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August 27, 2014
Vintage Singers from Quilting by the River

15-91 Singer on a frame at Freemotion by the River
Yesterday I decided to load a quilt on the frame.....I have no idea why I don't always keep a quilt loaded. Once I get this done it seems like every time I walk into the living room I have to quilt just a little.

Do you recognize the quilt? That is my Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll that was Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.....2 or 3 years ago! I finally put the border on a month or two ago.....so why didn't I get it ready to quilt right away? I was reading Bonnie's blog and ...

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August 12, 2014
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 10 - A Present for Bonnie! from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing




It has been a busy week, so I shall tell it mainly in pictures... another project with the free motion quilting done on the 1945 Singer 15K treadle, and all the rest of the stitching done on the 1949 Singer 15K hand machine.

Last week's fancy leaves were such fun to do that I dived into my mini-stash of Oakshott cottons and varied the design, this time combining the leaves with berries.  



Here is the back of the panel, which shall never see the light of day again, so the few tails left hanging don't matter.



Three different ...

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July 15, 2014
Smokey Mountain Stars–my version from Silly Goose Quilts

I am knee deep in the middle of the school holidays, and my computer time is being curtailed by small children (who are better at the computer than I am!).  Add to that a head cold which we always, always seem to get in the first week of the holidays – well, that’s why the posts have been thin on the ground.

But I’ve been sewing up a storm, what with an all day sewing day our guild held last week (sheer, pure bliss!), plus forgiving children who seem to want to play with each other all day long ...

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June 28, 2014
RSC14 - Yellow! from Peachy Pages

With all of the renovations still going on this month, and a new puppy (more on that later this week), I still can't say that I got too much accomplished.  I finally sat down tonight to work on my yellow on-point 4-patches for "4-Patch Revisited."  And while I was at it, I made some gold ones, too.  I don't think gold ever comes up in a rainbow challenge, lol, but if it does...this time I'll be ahead of the game!

I also got all of my yellow/gold lozenges done...but I put them away before ...

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June 25, 2014
Birthday week from With Strings Attached




You can't hide from birthdays if you're on Facebook.  I had more than 150 birthday greetings on Monday, with a few the day before and a few the day after.  It was a pleasant day:  I wrote a book review, took a walk, pulled some weeds, and finished a quilt.  

The book review was one of two I will present at a panel program at the upcoming ALA conference.  (The program will be taped for BookTV and I will try to remember to share the link.  I'll be talking about Becoming Tom Thumb and Shadow Woman.)


The ...

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June 19, 2014
RRCB is a flimsy! from Quilting by the River

I spent most of yesterday finishing up the border on my Roll, Roll Cotton Boll mystery quilt! I am so tickled to have this done, can you believe I started this quilt in November of 2010?

Roll, roll cotton boll at Freemotion by the River
I couldn't wait to take it outside and lay it in the grass, thankfully we didn't have much wind. I wasn't sure when I would get around to quilting this so I stay stitched along the edge to keep it from falling apart. Now I'm thinking maybe I should just start quilting it and get it finished.
Roll, roll cotton boll at Freemotion by the River
I had two ...

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June 2, 2014
DWM: stash report for May, and work in progress from With Strings Attached

Fabric acquired in May: 96-7/8 yards.  Of that, I only paid $49.68 for 27-1/4 yards.  (2 yds at the craft show in Perth; 6-1/4 from Salvation Army; 19 yards ($5) at an estate sale.)
The remaining 69-5/8 yards were free!  52 yards were retirement gifts; 3/4 yard was a jelly roll that I won; 1-1/2 yards were gifts from the Magpies; 15-1/8 were from the woman who gave her stash to the guild.

I used only 7-1/4.  But then I was out of the country for two weeks!

 Quilt fabric is ...

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May 26, 2014
Finishing Finishing Finishing from Silly Goose Quilts

Oh I’ve been finishing stuff.

My husband has been working long hours and is getting home late, and so I get to sit in the sewing room after the children have gone to bed and not feel guilty that he’s in the lounge by himself (watching football, quite happily – why do we guilt ourselves into feeling we have to sit with him every minute of the day?  He doesn’t care, he’s happy)…

I digress.

I’ve been finishing off some of the messy blocks that needed to be made up into lovely quilts, and so I ...

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May 20, 2014
Quilt Jewellery Sale.... from Bobbins 'n Threads Sewing Room



Remember the Quilty Jewelry that I had in the store?  I still have them here in the home studio and have decided they need new homes.  So....I am selling the pieces at 50% off!

There are several flag pins, a few pendants, and some scissor fobs and bracelets.  And 2 pairs of earrings.  All miniature quilt blocks, paperpieced.  Amazing things.

If you are interested in seeing them and purchasing, contact me at 307-745-3200 or email me at [email protected]






Are you fans of Bonnie Hunter?  This week The Quilt Show has an episode with Bonnie and it is ...

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May 6, 2014
Party! and an un-convention-al beginning to retirement from With Strings Attached

What a party! On Thursday the library hosted a public reception for my retirement. I wasn't allowed to go near the meeting room all day as the staff committee worked on decorations. I didn't take any pictures because I was busy talking to the many people who came: friends from AAUW, church, library colleagues, Rotary, Woman's Club, chamber of commerce among them.  The color scheme was purple and lime.
The two beautiful bouquets are from librarian friends.  

Here is a link to the Facebook photos on the library page. I hope you can open it.
https://www ...

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May 5, 2014
Hawk's Nest or Cactus Patch? from The Modern Diary

I have been thinking that is time to start another Quiltville quilt (not that I don't already have several going, but I have this itch for another!).  So the difficulty is in deciding which one to choose!  In Tuscon I got to see Bonnie's Hawk's Nest in person and it is FAR MORE exquisite in person than this picture can even begin to capture!  It really is fabulous, and of course I love cheddar so that makes it even better!  This picture is Bonnie's and this quilt can be found in her Scraps and Shirttails 2 ...

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April 28, 2014
RSC14 - Purple! from Peachy Pages

Scrappy on-point purple 4-patches
The last of the purple 4-patches for my yearlong RSC "4-Patch Revisited" (pattern by Bonnie Hunter).
Blue Lozenges
Catching up with my blue blocks from a couple of months ago with my leader/ender project for the year "Lozenges" (pattern by Bonnie Hunter).

Linking up to RSC14 and Scrap Basket Sunday.

Heather

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March 29, 2014
RSC14 - Water Colors! from Peachy Pages

RSC14 for me is just trudging through setting the 4-patches from 4-Patch revisited on point.


Adventures with Leaders & Enders by Bonnie K. Hunter
This month...
RSC14 - Water Colors (March)
The last couple of months...
RSC14 - January (blue 4-patches on-point)
RSC14 - February (pink 4-patches on-point)

After having three projects going at once for RSC13, I feel like I'm really not doing enough for this year's challenge.  So, since I'll be working on Lozenges as leaders and enders this year as well, I think I'm going to concentrate on the color of the month for each of those ...

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March 20, 2014
Cutting, cutting, cutting.... from Peachy Pages

Anyone recognize what these units might become?
If you were thinking the "Lozenges" (Quiltville 2014 leader/ender project), you are correct!

Over the last few days, I have been cutting 345 bricks in all sorts of colors, 688 black squares and 692 white squares.  This will make the perfect size twin size quilt!  The info on this size is below, just in case you would like to play along!

Twin Quilt Plan
69x90" Finished Quilt (without borders)
23 x15 (horiz x vert) block design
345 bricks (3.5x6.5")
688 black squares (2")
692 white square (2")

Heather

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March 4, 2014
Lazy Sunday from Peachy Pages

In 2013, Quiltmaker Magazine published a multi-issue quilt mystery entitled "Lazy Sunday."  The quilt is designed by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame who also writes the "Addicted To Scraps" articles.
After keeping up religiously all year with each and every mystery step, I packed up the completed top (prepared binding and pieced backing) to get ready for our impending move to Illinois.  
Lazy Sunday
Last week, I pulled Lazy Sunday out of the cabinet and decided it was time to get it quilted up.  I got it loaded up on the frame and discovered I did an extremely poor job ...

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February 27, 2014
Up Bright and Early! from The Modern Diary

SEW excited to get to Weight Watchers this morning and then to meet Becky and get on our sewing trip!  However, I wanted to post and tell you if you are a Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville fan you should join our facebook group!  Just started yesterday and well on our way to 4,000 quilters!  It is like an online guild--how fun is that?
Also, I see that Bonnie has announced the next leaders and enders challenge!  We will be making lozenges...so since I am up so early (for me) I am off to prep a few to bring with ...

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February 25, 2014
RSC14 - Pink! from Peachy Pages

Last year for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I chose to work on 3 different projects designed by Bonnie Hunter:  Wild Child, Bowdacious!, and 4-Patch Revisited.  Remember my Wild Child?  It was the only project from RSC13 that got completed at the end of the year because once the blocks were done, all I had to do was sew them together and add a couple of borders.  Actually, it got completed as my January UFO first thing this year!

Remember my Bowdacious!?  I'm still working on it, but...it should be done next month (I hope)!  At the end of ...

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February 13, 2014
Lest You Think I've Been Slacking..... from Scrap Basket

....Yeah, I know, I'm a terrible blogger. Lately I just don't seem to have any blogging mojo. Anyway, I thought I'd pop in and share a few of the latest projects I've been working on.

First up is Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery. I ended up enlarging mine to a 7x7 block setting to give me a larger quilt for our queen size bed. I still need to put the borders on this but I'm mulling over what I want to do. I'm not sure I want to go with Bonnie's design ...

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February 5, 2014
Working on Wednesday - Quilt Labels from Quilt Crazie

Yesterday I chatted about the importance of labeling our quilts HERE.  Let me be the first to say that I am not perfect at labeling my quilts.  My labels are attached to many quilts but not all of them.  Let me show you a few.  I started out mostly self-taught on labeling and continue to progress in my knowledge. 

Here is a label cut from a panel of labels that you can buy in your local quilt shop.  I wrote on it with a permanent fabric pen. 

This label is on the quilt front and in the center.  It was ...

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February 3, 2014
Squeaker Reclaiming his territory and Design Wall Monday from BedofRosesMQ

A couple of days ago I caught Lucy up on the cat tree. Until the last few weeks the only cat to climb the stand was Squeak. Then Lucy started sitting on the first perch. Then one day she was on the second one. A couple of days ago I looked up and she was on the top one just quietly enjoying herself.



Squeaker was in the sunroom for a time out. I wish I'd had my camera ready when he saw Lucy up on what he considers to be his Cat Tree. His face registered such disbelief.  He ...

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