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September 12, 2019
Introducing my Exit Strategy from Quilting & Learning

In the spirit of anticipation, celebration and learning, I am starting a new project.


In less than 3 years and 2 months, I will be 60! People are generally not eager to grow older, but I believe that the perks of age and wisdom more than make up for the laugh lines and grey hair (which I've had for over 15 years anyway!)

60 will begin the next phase of my life - Fibre Artist!

So, how am I going to get ready for the fibre artist phase of my life without living in the future? Well, pretty ...

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June 29, 2019
SHEEP ARE JUMPING from The Proficient Needle

Before I stopped working last night, I played with the layout of the sheep quilt.

Please excuse the lighting...... My design wall is in a narrow hallway, next to the stairs, and it has an overhead light that causes glare!  Once I get it stitched together, I'll have to hunt in my stash for border fabric.  I have a cute pink flannel for the back with more sheep!

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May 19, 2019
Polka Dot Fun from Heart Desire Creations

When I was getting ready for my April Quilt & Sew-In, I prepped an easy and quick quilt using the many polka dot fabrics I have.  I paired them with some striped fabric I had and cut all into 2 1/2 inch strips.  I got the inspiration for this quilt here, which she called the Ernie Quilt. For me, it’s best to have something fairly mindless, quick and gratifying for when I am facilitating a retreat. This worked!

Here is the quilt top on the design wall at the retreat:



And, very unlike me, I quilted it as soon ...

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May 9, 2019
Design Wall Wednesday: May 8, 2019 from Goer

We moved home (post remodel) and my sewing studio really needs some TLC. I'm in the middle of building my new cabinets to store all the things, but I took a break from building to haul one of my design walls upstairs so I could work on a project yesterday. I have two 4-foot by 8-foot insulation boards covered in batting. I don't have enough wall space to have these up in a permanent location, so I like the versatility of being able to move them around. Typically I have them blocking the closet. I digress...

In January ...

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Post Retreat + Enjoying my Passions from Heart Desire Creations

After being home a week, I’ve finally made it to the computer to do a wrap up of my somewhat productive sewing at a quilt retreat I attended in South Carolina.  I began the week full steam ahead by making string blocks for a border that I cut into fours. I then paired each with a white on white square and made half square triangles.  All of my notes were at home (why oh why??) so I just made bunches!  This is the quilt top I was preparing the border blocks for:


These are the border blocks, not yet ...

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March 25, 2019
3 More Blocks... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Here is a pic of my design wall last night. 
 After Church we had dinner at mom's then I came home and pieced a few blocks.  I am trying to catch up on my Lori Holt's Block-Along. 
 These fabrics are so not my normal but I'm really liking how they are all looking. 
 Then I moved on to this pretty red print block...
 Another view...
 This was the last one for the night. 
 They are all actually big blocks.
 Of course the purple tulips don't go in this quilt but the rest of the blocks do ...

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March 17, 2019
Playing Catch Up... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I spent part of Saturday trying to catch up on some blocks.  These are from the Lori Holt free Vintage Block Along.  Here is my design wall when I stopped for the day.  The applique blocks on the far left are not the same project.  :)
 I did this block and if I remember correctly it was 20"
 I also pieced these 4 and they are 5" blocks.
 Also this one....
 Then I was finished for the day.  Actually my mind still wanted to quilt but my body said "stop"  LOL!  In the end I am pleased with what I got ...

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March 12, 2019
Full Design Wall... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 My design wall is getting full!  YAY!  I added more blocks yesterday!  So here is what I have going on....
 First off yesterday morning before daylight I wanted to piece a few blocks for myself before loading a customer quilt on the longarm.  Well....I guess it was too early or I was still half asleep.  LOL!  First off I cut the squares the wrong size and things were not coming out correctly.  I finally saw my mistake and had to pick them all out.
 Then I sewed this section backwards.  :(  Had to pick that out and redo it. 
 This ...

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March 9, 2019
2019 – Squares in Squares from Lotus Cove Quilting

Here’s a view of my design wall today. This project is using lots of fabrics from my stash. Only purchase so far was one yard for the center squares. The blocks should finish 12″ square, making a single-sized quilt.


Squares In Squares on Design Wall

Note on design walls: I used anti-pill fleece on this wall, wrapped over insulation panels. Fleece holds much better than flannel. Completed blocks would rarely stick to my old flannel wall unless I pinned them. No problem with the fleece.

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March 6, 2019
A little more progress... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Felt a little better yesterday so I tried to get in a little quilting.  I'm loving this gold thread on this backing. 
 I still did not get it finished as my energy level is still not back to normal and I also had to do a little housework.  :(  I only have about 20 more minutes of quilting and then it will be finished and ready to ship out.  I am behind schedule now, I had put my back out then this horrid virus so I'm going to have to really buckle down and get some stuff done!
 As ...

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February 27, 2019
What's Up 2.26.19 from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

What's up on my design wall today

 I have actually a variety of projects that I am currently working on. 
 I have My Tree wall hanging up, deciding what is needed to finish next. 

I'm working on the embroidery part, details on the birds and the flowers right now.
 After I'm done with that then next will be the quilting. This will be hand quilted which I am looking forward to because right now I do not have anything in my hoop that I'm working on. 

The other items on the wall is a crocheted Afghan ...

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February 14, 2019
Sunday's Some of This; Some of That from The Quilting Reader's Garden

First the destash - bound a quilt, so there goes .25 yard of fabric out.  Also used 4 fat quarters for a new quilt. It's only the start of this quilt.  So out goes another yard.  Fabric wise, that's it because I've spent most of my time quilting two quilts this past week except for some hand stitching.  YTD total now 28.40 yards. Here's the quilt I bound today. I showed the whole quilt in my

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Sunday's Some of This; Some of That from Quilting Reader's Garden

First the destash - bound a quilt, so there goes .25 yard of fabric out.  Also used 4 fat quarters for a new quilt. It's only the start of this quilt.  So out goes another yard.  Fabric wise, that's it because I've spent most of my time quilting two quilts this past week except for some hand stitching.  YTD total now 28.40 yards. Here's the quilt I bound today. I showed the whole quilt in my

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January 28, 2019
Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Sunday Stats. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday's Song.
This video of God Only Knows by King and Country is shocking, but so true.  I just read that a suicide attempt is made every 28 seconds!  Dear one, God knows you, He never leaves you.  People will let us down, but not God.  Try Him.

Let us all look around us and who kindness.  A smile, a prayer, a gentle touch of encouragement to a stranger/friend/loved one could change their lives.  
Take good care!

Slow Stitching.
My slow stitching project continues to be my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  I'll also be choosing ...

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January 19, 2019
Get Away – Storm at Sea from Carol Lyles Shaw

Get Away is the Island Batik Blog Hop theme for January 2019. And, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make Storm at Sea, a traditional block–but I ended up altering it in a modern way.

First…the Fabrics! My fabrics are from the Soul Song Collection by Island Batik.

This collection goes from brights to muted black/cream.

I decided to use these fabrics shown below in the project–you’ll see why in a moment.

I used these Island Batik Soul Song fabrics and added an Island Batik neutral called Whip Cream.
I love the words ...

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January 9, 2019
Tribal and Thread from Heart Desire Creations

Oh how I loved this pattern when I first saw it and I had the perfect collection of fabrics! The pattern is “Tribal  Influence” by Pamela Goecke, Aardvark Quilts. The fabric collection is David Butler’s Parson Gray Curious Nature plus a few other random fabrics in my stash that I threw in. Here it is in progress:

tribe in progress (medium)

Yes, it was a lot of cutting and Yes, it was a lot of sewing. The almost completed quilt top sat in my closet for about two years and finally I pulled it out a week ago because I wanted it finished ...

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December 10, 2018
Barn Lot Quilt Series.....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I have been making some progress

This is the 5th quilt top in the series...

These images are super rusty!

In the upper right corner of the quilt top

you can see rusted horse shoes:

The horse shoes were worn by 

the Cowboy's Cow Pony, Dancer...

rusted horse shoes on fabric...

All 5 quilt tops now have borders:






I have some applique' work to do,

then they will be spray basted

and ready for machine quilting.

This was our sunrise this morning

just out ...

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December 4, 2018
Mixed Feelings from Sew Preeti Quilts

A Colorwash quilt is one in which the placement of colored squares mimics the color wheel with the lightest area near the center and darkest areas in the corners.

On a cloudy morning

One thing is obvious - The gradual transition from almost white (in or near the center) to almost black (at the edges/corners) is the essence of making such a quilt.

But everything else is subjective.

Colorwash Layout (almost)

The Colorwash 360 class taught by Wanda Hanson of Exuberant Color came with many organizing tips and lots of guidelines were provided but most of the actual design process ...

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December 3, 2018
Island Batik Improv Log Cabin Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Making an improv log cabin quilt was a fun challenge.  In my newest Island Batik challenge, I combined two themes to create an improv log cabin wall hanging–here’s the tutorial showing how I did it.

Cozy Log Cabins is the first challenge theme that I used!  Log cabins are a great traditional pattern and I remember making many versions when I first learned to quilt many, many years ago.   It’s also a traditional pattern that you can easily make modern and I will show you how I did that.

The second theme is Whimsical and Wonky!  I ...

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November 28, 2018
On the Design Wall from Heart Desire Creations

Finally I have something on one of my design walls!  I’ve already eliminated a couple of blocks that just didn’t “fit.” Yes, it is all Kaffe fabrics. AND – all from my Kaffe scrap bin! (Not that the bin appears to be any less full.)


This is from Kathy Doughty’s book, “Making Quilts”. I started this one out as  planned color, with each round being a particular color. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really working for me and am now putting it up as scrappy. I see that I have a lot of rearranging to do, but I need ...

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