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October 6, 2018
rainbow catch up from Making A Lather

I rescued last week's mistake blocks for squared away and finished them. I was really challenged by the triangles.




The only color I have left on the tokoyo subway quilt is gray, so I am just going to start with block 1 and move through them finishing them. I have one and two ready to sew. When I sew all the rows in one direction, I have to clip each intersection to sew the other direction.


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September 22, 2018
blue trees from Making A Lather

I am a little short for the rainbow scrap challenge. this week. I really didn't take the time to get this week's blocks together. I did get them planned.
I only wanted 2 dark blue blocks for my birch trees. I cut the 12 1/2 in background squares


And I sewed a few strips together for the tree inserts.


I have spent a little time each day sewing hourglass units for orca bay and pieces for my double wedding ring. I am not seeing great progress at this point, but I am moving forward. I am still ...

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September 15, 2018
rainbow tokoyo quilt from Making A Lather

The color for the month of September is dark blue for the rainbow scrap challenge. There is a dark blue as a color listing on the pattern for Tokoyo Subway. But I don't see it in the picture. Dark blue may be too dark. I guess I won't really know until I connect the subways.


 I use a pressing sheet to iron close to the interfacing.


when I add the dark blue, I can add all the white and it will be ready to sew. I had two of them ready to sew this month. It looks like ...

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September 8, 2018
a bit of soul from Making A Lather

I cut the dark blue pieces I needed for soul searching so that I could take them to Friday group with me. I am using 2 1/22 in strips from my scrap drawers.





I was able to sew it together before I spent time piecing my double wedding ring. This is the last block I need for the quilt. Well at least that is the plan. After I put it together, I may think I want it bigger.
Dark blue is the rainbow scrap challenge color for September.

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September 6, 2018
Pin It Weekly #254 (Surprise!) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

"These Pins got you 18,533 impressions in the last 7 days! Be sure to claim your website and create Pins daily to grow the reach of your content on Pinterest."
So that little note got my attention. I'm not certain what 18,000 impressions might be exactly, but it can't be bad. I've looked at this email, which arrives once a week, every now and again. I wasn't impressed. For the most part my Pinterest and this blog work together and somehow generate about 5,000 impressions weekly. 
Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: Harley Davidson customer memory quilt

Yeah, 18 is a big number. Well ...

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August 31, 2018
Patriotic Vote…A FREE Pattern! from Gray Barn Designs

Hi!  It’s Cindy hosting our blog today from the great State of Ohio!

Sandy and I are excited to offer another FREE pattern from our “Patriotic Quilt Series”.

It’s a cute mini wall hanging reminding everyone to be sure and vote during this (and future) election seasons.

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This mini is pieced using 1.5 inch squares and half square triangles.  We added a few rectangles to outline the letters and then a few additional white strips to surround our red, white, blue and gold masterpiece.  We used a black border to create a “picture frame” around the quilt ...

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August 21, 2018
Fabric of Nepal – Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Nepal Colours color scheme at Clever Chameleon

Gifts from Nepal

At times my husband travels overseas for work. One of the conditions of him being granted domestic leave to do so is that he brings back something interesting from the country(s) he’s visited. </p>
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July 24, 2018
White Christmas in July meets Colour Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

White Christmas quilt color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Welcome to my stop on the Christmas in July blog hop. And, since it’s Tuesday, its also our weekly Colour Inspiration Tuesday link up party. Merry Christmas-in-July!

Island Batik challenge July Today I can show you my new Christmas quilt in full! This quilt is also my Island Batik Ambassador project for July. I do hope you’ll like it, it is going to be a very welcome addition to our family’s Christmas decor this year. I’ll finish telling you its story today as well , after having to leave you hanging a bit yesterday.

And I know all this Christmas excitement ...

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July 23, 2018
Secondary Pattern Quilt Challenge – Progress Report from Clever Chameleon

appliquéd snowflake

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!! I’m soooooo excited!!

It really feels like Christmas in my sewing room today! I think I just gave myself the best present ever. ….. 

Did you ever have that feeling of intensely looking forward to Christmas because you knew you were getting that present that you’ve always wanted? But then there was also a little bit of trepidation that that “ultimate” present wouldn’t live up to your expectations? And then Christmas finally arrives and the present is even better than you’d hoped for, and the elation is enormous? You can tell ...

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July 17, 2018
Mallee Ringneck Parrot: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

Mallee Ringneck Parrot color scheme from Clever Chameleon

Hello!! We are back safely from the Outback.

Which means I have internet and phone coverage again. And that means that I will be slowly catching up on all your lovely comments and seeing what everyone else has been doing on their blogs recently. Being off grid is nice for a while, but quilting is really quite a socially centred pursuit, don’t you think?

The technical isolation of the Outback does have an upside…. for me, heading bush is a time of mental clearing, and of gathering fresh inspiration. Space and time to think and muse over possibilities. Usually ...

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June 26, 2018
Color Master Box of the Month: Fresh Water from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, lovely fabric lovers!

Fresh Water  mood board

I can feel that sea breeze already… summer is finally here! Time to bring out the pool floaties, mouth-watering popsicles, and the refreshing drinks. My favorite part of summer is just wearing shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops all day. This is the time of year to take advantage of the sunny rays and relax by the beach, pool, and enjoy the water-parks. All these places have one thing in common- fresh water. So for this month, I thought it would be appropriate to choose this alluring “Color Master Box” in the Fresh Water Edition. In the ...

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June 12, 2018
The Red Buoy – Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

The Red Buoy color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Colours good enough for Paul Signac are good enough for me!

On the weekend I was treated for my birthday with a ticket to the current exhibition at our state art gallery. This exhibition has my name all over it – it is called “Colours of Impressionism”. A collection of masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, this exhibition shows the progressive use of colour over time by Impressionist and then Neo-Impressionist painters.

The Red Buoy (La bouée rouge) was painted by Paul Signac in 1895. It is one of the attention grabbers of the Colours of Impressionism exhibition and is featured ...

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June 11, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Sea Glass from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



my pot of succulents and sea glass
Several weeks ago, I discovered a few 
bags of sea glass in the studio. I used them to decorate a pot of succulents. After doing so, I realized how much I love the colors. 

The light blue/green is my favorite and I've decided to use it in our bedroom and bathroom. We'll be quite some time before getting to the stage of choosing paint and accessories, but I think I have my colors already.

a close up

To that end, sea glass has been on my brain. Of course, I ...

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June 9, 2018
Stolen: ZigZag Through the Garden Quilt from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Please help Melanie Testa find this two sided, hand printed ZigZag Through the Garden quilt. There are some commercial prints on the back, but most of the fabrics are of her own printed creation of reds, yellows and blues. The quilt measures 68″ x 75″
Melanie’s quilt was made in 2017, machine pieced and machine quilted and is not labeled. It was last seen during the winter of 2017/18. Of the quilt Melanie says, “I made this two sided quilt and gained its entry into two well loved magazines, International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene 2017 and Fons and ...

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May 28, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Memorial Day from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Re: Republicans CUT Veterans Benefits.. to continue SUBSIDIES+TAX BREAKS to the WEALTHY and RICH CORPORATE MOOCHERS!!!
Today's post is entirely about the American holiday we call Memorial Day. This is a special day on which we honor those in the armed forces who lost their lives while serving our country. 


Honor and gratitude to the veteran's who died while in the military for our freedoms. Their love of country went well beyond what any person should have to give. 

While the day is truly about the soldiers, I cannot but help to remember and pray for their families who suffer and grieve that loss every day. 




Remembering on this Memorial Day....those who paid the price for my freedoms! Thank you!

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Home Of The Free Because Of The Brave Pictures, Photos, and Images for Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter

Every day

RESPECT the Military & Flag... These people Died for our Freedoms!!!

Also in celebration of Memorial Day, according to ...

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May 27, 2018
Ninja Turtle Quilt believed sold for drugs in North Dakota from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Andrea is asking for help in locating a quilt she made for her 7 year old nephew, Toby. Andrea made a bear paw style large twin sized quilt of green, tan, red, orange, blue, purple and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fabrics for the front and back of the quilt. The quilt is machine pieced in a bear paw quilt pattern and machine quilted with a label which reads, “Cowabunga, Dude!” with washing instructions and “Handmade by Andrea Waagen, 2016”
Andrea reports the quilt was last seen “between then end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 in the vicinity of ...

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May 24, 2018
Patriotic Table Runner – Free Pattern! from Gray Barn Designs

Memorial Day is just around the corner and that means July 4th is not far behind!  I got a jump start on July 4th planning by designing this Patriotic Pinwheels Table Runner.

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The fabric is from the Sweet Land of Liberty Collection designed by Thomas Wood and Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics

I am attracted to fabrics with words and this word fabric…well…it practically jumped off the shelf and into my welcoming arms! Pinwheels are another favorite of mine, so why not combine my faves into a great July 4th table runner?

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May 21, 2018
Three Wishes Monkey Quilt from Clever Chameleon

Welcome to the first day of the “Wish Upon A Star” Blog Hop

Carol at Just Let Me Quilt has organised for you a HUGE treat this week! A supernova of a blog hop, and it all kicks off today. Carol has rounded up 44 quilt bloggers to show you their star-studded sewing projects. Pieced stars, appliqué stars, star-shaped projects, big stars, little stars…. who knows what you are going to find on the Wish Upon A Star blog hop today? And, for that matter, every day this week until Friday! All sorts of fantastic creations, that’s what… and ...

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May 16, 2018
Blue Summer Dress from Tea Rose Home

I don't know about you, but I love dresses and skirts. Especially light and airy Summer dresses made out of cotton. I found this blue cotton fabric a few years ago for really cheap (I believe it was around $3 a yard) with the intention of sewing a Summer dress and I finally did it. I guess the hardest part for me is finding a pattern that I love.

I looked through my pattern bins and nothing caught my attention for this particular fabric. I started going through my old sewing pattern books I brought from Japan. If I ...

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March 27, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Indigo from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I'm sorry that this post is a day late. I'm struggling with Sunday evenings. They seem quite busier than those Sunday evenings when I knew I had to settle down and get lesson plans written then get things ready for school. I'm going to have to work on a  better Sunday evening routine.


Each dip accumulates more pigment on the fabric. This stepped cloth shows the saturation from 0-10 dips in an Iron Vat.


Wild Blue Indigo Seeds
Indigo plant -- a member of the pea family

This late SQI is supposed to be about indigo, which is a deep blue/navy color that has been around since before the Europeans discovered the New World. The indigo plant has over 750 species and ...

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