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October 1, 2014
Sewing Project / Linen Black Vest from Tea Rose Home

I know this is not such an extraordinary project, but I have been wanting to make a simple black vest like this for years. Besides Audrey Hepburn, my other fashion icon is Diane Keaton. Many years ago(I think I was in Jr. high) I watched Annie Hall. I enjoyed the movie, but above all, I was in love with what Diane was wearing and how she was wearing it. It was very different than Audrey's signature feminine style, but the style I saw in the movie left a strong impression...

I don't know why I just didn ...

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Around the World Blog Hop aka #myblogfriends from TwynMawrMom

Hey! Susan @ The Bored Zombie nominated me in this fun little trip. She changed the rules a bit so we could all just enjoy each other, as was the original intent of the "Blog Hop Around the World." She had me at "Futurama Quilt."

Rather than answering several questions about the creative process and what I'm working on,  I'm showing a work in progress (we call it: WIP, or UFO un-finished object) in the quilt/sewing/blog world. I don't really remember which world I belong to anymore.

And I'm happy to nominate blogger friends whom ...

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World Wide Blog Hop from Ellyn's Place

My friend Chantal nominated me to share with you in the World Wide blog hop. It's been so much fun reading everyone's posts and learning more about them. Even though I know Chantal (for real!) I learned some new things about her reading her post here. You really should go check out her awesome blog! So many beautiful quilting projects, lots of pretty crochet.... she inspires me all the time! 

Meanwhile, here are my answers to the questions for the blog hop.....

1.  What am I working on?

oh so many things! I'm playing with ideas for ...

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September 30, 2014
Pat Sloan: Wendy Sheppard, Bruce Magidson and Jacquelynne Steves chat with Pat from Pat Sloan's Blog

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American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast Wendy Sheppard Sept 2014

Wendy Sheppard is the designer at Ivory Springs. You have seen her clever and beautiful designs in magazines, showcasing fabric lines for fabric companies and in her own patterns. Now she has a wonderful book called 'Recreating Antique Quilts'. Our shared love of using antiques for inspiration is one of the things we'll explore today!

Free pattern -

American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast Bruce Magidson Sept 2014

Diane and Bruce Magidson co-founded SewBatik in 2004, and we have never been the same ...

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Round 11 “Holiday Theme” Fussy Square Block Swap from What the Bobbin?

Round 11 Holiday Theme FSBS


The Fussy Square Block Swap – Round 11 “Holiday” theme is now open for sign-ups over on Flickr. You can find the paper pieced pattern for a 4″ block here or here. Ideally, I would like to have a minimum of 12 people sign up for the swap. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about the swap.

Now for the swap guidelines:

1. All swap participants must sign-up via Flickr. Sign-ups are open until October 10, 2014 .

2. All blocks must be 4 inch blocks made from the paper pieced pattern provided (the pattern is 4.5 ...

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September 29, 2014
Pat Sloan: Random NY photos from Pat Sloan's Blog

Here are some Random NY photos from the last few days! I was teaching at 'Quilting around Chautauqua'  ... and I had a chance to meet a LOT of you!

pat sloan quilting sisters building

This event is workshops, vendors and a quilt show spread all around the Chautauqua Institute grounds. This totally adorable building is a set of rooms form the 'Sisters'.  Two ladies who have been sharing their quilts and friends quilts in adorable room settings.

pat sloan and sue papalia

Imagine my surprise when I walked in to find a whole room by my friend Sue Papalia!! Her theme was 'Somewhere over the Rainbow'.. adorable .. i love The ...

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help needed and a winner from Charm About You

My friend's daughter just got her first sewing machine and I think I'm nearly as excited as she is! She's 8 and looking to make some fun things. I've decided to make her a folder with patterns she might like - could anyone suggest free tutorials that I could print out to give her? Simple but cute, no idea what I'm looking for but if you have any ideas or links please put them in the comments! Thank you :)

Now on to the winner of the £100 Wayfair gift certificate...

Congratulations Amy, I've sent you ...

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hoppity-hoppity from block-a-day

Well!  You’ll need to settle down with a lovely cup of something to read this one!  The lovely and creative Rebecca of Needle and Spindle asked me to participate in this little bloggity hop, where we get to ramble on about the whole creative process as it fits into our lives.  It’s taken me hours to collect all these thoughts and put them down in some kind of order, but I do hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did thinking about it, and perhaps it will add a little light to the creative chaos that ...

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Quilting in Color from Patchwork Posse

When it comes to hand quilting or embroidery work on quilts a lot of us tend to revert back to the traditional color of— white.

quilting in color | patchworkposse #quilting101

I am not a big hand quilter {unless it is small and stitchable within like a few hours} but I do like color and appreciate it when others step out of the traditional box and do their own thing.

Putting together the colors of the fabric are hard enough for me!  I do like buying things in bundles so there is no thought about– do they match? Too many patterns?

When it comes to thread ...

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September 28, 2014
studio play from April Sewing Journal


Slowly making progress in setting up my studio. I got the design panels up on my walls. It is really nice to look at projects as they grow.


Filed under: sewing

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The Perfect Day from Nostalgic Cafe

In your pajamas, preferably. I made it until 10 am Saturday in pj's, and then Bones decided he needed to go outside. I was up early and dressed today, but I'm hoping to nap later when the rain starts.

My perfect day also includes cooking. I made this Panzanella salad using an old baguette. I never thought I would like this salad because I thought the bread would get mushy and fall apart, but since you toast it, it holds its shape and texture. Yummo!

Since the baguette went stale, I baked a loaf of bread for dinner ...

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Pat Sloan: Featured Friend Sherri Falls from Pat Sloan's Blog

Sherri Falls of is so incredibly talented. Her quilt patterns speak to a wide variety of quiltmakers. PLUS she is the nicest and kindest friend on earth.  I sure wish we lived closer to each other!

 Listen to my chat with Sherri on 4/30/12 and 7/4/11 CLICK HERE

Pat sloan and sherri falls

I always have to find Sherri at the shows for a BIG HUG!! And to see all the super duper cute things she has designed.  I cant get enough of her!

Sew Happy Cover WEB

I love this quilt because it reminds me of playing with home made dolly clothes ...

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September 27, 2014
Grouchy Kitty a la Rory-Roo from What the Bobbin?

Rory 1


The grouchy kitty pattern by Sew What Sherlock has been on my to-do list for ages. I finally made a couple up. One for the #kittyminiquiltswap and one for myself. This one is an homage to my fluffy grumpy-pants Rory.  Doesn’t he look sufficiently displeased? haha


Rory 2

He looks so grouchy being quilted up too!


rory 4

I’m never sure how to quilt up pillows for some reason. I was going to to do a grid but I ended up liking the texture of the evenly spaced straight lines instead.


rory 6

My favorite part? The grumpy face done up in some decidedly ...

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#verycherryswap from Swink Girl Quilts

I recently participated in the #verycherryswap on instagram. The partners were not secret so Trisha and I had a lot of fun sneak peaks at what we've been making for each other over the last few weeks.

Here's the quilted tote bag I made for Trisha. I also made a lanyard and a drink koozie (which I forgot to photograph). I tossed in some nail polish, lip gloss, chapstic, and fabric scraps to round out the package.

This tote bag is fully reversible! In this picture the top is folded down so you can see the very cherry ...

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Anne’s First Day of Pre-K from sewbittersweetdesigns

So this was actually 2 full weeks ago and I’m just kind of behind on blogging and photo editing.  Anne is in Pre-K this year, I’m so not ready for Kindergarten, but I guess it doesn’t matter what I’m ready for, it is right around the corner and I better get on board!

Anne picked out the dress pattern and fabrics that we used to make her dress this year. We were at Fabric Depot in Portland and she had so much fun picking everything out. The crazy thing is that with all the fabrics available ...

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Plus Quilt 1 from What the Bobbin?

Plus 1


Fancy is hard at work since coming home from the spa. It’s great to start getting some quilts finished!


plus 2


Even better? I used all stash for this plus quilt. Go me!


plus 3


This is the first time I tried glue basting the binding on a large quilt.


plus 4


The glue basting didn’t go so well. See all those wonder clips? Those are spots that I failed to catch the binding on the back. Arggh!


plus 5

Yay for a finish!


plus 6

I got pretty scrappy with the back. I couldn’t justify buying backing fabric when I have a large stash. So, it ...

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Pet Stockings and Cat-astrophic Cat Event from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center

If you live in the St Joe County Indiana area, please come to our second annual Cat-astrophic Cat Event at the St Joe County Humane Society, 2506 Grape Road, in Mishawaka.  I’m just sure someone special is waiting there for you!2014-06-19 17.50.55On October 4, 12-5:30 pm, cat adoption fees will be waived to help find furever homes for sweethearts like our beautiful Cagney above.

All of the 500+ cats are spayed or neutered, tested for feline leukemia,  current on vaccinations, and microchipped.  Dick and I have adopted cats and kittens from the Humane Society several times over the ...

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Love Panel our Sept 26 Flare Fabrics Giveaway from Flare Fabrics

Our September 26, #FlareFabricsTGIF giveaway is a bright and lively LOVE panel from Robert Kaufman that brings a smile to my face everytime I see it. And who doesn’t need a bit of love in their life?

Sept 26FlareFabricsTGIFIt’s a beautiful weekend in Toronto – an Indian summer and this whimsical fabric seems appropriate for the weather we’re having.

To enter our giveaway below, post a comment below and tell us what you’d make with this fabric. We’ll announce the winner Monday. You can also head over to our Facebook page and Twitter for more chances to ...

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September 26, 2014
The Blues have it!!! from Sisboom

You all are just the coolest ever.  I posted this photo on facebook and asked which one you liked better and after 250 comments we saw that you are unmistakeably leaning towards blue.  For those who chose the one with more yellow I promise you will see it in a future color story!!! Your compassion your love of fabric did not go unnoticed and I love you for that.  Thanks for always loving what we do and making our hearts sing!!!Mint

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Monogrammed Receiving Blankets from Pebble Creek Arts



I haven’t posted at all lately. I got a new job, we bought a new house, built a new privacy fence, moved and got the old house ready to put on the market. My father-in-law came to help build the fence and some other projects. My mother-in-law helped with the fence, clean at the new house and unpack. My mother came and helped clean the old house and unpack. We have been super-busy around here and have had some wonderful guests staying with us. I have only just recently felt like things were getting back to normal. I will ...

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