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October 17, 2017
Sew Some Love from Kat & Cat Quilts

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.

Yesterday was the first day of cool weather here that actually felt like Fall! I can't wait for the cooler temperatures to get here to stay.  It puts me in the mood to sit down and sew up some of the beautiful scrappy susannah blocks coming in through the block drive.  If you want to join in with Covered in Love's block drive this one will run until the end of October :)

Covered in Love has been so blessed ...

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it was a good day from Charm About You

Half square triangle quilt

Life has been a whirlwind recently, with such a busy schedule and not much time to play. Then a funny thing happened, in the way that sometimes things just come together and everything works out to give you just what you need. First up though I'm going to show you the quilt I made for the Sewing Quarter last week, using fat quarters of Kaffe Fassett and a simple HST layout from Modern Baby Quilts by Fons & Porter. The dark background fabric allows the prints to shine and gives it a bold, modern feel.

HST quilt, quilt blocks

I really like this action ...

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Inspired, tired and cleaning up from Art In Search

     The Bonnie Hunter workshops in Rochester through the Genesee Valley Quilt Guild were awesome. Bonnie was personal, helpful, encouraging and moved everyone up on their game. She does not stop moving and has lots of energy.
     Part of the workshop includes show and share after lunch. People bring in Bonnie tops or vintage or whatever. I knew no one in any of the workshops, but learned a lot from them. 
     I don't do selfies or stuff like that because I don't like pictures of myself, but I just had to have a picture with Bonnie as she means ...

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On my Design Wall from The Quilting Reader's Garden

is a mess.  Wanted to make another quilt as last week's, but it went awry.  I thought of making each block have a different solid. Ugh - I didn't like it.  No cohesiveness as before with only one sash color.  So what to do?  I decided to take those blocks I'd made and change them a bit. This I like.  Need to change out the other blocks to decide for sure.  Has this happened to you?  I see

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On my Design Wall from Quilting Reader's Garden

is a mess.  Wanted to make another quilt as last week's, but it went awry.  I thought of making each block have a different solid. Ugh - I didn't like it.  No cohesiveness as before with only one sash color.  So what to do?  I decided to take those blocks I'd made and change them a bit. This I like.  Need to change out the other blocks to decide for sure.  Has this happened to you?  I see

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Christmas Caroling Season Approaching: Should I Make a New Costume, Yea or Nay? from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning and happy holidays, everyone!  I know it's only October 17th and y'all are probably festooning your front steps with pumpkins and "harvest decor" if you're thinking about holidays at all, but my professional caroling group just had our kickoff rehearsal/party last weekend so I'm already thinking ahead to Christmas.  Behold, me in the Giant Green Dress That Does Not Fit In My Car:

Final Christmas Caroling Job Last Year, Holiday Party at a Private Residence

That photo is from my last caroling job of last year's holiday season, a party at a ...

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What I’m Reading: The Life She Was Given from Jo's Country Junction


I just finished up the audio book The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman.  I picked up this book as I have read other books by Wiseman and LOVED them all.  What She Left Behindand The Plum Tree were both awesome.  I had high hopes for this book but sometimes, with books, high hopes leave me with a book I didn’t like.

Image result for the life she was given
That was not true with this book.  I really liked it.  It was sad and at times what happened in the story made me want to scream at the parents but it was what ...

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bagmaker tuesday #1 (new linky party) from Sotak Handmade

Hello lovelies, happy Tuesday to you all!

You've probably noticed I love sewing bags and pouches a lot. And I mean A LOT!!! In fact, they are my most favorite projects to work on, so I decided to start a linky party devoted completely to celebrating our in-progress as well as finished bags and pouches.

Here's what I have in mind. Every Tuesday I'm planning on showing a few photos and a description of a project I made as well as linking up to relevant patterns, tutorials, or supplies I used so you can check them out ...

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Blue Snowballs. from M. Brito de Campos

Het enige dat ontbrak was de rand.
En ook dat was reeds aangeschaft en 
wachtte en wachtte....! samen met achterkant en quiltgaren 
geduldig in een mandje.
Maar deze week kreeg ik de geest
En zat de smalle rand en brede rand er in een mum van tijd aan.
De smalle groene rand is iets smaller
uitgevallen dan de bedoeling was.
Ik had anderhalve inch moeten snijden
om een randje van een inch te maken en
ik heb ze op 1 inch gesneden.
(toch weer die concentratie ...

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Bee Happy Block Party - Quick Kitchen Projects from quiltscapes

Welcome to my stop at the "Bee Happy" Block Party!

Corresponding with Lori Holt's "Bee Happy" Sew Along, The folks at Riley Blake Designs have invited a few designers to feature small projects made with an individual block or two from Lori's adorable quilt.

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Winter Into Spring Cross Stitch Patterns - Now Available Again! from Kitty and Me Designs

If you've been following my blog since the beginning, you may remember the Winter Into Spring Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along that I did about 10 years ago:

Winter Into Spring Counted Cross Stitch Pattern January

Winter Into Spring Counted Cross Stitch Pattern February

Winter Into Spring Counted Cross Stitch Pattern March

Winter Into Spring Counted Cross Stitch Pattern April
I originally designed this as a bellpull.  The designs are now available separately but can be stitched all together vertically, horizontally, as one large design (2 X 2) or individually and framed or made into pillows:

Winter Into Spring Counted ...

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BrowSEO GMail Creator software crack from Stitches of Joi

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After Retreat~ from Crazy 'bout Quilts

I am post-retreat dragging today.  ;-) The lack of sleep has caught up with me. LOL
But! I had a wonderful 4 day sewing/quilting retreat this past weekend and got so much accomplished!  I am going to break my posts into two~ first the bag and pouches and tomorrow the quilt blocks. :-) (just a little teaser~ I sewed over 100 quilt blocks!!) 

The pattern comes in two sizes, and three options for the front of the bag.
I chose option 3 and rather than do ...

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GATHERINGS, Part 3 from Quilting with Kimberly

It’s time for all you GATHERINGS stitchers to work on Row 3 by making your Posey Basket Blocks! I wish I had some “real time” in-progress photos of my Gatherings quilt to share, but as we are in the middle of a big move to the west coast PLUS I’m preparing to teach nine classes in Houston at Festival in just two weeks, my basket blocks will have to wait until mid-November.

In the meantime, though, it has been brought to my attention that there is a tiny “errata” in the instructions in American Quilter Magazine this month ...

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WOW: A Celebratory Morning Tea from Esther's Blog

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
I've decided that blogs definitely can have birthdays and that 10 years old is occasion enough for a cake and some flowers. True, the cake is store bought  - but perfectly nice. Actually, it's probably nicer than any I could have made myself. The sponge is deliciously light. Much lighter than my own efforts have ever yielded. And the cream is fresh and the strawberries unseasonably ripe. I think they're from Queensland which explains it. Local strawberries this time of year are often so sour.

My DH suggested we should take the family out ...

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WIP Wednesday #309 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

Happy almost Wednesday folks!

I was planning to feature a picture and project from last week's link ups but I couldn't pick just one! What an interesting variety of styles and textile arts. You are all amazingly talented. 

Thank you for sharing with us. And if you'd like to do so again this week...

The link-up is open from noon Tuesday (Pacific time) until noon Thursday (Pacific time).

Do you know that you don't have to have a blog to link up? You can use a picture from your Flickr or Instagram accounts. There's a ...

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Holidays and Special Events Post 6 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Holidays are difficult for some folks. There are as many reasons for that as there are people, it seems. Others find celebrating holidays and special occasions both rewarding and fulfilling. Everyone has to find his/her own way. Finding or choosing that way takes courage and finesse and, for some, lots of stumbling around. 

The question for bloggers becomes what to do with this opportunity. Pull out all the stops and celebrate as though everyone were on the same happy train? Or to respect those who cannot find joy in the event and let it slip quietly away? 

There is ...

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Easy No Sew DIY Fleece Blanket from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Here in Hamilton, Missouri, the first hints of fall weather are upon us, and we know winter weather will be here soon. Short days and long nights can be chilly, and there is nothing better than curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and a warm blanket.

One of the best ways to add some snuggle to your fall and winter days is with fleece, and Missouri Star Quilt Co. has a wide selection of solids, prints and licensed designs that will warm you up in no time!

With so many fun designs, there is something for everyone! Check ...

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Video tutorial puntos de bordado, punto de cruz from La Vida en Patchwork

Video tutorial puntos de bordado, punto de cruz

Pues continuamos con nuestro cuaderno de bordado, hoy vamos a hacer en nuestra media página de esta semana, el punto de cruz.

Es un punto que todas sabéis hacer y que me ha hecho recordar, mis orígenes, la primera vez con 19 años más o menos, que hice mi primer cuadro de punto de cruz, qué emoción y quién me iba a contar a mi, que acabaría bordando y haciendo patchwork, y más aún con un blog, que en aquella época ni existían.

Recuerdo estudiarme los gráficos, que me resultaban un interesante ...

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Roundabout Tote Pattern and Giveaway from Lily Patch Quilts

Happy Tuesday! It sure is a happy Tuesday around here. I am literally doing the happy dance. I had this tote pattern on the back burner for a very long time, longer than I want to admit. I had some changes that I've been wanting to make and working on all of the diagrams on my own was very time consuming, but I am SEW happy it's finally complete. 

Introducing the new and improved Roundabout Tote! This tote packs a punch. The Roundabout Tote is quick to put together. The step-by-step diagrams walk you through the whole sewing ...

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