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September 17, 2019
Cake, Mice, BOM from Canadian Needle Nana

Continuing on from Sunday's post about stitching pumpkins, I remembered a recipe I loved for eating pumpkin.   A search back through the posts and I found the link- I Made a Pumpkin Dump Cake.  It made a huge cake, in a 9 x 13 pan, and was delicious so we mustered our resources and the two of us finished it off.
Grocery list this week includes the fixings too. (No, there is no cheese or relish in this cake!)

The bread machine came out on the weekend and I/it made a loaf of whole wheat bread. Very good ...

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September 10, 2019
“Ferret Frenzy” for Jennifer from Nina Paley

Hundred Dollar Drawing.

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August 18, 2019
Flowers Everywhere from Canadian Needle Nana

The weather has been-dare I say it- sublime.
We have enjoyed many ideal weather days in a row...sunny, warm temps and no humidity.  My weeding has slowed and now the cone flowers and sunflowers are blooming...and competing for space with those hydrangeas. They were definitely not crowded out like this last year. (Sorry didn't have time to do some photo cropping.)

This is the provincial bird of my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Atlantic Puffin. (About 95% of North America's puffins breed around the coasts there.) And the photo was taken by Candace Mugford ...

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June 16, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: E L E P H A N T S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

This post first appeared in February of 2015, and it's still a favorite--over 12,000 views. How is that even possible? Well anyway, I thought I'd make it easy to find, again. 

Try spelling elephants with spaces between the's strange. This morning I was reading a few blogs, as I tend to do pretty often now that I've cut back on the number of quilt magazines I purchase. I ran across Sew Fresh Quilts and had to take a closer look at her darling "Elephant Parade" quilt.

See that cute little pink guy near ...

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April 8, 2019
It’s Ranger’s Birthday! from Prairie Moon Quilts

He’s two years old today . . . I can hardly believe it — my, how the time has flown! And how he has changed!

Here he is at only 4 days old, living in the house, having lost his mother and sister just since being born — off to a pretty rough start, poor little feller!

One of his first outings outdoors, being a big boy:

And after that, he never missed a single day of helping with chores:

Last year, on his first birthday, it snowed, so we delayed his party, and held it when he was 14 months:

And today, on ...

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April 4, 2019
Our Latest Giveaway: #AGFPets from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Hope your April is off to a good note, so far. :)

This month, we have a lot of fun things in store for you! One of them being our latest GIVEAWAY involving PETS. Yep, that's right. Since we're all animal lovers here and often see posts of all your cute pets with your sewing projects, we thought this would be a fun way to see/hear more about them! Here's the scoop: 

AGFPetsLogo AGFPetsCollageTag us using the hashtag #AGFPets on social media with a cute photo of your of pet (this includes cats, dogs, birds, bunnies ...

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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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