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May 26, 2015
We are halfway there! from Monkey's on the Porch

Well, a little over halfway there.  Aren’t you excited?  I am.  I am terribly excited that I’ve made it this far.  Not only because it gives me a chance to write daily, but also because I’ve been using this momentum in my other Revolutions.  I’ve been fairly successful in getting back on the elliptical and we’re working on getting the house reorganized.  So, all in all, this has been a very good challenge for me.

I am sorry to report that there were no Pokemon pillowcases made this afternoon, although I did manage to get ...

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May 24, 2015
Memorial Day from Butterfly Threads

Photo source found here via Pinterest.

As the daughter and wife of men who served in the US Navy, and the mom of 3 MCJROTC cadets, I am grateful for all of those who have served and continue to serve. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I've contributed to many Quilts of Valor and will continue to support this great cause. Click HERE to find out more information and how to participate. 


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May 11, 2015
Simple and Small Abstract Paintings from Seraphym

I've been playing around with color lately. My Kiddos at work always leave left over paint in the palettes which is 'tainted' by other colours and simply can't use it. 

So instead of washing it down the sink, I decided to use it to create these two paintings.

What do you think?

I've hung these in my sewing room, along with some of my other artworks. The room is a work in progress and I just really want it to be a happy and creative space - ideally an organized one too, but hey, a girl can dream ...

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Simply Pinterest – A Free WordPress Plugin from Childlike Fascination

Recently I’ve been tucking my head into the sand for a bit to get some coding done.  Inspired to make my own solution after installing  a plugin that didn’t live up to my expectations, I created a plugin for self-hosted blogs where a Pinterest Pin It button is automatically added over every image.

It was the first time I creates a WordPress plugin that I felt had great broad appeal and wasn’t just helpful to my use on my blog so I decided to release it as a free (and open source) plugin that anyone ...

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May 8, 2015
Project ideas for using your selvedges! from The Village Haberdashery

A conversation sparked by a photo of a cute robot selvedge on Instagram led me to seek out some ideas for using this bonus part of the fabric!

Selvedges are rad

A few clicks around Pinterest turned up some awesome ideas and helpful tutorials, so I rounded up a few faves in our new Projects for Selvedges pin board!

Projects and tutorials for selvedges

What are your favourite projects for selvedges?

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April 29, 2015
To Follow and Be Followed from Stitches of Joi

I was looking at my emails yesterday and saw that I had a message from Pinterest. It was to inform me that I had a new follower. Well I opened the link to see who was following me and discovered that it was one of my quilting idols.

Naturally I was honored. I looked over their page, repinned a few things that I liked and went on with my day. My casual reaction to this had me thinking of how my social media days use to be.  I thought back to a time when I would have immediately tweeted about ...

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April 27, 2015
Love me a good Etsy Treasury - Copper and Teal from Seraphym

Nothing better than opening emails from Etsy with their beautifully curated finds. Of late I've been drawn to these colours, copper and teal, for quilt inspiration.

When it comes to inspiration, I think there is nothing better than seeking it out everywhere. for quilting you can get so distracted by patterns and colours and... well Pinterest essentially! So it's important to broaden your search into anything which catches your eye.

Click on the image above to see the links on Etsy

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April 8, 2015
The Wonderful World of Social Media from On The Go Quilting

I know a lot of things are said about Social Media and the bad effects it has on our youth, and the scary possibilities of losing our identities.  I think, like all things, one must use one’s head when getting into any of the opportunities out there.

I, for one, am enjoying some wonderful groups on Facebook.  I’ve found a group that is for people who love to do wool applique and the sharing of tips and tricks is wonderful!   It’s run by a lovely gal who runs the site with rules and is not afraid to ...

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March 31, 2015
Heel lang geleden..... from Quilts Van Kippetje en Meer

Soms kom je plaatjes tegen van dingen van vroeger waar je

het bestaan niet meer weet tót je het ziet!

Ken je dit nog???

Veel van deze plaatjes heb ik verzameld op PINTEREST.(klik)

Ik ben benieuwd hoeveel je er van herkend???

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March 6, 2015
Top 10 Sewing Pinners You Should Follow on Pinterest from Patchwork Posse

10 Sewing Pinterest Boards

Are you a pinner? Do you already follow Patchwork Posse? Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration, free patterns and new designers to follow. You are able to keep your ideas and links that you find in one place….and organize it in a way that you can quickly find what you had seen earlier […]

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February 28, 2015
OK, I'm bragging about the Positive Quilt. from Jan's Quilts

This is the fourth, and final, quilt of mine that will appear in Quilty Magazine.  Fons and Porter has decided to discontinue this publication and concentrate to their other brands.  It's not easy to get published and I'm excited about this.  I did have two other quilts rejected by Fons and Porter; getting a rejection email is no fun, but that's life.
May your bobbins always be full,

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February 22, 2015
My First Amigurumi from Scraps of My Life

Hi, there, welcome back!

If you follow my blog at all, you may vaguely recall that back in September 2014 I learned to crochet.  From those first simple crocheted squares, I made several mug cosies, cowls (mine and Granny's) and some simple dish clothes for stocking stuffers.  I also had a go at crocheting a wine bottle tote but found it a bit too challenging at the time so decided to revisit that pattern at a later date once I'd had a little more experience under my belt.

However, if you want to do any of the really ...

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February 12, 2015
Hanging Heart By Mom from Kitty and Me Designs

I've been playing around a little bit with the banner for my blog.  It'll probably change again because I don't care for the lettering that I used but I'll look at it for a day or two before I play around with it some more.

For today, I just added a new Hanging Heart by Mom to my Etsy shop:

 Even though Mom doesn't really do much crazy quilting, I can see where she's picked up some embellishing habits from me!

Also, a little birdie told me that Mom is working on some St ...

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February 9, 2015
Sunday Snippets – QuiltWorks Northwest from Quilty Joyjoy

I definitely try to keep Sunday as a day of rest…at least my version of a day of rest.  I am often working 6 days per week, and Sundays end up being a catch-up day, as well as a day to fit in as much sewing as I can possibly manage.

I prefer to keep my day free from too much computer-based work, simply because it consumes many hours during my week.

Hence my notion for Sunday Snippets.

Miriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a snippet as a small piece of information or news, or a small part of something.

That ...

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February 2, 2015
Swap°pen 5. Runde Kissen für Johanna from Quiltmanufaktur

Habe ich total vergessen drüber zu schrieben. Jetzt beim Sortieren der Bilder ist´s mir aufgefallen! Da war doch noch das Kissen, das ich bei Swap°pen auf Deutsch für Johanna / Jona & Lili gemacht habe :-)

Johanna hatte ein sehr schönes Mosaik auf Flickr gepostet und schrieb dazu:

Am liebsten wäre mir ein Kissen, da ich selber viel zu viele Taschen und keinen Platz für ein Miniquilt habe.
Die Größe oder Form ist dabei ganz egal, ich nähe sehr gerne noch ein Kissen-Inlet dazu, falls es ganz ausgefallen wird.
Wie man sieht, mag ich immer noch Regenbögen, wenn auch nicht mehr ...

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January 25, 2015
Thrifty Threads? from Pine Mountain Quilt Studio

There is a fiber artist in the UK that stitches up wonderful stuff: you can see her things on Pinterest if you search for Thrift and Thread.  This was inspired by her work.
I've always loved Folk Art of any kind and have a large book collection on the subject PLUS I used to teach at Calico Station where Cheri Safiote Payne was the owner...check out her blog as well.
It's a scrap of old worn quilt with simply cut and embroidered fabric flowers.  Love it.

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January 24, 2015
...aftermath.. and a pin cushion or three... from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Belated Happy New Year!! I feel like I've been MIA for forever!!  It's been a crazy few months. (I used the gelatin recipe found here) My MIL's celebration of life party finally took place a couple of weekends ago.  It was beautiful and just as she wanted it. The only hiccup was that my FIL was in the HOSPITAL with a bleeding ulcer.  He is fine now.. I think it was just all of the stress

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January 18, 2015
Jelly Rolls - meine Leidenschaft from Quiltmanufaktur

Ich bin besessen von den Möglichkeiten, die man mit diesen vorgeschnittenen Streifen in Form von Jelly Rolls hat. Und es ist immer eine Wonne, wenn neue Stoffe ins Geschäft eintrudeln und ich neue Jelly Rolls schneiden kann. Am liebsten würde ich dann immer gleich loslegen und aus den Streifen was neues Gestalten, aber die Zeit...... Auf dem Bild seht ihr einen gaaaanz alten Quilt, den ich mal als Anfängerkurs angeboten habe und den ich hege und pflege :-) So einfach und trotzdem so schön (finde ich...)!

Mein Sortiment umfasst zur Zeit etwa 600 Stoffe (darunter auch sehr viel Solids von Kona ...

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Let’s put pom poms on stuff, okay? from The Village Haberdashery

I made a new pinboard! We love pom pom trim, or bobble trim, if you want to call it that, and I got a little sucked into Pinterest discovering creative ways to add poms to your projects. So let’s get inspired and put pom poms on stuff, okay?

Pom pom love pinboard

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November 17, 2014
Infant/Toddler easy 20 minute ties from Amalie's Armfuls

In my personal opinion, if you want a boy to wear a tie to church later on, you have to start when they are born.  That way, even though they are not comfortable, they are simply used to it.  My second personal I don't really care for bow ties.  Yes, they are cute on some boys, but they are just wrong on adults and therefore I personally don't want to start a trend that he might like later on.  Like it said, personal opinion.

As I was getting my son dressed for church yesterday morning I ...

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