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March 13, 2018
Tuesday Archives # 187: Rainbows from Val's Quilting Studio

Hello! Hello! and Happy Tuesday Archives! 
The linky party that let's you rejuvinate OLD blogging posts.
Val's Quilting Studio
If you are new to our linky, click over the here to read the details about this fun, weekly linky party. (You can also check out all our past Tuesday Archives themes by clicking right here.)

This week's theme is: "Rainbows!"

This Rainbow of Hexagons is one of my favorites made and as I skim back through my archives this week, I'm surprised to realize that it's been three years ago since I made it for Sarah's Annual Hands ...

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March 6, 2018
More Mushrooms and the Medieval Attitude Toward Cats from Bayou Quilts

More mushrooms in progress.  Which means that I've been watching more Netflix.

I've altered patterns multiple times, experimenting with various sizes and shapes.
Many don't work very well, and some are quite fiddly because they are so mall. Nevertheless, I've enjoyed the process and have several more ideas to try. :)

 I recently finished a novel by Minette Walters called The Last Hours.  Although Walters is best known for her dark, psychological crime novels, The Last Hours is a historical novel set in 1348 during the first onset of the plague.  Like many others, I've always ...

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February 4, 2018
Catching up on Books and Movies with a giveaway from From My Carolina Home

It has been a while since I talked about the books I’m reading and movies to recommend.  For those getting my posts via email, you might not know that I link my Goodreads reviews on the sidebar so you can see my latest reviews.  I like to read a variety of books, lately becoming bored with murder mysteries though, so I am reading more general fiction.  I have a giveaway today too, so here we go!  Affiliate links are provided to all the books, just click on the titles.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – A compelling and thought provoking ...

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February 2, 2018
Blue Moon, Books, Mail Art from Bayou Quilts

Blue Moon Eclipse
About 5:00 this morning, the blue moon was still bright and full, and I watched until it gradually dropped in the sky and the house behind us blocked the view.  My husband was about to leave for work and offered to drive me (still in pj's) to where we could see it from the boulevard.  We watched part of the eclipse from there.  We stayed for a while, watching the shadow cover the huge moon, but he had to leave so he brought me home before it was finished.  I was satisfied.  I didn't ...

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January 19, 2018
» Bayou Quilts


In the aftermath of Christmas and New Year's, when I'd almost recovered from all of the activities and was ready to fall back into my usual quiet routine.  I had plans and energy still going, and was ready for a new direction...but then I fell victim to the same thing other family members have had.  Unlike Amelia and Fee, I didn't feel terrible (so grateful), but fatigue, inability to concentrate, headache.  Sleeping.  A lot.  Thank Goodness, it wasn't the flu.  This has been a terrible year for the flu--really epidemic proportions.  

On Tuesday, we actually ...

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January 15, 2018
Philippians 4:11. Covered In Love. 2018 Library Love Challenge. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 4:11

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  

To be content whatever the circumstances?  Think of Paul's life:  
lost at sea
under constant threat
(2 Cor. 11:16-30)
Yet, he learned to be content in 
As we journey into 2018, can we 
seek at least 30 seconds of contentment every day?
Sometimes, even this can be so difficult to do as we are buffeted by life.
Maybe, just maybe, if we can achieve this goal every day for ...

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January 8, 2018
My Reading List from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

How do you define an “avid” reader? Because I tend to hang out on planes and in hotel rooms, I always have a few books on the Kindle (which, thanks to the free Kindle apps, I can read on my phone and IPad as well as that handy little e-reader) and maybe a physical book in hand. When I’m home, I tend to go the other way – more books, less electronics. I always have several in progress as well as in the queue and as an average read between 10 and 20 books each month, more when travelling, less ...

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January 4, 2018
2018 Reading Goals from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

I love to read! I love audio books! I love using Goodreads to track my books because there have been times when I have gotten halfway through a book and realized that it was oddly familiar because I had already read it. This page has gotten me past that. Goodreads has yearly challenges on their site. You enter how many books you would like to read in the year and the site will periodically give

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January 2, 2018
The Need to CREATE in 2018! from Val's Quilting Studio

Happy Happy New Year! WOW! 2018!
Boy this time of year finds many of us reflecting and taking inventory of many areas of our lives.
I have found myself doing the very same thing and came to realize that I have not kept an 
"idea/sketch" journal since 2015! I don't even know how that happened...but it did.

Yet, like many of you I'm sure, tons of  unmanifested ideas are always floating around in my little head. I have also found myself  more often than not, wanting to add more originality to my quilts and sewing. So ...

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December 30, 2017
A Quick Recap of 2017 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

AHIQWhile reading some of my favorite blogs, I naturally stopped over at Kaja's Sew Slowly and Ann's Fret Not Yourself where I was reminded that it's time for AHIQ. I shared a post to Kaja and Ann's linky party since the last two things I created are both improv pieces. 

Kaja posted a recap of her quilting for the year, and I thought it such a good idea that I decided to do something like it. 2017 must have been my year of small things. I made ten quilts total: almost all are small. The few ...

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December 5, 2017
Reading or Sewing? from Quilting Solutions

I love my sewing magazines.  They are a source of information, ideas and colorful pictures of other peoples' art.  I get three that lean mostly toward art quilting where I get to see what the supremely talented sewers are creating.  They are my creative stimulation.  I also get some other magazines that provide intellectual stimulation. "Archeology" has many designs from ancient cultures as will as great articles about them.  Mosaics are just quilts in stone.   Love them all.

Unfortunately I don't have room to store them and I have found that when I keep the whole magazine I never ...

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November 12, 2017
Circular Anomaly on the Last Day of Class from Fret Not Yourself

One of the problems with taking a class {or attending a retreat} is which fabrics to take. And how much of each. I'm not sure which bothers me more: running out or "wasting" fabric by pre-cutting the wrong amount. In consequence I bring laundry baskets of fabric. But this time especially I'm determined to try something different.

Deciding a little waste beats a lot of fabric hauling, I precut both the reds and the blues into squares. It was only during the class I determined to fuse the foreground. {It's not my favorite method but makes the ...

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November 10, 2017
More Mail from Bayou Quilts


Another one of the Royal Mail's wonderful stamps!
From Anna, a nice fat letter :)

Here's a larger version of the stamp 

And here is an article about the last Royal Mail Coach--

"... the coach really made its mark during a little-known but extraordinary incident
 involving a runaway lion in the English countryside in 1816."

We had a coach stamp, too, a wild west stage coach,
and things were a little less formal.

and from Penne, a Janis Joplin stamp!
"We don't forgive people because they deserve it.
We forgive them because they need it--because we ...

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November 6, 2017
This and That from Bayou Quilts

Outgoing Mail

outgoing postcards

I think this is the last postcard based on Jacki Long's 
collaged faces I made a while back.  
They were such fun, and I should make some more.

About a month ago, I sewed (not very neatly) some stamps onto cardstock cut to 4 x 6 postcard size. At the time, I intended to do more with the above postcard, but out of sight, out of mind.  On Saturday, I wanted to post a note to someone and pulled it out, wrote the note, addressed and stamped it in a hurry to get it in ...

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October 27, 2017
Personal Library / Readers' Circle Post 13 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Writing about your personal library may seem difficult, but there's are reasons for the books you've chosen to bring into your life. That's how I think of my library--as part of my life. Very likely that's because I read daily. Yes, daily. Even if I'm busy. Or there are things going that overwhelm me. There's going to be some reading in the chaos.

Now when I say library, I mean literally (in my case) a library of books--mostly hard back. I don't do the e-book thing yet. I don't need to since ...

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October 23, 2017
Catch-Up (Crafting, Baking, Reading and Watching) from Samelia's Mum

It's been a little while since I wrote one of these catch-up posts. With Instagram and Facebook, I find that I'm sharing the everyday stuff on those platforms, and neglecting my little old blog. If only our days had more hours... and if only our hours and more minutes...

The kids have been so busy this past few months with school production rehearsals (even in the school holidays) and then finally the production was last weekend. It was lovely to see them so enthusiastic about it and really get into their character. There's now talk that they ...

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October 10, 2017
Philippians 4:8 Part 3.. Chili Contest Anyone? Covered in Love Progress. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 4:8 Part 3
Part 1  Part 2

This verse remains in my heart.  Paul is making some serious assumptions about what is true.  After all, we all have different truths, right?  Believing lies about ourselves have become our truth.  Aha!  But, we can find truth in God's Word.  You see, Paul is doing what he always does - pointing us to God.  We should be thinking on God's Word, HIS truth.
So, I've taken some of the verses from Part 2 and went from this:

to this: 

 During a sermon, Pastor said it ...

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October 7, 2017
Laughter Is the Best Medicine from Bayou Quilts

Events in the 6-8 weeks have been depressing, and like many others, I have been unsettled and feeling a combination of sadness and anxiety.  Looking for things that make me laugh has become important.  

This funny twitter battle between staff at the Science and Natural History Museums in London was clever and funny.

On a weekend trip to Natchez, Mississippi, this sign made me feel better about my meal.  

And among the beautiful old buildings downtown and the lovely Victorian homes and cottages, the sight of this house...  :)

What else raises my spirits?

Incoming Mail:
from Penny B.  :)
 from Jacque ...

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July 16, 2017
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman from Sew French

★★★★★ This unique culinary history of America offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how we eat. The United States boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population which makes for … Continue reading

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August 7, 2016
Running Out of Blue! from Hayling Quilts!

You know that saying that you can't have too much fabric? Well, it's true. Despite me having a large (ish) case of fabric in all colours, I seem to have run out of blue fabric!

Is this possible? Yes. Because it has to be a specific blue, with a small print pattern that won't clash with what I've already got or used. And considering blue is one of my preferred colours, I'm amazed to find that when I searched through my stash, I only had four different types of blue.


So, unfortunately (hah!) I ...

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