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February 22, 2020
One In Every Crowd from Quilt Paint Create

There’s been a lot of life going on here.
Most of my sewing time this week went toward the Vogue shirt. I hope to finish it tomorrow. I’ve enjoyed sewing that shirt more than anything else I’ve made in a long time. It felt good to have a fun project.
I also had Needlearts Guild this week with Show and Tell of projects in process. There are some really lovely projects in the works. That group is so talented.
Today was the book sale at the library. I only picked up one quilt book, although I did ...

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February 21, 2020
Book Review - Coconut Layer Cake Murder from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke My rating: 3 of 5 stars *I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley for my honest review.*Hannah needs a vacation so she goes to California with her mother to help Lynne pack to move to Lake Eden. And then she gets a call from Michelle that there has been a murder and no one on the police force can investigate so she is the only one who can find

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February 18, 2020
Labor of Love Quilts Part 1 from A Quilting Life

Labor of Love Quilts Part 1 featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of Scrappy Dresden Runner

Hello friends! Thank you so much for all of the kind comments on yesterday’s home update post. We’ve been working really hard to try and get in by the end of the month, so your kindness was much appreciated! Yesterday I received images from my upcoming book, Labor of Love: Scrappy Quilts from the Heart […]

The post Labor of Love Quilts Part 1 appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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February 17, 2020
High Five These Midwinter Thankful Things from Canadian Needle Nana

On that blustery snowy day, I had this in the oven. Old fashioned Seven Layer Dinner. This was a very common dish in homes in the sixties when casseroles became more popular. At home it used to be called Ship Wreck and you can read about why here at the Saltjunk site. Is this something you would have grown up with too?

It is so fitting to have comfort food on a bad weather day. A first for me making this for Hubby and he loved it.  I'd forgotten how much it is a vegetarian meal if you wish ...

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February 16, 2020
Book Review - Wedding Cake Crumble and The Sisters from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

Two installments in good series! The Cupcake Bakery Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay is a great cozy series and the Cormac Reilly series by Dervla McTiernan is a great mystery series set in Ireland. The narrator is great with the Irish lilt! Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am almost caught up with this series! Woot!Angie and Mel are doing some last minute wedding

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February 12, 2020
Book Review - Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

This novel is set t be published June 2, 2020. Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini My rating: 4 of 5 stars *I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley for my honest review.*Mary Todd Lincoln attempted suicide 10 years after the assassination of President Lincoln. The events leading up to the attempt lead Robert Lincoln, her son, to have her declared legally insane and

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February 11, 2020
{I've Been Reading} Black Friday from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I didn't care for the first third or so of Black Friday by Michael Hodges. There are a lot of characters, all of them with fully fleshed out back stories that drowned out whatever it was that had just happened at the Bridgefield Mall. Something awful had gotten rid of all of the other shoppers and  the mall was suddenly surrounded by impossibly swirling fog, but I was still wading through everyone's histories and wondering if this was just a rip off of The Mist.

About halfway through, the pace picks up and it becomes a really good ...

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Crazy Overlay Crochet from Road Home Quilting

Texture! My favorite aspect of crochet. This new Leisure Arts book, Overlay Crochet: 10 Projects Add Dimensions and Style to YourHome by Kristi Simpson, creates crochet texture in fabulous new ways. “Dimension and style” is no joke here. Look what I made:

Kristi’s book Features a variety of projects:  table décor, pillow, box, hand towel, blanket, ottoman pouf, wall hanging (mandala), granny square style blanket (but it’s not your granny’s style!), and an amazing boho crossbody bag – which is going to be next project, for sure.

I have always shied away from colorful crochet projects because I ...

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February 10, 2020
Simple Geometric Quilting, a book review and project from The Crafty Quilter

I LOVE books of all kinds, especially quilting books. Since I work in a quilt shop, I often get to see the latest books “hot off the press”. Last October, I was asked to review a recently-published book, Simple Geometric Quilting, by Laura Preston (affiliate link). I’m happy to share my thoughts and impressions with you (albeit a little late) and a fun little project I made from the book.

Note: I have not been compensated for this review. I was given a free copy of Simple Geometric Quilting to review, but all thoughts are based on my own ...

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February 8, 2020
Book Review - Silence for the Dead from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

I am just about through all of Simone St. James' novels having just found her a year or so ago. She writes with a bit of supernatural mystery in her novels and I have thoroughly enjoyed them! Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James My rating: 5 of 5 stars Kitty Weekes is running from her past in post WWI London. She decides to pass herself off as a nurse in Portis House, a hospital for soldiers

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Enchanted Knits for Dolls from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I don't have any eighteen-inch dolls in my life, which is a shame because Enchanted Knits for Dolls by Nicky Epstein is full of some really amazing projects. This is beautifully detailed, heirloom quality stuff. 

They're not all girly princess gowns. There's a pirate, a Peter Pan costume, a gnome, and a dragon. And they have awesome accessories.

And princess gowns, because....well, probably because princess gowns are wonderful. I love Rapunzel's hair, which is attached to her hat.

The genie is my absolute favorite of the bunch. You can see all of the projects on ...

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February 7, 2020
Book Review - The Haunting of Maddy Clare from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

I am still catching up on books I finished in late 2019. This was a good one! The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James My rating: 5 of 5 stars I think that this is my favorite Simone St. James book that I have read so far! Sarah is working for a temp agency and they set her up with an interview with Alistair for an assistant position but the terms are very vague. Alistair and his male

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February 4, 2020
Book Review - Before We Were Yours from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

I got a little behind on reviews over the Christmas holiday so I am trying to catch up. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate My rating: 5 of 5 stars Before We Were Yours is a historical fiction novel based on the Tennessee Children's Home Society scandal. The novel is written in 2 time periods - following Rill Foss in 1939 when her and her siblings were taken from her parents and in present day

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{I've Been Reading} Little Darlings from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

This has got to be one of the creepiest domestic thrillers I've ever read. The first pages perfectly capture how vulnerable and uncertain a new mother can feel, especially one without enough support. That's even before a strange woman appears in Lauren's hospital room, wanting to trade Lauren's newborn identical twin sons for the two miserable things in the stranger's basket. Lauren manages to lock herself and the twins in the bathroom and call for help, but when the authorities do arrive the hospital staff blames Lauren's fragile mental ...

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Grommets Decor - Grommets Galore! from Road Home Quilting

I got carried away with the new Home Décor Using Grommets byBillie Steward from Leisure Arts. There are 16 projects in this book!

Most can be made with medium 1-9/16” grommets, so pick-up a large set, you will use them all. And you don’t need any special setting tools for larger sized grommets, did you know that? In fact, the only additional material besides your feature fabric is good ol’ iron on interfacing. Grommet projects are a great way to use up interfacing scraps.

The best thing I learned from this book is that grommets are functional as ...

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February 1, 2020
Mini Masterpieces by Alyce Blyth from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I wish that Mini Masterpieces by Alyce Blyth had been available when I first started to quilt. It's by far my favorite of the "quilting class" style books that I've read. 

The book is divided into twelve sections, each one explaining a different technique. It starts with a nine patch block, then strip piecing, then triangles. In later chapters it moves on to curves, English paper piecing, and foundation paper piecing.

I'm going to jump in with the later chapters and a few technques that I haven't been able to figure out, even after years of ...

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January 30, 2020
Last Week in January from Bayou Quilts

Today is dreary and overcast.  No rain in the forecast, but a gloomy sky.  A little breezy and the chimes are sounding, leaving that long, deep resonance in the air.  

Stitching.  Finished the third panel for 25 Million Stitches!  It will go in the mail this week, leaving me having to begin a new stitchery project to keep myself calm.  :)

 About 7,000 + stitches in this one.  I quit counting when I got close to 7,000, but kept adding more elements.  The stitches are fairly large and the pearl cotton is a craft variety, the kind that comes in ...

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January 29, 2020
Well, January was a bust, sort of. . . . . from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

So, here goes, I did NOTHING on my January OMG project, you remember, the crocheted tote bag. . . .

BUT, I did get quite a bit of sewing done in January. As well as a bit of downsizing from my craft supplies.

I completed a pattern test quilt top. . . but I can't show that yet since the pattern has not yet been released.  It is from Patterns by Jen and I hope to be able to show it shortly.

I am working on sewing up from my scrap basket. . . I am doing framed squares, Square Dance blocks, and another block that ...

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January 28, 2020
{I've been Reading} The Argument from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

The Argument by Victoria Jenkins

After sneaking out to a party and getting caught, fifteen-year-old Olivia vows that she'll never speak to her mother again. As the silent treatment drags on, it becomes obvious that Olivia is hiding things from her mother. Hannah is hiding things from her daughter. The author is also hiding a lot of things from the reader. Sometimes it's through misdirection and sometimes it's by leaving out a huge important detail of what was happening in a scene. When things finally did become clear, I felt cheated. This book honestly left me wondering ...

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January 26, 2020
Book Reviews - Nothing More Dangerous, A Crafter Quilts a Crime, and Lock Every Door from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens My rating: 5 of 5 stars Boady lives in a small town in the Ozarks in Missouri in the mid-1970s and he is saving money and dreaming of when he can run off and make a life of his own. Sure, he will miss his dog and his single mom, but life with her is stifling him since his father was killed some 10 years prior. Boady spends his days trying to be invisible at

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