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April 14, 2020
More Masks and "Favorite Fabrics" ~~ finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Do you know how good it feels to pick up a quilt top, quilt-bind-label it, and call it done? Yes? Great. I'm here to tell you it feels even better when said quilt top has been waiting, patiently, in a basket or bin or (gasp) plastic bag for longer than you care to remember. Oh yes! It's a wonderful thrill. I recommend it highly. My heart still does a little flip when I think of it. 

More on the quilt later. First let's get these masks out of the way. There are 15 in this picture, more ...

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April 5, 2020
Busy Making Masks from Quilting My Way

Today we were enjoying the morning. Then Patrick suggested we take a walk later today. I agreed. Then I went downstairs to work on a few things.

I ended up cutting backing and batting for QOV quilts - 2 because I was out of red for the 3rd one. Called Sharon and she reminded me that she had a bolt of red that she was holding for me. So, the next time I go up, I'll pick up the red and we'll be back on track. At this rate we will be going through the backing faster than usual ...

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March 30, 2020
Staying Home Has It's Advantages from Quilting My Way

Today I slept in. Lately that's easy to do, since I don't have any place to go.

I got some laundry going and then I sat to work on my beading. I was able to get 3 rows done today, before I got tired of working on it. While I was beading, my half square triangle sheets arrived.

So, I headed downstairs to get some half squares ready. I was able to set up about 6 different sets. I then went ahead and sewed 3 of them up. I cut them and then cut them apart. I have ...

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March 28, 2020
Raw Emotions At Times...I've Got This! from Quilting My Way

This morning I heated up the downstairs to try and get a few things done. Patrick got going with cleaning the glass in the dinning room cabinets. While he was doing that, I cleaned up the spoons that are part of the collection mom had while we were growing up.

I went downstairs and ironed the backing for the quilt I have down there ready to go to Bill. Bill has pneumonia right now, so it's not looking really good for him. I told everyone that we weren't to take any quilts to him when the Virus started ...

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March 13, 2020
Cancelled Quilting Tomorrow from Quilting My Way

This morning started out pretty good. Mom called around 10 am to let me know she was cancelling quilting tomorrow.

So, I went downstairs and thought I would work on some QOV stuff. I needed to clean up, but I wanted to check out what I had. Before I knew it, I was working on the variation 9 patch. I realized they are all 3" finished squares. I was able to make a few blocks with the fabric I already had cut. Next time I'll cut the fabrics I have in "pieces" and get them ready to add to ...

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January 18, 2020
Ruby Snippets ~~ first finish of 2020 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Yay! A finish and we're still in January! Of course, this is a top that I made last year, though I don't remember when, exactly. Anyway, I loaded it on the long-arm and away we went, despite the shoulder injury. 

We are getting the dreariest of weather this week, so going outside to take photos is not happening. That requires trekking through a mini-marsh of soggy grass and mud. These photos were taken inside on the living room floor while I stood on the coffee table, trying to avoid the ceiling fan. 

Ruby Snippets is made from scraps ...

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January 16, 2020
And now, looking forward from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I thought that while I'm thinking of what I'd like to accomplish this year, I'd take a look at what  I wanted to accomplish last year. And whether I managed to accomplish anything at all. Sometimes it seems that I did very little, but I know from this post yesterday that is not how 2019 went down. 

Back in January 2019 I wrote that I'd like to try to

  • continue cleaning and organizing the studio
  • finish the last piece in my Bipolar series
  • continue work on the cotton series
  • make a low-volume, neutral quilt for our ...

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January 10, 2020
Little finishes from Granny Maud's Girl

Before Christmas, I whipped up a handful of Lola zipper pouches to give away as Christmas and birthday presents.

I started with the intention of making two pouches with some sort of bird or cat print for a colleague, but while I was digging about in my stash, I decided to make a few more. I could have kept going – they always make great gifts – but I was trying to be realistic about how many I had time to make.

Lola pouches made with bird print

I even found coordinating tassels in my stash.

Until now, I had not made the smaller size in the Lola ...

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December 15, 2019
Enjoying Saturday from Quilting My Way

This morning I actually slept in later than I have in a long time. Poor Patrick went to sleep on the couch because of my snoring. Poor guy.

After breakfast and just sitting around, I decided to go downstairs and try to get some more work done on the quilt top for my friends grandson. I have a hard time sometimes working with scraps. I do try not to get the same print next to each other. So far, it seems to work. Then after a couple of hours working on it, I started to "over think" it.

Don't ...

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September 6, 2019
Courage Under Fire quilt for Pete from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

When someone a quilter knows is diagnosed with a serious illness, that quilter gets to work immediately to make a quilt to comfort them over the coming days, weeks, months and hopefully years.  That's exactly what I did for my husband's friend, fellow firefighter and coworker Pete when we heard the news early this year of his cancer diagnoses.  This is:

Courage Under Fire

This is the "before" quilting picture.  I created this entire quilt with leftover fire department fabric scraps from Jammer's To The Rescue quilt along with Kona Zen Gray for the sashing.
On the ...

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