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January 8, 2022
Weekly Word: He Lives! Plus My Reading, Stitching and Gratitude This Week! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer


Hello There, 
Happy New Year!  I hope you all have had a safe, blessed holiday season!   Can  you believe that today we took down our inside decorations? 
Our holidays were nice, but very different without my parents.  I thought it would be harder than it was.  My family's support of as well as many prayers lifting our family up eased the pain. 
I'm looking forward with hope, but also a heaviness  about the unknown future caused by life in general, the pandemic, the political and social situation in our nation as well as around the world are heavy ...

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December 29, 2021
Weekly Word: Jesus is the Light, Reading, Stitching and Gratitude from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Hello There, 
Thank you for stopping by - especially during such a busy time of the year!  It's been a super active week that is leading into an even more jam-packed week!  I'm trying hard to find time to reflect on my precious Jesus and the beauty of this wonderful season.  
Time for this week's post.  Here's is an index should you have a special interest you like to read first!  
The Weekly Word - is a short devotional that sometimes becomes a Bible Study series.  
My Reading Life - is filled with current, completed and upcoming reads as ...

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November 23, 2021
Weekly update: projects small and large + reading from With Strings Attached


Lake Michigan at Illinois Beach State Park this weekend:   if you look closely you can see a freighter on the horizon.  

The beach is back after strong autumn storms with over-wash -- the waves went over the low dunes along the shoreline.   

I paced the length of this trunk. It's nearly fifty feet.  A year and a half or two years ago it was growing some feet from the beach. The erosion is so severe that it undercut the dune and the tree toppled.

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In the studio:

Our guild has an ornament exchange at the holiday party. Ornaments don't ...

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November 15, 2021
Weekly update: it's a flimsy + next project + reading from With Strings Attached

Earlier in the week we enjoyed lunch with longtime friends Ann and John.  How longtime?  Ann and Stevens were kindergarten classmates in 1945.  We reconnected via Rotary and P.E.O. a couple of years ago. 

We came out of the eye doctor's office on Friday afternoon to find that this happened to my car.  No, there were no security cameras on that block and, no, the other guy did not leave a note.  Fortunately the car is driveable.  The claim has been filed and the local body shop (three blocks away) will do the work. 

Saturday evening we ...

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September 14, 2021
Weekly update: golden composites, an 'heirloom' is hung, planned and unplanned quilting, and some books from With Strings Attached

It used to be that the "where where you when..." question was about Kennedy's assassination or, for our parents, Pearl Harbor. Now our "where were you..." prompt is twenty years old. On September 11, 2001, I was in the conference room at the North Suburban Library System headquarters.  Lynn S., Sandra N., and Carol L. and I were there for the initial meeting  of a fellowship/support group for women library directors. The big-screen TV was turned on to the news--the first tower had been hit. We thought we were seeing a clip from a disaster movie as we ...

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August 23, 2021
Coffee cup mug rugs from Flying Parrot Quilts

The coffee cup mug rug pattern is available in the Flying Parrot Quilts pattern shop!

I really needed some instant gratification, and in the quilting world, it doesn’t come more instant than mug rugs. So, not quite instant, but still not that long! I had been wanting to make some new versions of the paper pieced coffee cup mug rug I made for a swap ages ago. (Does that make this instant coffee? I digress.)

So, because they went so quickly I whipped up five in an afternoon! (The bindings took several episodes of Star Trek to get through ...

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June 5, 2021
This, That, a Finish and Christmas in May from Grandma's Red Needle

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a good week and got some quilting done. Since my previous post, I've been busy with several projects. I usually work on one project at a time, although not always get them finished. That's quite normal, isn't it?! :) 

First of all, I have a finished UFO! 

Yep! Another Postage Stamp Quilt! This is #9 (my UFO list). It's the same size as the other PSQ I finished recently; 72 x 95 inches / 183 x 241 cm. 

This is the one I struggled to get the 108" backing straight. We ...

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May 31, 2021
Weekly update, part 2: finishes, a start, OMG, and reading from With Strings Attached


See the previous post for this week's wildflower photos!

I finished the pomegranate mug rug for my friend who will become Bat Mitvah on May 31. ("Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol of righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot, or commandments, of the Torah. For this reason and others, it is customary to eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah. Moreover, the pomegranate represents fruitfulness, knowledge, learning and wisdom." Source: 

It arrived on Saturday, just in time.

  She sent a picture showing it in action. 

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Barb of ...

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May 24, 2021
Weekly update: wildflower time and some progress from With Strings Attached

The water is still cold!
  My sister came to visit on Friday.  We walked in the ravine (at the end of our block) and in the state park.  Though the drought continues the wildflowers are beautiful and the migratory birds are trilling away. 

Phlox, false Solomon's seal, Golden Alexander,  Star of Bethlehem (a garden escapee), fringed puccoon aka narrowleaf stoneseed, sweet Cicely, mayapple, wild columbine (aquilegia).

Puccoon, blue-eyed grass, lupine, chokecherry, daisy fleabane, and what the i.d. app calls Umbellate Bastard Toadflax which to me sounds like a Shakespearean insult.

Every year I look for this patch of ...

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April 15, 2021
Weekly update: wildflowers, new projects, and reading from With Strings Attached

Spring wildflowers on my walks this week:
(clockwise):  skunk cabbage leafed out (the flower is the purply-brown "horn"), violets, swamp buttercup, white trout lily (aka dogtooth violet -- "trout" because the leaves are mottled brown/green like a trout); bloodroot. 

Saturday morning:   six of us from Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary joined other District 6440 Rotarians at a warehouse in Northbrook. We sorted the shoes our clubs purchased through Operation Warm -- new sneakers for kids in our communities.  IBSR's share was 92 pairs that will be distributed through two local agencies.  

Operation Warm also provides new winter coats for kids.  Our ...

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October 8, 2020
Woopsie Doodles Witchy Poo from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Woopsie Doodles Witchy Poo! It seems like a fun project for this Halloween. This year the spooky holiday will be very different from years past. I'm not sure if we'll have trick or treaters. Some cities are cancelling Halloween, one of my favorite holidays. I was thinking this would be a fun project to make to brighten someone's Halloween. Add a bag of a favorite Halloween candy and tuck it in a festive bag along with the mug rug and some hot apple cider mix and you have an instant Halloween celebration. Leave it hanging on your ...

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Woopsie Doodles Witchy Poo from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Woopsie Doodles Witchy Poo! It seems like a fun project for this Halloween. This year the spooky holiday will be very different from years past. I'm not sure if we'll have trick or treaters. Some cities are cancelling Halloween, one of my favorite holidays. I was thinking this would be a fun project to make to brighten someone's Halloween. Add a bag of a favorite Halloween candy and tuck it in a festive bag along with the mug rug and some hot apple cider mix and you have an instant Halloween celebration. Leave it hanging on your ...

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July 29, 2020
Monday's Strength: Psalm 107, Part 1. Fall Fun with New Projects! Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Monday’s Strength

My spirit was deeply touched when I read these beautiful Scriptures at PeaBeas’ Photos and Scribbles.  I’ve decided to do a series on them. 

29He stilled the storm to a whisper;

Do you have storms in your life that need to “be stilled”?  I know I have, I still do and I will in the future.  Hence Psalm 46:10:  Be still and know He is God.  We can attain physically stillness via detachment or some other tool, but to still our minds is indeed another issue. 

How does one still the mind? 

At a ...

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June 15, 2020
Weekly update: deliveries, small finishes, and new projects from With Strings Attached

The sky was so clear today that the Chicago skyline was visible from Hosah Park.  That's 40 miles away.  You can click on the photo to enlarge it. Look at the horizon on the right and you can see the outlines of the skyscrapers.

Closer to the ground:  flag iris, coreopsis, daisies, spiderwort. I think the plant not in bloom (upper right) is a mullein. It is a huge specimen.

One Tuesday I drove on the Tollway (I-94) for the first time since February when I went to Glen Ellyn.    I met first with the incoming AAUW-IL president to ...

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June 8, 2020
A bit of sewing.......... from Exuberant Color

Somehow 2 of the mug rug squares got separated from the other 2 and I finished them into mug rugs a while ago.  Yesterday I found the other 2 and when I went to trim them square they were 1/4" smaller than the 2 finished ones so now there are 2 pairs, not a set of 4 alike.  That's all the sewing I did yesterday.
It was still low humidity yesterday so I wanted to work outside for awhile.  It got up to the mid 80s so it still wasn't all that comfortable.  While I was out ...

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May 1, 2020
Stash report and OMG for May from With Strings Attached

Fabric in, April:   ZERO
Fabric out, April:  118-3/8 yards
Fabric in, YTD:  210-1/2 yards, $455
Fabric out, YTD: 426 yards
Net decrease: 213-1/2

In April I made 253 masks. I sent a B.O.R.S. (box of random scraps) to JS in Iowa (along with 152 HeartStrings blocks).  I made 3-1/2" rail fence units and 4.5" HSTs in all of the remaining RSC 2020 colors. I finished 12 house block mug rugs.

My One Monthly Goal for May is to make a daisy-themed tote bag. I've got the fabric! I just need to ...

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April 3, 2020
Small projects............ from Exuberant Color

I got the binding on two more mug rugs.  

I made 2 sets of masks in the same fabrics. Two of them went to family friends and I kept 2 on hand in case someone else needs one.

This is the other side of those two masks.  I'm using batiks that I hadn't found a use for before.

This group was given to family and friends last week.

I cut prints for 9 more framed 9 patch blocks and paired them with contrasting solids.  That leaves 11 more to find fabrics for.

This is one of the fabrics ...

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April 2, 2020
Orange thread.............. from Exuberant Color

Yesterday I was sewing with orange thread, putting binding on 2 mug rugs and sewing one more framed 9 patch. I also spent some time out in the back garden raking off layers of wet leaves so the early plants could see the sunshine.

 I have been reading on blogs that some people are having trouble getting started on any sewing project in these unsettling times.  My advice: go sew some mindless scrap blocks and while you are stitching them you will start getting ideas for which other projects you might want to work on.  Did you ever notice ...

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February 4, 2020
Scrappy Log Cabin WIP and other stuff from Grandma's Red Needle

It's February! That means another UFO to finish!
APQ UFO Challenge for this month, is #9. For me, that means 'Log Cabin Blocks #2'. 

There are so many possible patterns for a log cabin quilt, difficult to choose. I had to decide, and ended up with this: 

When you are reading this, I've already pieced together these blocks and a few more. I started working on these scrappy log cabin blocks in March 2016! The idea was to make one block each day. It worked pretty well the first 3-4 months, but then I got bored. Last year ...

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February 1, 2020
January 2020 monthly recap............. from Exuberant Color

3 finishes for January, I had hoped for 4, but 2 of these were large so I'm happy with the month's progress.  The 2 pastel quilts are so much prettier in person.  They look kind of washed out in the photos.  The 16 patch on the left is 54.5" x 70", the flannel quilt in the center is 70.5" x 88" and the 30s reproduction Trip Around the World is 69" x 92".
2 quilt tops were completed.  The Australian fabric equilateral triangle top is 55.5" x 69" and the Zipper quilt top is 60 ...

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