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September 12, 2019
pluggin' along . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I've tried, I've tried, I've tried.  And for the most part, I've been successful.  I've continued to work towards at least 15 minutes of something stitching/quilting/crafting related.  Between work and church and the camp and family, there have been a couple of days where I've slacked. Ah well.  I'll keep plugging away! :)

You'll notice the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop button on my sidebar!  I'm participating in the hop--I'm SO excited!  
My day will be October 10th ... if you know me well, you might understand why that day is ...

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August 29, 2019
Summer flies by from Mrs Sew n' sew

Summer is such a short, sweet season where I live.  Next Tuesday my kids all go back to school and it already feels like fall temperatures have arrived.  Summer is a very busy season but some sewing still happened.
 I am finally making good progress on the last applique border for my signature quilt.  Can I finish this before the end of the year?
 I finished block 6 of Barbara Brackman's Hospital Sketches. 
 Here they are all together.  I haven't had a chance to start block #7 yet and yesterday block #8 was released.  Yikes - now I'm ...

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August 26, 2019
this, that, and some more . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

The calendar has been full, full, full, but I've still been managing to daily get at least (at least) 15 minutes of time towards some aspect of stitching.  It makes me so happy to be able to do this!  I did manage to finish my bee quilt in time for the guild's "parade of mystery quilts" . . .
Not great pics, but I'm so in love with this layout ... it's very pleasing to my eye.  I'll use this again, soon.

We had a great wrap-up of our mug rug swap, too . . . 
It was fun to end the ...

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June 30, 2019
time flies from Mrs Sew n' sew

In a moment of weakness...  I started a new project.  On Instagram there was a new sewalong starting up using Dutch chintz fabrics.  Susie who goes by fixer_of_old_quilts on Instagram is running a sewalong patterned after antique Dutch quilts.  She was offering the pattern for templates to English paper piece the center star.  I dove right in!!
 It was an adventure to make this center star with each point pieced with a seam down the middle.  Then I had to choose a background fabric.  Kyle suggested looking at the other fabrics I planned to use and the choice of this ...

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May 28, 2019
about time for a post from Mrs Sew n' sew

Tomorrow the next block of Barbara Brackman's applique block of the month comes out.  I can't wait!  Since my last post I have completed 2 blocks.  Here is block #3 - it was a quick and easy block.
 And block #4 - a fun one with lots of berries.  I used dimes for starch prepping the berries which worked really well.
 Here are the first 4 blocks together.  They haven't been trimmed down yet so there's extra background in this picture.  With 5 more blocks to be released I want to wait a bit before deciding on what ...

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April 21, 2019
Hospital Sketches and Autumn Love from Log Cabin Quilter

A Happy Easter to all.  May the Easter Bunny bring you all the chocolate you have dreamed of.  Myself, I only like milk chocolate and do not each much of it.

I decided to start stitching the "Hospital Sketches" blocks that Barbara Brackman has been presenting on her blog.  I finished the first three and enjoyed it as the blocks are large and the pieces have been easy to stitch.

I have three more blocks done for the "Autumn Love" quilt which is a pattern by Lori Holt.  I mentioned previously that I purchased a kit as I did not ...

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April 1, 2019
Summertime finished! from Mrs Sew n' sew

This is another big finish for me.  I've been calling this quilt Summertime because of its bright happy colors.  It's a large quilt at 92 x 106 inches so it is difficult to get a picture of the whole thing.  Here you can see a little more than half of it hanging over our deck railing.  There is just a little bit of melting snow to the right of the quilt - it feels like spring :0)
 I finished this quilt a couple of weeks ago and we started using it right away. It was time to change out ...

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February 20, 2019
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The binding is finally on and my Lily Quilt is finished!  It's been a WISP (work in slow progress) from the very beginning.  I first posted about this quilt Oct 14/2009.  That's slow even for me.
 But today as I take a few pictures - I still love it. 
 I especially love the texture of the handquilting. 
 I struggled to choose binding for this quilt.  I wanted a softer look with a creamy beige but my quilty friends as well as the quilt kept telling me it needed blue.  I was happy to find this older blue at ...

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