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August 13, 2023
Aunt Ev’s Dishcloths from Romany Quilting

I've just finished  knitting three of Aunt Ev’s dishcloths.  Not my own Aunt Ev, I’ve never had one of those.  And I have to say, that sadly, all my Aunts have passed away over the years.  I found this particular Aunt Ev on the internet, under “Make it Do” patterns, declaring that this pattern was Aunt Ev’s favourite dish cloth.

When we were on holiday over Christmas and staying with Robin’s sister and hubby, Kaye admired a knitted dish cloth I was using in the caravan.  So I gifted her the second one I had ...

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August 12, 2023
Yellow Stitching for RSC from Romany Quilting

Another month has rolled by, which  means another colour to use for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) blocks.  My Little Bricks were done first.  I’m making two versions of this.  Zig Zag blocks stitched in a row, then the original Little Bricks pattern, both versions very simple to make.  Not many big pieces of yellows in my stash, but I found enough small pieces of different yellows to make my blocks


Yellow Bricks in yellow

Happy Blocks were next, and they do certainly look bright and happy sporting their sunny yellow hues.  I found three boy themed squares to ...

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July 5, 2023
The Eggs Came First: Rubber Stamping a Quilted Chicken "Thank You" from Gefilte Quilt

A weird thing I've discovered living just ten miles from downtown LA is that loads of people keep backyard chickens! If you drive through some neighborhoods early in the morning, you can hear the cock-a-doodle doo's! 

The urban farmers include one of my DH's colleagues; he and his wife regularly gift us with a dozen beautiful eggs, in assorted sizes and colors. I truly never knew a plain old unseasoned egg could taste so good. 

This is my thank you gift to them. The message is one they included in a note that came with one of ...

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March 24, 2023
Where to Donate Fabric on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 So is anybody else doing their spring cleaning?  Since this is my 30th year of quilting, I thought it would be a good time to downsize the stash that I've been collecting all this time.  Recently we did over our dressing room/fabric closet and this is as far as we've gotten.

The Before

The So-Far

Notice what great shelves the upcycled church pews made?

AND I still have some more bins to fill for the bottom shelves and the small boxes are going into the closet.  From the looks of it, you'd never know I donated ...

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February 12, 2023
A Finished Quilt and A New Start from The Cozy Quilter

 Almost all of my sewing time this week was devoted to finishing the turquoise and gray wedding quilt.  Several hours were spent at the sewing machine, adding lines of quilting with turquoise thread using my walking foot.  The herringbone part of the quilt was quilted with diagonal lines following the pattern of angles of the turquoise strip piecing. 

The backing of this quilt is turquoise flannel--so soft and warm!

I did the hand stitching of the binding in the car.  I had some solid turquoise in my stash which was used for the binding.  I just noticed the thread formed ...

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January 28, 2023
A Little Quilting Buzz from Creatin' in the Sticks

 The past week was such fun with the
Shades of Blue Sew It Show It Challenge
I really enjoyed hosting.

If you missed it, be sure to click the link and check out all the wonderful blues!

As I was visiting the posts, new activities were presented
I decided to jump on board with a few.

I've never participated in a round-robin, have you?
This one is unique in that you do all the stitching.
It's a stay-at-home round-robin.
Quilting Gail has all the info HERE.

I missed the round where you show your center block ...

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January 6, 2023
And, Just Like That... from From the Strawberry Patch...

... Christmas is over and, as of today, packed up and put away again until next time! I always wait until Epiphany, Three Kings Day, to take it all down. January 6 was my grandmother's birthday; she's be 120 years old today. She was the one who impressed upon me the importance of leaving Christmas for the full twelve days. When we lived in Puerto Rico we experienced first-hand the true

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And, Just Like That... from From the Strawberry Patch...

... Christmas is over and, as of today, packed up and put away again until next time! I always wait until Epiphany, Three Kings Day, to take it all down. January 6 was my grandmother's birthday; she's be 120 years old today. She was the one who impressed upon me the importance of leaving Christmas for the full twelve days. When we lived in Puerto Rico we experienced first-hand the true

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December 11, 2022
Wedding Gift Finished! from The Cozy Quilter

I have been working on two wedding gifts for couples who are already married.  The first couple got married in June and were told that they would receive their quilt by the end of the year.  This week, I finally finished their quilt!  I sewed straight lines about an inch apart across the quilt with my walking foot.  Would you believe that this took three bobbins of thread to complete???  I like the texture that the quilting added. 

I used some leftover purple fabric for the binding and hand sewed it down a couple of days this week as I ...

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December 8, 2022
Clean Your House by Reincarnating Your Freemotion Practice into Psychedelic Gifts! from Gefilte Quilt

I've been on mental vacation for the past couple of days, because I just wrapped up a couple of big projects.  So I started procrastinating the next big thing on my list by cleaning up my studio and selected portions of my home. 

But then I wound up procrastinating my procastination with this gift project idea, just in time for the holidays: Wall art/kitchen art/potholders from old freemotion quilting practice pieces! Here's some of what I've made so far, in the guise of cleaning up my house:

1. An oven mitt made from light-threads-on black ...

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December 3, 2022
Another Retreat from The Cozy Quilter

You may have noticed that I was missing in action last blog post!  Christine and I were away for the weekend at Camp Kintail.  The camp hosts two crafter's retreats every year and we try to attend both.  We both made great progress on the projects we brought with us and the meals and accommodations were fabulous!  The camp was decorated for Christmas, inside and out. The other retreaters were sewing, knitting, crocheting, doing paper crafts, making cards, making blankets, etc.  It was fun to see what everyone was up to and to visit with friends, old ...

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November 8, 2022
Swapping books and more with new friends . . . from Winter Wanderings

Recently, I joined my first swap in ages. I confess I was a little nervous (having been burned in long ago swaps). But I had such fun planning what to swap, making my gifts, then packing, mailing and eagerly anticipating, then receiving my own package.

"Fall into Reading Book Swap 2022" was hosted on InstaGram by @wwarner27 (aka Wendy). She matched participants into one-to-one swap partners. Everyone in the swap filled out a questionnaire including favorite book genres and other interests. My partner and I were able to chat via emails while deciding what to send to each other. 

Here ...

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October 30, 2022
Lucky Me! from Romany Quilting

How about this for a wonderful birthday gift!  A box full of wonderful hand spun wool from my old school friend Merilyn.


This  arrived by courier

I had a birthday telephone call from Merilyn the other day and she told me that she hadn't been able to find a suitable Jenny gift so far to send for me.  Then she went on to relate that she was busy spinning and plying double knit wool.  I like to use double knit wool together with 4ply sock yarn to knit my thick socks, I mentioned.  And so the perfect Jenny gift ...

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July 24, 2022
House Warming Gift from Romany Quilting

The gift to my granddaughter has been posted and received, so now it’s time to show it.  Megan and her boyfriend have recently bought a home, and we are very proud of their achievement.  Of course she needed a house warming gift – luckily I had already started an embroidered tea towel for Megan and her sister, so I was half way there.  With the embroidery complete, I added fabric borders to finish them off.


Ready for the top and bottom borders

How about a matching double handed oven mitt to go with it, I thought.  I used up the ...

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May 24, 2022
Layer Cake Market Bag - Foodie Blog Hop from Creatin' in the Sticks

    Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks
my day in the Foodie Blog Hop.

To all that are participating or visiting and commenting -
Thank you so much!
Yesterday was amazing!

I'm excited to share my Foodie project -
Layer Cake Market Bag.

You can't really make anything food without going to the market first unless, of course, you grow your own.  Even then this bag could be used.  

In this day and age, we are all a little more aware of our environment and the less trash the better.
I hate those little plastic bags at the store and ...

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May 21, 2022
Another ending .... from Winter Wanderings

It is that time when summer is beckoning .... schools are winding down, teachers and custodians are cleaning classrooms, bulletin boards are being disassembled ....

But I took a break from the cleaning and final lesson planning to make a small gift for my 10 young students this year.  Each child selected the colorful zip-pouch they liked best and then picked out a new pair of sunglasses to tuck inside. I love sending them off with a little something made by me and specially for this class. They are my first class back at the preschool where I first discovered my fascination ...

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April 27, 2022
Let go, Let God! What does it mean? from Adele Mogavero

At the end of a recent podcast, I was more confused than helped. Was I giving my life to God in the […]

The post Let go, Let God! What does it mean? appeared first on Adele Mogavero.

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March 3, 2022
Kids Four-Leaf Clover Bag from Creatin' in the Sticks

 I have a project full of luck to share today.

I'm over on the Thermoweb blog with a free pattern to craft a 
Four-Leaf Clover Bag.
The perfect size to fill with chocolate gold coins for the littles or anyone
to celebrate the day of green.

These Kids Rainbow Four-Leaf Clover Bags are like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Here is what I used to make the bags:

Heat-n-Bond® – Craft Extra Firm Fusible Interfacing to keep the bag in perfect shape no matter how much weight is added and, of course, HeatnBond Lite Fusible ...

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January 27, 2022
Did You See My Facebook Post About The Ohio Star Quilt? from Quilts + Color

I mentioned on Facebook I was sending someone an Ohio Star quilt.

It was an unexpected birthday surprise for a longtime special friend.

Neither of us currently live in Ohio but that is where we became friends.

She loved it and hung it right away.

I love the fact that the picture she sent shows the quilting so well.

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January 24, 2022
Scrappy Teddy Bear Quilt - Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop from Creatin' in the Sticks

 Welcome to 
Creatin' in the Sticks!

Today is the first day of the first blog hop of 2022!

I'm excited to kick off the
Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop
where bloggers are sharing favorite "chilly" projects.

To get the blog hop started,
I present my
Scrappy Teddy Bear Quilt

Joan at MooseStash Quilting presented bloggers with the challenge to make something 
inspired by 
bears, blue, or anything cold.
Thank you, Joan, for inviting me to join this super fun blog hop!

The timing of this blog hop couldn't be better.

My Scrappy Teddy Bear Quilt is for my ...

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