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July 4, 2019
End of June & a Winner from Heart Desire Creations

Industrious wouldn’t exactly describe my quilting progress this past month. There have been some big house chores, like power washing, and truthfully, I have been in a relaxed mode with my sewing this past month.  There’s surprisingly has been quite a bit of progress, though.  I got a quilt back from the long armer and did get it bound.  I’ve been working on a quilt for our bed – bigger than I usually do and although I love it and it’s exactly what I’ve wanted, it’s a bit boring (all 3 1/2″ squares). I ...

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June 24, 2019
My Pot of Gold & A Giveaway! from Heart Desire Creations


img_1371Several years ago, more like many years ago, I started collecting metallic fabrics. Many had an Asian theme and I loved them.  It took me a couple of years to decide, but finally I decided to do a hexagon star pattern.  I cut the hexagons on my Sizzix – I cut, and cut, and cut.  Rather than cut the individual triangles, I sewed the hexies to strips of fabric and then trimmed.


I found this black with gold dots fabric and a friend suggested that I scatter a few black stars about. Had to admit – a good idea.  It also meant ...

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January 8, 2019
The Strip Quilt Secrets Blog Hop Continues! from Butterfly Threads

Shimmer quilt pattern found in Scrap Quilt Secrets

If you've been hopping along with us to celebrate the release of my new book Strip Quilt Secrets, then you are probably as impressed as I am at the creativity of the lovely quilters who are helping me celebrate. If you haven't visited each of these blogs, it's not too late. There is still time to comment and win your very own copy of the book. Here's the schedule:

Friday January 4 - C&T 
Saturday January 5 - Tanya
Sunday January 6 - Val
Monday January 7 - Lori
Tuesday January ...

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January 7, 2019
Getaway Blog Hop! from Heart Desire Creations

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What a great way to start off the New Year – an Island Batik Blog Hop featuring creations by the 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors using Island Batik’s newest collections. And there will be giveaways!

I had the great pleasure of using French Blue – a truly beautiful collection! See…


There were 20 half yards and I had a lot of fun planning, cutting and sewing, sewing, sewing! But…you’ll have to wait until January 28 to see my creation. In the meantime, check out all the eye candy the other IB ambassadors have for you. AND – some will have give-aways ...

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October 16, 2018
Name this Quilt Survey and Give Away!!! from Butterfly Threads

This is one of my latest quilts that I am ready to release a pattern for but I have no name for it yet! It is made from two different blocks, both of which have four patches in them. It also features fun corners that have portions of the blocks extending into the borders.

I made this quilt from two Lori Holt bundles and yardage. I love the bright colors and the fun design the blocks create when arranged this way. Not only are there tiny four patch trails running in circles, but there are large crosses stretching from corner ...

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September 9, 2018
A Finish and A Winner! from Heart Desire Creations

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Yes! Another Hospice finish.  This quilt top was done when I was first quilting. I found it in the bottom of a bin and finished it for a Hospice – perfect lap sized quilt. My hope is that the lavender will bring calm and peace to the recipient. I really, really like the backing fabric.

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Thank you to all of you who participated in The Great Outdoors Blog Hop and Giveaway.  Your positive comments were such a great show of support – thank you!

And now…drumroll please…the winner is:  Anna Brown.  I’ve sent you an email Anna and your ...

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September 5, 2018
Fall Give Away on Instagram! from "...laugh yourself into *Stitches*, follow me..." ~Shakespeare~

I love these Fall Fabrics by Renee Nanneman of Need'lLove!!  
All 7 Fat Quarters are used in My Crow Garden quilt....and that's exactly what i am giving away!

I created a really fun YouTube video to announce the Give Away!  

it's really cute!  Lol

 If you would like to enter...head over to Instagram @laughyourselfintostitches and find the movie trailer looks totally black, put will come alive!

To Enter:
1.  Follow my Instagram and Renee's Instagram too.  
2. Tag some quilting friends.  One tagged friend = one entry, two tagged friends = 2 entries and ...

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September 4, 2018
Love the Birds – Great Outdoors Blog Hop and Giveaway from Heart Desire Creations

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“The Great Outdoors” – what a broad subject! Hubby and I do love the great outdoors. we walk, hike, bike ride, and kayak.  The heat of the summer, however, doesn’t agree with us for such activities and we do spend a great deal of time on our screened porch enjoying the great outdoors of our yard. We have lots of plantings, live among the trees and have a LOT of birdhouses.  Several bird couples have moved in at different times this season, had babies and have now relocated.  Several bird feeders and a bird bath keep ...

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August 31, 2018
Yup – It’s September! from Heart Desire Creations

Looking at my August listing, you might wonder – “what have you been doing?” My Island Batik January project is now a flimsy. The quilting won’t be happening right away. It feels so good to be so very close to completing the year! Don’t forget to stop by on Tuesday, September 4, for my Great Outdoor project for the IB Blog Hop and a giveaway!

Two quilts came back from the long arm professional. I so want to trim and bind them but there just hasn’t been a chance to do that. We were in Chincoteague, Virginia for ...

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July 11, 2018
Box Two Reveal and a Winner! from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Adventure

Woo Hoo! Box two has arrived.  I made room in one of my batik bins for the arrival of the Island Batik shipment. Uh Oh…didn’t make enough room! Here is the box:


This is one BIG box!!

Lots of beauties and much needed blue for my October project. not one, but two packs of ten inch squares!  Batting, especially of such quality and large size, is a huge bonus – thank you Hobbs! Never do I tire of getting more thread – thank you Aurifil! Surprise – yes, I peeked inside, but you’ll need to wait ...

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June 19, 2018
How to Make a Quilt Sleeve using Prairie Points! from "...laugh yourself into *Stitches*, follow me..." ~Shakespeare~

If you've not tried this sleeve's worth a look!

 Begin with an 8-1/2" square (can be less depending on the size of the quilt or hanging).

 Place the raw edge of the triangles along the edge of the quilt.

Sew less than 1/4" from the edge, so the binding will cover your stitching!

Once the Prairie Point Triangles are sewn into place, take a tacking stitch to secure each point.  Slip your rod behind the Prairie Points to hang. 

It's that easy!!!

More of the new Star Spangled Picnic quilt getting some feathery ...

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June 14, 2018
I'm Having a Give~Away! from "...laugh yourself into *Stitches*, follow me..." ~Shakespeare~

In Honor of Flag Day, i decided to turn my Star Spangled Picnic block into a wall hanging and Give it Away!!  
There are actually 2 wall hangings up for grabs!  
One through Facebook and the other through Instagram!  Follow me on one site or the other, to enter once... Or follow on both sites, doubling your chances to win! 
Give Away runs through June 24th.

Here's an idea of what the wall hanging will look like.  This one was made and shared on Instagram by Carol...Isn't it perfect for a front porch!    Thank you Carol for ...

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February 6, 2018
Ten Year Blog Anniversary from Terificreations's Weblog

Well Happy Blog-versary to me! I’m thrilled to have brought my blog over to WordPress. This was a good move for me as this platform offers enough flexibility and room for growth, allowing me to change this into a website, and eventually I hope to be able to do some e-commerce down the road. In… Continue reading Ten Year Blog Anniversary

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December 23, 2017
Saturday from Karen Ann Ruane

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December 7, 2017
Winners and Birthdays!! from Butterfly Threads

Happy 19th Birthday to my boys! I am so proud of these two that my heart feels like it might burst. They have been nothing but complete joy and happiness and laughter and love since the day they were born. I'm excited to see where this crazy journey of life is going to take these two. Being their mom is such a joy.

And the winner of the Fat Quarter quilts magazine is...

Congratulations! again. My favorite quilt magazine right now is Quiltmania, mostly because I like seeing the quilts ...

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Ah, December! from Ravelly1

Sorry, no photos in this post. I'm here to talk about the last month of the year in Texas. It's been about 15 or so years since I've purchased a winter coat. In fact, I can't find and don't remember the color of the last one. I'm saying this because it has gotten cold around the farm all of a sudden.
I'm sure you've all heard, just wait a few minutes for the weather to change here in Texas!!! Well, it did, from 75 degrees the other day to 38 degrees with ...

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