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January 8, 2022
13th Annual Final Countdown Wrap-up from Prairie Moon Quilts

Time to announce the winners! Altho . . . I say we are ALL winners just for doing the tasks, because we now have a fresh start on the new year, and it always feels so good!

Personally, I’m not a huge winner, because I failed at some of the tasks. I DID work on paper clutter, but as usual, still have a long way to go.

I did not get my ironing board cover changed, because I discovered that with my still-not-recovered broken elbow, I can’t run the staple gun! So . . . I’m hoping to swindle My Cowboy into helping ...

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December 31, 2021
2021 Final Countdown, Task Three from Prairie Moon Quilts

Here we are at the final task already!

I hope you’ve been accomplishing a lot of good things in your sewing spaces. Every little bit helps — trust me, even when it doesn’t seem like it, it WILL eventually add up. I look around at how far I think I still have to go, but can look back and remember when it was so much worse, and realize it just takes time. But time is not unlimited, for any of us, so I know I need to keep chipping away at it.

Our final task is to:

Organize one ...

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December 30, 2021
2021 Final Countdown, Task Two from Prairie Moon Quilts

We’re off to a great start! Some of you have your paper under control, and the rest of you seem to have a plan, so I can hear lots of progress being made! I’m off to a slow start, but I’ll pick up the pace here soon.

Meanwhile, it’s time for Task Two — are you ready??

Here we go . . .

Pick 3 easy tasks that need doing

This one may make you think a bit. And it’s a bit tricky, cos it’s like doing three tasks in one. But . . . these three tasks should not be ...

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December 29, 2021
2021 Final Countdown, Task One from Prairie Moon Quilts

Are you ready? It’s time for Task One. I’m actually more excited than ever to do these!

I had a hard time deciding which one to put first. And then I decided that I’d do the one that needs doing worst first, because that gives me more time to work on it until the 7th.

And what is that task, you ask? Well . . . it’s:

Deal with the paper clutter

Yes, after all this time, paper clutter is still a problem for me. I DO have to say, however, that I am down to only 2 small ...

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December 28, 2021
13th Annual Final Countdown from Prairie Moon Quilts

Lucky 13!  Who’da thunk this would be so popular and last so long!? I do know that I still need it. It’s such a great feeling to start off the new year with things all organized and fewer projects hanging over my head.

What with the regularly scheduled Studio Organizing Challenges, I once again made some good progress around here, but wow! I have a lot of stuff! And a lot of stuff to still deal with!  How about you?

Some of it just takes time to do, especially once you’ve gotten the easier, quicker stuff off ...

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November 3, 2021
Quiltcon fabric challenge - Tumbling Triangles from Ellyn's Place

 I'll be honest, I haven't participated in the Modern Quilt Guild's fabric challenges in recent years. Often the fabrics they use just don't speak to me. This year was a different story. When I saw the Wyndham Artisan Cottons they were offering up I hurried to sign up. In addition to the fat eighth bundle I received from the MQG, I ordered 2 yards of one of the "neutrals" allowed, the black gray. I had no plan. So, I started making an assortment of triangle blocks, using the neutral as the background. 

After mulling them over ...

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October 22, 2021
The Cherrywood Challenge on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


Grafitti in Erie, Pennsylvania

 So I have a secret.  Well to be honest, it's not really a secret to anybody who knows me....I'm a bit competitive.  In fact, I'm so competitive that it could get completely out of hand.  About 10 years ago, I decided that I would no longer compete in all. That said, I do allow myself to compete

against myself which is still fun but a lot less destructive to my psyche.  With all the other issues in the last two years, I haven't even done that really...until now ...

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October 9, 2021
The "Y" in Yahoo! from Calgary Modern Quilt Guild

  The 2021 Calgary MQG Community Challenge Quilt,  with the signature "YYC" graphic was recently displayed at the Calgary Stampede.  Here's a few pictures from set-up.

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September 22, 2021
100 Things in 100 Days from Prairie Moon Quilts

It doesn’t seem possible, but as of tomorrow, there will only be 100 days left in 2021. Each year, I make a list (well, several lists) of “100 Things To Do in the Next 100 Days”. I keep all my lists in this book:

I always make one list starting on January 1st, a second list starting somewhere in the middle of the year, and the final list always starts on September 23rd. It’s fun to see how much I can get done in the final 100 days of each year. I’ve been doing this since 2009 ...

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September 7, 2021
Color of the Year 2021 from Ellyn's Place

 I always look forward to the announcement of Pantone's color of the year. This year's colors really resonated with me...

Pantone's swatches for its latest Colors of the Year: Illuminating, a vibrant light yellow, and Ultimate Gray, the first neutral shade to ever be selected.

Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. Both beautiful, separately and together. In fact, I have decorated my guest bedroom and bath in these colors. So it felt good to dive in and use them together in a small quilt. Small because the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild will be displaying them in the display case at the library again this year, as we did in 2019.

I actually made my quilt several months ago. After I pattern tested my friend Jane ...

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May 10, 2021
Panel Challenge Winners! from Prairie Moon Quilts

The voting is over, and WOW! was it ever tough!

I’m amazed at the quality of all the entries, the clever ideas for using a panel, and the creativity shown in all the projects. I really appreciate all of you that jumped in with me and entered. It grew way beyond my expectations. We may have to do something like this again!

And now, for the winners . . . drum roll, please!

Honorable mention: Shirley Guier

Shirley Guier: North to Alaska

Shirley said she got this panel on a trip to Alaska. The cool color palette framed by the blocks that ...

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May 3, 2021
It’s Panel Challenge Voting Time! from Prairie Moon Quilts

Here we go!

I hope I’ve got this working.

I’ve tested it to the best of my ability, and I had My Cowboy try it, and if HE can get it to work, then it must be working — haha!

We ended up with 46 entries! I’m completely blown away by this! I really appreciate all of you who joined me in this challenge and entered a project. I kinda threw it out there simply to make myself use up something I had laying around, and it took on a life of its own, and . . . it’s been ...

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April 30, 2021
It’s Panel Challenge Submission Time! from Prairie Moon Quilts

Woohoo! But seriously, how is it April 30th already??

Do you have your Panel Challenge projects finished?

It’s time to submit them for the voting. I gave instructions for it in my last Panel Challenge update, but I’ll repeat them here. We already have 23 entries as of this morning! So I’m expecting a lot more over the weekend, as folks finish up. I’m so excited!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Email a photo of your project to me at An attachment works great. Once I receive it, I will respond to your ...

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April 22, 2021
Panel Challenge Update #2 from Prairie Moon Quilts

How are you doing with your Panel Challenge quilts?

If you want in on the Panel Challenge, the rules are HERE. You still have time to get in on this! Did I mention there will be prizes?

One of our prizes is from Needle and Foot — Bernie is donating a $35 gift certificate to her shop!

I’m slowly moving mine along. I finished cutting:

And started sewing:

And there’s a good week left, so I have plenty of time!

I didn’t mean for it to be a red and green quilt, but that’s how it’s ...

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April 7, 2021
Hand Quilting .... holy cow! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

 LOL .... did that title of this post catch your attention?  Yes, I'm going to be doing a bit of hand quilting.  Only on small projects.

Like this small 24" x 24" wall hanging.  Yes, you can't see anything except for a glimpse of something beneath my stencils.  Why?  

This hanging is for an quilt exchange that I'm participating in with Humble Quilts.  The exchange is now closed with 70 swappers and I have already received the name of the person that this hanging will be going to.  Our work can be showed, but if the recipient reads ...

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March 24, 2021
Panel Challenge Update #1 from Prairie Moon Quilts

I finally got moving on my Panel Challenge quilt! If you want in on the Panel Challenge, it’s not too late at all. You can find all the info HERE and HERE.

I came up with an idea, and it turned into a throw quilt. Then I got to thinking that was too big, and maybe I needed to come up with a different idea. Then I decided why not? It’s OK to make it throw sized, and it’ll use up more fabric from my stash, right?

Besides, I plan to donate mine to my guild’s ...

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March 14, 2021
The Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2021 Begins!!! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


 "What does love look like?

It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like."

Hi, all!

Things are all falling into place for this year's Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge!  I'm so excited to get this started!

2021 represents the eleventh year of the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge!  We've had an amazing ten years...

2011:  47 quilters made 60 quilts
2012:  55 quilters ...

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March 3, 2021
Panel Challenge: Ideas from Prairie Moon Quilts

Wow! You guys are all in for the Panel Challenge! I way underestimated how much interest there would be in a challenge like this. This is gonna be fun.

Since there IS so much interest, and so many of you want to join in, let’s just make it official, shall we?

Here are the rules again, and below that, I’ll answer a couple of questions I’ve been asked.

  1. Choose a panel to use for your project.
  2. Turn the panel into a quilt of any size (or any project of your choosing — doesn’t have to be a ...

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March 2, 2021
A Panel Challenge from Prairie Moon Quilts

While I was working my way through The Final Countdown at the end of 2020, I unearthed a lot, and I mean a LOT of panels — I did not even realize I had so many! Since I don’t normally buy panels, I know most of these were given to me. Some of them are really old!

I obviously don’t use panels much, either, because I still have all these. I believe it’s partly because I have to think too hard to decide what to do with them.

I gathered them all up, put them in this box ...

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January 20, 2021
I May Have A Scrap Problem... But This May Help! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

Scrappy sewing has been the main focus around here lately, as I completed the final prototypes for the String Therapy series coming up the end of this month! 

But all that sewing meant a whole lot less time looking for inspiration on the internet...  Fortunately, though, Joy of The Joyful Quilter has come to the rescue with a year-long challenge that is right up our scrappy alleys!!  It's called The 2021 Table Scraps Challenge - a challenge to make a scrappy table topper each month, and I bet we've all got enough scraps - and time - to do ...

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