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February 19, 2019
Free Embroidery Pattern- Happy Snowman! from Jacquelynne Steves

What a happy little guy! Here in the northern hemisphere, the winter is hanging on for just a bit longer, but cute snowmen always cheer me up! What will you do with this Free Happy Snowman Embroidery Pattern? I think it would be very cute on a dish towel or mug rug. Or you could start working on a Christmas stocking for next year... Try using all different shades of blue, or classic red & green Christmas colors!  It would also be cute to print out for coloring sheets for your kids or grandkids (or yourself!) Click here to download the ...

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January 27, 2019
It’s been 5 years! from From My Carolina Home

It’s my blogging anniversary!  Five years ago I decided to begin writing my own blog, and I am still here, with more to say, LOL!!  From the beginning, I wanted my blog to be a bit different.  I wanted to do posts on all the things I am interested in, not just a single subject, after all, we are multi-faceted beings with lots of interests.  Everyone knows that quilters are often great cooks, stampers like to garden, readers like to sew, and many do other crafts as well.  I also wanted it to be more than just a diary ...

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January 1, 2019
Happy New Year! from Life In Pieces

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December 26, 2018
Simple JOY: Through the eyes of children... from Val's Quilting Studio

Oh nothing fills my heart more than seeing Christmas through the eyes of children!
And boy! Don't grands seem to grow even faster than our own did? Our grand guys are now one and five and as many of you can relate to,  continue to fill our hearts with enormous JOY!
Hubby and I are having one of those "weird" holidays where we actually won't being seeing these two cuties until after the New Year. (But what a great way to ring in the new year!) My Christmas actually being spent sewing (LOL!) while hubby works.  Having always ...

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December 24, 2018
Simple JOY: Jackson from Val's Quilting Studio

Always grateful for his companionship.

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December 17, 2018
Making Packages Bright from From My Carolina Home

OK, raise your hand if you think wrapping gifts is a chore.  Yeah, I thought so!  Many view it as a necessary thing, not a creative thing, but I have a different view.  Each gift represents someone in my life that is still here, and with the loss of my parents, a special cousin, and some of my friends, it is felt keenly when I only have a few to do.  So, finding a way to be creative with wrapping shows my appreciation for family and friends still in my life.  First, I got out some plain bags I am ...

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December 15, 2018
Making Stockings for a Growing Family from Studio Dragonfly Quilts

For the first time in three years, all of my children will be together. That is the best gift I could ever receive. It was time to add to the stocking collection so that everyone would be included.

There was a point in time when I thought I would make everyone a cross-stitch stocking, but quickly realized that was going to take more time than I had available. I still have the beginnings of those somewhere and add a few stitches every now and then. Instead, we went with inexpensive, crafty stockings that could uniquely represent each family member. This ...

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December 14, 2018
White Elephant Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

At my workplace, we do a white elephant gift exchange every year during the December holiday party. We do a big potluck, eat lots of shared food, exchange gifts, and have a great time outside work. I really enjoy the white elephant gift exchange. It's competitive good fun. We set the limit at $20 but you can really stretch that if you are crafty and use fabric you got for free (see this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty to learn how that happens).

Making things often goes quickly if you're making more than one of ...

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December 12, 2018
Simple Joy: Holiday Music! from Val's Quilting Studio

In the car....

...on my desktop...
...Christmas Music happily fills my day with JOY this time of year!
I just LOVE it!! How about you???

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Where was I? from Quilting with Kimberly

A quick catch-up

So much has happened in the last month or so and I’ve been remiss in not posting more frequently here on the blog. I thought about writing a long follow-up about my trips and teaching engagements, such as the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston with tons of photos, but it would take me several hours. And honestly, that was just one of many things happening for us here in the past six weeks. So I’ll just write a quick catch-up since you are likely as busy getting ready for the holidays as I ...

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December 10, 2018
Christmas Quilts & More from Hooked on Quilting

One of my favorite types of magazines is those which focus on Christmas. While I love magazines, I love, love, love Christmas themed magazines especially. If I had the money, and the space, I’d buy every one to be found on the bookstore shelves. That’s how much I love Christmas themed magazines. Unfortunately, I have neither the money nor the space, not to mention the time, for such a large variety of magazines that focus on one holiday. So, I pick and choose very carefully those magazines that come into my home starting around November but staying forever ...

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December 8, 2018
Decorations from Quilting and More...

With the fast-approaching Christmas season — many would argue that the season has already begun — we’ve decorated our home, as usual. However, there are two new decorations, both of which I showed you when I made them many months ago. But now they’re out of their “holding pattern” and in use. Last March I […]

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December 7, 2018
Simple Joy: "Vintage" Sweaters from Val's Quilting Studio this has been my very favorite sweater forever!
My mom made it for me when I was in college and when our Winter temperatures begin to greet us with frosty, 18 degree days, it not only gives me comfort and warmth, it fills my heart with JOY knowing it was handmade just for me by my mom. (Thanks mom!)
With that said, I never think twice about wearing it nor the cardigans she makes me until one of the younger teachers at school commented this week: "Val, I love all the vintage sweaters you wear." mom ...

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December 6, 2018
2018 Christmas House Tour- The Art of Home from Jacquelynne Steves

We have our new office ready for the holidays! Last weekend, our new office building was on the Yuletide Tour in historic Salem, NJ. We spent lots of time (and totally blew the budget!!) decorating and getting ready.  The 1821 building is decorated with both traditional and contemporary touches. Come take a tour with us! First of all- isn't Alfie handsome, wearing his red bow for the festivities? And here he is relaxing a little bit before people started to arrive: Read More

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December 5, 2018
Simple Joy: Our Little Tree from Val's Quilting Studio

 Aughhhhh the dark days of Winter are upon us and this little ceramic tree just seems to be the perfect way to add a bit of JOY as it's colorful little lights brighten our dining table.  I rescued it from a church rummage sale a few year back. Ordered replacement bulbs and since it's become our annual Christmas tree. Yep.That's it. That's our tree. Admittably, it was kinda wierd to "break" our traditions of tree decorating. Yet, in our transition as empty nesters, replacing our BIG family Christmas Tree with this new little guy has ...

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Simple Joy: Holiday Mugs! from Val's Quilting Studio

I awoke early this morning and found myself continuing to find JOY in my little holiday mug tradition. I mean now  I even look forward to receiving  my inevitable gifts mugs at school each year  knowing the'll be a special addition to this fun holiday collection.
My most soothing teas this season include peppermint. ginger with lemon along with my daily dose of green tea. Buttttt the absolute Best treat that brings me that JOY of feeling like a kid at Christmas again is when we mix up a little bit of this:
Stephen's Gourmet Hot Cocoa, Candycane Cocoa, 16-Ounce Can ( Pack- 1 )
I add one of those soft ...

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Christmas Party Weekend at 1927 Lake Lure Inn from From My Carolina Home

Our Mini Cooper club had a fabulous Christmas event last weekend, with several meals and events planned from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.  We caught up with them on Saturday morning in a local parking lot to decorate our cars for the Christmas parade.  The weather did not cooperate, and it began raining while we were trying to get the cars ready.

AMM Christmas Weekend at

We did what we could, and then were sent over to the staging area on Oakland for the parade.   There are some wonderful historic homes on this street.  We were near the end of the parade.  That’s ...

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Cherry Christmas from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the last installment of the Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018.

Way back in September the Get It Done UFO Challenge was number 11. What is number 11? That would be Cherry Christmas. A tumbler quilt top constructed as number 3 for 2017 UFO challenge. It still needed to be quilted and bound. Crazy how some of these projects just seem to hang around. 
I needed the project box that was holding the completed top so I pulled it out and loaded it up. That's a fair reason to finish a project.
These quilts go together quickly ...

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December 2, 2018
Quick Christmas Projects from From My Carolina Home

December is here, and the cold weather in our part of the world makes me want to stay inside toasty warm and do some sewing, stamping and hot glue projects.   I have some new readers that may not have seen previous year’s projects, plus some of the long time readers may want to do a project they didn’t have time for before.  So, today, a roundup of ideas for quick projects you can do in a day.  There are table runners so easy you can whip up today for dinner tonight, quick handwork projects, fun cards and more ...

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December 1, 2018
Christmas Wishes... from Val's Quilting Studio

"Dear Santa, All's I want for Christmas is a mini drone."
What's even more adorable about this picture is, you can't see it, but Santa is using his right hand to  show to our grand guy "how" to fly a drone as he patiently demonstrated the "trick" is in a slow liftoff. Our little guy literally skipped away from Santa with the 
biggest smile on his face exclaiming to his mom and me: 
"I can't wait for Christmas!"

Welcome Christmas!
Wishing you a holiday month filled with the same joy and excitement found by our five ...

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