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July 28, 2017
A Few Small Repairs from The Snarky Quilter

Every blog reaches the point where it needs some new drapes and slipcovers as the old have gotten a bit shabby. I’ve begun that process here by deleting one feature – books about quilting that I like, and adding another … Continue reading

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July 26, 2017
{Books and Yarn} Texture from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I must've gone through my entire Ralvelry queue trying to find the perfect pattern to use with this yarn...and in the end I'm making those same lace rib socks I've made twice so far this year. But instead of doing two purl stitches between the rows of lace, I'm doing a purl-knit-purl. It's just different enough to keep me entertained, and I love the way it looks.

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond.

Alice and Jake don't intend to join The Pact, it just sort of happens. After he says that he loves ...

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July 23, 2017
More Paper Piecing Ideas from Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas from Made By Marney

Too adorable for words…here’s the Gift Sack pattern from my Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas paper piecing book. Use for wrapping a present or as a table decoration holding Christmas greens.

This Gift Sack is cute in a variety of different paper pieced blocks. Pictured here are samples using other blocks from my book.  Underneath is the Table Topper, using the Polar Bear blocks, some of my favorites.


I will be posting more projects from my book soon…stay tuned </p>
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July 22, 2017
Spelling Bee Book is Here!!! from Bee In My Bonnet

I'm so excited to announce that 
my new book is finally here:)

Go back to school with my new book! 
Spelling Bee includes
 instructions for 100 blocks:)
 Letter, Number, Punctuation 
and Picture blocks
 in two sizes ...6" and 12"
PLUS 18 quilt projects!

Over 190 pages of 
full color instructions.

Let your quilts speak
 and say it with my new book...
the possibilities are endless!

These are just a few of
 the patterns and photos 
inside of the book:)

The photo shoot
 took place in my home...
just like all of my previous
 book photo shoots ...

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A tight bind! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Oh doesn't that title sound so dramatic?  Well there are no tight binds at my house, but there is a lot of BINDING happening.

I got home yesterday and sat out in the backyard with the girls. I was on my own for dinner (OK - I never have to cook), but no one was making me dinner so I had to forage for myself.  Such a hardship especially when there were leftovers in the fridge. Well, I think I mentioned at one point that I was struggling to get through one of the earlier Jennifer Chiaverini (Elm Creek Quilts ...

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July 19, 2017
Summertime from Pinkadot Quilts

Last week our guild had Melissa Averinos for a workshop and lecture. Her workshop is called "Making Faces". It was so much fun and everyone had a blast. Please consider her for your guild you will not be disappointed. She is warm and very genuine. I am hoping to get this quilted soon instead of adding it to the UFO pile.....

 I have been working, very slowly on my granddaughter Brynn's quilt. I am really enjoying picking out the fabrics and fussy cutting the centers. I better get going she is almost 6 month old!

I make piles of ...

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{I've Been Reading} Watch Me Disappear from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

Billie Flanagan never returned from her solo hiking trip. Search parties found her shattered phone and one hiking boot, but no one knows exactly what happened to her out on the isolated trail.  Her husband is writing a memoir of life with his wife, trying to deal with his grief and keep afloat until Billie is officially declared dead and he can collect on her life insurance policy. Their teenage daughter has started having visions of her missing mother. Those could be symptoms of a concussion. Or it could be that Billie wants to ...

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July 16, 2017
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman from Sew French

★★★★★ This unique culinary history of America offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how we eat. The United States boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population which makes for … Continue reading

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Sunday Stash July 15, 2017 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric out this week.
Yesterday my guild had their garage sale. I tend to buy a lot of books, but they didn’t have nearly as many as usual. There was a lot of fabric in mostly small pieces. Maybe there were bigger pieces and I didn’t get there fast enough? I picked up a couple books, one in the Masters series and another on landscape quilts that includes a lot of thread painting info.
I thought that would do me until I saw this UFO box as I headed toward the exit.
stripes UFO
This project is so not ...

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July 15, 2017
July Moments from Bayou Quilts

 Amelia, Chris, and B.E. had already left before I took these pics on July 4. 
We had a nice weekend in the country. 
Mila, Erin, Brandon, Max
Snail Mail: Incoming and Outgoing

My latest record for daily yoga was 22 days consecutively.  Then...of course, I missed a couple of days.  Since I've been walking every day for nearly two weeks, I don't feel as compelled to get my yoga sadhana in EVERY day.   

Erin has been so pleased with her FitBit, which gives both reminders and congratulations for successful achievements.  All of a sudden I wanted ...

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July 13, 2017
{I've Been Reading} If the Haunting Fits, Wear It from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

If the Haunting Fits, Wear It, the latest in Rose Pressey's Haunted Vintage mystery series, is a fast fun murder mystery. This time there are two unrelated deaths for Cookie Chanel to figure out so she's got two extra ghosts to deal with. The spirit she picked up in an attic full of vintage clothing follows her to the Kentucky Derby, where a dead jockey needs her help. This one was fast paced and a lot of fun. While Cookie works to solve the mystery at the racetrack, her friends and family at home try to figure out ...

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The Spirit Of Collage from Quilt Paint Create

I’m still infatuated with the idea of fabric collage, and checked yet another book out of the library.
stitched textile collage
I still have the book I checked out before too.
The new book was helpful in that the author describes her inspiration for every quilt. I am a huge fan of ideas in general, and find it interesting to read about how others come up with ideas and translate them into form. I’m sure that makes me some kind of geek, although I’d be hard pressed to label it.
The second book showed the work of many different fiber ...

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July 12, 2017
Book Report: Pattern Making Templates for Skirts & Dresses from Urban Quilter

Pattern Making Templates for Skirts & Dresses: All You Need to Design, Adapt, and Customize Your ClothesPattern Making Templates for Skirts & Dresses: All You Need to Design, Adapt, and Customize Your Clothes
by Alice Prier

I'm not ready to jump into making my own patterns yet, but when I am this book is where I will start. I did learn a good bit about pattern design terminology and how a pattern is constructed. I recently began experimenting with modifying store-bought patterns and I think I will do more of this based on the concepts explained here about where the adjustment points are. I also found a few variations I want to try:

  • putting a ruffle ...

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July 8, 2017
{I've Been Reading} So Far, So Good! from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Halfway through the year without a single library fine! And with no mad searching of the house to find lost books. I've got to admit that I'm a bit shocked.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

The three of them are the Final Girls, sole survivors of terrible events that seem like they came straight out of a horror movie. Lisa wrote a book about the massacre at her sorority house. Sam disappeared from public view years ago. Quinn runs a baking blog and tries to get on with her life. She can't remember the details of that ...

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July 7, 2017
Book Reviews Plus a Tutorial! from Pinkadot Quilts

For some reason I love to read excessively in the summer. Maybe it is the slower pace.We have a wonderful screened-in porch that lends itself to a lazy afternoon or evening of reading.
I had a few people email me wanting to know what I was reading. In some ways it feels so personal but at the same time I am always on the hunt for a new read too! Please know these are my own opinions and not necessarily the end word. My mood greatly influences what I like and don't like at any given time. I ...

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July 6, 2017
Introducing my newest Paper Piecing Book from Made By Marney

Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is my new paper piecing book. This is a great book for beginners, but has plenty to keep the more advanced quilter happy, too.Paper Piece PatternsI have always loved decorating for Christmas, so creating the 16 adorable images for this book was such fun! Included in this book are 8 cute projects to use the interchangeable paper pieced blocks. In the next couple of posts, I will be sharing all 8 of these projects. Remember, you can substitute any of the images with the 16 Christmas blocks, or any of the many paper pieced blocks ...

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June 21, 2017
{Books and Yarn} The Breakdown from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

You know those projects you cast on and then absolutely can't put down? This is one of those. 

Look at how pretty the blues and green are! Look at the pretty stitch pattern and what it does to the blues and greens!

Would you believe that this is a different colorway of the same yarn I used for those purple socks? The colors are doing exactly what they should. There wasn't a knot to be found in either skein. I've got my fingers crossed that the color pattern continues to behave now that I'm past  the ...

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June 17, 2017
A Quick Check In from Quilt Paint Create

The week got away from me and I never did post anything.
Work has been especially draining and frustrating lately, and when I get home at night I haven’t felt like doing anything creative. Ironically, I think that’s when it’s most important to do something you love to keep things in perspective.
I’ve done some reading on making fabric collage, which is something that caught my eye a month or two ago. I’ve never had any art training and can’t seem to get my mind around how to put together abstract design. It will ...

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June 15, 2017
GiveAway Winners and More! from Carol Lyles Shaw

GiveAway Winners!

I’m happy to announce the winners of my first Newsletter Giveaway!  Winners were chosen at random from my newsletter subscribers and could choose to use their cash prize at the quilt shop of their choice.

It was a lot of fun to call the surprised shop owners and tell them that a customer had chosen their shop.

The Grand prize Winner is Bonnie R. who chose We’re Sew Creative!

The Runners Up and their shops are:

Congratulations ...

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June 8, 2017
BOM is here! Pioneer Quilts Book is almost here! GWP is here! from Quilt & Textile Collections

BOM is here! Pioneer Quilts Book is almost here! GWP is here!
We’re super excited! For the first time ever, The Triplett Sisters are offering a Block of the Month for a beautiful 19th century friendship quilt in the Poos Collection. The quilt is dated 1856 with names of a Huguenot family from New York. The quilt is a feast of original and unique blocks which are available as a pattern or as a fusible kit. To learn more, please follow this link . This beautiful antique quilt is featured in The Triplett Sisters new book, Pioneer Quilts: Prairie Settler’s Life in Fabric – Over 30 Quilts from the Poos Collection. (Hmmm ...

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