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August 13, 2018
Free Motion Quilting with Stencils video tutorial! Master the stipple and leaf meander from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

When you start free motion quilting, you are told to just do an all over meander, keep everything curvy and don’t overlap your lines. It sounds easy to someone who has been quilting for a while. But to a true beginner, that can be very intimidating.

You have to learn how to create smooth even curves, pointy points and move around the quilt top with an even quilting density without backing yourself into a corner all while keeping your stitches small, but not too small with a consistent stitch width. That’s a lot to handle if you’ve ...

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The Pink Tablet from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The Kindle Fire, Kids Edition was a huge hit. I had her open that package last and she said “This is what I’ve ALWAYS wanted!” Chad used to say that about everything. I guess all kids do. Vince would say “Always . . as in since the day you were born?” She went to bed...

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Quilting with A/C... from Thoughts From Taylorsoutback

Oh my goodness...I do not tolerate hot weather very well. Our lawns our crunchy and dried; in the vegetable gardens, the long storage onions are ready for gathering a month ahead of schedule & all the pea vines have given up despite frequent watering.

As much as we appreciate having central air, it gets claustrophobic quickly. We have just returned from 6 days in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and even there it was quite warm. I had looked forward to relaxing outside our RV doing some hand stitching, but instead stayed inside with the A/C units running. Our ...

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The Forest: a novel by Edward Rutherfurd {book review} from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Edward Rutherfurd || Russka

It's Monday morning and I am finally realizing that I have not posted Pin It Weekly and Sunday Quilt Inspiration! I'd say that is because I just didn't have enough time, thank you doctor's appointments

Richard had two tests and an appointment; I had two appointments, and the dreaded look-inside-the-entire-human-digestive-system scopes. Luckily I've blocked out (or drugged out) every possible moment of our time with doctors. 

On the happy side, all of the waiting room sitting meant I got to read! I'm almost in the middle of Edward Rutherfurd's The Forest.

The forest: a novel by Edward Rutherfurd (Book)

Here's ...

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Monday Motivation - Don't be worried! from Pamela Quilts

I've been saving this to share with you for the last few weeks - life has been hectic!  This is from my son-in-law, Mark A:


I struggle a bit with worry.  I worry about a lot of things, and often feel overwhelmed by my giant list of things that need to be done.  The thing is, that often I spend more time thinking about those things than it actually takes to get them accomplished.  I have found that the best thing to do is just do the next thing.  What needs to be done today?  Do it.  Tomorrow is another ...

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Build-A-Stitch Online Class - FALL SESSION! from Creative Longarm Quilting

Build-A-Stitch Online Class - FALL SESSION! There are many people that can't travel or are unable to attend when I teach at national events. There are also people that just prefer to learn in their own environment. Well, if you are one of them, here is your chance!Build-A-Stitch ONLINE interactive class will be offered this fall! Class begins October 26th - registration for this first

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Hard to write post from Gillian Travis

I’ve been writing my blog for 10 years, at first I found it hard, but knew I should do it as I knew it was a good way for everyone to see the work I was doing, finally I realised I actually enjoyed writing it. Throughout those years I have tried to keep my posts only about my work and love of textiles, and maybe a couple of times, have I ever mentioned my family. Some people say they have no interest in facebook, instagram etc, for me it have given me lots of joy, keeping in contact with ...

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The Great Outdoors Island Batik Blog Hop Week 2 & Another Quilt Published! from MMM Quilts


I hope you enjoyed seeing the amazing creativity and sewing prowess of last week's ambassadors! I am getting excited to show you what I've been working on, and at the end of this little post, you'll find another sneak peek. My turn comes up later next week; it seemed quite far away, and now it's nearly here! Remember there are lots of giveaways to be won as well, both at the bloggers' posts and at the Island Batik blog.
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The Great Outdoors Island Batik Blog Hop Week 2 & Another Quilt Published! from MMM Quilts


I hope you enjoyed seeing the amazing creativity and sewing prowess of last week's ambassadors! I am getting excited to show you what I've been working on, and at the end of this little post, you'll find another sneak peek. My turn comes up later next week; it seemed quite far away, and now it's nearly here! Remember there are lots of giveaways to be won as well, both at the bloggers' posts and at the Island Batik blog.
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Co tam w workoplecakach dla Afryki słychać? from Szycie Uli

Najwięcej związanego z akcją dzieje się na Facebooku ale jej efekty są tak piękne, że bardzo chcę się tą radością dzielić też z czytelnikami mojego bloga!
Mogłoby się wydawać że szycie workoplecaków spowolniło z powodu wakacji ale uwaga uwaga:
uszytych i zdeklarowanych jest 570 worko-plecaków, a 270 jest już w Afryce!! 
Dziękuję zaangażowanym za to, że jesteście, szyjecie i rozsiewacie wieści o szyciu! Workoplecaki nadal są potrzebne więc działamy!
A kto nie słyszał o szyciu workoplecaków dla dzieci w Afryce niech koniecznie zajrzy na ten post
http://szycieuli.blogspot.com/p/uszyj-worko-plecak-dla-dzieci-w.html

I do grupy na Facebooku

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Little House in the Prairie from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Reading stories to Addie sometimes cracks me up. She has comments about everything. She’s not much of a joker and takes everything so seriously. She worries about the characters. I would never read Bambi to her. I started reading the first Little House on the Prairie book to her last night. We got to the...

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Daughter's Quilt from Wont to be Quilter

Hi friends!
My daughter came to see me Sat.
Got her quilt and pillow shams a little late for her birthday. It was June 8th.
About the time I cut my finger!

She sent me a picture Sat. night.
Was thinking about doing the joining strips with this burgundy! I have two yards of it.
Don't know  if it will work. I guess I will spread it out and place a bunch of blocks on top.
Just to see . If it doesn't I will go stash looking.
I am sitting here in my desk chair and It drops ...

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Daughter's Quilt from wont-to-be quilter

Hi friends!
My daughter came to see me Sat.
Got her quilt and pillow shams a little late for her birthday. It was June 8th.
About the time I cut my finger!

She sent me a picture Sat. night.
Was thinking about doing the joining strips with this burgundy! I have two yards of it.
Don't know  if it will work. I guess I will spread it out and place a bunch of blocks on top.
Just to see . If it doesn't I will go stash looking.
I am sitting here in my desk chair and It drops ...

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On Raising Show Pigs from Needle and Foot

As you know by now, my daughter raises show pigs, trains them, loves them and then shows them at the fair.  After showing them at the fair, she spends time in the swine exhibit letting children ask questions and pet her pig.  On the last day of the fair, she shows her pig one more time during a huge auction and people from the community bid on her pig.  The highest bidder then works directly with a butcher and ultimately ends up with a lot of pork in his or her freezer to eat all year long. Lots of people ...

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Work in progress-Zinnia quilt from Splendiferous



Original photo by me.  I grew the flower, too.



I’ve been busy.  I took a photo from my garden, photoshopped it to narrow & alter the color range a bit, printed on (I think) 18 sheets of paper & taped those together.  Outlined color areas with a red Sharpie so that the outlines would be visible on the back side of the paper, and color coded each area.  The large drawing (cartoon in artspeak) is divided into a 6 x 6 grid with a blue Sharpie, to make it easier to figure out where the pieces go.




altered photo



Part of ...

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ISLAND BATIK AMBASSADOR AUGUST CHALLENGE PART 1 from Gateway Quilts & Stuff


This month's challenge is called "The Great Outdoors". It is a month long blog hop with all of the Island Batik Ambassadors. At the bottom of this blog you will find all of the dates and names of the participants. There are prize drawings in all of them so be sure to visit everyone for a chance to win some fantastic prizes! My date for posting is August 20 so be sure to come back on that date for a special drawing.

I received a beautiful batik collection called Ocean Odyssey. 


I wasn't quite sure what I wanted ...

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I Like Thursdays #101 chickens, cranes, chili's and a poodle from Not Afraid of Color


Milo:  Mama let me start this week! Welcome to this week's list of likes by me, Milo the super Poodle! I love my indestructible chicken! It takes a biting and keeps on cluckin" ! I got one wing off, and it's not like they say... it didn't taste like chicken, BOL! Snort! wha' ??

LeeAnna: Okay, okay, I'll just step in here and do my list first shall I?
Milo: well, okay, but I'll be over here in case that chicken gets out of hand!
LeeAnna: Good to know I'm safe in your paws, darling. Welcome ...

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A Low-Key Day from ... Cat Patches

It was a mish-mash of activities yesterday. When it was all finished, there was progress on some fronts, but most everything was just halfway to the end. As usual, I started the day with some slow stitching and filled what was left in my hoop.


Now I've stitched all the way across the bottom of this latest Heart & Home block. The areas with the most stitch density are finished, and the rest should go pretty quickly. I believe I'll have this finished before the week is out.


Now I've moved the hoop northeast, and I'll get ...

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A Low-Key Day from Cat Patches

It was a mish-mash of activities yesterday. When it was all finished, there was progress on some fronts, but most everything was just halfway to the end. As usual, I started the day with some slow stitching and filled what was left in my hoop.


Now I've stitched all the way across the bottom of this latest Heart & Home block. The areas with the most stitch density are finished, and the rest should go pretty quickly. I believe I'll have this finished before the week is out.


Now I've moved the hoop northeast, and I'll get ...

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I've been a busy beaver! from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

August has started out as a great month to get things done.  I don't know what has changed, but I seem to have more "umph" to get things done.


I was in a swap through a Facebook group (small swap, only 4 of us) for Churn Dash blocks.  Here are the blocks I sent out:

The swap was to make one Churn Dash dark and the other one light using colors requested by each person.


I am also in Stash Bee this year.  Here is the block that I did for August.




The directions given had the flying geese ...

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