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October 14, 2018
Book bags from Espritpatch

The Indie Patterns Month challenge this week on The Monthly Stitch is "Anything but Clothes". My first plan was to make the Fremont Tote Bag by Klum House, which also happens to be this month pattern for #SewMyStyle. I ordered all the necessary supplies last week-end and they arrived during the week but unfortunately I received the wrong colour of waxed canvas. I had ordered the golden colour and received the copper chestnut which wouldn't necessarily go well with the leather straps I had. So I put this one on the back burner and picked the book bag/tote ...

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October 9, 2018
Curved stars from Espritpatch

I have finally managed to make the curved stars for the Sewing Stars Sew-Along, there are not perfect but I think I will keep them. 

 3 more stars for my quilt, now I have all the little ones left. 
Linking to Seeing stars quilt along curvy starLet's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread Thursday
And of course these are my first 3 blocks for October


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October 7, 2018
Asta dress from Espritpatch

This week on the Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month, the theme is dress! And although I had read about it before I wasn't planning to participate as I didn't believe I'd have time to make anything... that was until Monday of course when I decided to give a try. So I raided my fabric stash and my pattern stash too and set my eyes on a blue and black jersey I bought a year ago from Fabworks and the Asta pattern dress by Wardrobe by Me that I bought during the Black Friday sale last year but ...

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October 5, 2018
Pop Up Paperdoll Challenge! from Joy Studio


has been on my mind all summer!

I wasn’t sure when we were going to get it in!

Then, during our Paperdoll Trunk Show at the MSQC Birthday Bash in Hamilton , I enjoyed a visit with Rhonda!!

She, like many of you has participated in the previous challenges, supported my efforts on social media and followed us faithfully.

It was a wonderful surprise!

And it was great to meet her in person and share. Thank you Rhonda.

We talked about doing another Post Card Challenge and exchange as we did for Valentines ’15 and still getting ...

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October 4, 2018
What brings you Joy Challenge from Sew Sunshine

"You are my Sunshine" 
27" x 34"
most of the sun rays are made from hand dyed either I did or purchased, background fabric is mixed
pattern is from 
Scrappy and Happy Quilts by Kate Henderson

Sun was just starting to coming up when I took this pic.  It was super windy this morning so it was hard to go to far from shelter.  I kind of like the sun starting down on the bottom corner. :)
 My local quilt guild held this challenge and just said do what gives you Joy. We had a lot of variety in quilts and ...

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Starting all the projects.... from Espritpatch

Am I beyond help? Am I a lost cause? Surely I can't be the only one in this boat..... And I am trrying to convince myself that I will be using my exploding stash so it can only be good, right? With the Indie Pattern Month kicking in at the Monthly Stitch, I have found myself looking at the theme versus my stash of (unused) patterns and fabric and dreaming big... too big probably.... And that has made me finally print and cut some patterns that I bought last year or earlier this year, just because I needed them ...

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September 10, 2018
It's all just black and white....... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I cannot believe the difference in temperature. Last week we were sweltering in the heat. This week, I'm freezing to death and even wore my big puffy down vest to the dog park and I wasn't overheated by any means. Crazy weather!

But cold weather means we're more motivated (hopefully) to get some quilting done!

Oh shoot - I don't have time to tell you about the guild meetings from last week, I'll aim for that tomorrow. But the outcome of one of those meetings is this story about the black and white fabrics.

In June ...

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September 5, 2018
Back to reality! from Espritpatch

Back home for 2 lovely weeks in Corsica, back to work today, back to school this week.... but also back to my sewing machine

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September 2, 2018
Kaftan challenge from Espritpatch

There is a new challenge on IG to make a kaftan from the no-pattern version shared by The Stitch Sisters.  The #sewingsansfrontieres  challenge is open until 4 September so there is still time to join in!

Of course this one was not on my list for August but never mind! I didn't really have the time for it but I knew I had perfecr fabric for it and I would use it straight away for our holidays... so what was I to do? Try and stitch one last-minute, like one the night before we go away? Everyone does that ...

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August 22, 2018
Bird Nest Art Project from From My Carolina Home

One of the categories in the Mountain Regional State Fair is Natural Materials.  This one is always a challenge to use items found on our property, created by nature, in a project.  This summer, a Carolina Wren built a nest in a little bucket on the veranda and then abandoned it when DH was painting the boards.  Good thing it did, as I really don’t want a nest of baby birds to work around, and I certainly didn’t want their eggs to be destroyed.

July In The Garden at From My Carolina Home

Carefully lifting it out of the little bucket, it was so delicate and fragile ...

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August 9, 2018
Another quilt-along! from Espritpatch

I know, I know... I have posted about so many quilt-along recently and have very little to show for it. Maybe I am being reasonable :-), maybe I am edging my bets, maybe I have too many projects I want to start that I am almost paralysed....

Anyway, this week I saw yet another quilt-along, this one by Melissa at Happy Quilting Melissa starting next week.

I love the look of the all stars quilt - picture from Melissa's website
I have played with Melissa 2 years ago for the Summer Solstice sew-along making a big cushion.

So this week it ...

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August 8, 2018
ONE DAY AWAY from Quilting with Care

We are updating our Point of Sale system at my quilt shop, Quilter's Hideaway. This has been a crazy week, but we have also managed to quilt several customer quilt's.

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August 7, 2018
Kielo again... and again! from Espritpatch

For a long time I couldn't see the attraction for the Kielo dress. Of course, that was until I made one and found out: wearing a Kielo is like wearing secret pyjamas. So as soon as I finished the first one and started wearing it, I cut a second one. 

I was hoping to have it finished in time for the #sewtogetherforsummer competition on IG. I nearly got there but a business trip just before the end of the contest and lots of kids taxiing prevented me to finish on time.
 I cut the second one slightly shorter and ...

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August 6, 2018
Two-Step Baby Quilt from Sew........This Is My Blog

I'm working on a quilt right now that is way outside my comfort zone.  When a lot of quilters say that they mean they're working on something bright, and artsy, and fun. When I say it I mean pastel, and simple, and sweet.   

A group of online quilty friends had a challenge quilt-along in July.  We were to make a quilt using the Two-Step pattern by Missouri Star Company's Jenny Doan.  You can see her video tutorial here.  I thought this would be a good opportunity to make a "put back for the great-grands" quilt, and I ...

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August 1, 2018
Shopping Totes from Becca's Crazy Projects

On a rainy afternoon I dropped by Spring Water Designs to share my Get It Done UFO Challenge Quilt and to do a little shopping. I do try not to buy a bunch of fabric throughout the year because I really do have enough fabric. But... I've been wanting to try out one of the Dream Big panels by Hoffman Fabric. So I picked on out. Then, of course I needed some backing fabric.
And, this fun cat print on black was back with the sale fabrics so I had to buy the almost 2 yards they had left ...

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July 29, 2018
Sunday Stash July 29, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

Another busy week all around and more changes to the numbers.
I had fabric out for the finish shown in the previous post.
I also had fabric in. Last summer my art quilt group entered a group piece in a local quilt show and took best of class, which came with $50 of prize money. We debated what to do with the money and decided to purchase enough of this fabric for everyone to get a half yard.
graduated batikIt’s a graduated batik. There is a group challenge to make something using this fabric. I won’t get to it ...

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July 28, 2018
one, two, now three . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

So, family is coming in from all over the USA over the next several days . . . Virginia, Texas, California, Georgia . . . even Alaska! So you can imagine where my focus will be over the next week, right?!

The next installment of A Quilter's Journey was published in the May issue of our guild's "Fanfare".  It's the prelude to our challenge show, so it's kind of funny that it follows my last post revealing my challenge piece!  Enjoy -- and I'll see you in a week or so!

Challenges. Quilt challenges, that is. Regardless of how long you’ve ...

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July 22, 2018
New quilt-alongs from Espritpatch

Do I need a new project? I know I hear you laughing... of course I do not. Will I start a new project? Of course I will not (whisper: well maybe I will!) In any case, I'll help whoever might be reading my blog with a public announcement! There are 2 new quilt-alongs that I am considering at the moment.

The first one is a Dresden quilt one. It starts on 8 August and honestly, it does look so good, doesn't it? One block a week for 26 weeks, how difficult can that be? Head over to Susan ...

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July 21, 2018
challenge accepted . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Shoulder recovery continues to go well . . . I'm still in the sling, which makes typing difficult.  So consider this post a labor of love!  ;)

Our guild -- Heritage Quilters of Huntsville -- helds its bi-annual challenge show at the July meeting, which was last Thursday, July 19th. 
The challenge, Stitchin' the Blues, was introduced in November and involved creating a quilt using only blue and white fabrics, maintaining size parameters, and keeping projects top secret.  Which for me was the HARDEST part! But since the show has come and gone, let the revealing commence!

I had an idea almost the minute the ...

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July 9, 2018
Mid-Year Check Up Episode #93 from Hobbies Up To Here

We’re back with episode 93! Today we sat down and did a mid-year check in with the words we each chose for ourselves the year. My mom picked challenge and is working on challenging herself to find balance between all her crafty activities and to push herself beyond her comfort zone. I picked progress to … Continue reading Mid-Year Check Up Episode #93

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