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March 18, 2019
Special Greetings from Heart Desire Creations

I wanted to send two special greeting cards recently. Cards in the stores usually leave me feeling like they don’t quite fit the bill. So…for someone going through some health issues, and who also happens to like the color red, I did this:

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I sewed the log cabin on a piece of stabilizer as the base then glued it onto a blank card. I keep a stash of those on hand for just such occasions. A hand written note on the inside and a personal greeting card was sent!

Then, for my sister’s very special birthday, I ...

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February 27, 2019
A gift and an order for two more... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

I pieced this baby quilt over the weekend.  Andrew's first cousin on his dad's side has a baby girl due any day.  I still have a good relationship with most of my former in-laws and family.  LOL!  Anyway, his cousin Chris is just a couple years younger than Andrew and he's such a nice young man.  I wanted to make a quilt for the new baby.  I think they are inducing her on Thursday the last that I heard. 
A dear friend of mine sent me the Wing Clipper Ruler for flying geese.  I really wanted to ...

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January 29, 2019
back in the saddle . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I'm just going to go ahead and admit that I had a hard time typing the post title without laughing.  I know me!

December got busy and then January did too, and now look, only two more days and it's February!  Good gravy . . . please don't tell me 2019 is going to move even more quickly than 2018?!

We had a lovely Christmas time. Our office closed midday on the 20th of December and didn't reopen until January 7!  What a smashing break!  We hung out with family and ate out and did Christmas things. Our Christmas ...

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January 1, 2019
Pillow finishes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I couldn't write about these finishes before Christmas as they were gifts for the daughters-in-law. First the backstory: I made a pillow for our living room like one I saw on Pinterest, and they all said how much they liked it. So, I put that on the to-do list and finished just before Christmas. In fact, it was so close that, except for a photo shoot, they didn't make it off the worktable. 



Rich just took them from the studio and handed them out. Unwrapped. Unceremoniously. "Here you go. DeeDee made these." Well, at least I got credit ...

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December 31, 2018
lizzie's quilt, a 40 year finish and farewell from Crazy Mom Quilts

On Sunday night, about a week before Christmas Eve, I decided that I should make my sweet neighbor girl a quilt for her 18th birthday. It was a crazy idea, no doubt, but I forged ahead anyway. I'm not sure that I would recommend making a quilt in such a hurry the week before Christmas ever again, but I'm glad that I managed to pull it off. A deadline is a good thing! I gifted it to her on her birthday, which is on Christmas Eve. She was very surprised and loved it, which made it all worth ...

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Last Quilty Project for the Year from Indigo Threads

 It's the end of the year, and I've got one last blog post for 2018.

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas and have been enjoying the holidays.  On the 20th we watched our granddaughters dance in their ballet school's Nutcracker selections.  They both dance on-point now and they each had their first solos!  A very exciting time for them!

We had a great time Christmas Eve at our oldest son's home with his family, and then a quiet day on Christmas, just the 3 of us at home.  It will be a quiet New Year ...

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December 29, 2018
Fancy Little Mug Rugs from Solid Stars from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
I have a fun little gift project to share today!



I made three little mug rugs, using
some 6 1/2" star blocks that I made
a short long time ago. 

{Ahem...time flies.}

You can read more about the Moda Sweetwater solid bundle
of fabrics that I used, in this post.




I had such fun stitching up these solid blocks!
I used one of them on the back of a little table runner,


Hmmm...solid blocks do tend to show "mistakes", 
don't they?
I'm pretty sure I've ...

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December 20, 2018
Top 5 DIY Festive Pillows from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Festive pillows

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is get together with my family, and spend a day decorating the house while listening to Christmas music. We always split the tasks within our household. My mom always decorates the tree, my dad puts up the Christmas lights outside, and I”m always in charge of decorating the inside of the house. ‘Till this day, I love making my home feel all cozy with our festive table runners, fancy dinner plates, and filling the house with vanilla cinnamon spiced candles! Yum! Of course, we couldn’t forget the pillows ...

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December 16, 2018
Christmas from the Kitchen from From My Carolina Home

Giving gifts from the kitchen makes more sense now than ever.  With many of us downsizing, or giving gifts to people who have already done so, the addition of more tchotchkes to a household seems silly.  After all, it is the thought that counts, so why not give something that won’t need dusting? Using personalized bags and boxes is fun, but the holiday bags from the dollar store work just as well.

Gifts from the Kitchen ~ From My Carolina Home

Starting with chocolate, I have an original recipe that I call Double Dutch Brownies, you can make as a mix and give in a pretty jar.  Just ...

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How to Stitch a Cute Quilted Cactus from Gefilte Quilt

How's your holiday gift production? Here's a fun last-minute idea: Stuffed, maybe quilted cactii. I first made a couple out them of printed quilting fabric, like this Manhattan cactus (no watering required, just occasional dusting), in its own (fabric) custom pot. It's about 4" high.

Then I made one from a plaid scraps, with embroidery thread flowers. It's about 5" high 
I switched over to denim - specifically, worn and washed jeans. Here's a friendly flat cactus, about 5" high. 
Cross stitches serve as quilting, too. In the base, there are dimples, quilted in by machine ...

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December 10, 2018
Candy Wrappers, Broccoli Bags, or Both? Upcycled Polyhedra to Sew from Gefilte Quilt

In my last post, I showed off several polyhedron projects from my  new book, "Stitch-a-hedron: English Paper Pieced Polyhedron Gifts and Accessories to Sew." For those projects, I used quilting cotton, or necktie silks.


As much as I love working with gorgeous fabrics, I also get a kick out of working with upcycled materials - aka the trash.

First, we have a half stellated dodecahedron with a message. It's  made with candy wrappers wrapped around cardstock templates, and sewn together by hand. It sits mysteriously on a surface with a peak pointing upward.
When you flip it over and look ...

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My New Book! English Paper Piece a Polyhedron! from Gefilte Quilt

I am having an out-of-body experience - after two years in the works, my new book just went live on Amazon! And on etsy, too! It's not about quilts...it's about the joy of stitching polyhedra! 


What, I hear you asking? Polyhedra? You probably haven't given a dodecahedron or icosahedron much thought since high school (unless you play Dungeons and Dragons).  Neither did I, until last year. So how did I get from quilts to polyhedra? 

Through English Paper Piecing.

If you're a quilter who's tried English Paper Piecing, you know it's a fun, addictive ...

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December 7, 2018
7 More Christmas Gifts Quilters Want - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre





So here is yet another list of ideas on what to give your favorite quilter for Christmas.....or maybe.....what to put in your letter to Santa!  You can see previous lists here from years gone by.  This year I thought I would go a bit more traditional since lately I've been doing more traditional work.    You'd think I'd run out of things that quilters want....but no..... there is always something new and interesting coming out!!!!





7 More Gifts Quilters Want

1. Quilt Fiction ....Most quilters I know like to read and now there are ...

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November 29, 2018
Sew Wot Apron Exchange from Romany Quilting

Our last Sew Wot meeting of the year incorporated a lovely lunch out at a local café, and a gift exchange.  Each year Mary comes up with an idea for a hand made gift, two previous ones that I remember were mug rugs and a toilet bag.  This year it was to make a full length apron with a pocket, and include a favourite recipe in the pocket.  All the wrapped parcels were placed in a big bag, while we enjoyed our lunch together.

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Wrapped parcels

We all chose a parcel and had fun unwrapping the paper to see our ...

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November 19, 2018
Textile Hugs: Star Ornaments for Pittsburgh from Gefilte Quilt

Handcrafted tokens of love appeared on bushes, trees, lamp posts, statuary, street signs and benches in Pittsburgh last week - more than 2,000 six-pointed Jewish stars. Each incorporated a heart, and they were made from: twigs, or popsicle sticks, or yarn, or felt, or other stuff.  They were crocheted, knitted, stitched and/or glued, by people of all ages, from elementary school classes up. My contribution was made from quilting fabric and a large button. (OK, maybe the button is too large, but I liked that it's transparent).

The back is felt: 
Two articles about the project were just ...

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November 16, 2018
Cozy Cabins Log Cabin Challenge from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Adventure

Cozy Cabins

 

 

What better project for the cold and wet we are experiencing this time of year than “Cozy Cabins.”  Once again, as I try to minimize the number of Works in Progress I have in my studio, I thought of something simpler for this month’s Island Batik Ambassador project.

 

 

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I love log cabins! At first I thought I’d do a table runner, but honestly, I have plenty of those and wasn’t very inspired. I also knew I didn’t want to do a full quilt. Ah Hah! Potholders! These will also make great stocking ...

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November 15, 2018
Our Favorite Holiday Gifts! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers!

Can you believe it's mid-November already?! Where did this year go!? It's just flying by! I'm sure most of you have already started sewing your handmade gifts for the holidays, but if you're a procrastinator like me, you might just be starting to plan out your list of gifts that you're going to give to your loved ones! Since time is always ticking, and although a handmade gift is the most thoughtful, it can often take up a lot of time. Don't fret though, I've got you covered! Here's our ...

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November 9, 2018
The last few days from Romany Quilting

What’s been happening the last few days?  All sorts, really.  Starting off with taking the hems up on two pairs of jeans for Robin.  This was a rather long drawn out job, I must confess.  The jeans were purchased some time ago, and I washed them.  A few weeks later he tried them on and I pinned up the legs to the correct length, then they sat and waited some more.  Finally I got around to stitching the hems, quite a quick job really once I got on to it.  All done – although I draw the line at taking ...

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October 28, 2018
Birthday Lunch from Romany Quilting

We all like to be remembered on our birthdays, don’t we, so I was thrilled when my daughter Nicky suggested we meet up for Sunday Lunch at the rather grandly named Orlando Country Club for a birthday lunch.  While we waited inside for her to arrive we watched the many keen golfers taking advantage of the Driving Range with their buckets of balls.

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Golf Driving Range

Sadly the grand-daughters couldn’t make lunch, they were away with their Dad taking part in one of their horse events.  So rather than wait weeks till everyone in the family were free ...

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September 30, 2018
Starstruck from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Adventure

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This September the Island Batik Ambassadors were Starstruck! No clue at all what I was going to do for this one. Sometimes the creative ideas run a bit flat. I thought of a Christmas theme or maybe Christmas ornaments. I was leaning towards something small and not too involved.

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Then…I got the call…My great niece was pregnant! Yes, a great, great niece is on the way! The next day I was sent pics of quilts she fancied for her “constellation” themed nursery. Of course I was going to make her a quilt but was ...

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