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July 30, 2019
Sewing on the lattice from Stitchin' Therapy

    We sure enjoyed the cooler days last week.    Heat has returned but it is not severe.   Plus we have had very intermittent internet and phone this week.   Finally a repairman showed yesterday who couldn't fix it,  and didn't know what to do with our problem. He thought maybe they could get a guy out next week....huh? And that  lead to a strong verbal demand by me---while Sir Old Man melted into the floor--- but a second guy called and showed within the hour!   The fix was easy when he got to the main box.   So we are ...

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July 17, 2019
Lattice blocks and link from Stitchin' Therapy

   I have 2 bins of fabrics to sort thru still, but not yet!    There are about 30 more blocks already cut and ready to sew.
   I wanted to make sure I liked the batik blocks mixed in with the floral fabrics.   I began filling the design wall.
 Yes, I like the combos.   And I have something to gaze upon instead of a blank wall.

Once I have a few more blocks sewn and up on the wall, then I will worry about shifting things and the layout.  I'm not sure if I will let things fall where they may ...

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June 25, 2019
Blog Banner---From my archives from Stitchin' Therapy

Rather than fending and answering a couple dozen emails, I thought it would be easier to re-post this from 2017.    I responded to a post by Kerry on the Quiltville Studio Group on FB and she mentioned my blog.  She had been inspired to make a beautiful version of Scrappy Trips in floral fabrics by my banner.  Others had here is a post that could answer many of them.
From July 2017.......

Insight:   Things occur and happen to direct you along the road 
you are suppose to take.  There are signs we can chose to ignore, 
but with ...

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June 21, 2019
London Calling with Bari J.'s Bloomsbury from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


For our latest collection, we're transporting back in time to the early 1900s in London, England. In the west end of the city, lies a district called "Bloomsbury" that was (and still is) a fashionable residential area where various intellectual and cultural events took place. During the turn of the century, a group of artists and writers gathered in this district and called themselves "The Bloomsbury Group." English writer Virginia Woolf was one of the most notable members of this group. The other members included Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell, E.M. Forster, Lytton Strachey, Roger Fry, Clive Bell, John ...

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May 13, 2019
Jewel Box Star from Stitchin' Therapy

   The binding is finally on the Jewel Box Star.   This one began in  July 2018,  as the annual leader and ender project from Bonnie Hunter.  

   I used all floral fabrics for the block pattern.  I had to plan that out before I really began.  Since then I have been working on the units and sections between other things, until I had a small size top. 

  I really don't need another large bed quilt, so a smaller throw size was made.

 I knew I wanted a nice applique border on this to carry the flower theme out to the border ...

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April 30, 2019
Spring Colorwash from Art In Search

     I had so much fun in the last colorwash class with Wanda, that I am doing it again. I have enough batiks on the trays I think to make another one, but since it is spring (real slowly around here), I want to use florals. 
     When I did not know exactly what I was doing a while ago, I did make one, but it was sold at a show. I seem to be lacking a lot of colors and values I need, so I will have to really scrounge through all my fabric to find enough- especially oranges, greens and ...

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March 27, 2019
Need flowers now from Art In Search

     When Debbie of Stitchin Therapy posted a floral log cabin block, I was smitten and had to try it. Even though there were many other things I had to do, I followed the squirrel and made four blocks to see how they would look. 
     They use 2" squares and scrappy neutrals. I really needed these little bouquets of flowers. I think I will keep the squares 2", but that means I need to cut a ton. I have lots of 2 1/2" florals on my colorwash trays, but I will use the Accuquilt die to cut floral scraps ...

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October 19, 2018
Dramatic Opulence: "Virtuosa" Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Do any of you LOVE going to see plays or performances?!

It's such a fun event! Getting all dressed up in a nice outfit, entering the theater and taking a seat, waiting for those red curtains to lift up and for the show to begin! From the introduction of the characters to hearing their stories be told through action or songs, the lightning, the set design, the costumes, and overall mood is just incredible, especially from a production point of view! Theater reminds us to be in the present and to be fully immersed in what's ...

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August 9, 2018
Looking for floral fabrics? from Stitchin' Therapy

   I had emails asking about my floral fabric collection/stash.   I have been collecting a long, long time, so many fabrics I have are not available.  While floral prints are not the rage, there are some available.  I am going to steal a few photos of fabrics to give you an idea.

From Connecting Threads:

  While this collection looks promising, really there are only 3 or 4 fabrics that I could collect for a water color quilt project. 

1.  A good swirl with light background.
2. Large floral with some  greenish background .   This        should work.
 3 and 4 are the ...

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August 7, 2018
My glass is half full aka The Distant View from Stitchin' Therapy

   A finish finally on the floral log cabin quilt.  Big sigh.   I was beginning to think it would be a couple more months to pull this one off.   Yet, my wrist felt better after  a week of rest and I finished up adding the binding.
  I began working and planning this quilt in March.....this post.... has the block recipe/cutting and measurements that I used.
Then in this post in April I was beginning the layout and talked about second guessing myself in the fabric choices.

  Along the way, I did work on another quilt or two, and one ...

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July 18, 2018
New leader and ender from Stitchin' Therapy

   New leader and ender project was announced by the Scrap Queen, a la Bonnie Hunter.  She based it on an antique quilt she discovered .  It is called Jewel Box Stars.     Link is to her PDF.

   I have made a couple of jewel box quilts, and like the block a lot, so I have begun setting up a basket for  my leader and enders.  A small basket that can sit by my machine for the pieces, and a larger basket for finished units.
   Guess  you can fabric selections are not  just anything, but floral scraps.  I saw a version ...

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June 18, 2018
Natural Wonders: "Signature" Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Happy Monday! Hope you all enjoyed a lovely, Father's Day weekend!

I'm sure a lot of you spent it outside and there's nothing better than being in the great outdoors! (Weather permitting, of course!) Whenever I'm in a bit of a funk or need to gather some inspiration to reset my mind, I love to immerse myself in the natural world. Living here in South Florida, there's such fascinating, tropical wildlife and I always enjoy admiring it while I take my two beagles pups for a long walk, twice a day. I live ...

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April 9, 2018
Let go....don't over design from Stitchin' Therapy

  As easy as I said this block was to construct, it sure has me second guessing myself.  Not the construction, but the values of fabrics and the placement.  I added another dozen or so blocks to the previous ones. 

  I found myself thinking I should maybe add dark value sashing between the blocks.   For sure the added strips  give a very  3-D effect, but  for  some reason it appears too stark to me.    Maybe over contrived or over designed......I decided no to the extra strip for sashing.   I am willing to let go.   I am willing to let the ...

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April 6, 2018
Garden in a Box from Stitchin' Therapy

  With the appointments behind me, I had a sew day yesterday!  Time to put one  into the finish column....completely. 
  Garden in a Box was trimmed, bound and washed for a true finish.   I really like the simplicity of this quilt.  With all the busy prints, it is a restful design.
  I did a larger meander quilting on it, which gave me plenty of time to study the fabric combinations as I sewed.    I was amazed at the number of florals I included, with only a few repeats.  I enjoyed comparing the value and contrasts as I completed the quilting ...

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April 2, 2018
Looking forward to April from Stitchin' Therapy

    I took some time over the weekend to work on the Boxed Squares.  I just love that beautiful blue backing fabric.  I ended up quilting with a medium size meander in an all over pattern.  It is a motif that blends, and is me time to enjoy the quilting motion and pay attention to the fabric combinations that are in this one.     I completely enjoyed  the two sessions it took for me to complete this.  Now it needs a trim, squaring up, a label, and some binding.
Not a complete finish for the month, but close.    I will ...

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March 25, 2018
One down, one to go from Stitchin' Therapy

  I actually got more accomplished this past week than I expected.  Sir Old Man did very good with the cataract surgery ....and he is a much better patient than I expected him to be. LOL.....luckily the "put in eye drops schedule" is much simpler now than a few years ago, I heard.  So I managed to quilt up the strippy quilt that had been waiting it's turn under the needle.

  A partial jelly roll was gifted to me, and I added about a dozen fabrics from my stash to put this together.  Mostly browns, black print, a bit ...

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February 27, 2018
Finishing the month from Stitchin' Therapy

   The calendar says another month is gone .  I am not exactly sure where it went.  I have been plugging away on the boxed squares, and piecing backs for quilt tops to get quilted.

 I missed quilt-cam with Bonnie Hunter last night, so I played it this morning and I began on sewing the rows together.

  I have the additional blocks pinned to the design wall, as I could not reach any higher across the top.  So it seemed like time to begin getting the rows together.  Large sections are harder  for me  to handle, so this will get put together ...

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February 15, 2018
nest quilt, cube & stash from Charm About You

It is sometimes difficult to find fabric I love for babies. The new Nest collection by AGF Studio, Art Gallery Fabrics is adorable, wonderfully neutral and low volume. It features a few panels, which are so easy and quick to turn into a quilt.

For this baby quilt I just added some strips of fabric top and bottom, the dots and stripes at the side are part of the print - pretty cool! I quilted simple wavy lines, please excuse the fold creases! This is one of the simplest and quickest quilting patterns and I like the movement it adds. 

The ...

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February 10, 2018
Floral Wedding OP 24 from Virtual Quilter

Floral Wedding OP 24

The only thing I would do to make this one better is add some quilting designs.


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February 9, 2018
More box blocks and lamp base from Stitchin' Therapy

  I use several swing arm lamps for extra lighting when sewing and also quilting on the Tiara---aka Hot Legs.  A week or so ago, the one over my machine would not stand up and kept falling over.  I thought the spring has  But no, the base support was cracked and could not hold the lamp upright.  Sir Old Man to the rescue---once again.    Scrap wood, glue, drill, sand....etc, and I had a new strong base support for the lamp by the sewing machine.   

 Since he had it figured out now, it was easy to make a couple ...

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