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November 12, 2018
Retreat Day Five from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It was so nice to wake up with the alarm at the retreat and not have to get up! However this morning when I woke up before the alarm, I did luxuriate in bed for fifteen minutes before the alarm went off, then I got up. Too much to do to just hang out in bed!

In the past, the last morning at the retreat was always a crazy morning with people getting ready to leave from the moment they got up. Now it's a very relaxed atmosphere.

I managed to get the final border on the second scrappy ...

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November 5, 2018
Spooky Embroidery Continued from Becca's Crazy Projects

I know I keep sharing this project, but I'm not stopping until it is done and it still isn't done.

This past weekend I managed to get a couple steps closer to done. The collar was a real challenge. This is the first time I've made a collar like this and I learned a thing or two along the way. Mostly, I learned that the directions for this coat aren't really intended for "advanced sewists". They are intended for people that have made this style of coat before. So many steps, or images, are just not ...

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Spellbound...Autumn Quilts New and Old from Butterfly Threads


I finally have this new pattern available! I made this quilt a couple of years ago and have been enjoying it in my home and decided it might be fun to share. The elongated look of the block comes from only adding horizontal sashing but no vertical sashing. It is an easy block that is nothing but strips once you make the little hourglass blocks in the middle. If you are local, you might recognize this from it's 'Worldwide Premiere' at Tiny Stitches during the recent Corn Maze Quilt Shop Hop.

Hocus Pocus 

This little quilt was based ...

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November 4, 2018
early darkness . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Daylight savings time ends tonight!  To that end, this cartoon made me laugh, laugh, laugh!
It's funny ... but it's also very true, no?  Be sure you turn your clocks back ... and enjoy that extra hour of sleep in the morning! It's a little ironic to me that we get that extra hour of sleep on the morning that sun rises an hour earlier.  Why can't we get it right?!  LOL!

The girls were SO cute as the fairies from Sleeping Beauty!  
Aren't they just precious?! Of course, they were the tip of the iceberg . . .
Jason ...

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November 2, 2018
Quilting Pumpkins, Reclaiming Books and November Loves from Canadian Needle Nana

Happy November All!
This is the November block of Kathy Schmitz's A Patchwork Year...suitably a cornucopia to signify the American month of Thanksgiving. I loved stitching these.

It was a wet Halloween night but that didn't stop this little hunter from trick or treating at my door.  His costume came with a stuffed duck and raccoon. So thankful for grandsons!

You remember I love my floor lamp that is an Ott Lite.  I admit it is rather ugly -it was bought for function not beauty.

At the time I didn't realize they have several versions of ...

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Web of Fun... this year's Halloween quilt from Not Afraid of Color

Look at all the fun fabrics! I make a Halloween quilt each year, and this post is about sewing again!
web of fun   36" X 36"

The pillow kit got me going again in my new studio space.

I thought I should get the place organized first, so I knew where things were to use, but abandoned that in my need to "make"

The pillow kit was the stimulus to sew, and expensive and incomplete as the kit was, it did that.

On to the pattern I saw in Quiltmaker magazine in October 2018 issue, named SPOOKY
I chose about ...

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Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Truck-or-Treat! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Friday is here once again (how does that keep happening?) and it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  I am - can't wait to share what I've been teasing about for the past week or so... Let's go!


You may remember the things I've been making lately...

...a giant pincushion, pins and needle...

...and a giant tape measure!  

Well, here's what those things were for...


My husband wanted to use his truck instead of my car, and since he came up with the theme, it only ...

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November 1, 2018
Happy Halloween From The Family! from Quilts + Color

We celebrated early. I waited until today to share the family’s pictures.
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Our honey bee is the youngest member of the family at one month old. Her Mom has the crown of flowers. Our little cowboy left his horse in the house. I thought for sure he’d be scared of his daddy but he watched him get made up so he knew who he was.Image may contain: Tina Romstad, smiling, standing and hat
What a strange trio! Senorita is the only sane one!
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Don’t eat the apple.
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Our beautiful ballerina!

The one thing I couldn’t share is an amazing light, sound and animation show ...

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Halloween Fun from Pinkadot Quilts

My friend Stephanie makes these ghosts every year for her neighborhood kids! I want to go to her house! I just love it and think they are fun and easy. Thanks for the good idea Stephanie!

We only have 2 kids in the neighborhood, so I whipped these up for them today.

I usually go all out for them because there are only 2. They loved them!

I have another block made from my Christmas Figs book. I am a little unsure about the red. In the overall quilt though it looks fine.

I have started block number 12 and ...

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October 31, 2018
Be Safe from Ravelly1

For those who celebrate Halloween, be safe out there & have fun!!

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Happy Halloween from Mama Spark's World

I LOVE Halloween.  I love seeing the kids all dressed up and handing out the candy.   I found some of my kids old costumes.   Hubby wanted me to get rid of them but nooooooooo, I neeeeeeed to keep them!   HAHA Since I don't have any littles I thought I would show you what my daughter made.   She made dragon wings for her peacock, Stan! Isn't he so cute as a dragon??   She attached

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No Tricks, All Treats! from Bear Patch Quilting

Hello!  We have a big holiday coming up!  Are you ready for some treats?!  
There are enough tricky things in our lives, so we are all about the treats!
Our Going-Out-of-Business Sale continues!  Yes, there are still thousands of yards of fabric for you!  You have been keeping us very busy, and we are still unpacking new fabric.  We want to keep the supply fresh!  
The #1 question we are asked is "What is your last day of business?".  
We don't really have that date set, but we will know when the time is right!  
The #2 question we ...

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October 29, 2018
Ohhh Hallows Eve from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Growing up my mom had these spooky paper decorations that she would put in the windows. I knew Halloween was right around the corner when mom would tape them to the inside of the windows. I can sometimes find them now at vintage shops. Well, my owl design is inspired by my childhood memories of these black and orange decorations. If you were a kiddo that grew up in the 60's and 70's you know exactly what I'm talking about. I took some liberties and added some green and purple too. The project I worked on today ...

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Ohhh Hallows Eve from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Growing up my mom had these spooky paper decorations that she would put in the windows. I knew Halloween was right around the corner when mom would tape them to the inside of the windows. I can sometimes find them now at vintage shops. Well, my owl design is inspired by my childhood memories of these black and orange decorations. If you were a kiddo that grew up in the 60's and 70's you know exactly what I'm talking about. I took some liberties and added some green and purple too. The project I worked on today ...

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Stitching on a Snowy Sunday from Canadian Needle Nana

Last of Autumn photos.  Imagine my surprise to see this aster making a final show despite two brushings of snow. Everything else has succumbed to their pre-winter fate. Alas covered in 5 cm of snow this morning.

Meanwhile inside, pretty purples and pinks as well.  One of four appliqued birds for this panel of the Pot of Flowers. Pure fun making these.

And more fun sewing. Fingers flying trying to accomplish my OMG but also just want to have a pumpkin piece finish for the fall. My Blanket Stitch skills are getting quite a workout!

Watching this show has helped ...

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Spooky Embroidery Continued from Becca's Crazy Projects

In the last post about this embroidered coat, I mentioned the better of the two pockets. Here it is! Perhaps not perfect, but better than the last one. 
Garment sewing is slow when you're only making one thing. I'm sure if I was making a dozen I would be at about the same point in construction as I am with just the one. I finished the lining and even used my sleeve board for what it is intended. Most often I use it to press bags once they are turned. 
I assembled the lining with the serger. Lining ...

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October 28, 2018
busyness et al. . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It has been a busy month, which makes me feel a little justified in the huge gap between my last post and this one.  Of course, this is the (so called) blogger who skipped out on blogging from December  2017 through May 2018.  What's 26 days?!?  LOL!

But I realized I need to get on in here and plug the upcoming blog hop I'm participating in!  I'm so excited . . . and if you know me at all, when you see what it is, you'll know why!
It's the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  It kicks off ...

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Mom - there's nothing to eat! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

We're all familiar with that phrase. Except that my kid is gone. That was me who said that this morning as I glanced into the refrigerator this morning. I got a text from DH yesterday asking if I could stop and pick up groceries. Ah - since I left the house about 8 AM and wasn't planning to be back until about 9 PM, I don't think that's going to happen. I come home to find that he ordered pizza for dinner and there is NOTHING - I mean NOTHING to eat in that fridge or the cupboards ...

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Halloween-Shopping from Grit's Life

Hallo Ihr Lieben,


Morgen (Montag) von 17.00 Uhr bis 21.00 Uhr und Dienstag von 15.30 Uhr bis 21.00 Uhr ist es schon so weit und ich öffne meine Türen zum


Grit's Life, Holthuser Weg 4, 29581 Bargfeld/OT Gerdau

Die Vorbereitungen laufen auf Hochtouren, Lichter werden vorbereitet, es wird gekocht und gebacken.
Es wird tolle Angebote für Euch geben, und unter anderem könnt Ihr auch eine Kleinigkeit selbst vor Ort nähen.
Meine Soff- und Zubehörauswahl auf ca. 100 qm hat fast alles, was das ...

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October 27, 2018
Peak a Who? Blog Hop from Quilted Delights

Welcome to my day of the Peak a Who? blog hop.  Hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew.  I have a few items to show today that I have worked on over the past few months.

First up, I wanted to tackle an old Halloween UFO.  I created one just like it several years ago in 2010 as part of the "La Petite - A Year of Small Projects" challenge. This pattern is called Paganini from Ms. Rosie's Quilt company and is designed for Charm Packs. When I first cut out the project I used several 5 inch strips ...

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