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October 15, 2014
Magnolia Sewing Circle from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Today I got to sew with the ladies and children from church at our regular monthly sewing circle.

They started quilting a new top that had languished in the back corner of the cupboard for years.

Sherilyn sews the binding to a quilt that Paul’s mom embroidered years ago when she worked nights at the hospital.

Sisters, Rosetta and Cheryl pieced blocks for tops.
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Evie and Karla cut out small dresses to be sewn up.

Carson and Alan found building blocks for entertainment.

Teryn reminds me so much of his daddy when he was this age.

Evie helped spearhead ...

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October 13, 2014
DWM: full moon, casters, totes, and a new flimsy from With Strings Attached

The pop
Living on Lake Michigan has made it easy for me to take pictures of sunrises. I love the pink-and-gold streaks in the sky just before the sun pops over the horizon.  I had never taken a picture of the moonrise over the lake -- until this week.  Conditions were ideal: clear skies, the fact that Illinois Beach Resort has enough parking lot lighting so I could go down to the beach without stumbling in pitch dark, and a convenient time. The lake was calm and I was just a few feet from the water's edge. At 7:14 ...

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September 8, 2014
DWM: Stringing Along from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Even though for the first time in 22 years we didn’t have to get kids ready to go back to school, this August and early September has been really hectic.  I just can’t believe how fast the summer went but here we are starting the second week of September and I’m trying to get back into a regular routine for sewing.

My strip basket was overflowing so I made several string blocks last week.  It was mindless sewing but I’m always amazed that a mess like this

string block-pretrim

doesn’t look half bad after it’s trimmed ...

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June 11, 2014
A Truck Ride, A Fish Supper, AL Quilt Symposium, and Magnolia Sewing Circle from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Life …

I rode with Paul the other day to deliver a load of wheat.

We are approaching the scales at Tom Soya at Valley Grain near Pickensville, AL.

This was the view out my window while we were dumping the wheat. It is loaded onto barges and shipped to Mobile for export.

The Grabers had an afternoon and evening together for Paul’s folks. Daddy fed the fish to make catching them easier.

I think they have their quota.

Galen was glad for his vice grip to pull the hook from a fish’s mouth.

Jeanie’s skills at filleting ...

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May 27, 2014
String Blocks from Kristin's Quilt and Stuff

Who knew string blocks could be so fun??

I found these on a Flickr swap group where you sign up for a set amount and sent them in, then they mix them all up and sent them back out so you get a nice scrappy variety of blocks back.

 Now I have seen these before, however these have a cut pieced strip at the center of each one that makes them more interesting.  I chose to add a 1/2" finished, white strip on both sides of the center strip and I think that really sets off the piecing.  Not ...

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April 22, 2014
Beautiful Spring Day! from Aveli's Quilts & General Store

Unbelievably beautiful spring day today, finally!
We had some rain last night and this a.m.   Really nice to not have snow in the yard.
The neighbor brought his cows into his yard this morning. His yard borders ours so our blue heeler was running back and forth and barking to keep them moving as they walked past our gate.
I am still working on the cover for the new hand crank machine. I made a mistake on one of the seams and had to rip it out. But, I should have it finished today.
Here are the cows. . . Can ...

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March 10, 2014
DWM: finishes and starts from With Strings Attached

Moral conundrum of the week:  if I order and pay for fabric before Ash Wednesday, but it arrives the day after, does that violate my plan to give up buying fabric for Lent?  That's what happened with this lovely group of batik FQs that I bought from Kathy-in-Ozarks, who is de-stashing.  She also makes soap and sent this pretty scented bar along with the fabric. (Her Etsy shop is here ).   

 I'm pleased to report that I finished quilting Lulu's Baskets .  Hooray! I had one extra basket block which was just right for the label. 

I assembled the ...

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February 21, 2014
Finally Catching Up from Grey Cat Quilts

I promised this post a  bit ago, but then everyone in my house started falling ill. I’m sick for the second time in two weeks, but I don’t want to miss more work, because I have so much to do! Sewing has been slow, mostly because sitting up without being feverish or dizzy has been […]

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January 28, 2014
A Fail and A Finish from Quilting & Other Craft Therapy

I've been feeling pretty confident about my walking foot quilting for the last 6 months... well along comes this spoiler. Christmas Strings new name is Puffy Christmas Strings! My last ditch effort last night to add more diagonal lines of quilting across the blocks just made it worse. These photos actually look better than the quilt in real life - it's a bubbly mess.

My usual approach to string blocks on muslin foundation is to skip the batting and use fleece for one step batting and backing. I've done 6-8 kid sized quilts that way with no problem ...

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December 30, 2013
DWM: Solstice update and what became of those string blocks from With Strings Attached

 I've had a busy Christmas holiday! I am editing pictures and composing a post about our wonderful Road Scholar trip to Quebec (12/20-12/26).  I'll get it posted tomorrow, I hope.

Since we returned home late Thursday (actually early Friday: 1:05 a.m.) I've been catching up: laundry, mail, and Celtic Solstice.   (Plus a memorial service Saturday afternoon and a wedding Saturday evening.) Here are 82 units out of 100 for Step 4 and 51 units out of 100 for Step 5.

I left for Quebec with about 100 6.5" string blocks on the ...

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December 23, 2013
It's the Most Wonderful from Quilting & Other Craft Therapy

Time of the Year!

And the busiest too of course...

unless you are the newest member of the household and the sweetest present under the tree. Our daughter took this picture last night of Elsa in her favorite place to sleep that isn't a lap.

Christmas Strings is now a flimsy and if it weren't bitterly cold out I'd drag someone outside to hold it up for me. As you can see by the light reflecting on it - the sun is shining brightly but it was -19 when we woke up this morning. So far it has ...

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December 18, 2013
WIP Wednesday:UFO Edition from Quilting & Other Craft Therapy

As my Year of Finish winds down I'm hoping to move a few more UFOs to the DONE! column. First on my list is Christmas Strings for obvious reasons! 120 6.5" blocks are trimmed, sorted into 4 groups mixing up common fabrics and ready to layout. As you can see, I've experimented a bit with different layouts but have decided to use my favorite X layout once again. Can you spy Elsa? She continues to keep me company everywhere I am.

She LOVES to cuddle up in quilts. The other day Elsa and Tucker were doing a ...

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December 4, 2013
WIP Wednesday: String Edition from Quilting & Other Craft Therapy

After the self induced stress of getting my "And Sew On" wall hanging finished last week I am reveling in my favorite comfort sewing this week. String blocks!

And, even better, in Christmas fabrics to get me in the mood to decorate this weekend. These blocks are from a swap I did a few years back on the HGTV Quilting Forum. At some point I had started to assemble them, but now I've decided I want to go bigger for a good sized lap quilt. The blocks are 6.5" unfinished so I need 120 of them for a ...

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November 15, 2013
Magnolia Mennonite Sewing Circle Quilt from Three Mennonite Quilting Sisters

At our Magnolia Sewing Circle I was in charge of this group of ladies making string blocks for a comforter top.

By the end of the day their 38 blocks made quite a show.

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November 13, 2013
Magnolia’s Guest Day Sewing from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Life …

After Paul ate his delicious potato soup from Calvary Baptist Church’s fundraiser, he got up from the table, washed his container, filled it with milk, added chocolate Quik, and heated it in the microwave. Then he added a bunch … a whole bunch of marshmallows and heated it a little more, brought it to the table and enjoyed his 2nd bowl of ‘soup!’

… as a Quilter

Today was our annual Magnolia Guest Day Sewing. We had lots of visitors with a total attendance around 97. We had different projects from which you could choose to help.


Tying or ...

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October 22, 2013
Design Wall Monday from Quilting & Other Craft Therapy

Yesterday was J-Meow's day for Quilt Inspector duty. I keep my door closed when the J-cats are visiting as I don't want them finding any dangerous "toys" when I'm not watching. J-Meow is NOT a fan of closed doors so he is quick to join me and takes his job very seriously!

As you can see... my cutting table is still a mess. On a more productive note - I'm at the halfway point on my Feed Sacks blocks. I'm not crazy about these blocks in "Kitchen Sink Scrappy" but maybe they will grow on me ...

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September 19, 2013
No Rain! from Aveli's Quilts & General Store

The rain has finally ceased! Now the state of New Mexico has to pick itself up and clean up and repair before the snow starts! There is so much damage from all the flooding and mud. We were very lucky, we had no damage at all!  One place has the only entry and exit flooded. They can not go out or anyone go in.

The governor has said they will take supplies into the area, but there is no place to land the helicopters. They are going to try backpacking the supplies into the little town!!! I have one question ...

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July 19, 2013
Working the string blocks, baby quilt and more! from Aveli's Quilts & General Store

Every morning as soon as I get up, I work on my string quilt blocks.  I go straight to the coffee pot, make hot water for my tea and while that is brewing, I sew my 4 1/2 inch string blocks. I have a large supply of strips of various size widths, colors and patterns in a drawer next to my sewing machine. I pull out the strips, sew it onto a foundation paper made from my old phone book and keep repeating until I have 10 blocks sewn. I end the chain piecing with a foundation paper sized ...

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June 11, 2013
Use it up and wear it out! from Subee Sews

Use it up? fabric strings...way down the food ladder but still very doable.
I sent in 20 right/left sets to swap. WHOHOO! Other quilters' strings!

Wear it out? My Organ titanium 80/12 sewing needle. It sewed/pieced 4 butterfly quilts. Then quilted the same quilts and still is sharp! So paper piecing will dull it up soon. But then who knows? I buy them for this very reason. They seem to last forever!

It sure makes a mess but it is controlled chaos. I keep my strings in baggies by color families. Those baggies go into the ...

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March 7, 2013
String "H" blocks from Subee Sews

Since I have been the hostess for the washed swaps on Yahoo (2+ years) I do wash the fabrics I swap.
I always wash batiks before using them in a quilt.
Most of my scraps are now a mix of washed and unwashed. Most of the strings are from my past WASHED swaps.

Well, I have went and done it again. I am hooked on another version of string blocks. The versatility and fabric/stash busting value of string blocks just cannot be beat!!!

And yes, that is my version of Jamestown Landing being assembled. I have a bad ...

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