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December 13, 2019
A NEW LITTLE RED TRUCK AND A CUTE GNOME! from Made By Marney

Hiking just 2 weeks ago on Arthur’s Rock near Fort Collins, CO. Beautiful! Now it’s back to work designing more holiday patterns.

Red Truck with Presents

Hot off of my design table is the RED TRUCK WITH PRESENTS. This adorable little red truck pairs nicely with my LITTLE RED TRUCK block from last Christmas.

I love them together as potholders or pillows.

My friend Shelley used photos of her grand kids in the windows. Super cute!

My Gnome obsession is over the top. Here’s a GNOME WITH MUSHROOMS block pattern that makes an adorable pillow.

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To the Nines from Cat Patches

There was a lot on yesterday's agenda. Mike came home early, and so he accompanied me on my grocery shopping trip. What a gas, right? A date with my main squeeze. At the grocery store. I'm telling you, it doesn't get much better than that. Actually, he did suggest dinner out last night, and so all was not lost. We got our shopping done in record time, and we only mowed down one person with our shopping cart. After pausing to call 911, we were on our way again. We instructed emergency personnel in which aisle they ...

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To the Nines from ... Cat Patches

There was a lot on yesterday's agenda. Mike came home early, and so he accompanied me on my grocery shopping trip. What a gas, right? A date with my main squeeze. At the grocery store. I'm telling you, it doesn't get much better than that. Actually, he did suggest dinner out last night, and so all was not lost. We got our shopping done in record time, and we only mowed down one person with our shopping cart. After pausing to call 911, we were on our way again. We instructed emergency personnel in which aisle they ...

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Color from Creatin' in the Sticks

I'm participating in the
and
the prompt for yesterday and today are about color.

One of my favorite subjects!

Let Your Passion Shine is a throwback from almost 7 years ago.



On days there hasn't been a sewing project to blog about,
 I've been using
Cheryl's prompts to keep up with the challenge.

Yesterday's prompt was 
Favorite Color
and today,
Least Favorite Color.


Color me RAINBOW!!!








But maybe you already knew that.
I linked the original posts to the pictures above if you would ...

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In a hurry.....gotta get on the road ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings



I'm off first thing this morning for a weekend filled with Sherri Lynn Wood workshops.  It's going to be all about patchwork  doodling along with some courageous and outrageous curved piecing in two six hour whirlwind days in Lafayette, Louisiana.   My bags are packed and all the sewing gear is  ready to roll with me. 

But first a hint of what it's all about.   Here's my first 'floating square' block and finished improv patchwork quilt made several years ago using Sherri Lynn's book  The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters as inspiration and guidance.    Get ...

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Time To Start Something New!! from Quilts....etc.

yes even though I have many quilts started and plan to start a new RSC20 in the new year I really feel that urge to be creative and start something new and what better than the Black Friday deal I got with the Edyta Sitar quilt pattern kit already cut out for me.  13 blocks […]

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December 12, 2019
Pin It Weekly #298 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Pin It Weekly time! Last week we met a couple of new followers. Let's meet a few more....

First a hello to Donna Farquhar. She has over 400 pins on vintage fashion ideas from patterns to photos. I'll have to go back for a visit, she's given me an idea for another board... 'cause, you know, 180 would not suffice.  

 dress used in The Age of Innocence which is set in the 1870s. This could also be considered a “princess line” dress.


Circassian wedding dress


Leona Hawker has some beautiful crochet and lace on one of her boards. Here are a few that have been turned into Christmas ornaments.

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What a beautiful Christmas wreath - Salvabrani

And lastly, Stitchin' Post, which is a quilting shop. This is their blurb ...

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Semper Finished! from Cat Patches

When I left you yesterday, I had several possibilities on my sewing room agenda. As it turns out, my only trip into the sewing room yesterday was to retrieve a blue spool of thread used to sew the label onto Semper Fi. It was the last thing I needed to do to call this very large quilt a finish.


Sadie helped yesterday by staying put on her window shelf while I sewed the last of the binding.


My goal was to turn the fourth corner, and then I realized only about 40 inches remained to get it into the finished ...

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Semper Finished! from ... Cat Patches

When I left you yesterday, I had several possibilities on my sewing room agenda. As it turns out, my only trip into the sewing room yesterday was to retrieve a blue spool of thread used to sew the label onto Semper Fi. It was the last thing I needed to do to call this very large quilt a finish.


Sadie helped yesterday by staying put on her window shelf while I sewed the last of the binding.


My goal was to turn the fourth corner, and then I realized only about 40 inches remained to get it into the finished ...

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I Was Going To Machine Quilt from Quilts....etc.

Instead I spent time ripping out three lines of quilting with the promise to get back to Olaf wall hanging before winter is over LOL – as you all know machine quilting doesn’t rank high on my list.  I was just going to do wavy lines but I didn’t put the walking foot on and […]

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Last Quilt Club Night of the Year from Romany Quilting

There was a great attendance at our December Club Night, with some faces which I hadn’t seen for a while putting in an appearance.  Our guest speaker for the evening was Diane Southey, owner of Village Books and Crafts in Palmerston North.  Her talk was all about “Modern Quilts”, the new quilting movement sweeping the world.  Modern quilting is defined as the use of bold colours, high contrast, improv piecing, and lots of negative space to show off our creative quilting.  Diane then showed us slides from Quilt Com of some of the prize winning quilts.  And to show ...

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December 11, 2019
Brimfield Awakening from Quilts....etc.

This little wall hanging is coming along so quickly – I knew it would but it is going fast.  One more roll down and I might be able to reach it all – it might take two more times we will see.  If you are not familiar with Brimfield Awakening you can find out info […]

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December 10, 2019
From knits to COTTON: Pine Lullaby Rediscovered from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Capsules_banner_pine_lullaby_rediscovered_600pxAnother week, another release! It's been a crazy month here at AGF but we are excited to always keep showing what we've been working on the past couple of months. You might've heard of our collection Pine Lullaby before, and it's because we've created this collection in the past that was released in KNIT only! We really wanted it to create the perfect apparel option for kids, and it will be a great option to make the softest pillows and blankets too. Well a couple of months passed by and boy, did we get an ...

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Shoulder to the Wheel from Cat Patches

Sounds like I'm hard at work on an overly-burdensome task, doesn't it? Actually, I'm just stitching and stitching and stitching. The shoulder comes in where I refused to listen to my Self of Wisdom, which is never wise.

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I started hand-stitching the binding for Semper Fi, and I had in mind to stitch two lengths of thread at a time. By doing it that way, I can break up all 378 inches of it with other tasks. Then, other task(s) completed, I'll go back to stitching for two ...

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Shoulder to the Wheel from ... Cat Patches

Sounds like I'm hard at work on an overly-burdensome task, doesn't it? Actually, I'm just stitching and stitching and stitching. The shoulder comes in where I refused to listen to my Self of Wisdom, which is never wise.

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I started hand-stitching the binding for Semper Fi, and I had in mind to stitch two lengths of thread at a time. By doing it that way, I can break up all 378 inches of it with other tasks. Then, other task(s) completed, I'll go back to stitching for two ...

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The Second Mina Opal Quilt: The 48 States from Wedding Dress Blue

My great-grandmother, Mina Opal, did beautiful handwork as a young woman. We believe this work was done probably sometime during the 1930s.

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I only knew her as a great-grandmother, though a young one.  I am the oldest (and only) daughter of the oldest daughter of the oldest daughter.  And the previous three generations married young and had their daughters right away.  Mina Opal died when I was in college.

My mother (the only granddaughter) acquired this top a long time ago.

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It needed cleaning and care, which she gave it.

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Mina Opal not only embroidered, but also hand pieced the ...

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Started on the Border–Finally from Quilts....etc.

Yes the RSC19 Scrappy Stars has been waiting for it’s border for quite awhile now – I am done with my PT for my neck/shoulders and that running three times a week to have that done plus some other things really have messed up my routine.  But today I cut out four strips and have […]

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December 9, 2019
In a Bind from Cat Patches

This morning's post finds me in a bind[ing] mood. After wrestling with Semper Fi for weeks, the quilt is finally to the hand-stitching-only stage. I was determined to see it finished before the weekend was over, and it fought me every step of the way. My friend Lyndsey reminded me that being in The Outer Limits was causing my thread problems. (Smacks hand to forehead.) Of course! It only makes sense.

Toward the end of the day on Saturday, I'd walked away from the quilting in frustration over ongoing problems with thread breakage. It's no exaggeration ...

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In a Bind from ... Cat Patches

This morning's post finds me in a bind[ing] mood. After wrestling with Semper Fi for weeks, the quilt is finally to the hand-stitching-only stage. I was determined to see it finished before the weekend was over, and it fought me every step of the way. My friend Lyndsey reminded me that being in The Outer Limits was causing my thread problems. (Smacks hand to forehead.) Of course! It only makes sense.

Toward the end of the day on Saturday, I'd walked away from the quilting in frustration over ongoing problems with thread breakage. It's no exaggeration ...

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It’s Mini from Wedding Dress Blue

Using the cut-offs from the Hundred Hugs quilt made a while back, this Mini Quilt came about.

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It finishes at 10-1/2″ square.  So fun!

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I thought about making it into a potholder, but decided on a mini quilt instead.  It is hanging on the bulletin board in my sewing room for now.

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