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August 20, 2022
COCO does a blog post from caledonia quilter

 Friday.  My favorite day of the week!  Mommy takes me for a drive so I can go play with my fourpaw fur-friends.

OK, now that I've burned off some steam it's Break Time!

Meh.  Don't like that pool.  More space in this one.


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May 8, 2022
Two More "Same But Different", Movie, Book, Dog from caledonia quilter

 Here are two more quilts of the same pattern, but different colour choices.

The pink quilt got a fun back too - made with a floral panel.

Whenever I go to a quilt show I hang around the aisles where they've hung all the quilts that were made at a workshop, so you can see the "same but different" quilts.  I've learned a lot about colour by paying close attention to how other people make use of their fabrics.

I watched West Side Story and did not enjoy it.  It was depressing.

I finished reading The Diamond ...

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April 23, 2022
Same but Different, Coco updates, More UFO's from caledonia quilter

 I love seeing the same quilt made two different ways.  These are customer quilts, but this pattern is definitely on my "to-do" list.

Example #1 - dark geese with light background.

Example #2 - light geese with dark background.


  • She's still terrified of DH.  I keep reminding both of us that we should expect to have 14 years with her, so calm down.  If it takes a year for her to get comfortable, then so be it.
  • We go out in the backyard in the afternoons now.  She kinda plays but not for very long.  She HAS barked at ...

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April 5, 2022
Log Cabin & Stars from caledonia quilter

 This is quilt work from January.  During the pandemic I didn't really have a lot of opportunity to go over quilting ideas in my studio - we were all afraid to get within six feet of each other.  Quilts would get dropped off on the front porch and we'd visit for a little while.  The quilt would stay in quarantine for at least three days, then I'd photograph it and email doodles to the piecer so we could kick around ideas.

This was nicely pieced, which makes it much easier to work on.

Feathers, with some nice contrast ...

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February 6, 2022
The Flag of India, First '22 Finish, & New Addition from caledonia quilter

 This was such a fun piece to quilt!  It's based on the flag of India and was the last "custom" quilt of 2021.

Much of the quilt is hexagons.

Some applique.  Well, actually all of the hexies, the mountains, and the wheel are appliqued on to the background of sea & sky.

Lots of c/c quilting (Continuous Curve) and s.i.d. around all of the elements.

The strippy blues for the water are very effective.

I always love the back of quilts.


This one's mine.  Started on New Year's Day and complete ...

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April 2, 2021
Forgetful Friday from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sadly, I don't have much to share today. It seems I forgot to take photos of my projects or write a blog post in advance. 
I've been planning a new crochet project. 
The daffodils are up in my front garden. 
I went for a walk with my dog. 
Make that two types of daffodil. 

Happy Friday! Make something that makes you happy. I think of it as making happiness. 

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March 31, 2021
Embroidery Quilt, Zucchini, and Laundry from caledonia quilter

This gal loves doing embroidery and is making quilts for her grandkids.  This one is number four,  think.
Edge to Edge in the center portion, with a separate border.
I still have zucchini in the freezer (which, as you can imagine, DH is THRILLED about, lol).  This was good.  Normally you see zucchini used in a sweet loaf but a savory version was great with soup and made for a nice bite at lunch.

With the weather getting nicer I can get some of the laundry outside to dry.  Save the environment, you know?  You can also use it to ...

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November 17, 2020
Dog Days: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Dog Days colour board at Clever Chameleon

Lunarcy Quilt: Year of the Dog Block Release Day

Dog Days: the hot, sultry, uncomfortable days of the Northern Hemisphere summer corresponding to the annual rise of Sirius (the Dog Star) over the horizon. Yuck.

Sirius (and its doggy constellation Canis Major) is a feature of the summer sky here in the Southern Hemisphere too. And since this past week was hot, sultry and super uncomfortable here… I’m proclaiming that our own Dog Days are upon us.

This was Arkaroola on Sunday. What you can’t see is the stinking-hot gales of wind to go with the humidity. It ...

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September 28, 2020
Precious babies from Jean's Quilting Page

I went to visit my mom the other day and got to meet my two newest great-nephews, Flynn and Liam. They were born about 2 weeks ago and are as cute as can be. I also masked up and got to hold each one for awhile. They like to be held! 
I made them these Dog Gone Cute quilts earlier this summer, and they seem to enjoy them! I wanted them to be similar, but not identical so the twins could always identify their own. Looks like they will be growing into them. 

I backed both with the same fabric ...

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September 7, 2020
How To Knit A Blanket For Your Dog’s Crate from Pippa Patchwork

Are you the one, who wants to knit a blanket for the dog’s kennel to make the pet feel comfortable and warm in the winter season? Have you ever knit any blanket, either for dog’s crate or for anything else? If you are doing knitting for the first time, then you are at the right platform. In the forthcoming paragraphs, we are going to elaborate a few tips regarding knitting the blanket for the dog’s crate.


Well, having a dog at home is very lucky. A dog is like your family member, who ...

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June 29, 2020
Snuffle Mat from Becca's Crazy Projects

Somewhere I saw someone had made a snuffle mat, or mentioned one, and had to see what it was about. I found a tutorial by The Honest Kitchen so I decided to make one for my dog. First, I ordered this dish mat from Amazon. It cost about $6. The edges are a little curled because we put it through the dishwasher before I added the strips. It had a smell when it arrived.
I reached into my fleece scraps bin and cut a bunch of pieces roughly 1" wide by 6-7" long and sat down to make the snuffle ...

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June 26, 2020
Bella from Pebble Creek Arts

This is the first piece of art that I have created in more than a year.

My mother died on June 6, 2019. I was a wreck. My sister and I had spent over a month in the hospital with her. It was a drain on us both. I was barely holding it together during her illness, but after she died, I was broken. I thought I had an aneurysm or a stroke. My language skills were depleted. My memory was unreliable. My emotions were chaos. I didn’t feel like myself and I didn’t think I ever would ...

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June 17, 2020
Dog Gone Cute is true to it's name! from Jean's Quilting Page

 I made 2 more dog blocks with the light teal background this week. I am not super happy with the one below, as the ears don't show up as well as I wish. In person the color is better, so I probably won't change it. Now to figure out a setting for them.

 I loaded the Dog Gone Cute with the gray background and got it quilted too. I really like it and need to trim and bind. Not sure what I will bind it with yet. Probably one of the darker grays.
Dog Gone Cute backing.

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June 13, 2020
A new friend? from Jean's Quilting Page

I know that everyone that doesn't have an assistant is probably a little jealous of those of us who do. I made a couple more dog blocks this week and Conrad took a shine to this one. 
I have 4 more cut out, pinned and ready to go, but haven't been in much of sewing mood lately. Hopefully, I'll get going on the others later today. 

I've been working on cleaning up the backyard...some junk out there that needed to be gone through and pitched. Plus got rid of an unsightly trailer full of junk ...

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June 6, 2020
Doggone crazy? from Jean's Quilting Page

I didn't get a lot of sewing done this past week. Spent some time cleaning, putting up new window blinds and working outside. I did get the gray dogs sewn together and the backing made for it. I want to get it loaded on the machine later. I also made another dog, using a different background and spotted "white" on his face. I really like the way this looks. I plan to make a few more like this. 

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May 19, 2020
The Centre of the Galaxy! Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Two-spotted Line-Blue butterfly colours at Clever Chameleon

The Chameleon thinks he’s vindicated!


That’s what it is… annoying…. when someone unashamedly thinks that they are the centre of the Universe, and then it turns out that they actually are. Or close enough to. Can you imagine how big the Chameleon’s head is this week since he found out the entire galaxy revolves around him?!

Okay, he is still exaggerating. But he did find a constellation named in his honour this week, thanks to some stargazing adventures in one of the local observatories.

Arkaroola observatory (one of)

And consequently, the Chameleon’s head?…… it is Huge!

My progress on ...

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May 18, 2020
Call of the Wild from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

... as a Quilter
I finished the challenge for dog/violet for our Southern Fiber Artist challenge. You can read about my process here.
Call of the Wild -- 8.75"x11"

"Howling is one of many forms of vocal communication used by dogs."

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May 17, 2020
Flying to Indiana and Dog/Violet Challenge from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Life ...
Paul and I had a quick flying trip to Indiana for his cousin Raymond's funeral. Joel was our pilot.

We stayed with cousin Benny & Miriam. She had this beautiful quilt for us to sleep under. I wished I would have asked her the story behind it.

Joel's girls continue to make good use of the steps and books.

 Ashton checking the pertinent things before getting started with field work.

Somehow he is growing up way too fast!

... as a Quilter
I've been working on a piece for our Southern Fiber Artist challenge for violet/dog. There ...

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November 17, 2019
Withdrawal from Quilting Solutions

My sewing machine is in the shop for annual service and hopefully a fix for the cranky start button.

I finished the Mayan mask although I will wait until I attach it to the fabric before adding the feather headdress.  Can't proceed until I have my machine back.

Mayan mask without feather headdress.
I started working again on the Christmas bow for my collie Lady.

Photo that I am copying into a quilt (dog herself is done).
I have tried piecing.  I have tried painting with acrylic and Paintstiks.  I have tried different fabrics.  I just can't get ...

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