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April 10, 2014
Featured #battgirls - Doodlemoochie Quilt & Design Studio from Quilters Dream Batting



 We are very excited about our new blog series! We've been emailed fun and creative submissions from you #battgirls and can't wait to see what you other busy bees have been up! To get yourself caught up on all the excitement, check out our previous post.  But hurry back because we want you to meet our first featured #battgirls!




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Right: Becky Everett (the Moochie)
Left: Becky's daughter (Doodle)


Meet Becky Everett, the CEO of  Doodlemoochie Quilt & Design Studio! We have had the pleasuring of knowing Becky for some quite some time. She has been a dedicated Quilters ...

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April 6, 2014
Pinspiration Sunday from Scraps of My Life

Hello again!  Yes, I know - I've slacked off on Pinspiration Sunday the last two weeks.  Sorry about that - just busy, tired and up to other stuff.  But I'm back on track today so I'm going to dive in so as not to distract myself.  Go grab your cup of hot beverage and enjoy the photo love.

Currently:

* listening - radio
* reading - going to start Attachments soon for holiday reading
* making - layer cake sampler quilt-along (just finished block #14)
* eating - dried fruit & nuts mix
* drinking - water
* wearing - jeans & new sequins anchor t-shirt *giddy*
* weather - cloudy, 10C
* feeling - hungry
* wanting ...

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April 1, 2014
It Was Spring Yesterday from Kitty and Me Designs

But today, there's a very cold wind blowing.  It's sunny though so that helps!  I want to get back out in the yard and clean up some more but that wind is a bit cold for me.

I took Lucy to the vet this morning and her weight is holding at 7 pounds 2 ounces.  The special kidney diet is working.  She's sleeping now but she's been more talkative these past few weeks.  I ordered a special vitamin supplement for her for kidney health.  Our vet said it can't hurt so I'll start giving ...

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this and that from Ellyn's Place

Yay! my wall of minis is beginning to come together! I put my three Thimbleblossoms minis up the other day and I must say, I love the way they all play together....
 As you can see, I have lots of room to add to this wall.... also, my fabric is all unpacked but looking rather messy. sigh.
 Has anyone else been contemplating making a Marcelle Medallion quilt from the Liberty Love book? Or am I the only one that crazy? Do a search for them on Pinterest, you will be amazed! I have to be honest, it's the center ...

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March 26, 2014
Color Palettes and Combinations from Kitty and Me Designs

Since I'm working on a project that I can't share at the moment, I thought I'd offer a suggestion for anyone who struggles with choosing color palettes and color combinations.  Whether you're a crazy quilter or a sane quilter, you might find this helpful!

Ya'll know I love Pinterest!  Yes, it's a time consumer so I try to put a limit on how long I spend there but it does have it's benefits!

I've put together a board for Color Palettes:

Color Palettes
Even if you don't struggle with color combinations ...

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March 25, 2014
Working with Pinterest Secret Boards from Simply Fresh Vintage

I don’t know about you, but some of my best “a-ha” moments come in the middle of the night. I’ve heard of those that keep a notebook by their bed so that when these flashes of brilliance come to them, they can quickly write them down.  Great idea, but that would also mean that I have to turn on a light to see what I’m writing.  And I don’t think that would make Mr. SFV very happy.  So instead, I just try to remember come morning, and then I write it down.

The other day I ...

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March 14, 2014
And my new research project is…. from Monkey's on the Porch

Freezer meals!  I thought you were probably wondering what I had been up to since I promised not to bombard you with daily blog entries.  I’m sure you are probably wondering, why freezer meals?  If not, you might want to pretend.  Honestly, it’s because we need to eat better as a family and sometimes life seems to be too busy to cook the way I like to.  So, freezer meals and my crock pot seem to be a perfect answer to that!  Of course this means I have been spending an inordinate time on Pinterest (like I need ...

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March 9, 2014
DRESDEN PLATES AND HOLLYHOCKS from That's Sew Kerry

Sunday Shinanigans

This week seems to have just flown by, I have been making slow progress largely due to the fact that I am trying to many new things at once and there isn't a pattern I am following. I am really just making blocks that I find interesting or challenging, roughly the same size so I can smush them together with my eyes closed tightly, hoping it will magically look like a quilt when I open them!!!

So this weeks challenge was machine based applique, using the blanket stitch button on my machine...I think it will take ...

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March 7, 2014
Pinterest Art Board: Less pinning & More making ART! from ART GIRL


During a recent 'pinning session' I had this idea for a little piece of artwork. I love the colors in it and the marks - it's an homage to my Catalog of Marks. I admit I love pinterest because it's visually pleasing to have all the stuff you find interesting and pretty right there in front of you, lined up in neat boxes of color and shape. One of my favorite boards is my Paper Board where I pin and repin gloriously colorful artworks.

Plus it's great to get ideas or inspiration and motivation for artwork or home ...

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March 6, 2014
Social Media Bits & City Life from DreamWeaver's Quilts Quilt Epiphany Blog

Quilt Shows, Expos and Museums by Nadine Ruggles @ Pinterest

Random, short(ish) thoughts from the week in no particular order of importance (though if you’re new ’round here, be warned that I don’t do “short” very well): What’s in a name: I’ve been tossing around the idea of changing the … Continue reading

The post Social Media Bits & City Life appeared first on DreamWeaver's Quilts.

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March 5, 2014
projects at the new house from Ellyn's Place


Quite a while ago, long before we bought our new house, I pinned this pin on Pinterest. I'm sure I'm not the only person who hates those big giant bathroom mirrors with the ugly light bars above them. Well there were two of those in our new house....
 I showed our handyman the plans I had gotten off the internet and now both bathrooms look like this...
So much better! And once I deck them out with pretty nick backs, a stack of new hand towels... it's going to be great! Have you completed any pinterest projects ...

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February 28, 2014
Patternista from Cheryl Lynch Quilts

I love patterns.  I see patterns  in everything that can be interpreted into a quilt.  Pattern, designs, motifs, whatever you want to call it, is my inspiration.  The patterns of Mexican tiles happily led to lots of quilts and my first book, !Quilt Fiesta!  I see pattern on the ground in bricks and sidewalks.  I see patterns in wrought iron designs.  I see patterns in wallpaper and architectural details. I see pattern in rugs and furniture.  I call it "Organic Inspiration" for my quilts.
 
 I always have a camera in my purse or bicycle bag to snap these photos and ...

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February 27, 2014
New Artists to Discover/ Established Artists to Re-Discover from Terry Jarrard-Dimond Studio 24-7


Untitled - detail - Lauren DiCioccio
from her paper pad reconfigurations series


As I mentioned last week, we had guests for most of last week so I'm a little behind.  It was a wonderful week with friends but now I'm trying to get my "train" back on it's usual track.

With that in mind I thought I'd share a few links to wonderful artists I have discovered.

Lauren DiCioccio works as a painter, makes drawings, objects and installations.  I really like her exploration of objects and her paper work.



Love Is Calling - Installation at David Zwirner- Yayoi Kusama ...

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February 26, 2014
Saltine Toffee Crunchies from Dogwood Lane Rambles

I've officially hit my limit. Which limit is that you might ask? Remember when I told you that I had donated more than 40 cookbooks to our local library book sale? That should have given you some clue that I have a recipe collection problem. Letting go of those cookbooks was my first step in getting control of that. Still, I kept at least 40 more cookbooks which are my favorites and I just couldn't part with for various reason and there's always the internet and the wonderful food displayed there every day with PICTURES!

Before the ...

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February 22, 2014
Swoon worthy from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

I try to limit my Pinterest scouring to once a week, and I'm usually successful. I kind of think of it like a power nap -- I'm not actually sleeping while I'm looking, but I feel like I have napped when I finish -- weird; I  know.

But today I found an image that hit me in the gut and knocked me to my knees:

I followed the Pin and found it at the blog of Quilt 1812: War & Piecing. I'm guessing this is another Barbara Brackman blog but the last post was in October 2012. But this ...

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February 17, 2014
New scrap quilt thanks to Pinterest from The Quilted Librarian



I've started a new scrap quilt thanks to Pinterest.  It's creator, Deanna of the Wedding Dress Blue blog, named it the "Film at Five" quilt and it is an extremely serviceable design for all sorts of scrap arrangements.  I started looking for a likely candidate design when my scrap box had to be declared totally out of control.

Once I had the design, I dumped the scrap box and began cutting two-and-a-half inch squares.
Having a two-and-a-half inch ruler is a huge help so you can quickly see if you can use the scrap in question.
Slipping is ...

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February 13, 2014
A personal stylist?! from Crafty Gemini

That's crazy, right?! I used to think so. Now, that I'm starting a new wardrobe for my new slimmer body I feel a little lost because the last time I was getting all doll-ed up to go out was years and years ago. You know, pre-baby days. The stuff I wore out back in the days is NOT going to work now... especially since now I'm somebody's momma!  No more low-cut tops and super-sexy-college-night-out-at-the-club-outfits. 4-inch heels? No thanks. I need more laid-back, casual but still cute, edgy and chic clothes.

 
I see stuff all over Pinterest ...

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Sewing up a new wardrobe! from Crafty Gemini

It's 2014. 
I've lost 65 lbs. 
I've cleared out my closet. 
I've {mostly} de-cluttered my bedroom.

NOW....
I'm ready to sew up a storm and make myself a whole new wardrobe!

I'm by no means a fashionista and I certainly don't claim to be.  
I'm just a 30-yr old mom with a healthier new look who needs new clothes! 

To dress my new self I started off with some professional help:
1) Tried out a personal styling online service. Click HERE to read that post.
2) Consulted with a professional stylist on ...

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February 12, 2014
Pin-Prov Bee: Let the games begin! from Blossom Heart Quilts

Last year I had this wild idea. I was involved in 2 “normal” stash quilting bees, making a block each month for the queen bee according to their colour and pattern desires. Some months it was a lot of fun or they challenged me to grow as a quilter – like sewing my first curves. Other months, it was a drag to get the motivation up to sew the blocks in time. I realised that my main issue was the lack of creative control, which was why I loved my Wombat Stew paper piecing bee – the Queen Wombat gives a theme ...

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February 10, 2014
Social Media & Me from Scraps of My Life

Hello and good evening!

So it occurred to me recently that perhaps I should share my social media outlets, should anyone be interested.  I'm also trying to finally wrap my head around the whole Twitter phenomenon (I know, I'm about 3 years behind or thereabouts - you know what they say about late and never) so I'll be tweeting when I've updated my blog if that's more your style.

Anyway, you can find me here:





And just for kicks, I thought I'd share with you a photo from my crafting session yesterday.  I decided to ...

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