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January 19, 2018
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Bodybuilding.

In the aftermath of Christmas and New Year's, when I'd almost recovered from all of the activities and was ready to fall back into my usual quiet routine.  I had plans and energy still going, and was ready for a new direction...but then I fell victim to the same thing other family members have had.  Unlike Amelia and Fee, I didn't feel terrible (so grateful), but fatigue, inability to concentrate, headache.  Sleeping.  A lot.  Thank Goodness, it wasn't the flu.  This has been a terrible year for the flu--really epidemic proportions.  

On Tuesday, we actually ...

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January 18, 2018
I've Been Reading...But Not Finishing Much from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


I've been trying to finish A Perilous Undertaking, the second of Deanna Raybourn's Veronica Speedwell mystery series, before the third book comes out. The biggest part of my problem is that I can't read paper books in the dark before falling asleep, and there's been too much going on in the house for much daytime reading lately. But I love everything I've read so far.

In the dark, I've been reading The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks. The back cover copy is intriguing --

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions ...

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January 15, 2018
Quilter’s Planner GiveAway from Carol Lyles Shaw

My first GiveAway for 2018 is a Quilter’s Planner and QP Mini!

If you’re interested in winning this wonderful Quilter’s Planner package, it’s really simple!  Comment below with an answer  to one or both of the following questions.

Question #1.

If you make modern, modern traditional or contemporary quilts, have you considered using batiks?  If so, what challenges do you face when you think of using batiks?  What tips, tutorials or other help would you like to get for using batiks in your quilts?   [I’m interested in your thoughts because I will be an Island ...

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January 11, 2018
The Book Corner 2018 #1 from Quilting Nonnie

I finished my second book of the year. I use Goodreads to keep track all of my reading. Last year I set a goal to read 75 books, based on the prior years books read and now be retired. I missed the mark by 4 books. This year I set my goal to 65. I read a lot of classic literature where the page count is an average of 400 pages. I thought that missing 4 books last year just might be because I read books that are much longer and, I thing, should count as 2 books! So this ...

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January Stitching from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

OK...I THINK I am going to get to do a little stitching today. A few years back, well actually, 2012 is more than a few years back... I participated in a Christmas through the year program through Darlene's blog, A Quilting Daze . Darlene doesn't blog anymore. I hope all is well in your neck of the woods, Darlene...you are missed. Each month we were to make 1 gift for Christmas and her

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January 9, 2018
Paper Piecing in Down Under Quilts from Made By Marney

Hello to my friends everywhere!  Today I am giving a special shout out to my friends and customers from Australia. I was fortunate enough to have my latest book, “Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” previewed in their magazine, “Down Under Quilts“.

There I am on the cover…well it’s not really me, but my Rudolph.

The magazine shares a FREE pattern block “Present” from my book and the instructions to make it into a placemat.

I am very busy working on some cute designs for Valentines/Winter. There is an upcoming BLOG HOP that I want to share ...

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January 8, 2018
A Practical Design Book from The Snarky Quilter

I’ve carried on about how important design is in quilting, especially in original quilts.  In previous posts I’ve noted quilt specific design books such as Elizabeth Barton’s “Inspired To Design,” Joen Wolfrom’s “Adventures In Design,” Sandra Meech’s “Connecting Design To … Continue reading

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January 7, 2018
More Snow... from The Cozy Quilter

We have had some snow every day this past week. Maybe that is what inspired me to work on some more snow on my counted cross stitch project.  Tonight, while watching the mixed doubles curling Olympic trials on TV,  I added the white snow shown above.  The light blue parts were added earlier in the week. The threads used in the snow include a monofilament that adds some sparkle but continues to be a pain to use as it breaks and tangles easily, even when I use thread heaven on it.  I will soldier on using it because I like ...

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January 6, 2018
Comfort Quilt Blocks and a New Book from The Cozy Quilter


I am trying to get a few months ahead on my blocks for the comfort quilts that the Elgin Piecemakers make each month.  We were given a list of the colours/guidelines for each block in November and I now have the blocks done for January through April.   The mauve, white and green block above is my own design, worked out on graph paper, before cutting the pieces and sewing them together.   It looked like a bit of hot mess when I had it laid out on my sewing table before sewing it together, so I was very relieved when ...

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January 4, 2018
2018 Reading Goals from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

I love to read! I love audio books! I love using Goodreads to track my books because there have been times when I have gotten halfway through a book and realized that it was oddly familiar because I had already read it. This page has gotten me past that. Goodreads has yearly challenges on their site. You enter how many books you would like to read in the year and the site will periodically give

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December 30, 2017
A Quick Recap of 2017 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

AHIQWhile reading some of my favorite blogs, I naturally stopped over at Kaja's Sew Slowly and Ann's Fret Not Yourself where I was reminded that it's time for AHIQ. I shared a post to Kaja and Ann's linky party since the last two things I created are both improv pieces. 



Kaja posted a recap of her quilting for the year, and I thought it such a good idea that I decided to do something like it. 2017 must have been my year of small things. I made ten quilts total: almost all are small. The few ...

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December 27, 2017
I Changed My Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Not long after I wrote last week's post, I completely unraveled the sock I was working on and pulled out a new skein of yarn. It still surprises me that after years of clinging to ever finished stitch I can give up half a sock's worth of knitting so easily, but that yarn has the tiniest bit of a story and I'd rather it turns into a pair of socks I don't hate. 


This is Paton's Kroy Route 66 and it's doing exactly what it's supposed to and keeping me happy as the ...

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December 22, 2017
Read Tote Bag - A Collaborative Project from Studio Dragonfly Quilts


Years ago (gosh, I can't believe it really has been years!), when my daughter lived at home, she would piddle with sewing and quilting from time to time. A few months ago when I cleaned out the sewing room, I found her box of fabric and projects.


There was this page of ideas.


And this piece as a beginning. Hers actually stopped with six yellow "books", I added the two on the right. Since I was certain she had long forgotten about this project, I decided to finish it for her Christmas gift.


I love those elephants. They had ...

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December 19, 2017
The Down Side of Christmas (And There is One) from Canadian Needle Nana

Has this ever happened to you?

Yesterday I went into my sewing room feeling a little down...just a bit out of sorts I guess you could call it; came out two hours later feeling just fine.

I think that proves right there that stitching is theraputic. As long as this is true for me, I can justify the cost of all those pretty things I buy for this habit of mine.

Truthfully, I have to guard my feelings a little this time of year.  Christmas was always very special to Newfoundlanders and a highly celebrated time of year. Memories ...

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December 17, 2017
Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

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December 13, 2017
{I've Been Reading} Fierce Kingdom and Historically Dead from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

New socks on the needles and some fun books to read. I'm happy.


Historically Dead by Greta McKennan

Seamstress Daria Dembrowski is working her fingers to the bone to ensure that the (mostly) hand-stitched dresses and curtains are perfect for her client's appearance on My House in History. That's not quite enough to keep the bills paid, so she's still doing wedding dresses and the latest bride-to-be brings a very unwelcome visitor along to her fittings.

I love this series, which lets me vicariously experience a type of sewing I'm not likely to tackle myself ...

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December 6, 2017
{Yarn and Books} Finally, Some Progress from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Have you ever had one of those projects where you keep knitting and knitting and seem to get absolutely nowhere? I started this pair of socks almost a month ago and they've been absolutely dragging. The break I took to knit Another Cake Shawl didn't help matters much, but half a sock shouldn't take nearly as long as this one did. 

Monday night I finally finished the ribbing on the first sock. Hooray! 




And Death Goes To.... by Laura Bradford

For years, Tobi Tobias has dreamed of winning the Golden Storyboard, imagining herself ascending the spiral staircase ...

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November 29, 2017
{I've Been Reading} Poison from Michelle's Romantic Tangle




Poison by Galt Niederhoffer

The story of Cass and Ryan Connor gets off to what feels like a slow start and the writing style keeps the reader at a distance from the characters.  It took a while to get caught up in the story, but once I did I couldn't put it down.  And I hate that I can't tell you what I loved most about the book without giving too much away. There's a lot here about whether or not women are believed and the author refers to current events where accusations were dismissed....and at ...

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November 22, 2017
New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of November 22, 2017 from Curlicue Creations

Easy Nine-Patch Quilting is an outstanding quilting book, by the popular quilt publisher, House of White Birches. This book is filled with techniques and tips regarding all aspects and styles of nine-patch quilting.

This book is hardcover, in fair condition. Color photos and diagrams. 160 pages. Copyright 1998. 

This book includes a Nine-Patch Through the Years, Grandmother's Nine-Patch Favorites, Decorating with Nine-Patch, Glorious Nine-Patch Quilts, Contemporary Nine-Patch, General Instructions, and more. There is a lot of in depth information accompanied by helpful, step by step diagrams.

Log Cabin Quilts Unlimited is an ...

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November 21, 2017
{I've Been Reading} Caroline: Little House, Revisited from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


I can't remember where I first saw Caroline: Little House Revisited Sarah Miller mentioned, but as soon as did I wanted to get my hands on a copy. After the first few pages, I was absolutely hooked.
The book covers the events of the original Little House on the Prairie so you probably already know the story. What's different here is the perspective and the details.If you've ever wondered how women managed to care for their children in covered wagons or on homesteads, this book provides a  window into those days...but somehow skips the diapers ...

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