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April 15, 2021
NC Fun Times from Mama Spark's World

We got to hang out with Avery and his folks.  We had such a great time!  We are only able to see him on the weekends since his folks want to keep to his regular schedule during the week.  So we have been trying to find some things to keep us occupied.  I have read 2 books already!  The other night we were out walking and saw 2 Great Horned Owls.  I was not able to ID them until I looked up the

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Booking 2022 and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I feel like we can finally see light at the end of this pandemic tunnel and it feels so wonderful.  During this whole thing, rather than try to modify my classes to a virtual format, I decided to just hold out and wait for an in-person experience.  

My teaching style is very hands-on with lots of individual attention, and the nature of improv piecing is non-linear, and neither of those things lend themselves to a virtual format.  Though that meant that my teaching ground to a halt, I just didn't want to compromise ...

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Planets, Stars and More on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks, week 327. This is probably the last post on the progress of this Pinwheels and Stars baby quilt. I'm really hoping that the next post with be the big finish

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Day By Day, Stitch By Stitch from From the Strawberry Patch...

Time moves on... day by day, stitch by stitch. Life after buying the new church has taken on a more familiar rhythm again this week. I finished up the quilting on the second of two Life is Good T-shirt quilts for a church member in memory of his dear wife. This has been passed on to Quiltkeemosabe herself who will bind and label them for presentation to his daughters. The days are warming up

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Day By Day, Stitch By Stitch from From the Strawberry Patch...

Time moves on... day by day, stitch by stitch. Life after buying the new church has taken on a more familiar rhythm again this week. I finished up the quilting on the second of two Life is Good T-shirt quilts for a church member in memory of his dear wife. This has been passed on to Quiltkeemosabe herself who will bind and label them for presentation to his daughters. The days are warming up

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Orange Peel Quilt Top.....Design Work Completed from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I completed the design work on the

Orange Peel Quilt

 

I tried a scrappy placement of the peels

and it wasn't working...

I tried grouping the peels by color family

and that works...



Purple Peels in the top left area...






Pink Peels below the purple...






Light Blue Peels top right area...






Dark Blue Peels bottom right corner...

Red Peels bottom left...





I put the flying geese 

with their color family as well...






For a busy quilt, this arrangement is much

calmer on the eyes...






Yes, this is the design I am going with...






Now, to piece the blocks together ...

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Sew Wot Tuesday from Romany Quilting

It was my turn to host the Sew Wot ladies this week, and there was a merry band of six of us.  Mary had brought along some freshly picked apples from her trees, so bags of apples were passed around to us all, many thanks Mary.  And I had some quilting goodies to give away and had them laid out on the table, thanks to the stash from my next door neighbour who has recently moved into a rest home.  I’m still slowly going through several bags of “stuff” which Dorothy’s daughter passed over to me when she ...

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Garden Festival 23, 24 from Virtual Quilter

I used this project file while demonstrating Electric Quilt at my state guild’s Festival of Quilts years ago. A very interesting experience, trying to design quilts while chatting to friends passing by, or answering questions from other people. Most of the designs saved were ones I worked on during some of the quieter moments, when people were watching what was happening on screen, rather than asking questions.

I like both of these designs, but would modify both if they were on the list to make into real quilts.

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April 14, 2021
Pasta for Dinner from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Today was a busy but fun day in the kitchen. I’ve been wanting to make pasta for Vince and I’ve been wanting to try making it with squid ink so it would be dark. I wasn’t sure if it would taste weird so I made regular egg pasta and squid ink pasta. Rolling the squid...

The post Pasta for Dinner appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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Extra Time Just to Get it Right from Quilty Folk

Do you remember the Big Kiss quilt? Over the winter I decided that it probably needed more attention and pulled it out of the finished quilt top drawers for further scrutiny. {Or maybe it wouldn't quit haunting me?} After much pondering, I finally decided to go for it. The applique that I decided on has been prepped and waiting for quite awhile, just patiently waiting their turn in the queue!

Big Kiss quilt top is finished! 

It's kind of a bold looking border, but very simple in terms of hand work. Then of course,  I made it more ...

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FOULARD TABLE RUNNER from Q-BITS

This is a fun, easy and fast block suitable for beginners.

The block, itself, has no points to match and few interections.  However, a pieced sashing, as I have used here, increases the difficulty; but it is still easy for a beginner to master. The pattern for the block is on pages 30 and 31 of my book, Keepsake Signature Quilts.  It isn't necessary to use a plain fabric for a possible signature patch.  Spice it up with a favorite stripe fabric.
Table runners are small and manageable and an easy way to test out a new-to-you pattern.


The ...

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Rewarding Myself from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I haven't allowed myself to start something new in a really long time.  But after finishing all the Covered In Love quilts and making great progress on some of my WIPs, I thought I deserved to start a new project.



Quite a while back, a friend gifted me with these three lovely fabrics.  I had commented that I really liked these when she brought a quilt for me to quilt for her.  She had some leftover cuts so she passed them onto me.  They have been sitting on the corner of my cutting table since then - just waiting for ...

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Scrappy Hexagon quilt progress from Northern Deb Quilts

The Scrappy Hexagon quilt is progressing. HOW-TO post is the one before this.
 I'm digging through the final 1-1/2" scrap strips to make enough triangles to complete the top.

I took a little time away from the quilt to make a mug rug. Ever feel the need to just have a finish? Me too. 

I had a pile of little short scraps collecting on the cutting table. I was ready to toss them in the garbage when it occured to me they might make a scrappy block. I don't need just one odd scrappy block so I ...

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“Nurturer” from All Pressing Matters

This is what I should have named this quilt. But when one wants to get it out the door and gifted, one goes with the obvious.

Betsy’s Garden

In March Pat Sloan offered a free pattern challenge called March Hope. The plan was to make a block every day for the month of March. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, I can’t stand doing one thing a day for a month.

So I made them all and finished the top right before the end of March. I knew I’d be gifting this quilt to my friend ...

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Quaker Woman’s Sewing Suitcase from Quilt & Textile Collections


Somerset is a county in the South West of England by Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon. . Parts of the area were settled very early, with bones dating to 12,000 BCE. It comes from an Old English name “Sumorsaete meaning the people living dependent on Somerton.” The first known use of the name is in the law code of King Ine, a Saxon King from 688 to 726, which makes Somerset one of the oldest existing units of local government. The Quakers established a “Meeting” in Somerset in 1656, eventually establishing a meeting house and during the 1700s the town ...

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And the Obsession Grows - from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!


I made 7 more Cabin Corners blocks yesterday.

This project was just an idea - a pipe dream - a possibility - a nudge - okay, a SHOVE into sewing up the remains left from my Rockabilly Swing quilt which I do have to say is much more fun than simply throwing everything into some random bin to deal with later.

If there re more scraps on hand - just keep sewing!

The center of the blocks really do use the small pieces - but when it gets to the larger pieces, I've been digging into strings.
Did You Click to Read the Whole Story?

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Random Things from Wont to be Quilter


 Hi friends!

Made these two for my couch to kind of match the other couch and loveseat in there. Gave my friend her car seat quilt yesterday. She had made tops for that and the baby quilt I finish for her. Her hands are getting in bad shape plus she still works !

The barring wore out in the John Deere wheel so hubby changed tires to. He gets a lot of use out of his tractor! 

 Like having some man to help!

Best money we ever spent!


Sis got me this for Christmas over a year ago, I named him ...

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Random Things from wont-to-be quilter


 Hi friends!

Made these two for my couch to kind of match the other couch and loveseat in there. Gave my friend her car seat quilt yesterday. She had made tops for that and the baby quilt I finish for her. Her hands are getting in bad shape plus she still works !

The barring wore out in the John Deere wheel so hubby changed tires to. He gets a lot of use out of his tractor! 

 Like having some man to help!

Best money we ever spent!


Sis got me this for Christmas over a year ago, I named him ...

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This is a Test, This is Only a Test from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!



I got a little message from Feedburner this afternoon.


They are discontinuing the service of emailing blog posts to followers. The service from Feedburner will end in July.

It's SAD for me, because I know many of you come by simply because you found the teaser post in your email.
Did You Click to Read the Whole Story?

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The Kindness of Strangers from Adele Mogavero

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that your safety and well-being are at the kindness of complete strangers? If you think about it for even a second, it kind of scary, isn’t it? It happened to me back when I was a teenager. ....

The post The Kindness of Strangers appeared first on Musings From The Bungalow.

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