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March 19, 2020
Dreaming of Spring from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

 My dad had a family of gnomes that graced the front of his house many years ago. I actually made them in ceramics class and I know that he loved them. We all loved them. Unfortunately they disappeared one night, dad was so sad that someone would take them. I remember driving around our little town looking for them. I'm sure some high school kids thought it would be funny to take them as a prank. When ever I see gnomes, I think of the set that I made for mom and dad. I love garden gnomes. I have ...

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Dreaming of Spring from Quilt Doodle Doodles

 My dad had a family of gnomes that graced the front of his house many years ago. I actually made them in ceramics class and I know that he loved them. We all loved them. Unfortunately they disappeared one night, dad was so sad that someone would take them. I remember driving around our little town looking for them. I'm sure some high school kids thought it would be funny to take them as a prank. When ever I see gnomes, I think of the set that I made for mom and dad. I love garden gnomes. I have ...

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January 28, 2020
You + Me = Love from Samelia's Mum

You + Me is one of the sweet new Valentines Day inspired blocks/projects, designed by Nadra of Ellis & Higgs.

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January 18, 2020
Cross stitch: getting started with a mug rug from Carried Away Quilting


Thank you all for your kind, funny and enthusiastic comments about our fish house. We continue to enjoy our time on the frozen lake, particularly when the neighbors wander over to visit and share their snacks. It’s like a block party on the ice.

Since my blog post, Stitching while Ice Fishing, I’ve taken baby steps back into cross stitching.  I have to tell you, I felt like a newbie, all awkward and unsure of what I was doing. After some minor struggles, I stitched a small practice piece which I made into a mug rug.


The Jack ...

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December 13, 2019
Snowflake Mug Rug FREE Pattern & Tutorial! Perfect DIY Christmas gift from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

For the eighth Make of Christmas we are sewing up Snowflake Mug Rugs! This replay was one of our subscribers favorites last year because it is fast and fun and is the perfect way to use a charm pack. Just four, 5-inch squares plus some white fabric will make one mug rug, and you can get a set of 10 from one charm pack!

This project is made super fast by some quick piecing techniques that I demonstrate in the video, and the best part … we’re giving you the pattern for this tutorial for FREE as a digital download ...

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December 10, 2019
A Quilt-crastinator’s Gift Guide: 5 Last-Minute Hand-Sewn Gifts from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Checking your list and realizing you forgot a few people? No worries! It happens to the best of us and guess what?! No one has to know! With these quick projects, your friends and family will be wondering when you had the time to whip up something so wonderful!

Gather up your scraps and start making!


Make some Mug Rugs to give away at the next Christmas Party.
These would make great stocking stuffers!

Missouri Star Mug Rugs, Periwinkle Table Topper, DIY Coasters

You’ll need:

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November 13, 2019
swap happy . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's said that it's better to give than to receive, and believe me, I'm all about that. But if you've ever been in a swap with Janet of Rogue Quilter fame, you know it's awesome to receive, too!  Janet and I did a little swap between our birthdays (mine is early in October and hers is later in November). I stitched up a mug rug for her and she stitched up one of her marvelous pin cushions for me. We both stayed in our comfort zones!
Along with this beautiful pin cushion (which reminds me ...

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October 28, 2019
Mummy Cutest from Gray Barn Designs

This mummy pattern Sandy designed last year is perfect for last minute Halloween sewing.    mummified_remains-gbd01This is an easy pattern using neutral scraps from your scrap stash and adding the eyes makes this the cutest mummy on the planet!  The photo below is a quick layout for Step 1 of the pattern.  IMG_3227[1]

You can download this FREE pattern by clicking on the link below…you’ve still got time to get creative before October 31st…I work best under pressure, how about you?

Mummy Mug Rug Pattern 08 23 18

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October 10, 2019
day four . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's MY turn for sharing on the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop!  Annnnd . . . it also MY BIRTHDAY! 
♥  Local grandgirls visited for a birthday eve visit yesterday!  ♥
Hexie Pumpkin Mug Rug
(this is the fourth or fifth I've made...but this one is for ME!)
A birthday means there's a giveaway in here somewhere. ;)

So when I signed on for this hop in July, I gave myself a couple of hours  several days  weeks  until five days ago to figure out what I wanted to make/share.  I love autumn and the less ghoulish elements of Halloween and I ...

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November 4, 2018
Extra hour from Quilt in Progress

I used my extra hour today to get in a little sewing. I am done with the first round of treatments for the cancer, so no more steroid, and no more insomnia sewing. I have to be intentional about it now.

I decided to purchase the ribbon for the zebra stripe, and applique it to the fabric. It is not double-sided, so I had to get creative to make it look so. The zebra is part of a baby animal safari print I had bought at Jo Ann Fabrics several years ago, to decorate my classroom according to the Safari ...

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May 28, 2018
Lisa's Mug Rug from Rana Quilts



Lisa took my free motion quilting class at The Sewing Machine Exchange earlier this month. I love seeing student projects--and this one is terrific--love the design and the fabric with the bird is so great. Look it up! A small project like this is a perfect opportunity to practice new skills. Go quilt!



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