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March 18, 2019
Design Wall Monday from My Sewing Room

Sunday afternoon sewing began with cleaning up a neglected corner of my sewing room and then dealing with a couple of projects that had been started but then neglected.  This all started because I wanted to use that larger design board that was covered with half square triangles.  So I finally just sewed these together.  What had I been waiting for?  This 16" pieced square made of leftover 2.5" HSTs could become a pillow, or a doll quilt, and maybe even the center of a larger quilt.  We'll see what it wants to be.  

The other "stuff" laying ...

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The Making of Wonky Little Houses from Curlicue Creations

This is the Wonky Little Houses quilt. I made this quilt using Carrie Bloomston's pattern from the October 2018 Quilty Box.

 Normally, I take a lot of pictures when I'm making a quilt.  I must have been pressed for time, because this is the first photo I have!  So this post will be more like the quilting of Wonky Little Houses.  As you can see, I basted with safety pins.  This is how I prep quilts when I'm planning on quilting them on my Elna Quilter's Dream.

 I began my quilting on this yellow door of ...

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Online Fusses, SAL, A Truly Canadian Bird from Canadian Needle Nana

Hubby, having eaten his oatmeal breakfast, has retired to his computer eager to finish making a sale online.  I've told you how he has driven motorcycles all his life but gave it a break last summer after having a little mishap the year before. Here with one of his pride and joys.

 But he has longed to return to the road and his brush with mortality last month has spurred him onward in achieving that.  He is buying something called a Ryker, a 3 wheeled vehicle that I must admit seems like just the ticket if a 79 year ...

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WIP Inventory from High Road Quilter

Having finished a couple of small quilts, I decided to take inventory of my current works in progress and their current status.  I am hoping that this will help me see that progress is being made during the spring and summer slowdown. These are just the quilts I have been working on in the last few months, and not the other unfinished projects that are stored away.

Some people might be overwhelmed by the number of projects listed here, but I really enjoy getting to choose which project I want to work on. Since they are not standing in a ...

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The flowering snowballs are green in honor of St. Paddy's day! from Not Afraid of Color

the color of the month at Rainbow Scrap challenge is green, and these 12- 8" blocks are my Flowering Snowball blocks done in greens from my scrap bin. I love this block!
Fun way to use up scraps, sometimes the scraps have a pelican sometimes a kite, little birds again or daisies.
sometimes a frog! I like the mix of tones, and intensities.
Did you hear about our blizzard? It was the scariest storm I've lived through so far...So it was a good time to make my snowball blocks! I made a few in black and white too ...

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Is it Spring Yet? from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Fluffy Bunny Tea Towel
My snowmen around my house are starting to look a little out of place.  I'm starved for some color...splashes of spring here and there.  The problem is, I lack motivation to dig the bins out of my crawl space to make the big switch...

So I'm cheating a bit, I've pulled out my bunny tea towels and put them up in my kitchen.  Ahhhh pretty colors, even though there's still snow outside, I can smile at the cute bunnies in my kitchen. These designs are a couple of my first ones ...

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Is it Spring Yet? from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Fluffy Bunny Tea Towel
My snowmen around my house are starting to look a little out of place.  I'm starved for some color...splashes of spring here and there.  The problem is, I lack motivation to dig the bins out of my crawl space to make the big switch...

So I'm cheating a bit, I've pulled out my bunny tea towels and put them up in my kitchen.  Ahhhh pretty colors, even though there's still snow outside, I can smile at the cute bunnies in my kitchen. These designs are a couple of my first ones ...

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Dinosaurs.... from Mia's Cottage

Life was put on hold for 5 days due to John John coming to stay with us. He had Spring break and asked if he could come stay.. of course!

So he is STILL obsessed with dinosaurs these days.
I bought this panel of dinosaurs like 4 yrs ago, before he was even born. He spotted it on day and asked for me to make him a quilt.

HEY GAMMA!...... did you make that quilt yet... he asked one too many times, so I stopped everything and sewed it up when I knew he was coming. 

Turned out pretty cute ...

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A few finishes from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

The Camp Tuckabatchee quilt show is coming up at the end of March. I promised to donate several project bags.  Here are the 7 project bags that I finished.

back of the last 2 project bags

I'd made these project bags last fall, but hadn't gotten the binding stitched on them.  Now they are DONE! 

My Treadle On vintage people powered sewing machine group has several block exchanges each year.  It's a great way to get people to use their hand cranks and treadle sewing machines.  Since some of the collectors are just learning how to sew ...

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Quilt Quazy Queens ~ My Day! from Life in the Scrapatch

One Fat 8th Bundle ~ Two Quilts
Doubling the Challenge

My quilt craziest idea yet.
Just in time for the

Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop

This is one of my favorite blog hops of the year,

I get to celebrate my quilt crazy ... :-)

My newest, quaziest quilt project is for the

Trinket SAL @ Alison Glass

Not only am I sewing the 40 Foundation 4.5" pieced Trinket blocks,
one per day, Monday through Friday ...

I am sewing one of her older FPP patterns, Ventana.
Did I mention that I have not foundation paper pieced
in a few years?

The good news ...

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Is it Monday, Already? from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

I had such BIG PLANS for the past weekend -

And while I tried to make the quilt on the Design Floor my main focus – real life crept in, slowly ate up all of my available time and I didn’t get done.

But you know what?  What is more important?

Real life fun with friends for lunch and antique shopping or quilting?

Real life run back to Galax for a much desired church pew and ice cream out, or getting that quilt top done?

Real life Saturday going back AGAIN to Galax for lunch with The Hubster on his birthday ...

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stab stitch [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

stab stitch

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Scrappy Christmas {New Project} from Little Bunny Quilts

I resisted as long as I was able! My husband bought me Bonnie Hunter's Addicted to Scraps book for my birthday last June, had I had yet to start a project from it. In cleaning and sorting my scraps following our move, I decided that I wanted to make my own version of the Jingle Bell Square quilt from that book.

As the name suggests, the quilt is a scrappy Christmas quilt. I have a number of different Christmas quilts but I don't have one big enough for my bed.

Without going into block construction too much, the ...

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Pup Top Two from The Colorful Fabricholic

I didn't like Pup Top One because I thought it had too many light pieces in it, and the proportions were too regular, even, and boring.

Pup Top One

So I thought I would try again to feature the cute pup print with the leftover blue and taupe strips.
Pup Top Two

This time there's not enough contrast. Sigh. Oh, well, these are donation quilts for babies or kids, it doesn't matter that they're not the most artistic.

I'll try to get some outdoor photos of them when they're quilted and finished. At least ...

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Weekend Stitching: Finally a Finish from Life In Pieces

Spring finally made an appearance this weekend.  Temperatures hit the high 60's with lots of sun.  Even better, it's spring break time so the Scientist in Training made it back to town Friday evening in time for dinner.  This is her first trip home since the start of spring semester. It's been nice to have her home, though she's spent most of Saturday crashed out on the couch and then most of Saturday evening working on homework. She'll be home all week, so we've got plans for some fun stuff.  Consequently stitching may or ...

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tiny tuesday from Making A Lather

Hooray, at least until tomorrow, I am caught up with the tiny Tuesday blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge. The delay was mostly fear of applique with the melon. It wasn't so bad. Perhaps by the end of this sampler, I won't think twice about it.

We had a dose of spring yesterday

It is so pretty, especially since we know Spring always comes.

I am linking to:

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a little bit of stab stitch from Karen Ann Ruane

a little bit of stab stitch, a video

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~ Stuff It! ~ from Podunk Pretties

Normally my weekends tend to be time to catch up on housework and cook a good meal for my dad.  Since dad was having a birthday this week I didn't need to cook a meal.   Instead we met with his sisters for lunch at his favorite restaurant.  Mi Pueblo's has been my dad's favorite place to eat for years.  He eats here at least once a week.  The staff know him so well they no longer bring him a menu.  The picture below was from a year or two ago.  This year we forgot to take pictures ...

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Summer By The Tides from Happy Cottage Quilter

Summer by the Tides

Summer By The Tides is another home run for Denise Hunter. The story about three sisters, Maddy, Emma, and Nora, conflicted by a family split 20 years before.

The sisters are each summoned to their grandmothers beach cottage by the neighbor, Connor, when he discovers their grandmother appears to be missing. The story line is one of resentment, wrong first impressions, secrets, forgiveness, and restoration. Plus a most intriguing development of romance.

Denise Hunter is a master writer. Writing well rounded sound characters, she is able to covey her characters deep feelings and emotions. Great dialog and very engaging reading ...

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Kits and Product Added to Etsy from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
Quilters have been asking me to post my fabric kits and packs in my Etsy I did.  Click HERE, and it will take you directly to my Etsy shop.
I put 11, Cute As a Button kits on the site.  The kits will make the 31" x 31" tabletopper.  There are only 11, so don't delay.  The last time I had them for sale, they sold out is just a couple of days.  I will be making more as soon as time allows.


Each kit contains (32)  medium and dark 2-1/2" x width of ...

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