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June 19, 2017
The American Flag Quilt... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Last night I got this awesome American Flag quilt loaded on the frame.  I got the quilting started but it was very hot up there so I stopped. 
 This belongs to a friend of mine.  It's not real big so it shouldn't take me just a few minutes to quilt it.  I'll finish it up this morning before it gets too hot up there and then I will remove it and do the binding today as well.
 I am quilting this with my Becker's Stars or Becker's Shooting Stars panto.  I don't exactly remember ...

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June 17, 2017
Trimming up... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Yesterday I trimmed up my SIL's hexie quilt so that I could start on the binding.  I really didn't have to trim that much off.  I was planning on doing a scalloped edge on it but the hexies just didn't fall right and it would not come out even.  So I will be doing a straight edge.
 Trimming the other side...
 This is how the edges turned out before binding.  This morning I will sew the binding strips together and get them sewn on and then do the handwork. 
 Another pic of this beautiful quilt that she ...

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June 16, 2017
Another one finished... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Another customer quilt finished!  I don't have to do the binding on this one so it is ready to head back to it's owner in NC.  I loved this quilt.  I guess the colors were just soft and reminded me of spring.  I kept thinking that the whole time that I was quilting it. 
 I quilted it with the Mint Julep panto.  It is one of my favorites. This was a large quilt something like 98x98. 
I didn't get my kraut finished yesterday but I will today.  :(  I was busy quilting, mom went to visit her uncle ...

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Millefiori Quilts from Wendy's Quilts and More

This week I started something new.  It's Ballet avec Kaffe Fassett from Millefiori Quilts 2 by Willyne Hammerstein.  Yes, it's another epic English Paper Pieced quilt with a gazillion pieces to glue and stitch together.  Madness, I know.  But it's going to look fantastic (I hope).

When I found out that Willyne Hammerstein is releasing a third Millefiori Quilts book in September, I thought I needed to get a move on and use the paper pieces and acrylics I had bought for Ballet with Kaffe last year.  I tend to put these silly restrictions on myself about ...

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June 14, 2017
This is going to be a busy day! from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Yesterday was a good productive day!  I got about half of this beautiful king size quilt top quilted!
 I am using a panto called, Mint Julep.  I love this panto and it is a big one...somewhere around 15" or so.  I don't remember exactly without looking at it. 
 I hope to get it finished today and off the frame.  I don't have to do the binding on this one.  I usually end up doing the binding on 90% of the quilts that I quilt and I do it by hand.  So that keeps me busy too.  I ...

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June 12, 2017
Blocks and Jam from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 After a wonderful Church service yesterday I came home and worked on some blocks.  I ended up with 6 more blocks finished.  This makes 11 blocks and I need 25.  I'm loving these little blocks they go together so fast and easy.
 I was winding a bobbin and look what happened.  I've never had one to break before.  It was an old bobbin, original to the vintage machine so it was probably just worn out. 
 Then last night I settled in to work on more of my EPP.  I enjoy working on these. 
 Here is my stack that ...

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June 11, 2017
Slow Stitching - Around the House Embroidery & Tablecloth from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Hello There!
I'm so ready for a slow stitching day!  I'll be working on two projects!  I hope you have a great weekend!

Slow Stitching - Around the House Embroidery
This baby is ready for handquilting!  Yea!  I'm going to use Mollie's from Wild Olive style - a simple running stitch.  I have enjoyed her Around the House Embroidery Club!  

 I chose to use the orange for the backing for no special reason except to use the fabric that had the most potential to be used up with minimal scraps left!  :)

Slow Stitching - Crocheted Tablecloth
I've made ...

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June 8, 2017
English Paper Piecing Challenge! from Bear Patch Quilting

Last January, our Paper Pizzazz group was issued a challenge.  And now we have the results to share with you!  Each person interested in participating was given a pack of little 2 1/2" squares of Flower Sugar by Lecien.  Lecien is a Japanese company whose designers have created some wonderful fabric lines.  I like the quote on the front of their website:  
"Make Stuff and Be Nice!"

Paper Pizzazz is our English Paper Piecing group that meets monthly for inspiration, learning, sharing and socializing.  It's the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1PM.  The challenge rules explained that ...

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June 3, 2017
Binding and EPP Coffins from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

I spent most of the day working on binding!  I ended up cutting the binding 3" because the quilt was so thick after using cotton batting and fleece backing.  3" ended up being a perfect size.  Almost every customer quilt that I do, I end up doing the binding as well.  I don't mind because I enjoy binding and I also get a extra pay for it. 
 I also prepped some coffin shapes for the EPP project that I am working on.  This is the one that I plan on taking on vacation.  Of course, I will only be ...

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May 30, 2017
Spring Quilt Market 2017 Recap: Part I from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello fabulous makers! 

It’s incredible how it’s already been a week since we got back from Quilt Market! As always, it was great to spend time with our designers, see our beautiful display ideas come to life, and meet so many makers and shop owners who love AGF. This year’s Spring Quilt Market booth theme was all about the upcoming Fusions combined with our love for EPP.


The inner walls featured our new Reverie, Spices, Bachelorette, and Woodlands Fusions and we had an epic entrance with a giant EPP mandala. YES… we made giant EPP shapes! But ...

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May 28, 2017
Slow Stitching: Wild Olive's Around the House Stitching Club from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Slow Stitching: Wild Olive's 
Around the House Stitching Club

I'm almost finished with the top of this part of Wild Olive's Around the House Stitching Club!

After I finish it, I'll iron on some light interfacing, make a quilt sandwich and begin hand quilting!  So exciting!

I'm linking up to

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May 25, 2017
Home, Sweet Home from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I'm home.
Arrived back Sunday evening and after all the tests and scans it is agreed that Mom will take treatment here in Tulsa but will go back to Houston for progress follow ups. 
I left leaving MD Anderson very impress with the facilities, staff and the efficiency. I feel my Mom received the best care while there.

Now that I'm home I have been getting back into a routine, funny how I missed that.  I don't live an exciting life, (it's a good life) but I did missed it.

I just have to get back ...

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May 24, 2017
WIP Wednesday--moody and focus from Crazy Mom Quilts

I've been recovering from quilt market by spending some couch time hand stitching on my focus blocks. (Templates are available here.) It's been gloomy and cold here, too, so that's about all I want to do! Thank goodness for cute fabric and time to recharge (at least a little bit!) before the kids are done with school for the year. Only 1 more school day left!
I decided to pin up all the focus blocks that I have finished on the design wall. I needed to see what fabrics I have already used and what colors I ...

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Hexies and Quilts from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Here is my current progress on my Kindred Hexies.  I have a bunch of them prepped and I am sewing some of them together.  Sorry the pic is dark but it was late when I took this pic. 
 I enjoy the handwork during the evenings. 
 I should make more progress tomorrow (Wednesday). Hunter and I will be babysitting my little 2yr old niece, Addison.  She is so sweet and not a problem at all to watch.  I love babysitting her.  This will only be for a few hours.  

Here are a couple of Antique customer quilts that I quilted a ...

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May 23, 2017
Kindred Hexies from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I am really enjoying being back to blogging.  :) Thought I would show you my Kindred Hexies.  My SIL, Kellie and I are both making a quilt with this shape.  I have a bunch of them prepped and have some already sewn together but not shown in this pic. 
 These are about 4.5" long so when sewing you see a lot of progress with them.  I'm just using scraps on them.
 I have a bunch of them prepped and ready to sew.  This evening I did sew a few of them as I relaxed on the couch trying to ...

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May 14, 2017
Christmas Quilt Block and some Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

Today, another block pattern was released by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for the Holly Jolly Christmas sew along.  This one is called "All Wrapped Up."  There were not as many pieces in this ones as some of the previous blocks.

Here are the eyes and noses...

Pretty soon, I had the block finished.  I had only used the blue dot fabric once so far in my blocks so I was happy to use it again.

Here are my 9 finished blocks on my design wall.

It was a beautiful sunny day today so my Dad and I ate lunch ...

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May 9, 2017
focusing from Crazy Mom Quilts

I've been working on my focus blocks as much as I can lately. It's been quite enjoyable to settle into another hand piecing project! Fussy cutting the centers is a great starting point for each block.
This narwhal block is a favorite! I've been digging deep into my stash to find just the right fabric combinations. I'm using even my most precious fabrics for this quilt... trying to work against my fabric hoarding tendencies a little bit at a time. :)
My finished block count is up to 28! Eeep!
This is by no means the final ...

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My Hettie Hexie Mini from Blossom Heart Quilts

When Lauren from Molly And Mama messaged me and asked if I’d like to make her Hettie Hexie Mini pattern, I won’t lie, I kinda stared wide-eyed at the cover showing a whole lotta English paper pieced hexies… and then said yes. And now, I’m glad I did, because I’m in love!

I ordered my papers from Tales Of Cloth, but let it sit there for a while. I KNEW I couldn’t have two EPP projects going at a time, so I waited until I had finished my Girt By Sea centre medallion block first ...

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April 30, 2017
English Paper Piecing from Jan's Quilts

While I was on a 3-week cruise, in March and April, there were a number of sea days.  I took some fabric and EPP supplies to occupy myself on the sea days.  During past cruises I had Bob to occupy a lot of my time, playing card games and Scrabble; and we were both voracious readers, so we read, too.  I still read, but I didn't want to read for 8-10 hours a day; so my solution was "slow-sewing" otherwise known as English Paper Piecing.

This was my progress, I made a "star" on each sea day.  I will ...

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lots of goodness . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Super busy week at work . . . my poor coworker thought she had an ear infection, but it turned out she had shingles in her ear canal. Ugh. Needless to say, she went home and stayed home. I was very glad when 5:00 p.m. on Thursday rolled around!  On Friday, Todd and I launched the boat and took our last 'date day' for a couple of weeks.  
I never, ever get tired of this view.  Gosh, what a beautiful day we had! Not quite as fishy as the last outing, but Todd did pretty good. I opted to pick up ...

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