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September 16, 2020
Quick & Easy No-Sew Pumpkin Tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Happy Fall, y’all! We’ve got a pretty plush pumpkin tutorial for you today. With 10 minutes to spare and some Cuddle fabric, you can upgrade your plain pumpkins into glamorous no-sew pumpkin decorations to display all season long.

We made our no-sew pumpkins with Shannon Cuddle fabrics. The Cuddle fabrics make for full and fluffy pumpkins. You can use fun prints to create chic pumpkins to match your style.

Watch the Video Tutorial

Kimberly will show you how to make these quick no-sew pumpkins using just a few materials in this FREE video tutorial.

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August 6, 2020
COVID-19 Frenzy from Meena Schaldenbrand








COVID-19 Frenzy

There was a new vocabulary including Social Distancing, Flattening The Curve and Herd Immunity. We made many, many face masks to donate as well as for our family and friends. We were grateful for our First Responders and our health. We lost some of our freedoms when confined to our homes during the quarantine. We hoarded toilet paper, hand sanitizers and washed hands frequently. We had Coronavirus anxiety, uncertainty, fear and worried often about the pandemic, jobs and the economy. We wondered how long it would last if there would be a vaccine or cure.

Beads, charms, sequins ...

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July 30, 2020
Pandemic Power Sewing... from Val's Quilting Studio

This afternoon I dumped a basketful of 2 1/2" strips I've had for way too long and started some...

...power chain piecing.

I'm sewing three strips together, then cutting them into 5 1/4" squares.


There's really no rhyme or reason behind what I'm doing except that I plan on sewing them
into a scrappy Crazy Rails quilt pattern. I don't even know what size this quilt will make. LOL!
But I love my scrappy Thirties Repro fabrics...so know I'll love the quilt as well.
And....having an emptied basket of scraps ...

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July 24, 2020
Go Ahead and Laugh! I AM! from Val's Quilting Studio

I FINALLY had my annual eye doctor appointment...after getting my eyes dilated, 
I felt like I'd rather stay at home if this is what going out looks like! LOL!!!
Our new normal feels WEIRD!!!
Still Smiling!! Val
wear your mask

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Morning Stitching from Val's Quilting Studio

I have found my Sue Spargo Homegrown creative/wool stitching the perfect mental health project during this pandemic of ours. Each little 5"x 5" block offers creative outlet without being too overwhelming. 
All the bright colors and textures just make me happy!!!

With that said, I'm now creating a needle roll for my growing variety of needles.
My mornings are quiet and slow. 
I get in my daily walk, then will sit and stitch for a little bit before getting going with the day.
My new normal during an unprecedented time.
Have you also found yourself enjoying a ...

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July 20, 2020
Rejuvenated and A Finish! from Val's Quilting Studio

 Sometimes a change of scenery is rejuvenating for the soul. I can't believe we've been in this Coronavirus "shutdown" for four months now. Of which have found me transforming from an efficient, organized, productive human being to a total blob who can't remember when she last showered! Accept for my daily exercise routine, I've had motivation to accomplish nothing more. Finally, weekend before last, hubby and I took a long weekend and escaped to the mountains. We were isolated in the middle of the mountains and though we didn't do much, as the town we ...

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Be Kind to YOURSELF from Val's Quilting Studio

Hello Hello my fellow blogging friends!!

I came to realize that it's almost been FOUR months since I've even blogged.
Yet, after getting my hair cut today and chit chatting with my hairstylist...
(I just LOVE getting my pixie cut...especially with the onset of Summer!)
 
...I was inspired to write this post...as for the first time during this pandemic I felt like I wasn't alone in finding myself needing to navigate unknown terrain yet internally frustrated in NOT finding comfort and motivation in all that use to motivate me. For example, when this pandemic started ...

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May 14, 2020
Slow Blogging.... from Val's Quilting Studio

Ugh! I'm such a "slow blogger" these days and can't seem to find my ol' blogging "mojo".
 In reflection, hubs and I are busy enjoying our empty nest, even during a pandemic,
life seems to keep busy...although we really miss eating out once a week.


As a teacher, working from home has been very odd. It's hard to believe sometimes the reality of this Corona Virus Pandemic. Luckily, I have found my hand stitching to be a great comfort during my numerous Zoom Meetings each day as know one can see what I'm doing! LOL ...

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May 4, 2020
Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Sunday Stash Report. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer


Saturday's Song
Does it feel like your're facing another heartbreak day?
















Here's the lyrics if you'd like to reflect more on them.
Keep moving on my Dear Reader.  
Let me be honest.  
This. Quaratnine. Is. Tough. 
I'm struggling just like you are.
  
I have days that I all I can do is sleep. 
I bet you have, too.
I have days that I cry.
I bet you have, too.
I have lonely days.
I bet you have, too.
I have days that I am close to losing hope.
I bet you have, too.
My family ...

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May 1, 2020
Wednesday's Word. Wednesday Wrap Ups. Pressing On. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Wednesday's Word

Today's word is for those of us who love people who make/have made hurtful choices.  First of all, you are not alone.  I'll say it again, you are not the only one who loves someone who makes hurtful choices.  I write from personal experience.
God gave me three points to write about:
1) Let go of the guilt.  You did not cause the situation, you cannot control the person and you can't cure them.  You can only take care of yourself.  
2) Rebuke those who judge and make insensitive remarks about your loved ...

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April 30, 2020
Hope.I Like. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Hope

This is the geranium that my son-in-law got me for Mother's Day several years ago.  I've taken good care of it, but despite my efforts, this last winter, it looked like I had lost it to a freeze.  I kept it in the shade by the pond and watered it faithfully even though it just looked like a pot of dirt.  And look what happened!"
With just a bit of hope, TLC and perseverance, we can be amazed by God's works!


I Like
 LeeAnna over at Not Afraid of Color hosts an "I Like" link up ...

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April 23, 2020
New Double Fold Bias Tape Maker Perfect for Making Masks! Made in the US! from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

We now have a new Bias Binding Maker that is made right here in the U.S. so we’re able to reorder! The new 2″ Double Fold Binding Tool from Purple Hobbies LLC is perfect for making double fold bias tape for mask straps.

Its construction allows you to eliminate a step and fold the edges in on itself AND in half at the same time to create 1/2-inch double fold bias tape all in one step. That will save tons of time and allow you to make more masks.

The tool comes in a bunch of colors ...

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April 16, 2020
FREE MASK PATTERN: Mask Making 101 from Made By Marney

I have had requests to share a pattern for the masks I am donating. This pattern was originally found on the Craft Passion website. I give all the credit possible to this site for the original pattern. After making a bunch of the masks, I have tweeked the pattern to be a bit more fitted. Now I am super happy with the fit, and it is a very easy pattern to assemble.

I’ve already sewn over 150 face masks to give-away to friends and family. This is not a medical mask, but a mask to use for home, grocery ...

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April 11, 2020
The COVID-19 Diary Entry #1 from Tales of a Stitcher

We makers like the idea of uninterrupted days of creating. It is on our want list. Unfortunately, we must not have been very clear when we sent that request out into the universe.

Who knew that we would get what we wanted with just a few caveats.

We can make us much as we want BUT there will be people dying daily while we do, AND their caretakers will not have adequate protection or support, AND—last but not least,  the world will spiral into the darkest economic times since the Great Depression.

Okay, folks, go ahead and make some ...

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Wednesday's Word. Wednesday Wrap Ups. Pressing On. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Hello There,
It's good to be back.  Here's what's been happening since last I linked up!  I've been enjoying many of your blogs and am glad to be back for at least a season!  

Wednesday's Word.
I was reading Psalm 10 the other day and was amazed at the power of this Psalm when I replaced the words referring to the defeated one/enemy with "coronavirus".  I reread the Psalm again this morning and was greatly encouraged as  David's cry of seemingly abandonment transitioned to a cry of praise and victory.
In verse one ...

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April 7, 2020
Mask Making Mania from Cowtown Quilts

  • Materials Used:
  • 2 pieces of 7″ x 9″ fabric
  • 1 strip of 1 to 1+1/2″ x 7″ fabric
  • 2 strips of stretched 1″ x 6″ T-shirt fabric
  • Optional: some type of filter and/or wire

Along with everyone else, I am making fabric masks. I am also making masks from special microbial fabric the hospital provided for them. The fabric masks will go to family, friends in need, and special places that need at least some form of protection. I looked at and tried a lot of different patterns, until I came up with something that works for ...

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Mask Making Mania from Cowtown Quilts

  • Materials Used:
  • 2 pieces of 7″ x 9″ fabric
  • 1 strip of 1 to 1+1/2″ x 7″ fabric
  • 2 strips of stretched 1″ x 6″ T-shirt fabric
  • Optional: some type of filter and/or wire

Along with everyone else, I am making fabric masks. I am also making masks from special microbial fabric the hospital provided for them. The fabric masks will go to family, friends in need, and special places that need at least some form of protection. I looked at and tried a lot of different patterns, until I came up with something that works for ...

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April 4, 2020
FREE Face Mask Sewing Tutorial with Straps & Size Options from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We received a lot of comments requesting another tutorial for a face mask using straps instead of elastic so here ya go! Using the same construction as the previous tutorial, we just added an extra step. Again, the double layer of fabric creates an opening for inserting a filter for added protection.

This mask is NOT medical grade but there is evidence showing that it can help reduce the spread of germs.  If you would like to donate masks to medical centers locally, we recommend that you contact them beforehand and ask what requirements need to be met. Some need ...

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March 31, 2020
TENIAMOCI PER MANO from appunti patch


Ieri notte non riuscivo a dormire e mi sono ricordata di quando nel 2009 avevamo già provato a tenerci per mano tutte insieme e di quando dicevo a mio figlio piccolo "dormi che poi arriva Superman e risolve tutto".
Adesso l'Italia avrebbe bisogno di essere presa in braccio nel frattempo teniamoci per mano virtualmente.
Ciao







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March 30, 2020
Not Your Typical Monday Quilt Post from Humble Quilts


Working on some binding this weekend and got a pucker where I joined the 2 ends. I thought I could get away with it, in the end the seam ripper won and I'm much happier with it. 
I've been getting out everyday to a local trail system that is usually very quiet- I rarely pass anyone and if I do, they won't be giving me the virus!

I think they are calling this the boneyard.

You can see Elsa up ahead of me on the trail. She loves it!

Now for some funnies I've seen lately ...

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