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June 21, 2020
A Quilt for the Graduate from Heart Desire Creations

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This just doesn’t seem possible – my great niece has graduated high school! She is such a sweet, lovely and talented young lady so I wanted to commemorate this great occasion with a quilt (what else?!) AND…another work in progress completed!

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The weather hasn’t exactly cooperated for pictures lately.  Lots of rain and then major sunshine.  This was my only window to take a pic, although a little too sunny. The closeup shows the colors a little better and the pretty quilt pattern the long armer used.

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I do wish all the success and happiness to this fine ...

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May 20, 2020
Playing with Projects and a Flimsy from Indigo Threads

Well, I finally have a "first finish"!  This quilt top is now a flimsy. This is the Rail Fence pattern from Sujata Shah's book "Cultural Fusion Quilts".

Rail Fence quilt
56 inches square
I started this quilt way back in April of 2016.   You can read about it here.  This project got put on the back burner a few times since 2016, but I finally decided it's time was now and got it put together.  The i-sew-lation is at least good for getting some projects done.  I am very happy to get it to this stage.

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April 10, 2020
Fitful Friday from Humble Quilts

I'm feel like I'm fitful~ "active or occurring spasmodically or intermittently; not regular or steady."

Nothing is as it should be and it makes me so sad! 
I've slowly started to do a little decorating for spring, but most of that is on this weekend's agenda. 

This liberated basket quilt brings me a smile and reminds me of May Day. 

This is one of my older quilts designed by Country Threads.
And then here is my 4 block version of the Spencer Museum Quilt, pattern by Jan Patek.



Slowly spring is showing her face in little ...

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April 9, 2020
Planting from From the Strawberry Patch...

When the days run together in endless succession and the news isn't always good, there's something inherently therapeutic about digging in the dirt! This morning I made up a bunch of my own potting mix from a blend of garden soil, peat moss and vermiculite and set my sights on getting annuals potted up for the porches and patio. I felt so good to take control of outside beautification through

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Planting from From the Strawberry Patch...

When the days run together in endless succession and the news isn't always good, there's something inherently therapeutic about digging in the dirt! This morning I made up a bunch of my own potting mix from a blend of garden soil, peat moss and vermiculite and set my sights on getting annuals potted up for the porches and patio. I felt so good to take control of outside beautification through

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April 6, 2020
Springtime Tablescapes for Two from From My Carolina Home

Staying at home means making more meals in the kitchen and on the grill.  Setting a pretty table helps raise spirits, and eating outside is a nice change as the weather gets warmer.  So, I set a lovely but simple table to enjoy a warm evening.  My Sweet Babboo grilled some pork chops and we had a delicious dinner enjoying the scenery.

Spring Al Fresco Table at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Using a spring green and bright yellow theme, I put yellow napkins in clear rings, and set the table with everyday flatware.

Spring Al Fresco Table at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I found these covers at the thrift store some years ago and they are great to ...

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Lots Going On from Heart Desire Creations

Like everyone else, I have extra time at home because we are truly isolating.  This has led to accomplishments! First, I cut ALL my scraps.  Yowza! It was a lot!! Below are just the 1 1/2″ strips.

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Then, I completed ten face masks. There’s a thread out there that we may be required to wear them out soon, so I made one for each of my family.  I plan to make more for family, friends and neighbors. Honestly, I found these somewhat tedious to make, but also important to do. I did have a couple of 1,000 ...

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March 31, 2020
New York City During the Pandemic from Where Art & Life Meet

New York City has now earned the dubious distinction of being the epicenter of the pandemic. I know 6 people whose doctor’s believe they are sick with COVID19, though without the ability to test anyone unless they are incapable of breathing on their own, it’s impossible to verify, and another handful of people who are… Continue reading New York City During the Pandemic

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March 30, 2020
Creeping In from From the Strawberry Patch...

There are some things that just cannot be stopped-- businesses can be closed, travel can be restricted, church services can be cancelled, schools can be shut down; but, spring is coming-- it can't be stopped! I spent yesterday morning cleaning out my patio flowerpots and tidying up in the woods directly behind our house by picking up sticks and stacking some now-neglected split logs for a

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Creeping In from From the Strawberry Patch...

There are some things that just cannot be stopped-- businesses can be closed, travel can be restricted, church services can be cancelled, schools can be shut down; but, spring is coming-- it can't be stopped! I spent yesterday morning cleaning out my patio flowerpots and tidying up in the woods directly behind our house by picking up sticks and stacking some now-neglected split logs for a

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March 17, 2020
Weekend Work from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

This old hand-crank
pump was the impetus.
Richard and I have been busy in the yard. He wanted a water feature in the back yard to entice the birds. More birds. Apparently there aren't enough. 


So what the heck. I made it quite clear that I am not willing to pull grass in a flower bed that we had abandoned years ago. 








Richard: But everyone can see it (the abandoned flower bed) from the patio.
Me: Why does that matter? Look at the yucky mess the birds made ON the patio.  (They throw seed on the bricks. Some they ...

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March 8, 2020
National Craft Month from From My Carolina Home

March is National Craft Month, so let’s get our crafting smocks on, fire up the sewing machines, and have some fun for spring!  Today I have gathered some of my spring inspired projects and some really great deals for you.  First up, paint a watering can to hang in your garden with my Watering Can Garden Art post.  As mine clearly shows, no real talent needed.  Learn how to be a better painter with classes at Bluprint.  All this month, get 50% off all classes at Bluprint, or choose Any One Class $10 with coupon code CREATE10.

Watering Can Makeover at From My Carolina Home

Or turn ...

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March 4, 2020
SHOP HOP - Sew Fresh Quilts Spring Quilt Along from Sew Fresh Quilts



Introducing my SHOP HOP baby quilt!




Complete with chimneys, and snow covered rooftops, windowsills and doorsteps.





The windows and doorways, neatly trimmed in white, are strip pieced and crosscut, to help make the process quick and accurate.




Knock, Knock!




Who's there?





This crib sized quilt was made using the first two blocks in the SHOP HOP quilt pattern, that will be used as this year's spring quilt along.

Each block represents a SHOP, set in a wintery scene.




The Baby quilt uses the first two blocks in the pattern.




I quilted organic wavy lines using my walking foot ...

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March 3, 2020
Springtime Tablescape from From My Carolina Home

Springtime seems to be coming early this year with warm days, brighter sunshine, and early flowers blooming.  This was the inspiration for a table with sunshine and springtime flowers, and one day blog hop.  Once again, I wanted to do this table with only what I had on hand, using the elements in a new way.

Springtime Tablescape at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Sunshine yellow napkins are held with watering can rings.  This was the perfect table for my grandmother’s silverplated flatware, a lovely pattern from King Edward called Moss Rose.  I only found out the pattern name a few months ago and was able to ...

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March 2, 2020
20 Free Springtime Bunny Patterns to Sew & Quilt from Jacquelynne Steves

There’s nothing cuter than a fluffy bunny, is there- so fun and cheerful to make! And I love the happy colors in these projects… they definitely say Spring is Here! We’ve rounded up 20 of the cutest bunny projects for you to sew and quilt, many of them are super quick and easy, so you can make one this weekend!

Please note that at the time of this writing, all of the links below are correct. If you have a question about a particular project, please contact the owner of that particular blog or website. Thank you!

Sweet ...

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February 27, 2020
Packing Time from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

 

Spring is coming! And that means we are getting ready to head to the Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, Virginia. This will be our fourth year as members of the faculty, and we are honored to be a part of such a prestigious group of appliqué artists. 

Kara arrived in the states on Tuesday, and we have been busy preparing and packing for our trip. The pictures of our mess explain why this post is so brief. But we will have a LOT to share with you from our wonderfully packed month of teaching. 
Maybe we will see you at ...

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February 22, 2020
Quilt blocks and spring fever from The Crafty Quilter

Happy weekend everyone! I’ve been working on some new quilt blocks, the sun has been shining and I have that Spring fever feeling. Whether it’s the pattern, the fabric, or the weather, they all have me thinking about the lighter days of Spring.

I’m co-teaching a block of the month class at The Granary Quilt Shop using the pattern, Timeless Tradition. The first month’s blocks were made by my co-teacher, Dianne, and I love them so much! The fabrics are from my stash and they really feel like Spring to me. This first one is my ...

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February 3, 2020
Cutting Quilt Blocks from Heart Desire Creations

Spring Quilt & Sew-In has 2 spots available! Please come join in the fun & creativity!

April being not too far away, and the Spring Quilt & Sew-In Retreat, I prepped blocks for the charity quilts that the attendees will be sewing. The first block is for a quilt called Mid-Century Quilt. There’s a variety of blues and tans for the blocks and enough blocks to build a twin size quilt.

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Thank you Pineapple Fabrics for donating the fabrics used in these blocks.

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The next two sets of blocks are for nine-patch quilts. One will have various light neutral squares in the ...

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December 3, 2019
Spring Cross Stitch Patterns from Kitty and Me Designs

I know it seems early!  I really do!!  But I have to work a bit in advance so I've just listed my first set of Spring Cross Stitch patterns:

Crazy Shamrocks Ornaments

Crazy Bunnies Ornaments

Crazy Butterflies Ornaments

Cupids Heart

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I'm almost done stitching up one of the Shamrock Ornaments so I'll post a photo of that in the next day or so. 

These designs are available at both Magcloud:  https://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me
(Please use for International orders)

And at Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/ 

Also, I wanted to mention again that ...

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June 1, 2018
Oregon Inspiration from Joy in Cloth


 Spring is a beautiful time in Oregon. In addition to all the blooms in people's yards the farmlands come to life as well. A common sight here are fields full of plants being grown specifically for seed. Of course, in order to have seed there must be flowers. Sometimes there are huge swaths of color covering many acres. One of those seed crops is the mustard plant which looks somewhat like the color of processed mustard. It is hard to take your eyes off these fields when lit up by the sun. I had to make a  piece like ...

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