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August 11, 2021
Sewing Saturday from Not Afraid of Color


I have been mostly sewing on the kaleidoscope quilt this week and would rather wait to show you the top finished. So.... these are two little sweaters in the color of the month, sort of since it's hard to identify. I think Angela at rainbow scrap challenge said turquoise or aqua or something between blue and green. 

When I looked it up, I read the color cyan is a mix of blue and green and there is talk of it here

My favorite shirt falls in this color range, and I love turquoise  in general ...

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July 14, 2021
Announcing the Kaleidoscope Sew Along! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Join us for the most colorful quilt and stitch along of the year inspired by Lori Holt’s newest book, Kaleidoscope!  The Kaleidoscope Sew Along encourages you to go outside your color comfort box and discover new palettes to play with. With this Bed Runner, exclusively designed by Lori Holt for this Sew Along, and the Stitch Along for the cross stitch included in the book, it is double the stitchy fun!

Snip, stitch and quilt along with us during Lori Holt’s latest sew along, Kaleidoscope. Beginning in August, we will be stitching and quilting two projects from the ...

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June 14, 2021
Making Every Day Count from Elaine Adair Pieces

Being a widow - The title of this post, that phrase, command, order, suggestion to "Make every day count"  has kept me moving forward.   Those were my husband's words.  He was pretty good at being productive.  He also said  "One step at a time", and "Slow, Steady  Positive Progress".   Listening to his good advice has been a good connection with him.   He was a Manager and knew how to get things accomplished.  I'm trying to follow his suggestions and hardly procrastinating any more.   I've been in this new life as a widow for almost a year and half ...

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May 23, 2021
Projects and more from Elaine Adair Pieces

Still here - just busy with projects, perseverance and a little procrastination.  I'm yakking a lot today!

This kaleidoscope was supposed to be a hand-quilted project, a calming, introspective, thoughtful time of my life.  Nope - wasn't happening.  Problems with manicured hands and long nails,  trying out a Grace stand-up quilting frame, no-fitting or lost thimbles, out-of-practice me, 10 thumbs getting in the way, running out of time, all happened, and this morning after another 2 hours of hand quilting and being unhappy with the result, I am changing my mind and will machine quilt it -- not sure of how ...

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January 15, 2021
Cold, clear, and colorful from The Academic Quilter

 Hello everyone! How is life in your neck of the woods? We have had a run of just incredible weather for January and it has been a joy to be outside for the last several days. Natives of the East coast here think it's cold, but it's been clear and sunny and in the 40s. Who could ask for more from January?

I have another finish to show off today! I told you I was busy over the break. When you don't have to ride off to visit the family, you can get a lot done. A ...

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August 7, 2020
Colorful summer finish from The Academic Quilter

Hello everyone, and welcome to another summer weekend! Summer has certainly gotten away from me. It's no different from the rest of this year, really, just warmer. 2020 gets zero stars and a big thumbs down from me so far. How about you?

For today's quilty update, please join me in my happy dance, because I finished the quilt top I've been working on:

Yahoo! I am so happy to have this finished. If you recall, I pulled this long-term UFO out of the closet a few weeks ago and have been working on it ever since ...

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June 10, 2020
Design wall updates from The Academic Quilter

Hi all! Just taking a little time from this stupid paper that I'm writing to say hello and show a couple of things that I've pulled out to work on. I usually go to a conference early in June, but that's been cancelled this year, and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be doing right now. Somehow sitting on the deck with a cool drink doesn't feel right.

Last week, when I was feeling pretty low (still feeling that way, but no politics today!) I started going through some of my project boxes ...

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March 16, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Kaleidoscope from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Teleidoscope - is a kind of kaleidoscope, with a lens and an open view, so it can be used to form kaleidoscopic patterns from objects outside the instrument, rather than from items installed as part of it. Invented by John Lyon Burnside III. A spherical ball lens is often used.

What I've been calling kaleidoscope seems to be "one block wonder" quilts. I can't imagine why because they certainly look like kaleidoscopes. Regardless of what we call them, they are a wonder to watch unfold.

We all remember the kaleidoscopes of our youth--the tubes that had a hole to peek into. You'd turn the tube and the colors and designs would change. If like me, you had to share one with seven sisters, your biggest fear was that it would run out of designs. Not that I didn't share, but I did fret. (I was a ...

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November 11, 2019
Humility Quilting from Elaine Adair Pieces

Pretty cute fabrics, right?  I decided to make a favorite pattern for a young girl, a Kaleidoscope.  Easy, peasy, except ... I had forgotten the rules, suggestions of values, and just zoned in on these cute fabrics ... Normally, the circles that should appear when values are correctly chosen, and the circles appear automatically.  hmmmm, not this time.

No circles?  "No problem, the fabrics will carry it thru" was what I heard me saying to myself.. 

Then, during the night, SOMEONE !!! moved some of these rows around, and now I have similar fabrics together.  Perhaps it was one of the garden gnomes ...

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November 1, 2019
UFO Homework from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

With all this decluttering and learning how my phone works, there was one aspect of my phone that hadn't been done. How to put my pictures in the cloud. Well - now they are in the cloud and off my phone. How did I do that? Well, there are a lot of Google apps that one must learn how to use. So after a gentle push from Ronda to make that happen, the photos are now floating in the cloud. What I need to do now is start deleting some of them. There are loads that I no longer need ...

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