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September 19, 2019
Some good & not so good reads - September 2019 from Samelia's Mum

When I was younger, I used to be an avid reader. There was nothing better than lounging on my bed and reading a great book. I'd spend hours getting lost in the story, imagining all of the characters. 

I distinctly remember my mum telling me to put my book down and go do something. Anything. And by that, she probably meant, put the book down and go help do jobs around the house.
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July 26, 2019
Book Review – Block A Day: 365 Quilting Squares for Patchwork Inspiration! from Quilter's Review

After many years of quilting, it’s easy to hit a brick wall when it comes to inspiration. You reach a point where you feel like you’ve tried every block design possible. That’s where the book Block A Day saves the day. It’s chock-full of inspiration, ideas and how-tos. Even if you’re just getting started with […]

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March 6, 2019
Celebrate the Seasons – book giveaway from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

My very talented and delightful friend, Pat Sloan has published her 37th book! Celebrate the seasons has 14 easy quilting projects to reflect the beauty of each season and decorate your home. This book, as with all Pat’s books, has easy to follow instructions supported by great plentiful illustrations, tips and tricks. Pat has gathered...

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January 23, 2019
Get Off Your But! from Professional Quilter


Some time ago I read A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. It’s a good read about why right-brainers will rule the future.

The future, really today, is the “conceptual age.” Pink discusses the “six senses” that one uses to build a whole new mind to thrive in this conceptual age: design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning. While I do not necessarily subscribe to his premise in total – I believe we need to engage both parts of our brain – he offers lots of great exercises to get your right brain working. And even though many artists are right-brained ...

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January 21, 2019
The Joy of Mitered Stripe Borders, With a Little Help From Donna Lynn Thomas from Cheeky Cognoscenti

My Jingle BOM project is starting to come together, FINALLY!  I dragged the cutting and seaming of these striped borders for weeks, and then procrastinated actually attaching them to the center applique medallion of this quilt because I had to be in the right frame of mind for it.  Actually, I just had to be fully awake and "sharp" for it, because I didn't have any more of the border fabrics I was using and I did NOT want to spend hours carefully cutting those stripes in single layer..  No math errors, and no cutting errors!  It wasn't ...

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November 9, 2018
Quilting Cozies Book Review And Giveaway from Craft Gossip




Quilting Cozies  – Cozy up with Sarah and her friends for murder, quilting, and community

When sixty-eight year old Sarah Miller moves into Cunningham Village retirement community,
she is mourning the loss of the husband, her young grandson, and the place that has been home
for forty-two years. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community
that is to become home, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, a possible love interest, and
of course, crimes to solve and murderers to track down.

? Aging with grace and spunk! Sarah Miller takes on everything from quilting and friendship ...

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August 27, 2018
Art Inc, by Lisa Congdon–Book Review from Art and Quilting in Camden

I love it when things come full circle.  I was reading a Studio Art Quilt Associates Friday e-Blast newsletter, which had a link to an article in the NYT about the 20 best books on business for artists. Let’s face it:  as an artist, we’d rather make art and not think about business.  But if you don’t, you may not be able to afford to stay an artist.  Book number 6 on the list is Art Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist by Lisa Congdon, whom I first came to know about ...

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May 29, 2018
Book Review – WALK: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot from Quilter's Review

If free motion quilting isn’t for you, why not try “forward motion” quilting, as Jacquie Gering calls it in her book WALK: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot. The book encourages quilters to take their walking foot out of the accessory box and put it to good use. From the basics to more advanced […]

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April 10, 2018
PsychoBabble: In Which Rebecca Takes the StrengthsFinder 2.0 Assessment and is Annoyed By Her Results from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, all of my near and far-flung friends and family -- you who have grown up with me, accomplished childhood and adolescent mischief with me, you who work, sing, or worship with me as an adult, and all of you who know me from the torrent of verbiage I've been spewing into the Internet via this blog for the past nine years -- I just took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 personality test, and I want to know if you agree with my results or think it's a load of baloney!

What Does Your Toothpaste Have to Say About You?

No ...

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January 22, 2018
Books on Monday – Millefiori Quilts 3 from 120 Blocks

Good morning! I am so sorry that it has been a full two weeks since I last blogged. I will try to remedy that with another post later today or tomorrow. But today it is time for a book review. … Continue reading

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January 8, 2018
Books on Monday – Free Motion Meandering from 120 Blocks

Today we are looking at Free-Motion Meandering: A Beginners Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters. It is available for Kindle as well as in paperback and the second link below is to the Kindle version. Both links are, as usual, … Continue reading

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December 29, 2017
My book reviewed in MQU! from Art and Quilting in Camden

What with the holidays, I hadn’t had time to sit down and savor the January/February issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine yet.  Then a copy arrived today in the mail in an envelope–which usually means it is a complementary copy because you’re in a magazine.  So I went looking: SQUEEE!  Diane Rusin Doran reviewed several books, including my book of the quilts featured in the Rising Stars Exhibit in Houston (and will also be at International Quilt Festival in Chicago) and other work to illustrate my development as an artist.  To order The Art of Sarah ...

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December 25, 2017
Books on Monday – Patches of Blue from 120 Blocks

I almost called this Books on Monday, Christmas Edition because that is what today is, but I have a naming convention for these posts so here it is. I hope that you are having a very happy Christmas today, if … Continue reading

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December 18, 2017
Get Started Quilting: The Complete Beginner Guide Book Review from Quilter's Review

Jessica Alexandrakis, the author of Get Started Quilting: The Complete Beginner Guide provides readers with an all-in-one guide to help anyone get started with quilting. You don’t need to have any previous experience to get started quilting. You just need a few materials, a cup of coffee and the will to read through this easy-to-follow, […]

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December 11, 2017
Books on Monday – Cotton Way Classics & Craftsy Sale from 120 Blocks

I am sorry if you missed some Craftsy sale days because I slacked over the weekend. Today and tomorrow (December 11 and 12) are the last two days of the Craftsy 12 Days of Christmas Sale! You have until 11:59 … Continue reading

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December 7, 2017
Utility-Style Book Review + Project + Giveaway from A Little Bit Biased

Welcome to the fourth stop on the Utility-Style Quilts for Everyday Living Blog Tour!  

I am so happy to be able to share a new book with you today! 

If you struggle with perfectionism in your quilting, if you often find yourself stressed or at a stand-still with indecision during your projects, or you just want some beautiful new projects to should check out this wonderful, new book by Sharon Holland!

The notion for this book is that if you embrace irregularity in your art you will find freedom!  Sharon even quoted Pierre-Auguste Renoir who said, "Regularity, order ...

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December 4, 2017
Super Cute Paper Piecing a book review (and a Giveaway Alert) from Quilt Shop Gal

I think I’ve come across the most unique and creative book I’ve ever seen.  Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be able to share insights with you today about this new book:  “Super Cute Paper Piecing – Designs For Every Day Delights“, by Charise Randell,   recently published by Martingale.  

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Paper piecing’s never been cuter! Discover delightful designs to paper piece; then sew them into even more delightful projects. Photographs walk you through the technique, so you’ll be paper piecing like a pro in no time–and ...

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November 27, 2017
Books on Monday – Piece and Quilt with Precuts from 120 Blocks

This week we are looking at Christa Watson’s most recent book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts: 11 Quilts, 18 Machine-Quilting Designs, Start-to-Finish Success! The links below are to the Kindle version and the paperback version on If you use them, you … Continue reading

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November 26, 2017
Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well Review from Quilter's Review

Sanae Ishida’s Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well is offered in both Kindle version and on paperback. Filled with simple sewing projects, the book is all about one thing: profound happiness. Sanae’s book is more than just a sewing book – it’s a memoir, too. The book is expertly woven together […]

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November 24, 2017
Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage: 51 Blocks, 9 Projects, 3 Joining Methods from Quilter's Review

If you’re still new to machine quilting and piecing quilts, Quilt As-You-Go may be a great book to add to your collection or give as a gift this holiday season. Author Jera Brandvig’s friendly tone and easy-to-follow writing tone makes it easy to master the techniques taught in her book. Quilt As-You-Go Book Specs Pages: […]

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