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April 9, 2020
Busy Bee in the Bee Hive from Wollie Mammoth

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Star for Selina OP 4, 5 from Virtual Quilter

Just one block, recoloured to fill spaces with much more interest than just making the same version over and over.

The centre block in the second design is the block as it appears in full colours.

Also has the quilting design ready to stitch … just follow the seam lines which are not there!

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Planting from From the Strawberry Patch...

When the days run together in endless succession and the news isn't always good, there's something inherently therapeutic about digging in the dirt! This morning I made up a bunch of my own potting mix from a blend of garden soil, peat moss and vermiculite and set my sights on getting annuals potted up for the porches and patio. I felt so good to take control of outside beautification through

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Planting from From the Strawberry Patch...

When the days run together in endless succession and the news isn't always good, there's something inherently therapeutic about digging in the dirt! This morning I made up a bunch of my own potting mix from a blend of garden soil, peat moss and vermiculite and set my sights on getting annuals potted up for the porches and patio. I felt so good to take control of outside beautification through

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April 8, 2020
In My Mail… from Jo's Country Junction

I’ve been working to get caught up on my mail but it’s hard when I got SIX boxes in one day!!  Seriously, SIX.

Well after checking them out, one box was something I ordered from Amazon…but five were from blog readers.

I got to looking more closely at the packages and Hmmm….I started to suspect that they were all from the same person.  The handwriting all looked the same.  
All of them had this for a return address.  Well that makes me know not to look for a note.  This gifter wants to be anonymous because ...

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How to Enjoy a Quilt Show (Even if You’re Quarantined at Home) – Part 2 from Quilter Chic

Inside: More beautiful quilts!

UQSM is a huge machine quilting show that is held in Salt Lake City, only 10 miles from my house. Of course, it has been cancelled this year. (Read last year’s post.)

When it started, the owner of the quilt store at the time, Julie, was involved in long-arm quilting, and had taught me and another co-worker to quilt. The show was begging for quilts! I think we both gave them a couple of quilts. Now, they get quilts from the top artists around the world, and my little offerings would probably be laughed out ...

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Face mask pattern updates and a finished quilt top from The Crafty Quilter

There is a silver lining to most everything and one of them is all of the new followers to my blog. Thank you for joining me here! It’s been a week full of face mask activity and I wanted to let you know that I have made some face mask pattern updates. I also finished a quilt top in one week!

Face mask pattern updates

I have created a downloadable face mask pattern that includes the instructions and the templates. You can find that on the original blog post or for your convenience, you can download it here:

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Modern Fabric Photo Printing – I’m teaching this class in August from Eric the Quilter


I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be teaching this fabric and photo printing class at The Textile Center of Minnesota! I’ll be there Wednesday August 5th for the class! I’m super excited! Hopefully I’ll be able to get my classes rescheduled for that week that were supposed to take place this month at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota. I’ll post the class link as soon as I have it!

Follow the jump for more photos of the class project…

Image credit for main image: Beau Brokop.

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Sophistry from Priscilla's Workshop

So Trump's new press secretary is the woman who claimed that Trump never lied to the American public. Her rationale for that statement was that he did not intend to deceive. I, like McEnany, was brought up Roman Catholic. Unlike McEnany, who surely was taught the difference between mortal sins and venial sins, I was taught that lies were lies not that there were differences between lying to deceive and lying to ameliorate problems. I don't know what church she attends now, but I do hope that she confesses her own sins, which clearly include lying.

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Masks, a New Quilt, Big News...and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends.  Well this week, with the new CDC recommendation that everyone wear masks, I set out to start making some for family, a few friends, and our elderly neighbors next door.  We are still staying locked down, but if we absolutely have to get out, it is nice to know that we have something to cover our faces  My dad works in an essential business, so he still ventures out to work each day, and I was glad to send some for him.

1/4" elastic is nowhere to be found, but I have plenty ...

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Unity - starting the second round from My Sewing Room

It doesn't look like it makes sense quite yet, but the second clue for the Unity quilt has begun.

This quilt has a medallion center, so Bonnie Hunter reminded us Monday that each week will be a "round" and each week will have more parts.

My pieces are all cut and organized, with enough sewing done to see how each unit looks.  I  did put the first row onto 1 side.  The black background sections will ultimately make star points around those pink and lime green square-in-a-square units. 

Focusing on a couple of deadlines for work has cut into ...

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Q1 FAL in review from Espritpatch

And like this the first quarter of the year is over. I guess it is somehow noticeable as we have moved to spring weather and have been lucky to get some really beautiful days lately. I had a massively long list for Q1 so I knew there would be some roll over but I am happy I have crossed some projects off, let's have a look....

1. Modern HST triangles - 1 block missing to have enough for a quilt top but very little background fabric - only one block left to do now - no progress

2. Project 48 quilt ...

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Spinach salad from Perpetually Piecing

We love a fresh spinach salad with my homemade sweet poppy seed dressing. This salad has Spinach, fresh pineapple, avocado, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, almonds, scallions, carrots, and bacon. Usually I use chicken breast, but this time I had leftover bacon to use up.

Here is my Poppy Seed Dressing: 2/3 cups canola oil 2/3 tsp salt 2/3 tsp onion powder 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds 2/3 tsp dry mustard 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup vinegar (I use Rice wine vinegar) I put everything in a pint Mason jar and shake, shake, shake. Just prior to ...

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BIG Mandala to help heal the world - PQQ 2020 from Quilting & Learning

It would seem that the Project Quilting is not quite over. It's been extended to Project Quilting Quarantine (PQQ) 2020! Same fun stuff but with no sponsors and prizes, so that means that it's a little more flexible (good thing because my project is not quite finished!)

A BIG Mandala to help heal the world

A Mandala is the Sanskrit word for "circle". It can be a very sacred if created by monks, but it can also be a wonderful creation to focus meditation. You may have seen them in colouring books for helping to reduce stress.

I ...

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Stitch Challenge and Free Motion Mavericks Link-up from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Week 274 of the Free Motion Mavericks linking party - where you don't have to be free motion quilting (FMQ) to link up. We're here to share, connect and encourage each other, no matter what techniques we use.

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Marina's Quilt Atelier dag 20. from M. Brito de Campos

Ik lees in de krant dat de HEMA het moeilijk heeft!
Ik hoop echt dat ze het overleven.

moet blijven!

Ik ben altijd wel een grote fan van HEMA geweest.
Vooral toen mijn kinderen klein waren.

Ik heb daar aardig wat leuke kleren voor hen gekocht.
En hoeslakens,
Sokken, kaplaarzen,

Bijna al mijn quiltlapjes zitten in dozen,
die ik bij de HEMA heb gekocht
(alleen al daarom moet HEMA blijven!)

Voor mijn kleindochter koop ik er speelgoed en knutselspullen.
De HEMA moet gewoon blijven.
Volgende week allemaal iets bij de HEMA kopen!
Doen hoor ...

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The Never Ending Sampler - Upcoming Panel 7 from Kitty and Me Designs

We're almost done with Panel 6 of The Never Ending Sampler.  There will be one more band which will be released next week.

I'll give everyone a little time to get caught up on the previous panels but I thought I'd share my ideas for Panel 7.

I'm trying to make these all different.  I don't want anyone getting bored!!  So for Panel 7, I will be working the design as a more traditional, antique style sampler.  I always call them "schoolgirl samplers".  Traditional sampler motifs along with an alphabet and probably a phrase regarding ...

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The Masked Mask Maker from Life in the Scrapatch

Still Sewing Masks

Adding wire nose pockets.

Adding an inner filter layer cut from a new vacuum cleaner liner.
The white film is the filter to go over the nose and mouth area
to hopefully add an extra bit of protection.

I am using up any usable elastic I have,
including cutting the wide elastic in half lengthwise.

I have some of the round coated elastic.
My machine does not like this much, even when using my heavy duty walking foot.
I have had frequent thread breaks and it has even bent a 90/14 ballpoint needle.
The best method ...

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» Mrs. P's Amherst

Mrs P's is back with some more pictures for you.  Please email direct to  to place an order and arrange for pick up or shipping.  

Canada is now suggesting/recommending having a mask to help prevent you from transmitting the virus when your 6 foot/2 metre personal space cannot be maintained.  They are not not a replacement for personal space or frequent hand washing!  

In case you want to try making a cloth mask ... let's look at some 100% cotton fabrics in stock!  First up... Cats!  These are the newest ones that came in ...

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New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 04/08/2020 from Curlicue Creations

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Vintage Blueprints by World Art Group, for Robert Kaufman. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features brown ships over a beige background (sepia look) Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Pansy Passion III Rose Fabric, by Blank Quilting. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cut. Hand wash separately, cold water, do ...

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