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July 8, 2020
Buhl Bushong Continued plus Wildflower Wow! from Humble Quilts

I'm slowly making progress on assembling the center of the Buhl Bushong quilt. Get more info on it HERE. 

I knew this could pose a problem. I think I have a fix for this one. I'm not going to get crazy about all of them matching perfectly. It will quilt out, right?? LOLOL 

Since my son now lives closer to me we were able to get out on a mid week hike. We warmed up 2 miles down the wrong trail...heehee

  This is what we came to see! Hillsides of wildflowers!
From the National Forest website: Set ...

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July 5, 2020
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY from Quilting My Way

A day to remember. A day of becoming free from England. My family and others fought for this day.

It was a good day. We had our bowling partners over and spent the day playing games. I won about half of them. Not normal for me. We even played the "Left, Right, Center" game, and just like when I was in MI, I didn't win one round! Oh, well.

It was an awesome day to be with friends. Same we couldn't have more, but we are both trying to be safe. So, it was them and us.

I ...

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July 3, 2020
Freedom! from Humble Quilts

Even though our country feels like it is in a bit of turmoil, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. 

Have a safe and happy Independence day!

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May 26, 2020
MEMORIAL DAY from Quilting My Way

Today is the day to honor our war heroes.

This is Orville Grant Matheson. He served with McArthur's 3rd Army during WWII. I have been putting his letters on "Letter from the Past."  He didn't want to go into the Army. He was drafted. At 18 years old, he was drafted and enlisted in Bremerton WA instead of CA. He was then sent to Camp Haan, in CA for training. He was overseas and returned at the age of 20 or 21, where he died in Mississippi. He was still in the Army at the time. He came ...

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April 13, 2020
Easter... it's Easter, right? from Not Afraid of Color

 Happy Easter... I wonder if people will be hiding eggs under the current snow we woke to?
Life is sideways right now, and people seem to be waiting to breathe.

Wait a few weeks, it will go back to normal!

Only that's not how it works... facts are matters...

for instance on a trivial note, this is not what I think of as Spring-like Easter weather
snow? How will the Easter bunny bring me a basket of squeaky balls?

since it is Easter Sunday, I thought I'd admit to something. 
I purchased these beautiful egg cups ...

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April 9, 2020
Mastering Metallics from Art and Quilting in Camden

Mastering Metallics is a half day workshop which will teach students to use metallic in both the needle and the bobbin. The workshop will debut at International Quilt Festival in Fall 2020, and is the half-day version of my Tame Fussy Fiddly Threads class. The class is Wednesday afternoon. Fly in Tuesday, join me in the Machine Quilting Forum (there are TWO this year!) Wednesday morning, then come take this workshop with me on Wednesday afternoon. We will finish up just in time to get to Preview Night at 5!

Ta DAAAA! A month or so ago, I asked for ...

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January 15, 2020
016 - Melbourne - Old Gaol from Silly Goose Quilts

We don't really make grand plans when we visit somewhere.  We try to stay in a place near to where lots of tourists attractions are and then we wander.  You never know what you'll find when you wander, especially in Melbourne.

We had wandered for breakfast, and a burst water main meant we changed the direction of our travels.  As we walked home, we found the Old Melbourne Gaol which is found on a corner where lots of Melbourne history has happened, and it was relatively empty so we went in!  

It's a shared site now with ...

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January 2, 2020
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2020 IS HERE! from Quilting My Way

I remember thinking back in 1970's that I would never live this long! I never thought I would make it to 2000. I did and I'm here. What fun!

We had an awesome day with Nick and Joann. We played games all day. We had plenty of food - which we all loved eating!! I had some dessert as well! It was really a good time. We played about 4 games, and I LOST all of them. I was the last one in all four!

After they left I worked on my cross stitch - after cleaning up.

I was ...

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January 1, 2020
New Years Eve - Retirement Style from Quilting My Way

This morning we were at the grocery store getting groceries. Mostly for tomorrow. Nick and Joann will be here tomorrow. We'll play games and celebrate then.

After we got back, I finished the row on the beads for the Polar Bear. I really had the itch to do some cross stitch, so I took the other piece apart - no I didn't take all the thread out - just put it all away and got it off the frame. I'm not that crazy to take out what I did. Even though I didn't want to do it. I ...

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December 31, 2019
2019 Top 10 from Creatin' in the Sticks

Today is a day of reflection on the past year and planning for

I've compiled a picture list of the top 10 projects from the past year
that are posted on the
Creatin' in the Sticks blog.
(the pictures are links to the original post)










And the #1 blog post of the year:

I'm so happy about Wavy Strings going to the International Quilt Festival
that certainly helped to take it to the #1 spot for 2019.

The only criteria used to place the top ten were ...

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December 29, 2019
Sunday Stash December 29, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

I can’t believe it’s the last Sunday Stash of 2019. Every year seems to pass more quickly than the last.
My goal this year was to use more fabric than I bought, which obviously didn’t happen. I’m looking forward to better results in 2020. Staying away from the sales really is the key to not buying fabric.
Two yards in this week through a Christmas gift from my sister. These panels are great for practicing free motion quilting.
Holiday kitsIf my 2019 numbers change again I will recap next Sunday. Otherwise, we’re starting over next report ...

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December 27, 2019
Hope All Had An Awesome Christmas!! from Quilting My Way

I took yesterday off. I wanted to blog but then got busy. It was an awesome Christmas for us! I hope it was just as great for you!

Yesterday I baked some rolls for supper. It was just mom, Patrick and I. I do miss not being able to spend Christmas with my kids, but they have there world to be in.

I did get some awesome gifts. Phil and Emily gave me a quilter's mat and rotary cutter. They also gave me some potholders that they made!! I love them! It's so cool to get a handmade ...

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December 23, 2019
Is this thing on? from The Ardent Thread

I’ve always been an introvert and an outsider. I think many of us feel that way at times, and some of us are right. For me it was the awareness that I liked playing quirky games with just one other friend and disliked team sports. With one friend we could cooperatively control the narrative and where we wanted to go (literally and figuratively), but with team sports I was told where to go and what to do, whether I agreed with those directions or not. Also, I didn’t get picked for teams until I was the last one ...

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◌ Washi Double Dresden Wreath ◌ from Charm About You

green and white dresden plate christmas fabric wreath by Charm About You

It feels wonderful to have a new version of the Double Dresden Wreath, made using the free tutorial I created a couple of years ago. The original was demonstrated on Sewing Quarter, the samples that hung in the studio stayed there, and I am so happy to now have one for our house. I made this wreath for my December project as an Aurifil Artisan, our challenge was to create a holiday themed project. Perfect for brightening any door or bare looking wall space, the wreath pattern is a merry make! 

My original plan was slightly different but this was ...

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The BRILLIANT new Janome M7Continental produces A York Pinafore for Christmas from Art and Quilting in Camden

Sewing machine companies are always coming out with new models, most of which are incrementally different from before. But every 10-15 years, Janome re-thinks the machine from all angles and comes up with something that is a major leap–and worth considering adding to your studio. The Janome 6600 was such a machine (circa 2004/5), and the new M7 Continental may well go down as one of The Best Sewing Machines Ever (in any brand!), and given the quality of Janome’s machines that is a high standard.

The Janome M7 Continental is a quantum leap in a sewing ...

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December 22, 2019
Christmas Bag tutorial and fine finishing tips from Art and Quilting in Camden

A quick Gift Bag Tutorial–took about half an hour even *with* being fussy! Used leftover flannel, and a trimmed off bit of fabric from a quilt back or edge as the ribbon! Read on….

Sometimes it is possible to whip up a quick something just before Christmas…I’ll have to back-to-back posts (I hope) about sewing for the holidays that include this tutorial on zipping up a quick gift bag and, next, the wonderful York Pinafore pattern from Helen’s Closet patterns.

Last year Shannon Fabrics sent me a number of different fabrics including Cuddle and Luxe, fleece ...

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December 20, 2019
The Big Weird Bead from Quilt Paint Create

Remember the folded star ornament I wanted to paint?
I finally got around to doing that.
ornamentI wanted to add a button to the middle, but I didn’t have anything interesting in a complementary color. Enter the big weird bead.
It came in a pack with a lot of smaller more usable beads. I’m just glad to have found a place to use it.
That’s one more thing off the project pile.

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December 19, 2019
Getting Closer To Finishing Another Ornament from Quilting My Way

This morning I really didn't do much. I did listen to my book on tape. Finished that in the afternoon while beading. Patrick worked outside and I worked on laundry. I was able to get some of it done but I have a pile of stuff that needs washed. Patrick is good at cleaning and before I know it, I have a laundry bag dripping on the floor! So, I've been cleaning rugs, show curtains, and regular laundry. 

I went to visit with Cherry. She's looking pretty good considering. I took her gift and card over. I ...

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December 18, 2019
♪♪Christmas Time is Coming Soon ♪♪ from Humble Quilts

Hello friends! I really try and enjoy the season and don't go crazy purchasing presents for every single extended family member. Sometimes the extended family ages out...... LOL But I do love the season! Here's a few photos of my world when I'm not at work.

 A well loved vintage quilt.
The guest room ready for company this week. 

You never know where you'll find a Danish Nisse.  
This is Sven and we've got history! Check it out HERE!
Santa chats with friends!

Chilly blue sky Christmas walks.....

 with new friends and Santa hats

Love ...

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December 17, 2019
BE Christmas Party from Quilting My Way

This morning we were up and cleaning. We got the table set for 8 people and we even got a few other things done. There was treats on the table with cheese and crackers.

Then they started arriving. We ended up with 11 of us total, so had to bring down more dishes, silverware (ran out), and mugs. It was so much fun! I couldn't believe how many showed up. It was our whole group! Pat Campbell came from Bellevue with her friend Peggy from another group. They had a blast. We gave out gifts and were luck enough ...

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