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September 19, 2019

It's Fall Y'all!

I have a few decorative items that I recently
updated for my home. I used much of what I
had on hand and added some dollar store items.
And a few things from a cr
Since I am more drawn to neutrals in my home decor...
I have fallen hard for the soft eucalyptus colors!
This old antique vase...
added some dollar store flowers
and a tiny burlap pumpkin

I had the giant white sunflowers.  
Added some dollar store leaves and mums.
Tiny pumpkins from  TJ Max
The ceramic vase is a BIG LOTS $3 ...

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September 10, 2019
New Releases Halloween Cross Stitch Patterns from Kitty and Me Designs

Halloween is one of my favorite little holidays!  I love cute little pumpkins, ghosts, witches and spiders!  And then there's the black cats, sunflowers and colorful leaves!!

I've been designing and these are what I've come up with:

Which one is your favorite?

All are available in my Etsy store!!!

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November 28, 2018
Crazy Patch Pumpkins from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Sixteen days!  That is how long it took me to make this top!  Shocking, I know!  Usually it takes years before a top gets finished.  Sixteen days.

Before you see the finished top, let me show you my progress along the way.

There were lots of orange/autumn scraps from previous quilts and I wanted to use them up.  Plus two bins of the same colour fabrics to use for the borders and for the pumpkins.

As each row got finished (or almost), the blocks got sewn together as much as possible (see the top two rows).  The piano key ...

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November 21, 2018
A cold snowy day! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Brrr ..... it is really cold today.  The wind is blowing and with the wind chill, it is even colder.  Snow is blowing too.  Hubby is outside with his snowblower.  Yuck.  This is way too early!

We have at least a foot of snow right now. 

I've been busy working on my pumpkin top.  It is coming along very nicely.  The addition of the piano key border gives is a lot of zing.  My hubby was looking at it last night and said:  "there is going to be a leaf on each row".  Yep.  Just to give it that something ...

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November 15, 2018
Having fun! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

This morning, we woke up to temps. of -27C (or -16.6F) with the wind chill!  That is way too cold for this time of year.  Lordy, we are still in November!

Anyway, besides doing a few odd jobs around the house, I've been busy down in my studio keeping warm and keeping busy.

Now, let's see what I've been up to!  The left side of this hanging has the embroidery all done.  It looks a tad sparse or too much white in the bottom left corner.  When this is all done, I'll take another look ...

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October 28, 2018
busyness et al. . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It has been a busy month, which makes me feel a little justified in the huge gap between my last post and this one.  Of course, this is the (so called) blogger who skipped out on blogging from December  2017 through May 2018.  What's 26 days?!?  LOL!

But I realized I need to get on in here and plug the upcoming blog hop I'm participating in!  I'm so excited . . . and if you know me at all, when you see what it is, you'll know why!
It's the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  It kicks off ...

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October 21, 2018
Happy Pumpkins Tablescape and Recipes! from From My Carolina Home

October is starting to finally cool off, and a crispness is coming into the air.  Outside, the trees are just now starting to show a hint of color here and there, and it is time for a tablescape, this year with happy pumpkins!  I got out my Halloween box and started playing with the pumpkins and some new-to-me thrifted items.  Beginning this year’s table, I used two toppers, with one placed on point to cover the table. Orange chargers I found at the thrift store last summer are added.

Happy Pumpkins Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I’m just not into the gory stuff, so this ...

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October 8, 2018
Happy Halloween Sewing from easypatchwork

Hello Everyone, Halloween is right around the corner! I am starting to slowly get in the Halloween mood with the fall weather, misty mornings and soups of the season. A new block jumped into my head on Friday and Winnie the Witch was created. She measures 6" x 11". This block is a stand alone foundation paper pieced block (FPP) or can be mixed and matched with the Paper Dolls Mini Collection for

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September 28, 2018
$5 Friday: Oak Leaves from Wasatch Quilting

Fall is upon us! My favorite time of year. To kick it off I’ve decided to go with one of our oldest Fall designs, Oak Leaves E2E! This design was released in 2012 so unless you’ve been a Masters Club member since then you have to grab it!

$5 Friday

Here is your free coloring page to accent the Oak Leaves! Just click on the image and print!

Autumn pumpkin coloring page JPG

Fall is the season that reminds us to be thankful for what we have! As your each reflecting on what your grateful for, I’ve ...

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September 15, 2018
THE GREAT PUMPKIN...quilt! from Kwilty Pleasures

It's PUMPKIN season.
I only like Pumpkin a candle...
But I do love me a pumpkin quilt.
I have saved orange, gray and white fabrics forever.

I didn't know what design I wanted to use for this quilt.
I just knew this color combo was a must.

THEN I saw the Pumpkins quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew
and the long awaited journey thru a pumpkin patch began.

Pumpkins #167, PDF Pattern

Click here to purchase you copy!
There is also a mini pumpkin pattern available.
Didn't take long to cut the pattern pieces
and sewing ensued.

I took it ...

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November 19, 2017
Cheekwood Gardens from From My Carolina Home

Last month, I accompanied DH on a trip to Nashville for a few days.  He had an open afternoon one day, so we went to visit Cheekwood Mansion and Cheekwood Botannical Gardens during the Harvest exhibition.  This is a huge estate with an American Country mansion and 55 acres of gardens built in 1929.  We only got to a small fraction of the gardens, taking the Harvest tour walk and getting to a couple of the specialty gardens, but we had to skip the Sculpture gardens because we ran out of time. Visiting in the fall, they had a wonderful ...

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November 8, 2017
2 Ways to Freeze Your Pumpkin Harvest from Adele Mogavero

Now that the Garden has been put to bed, it’s time to take care of the pumpkin harvest – before they

We didn’t grow ’em to let them rot away, plus we were experiencing a pesky fruit fly issue.

Those Pumpkins need to be taken care of pronto!
2 Ways to Freeze your pumpkin Harvest
In the past, I processed my pumpkins into a puree, but since I discovered pumpkins are delicious in my Roasted Vegetable Mixture, I decided that I’d freeze them in chunks (chunking!) this year.

How to Freeze your Pumpkin Harvest

Cut Pumpkins in Half and Remove the seeds
Cut Pumpkins in Half and Remove the seeds

Steaming and Pureeing ...

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November 5, 2017
come and gone . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Can you believe we're already into November??  How did that even happen?! And did everyone that needs to, fall back an hour? 
I know that a lot of people don't like the time change ... and *I* don't enjoy that we switch back and forth, but I do love the return to standard time! Oh -- and don't forget to change your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide batteries! (nod to Sarah!)

October was a fun and busy month. I feel like I got a lot accomplished, too. I finished two Christmas quilts and designed (or rather, resized) two ...

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October 29, 2017
Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

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October 17, 2017
Halloween Inspired Sewing Patterns- Are you ready to sew? from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey There, 

Who likes sewing for holidays?  I find any excuse to sew when holidays come around so I can sew for my home, family, and friends. Below, I share some of my favorite sewing tutorials to sew for the Halloween season! Whether you still need to decorate your home with festive decor or you have absolutely no idea what you will dress up as for Halloween, don't worry,  I got ya covered! If you need help choosing some festive fall fabrics for your sewing projects check out Steph's post where she talks about 10 Earthy Fall Fabrics ...

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October 15, 2017
Creative Borders – Fall Table Topper from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Adventure

Creative Borders and Binding Graphic

October’s assignmentBorders and bindings. There was no specific IB group required, so I pulled out my bins of Island Batiks and chose a few fall colors.  Just having finished a Round Robin, and loving it, I decided to do my very own little Round Robin!  I started with a very simple center.

Pumpkin TT center (Medium)

Then one by one, the borders got added.

Full TT Pumpkin (Medium)

No, I did not sketch this out or put it on EQ – sometimes I just like to move ahead as I’m led. I did need to stop and do math, however (ich). After ...

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September 27, 2017
fall freebie from easypatchwork

To all of you fall and autumn lovers out there, here is a freebie featured on Craftsy. I intinially intended for this 10 x 12 inch block to be an add-on to the "Bad Kitty" pattern, but you can use it as a stand alone mini quilt, large mug rug or small placemat. I really enjoyed making this and love how you can design things by sewing small squares and flipping to make new edges. I was tempted to

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