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July 21, 2019
12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop…. from Seams To Be Sew

I was supposed to post today with my project, unfortunately I am not ready enough to post today. Its my own fault, I got caught up in the unpacking of my sewing room, changing it around to hopefully have more walking room and once I realized I needed to get this project done, I went to start it only to realize I haven’t found my sewing machine foot pedal yet. :/ Sooooo…. I am sorry, I won’t be posting a project for this blog hop. I do have a project for next weeks blog hop I am participating in ...

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July 3, 2019
The Beauty Around Us from Stitchin at Home

I had a great vacation at my oldest son's place in Killarney, Ontario. Tyson Lake which my son's place is on is 9 1/2 miles long.

beauty surrounded us out on Tyson lake one evening
A view of his place from the lake side.

you can see a couple of the cabins on his resort peeking out to the left of his house and gazebo
While there our son usually has a project or two that he needs his Dad's help for. This is one of them, we helped him put this out on the lake ...

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June 1, 2019
The Wayback Machine and 5 New BOTM/SAL’s Added… from Seams To Be Sew

Hi Everyone, I’ve a little bug going on with my site at the moment, it has to be due to some of the wordpress updates lately. I’m working to try and find it. It seems to affect older pages on this site and not the newer ones tho, but if you try reloading the page you may see it also, it kinda looks like the path to the images. The bug affects all images, so I’ll be testing my plugins over the next few days to see which are current and which aren’t. I’m hoping ...

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May 31, 2019
I'm Here from Stitchin at Home

I know I haven't posted in a while just dealing with some real life stuff and haven't felt like blogging. Sorry.  I have been sewing and designing, nothing I can show at this time.

I participated in the 30 Quilt Design Challenge hosted by Sandra of mmmquilts. I completed the challenge and won one of the prizes. I won an aluminum back yard quilt by Brenda, of Quilt Designs in the Yard, of one of my designs. Now to decide which design to have made up. Which ever one it is I know I'm going to love ...

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February 4, 2019
How Many are too Many? from Stitchin at Home

While doing some straightening up, I realized I have a few rotary cutters. Okay maybe more than a few if I'm being honest.

my collection of rotary cutters

The cutter on the left is a Fiskars I don't really like it, I have a wave blade in it. I think it may have been one of the first ones I bought, years ago when I was first starting to quilt. 

Fiskars and the wavy blade

Next up are the two rotary cutters I use the most. They are both Olfa my favourite brand.

a 60mm Deluxe and a ...

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December 29, 2018
Craftsy Changes… from Seams To Be Sew

I’m still overwhelmed, and while many may have heard what Craftsy has chosen to do with there designers in the pattern area I never thought the changes would be so drastic as I found out today when 622 of my patterns were deleted. Basically, a week ago, all the designers received emails that Craftsy would be changing things, that those who were chosen were deemed a “Top Designer” and would get to stay with Craftsy. Yes, Craftsy is my main selling shop and I love selling there, but it’s not like I was making a fortune either or ...

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December 22, 2018
Craftsy is Making Changes...And What it Means to You from Stitchin at Home

All designers who have a Craftsy pattern store, received email notification of a change in the Craftsy marketplace. I am one of the designers whose Craftsy shop will remain, however not all my patterns may remain. Only Craftsy knows what patterns will remain available after December 28, 2018. Also, I can't add any new patterns to Craftsy until sometime in 2019.

The patterns you have purchased from me will still be available in YOUR Craftsy account library after December 28, 2018. I would recommend downloading the patterns to your computer just to be safe (if you have not already ...

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December 1, 2018
I did it Again from Stitchin at Home

Another month slips by and I wonder where did it go, what if anything did I get done. Rest assured I have been busy doing a few things. First up a secret sewing project took up most of my attention and time, more about that in the new year. Wow talking about the new year already. Slow down I need to get through the rest of this year first, and there may be a big holiday in there too.

 No homemade gifts this year my wonderful  NOT machine is again in for repairs. I am ready to give up on ...

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November 29, 2018
Wrapping up the month and a new block from Stitchin' Therapy

   Things have settled down and I actually have been sewing a little bit.  Over the last week I have had several emails checking on me---thank you---and a couple of emails sharing projects.

   Lesley had emailed me  back in the spring this year about the heart design I had used in the strip pieced watercolor tutorial. 
  She followed the tutorial and  used 6'' blocks.  This is her design in progress. She wanted it a bit larger, so she added more blocks.

   And the photo of the finished quilt on the bed!  I think she did a wonderful job and turned this ...

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November 20, 2018
Saying Thanks from Stitchin' Therapy

   There is a saying  that says "it's going to get worse before it gets better."  As much as I would love to deny that and proclaim it false, there in lies some truth.  

   My health issues are autoimmune, meaning my body is constantly attacking itself.  In the case of Pernicious Anemia it all seems to multiply because of the multiple organ and body systems involved.   With neuropathy, there is a slow, very slow healing that is possible......and the last nerves damaged or harmed are the first ones to be repaired.  I won't bore you with the millions ...

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October 28, 2018
A Sunday Reflection from Stitchin at Home

I recently read a post by Kirsty Cleverly of Bonjour Quilts on the business side of pattern writing. I know some of you will think this is something that doesn't interest you. I found her article well written, not in your face telling why you should buy from a pattern designer but how it effects pattern designers. The behind the scene costs are all outlined for anyone to see.

I have purchased patterns in print and PDF.

a few of the print patterns I have purchased I have a lot more than these
I have even made some, see ...

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October 25, 2018
Apple farm trip and an email note from Stitchin' Therapy

   Cooler temperatures finally settled on us this week.  Not really feeling like color at all in the trees, but we have had much lower humidity and nice breezy days.  I pulled out a few seasonal runners and wall quilts for a change from my summer assortment.
    I have been struggling with the neuropathy and so only minor sewing has happened.   I am not sure if the neuropathy in my legs or hands  has any improvement ....things are different.  Especially in the feet and legs, which has greatly affected my balance and standing.

  Anyway, we took a ride up ...

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October 23, 2018
Progress Report from Butterfly Threads

Giving progress reports keeps me accountable. So here goes...

Two months into my "Making Better Life Choices" routine and I've learned some things about myself. I want to make my daily routine become what I want my life to look like. Feel better, move better, quilt better, all those things! And since lists are my love language, here's the list for the second month of my progress.

Eating Well

I've been really rigid sticking to my 1200 calories a day. I track every calorie on my fitness app. It's easy and it's become routine. However ...

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October 22, 2018
Fall Break with Family from Butterfly Threads

All three of my kids have different fall breaks this year! My daughter Kelly was the first one to have break, and she wanted to visit her brother Danny at Virginia Tech. She hadn't been to see his campus and wanted to know more about where he was living. (She helped move her other brother David, into his apartment at University of Georgia this year, and she's visited UGA campus many times!) This photo was taken outside his apartment.

So we planned a road trip! She came home from Berry College on Friday night and then we drove ...

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September 30, 2018
September Summary from Butterfly Threads

A lot happened in September, and for those of you that don't follow me on social media, here are few things that you may have missed...

HIKING- Bill and I took Boomer on weekly hikes on our local Greenway Trail. It's mostly flat with a few very big hills, and I managed to make it farther each week. Woohoo!

ORGANIZING- I went through the house and cleaned out more closets, organized the pantry and few kitchen cabinets and refolded and stacked quilts in every corner. Where did all of these quilts come from? Hmmm.

MUG RUGS- I made ...

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September 18, 2018
Currently... from Butterfly Threads

Currently I am...

PLANNING options for spring break. This year the kids all have the same spring break and it may be our last one to take a family trip. Unfortunately, the kids all have different ideas of what they would like to do. Luckily, they are used to 'going with the flow' and will be good sports. I just want it to be awesome for everyone.

DRINKING a hot cup of coffee, my morning (and afternoon) ritual.

FEELING like I'm going through withdrawal because I haven't even plugged in my longarm in over a week. I need ...

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August 27, 2018
back at it from Crazy Mom Quilts

Well, hello there! I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. (Thanks to those of you who checked in on me....I appreciate it!) I didn't intend to be away from this space for the entire summer, but it was a lovely break. My one goal this summer was to enjoy my kids while they were home and I was able to do just that. I'm so thankful! (Some days that is a miracle, you know?) They headed back to school today, which is bittersweet. They are in grades 7, 10 and 12 this year!!! (I ...

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May 12, 2018
A Gift for you for Mother's Day! from Butterfly Threads

Mother's Day Free Weekend Watchathon (through 5/13)
Mother's Day Free Weekend Watchathon(through 5/13) 

- Stream 1,300+ classes free this weekend.
- Unlock FREE Access to Every Craftsy Class.
- Take advantage of everything Craftsy Unlimited has to offer, including thousands of expert-taught video classes in more than 16 different categories. From quilting and knitting to baking and photography, watch as many Craftsy classes as you want and experience the thrill of unlimited learning and inspiration, totally free.

 Mother's Day Free Weekend Watchathon

Click on the link above to enjoy all weekend! Happy Mother's Day to all of the beautiful moms in my life!


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April 23, 2018
visible mending from Crazy Mom Quilts

I've seen a lot of people sharing their visible mending projects on Instagram and we even had a demo about it at quilt guild a few years back, but until recently I haven't given it a try. I mean, we patched our clothes growing up, but believe me, it wasn't pretty. Ha! A few weeks ago, I finally dipped my toes in the water of visible mending and I'm so glad that I did! It makes my frugal heart happy.

These are my younger son's jeans. He wore a hole in the pocket area from ...

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March 28, 2018
Free Cactus Pincushion Pattern from Butterfly Threads

Oh my gosh! I totally forgot to share this fun little cactus pincushion pattern with y'all! I made this little project for the Tiny Stitches Retreat back in January and planned to share it with you later...and later never happened, so it's happening now! Click HERE for the pattern with instructions.

EDIT: Sorry for the confusion. I have directly linked to the instructions using the link above. The document is upside down, just turn the paper after you've printed it. :) Thanks!

And here are the steps...

Cut the six rectangles of fabric 4" x 5". Layer ...

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