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November 20, 2021
A Guide To Retreat Book Review from Quilt in Piece

On a hunt for books in a second hand book shop, down in Shelly Beach, I found this gem of a book. It looked like it had not been read and brand new, and was priced at R20. The book is called A Guide To Retreat, For all God’s Shepherds – by Reuben P. Job. I love reading books about spirituality, Theology and anything to do with God, The Holy Spirit and Jesus. And this book captured my attention from the first word, so much in fact, that I ended up reading it through twice in a row. The author ...

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October 13, 2021
Adventures in Improv Quilts by Cindy Grisdela eBOOK Give AWAY! from Tales of a Stitcher

Happy Day!

My friend Cindy Grisdela’s new book with C&T is out and it is guaranteed to satisfy all of your improv quilting needs!

Cindy and I met many years ago when she offered to give me a ride from Philadelphia, PA to Lewes, Delaware. We have been meeting for coffee, drinks, and dinner ever since. This is a photo of Cindy and I when our first books came out. Cindy had the tenacity to write another one!

Cindy is a kind and thoughtful friend and teacher. This book exemplifies those aspects of her character. It breaks down ...

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October 11, 2021
Churn, Churn, Churn from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I finally get to share my project from Kelly Young's (My Quilt Infatuation) second quilting book called Scrappy Improv Quilting.  




When Kelly asked me which project I wanted to make, I had a hard time choosing.  There are so many fun projects in this book!  I received a pre-publication copy and I was so impressed with how lovely this book is.  The instructions are easy to understand and the photography and book layout are wonderful.  


As a scrappy quilter, I was so pleased to see that this book is filled with some fun ways to use up those bits ...

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August 16, 2021
A Book Review, Catching Up, and Planning from Terificreations's Weblog

The Restoration of Celia FairchildMarie BostwickWilliam Morrow Paperbacks$16.99 Normally I’d have an image of the book cover here however I didn’t reach out to Marie or William Morrow so this review will do. The Restoration of Celia Fairchild follows a brief and dynamic moment of change in Celia’s life that leads her to her hometown… Continue reading A Book Review, Catching Up, and Planning

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August 1, 2021
The Reveal: Opposites Attract from ... Cat Patches

It's been so long since I made this quilt, you probably forgot all about it, didn't you? The prompt for the latest challenge for The Endeavourers was "Opposites Attract." I had a few ideas about this prompt: Yin and Yang, and a few others. I finally settled on making a quilt from a small stained glass art piece I purchased at a gift shop on the Oregon Coast many years ago. I have no information about the original artist. It used to hang in my office when I was a social worker in private practice, and so Tragedy ...

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The Reveal: Opposites Attract from Cat Patches

It's been so long since I made this quilt, you probably forgot all about it, didn't you? The prompt for the latest challenge for The Endeavourers was "Opposites Attract." I had a few ideas about this prompt: Yin and Yang, and a few others. I finally settled on making a quilt from a small stained glass art piece I purchased at a gift shop on the Oregon Coast many years ago. I have no information about the original artist. It used to hang in my office when I was a social worker in private practice, and so Tragedy ...

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July 29, 2021
It's Dead, Jim from Cat Patches

Probably I shouldn't say something like that since I just had a blood draw yesterday. Not to worry...I still have some blood left in my body, and only a tiny bruise on my arm. No, when I sat down to my desktop computer this morning, it said in "computer" font: BOOTMGR MISSING. No problem, I thought...I'll just call the system administrator to take care of this. He took one look at it and said, "Oh...that isn't good." It seems my hard drive died overnight. Honestly, the cats did not do it. Fortunately, everything is ...

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It's Dead, Jim from ... Cat Patches

Probably I shouldn't say something like that since I just had a blood draw yesterday. Not to worry...I still have some blood left in my body, and only a tiny bruise on my arm. No, when I sat down to my desktop computer this morning, it said in "computer" font: BOOTMGR MISSING. No problem, I thought...I'll just call the system administrator to take care of this. He took one look at it and said, "Oh...that isn't good." It seems my hard drive died overnight. Honestly, the cats did not do it. Fortunately, everything is ...

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July 25, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Little Progress on Scraps from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework



 This week seemed to whiz by again.



I did get all sixty some blocks sewn for this crazy quilt this week.  Now I am working on sewing up the quilt top.  Who knew I had so many scraps in these colors?!




I also made a final decision on my background fabric and pulled my scrap bins for a new project.  I will be participating in Kelly Young's Scrappy Improv Quilting book release tour.




I just received my electronic copy and I have to say I love so many of the mini projects in this book.
I am not going ...

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May 3, 2021
The Great Library! from Quilt in Piece

Recently I had been offered some Theological books to keep or pass forward. And I said yes, thinking it was going to be 2 boxes of books, maybe. Oh boy was I wrong. 21 boxes of books later, I sorted through them all and selected a few that I need for my studies, a few that I need for growing my knowledge about things, and a few books that is about interests that I have. And let’s be clear by a few, I mean, I basically have one wall filled with books. And the rest is being sorted through ...

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March 8, 2021
Floret Farm's Discovering Dahlias ~ Book Review from Tea Rose Home

If there is one place and time you could go right now, where and when would you pick? I would say Floret flower Farm during the summer. I was given the chance to review celebrated farmer-florist and New York Times bestselling author Erin Benzakein's new book Discovering Dahlias and it was such a pleasure from the very first page. As you can tell from the title, this book all about Dahlias (her previous books were Cut Flower Garden and A Year in Flowers) and gives excellent advice for growing, harvesting and arranging Dahlias.

I think one of the reasons ...

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February 17, 2021
101 Itty Bitty Celebrations – A Review from Hooked on Quilting

Happy New Year! Yes, I know I’m a month and a half late and Valentine’s Day has come and gone which means that we’re already halfway through the month of February, but my writing muse seems to have taken a bigger hit last year than I’d realized. For some reason I just could not get “in the zone” or whatever writers call their place of creativity. I’m going to try and correct that though and have actually written a bit of a story for a contest that I ran across last week. I figure if ...

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February 6, 2021
Book Review: The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd from Patchwork Sampler Blog

On Saturdays I will have some “sampler” posts that are not necessarily about quilting. It may be a recipe, what I’m currently watching or listening to, general musing, or like today, a book review. Today’s review is for A Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd.

I looked forward to reading this book since I read and liked two of Sue Monk Kidd’s other books; The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings. When I got The Book of Longings, I didn’t know what it was about. When I discovered the subject matter, admittedly ...

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September 19, 2020
Wet World from ... Cat Patches

Just take a look at this wonderfully wet world.


We got more than an inch of rain in less than 24 hours. I thought there might be more today, but it looks like the chance of that is slim. It's fine though. There's more forecast for later in the week. In the meantime, I have corn to harvest! And some weeds to pull! It's perfect weeding weather.

The kitties are lapping it up (pun totally intended). When I came upstairs to write this post, I left Smitty snuggled into Mike's lap.


Sadie was sitting on me ...

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Wet World from Cat Patches

Just take a look at this wonderfully wet world.


We got more than an inch of rain in less than 24 hours. I thought there might be more today, but it looks like the chance of that is slim. It's fine though. There's more forecast for later in the week. In the meantime, I have corn to harvest! And some weeds to pull! It's perfect weeding weather.

The kitties are lapping it up (pun totally intended). When I came upstairs to write this post, I left Smitty snuggled into Mike's lap.


Sadie was sitting on me ...

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August 17, 2020
Playing Chicken from Cat Patches

Ever since returning from our short camping trip, I've felt a little off-kilter. One would think I'd be used to the feeling after so many years, but I'm not. Even feeling off-kilter can feel off sometimes. And I only bring this up to say that my days have often gone not as I planned at all. Yesterday was such a day. It was nearly 11:00 a.m. by the time I got an "early start" in the garden. Fortunately, there wasn't much to do there. I was picking the beans that were getting large enough ...

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Playing Chicken from ... Cat Patches

Ever since returning from our short camping trip, I've felt a little off-kilter. One would think I'd be used to the feeling after so many years, but I'm not. Even feeling off-kilter can feel off sometimes. And I only bring this up to say that my days have often gone not as I planned at all. Yesterday was such a day. It was nearly 11:00 a.m. by the time I got an "early start" in the garden. Fortunately, there wasn't much to do there. I was picking the beans that were getting large enough ...

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August 2, 2020
Added Extras from The Quilt Quine

Throwing caution to the wind, I “allowed” myself time to complete the Virtual log cabin quilt at the start of the week. I decided to do it all using the quilt computer so started with some tight spirals then quilted a large Warli pattern over the top of that with bold, yellow cotton thread. I bound it and put it straight onto our scruffy, family sofa, upon which pets are welcome to perch. I have not liked a quilt quite so much for ages. Firstly, it is getting seen every day and I love all of the random fabrics surrounding ...

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July 30, 2020
Fiction with a Quilting Theme from From My Carolina Home

With all this extra time on our hands, reading has been a nice way to spend a morning.  This past month and a half, I’ve gathered several new books and devoured them all with quilting as a theme.  Two were sent to me by C&T Publishing specifically for this post, and two by their authors.  I did not promise good reviews to anyone, but the great thing is they are all recommended.   Affiliate links to C&T Publishing and Amazon are provided.  You can click on the links to see the publisher’s synopsis of the plot.

Quilt Theme Fiction at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Just ...

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July 3, 2020
Flossie Teacakes' Guide to English Paper Piecing on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Summer time has finally hit the banks of Lake Erie.  With that, we are having a mini heatwave, where it's more fun to stay inside and stitch than go outside in a mask.  And really where would they let us go anyways???  So, I've been spending time in my air conditioned bedroom suite working on my English Paper Pieced  Pinwheels quilt and listening to audio books.  There is something really soothing about making a one patch quilt into something interesting and beautiful.  But still....I thought maybe you could EPP something more complicated.

And with that thought....down ...

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