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January 3, 2019
New year, new old project from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone, and welcome to 2019! How is it possible that it's been 19 years since the turn of the century? Even writing that freaks me out!  Not long ago a student wrote in a paper about "the late 1900s." That really did freak me out, as a mid-1900s person myself.

So, did you accomplish everything you planned to over the break?  I did not. I had great plans, but I was so, so burned out on everything that mostly I just watched a ton of movies, read books, wrapped presents, and tried a lot of baking experiments.  In ...

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December 31, 2018
The end is in sight from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It's the last day of 2018! While it seems that time just zoomed by, it really didn't. I've had some great long days of work. It sure makes a difference when you're not panicked! Not that I get panicky, but when I end up with two or more jobs to do at the same time - that makes for a less than comfortable situation.

I quilted and bound another quilt for a magazine. It's going in a box today. That is finish number 94 for the year. NO - you can't see it yet, but it ...

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December 29, 2018
Fancy Little Mug Rugs from Solid Stars from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
I have a fun little gift project to share today!

I made three little mug rugs, using
some 6 1/2" star blocks that I made
a short long time ago. 

{Ahem...time flies.}

You can read more about the Moda Sweetwater solid bundle
of fabrics that I used, in this post.

I had such fun stitching up these solid blocks!
I used one of them on the back of a little table runner,

Hmmm...solid blocks do tend to show "mistakes", 
don't they?
I'm pretty sure I've ...

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November 29, 2018
Looking An Alligator In The Eye (Key West, FL) from QuiltinCats

Well, not quite in the eye, but close enough to get some good photos using my telephoto lens.  On our way to Key West, we spent two nights at the Midway Campgrounds so we could spend the day exploring the area.  With 26 RV sites, we almost had the place to ourselves except for the one family that decided to park only two sites away from us.  

We visited the Oasis Visitor Center at the Big Cypress. just to view the alligators.  
There were only two close enough for us to see from the walk area.  
This guy was directly ...

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August 22, 2018
Rainy Days and Rainy Nights (Foley, AL) from QuiltinCats

We left Texas last week and made it to Foley, AL in two days.  Our first day of travel was uneventful except for driving through pockets of rain.  The second day was more fun as we crossed through Louisana's waterways and many swamps.  I spotted two 2 alligators!   The highlight of my day!

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August 18, 2018
A New Convert and more FLW from The Cozy Quilter

One of my colleagues at work, Sam, has a niece who will soon be celebrating her first birthday. Several months ago, she expressed an interest in quilting so I invited her to come to my house and make an I Spy quilt for her niece's birthday. The first night, Sam picked out fabrics from my extensive collection of I Spy fabrics and cut out 6 1/2" squares.  She laid them out on my design wall and moved them around until she had the arrangement she liked.  The second evening, she started sewing them together to make her quilt ...

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May 27, 2018
Weekly update: part 2, OMG for May from With Strings Attached

I achieved the four parts of my stated One Monthly Goal for May.  Here is the finish link up

Part 1:  two tote bags for the Rotary golf outing raffle

Part 2:  a mug rug for a colleague who's retiring (and another for a friend who graduated from college)

Part 3:  three mug rugs for fellow Buduget & Finance committee members

Part 4:  a tote bag for the Budget & Finance committee chair

Thanks once again to Patty for sponsoring One Monthly Goal. It helps me focus and achieve!

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May 14, 2018
Weekly update: parts A, B, and C from With Strings Attached

I have three of the four parts of my One Monthly Goal completed.

A -- Two tote bags for the Rotary Golf outing on May 18

B -- A mug rug for a colleague who is retiring (luncheon May 17)  (And while I was at it I made one for a friend who's graduating from Gateway Technical College this coming Tuesday.) 

C -- Three mug rugs for P.E.O. committee members with whom I've served this past year
(presentation June 1).  (Daisies are the P.E.O. flower.)

I am narrowing down ideas for D, a tote bag for the ...

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April 29, 2018
Custom Order, Small Items and a Treasure Box from Grandma's Red Needle

It's Sunday again and time for an update on what I've been up to lately. 

In my previous post I mention I had a custom order to do.

The customer wanted the name 'Lisa' added to it and more hair on the nurse. 
The hair was not a problem, just some FMQ. I don't have an embroidery machine so had to hand embroider 'Lisa'. It's a long time since I've done this kind of embroidery, some ripping, but I think it turned out OK. 

I made a couple of mug rugs from a panel last ...

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April 23, 2018
Weekly update: the three bears from With Strings Attached

Projects this week were like the Three Bears.

Here's Mama Bear (medium):
 The wallhanging is quilted and bound. I have printed the label but haven't sewn it on yet.  I had a heck of a time getting the pinwheels to fit. I measured the center block several times and cut . . . too small! So I had to add coping strips. Then I had to trim the side strips a bit more.  It's 16 x 20.

Here's Papa Bear (large):   This is approx. 52 x 60.  It's the very last round of the guild round robin. My ...

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April 1, 2018
Celebrate with me! Sign Up to download a FREE Summer Mug Rug Book from Cut Stitch and Piece

I was so excited yesterday when I found out my blog was chosen as one of the Top 60 Best Canadian Quilting Blogs by To celebrate, I'm giving new subscribers a FREE copy of my Summer Fun Mug Rugs quilting pattern book. Get ready for summer with these cute mug rugs. They would be great for the deck or as hostess gifts for your next BBQ. SIGN UP soon because this offer is available

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March 21, 2018
Spring Equinox (Sutherlin, OR) from QuiltinCats

Spring is here!....or almost here.  Either way, I'm ready to start celebrating spring by getting back on the road and doing some traveling.  We leave on Monday!  We will start with Eugene first before heading south.  Oh, did I mention that we have changed our travel plans?  Yep, the weather is not cooperating.  Instead of heading due east to Bend, we will head south.
On The Cutting Board
I decided to celebrate the beginning of Spring by making new Happy Campers with little gardens.  Only three designs so far.  I'm hoping they will be a big hit ...

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March 19, 2018
Another Red and White Lap Quilt and some Small Items from Grandma's Red Needle

Yesterday was Sunday and 'blog day', but I was too pooped last night to even write a single word. Early Monday morning, cuppa in hand and here we go! :) 

In my previous blog post, I had started working on some mug rugs, finished one as well as a couple of trivets. Monday came and the plan was to hand sew binding on the table runners that have multiplied lately. The goal was to do one each day for one week and they should be done. That never happened, except one small table topper. Progress! Haha!

I got carried away with ...

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March 12, 2018
Sewing Sunday and Creative Mess from Grandma's Red Needle

How does your sewing table look like today?
Here's my creative mess! :) 

My sewing table didn't look like this yesterday, what happened?! 

When I finish an item, or items using the same fabrics, I tidy up the sewing table for fabrics and threads used. Leftover fabrics cut into squares in different sizes and stored away in boxes. (I have to attack those boxes one day!)  Not always I know what to make next and I tend to pull out fabrics to see if I can come up with some ideas. 

As you can see from the photos above ...

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February 26, 2018
First Snowfall (Sutherlin, OR) from QuiltinCats

Two weeks ago I thought Spring was on its way with the flowers popping up and my allergies suddenly going out of control.

Our days were sunny and the temperatures were starting to rise.
Max soaking up the sun.
Then Winter decided it wasn't quite ready to leave us with a mild winter.  
We are finally getting much needed rain and snow.  
 Well, the snow isn't lasting, but it is nice to see it change the landscape around us for a short time.
The cats have not been too happy with the change in weather, but I'm ...

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February 19, 2018
It's Sunday.... from Grandma's Red Needle

... and time for a new blog post! 

What have you been up to this week? Have you finished any items or perhaps some UFO's? 
I've been working on several items and actually have a few finishes. 

Did you know 'Pantone Color of the Year 2018' is Ultra Violet?
Before I started quilting, there were colors I didn't like at all and one of them were purple in all shades from light to dark. Gradually I began to like purple and I have made a few items in different shades of purple.
I had a beautiful fabric depicting ...

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February 11, 2018
Progress on a Custom Order and more from Grandma's Red Needle

It's Sunday again, a hot and humid afternoon here in Mauritius. 
The rainy- and cyclone season. We had some nice, cool rainy days, but now the heat is here again. I hate this time of the year! Can't wait for April when it starts to cool down a bit! 

I have accomplished quite a lot this week and I'm happy with the progress on a custom order that actually is a UFO. 
Last year, I made several items to a customer in Canada. She loves red and white and this time the order was several items made ...

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December 15, 2017
There's Good News (Sutherlin, OR) from QuiltinCats

And of course, there is bad news. I'll start with the good news. Dan saw his VA Podiatrist on Monday. The doctor did a comparison of the 3 week-old x-rays with the recent ones taken on Monday. He believes the fractures are healing on their own. Dan has three separate fractures in his left foot's Cuboid bone . No surgery necessary unless something shifts or it doesn't heal as expected.  We should know more in January at his next appointment.

Eastern Towhee
The bad news is no weight on the foot allowed and he should wear the boot ...

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December 3, 2017
Christmas Star – pattern for mug rug and coaster from France Nadeau

Christmas Star - pattern for mug rug and coaster -

This is my newest pattern—Christmas Star. Three superposed ten-point stars. I have used wool for the stars and the binding, which gives a warm and cosy feeling to these mug rugs and coasters. As the stars have that many points, I suggest the use of a non-fraying fabric. Wool, fleecy, knit, flannel…

Christmas Star - pattern for mug rug and coaster -

Christmas Star can be stitched either by hand or with a sewing machine. Patterns in real size are included, as well as schemas with measurements in real size and many pictures. The difficulty level is “advanced” because there are no step-by-step instructions for sewing the appliques, quilting ...

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November 26, 2017
It Has Been One Of Those Weeks (Newport, OR) from QuiltinCats

Well, we managed to survive our four nights in the motel while our motorhome received its solar panels.  Now, we have plenty of power when we are dry camping. 
Solar panels being installed
Look at that innocent face.  Hard to believe that every night we were in the motel, this little guy turned into a banshee.  If the howling did not disturb us enough to please him, he would stand on my chest and nip at my chin or use his claws lightly on my cheek.  Just enough to make me roll over and cover my head.
Who me?
We ...

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