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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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early darkness . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Daylight savings time ends tonight!  To that end, this cartoon made me laugh, laugh, laugh!
It's funny ... but it's also very true, no?  Be sure you turn your clocks back ... and enjoy that extra hour of sleep in the morning! It's a little ironic to me that we get that extra hour of sleep on the morning that sun rises an hour earlier.  Why can't we get it right?!  LOL!

The girls were SO cute as the fairies from Sleeping Beauty!  
Aren't they just precious?! Of course, they were the tip of the iceberg . . .
Jason ...

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November 1, 2018
Butterfly Mug Rugs from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Aurifil.

It's been a busy month of sewing... but not so much in the writing department. I have lots that I need to get onto the blog to share with you. Today I'm sharing the three mug rugs I finished this morning. As I finished up the binding before school it struck me that it would make more sense to be putting the finishing touches on costumes, but those were already all in order. Happy Halloween to all who are celebrating.

Our Island Batik ...

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October 31, 2018
Mug Rugs from Quilt in Progress

This is a good attempt at mug rugs. Again, a sleepless night last night gained me a couple of sewing hours. I used the paper-pieced awareness ribbon and small quilt block patterns to make these.

First is the burgundy ribbon for Multiple Myeloma, my cancer. I used the corners I snipped off the wall quilt I made late in the spring for a customer on Etsy to make the pinwheel block. The second is a pink ribbon (no explanation needed, and I’ll give it to my Mom who is a survivor) and did a simple string quilt block with ...

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October 28, 2018
busyness et al. . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It has been a busy month, which makes me feel a little justified in the huge gap between my last post and this one.  Of course, this is the (so called) blogger who skipped out on blogging from December  2017 through May 2018.  What's 26 days?!?  LOL!

But I realized I need to get on in here and plug the upcoming blog hop I'm participating in!  I'm so excited . . . and if you know me at all, when you see what it is, you'll know why!
It's the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  It kicks off ...

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October 23, 2018
Sleepless on steroids from Quilt in Progress

I’m back in cancer treatments, and that’s part of the reason for fewer blog posts. On Mondays I take 40mg of a steroid in the morning. By Monday night I have no ability to fall asleep. A few weeks ago I started getting up and heading to the (what else?) sewing room. I fixed buttonholes in my husband’s favorite flannel overshirt, created some Frankestein shirts, and quilt blocks.

Frankenstein shirts is what I call combining 2 or more shirts to fit the parameters I need for my upcoming stem cell transplant. I’ll have a central line ...

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Peek A Who? Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Fall is my favorite time of year. I just love the colors of the leaves and the cooler days. The smell of a bonfire and pumpkin spice just warms my soul. Fall is my time of year. The fact that I'm a Halloween junkie just fuels this love. I have no problem with coming up with new Halloween decorations and ideas. I even dress the dogs up to greet the trick or treaters that come to the door. This year Maddie is going to be a pack of French fries and Belvedere is going to be a devil dog ...

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Peek A Who? Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Fall is my favorite time of year. I just love the colors of the leaves and the cooler days. The smell of a bonfire and pumpkin spice just warms my soul. Fall is my time of year. The fact that I'm a Halloween junkie just fuels this love. I have no problem with coming up with new Halloween decorations and ideas. I even dress the dogs up to greet the trick or treaters that come to the door. This year Maddie is going to be a pack of French fries and Belvedere is going to be a devil dog ...

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October 4, 2018
Pretty autumn mug rug quilted with Happy Cloud Batting from Carried Away Quilting


Today I want to share a product that is new to me, Happy Cloud Batting, an exclusive line of batting from Fat Quarter Shop. Recently the kind folks at FQS sent me a few packages to play with, and I’m so glad they did. I broke into a package of 80/20 Silky Blend precut 10” squares and used one to quilt a little autumn mug rug I pieced.


Typically I use 100% cotton batting for the small projects I quilt, but I have to say that I love the texture and slight loft of this 80/20 cotton ...

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September 15, 2018
multifarious mug rugs . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This week has been a bit topsy turvy with a lot of personal stuff I won't go into (you're welcome). But I *did* manage to stitch up two more little acorn mug rugs . . .
I think I learned lessons from the first one and I was most pleased with the construction process the second go'round. These two still need to be quilted, and I'll get to that this weekend (the good Lord willing).

I got my hexie pumpkin mug rug sandwiched and started hand quilting on it . . .
I still have a ways to go, but again, there ...

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September 9, 2018
fall's fluttering in . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a fairly productive week . . . I love having a bunch of little handwork projects to work on because I can skip around and work in the evenings and at lunch time without a lot of fuss, and I get things done!
So now, along with the acorn mug rug, I've finished my little harvest stitchery mug rug.  I really love how that turned out! It used a nice, wide variety of embroidery stitches, and I even learned a new one -- the wheatear or wheat stitch. Can you tell which one that is (aside from it being the ...

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September 2, 2018
five day weekends are da bomb . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

That's right.  I took Thursday and Monday's a holiday, so five day weekend. Bliss!
I've gotten a lot started and finished so far, too! I told you about my idea for an acorn mug rug, right? How that? Concept to actualization! It was a little tricky, but worth the effort. I'll probably make at least one more of these ... maybe two or three!

I was bullied into encouraged to finish the patriotic topper . . .
Really pleased with how this turned out, especially since I did use the pillowcase method to finish it. That's kinda hard to ...

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September 1, 2018
can it be . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Y'all.  Tomorrow is the LAST day of August, which means Saturday is the FIRST day of September, aka the FIRST day of calendar fall (as opposed to astronomical fall which begins with the September equinox--on the 22nd--this year).
WHAT???!  I think my 'all caps' tell you how I feel about this.

Sigh. This year is going by so very fast. And the summer's gone by even faster! Probably because I spent most of it in a sling. You think? Speaking of that, the right shoulder continues to heal and I continue to do physical therapy. Yesterday I consulted ...

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August 23, 2018
Mummy Mug Rug *Free Pattern* from Gray Barn Designs

Hello!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.

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Sandy asked me to share her Mummy Mug Rug Pattern with you because she is still playing catch up from her vacation with me in Ohio AND it’s back to school time…yikes!

Isn’t this the cutest pattern?  It’s the third pattern in Sandy’s “Spooky Scary Mug Rug Series”.  You can also find the patterns for two other Spooky Scary mug rugs by clicking on our “Free Patterns” tab.  Scroll down and you will find the “Vlad Vampire” and “Frank N. Stein” patterns to keep your Mummy company ...

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June 25, 2018
Three Quilts for Three Musketeers from Sew Preeti Quilts

The assignment was simple - Make a quilt from old baby clothes.
The tricky part - Not one, not two, but three quilts.


Getting the fabric ready for a t-shirt (or onesie) quilt is a slow, labored process.
The painful (for me) part of the whole process is cutting up perfectly nice and cute baby clothes.  It generates a lot of trash - seams, buttons, zippers and oddly shaped fabric slivers.

Aligning fabric pieces on SF101

The tedious part - interfacing each piece of salvaged fabric.  This is slow, because I cannot hurriedly iron over it. Holding the iron down in each section for ...

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June 18, 2018
Summertime Scrapping from Zeedlebeezmom


It's summer!!!  One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is to go through my "scrap bags" to see what I can make without going to the store to buy more fabric.  My scrap bags are not a hodge-podge of random scraps.  They are designer fabric collections that I keep together in one bag.  I have bags and bags and bags of these scraps.  I also have many. many different colors of solid flannels, minkie and fleece.  Sometimes opening a bag is like a surprise gift.  I had forgotten how beautiful it was or that I might ...

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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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March 9, 2018
Four Reversible Quilt Related Mug Rugs - Project Quilting from For Quilts Sake

Four reversible quilt-related mug rugs, 10.5" x 8.25" each, made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 9, Challenge 5: A Stitch in Time, Mar. 2018 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "A Stitch in Time":

Literally or figuratively interpret the idiom "a stitch in time saves nine"

So seven years ago I bought some little fabric panels with a print that had comfy arm chairs with quilts on them, plus the same quilt with all twelve blocks showing, but I didn't know what I was going to do with them. So for almost every ...

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March 6, 2018
Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Thank you for stopping by today to check out what I came up for this blog hop. Thanks to Carol too for organizing this fun hop and awesome group. Small, smaller, smallest...I have been thinking about this hop and thinking, geez what can I do.... ideas didn't come easily for this one. I thought of what I would do late one night. You know, those nights when it's hard to get to sleep. Well that's when it dawned on me what to do and share with you. Lately I have been doing a little catching up ...

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Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


Thank you for stopping by today to check out what I came up for this blog hop. Thanks to Carol too for organizing this fun hop and awesome group. Small, smaller, smallest...I have been thinking about this hop and thinking, geez what can I do.... ideas didn't come easily for this one. I thought of what I would do late one night. You know, those nights when it's hard to get to sleep. Well that's when it dawned on me what to do and share with you. Lately I have been doing a little catching up ...

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