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October 24, 2019
Summer Is Done from The Snarky Quilter

I realize the title makes me sound as if I’ve been seriously out of touch with reality, but I’m talking about my Nova Scotia tidal marsh landscape series. The fourth one, summer, is close to completion, some five years after … Continue reading

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October 14, 2019
I'm Back!! from Quilting Solutions

Too busy to sew, too busy to write.  I have had a wild several months, but have finally returned to my needle and threads.  It has been strange not to sew, but I have not been idle.

Our summer panned out as follows:
10 days in June traveling to and from Southern CA for the wedding of our granddaughter.

Photo by Summer Rae
....and hiking a slot canyon along the way.  So cool!

Little Wild Horse Canyon, UT
10 days to get things done at home, mostly fertilize the iris and clean house.

2 weeks in MN to help a ...

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August 20, 2019
What the hell is wrong with it? from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

If you sew or quilt, there's one thing you have in common with everyone else who sews or quilts: someone always needs something repaired, resized, replaced, re-something. There's no avoiding it. At least in my case. 


Summer is the worst time. Everyone has a few minutes to visit or stop by and with them come the favors. (Funny how few of those favors are repaid.)  

I had a stack of favors waiting for little things: a button, a few stitches, a patch, those kinds of favors. Then there were the bigger favors: let out a few seams, lengthen ...

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August 9, 2019
Under The Needle from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's been a whiz-bang, speedy summer so far.  My decision to make this season the one of "finishing up projects started" may just have to become the year of that; and that's okay! I have Hexie Garden on the rails currently, Snowbird  and I are having fun quilting it up, I am using a new (to me) pantograph called "Diamonds Are Forever" by Urban Elementz and I really am quite pleased with the

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Under The Needle from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's been a whiz-bang, speedy summer so far.  My decision to make this season the one of "finishing up projects started" may just have to become the year of that; and that's okay! I have Hexie Garden on the rails currently, Snowbird  and I are having fun quilting it up, I am using a new (to me) pantograph called "Diamonds Are Forever" by Urban Elementz and I really am quite pleased with the

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July 29, 2019
Vintage Quilt Monday and book Winner from Humble Quilts

Here's another fun, quirky, humble vintage quilt in my collection.

Here this soda pop girl steps in for some of the plain sashing. 

The sashing cornerstones are as charming as ever! 

These look like printed flour or sugar feed sacks. 

This one wasn't quite the right size so they added a tiny strip. 


Look at these cornerstone sizes!! What's not to love???

The backing has Yukon's Best printed. I see that this mill was located in Yukon, Oklahoma.

I passed along some wool suiting samples that have been sitting in my stash far too long. 
And ...

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July 3, 2019
Catching Up! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Summer is zipping by at the speed of light! We traveled last evening to the Capital City to watch these two swim at that same speed, they're crazy fast! Naturally we're biased, they are our grandchildren after all, but we continue to be delighted to see their competitive spirits balanced out with good manners and excellent sportsmanship at their swim meets. These two are definitely water babies

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Catching Up! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Summer is zipping by at the speed of light! We traveled last evening to the Capital City to watch these two swim at that same speed, they're crazy fast! Naturally we're biased, they are our grandchildren after all, but we continue to be delighted to see their competitive spirits balanced out with good manners and excellent sportsmanship at their swim meets. These two are definitely water babies

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June 23, 2019
Lemon Fresh Tablescape from From My Carolina Home

Summer is here, and for some reason that makes me think of lemonade, which is funny because I rarely have lemonade.  Perhaps it is the vibrant yellow color which speaks of sunshine and warmth, and lazy evenings in the rocking chairs on the veranda.  Whatever the motivation, I have been collecting a few lemon items and it was finally time to do a table with them.

Lemon Fresh Tablescape at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Remember the recent thrift store find of the basketweave white tablecloth?  Here it is placed on the pub table, and it is the perfect size.  Lemon yellow napkins with crystal clear rings are placed ...

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June 19, 2019
Free Summer Couture Embroidery Pattern from Jacquelynne Steves

Do you have any special memories associated with Summer?   One my favorite and most precious memories is the adorable sun dresses and accessories, like matching pocketbooks, that my Grandmother and Mother would sew for me. I can still remember sitting in my Grandmother's sewing room, watching her cut and sew the patterns. You can reduce or enlarge this to any size you want for any project- it would be great on a tea towel, or so sweet as an embroidered embelleshment on a little girl's dress or pocketbook. (Hand embroidery pattern only, this pattern not available for machine ...

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June 12, 2019
Strawberry Lemonade Cake Recipe from Jacquelynne Steves

There is something about Summer that makes me feel like a kid, no matter how old I get.  Something about long days and getting outside in the sun, feeling like the days and the season will stretch on forever. The freedom of not wearing shoes and eschewing utensils to eat food like corn on the cob and hamburgers...Yes summer is definitely my season! You've probably noticed a strawberry theme going on lately. In last weeks blog, I gave you a Free pattern for my sweet Strawberry Lemonade Table Runner.  Since the month of June is strawberry season here ...

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Escape to creativity! from Professional Quilter

What are you doing on your summer vacation?

Yes, I know that as creative entrepreneurs you don’t really take a summer vacation. You are probably working in/on your business 24/7/365. You can’t possibly take time off.

Or maybe you do fit in some time because your spouse has a two-week vacation. Or maybe you still have a day job with vacation time and you don’t want to lose it all. According to Market Watch, the average American worker takes just over half his/her vacation time.

This summer try something different. Take time off ...

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June 6, 2019
Strawberry Lemonade Table Runner Free Pattern from Jacquelynne Steves

Here is a sweet little project for you! While designing this project, I decided that pink and yellow is my new favorite color combination! Isn’t it perfect for summer or spring? I remember as a kid, that the unofficial kick-off of the summer season was going to a local “pick-your-own” field to harvest baskets & baskets of strawberries. Then we would come home and eat strawberries til they were coming out of our ears, and Mom and Grandmom would make strawberry jam. Those fond summer memories are brought back with this fun, refreshing project. Read More

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May 23, 2019
Sweet Summer Cross Stitch Patterns from Kitty and Me Designs

I can't believe it's Memorial Day weekend already!  Where did Spring go?  Here in northern Illinois, I don't think we had it yet!  LOL!!

It's been a busy week for me as I have just complete 3 new designs.  That's how inspiration hits me.  I get a couple of ideas all at once and can't decide which one to do first!!

My new projects are Summery and whimsical.  I'm not big on the noise of fireworks but the little POP! POP! POP! of firecrackers inspired a fun patriotic design with gold metallic (Kreinik ...

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May 13, 2019
Free Tutorial- Summer Seashells Towel from Jacquelynne Steves

One of my favorite super-quick projects to make is embellished dishtowels- When I see colorful, undecorated dishtowels or handtowels in the store, I buy them and stash them away for the easiest projects ever. Then when I need a gift, or I just want to freshen up the kitchen or bathrooms, I add some embroidery, applique and trim and Voila!! Today in my free tutorial, I'll show you how to make a cute and cheerful Summer Seashells Towel. Mother's Day will be here soon, as well as the end of the school year and summer parties, and you ...

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April 9, 2019
Free Embroidery Pattern- Springtime Butterfly! from Jacquelynne Steves

It's Springtime here! The weather is warm and sunny, and we look forward to longer days, bees buzzing and butterflies flitting around the garden. This Springtime Butterfly Free Embroidery Pattern would be lovely on a tea towel, or make several blocks in different pretty pastel colors and create a table runner to welcome Spring. You could also try printing or tracing it onto cardstock, and coloring with colored pencils or markers, to make a nice thank you or birthday card. Get creative- how many ideas can you think of?? Click here to download the free PDF pattern. Getting creative ...

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August 25, 2018
magic of Malta from Charm About You


We travelled all the way to Malta and one of our waiters was from Liverpool!

Our family hasn't been abroad together since Lois was born so this holiday was a big deal. We went with my mum, step dad, sister and her family, it was a big group holiday. It worked so well, we all did our own thing, came together for certain activities and had built in babysitters for an evening out! The following post is my diary of our trip and so feel free to skip it if you aren't into that. I will say though ...

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August 8, 2018
Back to School Sewing Essentials from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Greetings, makers!

 

I can’t believe summer’s almost over. I remember as a kid (when I was age 12) I would dread listening to all the “back to school” commercials in mid-July 😂, especially since my mom would worry about getting my supplies early because if you waited too long, shopping becomes chaotic with all the parents scrambling to get what they need. But here we are now, 10 years later repeating history with my 12 year old brother! My brother is starting school in the next couple of weeks, and although he is not excited, he is looking forward ...

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August 3, 2018
Garden Love: "Gathered" Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Just like sewing, gardening is so rewarding. You get to plant something with your own hands, then watch it grow and come to life! Ever since I can remember, I've always enjoyed being in a garden, seeing all of the vegetables and fruit start off so small in size and how with patience and dedication of tending to them, they would get bigger in size and eventually turn ripe. When you finally got the chance to eat them, it was satisfying. Growing up in Florida, my parents had a "tropical garden" that had tons of mango (my favorite), orange ...

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July 20, 2018
Underwater Queendom: "Sirena" Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

If you grew up in the 1980's, it was inevitable that as a little girl you would end up becoming obsessed with the Disney movie, The Little Mermaid.  I remember when this cartoon movie came out, all the other little girls at school also loved the main character,  Ariel who was a gorgeous, red-headed mermaid. We would all have "singing contest" at school and would compete to see who had the "best mermaid voice." On the weekends when my family and I would head to the beach, I would dive into the Atlantic Ocean and splash around, pretending my ...

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