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March 2, 2019
in and out and again . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I had high hopes for February, but they didn't carry me very far, huh? And then I went and had surgery on my left shoulder yesterday, which means March will be very hit or miss . . . 
one day post-op...huge, football-like shoulder pad
the rotator cuff tear, halfway repaired
Because I don't enjoy typing one-handed, and my laptop doesn't auto-correct or do speech-to-text!  LOL!  I know, I know, first world problems!  :)

I purposely scheduled my surgery for the end of February so that I could attend our Stitcher's retreat on the 20th.  What a glorious long weekend ...

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January 29, 2019
back in the saddle . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I'm just going to go ahead and admit that I had a hard time typing the post title without laughing.  I know me!

December got busy and then January did too, and now look, only two more days and it's February!  Good gravy . . . please don't tell me 2019 is going to move even more quickly than 2018?!

We had a lovely Christmas time. Our office closed midday on the 20th of December and didn't reopen until January 7!  What a smashing break!  We hung out with family and ate out and did Christmas things. Our Christmas ...

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January 19, 2019
Using Photographs in Quilts from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

I laboured over spoiled images going into the garbage can until I realized that sometimes, its just a great idea for a professional to do the printing instead.


  1. So begin by researching and speaking with your local professionals who do machine embroidery as well as photo printing on YOUR fabric. 
  2. This is really key, quilters to get a great long lasting image transferred to fabric. Ask them to show you some samples of images transferred. 
  3. Ask about the level of qualified staff they may have on hand, this is not something for the newest member of their team to do ...

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Using Photographs in Quilts from Good Earth Quilting

I laboured over spoiled images going into the garbage can until I realized that sometimes, its just a great idea for a professional to do the printing instead.


  1. So begin by researching and speaking with your local professionals who do machine embroidery as well as photo printing on YOUR fabric. 
  2. This is really key, quilters to get a great long lasting image transferred to fabric. Ask them to show you some samples of images transferred. 
  3. Ask about the level of qualified staff they may have on hand, this is not something for the newest member of their team to do ...

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January 1, 2019
Bye Bye 2018! Hello 2019! from Indigo Threads

I'm trying to post more often now, because Instagram is fun, but it's like eating fast food when what you really want is a home-cooked meal.  I've missed blogging and the blogging community.  I love reading everyone's blog posts and seeing what they're doing, and I love sharing what I'm up to and what I'm making and, of course, getting comments from everyone.  They really make my day!

In case you don't do IG, here is the collage of my most favorited photos on Instagram.


And yes, that's me in the ...

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December 2, 2018
to sum it up . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It was a very quilty week! On Sunday and Monday, I finished up the seven hexie flowers that needed whipping together . . .
All forty-five flowers (and parts thereof) were together, stacked and ready to "landscape" my garden!

Monday was a dual purpose day . . . a quilty friend of mine and I headed to visit 3 Hens and a Chick, a local quilt shop in nearby Athens. 
Sarah's one of my co-conspirators in the Quilting Intrigue Club at guild and we've been ironing out the details for our guild's mystery quilt, which we'll introduce (fabric requirements) at this month ...

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November 25, 2018
the weekend of thanksgiving . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This is going to be a culmination post ... covering the long weekend which isn't really over, because we get Monday, too -- but that will be for another day's post.

Wednesday was pie and prep day. I love pie and prep day! This year's was particularly good because I found the *best* pecan pie recipe. Pecan Pie is Todd's favorite, and for years I've struggled to find a recipe that felt no-fail and tasted delicious.  
This year, thanks to Genius Kitchen and PCrocker, my search is over. I admit that I made a few changes right ...

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November 24, 2018
feline memories . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Sarah, over at sarah did it!, dedicated her post-Thanksgiving Feline Friday post to "all the cats I've loved before."  I've loved a few!

Starting with my very first cat . . . 
Batman. I got him as a kitten from my grandma's house; I must have been around nine.  I adored him and he was so handsome. My first B&W!

We had cats in and out of the house growing up ... family cats. But the next cat the came along that was all mine was Pooka.  I hope to add a photo of Pooka later . . . he was a darling ...

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November 19, 2018
holiday and hexie prep . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

So, after all the Pick a Pumpkin posts, this was a relatively downright quiet week! At least on the blog.  Nothing doing in real life!

Thursday I spent the day with the girls. It was snowing (?!?!?) when I left the camp, and still flurrying forty minutes later when I arrived at their house, on the other side of the county. And very cold.  So much so that Jason turned on the fireplace! The older girls had asked me to bring three things:  gum, watermelon, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  So like any obliging, decent, loving grandmother, I did. Of ...

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November 7, 2018
pick a pumpkin; day three . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This is it!  Today -- Day 3 --  is *my* day for the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop and a giftaway!
Of course, there is a whole lineup of bloggers participating today, so be sure to visit them all:

Count it *all* JOY! (you are here!)

If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely adore pumpkins.  So when I saw the post announcing this hop, I jumped right on the pumpkin train!  That being said, many thanks to ...

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November 5, 2018
pick a pumpkin; day one . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Hurray! Today begins the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  Here are today's participants:


Take time to visit each one and sure to ooooh and aaaaaah over their pumpkin offerings!  Oh, and don't forget to come back on Wednesday for my pumpkin offering!

Since we are celebrating pumpkins, I thought it would be appropriate to share this Kindle freebie link:  Pumpkin Recipes: The Ultimate Recipe Guide.  I can't promise how "ultimate" it is, but it ...

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June 8, 2018
ain't life grand . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Liv just celebrated her fourth birthday . . . hard to believe! She had a marvelous time celebrating at the Bippity-Boppity-Boutique at Disneyland. Isn't she a darling Tinkerbell??
She'd just turned one (almost 1-1/2) when they moved to California. She's practically grown!
Gosh I've missed being regular part of this crew's growing up (that's my son tucked in there with them)! They'll be visiting at the end of July, so you know I'm looking forward to that!

And since Edith was the only grand I shared in my last post, let me add her ...

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June 3, 2018
been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

For my blog, that is. And while I'll make no excuses for the absence, I do miss blogging. So I thought perhaps a little 'refreshing' and clean-up might be in order (though I haven't posted in seven months, I *do* use my blog for the links and to reminisce). And then it looked so clean and pretty I thought it maybe needed a new post. Ha.

This past guild year (our guild year runs from September to August) has marked our guild's 30th anniversary. The theme our president selected for the year was "A Quilter's Journey ...

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May 9, 2018
Rediscover your childish imagination from Asianartandquilt's Blog

The stuff of fairy tales. Rediscover the world of childish imagination.

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May 5, 2018
Happy Cinco de Mayo & A Mini from Ravelly1

Hi everyone! Well I'm back at it. Here's the latest mini. A giraffe in love with his next meal. This measures 9" by 13 1/2".

Here's a close up of the giraffe eyeing the leaves.

 
My cousin Clark has a beautiful blooming tree in his front yard and I just had to snap a couple of photos which doesn't do the tree justice at all.
 
And then I've decided to do a FQ give away. Isn't this fabric so pretty. Just leave a comment to be counted in the give away and I ...

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April 4, 2018
The One With Moodiness from knot what it seams

So I’ve been working on a design board, or a mood board, for the new colour scheme and feel for the Etsy shop. So far, this is what I’ve got…

 

Design Board - Lounge Room
Lounge room ideas

 

 

Design Board - Bed Room
Bedroom feels

 

 

Design Board - Kitchen
if you have to be in the kitchen, at least it looks pretty!

 

 

 

Colour Scheme
And an overall colour scheme

Basically I want everything we make to look like it fits into any one of those pics, using the above colours. I really excited about it! Which is kind of surprising because initially the thought of restricting our colour palette made my soul shrivel up ...

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February 14, 2018
Back to Beta and a fabric sale from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Convention theme: Beta on My Mind

I'm pretty far behind blogging about the things I've been up to. For example, I haven't reported back on my trip to Beta Convention. I really had a great time catching up with old friends, getting some "away" time, and helping others. 
Visiting state and national officers lined up for an intro
 My job at convention is to manage backstage: call groups to the back, line people up so they are ready when it's time to go on, and get people out of the way (back to their seats) when ...

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January 3, 2018
The One With A Resolution from knot what it seams

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Yahoo! It’s 2018! I’m a few days late, I know. My New Year resolution is to keep my sewing table clean. You may make bets on how long it will last, I am determined to surpass everyone’s expectations!

I’m very sorry, but one of the posts that I wrote a couple of weeks ago in our last week in New Zealand for some reason didn’t get posted. So you missed gushing on how remarkable the Remarkable’s were, lavish commentary on the cuteness of Queenstown, murmurings on the delectableness of Patagonia’s ...

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December 11, 2017
Catching Up... from Indigo Threads

It's been such a looong time since I posted, and I'm not quite sure where to start.  Let's just say that Life has been busy!  And so have I.  It was a long, hot, smokey summer and a very busy autumn, with a visit to my sister, a quilt show and a visit to California, as well as having bronchitis, holidays and generally Life.  But I'm here now, with a few things to share.

First off, I have a finished quilt to share!  This one was a few years in the making.  The blocks were started ...

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December 4, 2017
The One Where The Heat Is Waving from knot what it seams

We’re here! In the Land Of The Long White Cloud, otherwise known as New Zealand. Haven’t actually seen many clouds actually because its the middle of a heat wave here. The temperature got to…. brace yourself…. 30 degrees. I kid you not. Aussie girl here, coming from a place where the news don’t comment on the heat unless it’s 40-45 degrees. Whenever we went outside we noticed that it was a bit warm out, but to our minds nowhere near a heat wave. We’re trying not to laugh at them too much, because when it ...

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