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September 22, 2017
A Trip to PNQE from Terificreations's Weblog

Yep, that’s what happened. I took the two plus hour trip to PNQE at the Oaks Sunday morning. I went just to go. Most shockingly of all – duhn duhn duh – I went by Myself. While this isn’t anything unusual, I went to visit with friends. That’s it. Visit. I didn’t buy anything. I … Continue reading A Trip to PNQE

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Cotton Quilters' Meeting | September from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Last Monday the Cotton Quilters Guild held its September meeting. After dispensing with our usual meeting agenda, we had a few out-of-the-ordinary items to handle. At the end of the month we'll hold our quilt show and craft fair. 

Several people are working to get things organized, but Pam, the president, is handling most of the details. She's the kind of girl who likes to make sure things are done right. During the meeting, however, I convinced her that I'm handling the booth arrangements and that I have things under control.

At some point we got to ...

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September 21, 2017
Visitors and Travel from I Have A Notion

Well I thought I had a post started.... about a week or so ago.... but alas... must have been snatched by that pesky computer gremlin, (which I hope has been excised by taking a very old copy of Photoshop off). I have been busy!!! Very, very busy. And I will be busy for the next week or so... and then I hope things start to settle down and I can begin a routine that has me focusing on "I Have a

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September 13, 2017
Eagles in Minnesota and Quilts in Texas with Lone Star Quilt Study Group from Pearl the Squirrel

Note the eagle atop the tree in the center
I spent a lot of August away from home—nearly two weeks at our family cabin in Northern Minnesota, where we read, hiked, cooked, entertained friends, and took a day-long fishing trip into the Boundary Waters. We also saw lots and lots of eagles, including one who perched no more than 30 feet from our fishing trip lunch site, just waiting for us to leave so she could feed the fish remains to her young'uns. Being that close to an eagle gives you a good idea of their power with ...

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September 4, 2017
September is gonna be fun from Terificreations's Weblog

Wednesday I leave for the first Shadowing gig with Floriani. In the meantime I’ve been spending some time learning the software and remembering how to do things on the embroidery side of the machine. I have to tell you it’s so stinking cool. But I have to share something with you by way of showing … Continue reading September is gonna be fun

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September 2, 2017
This and that from Quilting with Kimberly

September is here. Today, where we live, the air is a touch cooler and with the cloudy sky it almost feels like the season is about to change. It reminds me to hang my autumn wreath on our front door. While I enjoy many things about summer, the oppressive heat isn’t one of them. Autumn is truly my most favorite season of the year. Bring on fall. 

Thanks to Kent’s sister, Penny, for sending me this photo of him on his 1st birthday.

My sweet husband had a birthday this week. It was quieter this year than in ...

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August 29, 2017
Baby Amelia Bibs ~~ finishes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

taking selfies in a new bib 
Our granddaughter Dusti often works on weekend nights, and needs a babysitter. In come the grandparents, ready to cuddle, change, feed and bottle the little stinker. She seems to grow and change quite a bit from one week to the next. Last week she pushed herself backward in her stroller. This week she can push forward and pretty much go where she wants. 

Milli is a cutie! But she drools, spits, and blows bubbles non-stop. Which means she needs a clean bib quite often. So that's what DeeDee made early this week. In ...

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August 22, 2017
Catching Up from Mama Spark's World

I feel like I have so much to catch you all up on and have been too busy to write anything much!   I went with a friend to the AQS show in Grand Rapids last week and we had a blast!   So many beautiful quilts!  I think this one was my favorite.   I want to make a Viking quilt some day too and this one was fabulous! There were so many beautiful quilts!  These are just a few

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August 18, 2017
The Gaming Table from Becca's Crazy Projects

Our dining room table is where we eat breakfast almost every morning and dinner almost every evening.

It is just the right size for four people to join in a board or card game and sometimes those games can push the limits of the surface. In 2012 we used some parts from IKEA to make a gaming surface to help increase the capabilities of that table. If you're wondering why we don't just put the expansion leaf in the table I want to point out this is a second-hand table and we have no recollection if it came ...

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August 16, 2017
FESTIVAL 2017 from That's Sew Kerry

A Brilliant Day Out.....

Did you go to Festival? This year was my 6th year! It's better than Christmas I swear it, I've started saving for next year already. We had the usual cohort of myself, Kerry Q and Aunty Gail but also the added bonus of Carrie...a festival virgin if you can believe it! We set off (not so) bright and early at our usual time of 6:30am arriving just before 9 for breakfast and a planning session of where to go and when.

Our first stop is always Alice Caroline for the £1 a ...

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August 11, 2017
Adventure Class from Quilt Paint Create

A few weeks ago I took a class called “Further Adventures In Free Form Piecing” and never got around to posting what I made. The class was taught by a fellow guild member and was one of the funnest classes I have ever taken.
First we made curvy blocks. I know I made something similar years ago. I will have to look for those.
curvy blocks
Next we made quarter circle blocks.
quarter circles
These were by far my favorite. I intend to play around with the technique more, only with smaller blocks.
Next we made leaves.
I love the look but did not ...

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August 10, 2017
Coming Up Roses Blog Hop Stop from Quilting with Kimberly

Coming Up Roses by Jill Finley

Today, I’m part of the Blog Hop for my dear friend, Jill Finley’s gorgeous new fabric line for Riley Blake Fabrics, Coming Up Roses.

When Jill invited me to be part of this fun, new Blog Tour to launch her newest line of fabrics, I was thrilled to participate. And when I received the package of these pretty precut bundles in the mail, my heart almost stopped! They are so fresh, saturated with sumptuous color, and are oh-so pretty. Instant L-O-V-E. Of course, you all know I’m passionate about precuts; I ...

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August 9, 2017
I haven't been sitting idle all this time... from Renee Valdes

An older post sitting in draft...

I also made a baby quilt for my nieces third child, a baby girl...Laila Grace.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture.  

In between, I have been working on a peacock quilt, which is have to finish after I finish 2 baby quilts I am making for a cousin who delivered twins prematurely in Dec.  The shower is Feb 1st, so I have to get them finished. 

I can't believe I haven't posted since September!  I have been quite busy sewing, so it seems strange I haven't posted :-).

Here are ...

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August 6, 2017
Boy's Tractor Quilt ~~ a finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 As you know, I haul my Bernina on vacation. Since we travel in a small camper with only Cotton, our Maltese, and the two of us, it's safe enough, and it gives me a diversion when Richard gets cranky on the road or there's a little downtime. 

Anyhoo, I participated in AmandaJean Nyberg's QAL last month and loved it. While I was cutting out fabric, I decided to cut out enough of the blue scraps to make a kit for another quilt to take on the road. Of course, having followed the pattern with the first one ...

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August 4, 2017
The Friendly Challenge continues from Quilting with Kimberly

My very dear friend and ultra-talented quilter, Sue Stewart, and I have been participating in a fun, “Friendly Challenge” for the past couple of years. You can read more about how this began by CLICKING HERE and HERE. The guidelines are fairly straightforward. We always start with a fat quarter bundle of Cherrywood Fabrics (one bundle for each of us) and we add one additional focus print, one contrasting fabric and one background fabric. The quilts must be 54″ square. For the first challenge, we each made four 16″ blocks and then swapped those blocks and fabrics for the other ...

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August 3, 2017
Beautiful Closure Part 2 from Quilting with Kimberly

Last weekend, we took a trip to visit the area in Ohio where I spent my youth growing up. It was a special trip because my brother, sister-in-law, my husband and I took our folks’ ashes to be laid in their final resting place. We also spent the weekend visiting homes where we grew up and places that were special to us in one way or another. You can read about it HERE.  During this same trip, we stopped to visit the incredible Ohio Veterans Memorial Park which was built in Clinton, Ohio; the neighboring town from where I grew ...

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July 31, 2017
Beautiful Closure Part 1 from Quilting with Kimberly

Last weekend my brother and I, along with our spouses and extended family members, spent the weekend visiting meaningful locations around Northeast Ohio where we grew up. The weekend was emotional, touching, and very meaningful to both of us and our families. 

We visited the cemetery in Akron, Ohio, where my parents buried their two baby girls who were born before both my brother and me. It took more than 30 minutes of looking because the tiny head stones were overgrown with grass, but we finally found the places where our baby sisters were laid to rest so many years ...

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The One Where Great Fun Was Had from knot what it seams

Last week, my Partner-In-Craft, a friend who graciously offered to model for us and myself braved the possibly of rain and a cold wind (oh, the things we suffer for our craft!) and headed outside to take photos for updating the Etsy store.Pot mitt tree


Now, we are serious, responsible adults who maturely recognise the fact that the photos we use on Etsy has a big impact on our branding and sales and should be imbued with the utmost importance. So with gravity and minute attention to detail… we had a lot of fun.





Tea anyone?


There were pot mitt ninja wars, draping over ...

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Alfresco Dinner Party from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

Mr. Romance and I have always enjoyed entertaining Alfresco style. My favorite thing is to come up with a menu, pare it with good wine and good friends and sit outside enjoying a lovely summer night.
I came up with the menu and then started building the guest list, which included dear friends and family.

I bought a simple bouquet from the grocery store, added the green hydrangeas from the garden and some basil flowers, put it all in a basket and it became the perfect centerpiece. Not much more was needed since the backyard was used as the main ...

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July 28, 2017
Finish It Up Friday from Mama Spark's World

I have some finishes to share!!!  Why do they always feel so few and far between?  I could not show these until I gifted them (which I did at the quilt retreat) I made a basket for each of the women sharing the retreat with me. This one went to my SIL This one went to my friend Pam This one was for my friend Cori This one went to my friend Elaine

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