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December 22, 2020
Rainbows in the pines from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone, and happy week before Christmas! Are you feeling very merry? Thanks for all of the great holiday stories on the blog hop on my last post! I really enjoyed putting my feet up and reading about your families. After the year that we have had, no one could blame us for just sitting around eating cookies, drinking something warm, and telling happy stories for the next couple of weeks, could they?

Down in the sewing room, I have finished another repurposed project, just in time for a some nice photos in the snow. Yahoo! Here is the Rainbow ...

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December 12, 2020
Small but satisfying from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone, and happy weekend! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, except for the fact that today it was 55 degrees outside. I feel like I could make do without snow, though, as long as there are plenty of Christmas cookies, and maybe a small bit of mulled wine. Our tree is up and decorated and there are even a couple of presents. Wait, how did those get there? And are they for me?

Back in the sewing room, which is decorated with various fabric scraps and snippets in festive piles on the floor, the ...

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November 28, 2020
Strung from the trees from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone, and happy after-Thanksgiving! I hope you are having a really restful weekend following what was, for us, a very strange holiday. It was just us here, which was very, very different from what we usually have. I actually did my first 5K the first thing in the morning (see sweaty picture at the bottom of this post), then relaxed and cooked a small dinner for the two of us.We had turkey thighs (which are incredibly inexpensive), potatoes, gravy, and Zoomed with the family, and somehow we polished off a whole pie. I have no idea how that ...

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September 26, 2020
Red stars and a basket too from The Academic Quilter

 Hello everyone, and happy weekend! Yesterday, I finally parked in my new garage! It doesn't have any doors yet, and the walls still aren't drywalled, and the siding isn't here yet, but I parked in it nonetheless. Yay! For those of you keeping track, the timeline is too depressing to contemplate, but it should definitely absolutely be done before it snows. Or spring, either way.

This week I finally caught up on my RSC projects for September. Once again, I am thanking my lucky stars that I chose these super easy Ohio Stars for the RSC this ...

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August 12, 2020
Purple daze from The Academic Quilter

 Hello everyone! I hope you're all having a good day. It's hot and rainy again today, and I'm getting a little tired of it. One of my brothers lives in California and my mom used to say that it was "boring" there because the weather was the same every day. I don't think I would be bored by sunshine every day, but the heat and rain is getting a little tiresome. I couldn't go walking this morning because it was 73 degrees at 6:30 am, with 94% humidity, and it was just too much ...

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August 7, 2020
Dipping my toes into purple from My Sewing Room


I stopped at The Pin Cushion to pick up my last Saturday Sampler block pattern the other day, and just had to browse.  A little retail therapy is always good, right?  One of the things that caught my eye and came home with me was a purple fat quarter.  

This month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge color is purple so I guess it was on my mind. But this yummy batik is such a pretty color - more orchid rather than a deep saturated purple.  I had to have it.  And it made a gorgeous Ohio Star block to add to the ...

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July 25, 2020
My world is blue from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone, and happy weekend! I hope you have had a good week. I have discovered this week that the ragweed has started blooming around here, which seems a bit early, but it is definitely blooming nonetheless. How do I know? Well, I could tell you about the massive headaches and swollen eyes, but that would just be a downer, so let's just say that I can feel it. And we're not quite to August yet, which means that I had better stock up on allergy meds. I do not think the first freeze is coming to kill ...

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July 11, 2020
Mixed blues from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone, and happy Saturday!  I hope you're all doing well. Is is just absolutely sweltering near you? It is so incredibly warm here right now, and humid as all get out, and it looks like we're about to have . . .a tropical storm? What? Yeah, I don't know either. I just know it's slowing down my renovations yet again.

Today I just have a very short post to show this little bit of progress for the rainbow scrap challenge this year. This month's color is dark blue, and here's my progress so far:

A ...

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June 20, 2020
In the pink from The Academic Quilter

Good morning everyone! Today's post is brought to you by the letter D, for damp, and B, for boom. Actually, boom! boom! boom! accompanied by very bright flashes and then, very excitingly, a fire. All of which added up to no power all night. Yeah, no fun.

I think you can guess what happened. We had some pretty strong storms, and it was apparently too much for the electrical infratructure. Or maybe something got struck by lightning. Who knows? All I know is that more than one transformer blew, and one caught fire for a brief time. It was ...

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June 13, 2020
Beads quilt layout options from My Sewing Room

So far I've tried a couple of different layout options for the bead blocks.  I'm glad I made the extra pink and yellow blocks for this one. 

If choose this layout I'll need to cut the corner setting triangles 2 different sizes.  Luckily I have plenty of the background left to do that.  For the purpose of the photo I've just used the extra side setting triangles to see how it looked.

The other layout option is long and narrow.  It looks OK too, even though I didn't lay any corner triangles out before taking ...

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June 12, 2020
RSC20 - Beads from My Sewing Room

After making 5 of the 7 pink bead blocks I just had to look into the charm packs I'm using and see what is left to use.  There are 2 pink charm, 2 yellow charms, and 2 red charms left in the packs.  And then there are a bunch of multi-colored charms that read very light. I'm not so sure those will have enough contrast with the white backgrounds.  

With 21 completed blocks, it was time to lay them out and see what I actually have.  On a side note, the 2 darker blue blocks were not from ...

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Colorful trio from The Academic Quilter

Hello everyone! How are you all doing? Hanging in there?  I ventured out into the previously-closed world once this week, and it was odd.  There are a lot of empty shelves at Target, folks.  Thankfully, Mr. Academic Quilter now has a replenished supply of essential snacks, so it looks like we may be good for a while. I did go to a farmer's market, too, which was a very happy experience. Tomatoes that taste like tomatoes!

I also made my way to the sewing room a few times. I may have finally gotten all of the fabric that I ...

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May 27, 2020
On the way back from The Academic Quilter

Hello everyone! How is life going for you? For me, some of the burnout from the past couple of months of overwork has begun to ease, and I'm finally starting to feel normal again. An uneasy normal, but much more like myself. I was in the sewing room cleaning some things up this weekend, and I sat down and sewed and actually enjoyed it. I'm definitely on my way back!

I am so behind on all my projects, and on answering comments (sorry folks. I do really appreciate you!) and on many other things in my life as ...

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May 1, 2020
A tiny bright spot from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone, and welcome to May! Did someone check to be sure April really left? Because that was one month that really seemed to last forever. I think we can all be glad that it's gone. You know what else should be gone? Neighbors outside in their bathrobes. Yoga pants, people! It's like jammies, but for grownups. And you can wear them outside without scandalizing the neighbors.

Okay, well. Amazingly, I have a finish today! What? Yes, I finished something and just put the last stitches in the binding last night. That binding was another thing that seemed ...

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April 22, 2020
Mindless but colorful from The Academic Quilter

Hello friends! Where did today go? Last night I went to write this post but had nothing but trouble with the Internet. It was in and out and wouldn't take any picture uploads. Somehow it never does that when I'm trying to teach. (Thank goodness!) So, I thought I would write it this morning, but I started working and all of a sudden it was 5 pm. I have no idea how that happens!

I have to start with a bit of happy news in the midst of the crisis we're all enduring-- we have a new ...

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April 1, 2020
Leftovers transformed from The Academic Quilter

Hello all! I hope you all are doing well and staying healthy. It's weird and stressful out there! We are now under a "stay at home" order, so we are staying home and making the best of it. I even cooked! Not brownies, actual food! So you know just how weird it really is right now.

It's weird and stressful out there, but in here we have fun and interesting fabrics, cool projects, and happiness. And orange. Today we have some oranges that were left over from the last month.  I've been working like crazy, and sometimes ...

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February 29, 2020
Leaping over orange from The Academic Quilter

Hello all, and happy leap day! I know why we get an extra day in February every four years, but wouldn't you all rather have an extra day in June? We had a minor snow squall here today, so I'm going with yes on June 31 instead of February 29.

There is a *lot* going on in my life right now. I mean, a LOT.  We went to my grandson's 4th birthday party and got to see all the grandkids, and as soon as we got home we both got hit with the worst colds ever, the ...

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February 19, 2020
A short dispatch from The Academic Quilter

Hi all! I'm waving wildly over here, from the significant mess that is my life right now. After six months of living in this house, it is finally time to banish the brown and gray, and I could not be happier, even though it has made a real mess around here. For those of you who don't remember, or maybe I never said, every room in our new place in Maryland is painted either brown or gray, with gray floors. Yeah, not great, and seriously depressing. But now it's being painted over in some lovely, happier colors ...

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February 18, 2020
Time to sew - finally from My Sewing Room

There were more choices in orange than I originally thought, but I had to dig deeply to find them.  

I was gone last week from Monday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, so there wasn't any time at all for sewing.  Training and "annual" staff meetings were on the calendar, followed by the annual employee party on Saturday night.  The party was pizza and bowling, and staff was encouraged to bring their family.  Our kids and grand-kids came and had some fun.  But I was going through a bit of withdrawal from sewing. 

So - it was extra nice to have Monday ...

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February 8, 2020
Ohio in orange from The Academic Quilter

Hi all, and welcome to the weekend! Lately it seems that I have just as much work to do on the weekend as during the week, but at least I get to do it in yoga pants. Good news for the day-- we sold the tragic vehicle that became a doorstop! I was sad to see it go, but now I'm just happy that we got something out of it. I really liked it, and it just seems weird that it went so fast. So now the search is on for a new (used) vehicle, a process I find ...

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