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January 19, 2020
Shopping And Crafting from Quilting My Way

This morning we were on our way to Sharon and Bill's. I was able to pick up the quilt he did for me. Then I got a few more beads from Sharon. Bill also had the batting and backing for our quilts. Now we are set for awhile.

Then we headed to Costco and picked up a few things. We got stuff for both mom and Phil. On the way back, we took the long way. Then dropped off moms stuff. After moms we went to Phil's. By the time we got home it was about 2:30 ...

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January 15, 2020
I’ve joined a gang. from Quilting with Kimberly

The Sewing Arts Center famous ‘blue wall.” This is an iconic photo spot! My new Stitchin’ Babes Roadies: from left, Pat, Marie, and Melanie

Every gal needs a group of cronies where she can ‘belong’ and I’m no exception. Thankfully, I have found my gang and we’re calling ourselves the Stitchin’ Babes Roadies. (Cue: giggles.)

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I hosted the kit cutting party here at my house? (If you missed it, you can read about it by CLICKING HERE.) My friend, Melanie was there and I was asking about local quilt shops in ...

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January 14, 2020
Enjoying The Day With Sandy from Quilting My Way

This morning I was up and moving. I needed to be ready for Sandy by 9:30 am. I got the laundry going, cleaned up the kitchen (putting dishes away), and started work on the baguette bread so it would be done this afternoon.

Sandy arrived with tea and lunch! She's so much fun to be around! We have a good time. We both were working on our beading. The funny part is that we both made some mistakes because we were visiting too much! She got off a row and took out 2 to get back on track ...

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January 11, 2020
Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Back Another Day! from Quilting My Way

As much as I like rain, this is getting out of hand. We've been pouring rain for 3 days and we've been getting rain off and on before that even.

Today I went up to Tumwater to see Sharon and drop off a quilt to Bill. Actually that was the top I finished a couple days ago. It rained the whole time up there. The worst parts were passing trucks. It doesn't matter how bad the roads are, there is always someone in a hurry that has to pass me by 10 miles an hour more! And ...

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January 7, 2020
A Day With Friends And More from Quilting My Way

This morning was our day for Brazilian embroidery. I was up and getting my stuff ready. Phyllis called to remind me to bring her work box that she forgot at our Christmas party. We had enough money in our "kitty" that we bought some floss for our groups box.

I worked on another rose.


I still need to go around the flower a little more. It's looking better than I thought it would when I started it. It's the cast on rose.

Came home and wanted to get some work done on beading. But before I could sit ...

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January 5, 2020
I Just Realized I Have Made Over 2500 Blog Posts from Quilts + Color

 My post on 12/11/2019 was my 2500th post.


How fitting it features my friend Carol Gordhamer.
We grew up 1.8 miles from each other in Wisconsin.
We never met until we lived about 25 miles from each other in Florida.
My life is full of small world stories and I have enough of them to write a book.
I keep finding or remembering new ones all the time.

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Two Very Special Sisters from Quilts + Color

Pat and Denny are two very special ladies.
They are two of my newest friends and I am so thankful to know them.
Pat is a quilter and Denny makes beautiful jewelry.

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January 3, 2020
An Interview With: Linda Nitzen from Terificreations's Weblog

Sometimes when you meet a person there is something that simply clicks. I met Linda Nitzen, who was with Sizzix at that time, at a Quilt Market in Houston with Jake Finch, and Tracy Mooney. After a bit of texting between Jake and Linda, we, Tracy, Jake and I went down to the lobby of… Continue reading An Interview With: Linda Nitzen

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My quilt family from Winter Wanderings


I love seeing my Quilt Family at our annual gathering in Houston for the International Quilt Market and Quilt Festival.  This blog post features a few favorite quilts made with Thangles, created by MB Hayes, who I met at Quilt Market maybe 1,000 years ago.  I plan to start one of these soon ....

I love this Orion Star quilt.  If you are familiar with Thangles, you may recognize this best selling pattern which is always on display in their booth at Quilt Shows and Markets -- but in a cooler color way (purples, blues and greens).  I plan to make ...

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An SOS answered from Quilting with Kimberly

I’m not one who likes to ask for help. But recently, I found myself facing a task which seemed was so monumental I decided I needed to send out an SOS for help. And I’m so happy a small army of quilters armed with rotary cutters came to my rescue!

I’ll be teaching at Charlotte Angotti’s Biloxi Escape in a few weeks. The format for this retreat is for students to have three Progressive Mystery Classes taught by Charlotte, Karen K Stone, and myself. We each have designed a mystery quilt comprised of the equivalent of ...

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January 2, 2020
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2020 IS HERE! from Quilting My Way

I remember thinking back in 1970's that I would never live this long! I never thought I would make it to 2000. I did and I'm here. What fun!

We had an awesome day with Nick and Joann. We played games all day. We had plenty of food - which we all loved eating!! I had some dessert as well! It was really a good time. We played about 4 games, and I LOST all of them. I was the last one in all four!

After they left I worked on my cross stitch - after cleaning up.


I was ...

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Life snippets from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

2019 was a roller-coaster ride.

I know it's been a minute or two since my last post. Life is always the reason. But let's talk about the year that was, shall we?



I realized yesterday that I do not like years that end in the number 9. I remember 2009 was a rough year. 2019 may have been even rougher, but I'm not certain. Time, for most of us, tends to erode the harshness of the edges to where they seem a bit softer than they did at the time we were going through it.

Work was ...

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December 25, 2019
OTHER UGLY FUN WRAPS UP A BEAUTIFUL DAY! from Kwilty Pleasures

The ugly continues...for my UGLY SWEATER PARTY!

There was a crazy Christmas “sock swap” 
for the gift exchange. 
Everyone introduced themselves by saying
When and how we met!







My socks 

Socks left behind...also my socks! 



And the ’cork and fork’ appetizers paired with wine
was a huge success..random pics here 
peeps meeting new friends
and reminiscing with old friends 













Some wonderful hostess gifts ! 
Several of my long-time friends cleaned up 
my entire kitchen and put away all the food ! 
Newer friends wanted to know 
“How does THAT happen?”
I simply have the BEST friends ever!  

There was ...

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Christmas EVE from Quilting My Way

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate today! It's been a quiet day for us.

We spent most of the day watching Christmas movies - which it new for me this year! We really haven't seen many. It's good to see them!

While we were watching movies, I was working on Kim's gift.


I sent this photo to Kim to let her know I started it. She came back with "Looks complicated." At least she knows I'm working on it.


I was able to finish one and start on another. Once these are done, I can get ...

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December 24, 2019
Just in time…. from Quilting with Kimberly

…for Christmas!

I can’t believe I started this festive and fun quilt just a couple of weeks ago. I never dreamed it would be completely finished (with three days left to spare) before Christmas! The design is a variation of my Arrowheads quilt pattern that I debuted in my classes this year. When I taught the class at the Vermont Quilt Festival this past summer, one of my clever students had the idea to turn the arrowheads upside down to make Christmas trees. It was a brilliant idea!

I took the idea one step further and modified the pattern ...

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December 23, 2019
A Day Behind...Finishing Mom's Gift from Quilting My Way

Yesterday was one of those days were we weren't home much. I did get more done on mom's ornament. I actually finished the last piece before putting them together. But that took all the time that we were home.

We went to the movie "CATS" and I hate to say, it was the worst movie I've seen in a long time. It was ALL music - which I couldn't understand with the music in the background taking over the song. So, the first 30 mins, both Patrick and I were thinking we should leave. I could not ...

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December 19, 2019
Getting Closer To Finishing Another Ornament from Quilting My Way

This morning I really didn't do much. I did listen to my book on tape. Finished that in the afternoon while beading. Patrick worked outside and I worked on laundry. I was able to get some of it done but I have a pile of stuff that needs washed. Patrick is good at cleaning and before I know it, I have a laundry bag dripping on the floor! So, I've been cleaning rugs, show curtains, and regular laundry. 


I went to visit with Cherry. She's looking pretty good considering. I took her gift and card over. I ...

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UGLY SWEATERS - BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS from Kwilty Pleasures

UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER party...
with my BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS!

I found this Flamingo sweater at Goodwill
During a Christmas in July sale and the cost....
$3.00

Just add flip flops, yoga pants and the party is on!


Here is the style show.
Thirfted a wooden picture frame for $2.00
at a thrift store and added Dollar Tree garland!
PERFECT PHOTO OPP!

CUTEST UGLY SWEATER WINNER
Linda - 30 years
Four Seasons Ski Club


UGLIEST UGLY SWEATER WINNER
Dora - 18 years
Inniswood Gardens Volunteers 


MOST ORIGINAL UGLY SWEATER WINNER
Cheryl Kaye - 18 years
Inniswood Garden Volunteers


Her original sweater ideas was ...

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December 17, 2019
BE Christmas Party from Quilting My Way

This morning we were up and cleaning. We got the table set for 8 people and we even got a few other things done. There was treats on the table with cheese and crackers.

Then they started arriving. We ended up with 11 of us total, so had to bring down more dishes, silverware (ran out), and mugs. It was so much fun! I couldn't believe how many showed up. It was our whole group! Pat Campbell came from Bellevue with her friend Peggy from another group. They had a blast. We gave out gifts and were luck enough ...

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December 12, 2019
Sew Beachy Retreat from Mama Spark's World

I have just returned from a quilt retreat in California.  Venture beach to be exact.  I fly in there and meet up with some other quilty friends.   This is the third year we have all been together.   There are old friends and new.  I always bring Captain Jack along to my retreats.   I get photos of him throughout the time we are there.   He is now the official mascot of Sew Beachy!

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