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December 21, 2020
Finding Pleasures from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

 Good morning and welcome to the shortest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere) which means it's also the longest night of the year.  It's always a gray time of the year here in Northeast Ohio -- we crave sunshine as there's still a big hunk of winter weather ahead!?!  So today, I have few quick ideas to share that are helping me stay hopeful as we finish out this epic year.

First I want to call your attention to a thoughtful knitter from England who hit the nail on the head for me yesterday with her ...

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February 28, 2020
Simplicity Throw Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts


This week I finished a Simplicity quilt in Throw size, a super happy HST quilt in a variety of fabric collections.  This quilt pattern includes 5 sizes - Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  The HSTs are larger in the larger size quilts so they go together quicker.  I've done all the math for you, so you can grab your fabrics (even scraps!) and go!


I've had this extra-wide backing in my stash for quite some time, and now and again the perfect quilt comes along to match just right.  :)

And striped binding?  Yes, please!  Stripes make my favorite ...

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January 29, 2020
Keep It Simple Sweetie! Podcast #128 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I’m keeping things simple today! I realized this week that I was making many things way too complicated and I needed to give myself permission to simplify and just get the work done. Enjoy this topic in this week’s podcast:

Listen to the podcast or download it to your computer using this player:

Jump to this time stamp to get straight to the show: 24:56

**I’m really sorry about the weird audio stuff in this episode. This was a brand new mic and it had been working so well and then suddenly decided to go very ...

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January 10, 2020
simple shawl I can't get wrong? from Charm About You


My attempts at dressmaking are practically none existent, other than some very cute baby dresses made way back and the occasional make for my kids. Simple stuff but simple is a good place to start isn't it? Patterns terrify me and for a long, long, long time I have wanted to make my own clothes. I'm saying this knowing I have said it before but maybe this will be the year. 

This is perhaps the simplest make ever because I cheated. I used this knit jersey from The Textile Centre

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