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April 21, 2017
Kaffe Fassett's Sew Artisan eBook and I am an Artisan Challenge from Red Pepper Quilts

Introducing Free Spirit Fabrics and Kaffe Fassett's first eBook for ~

About FreeSpirit 
FreeSpirit is a brand under Westminster Fibers, Inc., a division of Coats plc, and is one of the leading brands offering high quality fabrics and well-known for its creative, unique fabric designs and talented, trend-setting artists. FreeSpirit offers some of the finest fabrics in the market to inspire sewing creativity and speaks to a new generation of sewing enthusiasts.

Sew Artisan by Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett is a master of color whose career has influenced the worlds of fashion, needle crafts and quilting, along with FreeSpirit Fabrics are pleased to introduce Kaffe ...

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April 10, 2017
Books on Monday – Lucky Charm Quilts from 120 Blocks

Today we are looking at Moda All-Stars – Lucky Charm Quilts: 17 Delightful Patterns for Precut 5″ Squares compiled by Lisa Alexander. This book is available as a paperback book and in the Kindle format. I originally ordered this because I had seen pictures of all the quilts and wanted to make many of them with …

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April 7, 2017
"Modern Machine Quilting" - Book Review from Lilabelle Lane


"Modern Machine Quilting"


Modern Machine Quilting is the new book from Catherine Redford for Fons and Porter.

I do have to admit that machine quilting is not something that I am confident with so I was looking forward to diving into the pages of this book.

The book is divided into 5 chapters. Each chapter is full of information, presented in such a way that you are not left feeling overwhelmed.  Great practical advice and discussions on all things from your Fabric, Batting, thread to your needles and your machine. Making a quilt sandwich and some Quilt room setup tips ...

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March 31, 2017
March Book Review from Butterfly Threads


The Guest Room was not the first book written by Chris Bohjalian that I've enjoyed. All of his books are so very different but really interesting and never predictable. I like that in a book! This book tackles the sad and tragic subject of sex trafficking. I listened to this book on CD during my commute to and from work, and enjoyed the audio version. The characters were read in a way that I didn't find distracting or annoying. I would have liked to have learned more about some of the family members in this book, but I ...

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March 27, 2017
Books on Monday – Simple Friendships from 120 Blocks

Today we are looking at Simple Friendships: 14 Quilts from Exchange-Friendly Blocks by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton. It is available in both paperback and Kindle versions so there is a separate Amazon Affiliate link for each of them. In the Introduction, the authors describe how they chose six favorite blocks (Star Block, King’s Crown Block, …

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March 16, 2017
Book Review from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I was sent this book, to review, from Bethany House publications. 


This is the 5th in a series of mysteries.  The Drew Fathering Mysteries, by Julianna Deering.  The author is a 5th generation Texan (I'm a 4th generation Texan, I'm just misplaced at the moment).

I love books set in another time.  Her books are all set in the 1930's.  This book is set in England, on the Yorkshire moors.  I've always loved reading about different places in England (what a romantic country). 

The book is full of twists and turns.  You won't guess 'who ...

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March 13, 2017
Books on Monday – Mode All Stars – Scraps Made Simple from 120 Blocks

Today we are looking at Moda All-Stars – Scraps Made Simple: 15 Sensationally Scrappy Quilts from Precuts compiled by Lissa Alexander. This is available in both Kindle and paperback versions, hence the two different Amazon Affiliate links. This, like the other Moda All-Stars books, is basically a book of cool projects designed by Moda designers. For …

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March 3, 2017
Triangulating from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday was kind of a bust for a lot of reasons. It started off with rescheduling breakfast with Matthew. We're getting together this morning, and so that was no big deal...but so much for fresh bread. Now it'll be day-old. Oh well. Then it was the grocery store. Then it was housework. Finally, toward the end of the day I managed to fit in a little bit of sewing.That actually ended the day on a positive note.

Now, I don't know about you, but when I'm able to use scraps, especially certain scraps like ...

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Triangulating from Cat Patches

Yesterday was kind of a bust for a lot of reasons. It started off with rescheduling breakfast with Matthew. We're getting together this morning, and so that was no big deal...but so much for fresh bread. Now it'll be day-old. Oh well. Then it was the grocery store. Then it was housework. Finally, toward the end of the day I managed to fit in a little bit of sewing.That actually ended the day on a positive note.

Now, I don't know about you, but when I'm able to use scraps, especially certain scraps like ...

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February 27, 2017
Books on Monday – Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites from 120 Blocks

Welcome back to Books on Monday! Today we are looking at Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites: 12 Captivating Scrappy Quilts by Carrie Nelson. This book is available in a Kindle version as well as the paperback version. The Kindle version is the second Amazon Affiliate link below. (Also, check out the links because you can see …

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February 24, 2017
February Book Review from Butterfly Threads


Faithful by Alice Hoffman did not disappoint. If you like Hoffman's books, you'll like this one. I enjoyed it so much! I found myself cheering for the main character and cringing at the moments when she proved to be her own worst enemy. I liked all of the characters, actually and was really glad I read the story of a girl who survived a traumatic event as a teenager, and went on to pull herself through some difficult times, eventually learning that she could depend on herself. 


Before the Fall by Noah Hawley was highly recommended all over ...

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February 23, 2017
Bread By the Book from ... Cat Patches

Okay, so way back there in 2016, I set out to bake every loaf of bread in this book:


Before I could get started with the baking, however, I had to read about 100 pages learning about bread-baking in general. It was interesting reading through all of that, and I learned a lot, but my impatience to start baking grew every time I turned a page. In the meantime, I drooled over some of the breads in this book. 


Then, the other day I saw this new book online, and of course, I needed it instantly. Gotta love Amazon "Buy ...

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Bread By the Book from Cat Patches

Okay, so way back there in 2016, I set out to bake every loaf of bread in this book:


Before I could get started with the baking, however, I had to read about 100 pages learning about bread-baking in general. It was interesting reading through all of that, and I learned a lot, but my impatience to start baking grew every time I turned a page. In the meantime, I drooled over some of the breads in this book. 


Then, the other day I saw this new book online, and of course, I needed it instantly. Gotta love Amazon "Buy ...

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February 17, 2017
Wild Yeast Sour Dough, The Agony of Defeat from Adele Mogavero

Day 1, Will it be triumph or Defeat?

When my Wild Yeast Starter was beginning to navigate to the back of the fridge,
I decided it was time to use it, before I lose it again.

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February 13, 2017
Books on Monday – Fabricadabra from 120 Blocks

It’s the second Monday in February. It’s the day before Valentine’s Day! It’s time to look at a book I love! Today we are looking at Fabricadabra – Simple Quilts, Complex Fabric: Discover the Hidden Potential in Your Stash by Paula Nadelstern. (Amazon Affiliate link below.) Yes, it is also available in Kindle format here: …

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February 2, 2017
Blog Hop – I Love Precuts Book from Needle and Foot

I was recently given the opportunity to review a newly released book by Tricia Maloney. Having already published two quilting books, Maloney just authored her third, I Love Precut Quilts.  Like many other quilters, I enjoy the ease of creating with precuts. Using a bundle of fat quarters or fat eighths, a set of charm squares or mini charms, or maybe a jelly roll makes fabric choice a quick decision. Using the bundle means you will have scale and color variation as the designer of that line meant it to be. Sometimes I do add a few solids or prints ...

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February 1, 2017
The Cornbread Topping Almost Saved the Casserole from Adele Mogavero

Although I am a meat lover, I like mixing up the menu with Vegetarian Meals.

The Root vegetable Casserole was chuck full of thing I like…Beets, Carrots, Kale, and a cornbread topping.
What’s not to like, Right?

The Photo of the casserole made it look delicious. . .

Although I wasn't crazy about the casserole, the topping was delicious!

I have to hand it to the photographer, Ngoc Minh Ngo, of Sarah Owens book Sourdough: Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories, and More

Every dish looks so good that you want to try it out.

I shoulda had a back up plan for dinner.

When I began making the dish ...

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January 30, 2017
Sourdough Breads, making Pane di Farro from Adele Mogavero

The Starter is finally ready! I’m very excited and ready to start baking!

Today’s sourdough baking features the Pane Di Farro Bread in Sarah Owens book Sourdough: Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories, and More

My experience making Pane Di Farro, a sourdough bread baking journey

First step. Make the “Slurry” for the Pane Di Farro.
I made a batch from my new starter and
a 1/2 batch with my wild yeast starter.
The Slurry is what I would refer to as the sponge

The recipe calls for the Slurry (sponge) to sit for 8 – 10 hours.

I made mine on Monday afternoon, so I could start ...

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January 29, 2017
Book Review from Butterfly Threads



I listened to The Wonder on CD while driving to and from work. I'll be honest and say that I probably would have much preferred this if I had read it. The reader had a British accent appropriate to the main character, but when she went into her Irish accent for other characters, I couldn't understand much of what she was saying. Also, the volume of her speaking voice was so erratic that when she whispered, it was almost impossible to hear and when she projected her voice I had to turn the volume down. So that was ...

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January 22, 2017
Doodlling Fairies from Quilting Reader's Garden

While I like to draw, since I'm a quilter, I mostly design in my head, from a photo, with EQ software and sometimes paper and pencil, I haven't yet caught on to the habit of doodling  or coloring, except when I have a new quilt motif I want to set in my brain.  However, I do know that youngsters (and adults, too) love doing this these days, so I took Doodletopia Fairies (Draw, Design, and color

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