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April 21, 2017
Bewitched But Bewildered from The Snarky Quilter

I’ve read a lot of quilting books over the decades. I’ve looked at books on patterns, techniques, and design; plus picture books of quilt collections. I’m not a novice at extracting sense from such books. However, my attempts to understand … Continue reading

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April 19, 2017
{Yarn and Books} Guacamole Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

 Yarn: Drops Fabel, Guacamole

I was absolutely loving this pair until I picked up a stray sock in my sewing room and realized that the colors are almost identical to the Green Envy socks I made a couple of years back. After that, my enthusiasm faded a bit.

The yarns aren't identical, but they're sure close. Close enough to have me wondering for a brief moment if I'd somehow finished the first sock of the pair and then forgotten it. But that wasn't it -- I had a second skein waiting for me to cast on. It ...

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April 12, 2017
Whimsical Weaving from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm





 The loom has some fun yarns on it right now because I had finished two projects since I lasted talked about what I was on working..



Did get the black and orange checkered scarf completed, which I made for my middle daughter and had already mailed it off to her. Baseball season has started here in the U.S. and seeing how she is a 
San Francisco Giant fan and at the games in the 
San Francisco is can be cool and breezy. She can use it now



Then I made another scarf. Again yarn from my stash was used ...

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{Yarn and Books} Pretty New Socks for Spring from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


I'm racing myself, trying to see how much yarn from my DIY yarn sampler I can use up before I put together the next one on May 1. It won't be as much as I expected, not since I got distracted by Socks on a Plane and Invitation to the Dance. And Winter Leftovers...but I've been digging through my stash and using it up and that's the whole goal anyway.



Partly because I thought the boys might like it, and partly because I was so intrigued by the idea of feral children and their unsuspecting ...

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April 8, 2017
{I've Been Reading} The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


The cover copy of The Haven'ts Kitchen Cooking School  by Alison Cayne made it sound like exactly the book I need in my kitchen. It does provide the sort of information I was hoping for, but there's also a strong emphasis on buying food that's organic and locally sourced and humanely raised. The photography is fantastic, with both mouthwatering shots of the prepared recipes and practical step by step. photos of the different techniques.  This may not be the perfect book to fit my needs,  but I learned a lot from it.

Disclosure -- I was provided with ...

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April 5, 2017
{Yarn and Books} Socks on a Plane from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


I've got a new favorite pair of socks. 

Cabled Handknit Socks
 Pattern: Socks on a Plane
Yarn: Knitpicks Hawthorne, Sauvie Island 

Isn't it the prettiest pattern? And the prettiest yarn? They were wonderful to knit and fit like a dream. I could have made the legs a bit longer, but I didn't divide the skein before I cast on and was leery of running out and having to break into my second skein. 

Honestly, it's more a feeling that I was supposed to knit the legs longer than that I want them to be longer. 

Socks on a Plane

Now I want to ...

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March 30, 2017
Mail, Reading, and Dragons! from Bayou Quilts

April is National Letter Writing Month
I love Maggie Rudy's mice and her blog MousesHouses.  Since I was a child, I've been fascinated with books and stories with tiny animals and their anthropomorphic lives, and I have never outgrown the charm and enchantment of seeing these miniature worlds.  Of course, there is the iconic British mailbox to give this scene even more flavor!


 Odille Bailloeul's mice receive mail.  

I have a problem with time. Or scheduling.  Or both.  My good intentions of being prepared for National Letter Writing Month are up in smoke, once again.  :)  I already ...

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Yarn Along no More from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

It's been ages since I shown anything I've done with yarn.
I had been crocheting instead of knitting, for some reason I can last longer crocheting before my wrist start hurting. 



So I made this baby blanket out of stash yarn. 



No pattern just all double crochet, very simple, a non thinking pattern.



Also been slowly finishing a scarf I'm weaving. Started this after Christmas but had it put away and forgot about it until now. I have yarn picked out for the next one so I need to get this done and it's close to ...

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Migrating Geese from MMM Quilts

RSC2017 Red Update
I got the red row of my migrating geese quilt done, once again, mostly as a leader/ender project.


Rather fitting that I madly finished the row on departure day minus 1, spending a last quiet hour in the morning busily sewing the last few triangles and unpacking the red and cream scrap baggies to make one of the three 150 Canadian Women blocks for that week.  Rather fitting as well is that it was for the woman who was instrumental in introducing Home Economics, aka Domestic Science, courses for girls in public schools.

Bella helped out ...

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Migrating Geese from MMM Quilts

RSC2017 Red Update
I got the red row of my migrating geese quilt done, once again, mostly as a leader/ender project.


Rather fitting that I madly finished the row on departure day minus 1, spending a last quiet hour in the morning busily sewing the last few triangles and unpacking the red and cream scrap baggies to make one of the three 150 Canadian Women blocks for that week.  Rather fitting as well is that it was for the woman who was instrumental in introducing Home Economics, aka Domestic Science, courses for girls in public schools.

Bella helped out ...

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March 29, 2017
{Yarn and Books} Not Looking at Every Single Stitch from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

About the time that I was realizing I didn't want to keep plodding away on Twisted Madness, Judy posted that she was working on Socks on a Plane. I wanted to do something different with the Sauvie Island Hawthorne... and the pattern looked intriguing...and here I am today...


This is so much faster and easier on my mind and hands. I can work on it while the family is in the room and likely to talk to me. See the big craft sticks? There are five rounds between each cable twist. Every time I knit my way past ...

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March 25, 2017
You Are Invited! from Made By Marney

I will be vending at the Prairie Heritage Quilt Show in Sun Prairie, WI on Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28.  Location is St. Albert’s Center, 2420 St. Albert the Great Dr., Sun Prairie, WI 53390. The hours are Monday 9-6 and Tuesday 9-3.

I will have tons of paper pieced patterns for sale, including my newest design, Flower Frenzy. I added Swarovski crystals to my sample and it is beautiful!

So join me in Historic Sun Prairie on Monday or Tuesday! I would love to see you there, especially all of my new friends from the Mad ...

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March 22, 2017
{Yarn Along} New Toes from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


I gave up. I quit. I said that I couldn't do it. Basically, I did all of those things we're told not to let our kids do. And I'm much happier as a result. I think. After so many months of waiting for Sock Madness, I wish I'd made it farther than the warm up round.

Maybe I could have finished the Twisted Madness socks. Hundreds and hundreds of other knitters did finish theirs. Instead, I made the decision to rip out hours of work and cast on for something new. And to cast on another ...

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March 11, 2017
A reading reflection from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

This morning I did two things. One I don't normally do and the other, I've been meaning to do for a long time. The first one was to finish a book that I was too tired to finish last night. I normally don't read in the morning. I could get sucked in for the rest of the day. However there were only 50 pages left to go.  A good page turner!

Then I decided that it was time to put more of my hand written "read books" lists into my database listing. There were three years to ...

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March 8, 2017
Plenty of Time... from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


I keep hearing that we've got plenty of time to knit this pair of socks before the deadline, but each round takes absolutely forever. I've got it down from twenty minutes a round to a little over ten minutes. That's an improvement, but I'm not sure it's enough of one.

On the bright side, I'm loving this yarn -- Knitpicks Hawthorne, Sauvie Island. It looks questionable in the skein but in this stitch pattern it's gorgeous and completely lives up to the manufacturer's description of "woodsmoke drifting over a pumpkin patch."

And speaking ...

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March 7, 2017
Singer Instructions for Art Embroidery and Lace Work from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Singer books, especially if they predate World War  2, are an endless source of fascination for me, and this one is the most intriguing.  Projects range from the sublime to the ridiculous and all appear equally impossible.


I have the sixth edition...


...dating from 1931...


...and this gal is on page 3, busy on her Singer 15 treadle.  Page 6 shows her looking fearfully modern, using a model 15 that has been fitted with an outboard motor.


Some time ago I bought this cutwork runner in a charity shop.  I knew that, in theory, I could make this sort of ...

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Books to read............... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

If you haven't figured it out yet, I love to read. I figure the day that my hands will no longer let me hold needle and thread, I'll spend my days reading and when my eyes can't see any longer, then it will be audio books for me.

I used to read tons as a kid - too sickly to work outside. OK - so I hated the bugs!  I would stand in the garden and swat bugs rather than hoe the potatoes or whatever task I'd been given. I love mysteries and I'm caught in another ...

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March 6, 2017
THE BOOK!!! from The Inbox jaunt

GREAT Morning, Quilters!!!! Please celebrate with me… It’s here!  It’s finally here! I’m thrilled to report—Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 is finally a reality! I would love to send YOU an AUTOGRAPHED copy!!! Order from my new Etsy shop HERE STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIALS, DOODLING, … Continue reading

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Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


I have very strong feelings about tea. It's a long story, but I'm an adult now and I don't have to drink it and no one can make me. My husband and children love the stuff, but I won't touch it. My feelings about tea didn't stop me from absolutely loving Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs. The yummy descriptions are almost enough to convince me I'd enjoy visiting Theodosia's tea shop. If nothing else, I'm sure I'd enjoy the scones!

It was the idea of a "Rat Tea" that made ...

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March 3, 2017
Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life from The Snarky Quilter

From time to time I enjoy browsing books on graphic design as I’m always on the lookout for ways to simplify but capture the essence of a design. Charley Harper, who died in 2007, had a long career in graphic … Continue reading

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