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June 23, 2017
Acerico anillo en metal y tela from La Vida en Patchwork

Acerico anillo en metal y tela

Un viernes más y de nuevo, de fiesta, celebrando otra cosa acabada, esta vez algo sencillo, y que me parece muy original y ya veremos si útil, que sinceramente espero que sí.

Un acerico o alfiletero de lo más divertido, con tacita de té incluida, porque mira que nos gusta a las quilters tener una taza de estas, ya sea aplicada, bordada o en el mismísimo dedo!!!

Que además, me parece, que me va a ser de gran ayuda, pues no tengo arreglo, por las noches, cuando llega mi momento de coser, en el ...

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Canada Quilts, Red Hats in the Rain...rain...rain, the Potty Incident from caledonia quilter

Three great Canada quilts for the kids in this gal's family.



This is (ahem) MINE.  When I was at Quilt Canada last week I bought the license plate panel, then came home and made up a quickie for the front door.  Now to get it bound and actually hang it on the front door.

Yesterday was Red Hat day.  Our outing was to Whistling Gardens.  Our admission included a tour and the water fountains choreographed to music.  What fun!  In the pouring rain!

It wasn't really pouring during the show.  But it was definitely raining ...

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templates from Making A Lather

Does our templates look like this? ack..

Many of these templates are still in their original packaging. Why am I not using them?
I bought a new template at the quilt show
I still haven't used it. I have my favorite templates, and that is all I think about when it is time to cut.

While talking with my daughter, I added the side pieces to the bargain basement blocks. And now I have a puzzle. the cutting directions called for 3 x 9 1/2 inch rectangles to complete the block. The actual directions say to add the ...

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Hemming Handwovens… from a daily dose of fiber

I recently spent an amazing week attending the Basics Class at Vavstuga Weaving School. In the class, we learned so much about looms, fibers, drafting, project planning and we completed four projects. And now I’m hemming them. This is the hand towel I wove.The warp is cottolin and the weft is linen.

Everything at Vavstuga is handwoven and here are the hand towels that were in the bathroom all week for our use.

Everything! Meals were served in the lovely diningroom with this (rainy) view of the Deerfield River…

… and at each meal, different cloths were spread ...

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Little Dresses from The Colorful Fabricholic

A couple weeks ago some of the Sew Bee It girls got together for a sew day, and I was reminded that our guild's charity efforts this year are Little Dresses For Africa.  One of the girls was working on hers; she's generously making multiples in cute bright splashy floral prints.

We were encouraged not to use white which would show dirt, so I had to find something in my stash that would be suitable and which I had enough of. I ended up using a coral stripe, a green vine, and a blue marble.

Actually finding something ...

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Back to Cross Stitching - Yippee! from Thankfullga447

Scissors are from "Notforgotten Farms"  love their products.

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It’s Becoming a Thing… from Pibble Pulling Threads

It’s Friday morning and I’m back at my local coffee shop (like last week), I’ve decided to try to make it a thing.  I like the change of pace and scenery for Friday mornings.  Plus, I have been working like crazy this week, and my numbers have nothing to show for it again, actually, you might notice that my numbers actually went up.  I went back and took out my 2017 Summer Sampler numbers, I decided to take those out when the top was finished like I am doing with all of my other quilts.  It feels ...

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It's Finished from Familypatchworks

The final stitches have been added and my middling quilt is complete.  Project 70,273 will have 166 people commemorated in this little flower pot full of daises.  Using a pencil I created a free hand sketch of the flower pot and flowers.  Then with a fabric pen outlined everything in red.  Added pairs of X's in two different colors of red.  With the fabric pen, again,  I went back and added more X's to the pot.  The quilt was machine quilted around the pot and peddles.  The quilt measures 17 1/2" x 21".

This was a ...

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In a Spiral {Quilting My Alison Glass Sampler} from Little Bunny Quilts

After sitting on my shelf for over a year, getting moved in January, and then sitting on the shelf for another 4 months, I have finally started quilting my original QCQAL sampler quilt. This was my second quilt along all the way back in 2014. I finished the top in 2015, and am just now getting to quilt this quilt. Here's a picture from when I put the top together originally:

The background is Kona Champagne and the fabrics originally came from a fat quarter of Clover Sunshine that I won from a now-defunct blog.

My plan for quilting ...

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Step into Crochet from Pieced Brain

This month, Interweave is releasing a cool book about how to crochet socks: Step into Crochet by Rohn Strong. I was eager to review this book because the only socks I ever learned to make were knitted socks, and had no idea crochet socks could be so fashionable, interesting, and easy to make.

All photographs by Deana Travers for Interweave. Used with permission.
"Step into Crochet" is a blend of reference guide and pattern book. The first four chapters walk you through everything you ever wanted to know about crocheting socks and were afraid to ask. From the precise measurement ...

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Friday Happenings from Sewn With Grace

I have been on an interesting journey since the last time I blogged.  On May 1 I fell on the basement stairs and broke my ankle.  Since then all sewing has stopped and I have been knitting my way through surgery and recovery.  It wasn't until this week that I started playing with my sewing machine again but can only do it for short intervals of time.  I have a long way to go till I'm literally back on my feet again.  I am thankful for the prayers and support of so many of you. 

"God is our ...

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Grammy Camp: Spiderman Pillowcase! from Val's Quilting Studio

Summer got on it's way with Grammy Camp right off the bat!
I spent an hour one morning this week sewing this Spiderman Pillowcase for my favorite little buy:

He and I play Spiderman all the time (with silly string of course) and when we came across this fabric in the attic among his Mother's old things, we knew right away what we were going to do with it. 

Well after he spent ten minutes walking around being a "ghost".

As you can imagine getting these two together for a picture was...well...full of silly moments with ...

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Classic & Vintage Series: Snail Trail Quilt Block from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Classic & Vintage: Snail TrailHappy Friday, Quilters!  We are ending this wonderful week with another episode of our Classic & Vintage block series on YouTube, the Snail Trail quilt block.  This block has various names, including Monkey Wrench, Ocean Waves, Whirligig, and even Indiana Puzzle, but Snail Trail is the most prevalent name we found.  In any case, the swirling effect of this block can be a doozy.

Snail Trail Quilt BlockThere are many different ways to make this block, especially with paper piecing and templates, but we like simplifying things wherever possible while still keeping accuracy and perfect points.  We tested several different methods and sizes to ...

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Carpenter Star Quilt Pattern from Craft Gossip

This Quilt pattern is made up of squares and half square triangles. The overall design is a large star pieced together like  inlaid wood. You can grab the free pattern via this PDF file.


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How to Machine Quilt Under the Stairs, Design #479 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Wait, is this a tutorial for quilting under the stairs, or a new machine quilting design Under the Stairs? Lol!

I actually have a little Harry Potter style closet under the stairs in my house. It's a cute little space and I think I could cram a sewing machine inside if Josh didn't use it for all of his fish tank equipment. Instead of trying to quilt under the stairs, let's learn how to quilt the new design Under the Stairs.

Are you needing even more quilting inspiration today? Find an entire year's worth of quilting ...

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Romania from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I love the slower pace of life in the villages with time to visit neighbors and friends.

How do they know which wire goes to what?

I'm thinking art!

We took a short drive out into the country through the next village.

Adi & Ariana hosted an open house for their new ministry "Hospice Eliana."

Paul and Adan helped get the center ready for the event.

Over 100 people, including doctors, nurses, mayor, priest, pastors, professors, family, and friends attended.

The spectacular array of food was all donated.

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I Am the Sewcial Bee Sponsor This Week! from Needle and Foot

Are you participating in the Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew Along, sponsored by the wonderful Maureen Cracknell and the talented Sharon Holland?  It has been on-going for the past twenty-one weeks with one block released each week.  There will be 25 blocks total.  I am making blocks, though I must admit to being behind by about three or four blocks at this point.  But I love the quilt I am making. I have been using fabrics from the Fleet & Flourish collection and the Garden Dreamer collection, both of which are designed by Maureen Cracknell. I have mixed in solids as needed ...

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Solstice from Pokeytown Kim

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This is mostly Pat Sloan's Soltstice pattern, but I have also added orphan blocks from my failed attempt to making "Just takes 2" a 2010 by Brenda Papadakis and Gay Bomers sew along.  I think it is a nice combination of blocks.  Oh also the feathered star block is made from Marti Michell templates and not included in either sew along.

Happy Sewing, Kim

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Eagles, Luna Moth and an Update from Tamarack Shack


On Sunday we drove to the dump and spotted 9 eagles high up in the tree tops.  We had noticed 2 eagles there the week before so I was prepared with my camera this time but didn’t bring my super zoom lens. I’ll do that this Sunday in hopes of see them again.  There were quite a few fledglings but they were usually sitting in a different tree from their parent, until this happened!


I was told the fledglings do not develop the white head until they are around 7 years old.


Then I also spotted a beautiful ...

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Where I'm up to now from Smiles From Kate

I've had very little time for quilting the last couple of weeks, but such is life.  I have made progress though, including my bee blocks and modern sampler blocks as well as circles of course.

First things first here is my bee block for Bee Inspired.

Meet Marcel.  Marcel is the poodle block requested by Karen from Tu-na Quilts.  It's not called Marcel of course but a couple of the girls have named them which I thought was rather fun.   You can find the Bee Inspired post here which has the link for the pattern but read Karen ...

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