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August 26, 2019
Furniture and a finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

We finally purchased new furniture several weeks ago. I thought it would motivate me to "decorate" the living room. I can't seem to pull it together to accomplish that, but I did finish two pillows. And took pictures of them. In place. On the sofa. Amazing, right?

These are small Norman Rockwell panels that I bought ages ago. I always intended to make pillows but that just didn't happen. They sing on the new deep gray leather. Because the pictures are of boys doing boy things, I just couldn't resist. I also love Rockwell's work thanks ...

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July 31, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... How About a Tutorial, and a Giveaway Winner? from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, another busy month has passed, and not much scrappy sewing has been going on.  The Twelve Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and Quilt-Along took up most of my time and energy.  For those who are interested, you will find the winner of the giveaway at the end of this post.

BUT - I did make a fun pillow this month using some random yardage from my stash, and I thought it would be a useful tutorial to share with you.

I'm sure that you, like me, have random yards of fabric in your stash - something ...

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July 26, 2019
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Fun Little Pillow... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's finally Friday!!  Seems like forever since we've had a Whoop-Whoop Friday around here, but I hope you've enjoyed the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and Quilt-Along in its place.  But now, since it's Friday, we all know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready? I know I am - so let's get started!


Writing twelve days of blog posts in a row can be quite a challenge, and as I finished the last one (finally!) I realized that I still ...

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July 8, 2019
Minis & More | Gift Ideas from A Quilting Life

Minis & More | Gift Ideas

Hello and happy Monday! Today I’m sharing the July parade for our Minis & More series where we share mini quilts and other small projects each month. This month’s post is a Minis & More | Gift Ideas post, and it seems several of us were thinking about the same item for gifts…pillows! But there […]

The post Minis & More | Gift Ideas appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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June 6, 2019
Blend Fabrics Spring Quilt Market - Pillow and Round Zipper Boxes from Creatin' in the Sticks

When Blend Fabrics asked if I would make items for their booth for Spring Quilt Market,  I couldn’t have been more thrilled to help.  

Now I am able to share the tutorials to make the Garden Pillow and Overnight Jewelry Boxes.

Anna Griffin has the pretties designs for Blend fabrics and if you have a garden at your home, her newest fabrics, Lila, are perfect for you

I was so happy to get to go to Quilt Market this year and see my items in the Blend Booth.

This pillow is a quilt as you go project with HeatNBond ...

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May 28, 2019
Liberty Mini QAL: Cinque Terre Quilt Gallery from Blossom Heart Quilts

What a fun month it has been for the Liberty Mini QAL! Martina and I have loved seeing Cinque Terre mini quilts popping up on Instagram, seeing them grow block by block. And the variety of colour palettes! From curated palette to 100% scrappy, there’s something for everyone’s tastes, that’s for sure.

First up, I’ll share the quilt tops that were made, and are now in the quilting process. Like this adorable pink and green version by Anna – can you see the little Hello Kitty?!

This warm, bright version by Joey also features some fantastic fussy ...

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May 17, 2019
Custom Quilted Pillow Shams | Finished {or Not!} Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished {or Not!} Friday where you can share what you're working on and see what others have been making!

My project to share is two custom quilted pillow shams made to coordinate with a queen size quilt that sold in my quilt shop.

Below is the quilt the pillow shams coordinate with.  The front of the shams is a mini quilt, complete with batting and backing, and the reverse side has an envelope opening, with an extra wide binding.  Once again, I used my favorite quilt book to create the shams.  Click here to read more about ...

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May 16, 2019
Wednesday's Word and Wrap Ups. Pressing On. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Wednesday's Word

Many years ago, my family lived in Okinawa, Japan.  One of the missionaries, Majetta Morris, shared this with me:  "There is no safer place to be than waiting on the will of God."
I cannot tell you how many times her words from so many years ago have blessed, strengthened and encouraged me.  Thank you, Majetta.  Thank you, LORD, for sending her into my life!

Wednesday Wrap Ups
I have a ton of UFO's (unfinished projects) that are taking up too much space in my studio, not to mention by brain.  I've decided to challenge ...

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April 26, 2019
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Feeling a Little Hygge..... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Once again, Friday has rolled around and that means one thing - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  After putting my nose to the grindstone on Thursday, I'm ready - are you?  Let's get started!


First of all, I need to share my internet research with you.  Maybe you've heard the word "hygge" but don't know quite what it means. Here's what I found out...


A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.

When ...

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April 23, 2019
Cinque Terre: A Mini QAL from Blossom Heart Quilts

The year is speeding through, and we’re nearly up to May! Crazy! May is the fifth month of the year, and what better excuse than that to make a new Cinque Terre mini quilt… Cinque meaning five </p>
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March 13, 2019
Text Effects - Project Quilting Season 10, Challenge 5 from Creatin' in the Sticks

This is the fifth of six challenges for Season 10 
Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in this challenge, "Abecedarius"

My entry:

Text Effects

Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.


  1. Your project must be about the alphabet.
  2. Projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after March 3, finished by March 10).
  3. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt ...

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March 12, 2019
Text It! Blog Hop from Stitchin at Home

Welcome to my stop on the Text It! blog hop, sharing the gorgeous and fun projects from Sherri Noel's (Rebecca Mae Designs) new book, Text It!
Sherri's book has 10 Quilt and Pillow patterns as well as 7 full sized alphabets so you can personalize any project or make something of your own inspired by the book.

I was looking for a quick project as I have a lot going on, as I browsed through her book I found the perfect project. It goes well with my project from 'Dusting off a Quilt Book' .

I used some of ...

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February 19, 2019
My Day of Dusting off a Quilt Book from Stitchin at Home

It's my day too show an old a forgotten quilt book. This blog hop is being hosted by Beaquilter. The idea was to dust off, excuse me while I find the duster it's around here some place. Ahh dust bunnies be gone. Anyway the idea was to make a project from it.

After doing a big clean a few years ago, I thought I had given away my older quilt books. Imagine my surprise at finding a book from 1994. I think I kept it as I liked a couple of the projects in it.

1994 I think ...

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January 8, 2019
Monday's Strength. Book Dating. Pressing On! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Monday's Strength

I picked up this lesson from Jana Alcorn's book, Don't Throw in the Towel, Hope Again.  She pointed out that perhaps by Hezikiah turning to the wall, he was turning away from distractions.  Let us prayerfully turn into our wall and away from whatever may be distracting us from our precious LORD's voice.  Then, after meeting with the Source of our strength, we can courageously fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:12).

Book Dating

The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV
Though I fell behind in The Story, I'm still enjoying reading it!
Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God's Gifts of Work and Rest
Still reading this one!
Just started ...

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January 2, 2019
Monday's Strength. Book Dating. Pressing On! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Hello There! 
I hope you all have a wonderful 2019!  There will be some changes here that I hope will bless you!  I'm also hoping they will help me "work smarter, not harder!"  Take good care and Happy New Year!

Monday's Strength.

Like I said in my last post, let us go forth into 2019 with the LORD's joy, confidence, faith, trust and hope!  Perhaps if we remember this Word, we will be better equipped to do just that!

Book Dating

The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV
Though I fell behind in The Story, I'm still enjoying reading it!

Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God's Gifts of Work and Rest
Doing Busy Better ...

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January 1, 2019
Pillow finishes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I couldn't write about these finishes before Christmas as they were gifts for the daughters-in-law. First the backstory: I made a pillow for our living room like one I saw on Pinterest, and they all said how much they liked it. So, I put that on the to-do list and finished just before Christmas. In fact, it was so close that, except for a photo shoot, they didn't make it off the worktable. 

Rich just took them from the studio and handed them out. Unwrapped. Unceremoniously. "Here you go. DeeDee made these." Well, at least I got credit ...

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December 22, 2018
One pillow or two? from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

As promise earlier in the week, I want to show you the pillow I made for a customer. Her sister lost a child recently and she had a couple of his favorite tee shirts, which I quilted and made into one pillow. 

I used the backs of the shirts because both had beautiful wing motifs and challenged myself to use the wings for the quilting.  

The backing is this green/beige knit that was in my stash. It worked quite well and didn't pucker at all despite having a good bit of stretch to it.

The background has a ...

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December 20, 2018
Top 5 DIY Festive Pillows from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Festive pillows

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is get together with my family, and spend a day decorating the house while listening to Christmas music. We always split the tasks within our household. My mom always decorates the tree, my dad puts up the Christmas lights outside, and I”m always in charge of decorating the inside of the house. ‘Till this day, I love making my home feel all cozy with our festive table runners, fancy dinner plates, and filling the house with vanilla cinnamon spiced candles! Yum! Of course, we couldn’t forget the pillows ...

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November 29, 2018
Of Thanksgiving Travel, Needlework Memories, Embroidery, and Applique from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hand Embroidered Pillows Made By My MIL circa 1959
Hello, my lovelies, and happy belated Thanksgiving to all of you in the States who were celebrating this week!  We've just returned from spending the holiday in Florida with my husband's family.  L-O-N-G drive, but well worth it.

More Needle Turn Leaves...
I shoved my Frankenwhiggish Rose needleturn applique project into my suitcase before we left and managed to get some leaves cut, prepped, and stitched down while visiting with Bernie's family, and couldn't help but notice striking similarities between my mother-in-law's throw pillows on the ...

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November 21, 2018
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Holiday Makings! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Scraps!  We've all got them, and no matter how hard we work at it, they never seem to go away, do they?  Well, today I'm going to share something a little different, but it's a technique you can use to use up those scraps, too, so it's all good!

I love the Target Dollar Spot. Every time the season changes, they put out new two packs of kitchen towels.  For $3, you can get some really cute stuff - usually one towel with a saying on it, and one in a coordinating print.  I love ...

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