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May 27, 2018
"Ett er nødvendig" ~ en art quilt inspirert av Hans Børli from Iinas Sewing Machine Poetry


Ett er nødvendig
av Hans Børli

Ett er nødvendig - her
i denne vår vanskelige verden
av husville og heimløse:

Å ta bolig i seg selv

Gå inn i mørket
og pusse sotet av lampen.

Slik at mennesker på veiene
kan skimte lys
i dine bebodde øyne.


Jeg skulle visst ikke sy noe mer før utstillingen min. Men så har jeg hatt dette diktet i bakhodet over lengre tid... og plutselig var ideen der.
Da var det bare å sitte inne og sy, til tross for aldeles nydelige sommertemperaturer den siste tiden. Men det skal sies at mitt ellers så gulvkalde ...

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Is it June yet? from Life in the Scrapatch


A Sneaky Peek!


Maestro and I have been very busy behind the scenes
designing and sewing and getting ready 
to release my block for June for the 





Maestro was very helpful creating the design.

We are looking forward to seeing how others
bring our block to life for their quilts.

In the meantime 

has released a "bonus block"
for our group to work on.

You can only find this right now by joining our




It is free to ...

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Oh Happy Day! from ... Cat Patches

Like a lion tamer, it took a whip and a chair, but the Quiltmaker's Garden is FINISHED!

TA-RA-RA-BOOM-DE-AY!

It fought me to the bitter end, though. I have to tell you this story of the final stitches because it cracked me up. I'll show it with pictures.

So I did the final "sky blocks" using a motif by Lori Kennedy I found in this book:


Interestingly, as I was studying the motif in the book, I discovered a misprint. (I'd take a picture and show you, but then there's the whole copyright thing, so you'll ...

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Oh Happy Day! from Cat Patches

Like a lion tamer, it took a whip and a chair, but the Quiltmaker's Garden is FINISHED!

TA-RA-RA-BOOM-DE-AY!

It fought me to the bitter end, though. I have to tell you this story of the final stitches because it cracked me up. I'll show it with pictures.

So I did the final "sky blocks" using a motif by Lori Kennedy I found in this book:


Interestingly, as I was studying the motif in the book, I discovered a misprint. (I'd take a picture and show you, but then there's the whole copyright thing, so you'll ...

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Slow Sunday Stitching from Eagle's Wings Quilts

I missed doing a post last week. We were away camping for Avery’s 7th birthday. There was no stitching done during that time at all. Lots of grandchild enjoying. Lots of hikes and playing outside and getting wet since it was, of course raining. After all the Shepherds were camping and we can’t ruin a good pattern can we? Even so, we had a good time.

I went out to a local store this past week to talk about teaching English Paper Piecing and we have come to an agreement. I will be teaching at Stitch It Central ...

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Weekly update: part 1, the wedding from With Strings Attached

The Castle
Beautiful:  the day, the setting, and especially the couple.

The big event of the week was my niece's wedding.  It was held at Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center in Oregon, Illinois. That's about 100 miles from home.   Amelia went to camp there 20 years ago and fell in love with the Castle. (It was built in the late 1920's by the publisher of the Chicago Daily News as a weekend getaway. The Blackhawk Presbytery acquired it in the early 1960s.  They have a variety of accommodations for summer camp and for year-round retreats.)



It was a ...

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Weekly update: part 2, OMG for May from With Strings Attached

I achieved the four parts of my stated One Monthly Goal for May.  Here is the finish link up

Part 1:  two tote bags for the Rotary golf outing raffle

Part 2:  a mug rug for a colleague who's retiring (and another for a friend who graduated from college)

Part 3:  three mug rugs for fellow Buduget & Finance committee members

Part 4:  a tote bag for the Budget & Finance committee chair
















Thanks once again to Patty for sponsoring One Monthly Goal. It helps me focus and achieve!

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Stash report May 27, 2018 from Making A Lather

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 219 1/4 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 131 3/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 87 1/2 yards used more than purchased. 

I sewed at least 15 min 7 days this week.
I am still working on my hexie quilt and have added 3 more flowers


I am linking to:

Slow Sunday Stitching

Oh scrap

sunday stash at quiltpaintcreate

15 min to stitch at life in pieces


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Sunday Prayers from Wont to be Quilter


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Sunday Prayers from wont-to-be quilter


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Road trip finishes from Dreamworthy Quilts

I finished the binding on my queen sized Christmas quilt during my drive across Kansas today.










Yesterday I was able to crochet around the edge of a baby blanket. 

Sewing as I travel really makes the time go by faster.  It has been a wonderful trip thus far. 

The Christmas quilt is on my 18 in 2018 list,  so I am linking up with the host blog,  what a hoot.

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House Hunt from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Not only are we outrageously far apart in the location of our retirement but also in the retirement home. This morning I sent him a link to this house. It needs some updating and the kitchen would have to be gutted because I do not want painted cabinets and I think I could arrange it...

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9 Reasons Why Your Longarmer Might Be Late With Your Quilt In The Spring, and My Fave From St. Jacobs from caledonia quilter

I don't know where you live, but HERE we had a bit of nice spring weather and then we got blasted TWICE with more winter.  Now that the temperature is finally Helen-friendly, I check the Weather Network and see that the pollen counts are off the charts - which explains the sneezing and stuffy sinuses.  Nevertheless... I love spring!!! When the weather gets warm and I can strip off the jacket, scarf and mitts I have a difficult time staying indoors.

9 REASONS WHY YOUR LONGARMER MIGHT BE LATE WITH YOUR QUILT IN THE SPRING

1.  The asparagus is up ...

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Marshmallows, Snowballs, Slow Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

I just have to tell you about a free and very sweet little stitch along occurring on Facebook called Enjoy the Little Things.  Serena Boffa Soda, the administrator, combines embroidery with patchwork beautifully and is actually providing video tutorials for each of the stitches in this project.  Many embroidery novices have signed up too and I'm so happy to see that.
Serena's fabric and colour choices for her projects are sublime and remind me of a more colourful Yuko Saito if that makes any sense.

Much happiness for Serena as her first book was published this year - Small ...

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6 Köpfe 12 Blöcke - Criss Cross Block und Verlosung from Quiltmanufaktur


Man soll gar nicht glauben, was einem so alles dazwischen kommen kann, wenn man sich eigentlich gerne mit den schönen Dingen des Lebens beschäftigen würde....

DSGVO - diese Abkürzung habt ihr bestimmt alle schon zur Genüge gehört und ich denke, sie hängt euch genauso zum Hals raus, wie mir. Grundsätzlich eine gute Sache, nur leider vollkommen bürokratisch und damit nicht wirklich gut durchdacht. Dennoch habe ich mich die letzten Wochen damit sehr stark auseinander setzten müssen. Homepage, Onlineshop und Blog mussten DSGVO-konform gemacht werden, wie es so schön im Amtsdeutsch heißt. Das hat mich total von meiner eigentlichen Lieblingsbeschäftigung abgehalten.

Daher ...

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OMG Progress from Swooze's Quilts and Tall Tales

Made it to the top stage. Will be loaded on the longarm tomorrow.



I’m mentally working out the quilting pattern.

Will you meet your OMG goal?

Swooze

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The Rest Of The Visiting Family from Quilts + Color

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Julie, Oliver and Greg posed for this picture this morning.
So glad to have them spending time here.

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{ A Quick Project- the Mondo Bag} from {The Sweetest Dreams}

I attended my first quilting guild meeting last month and saw several ladies with these amazing patchwork bags. I inquired about an available pattern and was told that most of the guild members have made a Mondo bag. Some have made many.

Quiltsmart offers a pattern and fusible interfacing kit that make the construction of the bags so easy. Two charm packs and some yardage are needed. 



This is a very roomy bag. Great for a beach tote or even a diaper bag. Quiltsmart even offers a smaller option , the Midi Bag.  I've already got two more planned-one for ...

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PEI Modern Guild Mystery from Quilts and More - Home Made Creations

It's done!  The deadline is May 31 to enter the draw for the PEI guild mystery quilt along, and I managed to get the whole thing finished, quilted and bound in time!  I made two quilts, but this is the one that got finished. It's an almost-tradiational layout (the other will be more modern).  I needed to stretch the quilt to make it 70x50", so I moved the corner stars in from the sides and out from the top and bottom to accomplish this.

It took a few extra pieces to fill them out. And one re-working, after ...

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Applique! from JulieKQuilts

I recently completed the fifth block for Linda Brannock's "Flowers" quilt.  I added the striped hearts, inside the pink hearts.  I like the little yellow circles...they pop out there!! It always kind of surprises me what I come up with, from the scraps, as I never really have a cogent plan, LOL! The leaves were a challenge, but I hope I am getting a little better with every applique piece I attempt.  The journey is where it is at for me...how about you?  Is it really all about perfection at the end, or is it a fun ...

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