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November 20, 2020
Green and Red Quilts from Moda Lissa

 Are you ready for a beautiful new book for the holidays?
If so, now is your chance to get an early Christmas present
from one of these talented designers.

Sunday November 22nd  there will be several giveaways on the designers, blogs, Instagrams or Facebook pages. We are all different just like the quilts in this book so each designer is doing her own giveaway on one of their social media platforms, so you have to check it out to see where. One thing we do all have in common is that we love quilts and sharing surprises.

I will be ...

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November 19, 2020
Must have book for every quilter from Moda Lissa

stock # EQ B-ENCYC

If there is one book of mine that I have completely worn out the pages, hands down it has to be Barbara Brackman’s ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS. I could not have been more excited when Barbara told me she was going to be making the 3rd edition.  I have been stalking both Barbara and Electric Quilt Company so I would not miss out on any update. Well the time is getting really really close to when I am able to get my hands on the actual book. Merry Christmas to me!!

And if you are ...

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November 18, 2020
Autumn's Palette, Delicious Gifts, Embroidery, A Free BOM and QAL from Canadian Needle Nana

I bet you would not be able to guess which of the garden plants this little leaf came from. The strange weather this year- cold and then very warm again, seems to have made for interesting patterns in the fading leaves. This is from the old rose bush and the ground was covered yesterday with similarly patterned leaves. Such a pretty autumn palette. 

 I received a wonderful gift in the mail from Amazon beautifully wrapped in this organza bag. 
A total surprise from Hubby. I had no idea Amazon wraps gifts so beautifully. I will share more about this book ...

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November 16, 2020
Soup, Muffins, Wood Workout, Hand Quilting and Free Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

I'd put my chicken carcass on the stove to boil down to make a base for yesterday's chicken soup.  Half an hour later I thought what on earth is making that smell.  I went to the kitchen to investigate only to see it was my chicken broth bubbling happily away. Thankfully I always start with lots of water in the pot and a low heat.

 Totally forgot it-wiped from the brain and now I can see how old people can start fires in their houses, right under their noses. Hubby says it's because I'm always juggling ...

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Superstitions and Other Stuff from Bayou Quilts

Making the Halloween postcards was fun, and seventeen Halloween postcards went out from Carondelet Court, along with a couple of Halloween envelopes.  November ushered in a pause in postcards and a need to write more actual letters.

Sitting down to write a letter creates a different atmosphere from a phone call, text, or email.  Often, I'm writing letters in my head about what is going in the world and in the home, what I'm thinking about and what I'm reading.  Then, when sitting down to actually write a letter those mental conversations evaporate--suddenly my mind is a ...

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November 13, 2020
{I've Been Reading} The Housewarming from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


 The Housewarming by S.E. Lynes

This domestic thriller opens with a moment of sheer panic. While her daughter was occupied in her stroller, Ava took a brief moment for herself. The strap was buckled, the door was locked, she'd easily hear if her little one needed her.... But that brief moment stretched just a bit too long and the door to the front of the house wasn't locked. Ava's panic and growing despair quickly pulled me into this one. It's not always clear whether she's in the moment when her child disappeared or looking ...

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November 8, 2020
Review - The Night Away from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

Five Stars from me!*Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the free copy for my honest review.*Amber and George are new parents to Mabel and seem to now have everything they have ever wanted, but Amber is struggling silently with post partum depression. Ruby, Amber's sister, is insisting that she watch Mabel and Amber and George take a night away. But no one realizes that someone has been

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November 7, 2020
Mindful, Meaningful, Tiny Happy Thursday Things from Canadian Needle Nana

 Autumn is deepening here in Canada but all is well and my sincere hope is that all countries are as peaceful and calm, if not right now, then very very soon. 

 I'm rereading this book, 10% Happier by Dan Harris and enjoying it very much.

 The author got to sit down with all the greats in terms of life coaches, gurus, spiritualists, etc. including Ekhart Tolle. He is very frank in his estimations of these people. You might remember Dan was the guy who suffered a panic attack on the air during a live ABC news broadcast. His quest ...

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October 24, 2020
Kimonomomo Library List Part 1 from The Ardent Thread

Japanese clothing in historical context, including social and economic status and what they tell us about clothing

This is not meant to be a comprehensive bibliography but a sample of what I have on specific topics in my reference library. Click on the book covers or titles to preview and/or purchase the books online. I make a few pennies if you purchase a copy through the link, but I always encourage people to check your local library for resources.

Memories of Silk and Straw – A Self-Portrait of Small-Town Japan – by Dr. Junichi Saga, translated by Garry O. Evans

This ...

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October 19, 2020
Long Time Gone from Pinkadot Quilts

 I can't believe how long it has been since I posted anything on the blog....

One of the things I have been doing is making the Pincushion Collage Quilt by Laura Heine for a class at the  The Old Country Store in Intercourse PA If you are interested in taking it, the class is in February. It is such a fun project, especially for anyone who sews!

Fall is here in all its glory! I love autumn and everything is has to offer. Crisp cool days, sweaters, beautiful leaves, soup, hot tea and putting the garden to bed. While ...

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Guess What? from Moda Lissa


I am so very excited to announce my new book coming February 2021, Scrap School. 9 designers have joined me by sharing one of their scrap quilts along with tips on color, fabric placement and more. Each quilt also has a color option  to inspire how you can use your scraps or fabric collections to personalize the quilts for your style.

Scrap School

Lisa Bongean, Gudrun Erla, Susan Ache, Amanda Jean Nyberg, Amy Smart, Sherri McConnell, Sarah Huechteman, Kim Diehl and Connie & Mary of Country Threads have joined me as “PROFESSORS” at Scrap School.

I have included link ...

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October 15, 2020
An excerpt from This World So Fierce from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Yesterday, I told you my exciting news about my book to be published and on shelves soon. I also promised a short excerpt from the book. This is the point in which the protagonist, Mike, meets his new foster family and begins to question where he fits in. 

“He’s eight. I’m nine. He’s in fourth, I’m in second. His teacher, Mrs. Sheryl, says he’s smart enough to know when to be quiet” answered Willie, who answered for Frankie from habit.

“Are you?” asked Mike.

“Ha, nope,” laughed Max and Willie simultaneously.

“Supper’s ready,” called ...

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October 14, 2020
A Confession, a Secret, and Good News from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

If you're wondering how that title makes sense, remember it's one of mine. That said, there are both a confession and good news. The confession first: I have been keeping a secret. For years now. But the secret is out, so I've decided to make it official here as well. Ta Da!

I've written a book and it's going to be published! Yes, that's what I said. A book. By me. Published soon. I know this last bit of news because I APPROVED the cover and the text. Today. Just a minute ago I ...

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October 11, 2020
Review - In a Holidaze from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

Another review for NetGalley. Five stars for a sweet holiday rom-com! *Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the free copy for my honest review.*Maelyn Jones has just spent what will be the last Christmas with her family and friends at the cabin in Utah where they have been spending Christmases for years. But Rick and Lisa have dropped a bombshell that they are selling the cabin and

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October 6, 2020
Thrift Store Scores, Natures Pinks/Violets, Dreamy Hearts Quilt, Bathing Birds from Canadian Needle Nana


This is a close up of phlox.  A few bunches are here and there all over the garden. There is white as well but not nearly as showy. It was an excellent year for phlox and it did well despite the July heat and drought. Another wonderful perennial for a little further back in a flower bed.

I was struck while out and about by how much violet/pink is represented in an autumn time garden. Here is a smattering.

The sedum which is coming into bloom. There are two kinds here.

This bull thistle

Still prized by a few ...

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September 30, 2020
{I've Been Reading} The Nesting from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

The Nesting by C. J. Cooke

Lexi Ellis, a young woman with no place left to go and no one left to turn to, impulsively steals another young woman's resume and applies for a job as a nanny. She'll be living in an isolated house in Norway, taking care of a widower's two daughters while he builds a high concept house hanging from a steep cliff.  She knows that what she is doing is a bad idea, but she's immediately drawn to the two little girls who recently lost their mother. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book ...

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September 28, 2020
Two Beauty Products, Wisdom, Foxy Visit, Triangle Quilt Decisions from Canadian Needle Nana

 These three things below were birthday gifts and I thought I'd share them with you. I've mentioned Eckhart Tolle before and how much I love his writing. Saying that though, it is kind of involved in a way and you need to keep your wits about you if you are to take anything away. But I do enjoy his talk about the need to banish negative thoughts and as he puts it, making sure the present now is your friend not your enemy. 

I think I'm addicted to lip balms so anything to do with keeping lips ...

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Machine Quilting Monday #3 from Urban Quilter

Ribbon quilting

This week's new-to-me machine quilt patterns was Ribbon from Modern Machine Quilter (p. 63). It is done free-motion (with a darning foot and feed-dogs down) and I don't think it is one I will use. 

You quilt a swirl with loops in it and then you go back a short distance from the lines of the swirl to turn it into a ribbon. My test used variegated thread without a lot of contrast to the fabric and it was very hard to follow the first line as I added the second. The variegated thread also ...

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September 25, 2020
Where Our Joy Lies, Free Applique Patterns, Big Stitch Quilting, Tuesday To Do from Canadian Needle Nana

It says a whole lot about us what we find pleasure in I think.

 I love how my blogging friends find joy in spying a feather flicker, a bud opening, words on a page, the colours of a sunrise or sunset, the look and feel of pretty fabric, the eating of the supper meal in front of the television with hand work at the side waiting for a few more stitches.  Observing the little things, noting and appreciating them all and loving it all too makes me enjoy my visits with you all so much.  If we want the world ...

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September 24, 2020
Travel Day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 As you know, I had to make a quick trip to Vancouver to take Bear home to be with his family. I couldn't convince M to let him stay with us, and once she was over her quarantine, she could come and get him. Oh well, I tried. So now, I'm going to self-isolate for 14 days. Not a full out quarantine, but I'm going to stay away from people. 

I thought I'd share a few shots of things from my quick trip. I wasn't worried about the pandemic and travel. I wore my mask ...

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