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April 17, 2018
Scrap Cutting Time from Quilts....etc.

I was just going to cut more tumblers from the scraps  but I found that most of the scraps in the first plastic shoe box that I took out were too small for the tumblers – I did get all cut that could – my box now looks like this – I try to organize […]

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April 16, 2018
A Lot of Quilting Done- It Was Cold Outside from Quilts....etc.

What else could I do but sit around in the house and watch a movie and a recorded tv show and work on my quilts – it was just too darn chilly outside yesterday – one of the small towns in NE Arkansas even had snow flurries – on April 15!!! this is crazy.  Give […]

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April 10, 2018
English Paper Piecing and Hand Quilting from Quilts....etc.

Just about all my work this year is being done by hand other than a few machine quilted quilts and some machine piecing.  This is by design – I want to slow down this year and not have as many finishes – My “to be quilted” box is overflowing – well maybe not overflowing but […]

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April 6, 2018
Bubbly from From the Strawberry Patch...

It all started, as every quilt does, with a stack of fabric. This quilt was to be a special one for our five year old granddaughter's bed. She knows what she wants. The walls of her room are decorated with painted circles: red, turquoise, two shades of green, yellow and, of course, Lynnleigh's favorite color: orange. My daughter-in-law and I selected the fabrics and the background from swatches

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Bubbly from From the Strawberry Patch...

It all started, as every quilt does, with a stack of fabric. This quilt was to be a special one for our five year old granddaughter's bed. She knows what she wants. The walls of her room are decorated with painted circles: red, turquoise, two shades of green, yellow and, of course, Lynnleigh's favorite color: orange. My daughter-in-law and I selected the fabrics and the background from swatches

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April 4, 2018
Thoughtful Tuesday. To Do Tuesday. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer


Thoughtful Tuesday
As some of you may have noticed, I link up to several inspirational link-ups from which I discover deeply encouraging posts.  Soon I had a collection of these posts and Thoughtful Tuesday was born.  

I was surprised to see this next post in line for today - the timing is perfect.  


It's Inspired by the Abandoned Nest by June of Inspired by June.  June addresses the age old question:  Why don't we do what is good for us?  Why do we do what we know is bad for us?  It reminds me of this:
June's post ...

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April 3, 2018
Patisserie Mini Quilt Finish from Blossom Heart Quilts

Today is the start of AQC (the Australasian Quilt Convention), and I’ll be working there with AccuQuilt! I love working with brands in the quilting industry, and the team at Blessington (who distribute Pfaff and AccuQuilt) are absolutely fantastic to work with. And part of the fun has been sharing a block of the month sampler quilt on the AccuQuilt blog – Patisserie.

AccuQuilt 8 inch Qube sampler quilt by BlossomHeartQuilts.com

Patisserie uses the Qube sets to make 12 different quilt blocks, and it uses each die at least once. Block 9 will be coming out later this month, but I wanted to get the quilt for the ...

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March 13, 2018
AccuQuilt BOM: Patisserie Block 5 + 6 + 7 from Blossom Heart Quilts

In all the busy-ness of summer holidays and preparing for QuiltCon, I forgot to share the past three blocks from the Patisserie Block Of the Month that I’m designing with AccuQuilt Australia! Bad blogger! But if you follow along with the AccuQuilt Australia blog, you won’t have missed them </p>
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March 10, 2018
borders and corners from Texas Quilting

20180304_182322708230747.jpgArgh! It always helps me to let a quilt hang for a few days so that I can see if I’ve messed anything up. This quilt is 96×96″ so sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees, so I took a picture of it and it was immediately obvious that the dark red fabric had flowers in some sections but not others.  That’s driving me nuts so I’m going to take that off and sew another piece in there. I texted it to a friend and thankfully she also spotted a couple of ...

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March 9, 2018
Philipppians 4:21. To Do Tuesday on a Friday! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 4:21
Scripture

Observation
To greet all of God's people...so loving to let them know Paul is thinking of them.  Also, can you imagine the brothers and sisters who are with Paul, perhaps even listening as he may have dictated his letter?

I wonder if many of these had family who heard the greetings?  Greetings filled with love sent via the pages of a letter.  Beautiful.

Application
In this age of technology, we seem to be losing the art of letter writing.  Perhaps I need to pick it up again....

Also, I've noticed that whenever I ...

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February 21, 2018
Churn Dash Block Swap from Seacoast Quilter

Sorry I disappeared for a bit. I went to bed with a splitting headache on Saturday, February 3rd, and have been sick ever since. This is an odd cold of some kind. After the headache came several days of sore throat and hoarseness, then crazy congestion and coughing. I spent at least a week dozing in my recliner. Laying flat was not an option if I wanted to breath. Oh well, I'm better, not completely over it yet, but better.

I signed up for a block swap with a new friend I met at the American Quilt Study Guild ...

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February 15, 2018
Name tag and Studio Pics from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I made a quick name tag to wear at our monthly guild meetings. I've escaped having to do that for several years because I was rarely able to attend. 

Now that I can attend every month and am president, I need to set a good example. Am I right? Besides there's a $1 fine every time I show up without a name tag. That was also okay but, let's face it, the fines will begin to add up now.



I've joined several sewing/quilting groups on Facebook recently. One of them is all about craft rooms ...

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February 6, 2018
Philippians 4:18 Part 1. To Do Tuesday. Tumbling Block Finish! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 4:18
Scripture

Observation

"amply supplied"...The gift from the Philippians left Paul amply supplied.

Application
I remember the first time my husband tithed.  Money was tight - very tight.  Pastor preached a sermon on tithing and it touched my husband's heart.  He dropped God's tithe into the offering plate and passed it onto me.

All I saw was diaper and grocery money in that plate.  How I wanted to pull it out!

But, thank God I didn't.
Ever since then, my husband has faithfully tithed and we have been "amply supplied".

If every person in church ...

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January 27, 2018
Philippians 4:17. Double Duty Table Topper. Tumbling Block Help Please. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 4:17
Scripture
Observation
Paul knows that God will bless those who give.  So do I.  I've lived it.  Yes, he certainly appreciates the gifts, the care and the thoughtfulness the Philippians showed him.  But, he knows that we can't "out-give" God.  


Application
You know, 
I see this verse about receiving gracefully.  
It's so easy 
to give, 
to be there when a loved one needs us,
to help a friend.

But what about 
when we 
are on the receiving end?  
Do we
receive gracefully and gratefully?  

Or do we feel "bad" 
about receiving?  
To be honest ...

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January 26, 2018
Outlander from Texas Quilting

20180125_135859.jpgI’m slowly making progress on another UFO from 2017.  This one was a mystery quilt called Outlander from Ebony Love. This is the middle section of the quilt; I think it’s 33″ x 33″ but don’t hold me to that.   This is the quilt that I bought two of at Christmas 2016; one for me and one for my sister.  She had commented sometime before then that she might be interested in making baby quilts for a pregnancy care center near where she lives, so I thought she might get the quilting bug.  Alas, she couldn’t ...

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January 22, 2018
Eat ’em up Kats! from Texas Quilting

20180122_105640.jpgThe latest quilt wasn’t technically in my 2017 UFO pile – because I had bought the kit in 2016 at the quilt festival…and never even started it!  The kit wasn’t cheap; I think it was over $150 and only included enough fabric to make it 40×48. They call it a lap-sized quilt but that’s about the size of a baby quilt in my opinion! I couldn’t believe my luck when I went through my stash and found blue fabric that was identical (it had enough of the orange) and I always have white on white ...

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January 15, 2018
New Toy from Seacoast Quilter

I signed up for a Saturday Sampler block of the month today. Each month, you bring the previous block completed and you get the next one free. I've participated in this program at Knight's Quilt Shop in Cape Neddick, ME, since I closed my shop in 2011, with the exception of last year. This is the quilt we will be making this year.


I bought a new Accuquilt Go Big Cutter the beginning of January. There was a package deal with the electronic cutter and 6", 8", 9" and 12" basic block die sets. Plus it came with ...

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January 12, 2018
Triangle Quilt Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

A couple months ago, I decided to start going through all of the project boxes and bags I had stuffed away on shelves and in cupboards.  I either needed to work on the project, make the decision to pass it on or break down and put the fabric in my stash.  One of the boxes I came across was filled with blue and brown yardage that had been passed on to me.


Thanks to my AccuQuilt Triangle Die, I quickly cut up enough pieces to put together a quilt.  I love that the dies have the notches for alignment right ...

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December 29, 2017
post-Christmas update from Texas Quilting

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Our quilt guild typically has a featured speaker at each monthly meeting and then the following day is a workshop where either a specific technique is taught, or perhaps we start or even finish a pattern that the individual has designed. Debbie Maddy was the speaker earlier this year so I signed up for her class the next day because this looked like a fun quilt.  We got quite a bit of it completed during the class, with the easier blocks to finish at home.  The basic concept is a block is made, sliced up in different ways and then ...

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December 13, 2017
on ringo lake and accuquilt from Making A Lather

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I started cutting for clue 3 of On ringo lake. I am using yardage, so I calculated that I would be able to get 8 rectangles from the WOF strip. So I would need 30 strips, but I actually cut 33. But first I starched a 60 inch piece of coral fabric.


I used the 2 inch accuquilt die and the 5 inch  accuquilt die to cut the rectangles.


 I calculated that I would need 5 fat quarters to get all the neutral squares I would need. IT would have been just as easy to cross cut on the ...

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