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January 26, 2022
Stove Top Macaroni and Cauliflower, Floral Motif Sampler, Scrappy Dresdens, Yuletide Blanket from Canadian Needle Nana

Monday morning's kitchen window storm view. 

There were numerous accidents, three of which involved fatalities. I'll never understand how things stay open here no matter the weather. 

We are completely cleared out now and the temperatures have plummeted -27C this morning; however, the sunshine today is most welcome. I did three bouts of shoveling keeping our steps and the veranda clear and was so happy that the old arms held up and no soreness. Ironically, I'm actually having little twinges in my right arm from the crocheting. Nearing the last round of my Yuletide Blanket.  It is ...

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2-Cent Tuesday from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, it’s Tuesday again! It’s the last Tuesday of January. How did that happen? I hope you have had a good month so far, sewing and quilting-wise!

Sometimes small and quick projects give a good break in the midst of working on big quilt projects. I am happy to share with you a quick and easy quilt that is featured in a newly released “Quilts to Make in a Weekend” book by Annie’s. My Star Shine quilt is on the cover! Click HERE to purchase the book. I actually have another quilt in the book, which ...

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January 25, 2022
It’s started — whew! from Quilting and More...

I have a terrible time deciding how I want to quilt my quilts! I’ve been waffling and debating with myself for weeks about how I want to quilt this one — as usual. But at least I’ve finally decided on how I want to do the large white blocks; I’ll make a final decision on […]

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Patchwork Pillow from a 9-Patch Block Using Strip Piecing from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Hello makers! 


If you follow our YouTube channel, then you may have recently watched a video on how to make a 9-patch block using the strip piecing technique. If you haven’t seen the video, make sure you go watch it here: 


Easy 9-Patch Block Using Strip Piecing - YouTube 


This video is part one of the project that I will be sharing with you all below: a big fluffy patchwork pillow, which is part of our Patchwork Stories. To read up on our Patchwork Stories and the role it can play in our everyday lives, check out our past blog ...

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Free Patterns, Small Topper Finish, Choosing Binding for Courthouse Steps from Canadian Needle Nana

January 31, 1948
Sledding hills are open around the capital region and it always reminds me of all the "sliding" as we called it I did every winter growing up in wintry Corner Brook. Our "hill" was right outside my house, a dead end road so no traffic.  The year I got my own five seater toboggan for Christmas was memorable. Someone was always on the back with me. I loved every minute. And I can't help but think what marvelous exercise we all got traipsing back up the hill countless times on a Saturday afternoon. My Mom is ...

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Comedy of Quilty Errors from From My Carolina Home

The challenge in our guild this year is to make a small quilt with the theme of Celebration for our guild’s 40th anniversary year. These little quilts will be displayed in March for National Quilting Day on the third Saturday. We are provided with a fat quarter of the challenge fabric with the instruction to use at least a quarter of it, and as much as we could. You know what they say about best laid plans, LOL, and my brain was misfiring when I began cutting fabric. I showed you my design idea last time, and needed 8 ...

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January 24, 2022
Free Pixelated Quilt Patterns from Patchwork Posse

Learn how to take your square fabrics and make pictures and quilts with them. With pixelated quilt patterns, you’ll love how your quilt turns out. Drop in a heart, apple or animal – there are so many options.

These pixel quilts are perfect for using your charm packs or jelly rolls cut into squares.

They are also great for digging through your scrap bin. No matter the color or shade, they work together so well.

Pixelated Heart – Diary of a Quilter

Pixelated Juicy Apple – Janome Life

Pixel Heart Pattern – Robert Kaufman

Retro Camper –

Flamingo – Flamingo Toes

Outstanding Orchard ...

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I dropped off several quilted charity quilts with Annapolis Quilts for Kids last weekend. I also picked up a stack of quilts made by other members. This was the first one I pulled out to quilt. 
Pieced by Mary for Annapolis Quilts for Kids

If you want to contribute but don't have the time or skills, you can support the national Quilts for Kids by shopping through Amazon Smile. I don't earn anything from this link. This link lets your purchases support Quilts for Kids through Amazon. I don't add affiliate links to my charity quit posts ...

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Week 4: 15 Minutes to Stitch from High Road Quilter


It has been below freezing a lot of this week, and although I generally walk unless it is below zero, I took a break this week. We had snow and I didn't want my dog Zeus to slip and slide on the street with his hip trouble. He did not insist on walking, and was happy to spend time out in the back yard. He enjoys the cold.

This means I didn't take a lot of pictures, so I found an old one from 2009.

2022: 15 Minutes to Stitch Week 4

I had a solid week of ...

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January 23, 2022
Sunday Chat from From My Carolina Home

We were housebound for four days this past week, which meant a lot of projects were either finished or new ones begun. A few Zoom calls took up a bit of time, and I got a bit more progress on the epic historical novel I’m currently reading. Just before the snow started, I got this photo of Oliver on the retaining wall, and noticed my daffodils are coming up way too early! It was so warm before the snow, they are confused. I think they’ll be OK, daffodils can take the cold.

On the feeder, a huge pileated ...

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Newest Gnomes from Made By Marney

Here are some new Gnomes that I designed for customers. You might like them too!


SKIING GNOME is gosh darn cute as he tumbles down the ski slope! I am putting him on a pillow!


PIRATE GNOME and PIRATE SHIP can be used together as a pair of pillows, etc. or separately. They sure would look great in a kid’s room!


I love “My Hero”, DOCTOR GNOME! With the stethoscope ready to use…this cute Doctor is ready to be heroic.


NURSE GNOME is ready with the hypodermic! These ...

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January 22, 2022
Project QUILTING 13.2: In Silhouette from Goer

Continuing with my new series of Project QUILTING artist trading cards (ATCs) I created a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" quilt featuring a silhouette of my 3-year-old niece. I used solid black batik with black MistyFuse to fusible appliqué the silhouette to my background fabric. My quilting is minimal, just long the edge of the silhouette (more easily seen from the back). This is my submission to this week's In Silhouette one week quilt challenge from Project QUILTING.

I started with this photo my sister took for me of my niece. I printed it on paper at ...

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First 2022 Finished Top from Heart Desire Creations

Start to finish in just a few weeks – must be a record! Our recent snow and ice is partly to credit – not much going outside. The bookcase quilt top is finally done. It was fun and tedious at the same time. There was cutting of lots of different fabrics, different sizes. To personalize the quilt, I included some appliques like a mug with the recipient’s first name initial, and a snow globe with an “engraved nameplate.” I also added a kitty and a vase with flowers. I love how the wood grain fabric brought it all together.

As luck ...

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Quilt Reveal: Flight from High Road Quilter


I tried to avoid temptation by not looking to see what the challenge for Project Quilting was for this week. I want to finish a quilt.

But I won a prize from Project Quilting last week, and I accidentally copied and pasted my 15-minutes-to-stitch stats last week without deleting the sentence that said I was working on the Project Quilting challenge. So what else could I do? I had to take a peek to see how hard it would be do do.

The challenge seems easy enough - silhouette. 

Birds learn how to fly, never knowing where the flight will take ...

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January 2022 Blizzard, Lily Challenge, Big Project Mystery Clue from Canadian Needle Nana

This fall the little gray squirrel has been a steady visitor to the bird feeders. I was struck by how beautiful his tail is.

He looks very healthy.

How appropriate to have my Snowbound (Kathy Schmitz's fabric line) Hexie runner in use. All day Monday we were mostly house bound while a blizzard blew around us. That is unusual for here as while we get lots of snow, we lack the winds to create a blizzard. 

 Neddy and I had a bit of a hard time doing our early morning walk. I had to stop twice to catch my ...

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Silhouette Art quilt: Project Quilting 13.2 from Mulberry Patch Quilts

The challenge for this week’s Project Quilting Season 13.2 inspired me: “In Silhouette”. Participants have only a week to begin and finish a quilted item for the challenge, and it took me a few days just to come up with the idea.

But once I did get the idea, I was off and running or should I say off and sewing)! I found the perfect fabric for the background from my stash of hand dyed and painted fabric. It reminded me of a sunset.

I free motion quilted the background first using a variety of variegated threads. Next ...

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January 21, 2022
Our New Book, Piece & Love! from The Cloth Parcel

We have some very exciting news to share today… We wrote a book! Our dream for years has been to be published authors, and we’re so happy that Martingale finally made our dreams come true. It’s been a serious pinch-me situation, but we are over the moon to finally be able to share this with […]

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Leaders/Enders Sewalong Part 4 from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, it’s check-in day for our Leaders/Enders Sewalong. Months ago when I was working with Marcus Fabrics to develop designs for their Aunt Grace Sew Charming fabric line, I knew I was going to make this heart quilt leaders/enders style.

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And I thought — why not see if some friends would like to join in for a stress-free “not-a-race” sewalong. Join in anytime! And HERE we are for our 4th installment. Good job if you have been keeping up!

Again, I stress — there is not really a deadline to this sewalong. You make these blocks as you ...

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Snowy Sew Days from From My Carolina Home

It has been a productive week of sewing, and I still have today and tomorrow to play. We were housebound from the snow until late Wednesday, and I was excited that I’d be able to get out and go to our guild meeting. Then the guild meeting was canceled, as there were still icy side roads and school was converted to virtual learning. When this happens, our venue closes, so we couldn’t meet. Oh, well, I headed back to the sewing room and got busy on the chicken fabric project and a new challenge project.

I had a ...

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Quilted Plates of Food from Goer

About a year ago I participated in the I Spy book release blog hop by making these two quilt blocks from the book. Each is a paper pieced block in which I chose to use solid fabrics.

It is season 13 of Project QUILTING and as much as I love to participate, I really have been focusing on finishing works in progress. I'd convinced myself that instead of participating in this season's one week quilt challenges by conceiving, starting, and completing a quilt in a week (for each of the six challenges) I would choose a WIP from ...

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