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January 1, 2019
Not As Much Sewing As I Would Have Liked from Quilting My Way

This morning I had a visit from the neighbors. We chatted for about an hour. It was nice to sit and chat with her.

After she left I was busy with laundry, kitchen, vacuuming, and all those things I do to clean house when company comes.

Once all that was done, I went downstairs to work on the quilt tops I'm trying to do for QOV. I was able to get a few more blocks done.


While I was trying to get more done, Faye came over to get some white fabric for her quilt. I cut her 3 ...

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December 29, 2018
Quilt Block Exchanges & CompuServe from a daily dose of fiber

I have been thinking about quilt block exchanges, which used to be a very popular activity for quilters. My friend Louann reminded me of the Christmas one I ran in Evergreen Colorado and ever since I have been looking for it! It’s somewhere but I don’t know where.

Flash back to 1990’s. I was weaving and spinning and dyeing. When my DH Peter informed me that we were moving to Singapore, I realized that big floor looms were not going to be reasonable items to move around the world. So oh gee, I started to learn how ...

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December 28, 2018
Summery Vibes: Sun Kissed Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Even though it's technically winter, here in Florida we're used to warm sunshine this time of year! You'll often find us Floridians decorating palm tress with Christmas lights, and there's been several years where I've even gone to the beach on New Year's Day with the family. 

With this in mind, we decided to stick to what we know and bring in some warmer climates with Maureen Cracknell’s latest collection, Sun Kissed! Inspired by soaking up the sunshine and glowing skin after a cool swim, this fabric line features cute smiley suns, swimming ...

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December 26, 2018
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE from Quilting My Way

Today we started out with me making homemade blueberry muffins.  The turned out great, now I just need to find the recipe again and print it.




Since it was just the two of us,  we enjoyed breakfast and opening gifts. Patrick got me a beautiful locket wth dad laser printed in it. I cried. Katt got me an air fryer ad I can't wait to try it out! I also got some bead kits from Patrick that I can't wait to learn ow to do. Phil and Emily got me some bread baking pans and a pot I ...

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December 25, 2018
Merry Christmas! from Humble Quilts

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you..


The little beaded bells from my grandmother. 



It's a good thing this is supposed to be primitive! LOL

I found the red vintage long johns at the thrift store recently! I couldn't pass them up!


I have little Danish Nisse keeping a watch on the house.

Only part of the quilt so you can see the trapunto. I think this one is my favorite green and red of mine.





Twas the ...

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December 24, 2018
Merry Christmas from Butterfly Threads



Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Grand New Year filled with love, laughter, adventures and good health!

And if Santa didn't bring you the new book you were wishing for, you can order your own copy here.

Let's make some wonderful memories quilting together in 2019!!
Diane

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December 18, 2018
Here’s a Quick Free Christmas Pattern from Quilter Chic

My dad decided to grow his own Christmas trees. This was fabulous for a couple of years until the trees were bigger than the family room!

I love Christmas trees, and if you do too, you’ll love this free pattern. It is called Gather Around the Christmas Tree and brings all the fun of the holidays with a funky tree and ornaments.

Instructions included for:

  • Hooked rug
  • Appliquéd pillow
  • Needle-punch
Gather Around the Christmas Tree patterns

Gather Around the Christmas Tree ©QuilterChic

You can download the pattern and template to make your own tree! Enjoy this Christmas gift from me!

So dad had to cut ...

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December 16, 2018
Jiminy Christmas! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Happy winter folks!  Egads….time whizzing by, change in the behind the scenes stuff on my website so trying to write a blogpost is totally unlike what it has been for 14 years…. I’m lost!   Don’t even know how to add a photo.  Well, it has been busy as usual what with massive house cleaning, getting ready for the holidays and all that.  I’m also starting a newsletter, so there is a new sign  up button on my home page and, if I can figure out how, I’ll put it in here, too. 

 Here is a ...

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December 13, 2018
Christmas Markets and a Free Pattern from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

It's been a busy holiday season here in Germany! Christmas markets, cookie decorating, and of course, stitching. Today's post will share a little bit of what's been going on over here, and we have a free ornament pattern as a bonus! 

Christmas markets are quintessentially German, and around here they are in full swing. Last week I did a marathon of four Christmas markets—three in the Black Forest and one locally. Every market is a little different as each town puts their own spin on it. Some are small with a few vendors and others are ...

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December 10, 2018
12 Days of Christmas Day 9 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


Day 9

Welcome to the ninth day of the Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. I've got another fun project for you! Have you noticed that buffalo plaid is everywhere this holiday season? I love red and black buffalo plaid. I bought three yards of it planning on making a blouse for myself for Christmas Eve. It's flannel, warm and yummy.... but I've been making a few other things with it.... whoopsies.... you've seen the wine bags.... well I needed a couple of new trivets/potholders for my kitchen. So I decided to make a leaping ...

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12 Days of Christmas Day 9 from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Day 9

Welcome to the ninth day of the Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. I've got another fun project for you! Have you noticed that buffalo plaid is everywhere this holiday season? I love red and black buffalo plaid. I bought three yards of it planning on making a blouse for myself for Christmas Eve. It's flannel, warm and yummy.... but I've been making a few other things with it.... whoopsies.... you've seen the wine bags.... well I needed a couple of new trivets/potholders for my kitchen. So I decided to make a leaping ...

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December 7, 2018
'tis the season from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

It's the season for Christmas gift making and for Christmas quilts, so I thought I'd share the only Christmas quilt that I have, called Welcome Wreath. It's been hanging around for a couple of years now, but I never did post about it here. I drew it up and made it for the Riley Blake market booth out of their Comfort & Joy fabrics. It made a detour after quilt market to hang in a

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December 3, 2018
Nick is Home for Christmas! from a daily dose of fiber

Nick has spent the last year at Island Quilters located on Hilton Head Island. He evidently traveled with Owner Beth to several quilt shows and talks, though he hasn’t said much about that. I must thank Beth for giving me the pattern and many of the supplies. Fusing is not my favorite thing to do, but he was fun to make.

After lots of measuring and engineering, Peter got Nick hung in the great room! It is so fun to come into the room and see his funny self. I’m not sure the reason, but this is the ...

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A Tribute: Legendary Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Often when you have a creative goal in mind, you just have to begin and start somewhere. Eventually, you'll learn along the way and get better at whatever it is that you're setting out to do! There's often no mentors to ask beforehand, no check list, no guidelines...just you and that gut feeling. However, with patience, persistence, and of course practice, you can achieve anything really! I'm sure all of us can relate to this because we've all started off somewhere. Just think back to how far you've come, and take a moment ...

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November 29, 2018
Virtual Cookie Exchange - Spread Joy from Creatin' in the Sticks

It's time to make Christmas happen here in the Sticks
and
my friend Carol at Just Let Me Quilt
has a way of pushing me to get my projects finished on time.

Welcome to 
Creatin' in the Sticks
and
my stop for the 
where bloggers are sharing Christmas cookies recipes, traditions, and/or sewing projects.
Thank you, Carol, for including me!

'Tis the season to spread JOY!



I'm thrilled to have a free tutorial over at the
today for this 
JOY Wreath
and

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November 23, 2018
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! from Quilting My Way

To all my friends and family HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Even if I don't know you, I wish you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Today was the first Thanksgiving Patrick and I were alone. At second thought, it may be the second one. I think the first Thanksgiving alone we went to the casino for supper. I remember thinking it would have been better to have our turkey at home, for left overs. Now, I know what it's like with all the left overs. We have tons!

We cooked all the fixings. I got up early to do the stuffing because I ...

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November 22, 2018
Grateful from Quilt Paint Create

Happy Thanksgiving to all that celebrate it.
We’re having a quiet holiday and a nice meal. I’m thankful for time with the people I love doing things that I enjoy. It’s always good to take a step back and live the moment.
I have a date with the chicken quilt after I post this. The long weekend is a good time to work on it. Maybe I’ll even finish it.

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My Favorite Things of 2018 from Butterfly Threads



As we begin thinking about our holiday shopping, let's not forget to do a little something special for ourselves (or forward this list to your Santa!) I am so happy to announce that my new book will be here in time for the holidays! If you purchase both books from my shop, I will include a free pattern called "Lucky Stars". I am also offering a special price of $40 for BOTH. Grab a set for yourself and for a friend!




If you already have my first book (thank ...

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November 16, 2018
I'm Home for the Holidays! from Butterfly Threads

My Christmas Cactus is already blooming!

My travel teaching year ended Wednesday when I returned home from a fun time in Pennsylvania. I do have one more program to give in December but it's local, so I will be able to sleep in my own bed until the end of the year! Unless my husband whisks me away on a romantic adventure, but I'm not holding my breath. LOL


It's so good to be home and in my warm cozy space. The Christmas lights are up on the outside of the house and I'm curled up ...

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November 15, 2018
Our Favorite Holiday Gifts! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers!

Can you believe it's mid-November already?! Where did this year go!? It's just flying by! I'm sure most of you have already started sewing your handmade gifts for the holidays, but if you're a procrastinator like me, you might just be starting to plan out your list of gifts that you're going to give to your loved ones! Since time is always ticking, and although a handmade gift is the most thoughtful, it can often take up a lot of time. Don't fret though, I've got you covered! Here's our ...

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