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November 17, 2018
Kitchen Utensils from Jo's Country Junction

A bit ago someone was visiting as I was getting lunch ready for the childcare kiddos.  Lunch time is a topsy-turvy time in my day.  The kids are hungry, tired and impatient.  I need to be as quick as I can.

On this particular day I was serving pancakes.  The fastest way I have discovered to cut them up is with a pizza cutter.  I use it often for cutting up more things than simply pizza.  Quesadillas, sandwiches, French toast, waffles, sausages…all sorts of things cut easy with a pizza cutter.  My visitor was surprised and had only used ...

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I Haven’t Vanished from Wedding Dress Blue

Really, I haven’t vanished.  I am sewing.  A little.

I wish it was more.


But, I have been puttering along on this little quilt, a resize of the Three Wishes pattern from the Spring/Summer 2015 Quilt Sampler magazine.

I am making it just for fun.  I liked the scraps and wanted a challenge.

I didn’t foundation piece the blocks. The math for traditional piecing wasn’t terrible. But, it did take three tries. </p>
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Progress on Violet Area and Thoughts On Sashing from Hexy Lady

I have selected the sashing and cornerstones for the first two rows of the Violet section. In the photo above those rows appear assembled next to the final row of the upper left section of the quilt.

I am generally pleased with the way these rows have turned out, but there is one thing that I would do over if it were not such an onerous task. The #27 Darting Birds block is composed of Cerise and Berry. The block is within the 2nd column of the quilt which means that it falls in an area that is flanked by ...

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Auction Update: Don’t Miss this Post from Jo's Country Junction

Towards the end of September I went to an auction.  That’s back when it had been raining a lot.  I went to one auction while Hubby went to a different auction.  I wrote about the auction HERE.

I remember I had the truck loaded with stuff to sell at the antique booth.  Lots of stuff.

I’m no professional buyer…in fact, I rarely know what to buy.  I do a lot of trial and error buying.  One of the first things I bought on the auction was a pile of cigar boxes.  There were lots in the stack ...

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November 16, 2018
Farmer’s Wife Friday: Week 12 from Hexy Lady

This week I finished two blocks.

#38 Four Winds

Kona solids used are Dahlia, Heliotrope, Tulip, and Purple.

This block contains 64 pieces and takes a heck of a long time to put together. I really like the way this one turned out.

#26 Cut Glass Dish

Kona solids used are Gumdrop, Cerise, and Eggplant.

Originally I had planned to use Rich Red for the squares in this block, but it just was not feeling right.

It is interesting how the perception of color changes depending on surrounding colors. With so much purple around it Cerise looks almost red, and ...

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Paper Pieced Beauty from Sew Grateful Quilts

Barbara worked for some time making this complicated paper pieced quilt. I don’t think I would have had the courage to tackle it. But then Barbara is a courageous woman.

I didn’t want to distract from the piecing, so I chose the Simplicity pantograph. The quilt is draped over my longarm.


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Still Loved and Still Missed from Jo's Country Junction

Today my mom would have been 90 years old.  I can’t imagine my mom old.  She was always young to me.

Even though she had gray hair she was never acted old for a moment.

Growing up Mom would always tease Dad saying he needed to have the corn picked by the time her birthday came on November 16th.  Sometimes he did…sometimes not.

As I get older I look I compare myself more and more to her.  She was 61 when she passed away…much too young.  I was 24…much too young to be without a mom ...

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November 15, 2018
I Am a Posting Slacker from 120 Blocks

And I’m so sorry! Just so you know, I finished the baby quilt. I’ll post pictures after the shower. Then I used some 10″ squares  left over from the back of my husband’s t-shirt quilt to make three bowl cozies. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: A Gathering of Secrets from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up reading the audio book A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo.  The book is part of the Kate Burkholder series.  I’ve read every book since the first and have very much enjoyed them all.  This on I even ordered as a pre-order.  I knew I’d be wanting to read it.

There is something about a good series that I love.  I know the characters.  I know what to expect.  With this one I know something is going to be happening on “hog path road”…I know Pickles and Skids.  I know Mona the up ...

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Have a Look at the Great Quilts from the Summit from Quilter's Thread

The November Summit called “Making Traditional Blocks Your Own” is over, but the quilts we made will last forever.

November 2018 Quilter's Thread Summit QuiltWe had a phenomenal group, and it was no surprise to me that each of the quilts was unique and wonderful.

Our first day had a lot of instruction and exercises related to design principals and color theory. During the day, each participant chose a traditional quilt block and made multiple variations of it. Then we chose a single modified block and modified it in more ways. Then we traded blocks and got a shot at modifying someone else’s modifications ...

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Giveaway winner and Christmas sewing ideas from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone!  I want to announce the winner of this month’s Save The Bee’s giveaway (in a minute).  And I want to give you a few links for Christmas sewing ideas.  Lastly, I want to welcome the new followers of my blog.  Since posting the 8 Tips to create a perfect quilt block, I’ve gotten quite a few new readers and I’m really glad to have you all!

The winner of the Save The Bee’s Giveaway is comment #219, Esther C.   In response to the question of whether you have taken an online quilting class ...

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Disco quilt- Complete! from Dionne Quiltuplets

More than 4 years after deciding to make a quilt together, B and I have finally finished! Since starting the quilt, degrees have been finished (and almost finished), babies born, new jobs started and new homes bought. Making this quilt has been quite the journey, so I’m excited to share the final result!

The finished top: ironed and ready to quilt!

Unloading the quilt from the longarm machine.

And finally: the finished product!

I tried machine stitching the binding for the first time. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out and how much faster it was to ...

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Labyrinth Quilt from Sew Grateful Quilts

My friend Marian made this lovely labyrinth wall hanging.  Great colors for this time of year.  Dutch pantograph.



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Doctor Update from Jo's Country Junction

So today was Doctor Day for me.  If you’ve been following the blog you know that my blood results are indicating that I have a return of cancer.  I had thyroid cancer back in 2016.  We thought it was gone but it decided it liked me so much that it came back.

If you missed my post about the return cancer, you can find that HERE.

Tuesday we were up and did blood testing and neck ultrasound.  Today…Doctor.

Here’s what we know….NOTHING.

Actually here’s what my doctor said:
She doesn’t think the “lesion” in ...

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November 14, 2018
NOVEMBER MEETING HIGHLIGHTS from Limestone Quilter's Guild

Our guest, Irene LaFleche, presented a trunks show,
sharing a sample of her quilts Community Quilts had large display of finished quilt that were made and donated by our members. The Postcard Group shared their creativity Examples of items that members can make at the Make It and Take It Workshop on Thursday November 15

After refreshments, provided by our November Social Group,and a short meeting,
we ended the evening with Show and Tell,
with members sharing some of their finishes this month. See you next month for our final meeting in 2018!

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2018 Word of the Year Some Thoughts from Terificreations's Weblog

As happens at some point over the last few months I lost track of my 2018 Word of the Year. While having a conversation with a friend about goal setting, and what I’d like to accomplish by a certain date I had the realization that there is a significant difference between goals and dreams. Dreams… Continue reading 2018 Word of the Year Some Thoughts

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Blog Post Title from Alice Samuel's Quilt Co.

What goes into a blog post? Helpful, industry-specific content that: 1) gives readers a useful takeaway, and 2) shows you’re an industry expert.

Use your company’s blog posts to opine on current industry topics, humanize your company, and show how your products and services can help people.

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Blog Post Title from Alice Samuel's Quilt Co.

What goes into a blog post? Helpful, industry-specific content that: 1) gives readers a useful takeaway, and 2) shows you’re an industry expert.

Use your company’s blog posts to opine on current industry topics, humanize your company, and show how your products and services can help people.

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So Very Thankful from Jo's Country Junction

Today is my appointment day with the doctor here at Mayo Clinic.  Hubby and I came in yesterday for some tests…Everything was simple so far.  Blood work and then a neck ultrasound.

We stayed overnight.  Rochester is just under 2 hours away and it made more sense to us to stay overnight as we had an afternoon appointment yesterday and an 8 am appointment today.  It was either spend the money on gas or spend the money on a hotel.

I want to give a big shout out to all of you.  I’ve had wonderful things come in ...

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Good Fortune’s Color from Stash Overflow

This morning I finished pulling the last of my fabrics for Bonnie Hunter’s 2018 mystery quilt, Good Fortune. I decided on a partial color palette for this mystery almost a year ago. As with Allietare, another one that I chose a color palette for long before Bonnie released her color palette, Bonnie’s palette includes some of the same color families as mine. Darn it! One of these years I want to make a mystery quilt that uses completely different colors so it doesn’t look like hundreds of others. This isn’t the year.

Here are the fabrics ...

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