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August 3, 2015
Bag embellishing from Tink Squared

Bag embellishing

Bag  number nine is finished.  By now, I’ve had a ton of private messages asking about how exactly I made the outer covers.  I wrote a construction tutorial, but simply stated to embellish a cover however you like, and gave dimensions for it.

I don’t care if you copy my embellishments to the letter, I truly don’t.  But I deliberately didn’t make the tutorial on that aspect as that part is what makes the bag yours, and it’s the most fun element of these!

I am a quilter, and so naturally that’s what I ...

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Where Do I Start? from Sew Diva Diane

Has it really been EIGHT MONTHS since I last blogged?  To my followers I am very sorry and I hope that you will find your way back here.

So much has happened since I last posted.  Good news is that Adrienne and Joe (and Leonard) move up here from Baltimore. Joe retired, Adrienne got a great job at Upstate, and Leonard is all ready for kindergarten.  I love having them just a half hour away.

The not so good new is we did not have a great spring.  Michael fell walking the dog at the end of March.  He broke ...

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August 2, 2015
ModeS Fabric Review ~ Reversable Tote/Crossbody Bag Tutorial from Tea Rose Home

Are you familiar with ModeS? They are an online shop selling cute stationery, fabrics, bags, accessories and more. If you are a big fan of Kawaii products from Japan, you will love to visit their website.

I was contacted by them to review their fabrics and I was more than happy to jump in and enjoy this opportunity. The fabrics I chose are grey Daisy Chain flower Canvas fabric Framework and coral red corners angle geo Canvas fabric Framework by Kokka. One day, I had a happy mail day...

The nice blend of 85% Cotton/ 15% Linen is perfect for ...

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Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along - Week 14 from Thistle and Thicket Studio

It's been a busy week of county fair activities and visiting with friends home for the festivities. Class reunions are held during the county fair every year, and this year my son was home for his 10 year class reunion also. (Boy, that makes a girl feel old!) All this adds up to very little time in the sewing room, but I did manage to get my Farm Girl Vintage blocks completed.

So, without further adieu, here are my blocks for this week....

Old Red Barn Block:

I had to change this one up and make it gray since ...

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Pat Sloan: Sunday Roundup... maybe a bit of Christmas in July? from Pat Sloan's Blog

What's July without a bit of Christmas in July cheer?   My good friend Sherri Falls has a FABULOUS book of Christmas Projects..let's take a look!


Sherri has the BEST designs, I'm a HUGE fan, plus she is a good friend and is as sweet as can be.  She crochets and knits too, what a super gal she is! 


The book has a range of projects from this table runner, with a stripe binding.. must have a stripe binding!


The adorable scotties on the tree skirt.. wow.. i want to make this one! 


And quilts that can ...

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Sweltering August Is Here from CollectInTexas Gal

Fairest of the months!
Ripe summer's queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.
Obviously R.C. Miller was not from Texas.  I'd have to rewrite a line or two or four to read...
Hottest of the months!!!
Blistering summer's queen
The dog-days of the year
With T-shirts soaked with sunny sheen
Sweltering August you are here.
Notice I didn't say 'Hankies' soaked with sunny sheen.  Even though I have plenty to use on hot summer days, they are not the sort to use ...

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August 1, 2015
July is done! from Ellyn's Place

Well you'd never know it from my blogging (or lack there-of!) but I had an incredibly productive July in the sewing room. When I checked my list (do you keep a list of finishes?) I had SEVENTEEN finished items for the month! Wow! Some of them I've shared with you here. Some you'll see down the road because they are gifts, swaps or pattern tests which cannot be revealed quite yet. Here are a few of my finishes:

I even managed to keep up with my calendar journal, something that has been hit or miss this year ...

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Answering the questions. from Jan's Quilts

I haven't been doing any sewing for the last week and a half, instead I've been busy with life.  Over at Sew Mama Sew they're asking sewist some questions, it's a contest.  I'm not in the contest, but I thought I'd answer the questions on my blog.  These are the questions, so far.

How Did You Learn to Sew?

I taught myself to sew when I was 8 years old, in 1952.  Our family of four lived in a small house, two bedrooms, one bath, living room and kitchen, 782 square feet, in Long ...

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Seamstresses in Fine Art from The Inbox jaunt

At the Beach Alfred  Victor Fournier (1872-1924) French Read more about Impressionism Impressionism

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Jumbo Half Square Triangle Baby Boy Quilt from Craftcore

This quilt was a baby shower present for my nephew Samuel. I chose pale green and denim shades of blue for the baby boy.  Half of the fabrics feature a car motif with traffic signals, stop signs, automobiles, and directional arrows.  My favourite fabric from this quilt is the dark blue star fabric which I used as the backing and the binding.

Craftcore | Sammy's Half Square Triangle Baby Boy Quilt

I created the quilt using jumbo half square triangle blocks cut out from 10″ squares.  I added a 3″ border around the edge of the entire quilt.  For the stitching. I quilted 1/4″ from all seams in ...

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July 31, 2015
Pat Sloan: Vacation Time in the Dog Days of summer, with a Twist! from Pat Sloan's Blog

It's the Dog Days of summer, August and guess what? I am giving you something to work on that is easy... with a twist!

2015 Aug Vacation Time Button

Woohooo! Salt Water Taffy!  This is actually the block for the Inner Border. I'm giving you this simple block that you can make for that space. you do neeed a few of them,  and you have plenty of time to do them!

Pat sloan saltwater taffy on deck chair

This is great mindless work for summer. I suggest  you cut out all the squares, then work on them at a pace that is nice and comfortable! 

When you go over to ...

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July Sewing Goal Achieved from Quilty Therapy

black, white and brights baby jacks quilt Success for July.  This has been a chaotic month full of projects and deadlines.  For the most part everything was completed and checked off the to do list.

Black, whites, and brights Baby Jacks quilt was hand delivered on Sunday to our cousins.  She was so happy and surprised.  I love this quilt and how it turned out.



The gray quilting was the right touch along with the yellow binding.  Sad to use the last fat quarter of that yellow fabric, it’s been with me since the start of my quilting journey.





For backing I chose a simple black ...

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RJR Supreme Cotton Fabrics Blog Hop! from 3and3quarters

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been having so much fun choosing, playing, cutting, stitching and just simply swooning over all of these beautiful Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics in preparation to join their RJR Supreme Cotton Fabric Blog Hop today!


As soon as I was asked to be a part of it, out came the quilting books and Pinterest searches as I dove straight into planning what I could do to show case as many of the beautiful colours in the range as I could! And once I clasped eyes on the Crown of Thorns block, I ...

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July 30, 2015
UFO Work on Vacation from caledonia quilter

OK, it's not really work.  Bad choice of words.  Thank goodness that's not how I make my living, or I might be fighting with Sadie over her dog food.  I'm on vacation, doing what I LIKE to do.
Jean and I spent the morning at the beach and (gasp) went swimming!  We came home, had a late lunch, and washed off the beach salt.  Jean got down to reading and I pulled out the Asian Batiks (from my Singapore niece Christmas 2013). Coincidently, they popped up as the UFO project for July/August, when she was actually ...

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Riley Blake Cottage Garden Challenge from Quilty Therapy

Riley Blake Cottage Garden Quilted Pillow

Thank you to the Modern Quilt Guild and Riley Blake for hosting this challenge.  The rules were simple:

  • Make something you’ve not done before
  • Be quilted

One technique I have stayed away from is EPP.  Maybe it was lack of patience, nervousness to try something new, or just general stuck in my zone of creating.

After receiving my fabrics an idea came to me, but struggled to find the Riley Blake fabric I wanted for the background.  While in Dubuque in March I walked into the Cotton Cabin and found a great fit.  If you look closely, you can ...

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I hate proving how fickle I am over and over… from Tink Squared

I hate proving how fickle I am over and over…

But it’s the sad truth.  Yesterday I was completely in love with the red tote bag.  Well I still am actually.  But then I finished this one early this morning, and now I love it best

All these bags are coming out of fabric from my stash, so I don’t always have the perfect choice of fabrics.  The dark purple trim in this bag, would have been lovely if I’d have had a deep coral, similar to the fabric on the sides.  But the purple works well enough, and I used a purple batik to cover the ...

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Pat Sloan: Roadtripping another Version from Pat Sloan's Blog

Here is another version of my road trip photos

This version has something about the photo. do you like this better than the slideshow HERE?

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The Start of A New Project! from Hayling Quilts!

La Passacaglia! Ta-da!

I love starting a new project. All that planning, all that preparation. And with La passacaglia, a project that screams at you to fussy cut, you just know you have to start with great fabrics. Don't get me wrong, you can start with whatever you have, whatever is in your fabric stash, someone's old cut up shirts, if you want, but for me, I really wanted to start with great colours and great patterns and most people in my family tend to wear plain neutrals, so i had to buy in some fabric to get ...

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The Friendship Quilt from Hobbies Up To Here

There is nothing like a fresh set of nicely matched fabrics all wrapped together in a pretty yellow ribbon. At least those were my thoughts when my mom brought home this beautiful kit for a quilt pattern called Friendship. She sent me a picture of it via text messages and I was a tiny bit envious of her new, shiny things.

To my surprise, she showed up yesterday with the set in hand and gave it to me as a gift! My dad had spied this quilt in the Orange Quilt Bee in Orange, CA and thought it was beautiful ...

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July 29, 2015
it's all good in the sewing department from Charm About You

Seems like having a deadline is working for me. I finished, quilted and bound my epp project. The reveal will be when my class is scheduled :)

I also finishing piecing another top for teaching, which I have now quilted in Aurifil 12wt. (with 50 wt. in the bobbin). I LOVE how this looks! I just have to finish burying all the threads, I use a self threading needle for that job and it makes it so easy.

As a reward for my progress I picked up my green tea and sweet beans and started on this basket block:

It's ...

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