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April 1, 2020
Garden... from Mia's Cottage

Since we can’t go anywhere, here is  what I’ve been working on.

I did NOT get a before... I always think of that when it’s almost done. I can tell you... it was overgrown... entire ground was covered in weeds. 
We have a septic system right, smack dab in the middle. 

Potting bench stills needs to be painted and a little updated.



2 truck loads of these river rocks for middle, and 2 truck loads of DG for around them. 

I bought 4 huge pots a while ago in winter when these were 75% off. 

They cover ...

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Vintage Treasures Is Here!! No Foolin'! from Heartspun Quilts ~ Pam Buda

They're finally here!!  The books were delivered yesterday and I'm over-the-moon jazzed that the book is ready to send to all who pre-ordered it!!  Yahoo!!  Guess what I'll be doing today and tomorrow?  I couldn't be happier.
Olde Postage ~ Designed by Pam Buda ~ Vintage Treasures book for Martingale Publishing
Olde Postage, the quilt pictured above, is one of my all time favorite small quilts.   It's in my new Vintage Treasures book.  What's not to love about this quilt?  It's super scrappy, super easy and it catches your attention drawing you in to look ...

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Projects From Stitching Friends from Collector with a Needle


Ferns and Berries - Florence Block 1
Checking in with my stitching friends!
Wishing you all the best, thinking of you.

A couple stitching friends sent me photos of their current work and gave me permission to share with you.

Florence shared her Ferns and Berries project.  She's using a small reproduction indigo print with red berries and reverse applique.

For the berry stems, she's using an embroidered chain stitch.



Antique Quilt from our collection



This is our original - from our pattern cover.

The antique quilt is very heavily hand quilted with detailed motifs.

The original had embroidered stems ...

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wordless wednesday from Quilt Nut Creations


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Quilt Roadies Update from Wollie Mammoth

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March Quilting from Janet Ann Creations

Appliqué always gives me a sense of peace.

The simple act of keeping my hands busy with needle work
and listening to books on tape has been my savior 
during the Stay at Home directive in MA.

I've been making masks and mailing them to family and friends,
while watching the virus hit this country with such force, 
my heart goes out to all those working on the front lines.

Currently I'm working on a number of projects...
never seem to finish anything - but making good progress on them!


The last block of 'The Raven' is complete.


The ...

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birdie social distancing from Not Afraid of Color

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK13SW0QW04

Linking to
https://comedy-plus.wordless wednesday

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And the good news is ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

Not the way I usually spend March, but a very productive one, nonetheless.    The ins and outs of the house have been minimal.....basic needs, walks around the neighborhood, out the back door to the quilt-picture-taking-porch.

stars and arrow quilt - pieced and hand quilted - marty mason


The sun has been in and out for the last few days so I've gotten a few good pics of the just finished....hand quilted....stars and arrow quilt.  Shamefaced - I don't remember where or when I saw this pattern....on the internet somewhere - so  sadly, no credit is given to this delightful quilt designer.  I often see pictures (without a pattern ...

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Lonely ... Snow Angel from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Lonely -- 8"X10"
...but wait. I see a snow angel.

The original picture of my sister Coleen looking at a snow angel that she made.

I tweaked it with a photo app and printed it on fabric. Then I layered it with batting and the backing and quilted lines +/- 1/8” apart.

To enhance the figure, I stitched between those 1/8” lines.

This is the back, a reject from my first printing. Notice the “ghost “ figure on the right which is the extra stitching of the figure on the front.

Detail

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Wednesday Wait Loss 165 from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss, where you can share photos of quilts you’re working on and get encouragement to finish them from our Wednesday Wait Loss group!

First let me tell you what I've been up to

Let’s see…last week I did absolutely nothing. <grin>

April Fools!

The first thing I did last week was make the last two quilts for Fall Quilt Market. The quilts were based on my Fall Flight table runner I made for an Island Batik challenge last year.

Fall Flight 8.jpg

I made two table runners using the same fabric ...

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March Accomplishments from Mel's quilting blog

This is more to keep a record for me on what I got done in March.
This is the month I had a retreat with the New Braunfels Quilt Guild
This was the month where we were put into lockdown.

BDB Blue Pillow
Frog Quilt
Mar HCMQG #22 Diamond EPP
Orphan block pillows (3)
Kitchen Scarf
Mar Stashbuster #24 Blue/Green Mini 9 patches (key rings, pincushions
postcards
Kitchen Scarf
Face Masks
Feb Patchwork Times Color Challenge - Orange
Mar Patchwork Times Color Challenge - Yellow

UFOs
(8) BDB Blue Pillow
(9) Blue Slanted star pillow orphan block
(10) Brown Fan orphan ...

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Backing Seamed, Borders In Progress, and a Mismatched Pattern Lament from Cheeky Cognoscenti

First of all, I want to thank those of you who reached out to me with words of encouragement, commiseration, empathy, and scripture after my last dispirited post.  As burdensome as this forced isolation is, it would be so much worse without technology and the Internet as a lifeline of connection.  I love all of you so much!

Spirit Song Quilt Top on Wall, Backing Fabric on Ironing Board
Okay, so I only actually sewed ONE seam on Monday, but at least it's something that is crossed off the list now, right?  It took me over an hour to ...

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2020 UFO Challenges from Mel's quilting blog

It's been a difficult month.
I can't say I did much of anything on my list.
I've prepped a few things, but....mostly I made masks and a number of things I did at retreat before all this started.

January - #2 Fish Bowl
February - #9 Ashley's T-shirt quilt
I know I won't get this one done this month.
She has changed her mind on what some of the shirts she wants in the quilt.
So, with a little coaxing, maybe I'll be able to get some of it done ...

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A discovery from Happy Cottage Quilter

How excited could you be about paper towels? 

Pretty excited when you find them on the paper aisle, at 3:00 in the afternoon! 

So I'm in the grocery store, looking for ground meat (which has been scarse) and as I wander around I see the paper towels lined up right where they are supposed to be. Whoo-hoo! Yes we can only buy one package, but one is good, right?

And I have another discovery.  There has been no antibacterial soaps or sanitizers in our area for weeks. But I need dish soap. There on the same aisle I ...

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March 2020 Quilt Update from My Quilty World

The 20's are Roaring Again and are you joining in with our own group ROAR?  I posted all the details in a separate post and here is the Theme LINK to get the details if you want to join in. If you are new to the blog, you may be asking, "just what is a monthly update?"  I decided long ago that I just can't keep up with blogging daily.  I just can't.  Sooooo, what happens is I document a day

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Small Victories from Plum Quilts

 My scraps are finally all sorted (for the moment!)

It's hard to believe that they all fitted into the three plastic drawers, even harder to believe that they all fitted back again!
 But here's the proof!

Neatly sorted.  Either by size, or, with the irregular strips and rectangles, by colour (in the zip lock bags in the middle drawer.

It's left me with decisions about how to use them, of course.  But a decision for another day!

A second small victory?  This floral wreath is complete - a cross stitch piece that I've been working on for ...

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#floweroftheday - Day 15 from Daphne Greig


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093 Mystery Quilt Step Two from Silly Goose Quilts

So I'm making a mystery quilt, as you know.  Step two has been done and dusted.



I keep squawking (my brain is officially turning to mush, I could NOT remember how to spell that word!) at my youngest daughter for her messy workspace during this homeschooling lark.  My work space is revolting right now.  I can hardly talk.

Have a lovely day!

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March Stash Report and Goals Update from The Colorful Fabricholic

What a month this has been! Our plans have changed drastically. I don't know about you, but I feel like I've kind of lost my sewing mojo a little while simultaneously having more time to spend sewing. Or maybe it's just that I can't seem to focus very well. Anyone else having trouble concentrating?

At the beginning of March I celebrated the completion of my WIGSP, a hand pieced top that's been in work since 2008. My friends in CSQ Piecing Group who helped piece it celebrated with me. That was my final attendance at ...

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Charity Quilt Along Section 5 from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat sloan charity quilt rel 5 pic 2

*** Bloom-Topia ***

I lOVE this tulip block from the Charity Quilt Along!

Here is what you'll find below on the 1st and the 15th of each month until we finish:

  • My blocks each week
  • Tip or Bonus or Butterfly blocks (this week is my final FREE BIG BIRD quilt!!) 
  • My cross stitch progress on the Bloom-topia Cross stitch, it's so cute!
  • AT THE END is the link to donate & to download the Bloom-topia patterns.  There is a video too for making the block


Pat sloan charity quilt rel 5 pic 4

*** Bloom-Topia 2 version ***

Here are my blocks and the blocks made with the kit

You can ...

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