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January 17, 2019
Switch & Stitch Improvisational Stuffed Fish from Gefilte Quilt

Stuffed fish, high in fiber, yum! Here are a couple of whoppers (11" x 5"), made from blue jeans, though you can use any fabric. They serve as pillows and/or toys. This fun and forgiving method makes two at the same time, stacking and switching pieces. It can also be used to create four applique fish, if you're making an underwater quilt! My pair: Fish 1, 
And Fish 2,

With minimal embellishment, they exude serenity. One has a coconut shell button eye. 
Its partner started out with two vintage mother-of-pearl button eyes, and decorative stitching on the seams ...

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September 24, 2018
weekend wanderings . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Busy weekends and busier weeks (gearing up for our annual meeting at work) make for longer gaps between posts.  But I am pleased to note that I've surpassed last year's number of posts by five, with this post.  It's the little things, right??!

Todd and I did make time to take the boat out this past Friday. It was the first time I'd been out on our boat since prior to the surgery. I'd missed it ... but I was a little anxious about it, too.  Turns out I had nothing to worry about . . . except how ...

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September 23, 2018
Grilled Cedar Plank Fish from From My Carolina Home

Now that the humidity has abated somewhat, it is wonderful to enjoy a meal on the veranda.  Grilling fish is a yummy way to celebrate the beginning of autumn, with its cooler evenings.  I’ve had fish grilled on cedar planks in restaurants and liked it, so when I got these planks as a gift, I decided to try this at home.  I like salmon, and DH likes ahi tuna, so those were the first experiment.

Grilled Cedar Plank Fish at From My Carolina Home

There are lots of different kinds of Cedar Grilling Planks available in multiple sizes of packs.  These are the ones we used.  They are ...

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January 31, 2018
a gift of embroidery transfers from Charm About You


"Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery." 
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.


I was delighted and so touched to receive this amazing collection of embroidery transfers, kindly given to me by Lindsey. They had belonged to her mother and Lindsey wanted them to find a good home since she doesn't embroider (though she does quilt and knit!).
Embroidery is one of the first crafts I remember ...

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October 2, 2017
Mr Whiskers Meets a New Friend from Susie's Sunroom

Mr Whiskers Meets a New Friend ( or meal? )!

September was a busy month for me, as my choirs at church started rehearsing again, and I worked on  project testing some new patterns for some fabulous designers.

Today, the newest edition of " Paper Piecing 1/4" Digital Magazine  " is released!  These cute , modern foundation paper pieced patterns are created by the talented  Janeen, of Quilt Art Designs.   { avail HERE }

If you have been following my blog, you may be guessing that I will be sharing  the third block in QAD 's  " Adventures of Mr Whiskers " .  And you are right.




Adventures of ...

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