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January 18, 2022
Hold Tite :: A Gift from Alamosa Quilter

 Here is the last handmade gift I received. Last, but certainly not least!

Hold Tite 1

It's called a Hold Tite. The link will take you to the free pattern.

Hold Tite 2

It's a holder for these SewTite notions. They are magnetic and the holder has metal inside for the magnets to stick to.

Hold Tite 3

As you can see, I have a nice collection of several styles of SewTites. They are great for holding small pieces (applique pieces and English paper piecing and probably other things too) instead of using pins or clips to hold things in place.

Hold Tite 4

And there is also a place ...

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January 14, 2022
A Couple Cute Gifts I Received from Alamosa Quilter

 My sewing friends are always so creative when it comes to gift giving! I got two adorable little items: a teeny-tiny pin cushion and an adorable needle book.

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The pin cushion is so stinkin' cute! The pin in it is a small applique pin. And it looks huge because the pin cushion is so small.

sewing gifts 2

She went to Harbor Freight and looked around to see what she could find that she could repurpose. This is a bolt screw cover less than 1" in diameter.

Someone else made me the needle book. Here is a close-up of the inside.

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I have ...

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January 6, 2022
Ringing in 2022! from QUilting By-You

Are you ready for the new year? It’s so symbolic – the ultimate chance for a new beginning and we are fortunate to have that chance. Let’s face it, after the last year or so, we could all use a new beginning.

How are you going to use yours? Do you make resolutions? Do you consider it just another day? Do you consider it an opportunity to try new things or break old habits?

I prefer to use it as an opportunity. For the last few years I took the time to create a UFO list (or rather lists ...

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December 10, 2021
In and Out–Busy Day from Quilts....etc.

Our weather has been such a roller coast – chilly for a couple days, then warm for a couple days, then cold – and on it goes most likely for the rest of the month.  So I sewed in the morning yesterday and worked outside in the afternoon – I believe we got up to […]

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October 18, 2021
Quilting and Sewing Room Refresh: 3 Easy Steps from A Quilting Life

Quilting and Sewing Room Refresh: 3 Easy Steps

Hello, friends! Today I’m super excited to share the results of some cleaning and organizing I’ve been doing in my sewing room over the past month or so. I’ve mentioned a few of my projects here and there on the blog and on YouTube. But I haven’t really gone into much detail about them. I […]

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September 9, 2021
Time to Tweak it a Little. from QUilting By-You

Hopefully we can now get back to our regularly scheduled posting habits!

We will certainly pick up where we left off with our Jacob’s Ladder blocks, but that will have to wait until next time. They are all sitting patiently waiting until it is their turn.

We also fell down a bit on UFO stuff. That’s okay too. I’m sure that we have all realized over the last year or so that sometimes life happens and we have to shift our priorities to take care of those things that are necessary. Hopefully you are all making UFO ...

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August 7, 2021
RSC21 Projects from Quilts....etc.

When I get busy with my Star Blocks for the RSC project that I am doing I tend to spread things out all over the place – especially with the design wall being occupied by all the finished star blocks.  Yesterday fabric was draped over the hand quilting frame and that is where I am […]

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June 14, 2021
Three ways to make your sewing space more efficient from The Crafty Quilter

When we remodeled our house in 2019, we turned one of the bedrooms into a new sewing room for me. I wanted to make it as efficient a space as possible. Today, I want to share a few features that I love and some ways you can incorporate those ideas inexpensively to your own sewing space.

Extension Tables

One of my favorite things was to add a pull-out (extension) table that is hidden inside a fake drawer. It’s located to the left of my sewing area and it’s incredibly handy to have that additional workspace so close to ...

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June 10, 2021
Summer Heat is Here from Quilts....etc.

Well when it gets to be 87 here and very humid I do very little outside but stay in the house.  I did walk down to the garden and inspect it in the morning – I really don’t know why I do that as day to day little changes but I guess I want to […]

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June 8, 2021
Purple Love Letters Block from Quilts....etc.

All the prepping is done – wonderful when you set your mind to it and get something done.   Of course I have never seen purple rose hips which these are supposed to be – rose hips I mean lol – but use your imagination.  Everything is now glue basted in place let the stitching begin. […]

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June 5, 2021
Working on Purple! from Quilts....etc.

Well I got the 36 patch blocks done and now the stars are done as well – on to the applique block.  This is what the quilting frame looks like when I am picking fabric – lol – maybe that is why I always have a quilt on the frame so I can use it […]

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June 2, 2021
Planning Your Quilting Room from The Cloth Parcel

Your sewing space doesn’t have to be big, but we think it does have to inspire you. Whether it’s a vase of fresh flowers for your kitchen table, a new line of fabric, or a colorful rotary cutter, find something that inspires you to bring your quilty dreams to life! Both of us have recently […]

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Boxes of Scraps from Quilts....etc.

When I found out that June was the month for purple I knew I didn’t have a lot to work with but I searched through my purple box and came up with some – not a lot – but some.  Then on Monday night while quilting I stopped for a moment to move my foot […]

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May 24, 2021
Sewing Room Organization: 5 Tips to Spring Clean from A Quilting Life

Sewing Room Organization: 5 Tips to Spring Clean featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! Now is a great time to focus on Sewing Room Organization, so I’m sharing my 5 Top Tips to Spring Clean Your Sewing Room. I always get a lot of sewing accomplished in the summer when it’s far too hot to go outside. With spring coming to an end and summer just around […]

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May 5, 2021
Sewing Room Layout Ideas: 5 Tips to Set up Your Sewing Space from A Quilting Life

Sewing Room Layout Ideas: 5 Tips to Set up Your Sewing Space

Hello, friends! Today I’m sharing all things sewing room layout ideas with 5 Tips to Set up Your Sewing Space and more ideas on Sewing Room Organization. This post was originally published in 2019, but I’ve updated it and added even more organization ideas since going through this process twice in less than a year. […]

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April 28, 2021
End of April from Pinkadot Quilts


I have been very bad about blogging. I was surprised to see it has been almost 3 months. Time is slipping away.

I went to our local Bernina dealer, Hinkletown Sewing to get a new foot for my machine. I saw this bag behind the counter and asked if I could have one. How cool is this!? I love how the handle for the bag is the handle for the machine.

I did a swap this spring with During Quiet Time with her book, Petals and Stems. The idea was to make a top and bottom but don't sew ...

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January 29, 2021
Morning Glory from Quilts....etc.

Quilting in the middle of Morning Glory is more interesting than quilting the borders but the straight lines in the border do add a lot to it.  But quilting in the middle goes slower for sure with all the applique pieces in it. I worked a little on Daisy Chain again – the red stands […]

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January 11, 2021
How are you doing? from QUilting By-You

How are your resolutions going? Are you finding it easier or harder to get into the swing of things this year?

I would like to say that I have dug right in to clean up my sewing room, but that hasn’t happened yet. The kids are getting ready to go back into school full time and my non shop days will no longer be spent supervising their education. That should give me some time to get back into my room, although I think first I would like to drink my morning coffee while it is still hot…..

Either way ...

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September 16, 2020
A Whole New Studio from Quilting Affection


For a long time, I wanted to give my sewing studio a facelift, so to speak. I have been wanting to paint and move furniture around so I can have a filming area for videotaping.

 So over the labor day weekend, with my husband's help, we began the process.  I started a couple days before packing and moving all my sewing supplies, fabric, and machines out.  We also started moving the furniture a couple days before, so I could shampoo the carpets.  

Saturday, we began the process by a trip to Home Depot and Lowes to get paint ...

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September 13, 2020
Sunday Stash September 13, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week.

I made a little progress on everything, but nothing is close to finished. I keep thinking I should work on fewer projects at once to complete them faster.

I also spent time cleaning up in the sewing room. Way too much stuff, plain and simple. The room is at capacity.

I am in awe of those of you that have used vast amount of stash this year, some over 100 yards. I don’t know how you do it, but keep up the great work!

I corrected my numbers from last week. I ...

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