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April 18, 2015
Have a Latte Blog Hop - PERK POWER! from Creatin' in the Sticks

Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks 
and 
my stop in the 
Have a Latte blog hop.


How 'bout I pour you a cup of 
Perk Power?

That's how my grandparents always made coffee.  I remember waking up at their house and smelling the coffee perking on the stove.  That was the best smell...


I've been exploring new techniques and made the coffee pot and the handle of the coffee cup with bias tape.  Perk Power was made similar to the quilt, Love You to Pieces,  a finish in February.


Perk Power
was created with

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Sampler Savvy - Class 3 from Creations by Melinda


Lots of work was done at class on Wednesday. Everyone is excited to learn EPP and make a GFG flower that we will appliqué to a background. 

We also worked on a Spool block. Here is some of the homework. 

Melinda

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The Gravity Quilt Along Begins! {Block 1 - Horizon} from Busy Hands Quilts

Today is the official kick-off of the GRAVITY Quilt Along!  I am excited to have you quilting along with me or watching from the sidelines!

   Cheers  erupt,  confetti  falls,  and  happy  dance  begins!!  


GRAVITY QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

March 8, 2015 Announcement!
March 10, 2015  Alternative Fabric Ideas
March 16, 2015 - Schedule and Sponsors
March 17, 2015  Sponsors and Prizes!
March 24, 2015  Template Tips
April 17, 2015  Block 1 ◄ You are here!
May 1, 2015  Block 2
May 15, 2015  Block 3
May 29, 2015  Block 4
June 12 ...

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Custom Paris France Eiffel Tower Themed Bed Runner {Finished!} from Busy Hands Quilts

My Friday Finish is a custom Paris France and Eiffel Tower themed bed runner in pinks, gray and white.  My customer emailed me pictures of fabrics she liked, and I was so happy to be able to find many of the exact fabrics while on vacation over spring break!

A bed runner is a great way to introduce color into a bedroom without the larger commitment of changing all of the bedding.



The border, backing, and binding are the same fuschia and medium pink swirl fabric.


Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern:  Layer Cake Slice
  • Size:  32" x 85"
  • Fabric:  Shades of pink ...

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Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew - the Charm Edition from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Welcome back to another Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party.


I know, I know last Christmas is a long forgotten memory and you have absolutely ages to think about this Christmas, but don't you want to be all cool, calm and collected for a change in December? Not to mention smug when others are burning the midnight oil trying to get those carefully crafted gifts made in time, and you are enjoying the sight of a whole year's worth of crafted goodies just waiting to be wrapped and labelled!

To be that cool, calm crafter ...

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April 17, 2015
So Excited!! Turned off 'no reply' !!!! from Crazy Victoriana


No pictures but great news, at least to me.... 
I was informed by a friend that I was 'set' to 'no reply', wow, I had no idea what to do about that.
I have always relied on my son to help me on those kind of computer related things.
He is away at college and when he does come to visit I've forgot to ask him about it.
So I have been researching on Google and reading and experimenting and doing this and looking at that and finally today, I found a 'tutorial' that made sense to me and ...

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Of Fractured Bones and Other Annoying Quilting Delays... And PROGRESS!! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Greetings from the Land of Humpty-Dumpty, in which Rebecca goes for a bike ride, has a great fall, and is still waiting for all the King's horses and all the King's men to put her bones back together again.    This happened exactly three weeks ago today, and in addition to the broken and displaced right clavicle bone that has disabled my right arm, I also broke my left thumb and smacked my head hard enough to crack my bike helmet and give myself a mild concussion.  So I have not been sewing for the past couple of weeks ...

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Farm Girl Friday's are Almost Here - YeeHaw!!! from Bee In My Bonnet


Two weeks from today on May 1st…
will be the kick off day of the
and I can hardly wait…
how about you?


Today I want to share with you
 my "go to" 
for background fabrics:)


I love me some polka dots...


And little bitty polka dots 
are always perfect 
for any Farm Girl project.
Look how great these
 look with the 


My very favorite are the
 "Swiss Dots" on WHITE
(they come on cream as well
but I prefer WHITE) 
by none other than the amazing

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Ohio Collection Quilt Update from Luann's Loose Threads

I'm still in Shipshewana at our quilt retreat, and I've done a bit of stitching. 


Here are my latest Ohio Collection blocks. This shoe with flowers was designed by Karen at Log Cabin Quilter blog. I appreciate Karen sharing her patterns with me. The red on my flowers bled some so I have to work on that when I get home. 
This is Star and Princess Feather from Anita Shackleford's Ohio Colkection book.  Both blocks are hand appliquéd. 

Br sure to visit the other bloggers that are working on their version of this quilt:
Karen -Log Cabin ...

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Ohio Collection Quilt Update from Loose Threads

I'm still in Shipshewana at our quilt retreat, and I've done a bit of stitching. 


Here are my latest Ohio Collection blocks. This shoe with flowers was designed by Karen at Log Cabin Quilter blog. I appreciate Karen sharing her patterns with me. The red on my flowers bled some so I have to work on that when I get home. 
This is Star and Princess Feather from Anita Shackleford's Ohio Colkection book.  Both blocks are hand appliquéd. 

Br sure to visit the other bloggers that are working on their version of this quilt:
Karen -Log Cabin ...

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The ShopHop Prize - 1st and 2nd of May from Plain Stitch



The ShopHopPrize includes; a Moda Jelly Roll, 12 fat quarters including Dashwood, Heather Bailey and Art Gallery Fabrics. Three balls of DMC Cotton yarn, two balls of perle cotton, two YLI hand quilting threads, two machine Quilting King Tut threads, two rolls of lacy ribbon, two rolls of pompom/ricrac trim, a pair of stalk embroidery scissors, some gorgeous ceramic buttons, a pack of self threading needles, a hanky cover case, two gingham ribbons and a set of Tilda paper piecing templates........woo hoo...lets ShopHop!

 Shop Hop is back! For those of you who participated last year..you know ...

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The Problem with Trying New Techniques... from From Blank Pages . . .

Is that sometimes they do not work. frown.

While I was sick in bed last Saturday I watched some craftsy classes, because, hey! I'm all for learning and trying new things. One thing I quickly realized is that the techniques I use to paper piece are a LOT different than how other people paper piece. (I have a few different tutorials as well as you tube videos if you want to see how I do it.)

I feel like my technique has evolved quite a bit over the years and I am currently very happy with the results I ...

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O is for Old MacDonald’s Daughter! from Nita Dances

…performing to a little something by Frank Sinatra at Saqra’s Showcase, November 2009

OI’m participating in the Blogging From A-Z challenge.  One blog post for each letter of the alphabet, each day of April (except Sunday). 

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Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along Prep! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Who's ready for #farmgirlfridays starting in just two weeks! We received a lot of questions regarding the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along  with Lori Holt of Bee In my Bonnet and here is a little bit more information about what YOU need to get started.
When is it?
The Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along will begin Friday, May 1, 2015 and last until Friday, October 9, 2015. We're calling it #farmgirlfridays ! Be sure to visit Lori's blog every Friday for piecing tips and her adorable blocks. We will also have two featured bloggers each week showcasing their ...

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Nominate me please from Quilting is a Fine Art

National Quilters Circle Blogger Awards - Nominate Me badge
Please click on the link and nominate me.

Of course it would be super cool if you read some of my blog posts too.

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All Marked, Ready To Quilt from Priscilla's Workshop

One item I can guarantee is that my newest Christmas quilt will be complete by this Christmas. I finished marking the top a few minutes ago. Tomorrow I will start layering and basting. That always takes a while. Squatting tailor style doesn't suit old folks well and this week I have been suffering from a pinched nerve in my upper back. I have a very bad upper spine, skull down to mid-back, including having had discectomy and fusion on four levels in my neck several years ago. Although thoracic disc ruptures are remarkably rare I am lucky enough to ...

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Color Boost from Sewn With Grace










































Spring has been slow in coming to my part of Michigan, or at least it feels like it.  Spring is probably right on schedule.  I've been gravitating to bright colors lately in the anticipation of spring.  I am usually drawn to much softer colors as in the second photo.  My favorite Japanese fabric company, Lecien, sent me their fabulous Modern collection in the bottom photo.  I am working on a couple of quilts to be displayed in their booth at quilt market next month and as free patterns on their website. It has been so much fun!  I had ...

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Starting to look like ...... from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

It is starting to look like a serious quilt here.  There are now 21 of the Arrowhead blocks sewn and 4 of the Old Italian blocks for a grand total of 25. . The nice thing about making the Italian blocks is that when you cut them out you get pieces for two blocks - a positive and a negative version. So I need to concentrate on making those at this point.

The Twenty Five made so far. 
 Those multi color batiks can make the blocks look distorted a bit.  I find that interesting - but I am not changing them.
I have ...

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WIPs Be Gone Week 16 from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Another WIP is gone!  This one I numbered as #8.  Been hanging around for a while and glad it is out the door: Edging all done and ready to gift. A bit bigger than the usual St. Anne's 36" square, but some Mom will surely like it for her little one.  And I'm quilting #9 now: Here's when I was SITD the middle row - after that it just got easier.  Here's all the squares stitched: For novices

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Adventure of the Traveling Spork from Road Home Quilting

Stitched a pocket so Alex can pack her fancy spork to school in her book bag.


Cute kitcheny fabric, right? With enough blue Alex will be pleased. My first adventure in oilcloth:) Of course I got this fabric from Modern June.
LUV her book,
Sewing with Oilcloth, It was everything I needed to be brave and dive into something new (albeit tiny), without wasting time on too many learning curve errors.  Thanks, Kelly!

Like this tip from the book for "ironing" oilcloth by parking it in the sun.

Actually, this picture is wrong. Not until I put fabric face down ...

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