the ...

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Snow is coming! from 3 Poodles and a Nana


This has been circulating...
I live in Allentown :)


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Overload from Quilting Solutions

Have you ever felt completely overloaded with the things that you MUST get done?  Sometime outside commitments impinge on life and other times you place the pressure on yourself.  I got home from our holiday travels and had so much to accomplish that I felt like I had bricks on my head.  We also had an unusual number of household breakdowns to deal with and really frigid weather.  And, of course, I broke my big toe.  That limited my exercise to the detriment of my general well being.  I had one photography related project that I figured I wouldn't ...

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Black & White Blog Hop Starts Tomorrow! from Life in the Scrapatch

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rubies! from Not Afraid of Color

Don't you love Rubies??! I do! What a nice gift they would make for Valentine's day!
Well, these are made from red scraps. Inspiration came from Jean Wells art quilt book, and the Rainbow Scrap challenge color of the month, red.

I'll just show some close ups so you can see the fabrics are different. I pulled thin strips out of the bin... and for some reason wanted to keep them kind of even. I did the log cabin setting courthouse stairs.
I started with any size rectangle... and tried to keep the darker shades to the ...

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Chris's minis pack some big personality!!! from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I just finished two mini quilts for Chris who blogs over at Chrisknitssews.  She made this two beauties! The first is the feathered star - oh oh oh my!! This sweet lil charmer is 29x29 inches - so you know those HST's gotta be tiny!  I just adore this red and white little quilt.  If I weren't so afraid of piecing I might even try my own. But remember my last finish?  The HSTs were 18 in square!!  One of these days I'll try.   Until then, I"m am just so happy that I get to quilt the works ...

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First finish of 2019! from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Finally done although I may add stippling to that yellow border....

I will wash it first and see how it looks.


My plan this morning was to clear off enough space to trim and bind this quilt. Clyde and I did a bit of a dance from cutting table where i needed to trim and put away scraps, to the piecing machine where he reluctantly allowed me to piece for a while... A very little while.  Eventually he got bored and I was allowed to finish.


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~ Scrap Happy Quilt ~ from Podunk Pretties

Now that the studio is back in working order I'm inspired to start a new scrappy quilt.  


Instead of pulling fabric from the shelves I'm pulling from the scrap bins.  Some of these drawers are getting too full.  What's the point in saving scraps if you don't use them, right?  


I've barely made a dent in any of the drawers but it's fun taking a trip down the fabric memory lane.  There's everything from designer fabrics to pajama pants in these drawers.


Reproduction fabrics and Modern prints, there's no rules when it ...

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Kit Making at the Cabin from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
This has been a busy week!  I taught at Cloth and Quilts in Hilmar on Monday.  I was in Chico with the Paradise Guild on Tuesday.  The rest of the week I spent preparing for the quilt show in Folsom.  Here is the start of some kits for my Cute as a Button pattern.
 

I had three yard cuts of fifty different fabrics.  I had stacks of fabrics in my quilting room just waiting in the wings to be cut.


I cut the yardage into fat quarters, fat eights, and 2-1/2" strips until the cows came home ...

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A finish and 2 new starts from Eagle's Wings Quilts

So far this year I’m even. I’ve finished 2 hand stitching projects and started two new ones. This is the latest finish - my East to West compasses. It has jumped the queue for quilting and will go onto the machine as soon as the customer quilt that is on there now is finished. I’m not quite sure how it will get quilted as of yet. I’m hoping inspiration will hit before I get there.
A group of us from the guild have decided to challenge ourselves to doing another Willyne Hammerstein quilt with the goal of ...

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Stitching slow today from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

It has been a few months since this project was last worked on.  Simple embroidery stitches.  I'm on a mission to try to work on this at the beginning and ending of each day in my studio.  Just a few minutes, just a few stitches will make all the difference in getting this wall hanging done.

You are probably wondering why are there safety pins here and there on my top?  There is batting behind.  No backing yet, just batting.  I prefer to do my embroidery with batting.  Call me silly, but that is what I prefer.

Isn't ...

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Making Changes (Key West, FL) from QuiltinCats

I'm having a hard time believing it has been almost 2 months since my last post.  Most of the time has been spent on base.  Between taking morning walks, sitting outdoors with the cats, and just enjoying this great weather....well, I don't know where the time has gone.  We have also visited the downtown area a couple of times, but I'll wait until the on posting those photos.  

To catch-up:  we celebrated Christmas in dry camping and moved the next day to full hook-ups.  A great Christmas surprise for us to receive a site on the ...

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Bloc B2 from Accroquilt


Here is the block B2 of the Caswell quilt.

Voici le bloc B2 de la courtepointe Caswell.


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Snug in the studio from WAZOO! Newsbits

Why go outside when there is a nice warm room and quilts to be worked on? I'm not going to brave the cold weather when I can be inside with my fabric! Yesterday, it was blustery and cold, with rain on and off. Just a gray day. In the studio, I had the giant, wonky horse quilt to contend with. It almost beat me, but I persevered and got it quilted.

You have to zoom in to see them...the seams I put into the borders to get them to lay a bit flatter so I could quilt them ...

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crayon rsc from Making A Lather

Another quilt I want to make for the rainbow scrap challenge is the Emily Herrick Crayon quilt. It is great to start with a basic color of red.
I could cut these pieces from a 2 1/2 in strips which I still need to reduce.


I sewed them together in pairs and then 4s etc.


As a leader and ender I am sewing together the triangle pieces for pinwheel fancy




And a crayon was born.



I am linking:

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stash report January 20, 2019 from Making A Lather

We've had another long snow, and the sun is shining again. Our temperatures are dipping close to zero. It's very pretty, until I have to get to church. Good thing we don't live very far. I would still love to go sledding, but, I would have to leave my body behind or it would break. I wonder if I could hire a professional sledding assistant to get me up and down on the sled. I'm pretty sure I would get frost bite just rolling over and getting to my knees and getting to my feet. haha ...

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