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August 28, 2020
Swap matches are all out there… from The Curious Quilter

Disorganized Two Inch TreasuresThe swap partner matches for the August 2020 PSQ Charm Swap are all in the hands of swappers. IF you do not find your email, remember to check your SPAM folder.

Before you mail your sets, be sure to confirm address and charm size with your partner/s! I can resolve a lot of issues, but only if I hear about them fast. Of the 972 sets of charms being exchanged, only 17 sets are in the “need re-assignment” pile (so far). Those will be attended to tomorrow. They happen when I make a mistake while assigning pairs, or ...

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August 10, 2020
August 2020 Swap Sign-up Closed – time for fun! from The Curious Quilter

Sign-up for the August 2020 PSQ Charm Swap is now CLOSED . . .

. . . but hey, that’s okay. Because now it’s time to play!

2020 swap logoMy “play” will mean taking a few days to sort out the copious sets of charms that 79 swap participants are ready to send to each other!  This can take a few days, and your patience is appreciated As soon as I start sending out the partner-assignment emails, I will post here and on Instagram to let you know the emails are coming.

Looking for ways to “play” while waiting? I have some new posts in the ...

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August 8, 2020
Hand Piecing: Sewing for Pleasure and Peace from Repro Quilt Lover

This is a post about taking on a large-ish quilt as a hand piecing project and how to break it down into blocks to keep it portable.  It’s also a post about using stitching as a self-care technique.  Or, more specifically, why stitching makes us feel better IF we don’t make it into one more pressure situation in our lives.

Unless you haven’t spent the last four months on planet Earth, you are fully aware that we are all coping with a pandemic.  When lockdowns started in my part of the world, I confess to being one ...

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July 13, 2020
Postage Stamp Finale from Gray Barn Designs

While Cindy has been holding down the blog fort, I’ve been staycationing and wallowing in my “world is out of control” funk. No more. I’ve got to shake these blues and maybe the best way to do this is to bring out the reds — you know which ones — the postage stamp reds!

As you may recall, in November 2019, I started creating a red postage stamp quilt. The pattern intrigued me from the beginning of my quilt journey when I was inspired by a quilt created by Red Pepper Quilts. Rita Hodge’s quilt was full of bright ...

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June 26, 2020
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Mooning over Moongate.... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Summertime, and the living is easy..... and not just summer, but Friday!  And that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on, so let's get started!


It's been a little bit of a strange week, with more things going on than usual.  So I didn't think I had actually finished something this week, until Bill reminded me of this....

I finished the Moongate postage stamp quilt!  

It did help that I found a really cute backing on the clearance rack at Walmart - I wasn't looking, it just caught my eye ...

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June 23, 2020
Make-A-List Monday - Things Just Keep Rolling Along! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

The first Monday of summer has arrived!  I love summer - beautiful warm days, sunshine, and usually, more time with my grandkids, although this year that part of summer started way early.  So I've been enjoying the weather and working in my quilt studio this week, and I've actually accomplished some things!

Last week, I wanted to find a back for this quilt, and maybe get it quilted.  I did find a really great backing - a total steal...

...and it's loaded up on the frame, ready to go!  I'll be quilting this one this week ...

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June 19, 2020
Friday finish! from With Strings Attached

Waffle Stamps is finished!

The stamps are 1.5" squares mostly from mask-making scraps. The blocks are 5.5" unfinished.


The back uses old (bottom right, 36" wide vintage), medium-old (the bright butterflies from about 20 years ago and the Hoffman print right above it), and new (the big piece in the upper left, bought last year). 

68 x 70, 10 yards in all.

Linking up with
Whoop Whoop Friday
Finished or Not Friday

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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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May 29, 2020
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Fine Start... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, here it is, Friday again - and, at least unofficially, summer has arrived!  This has truly been the strangest year, hasn't it?  And it's almost halfway over.  But strange or not, it's Friday, and that means it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready? Then let's get started!


My week started off pretty normal - I had a t-shirt commission quilt to work on so I started bright and early Tuesday morning deconstructing shirts and making the blocks.  By Wednesday afternoon, I had a rough layout set out....

...and then I ...

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May 28, 2020
On the Border from Gray Barn Designs

Sandy asked me to give her a hand with the border of her Postage Stamp Quilt.  Of course I jumped at the chance because she did all the hard work and I get to do the easy part!ScrapsFirst things first.  I squared off the quilt because all those postage stamps made this top a little, shall we say, UNEVEN.  Proof of my effort was this lovely pile of tangled redness.  Scraps2 Next, I went on a fabric hunt.  The ladies at the quilt shop suggested adding a thin, white inner border before adding the red outer version I cut the ...

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December 27, 2019
Pass the Vitamin C from Gray Barn Designs

With a title like this, I wish I were being clever and writing some kind of lively blog post about how the Christmas holiday is an energizing shot in the arm, a boost of brightness in an otherwise dark and dreary North American winter, blah, blah, blah. Instead I’m here to whine about a cold.

Seriously, I haven’t had a cold in about 10 years. Because at the first sign of a sniffle or a tickle of a sore throat, I start popping over-the-counter probiotics like they are peanuts at the ballpark. If you’ve been in my ...

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