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March 22, 2019
News From the Ranch, Episode 1712 from Prairie Moon Quilts

It’s been a super busy month around the ol’ ranch, especially for me. I’m doing everything by myself right now . . . all the chores, all the extra farm stuff, all the errands, all the cooking, all my own work, PLUS . . . playing nurse to My Cowboy . . . which is only fitting, since the reason he needs a nurse is because . . .

I ran over him with my truck!

He was just getting recovered from having his pacemaker replaced in January; he’d just gotten his restrictions lifted, and I had to go and set him back. I messed up his right leg ...

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February 19, 2019
The Alma Otter from Nina Paley

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The University of Illinois hasn’t had an official mascot since 2007, when they retired “Chief Illiniwek.” Like many people I despised that mascot and consider it racist. However, I despise attacks on Free Speech even more. The University is in a bind right now, because when they eliminated the “Chief,” they failed to replace it with a new mascot. Consequently many U of I sportsball fans and alumni continue to “support the Chief” while the U of I misuses trademark law in weak attempts to stop them, mostly for virtue-signal points. This article in the local rag today got ...

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How to Machine Quilt a Mouse Motif from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! We haven’t had a Tuesday Tutorial in awhile! Eek! There’s a mouse in the house! How to Machine Quilt a Mouse Motif Begin by stitching a straight line from left to right. Add a curved line that … Continue reading

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January 15, 2019
Rabbits, Mystery Patterns, Walksies from Canadian Needle Nana

The rabbits are running these cold winter nights.
 Loads of tracks crisscrossing our trails and I have to stop the dogs from munching on the buttons.  We saw two places with little bits of fur where something successfully preyed on them too.  Sad to see but it is the cycle of wild life.
As mentioned, I am continuing year 2 of my plan to try to spend an hour a day outside in the fresh air no matter the weather. With our back acres bordering other people's back acres, we have a sense of  a small wilderness back there ...

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January 1, 2019
Happy New Year, Happy New BOM!! from Clever Chameleon

Love with a Twist free 2019 BOM at Clever Chameleon

I’ve had an idea! I’m elated, inflated and just a little bit twisted up with excitement ….

Situation normal then! As you know, I am not usually short of slightly twisted ideas and quilty enthusiasm. But I have had a hard time settling on a new BOM to replace the Beary Colourful Bears. There are so many possibilities, but nothing that quite grabbed me until now. The bears were so much fun and a hard act to follow.

So, I’ve been musing over this quandary for several months, with a mental list of criteria I wanted my 2019 ...

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December 18, 2018
The Scoop: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Wombat Scoop colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

The Scoop on The World’s Strangest Poop!

My daughter wants me to sew appliqué poop onto my latest quilt.

Yup. You just read that. And it’s totally true. My 10 year old daughter is on a mission to have scat immortalised on the quilt I am making for her younger brother. And what is possibly even more astonishing – my 8 year old son has declined the offer.

wombat tangram appliqué by Dione of Clever Chameleon

In my daughter’s defense, it is an animal quilt. And the poop she wants on the quilt is very specific. Wombat scat! And she has a pretty good reason……

Wombat ...

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December 15, 2018
Wild Things Island Batik Ambassador Quilt from Clever Chameleon

Wild Things Tangram Quilt by Dione of Clever Chameleon

Wild Thing(s), You Make My Heart Sing!

Ok, so that line’s been done before… Even for this exact fabric collection, by at least one other Island Batik Ambassador. But my quilt is covered in Whimsical Wild Things and this project does truly make me happy. So I’m subjecting to you to the obvious earworm  anyway!

Wild Thing! Bah da da da dah! You make my heart sing! Bah da da da dah! You make eeeeverything Grooooooo-veeeey!

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But I’m not just here to torture you with old rock tunes. I promised you a progress update and a ...

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December 11, 2018
Wild Things: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Tiger colour scheme from Clever Chameleon

December at Island Batik is Whimsical and Wonky….. and Wild!

The challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors for this month is Whimsical and Wonky. Well, that pretty much sums up all my quilts…. so would you believe I had the hardest time settling on an idea for this challenge? The hardest time!

But I now have a plan I’m happy with. And I’ve started! I think it should be fun. </p>
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October 14, 2018
Red Rock Canyon from Quilts....etc.

This very pretty National Conservation Area is beautiful – it is west of Las Vegas and we spent a good couple hours there and could have spent more time if we hadn’t already done some hiking earlier in the day. What is kind of unusual for this place – to me is that the desert […]

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October 13, 2018
So Many Red Rocks! and Petroglyphs from Quilts....etc.

Here in the west the scenery is just so very different then what I have at home.  We drove out to the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada and almost drove past this attraction – the stair case blending in to the rock that we almost missed it. And what was at the top […]

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October 12, 2018
Whimsy Nostalgia: Little Clementine Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Is there a certain children's book that you absolutely loved as a kid?!

When I was a little girl, my mother or grandmother would lay in bed next to me with a book, and would read to me before I fell asleep, each night. As they read to me, I would let my imagination come to life, pretending that I was making friends with animals or mystical creatures in the story, and going on adventures to far off lands! Depending on the character in the book, my grandmother would change the tone of her voice as she read aloud ...

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September 19, 2018
Moving On from Quilts....etc.

Well the WiFi be any better at the next place – I kind of doubt it but maybe closer to the end of the week?  Here is a post from our last day in Yellowstone.  One thing you must be prepared for is traffic jams caused by buffalo crossing the road the motorist that insist […]

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September 17, 2018
Within Five Minutes from Quilts....etc.

of entering Yellowstone we had seen about 4 buffalo and a small herd of Elk numbering about 6.  Later we saw about 8 more buffalo.  We are now in Montana near Yellowstone and will be here for a couple.  We are not at a rustic campground this time although we had wanted one, but it […]

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September 12, 2018
More From the Park from Quilts....etc.

I think I need to stick to a  post with only a couple photos for it to go through.  I am trying this one with 4 photos and see if I need to take some out for it to publish.  We are still in the Tetons and having a fairly relaxing time although at times […]

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September 11, 2018
Tetons from Quilts....etc.

I somehow will be surprised if I can get this post to publish – low signal in the campground and the parts of the park we have been through.  I will not put in a lot of photos because of that and later on go through more and see if I have luck another day. […]

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June 3, 2018
Animal Inspired Renter Quilts! from Quilted Joy

We are always talking about the different shapes that make up quilt blocks. Squares, triangles, rectangles, even hexagons can be combined in a variety of ways to create tops of wonder to the eye. But besides sewing blocks with shapes, you can have a lot of fun with applique as well. Now not all of these quilts were appliqued, but they are all adorable animal designs!

Judy's Jelly Roll Race quilt with an appliqued Fox!

Judy's Jelly Roll Race quilt with an appliqued Fox!

Judy made this quilt for a baby shower gift. Is it not absolutely adorable? The quilt itself is just a simple jelly roll race. Judy then appliqued that cute fox on top. She even ...

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May 4, 2018
Painting with Fabric from Quilted Joy

Art can be made with a variety of mediums. Besides oil paints and watercolors, an artist can use tile, glass, metal, wood, or fabric. These following examples are quilts created by our renters, and they are real works of arts!

Mary and Nancy with the massive applique elephant quilt they worked on together.

Nancy and Mary are sisters who come in to quilt together. Standing at the machine for long periods of time can be difficult sometimes, so these ladies tag team their quilt tops, taking turns to finish them efficiently. This is a batik quilt of elephants. The super wide border is interesting, but when you realize this would lay down on ...

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April 12, 2018
Fabric Collage Class Student Creations! from Quilted Joy

I had so much fun last month with my Fabric Collage the Laura Heine Way classes! These classes always fill up so quickly, probably because Laura Heine’s creations are just so cute! I thought I’d share some of the critters my students were working on. By the way, I shared most of these photos on Facebook and Instagram during and right after class. If you like these, go ahead and like and follow me on Instagram and Facebook for even more quilty goodness!

This round of classes, the birds were super popular! Here’s Doodle-Doo the Rooster and ...

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April 10, 2018
Chickens, Cats, Fish, Dog, and a Hampster on Top from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Whoa! Josh just brought in a mess of 16 eggs from our girls outside. Looks like I'll be having an omelet for breakfast tomorrow...and lunch...and dinner!

It's a funny split Josh and I have with our crafts. Josh loves to take care of animals. He has three fish tanks, a dog, going on three cats (another one decided to adopt us), around 20 chickens, and one duck.

Oh, and James just added a new hamster named Cinnamon to the mix!

How much do I have to do with all these animals? Honestly, not much. I feed ...

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April 3, 2018
Tuesday Archives #190: Paper Piecing from Val's Quilting Studio

Hello! Hello! and Happy Tuesday Archives! 
The linky party that let's you rejuvinate OLD blogging posts.
Val's Quilting Studio
If you are new to our linky, click over the here to read the details about this fun, weekly linky party. (You can also check out all our past Tuesday Archives themes by clicking right here.)

This week's theme is: "PAPER PIECING"

It's been three years since we've "visited" paper piecing here at Tuesday Archives.
And not being one to paper piece...I'm always interested in your links.
Here's one by Janine Marie who blogs at Quilts from ...

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