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December 16, 2014
Missed Monday…. Rainy Tuesday from Terificreations's Weblog

Teri Lucas Terificreations:

Lisa and I will be doing a couple of videos showing how to use rulers on your home sewing machine sometime in January. In the meantime check out Lisa’s blog post.

Originally posted on Lisa H Calle's Blog:

I am not a cold weather person but I think I would prefer snow and cold to this dismal rain.  We here at the Calle house are officially decorated for the holidays!

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this little pig stands guard at our front door.  Surely he is scary enough to terrify any would be intruder.. ok, maybe not.

When I ...

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No Sewing to Report from On The Go Quilting

I’ve been down with a stomach bug for the past couple of days.  Yucky!    My “good fairy” neighbor, my walking partner, discovered I was under the weather and dropped off ginger ale.  Wasn’t that sweet?   I couldn’t really enjoy it until today as it wouldn’t stay down, but I am so happy to know I have such a caring friend.

So, no sewing’s been going on and worse yet, no baking!   I had suggested to DD that we swap baked goods instead of gifts this year.  We have pretty much what we need and they ...

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On My Design Wall from Pibble Pulling Threads

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That’s the view of my design wall.  So right now, I have two projects in progress and up on my design wall. They seem to be completely diametrically opposed. The first is my Metro Quilt.  I don’t remember now where I got the kit, but it was in my “kit buying phase” of earlier this year, I think I got 5 different quilt kits this year, I’m halfway through them, (2 complete, 1 in the works), so I guess it has been pretty productive. Especially since all of them were just “for me/fun”.

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I also have ...

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More Nordic Mini’s from The Crafty Quilter

I have more Nordic Mini’s to show you from followers and friends of mine.  It makes me so happy when I see other people’s interpretations of my tutorials.  If you want to know more about the Nordic Mini quilt and get instructions, you can find them here.

The first quilt that I saw finished was this one by Amanda at The Patchsmith.  I love the gingham and the hand quilting!

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Amanda was kind of enough to give me feedback (pattern corrections) along the way.  It’s never easy to get it right the first time, and I was ...

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Ask Jo: Why the Move? from Jo's Country Junction

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Every so often I get a question from a blog reader and think others might be interested in the answer as well so I answer it here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

This question came from Pam in Illinois. “Jo, this is exciting! Can’t wait to see the finished house.  I am somewhat new to your blog and I can’t find the entry for the reason of your move.  I know you farm so I am wondering why you are moving to town. Just curious.”

You are right Pam, we do farm…but we ...

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Low-Sew Christmas Tree from The Unfinished Quilter

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Need a quick gift in a hurry? Based on an origami card I saw recently, this low-sew project uses folded fabric squares to make a Christmas tree or pine tree. It sounds a little complicated, but trust me, it isn’t. You can put this together in an evening. Tack the tree on a solid background, decorate it with buttons and other embellishments and add a star to the top for a Christmas tree. Or put it on a landscape background with beads in the sky for stars to make a winter scene. Use different greens to ...

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Word Cloud App from From Edge 2 Edge

I found a new app that creates word clouds. I have used Wordle in the past, but the new app that was brought to my attention is
Tagxedo.  Tagxedo has a variety of shapes that can be used to create a custom word cloud. As an experiment, I selected one of the shapes (of course thinking "hand made") and selected some of the text from our website. I specified color and font choice and let it do its thing. 

I am really happy with the way it turned out and I can see using this online app in some possible ...

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December 15, 2014
Holiday Update from Pibble Pulling Threads

That time of the year is upon us. Our family is caught up in the same bustle everyone else is. Our dogs are as confused as all pets with the random schedules and boarding time while travel takes us away from home.

I have decided to shy away from handmade gifts for the last couple of years, so that frees up a lot of time, but this year I have been spending a lot of time dashing through doctors offices getting everything done before the end of the year when our deductible resets.

After I get all of that set ...

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Holiday Update from Pibble Pulling Threads

That time of the year is upon us. Our family is caught up in the same bustle everyone else is. Our dogs are as confused as all pets with the random schedules and boarding time while travel takes us away from home.

I have decided to shy away from handmade gifts for the last couple of years, so that frees up a lot of time, but this year I have been spending a lot of time dashing through doctors offices getting everything done before the end of the year when our deductible resets.

After I get all of that set ...

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Holiday Update from Pibble Pulling Threads

That time of the year is upon us. Our family is caught up in the same bustle everyone else is. Our dogs are as confused as all pets with the random schedules and boarding time while travel takes us away from home.

I have decided to shy away from handmade gifts for the last couple of years, so that frees up a lot of time, but this year I have been spending a lot of time dashing through doctors offices getting everything done before the end of the year when our deductible resets.

After I get all of that set ...

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Quick Christmas Projects from Inside Quilters Newsletter

With only 10 days to go until Christmas, I hope you are nearly finished with your gift making and gift shopping. If you are still looking for ideas, I have a couple for you.

010 Quick Christmas Projects

The C Team

I made this cute wall hanging a couple of weeks ago. I finished it in just a few hours.

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This is the pattern.

The pattern by Happy Hollow Designs includes the embellishments and is foundation pieced with a bit of a twist. The foundation is printed on iron-on interfacing.

There is a separate piece of iron-on interfacing to adhere to the fabrics so ...

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Free Motion Cheater Sheet from Wisonsin Quilting

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Free Motion Cheater Sheet

I tape a paper and pencil sketch of my FMQ motif (and possible variations) to my machine for reference.  Before starting I go over the pattern a couple times with a pencil so I’m sure of the “path.”

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I Finished A Triforce Throw Quilt… 2 More Before Christmas from Eric the Quilter

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I know I haven’t posted anything quilt related lately, but I’ve just been so busy. I just finished this the other night and I’m mailing it out today. Now tonight I have to make a Full size quilt top to mail out on Wednesday. Wish me luck!


Tagged: 8 bit, gathering, legend of zelda, legend of zelda quilt, loz, Nerdy Quilt, nintendo, Quilting Nerdy, Quilts of Nerd-dom, Serger, Triforce, Zelda, Zelda Commission, zelda quilt

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Personal Catch Up from 120 Blocks

You cannot imagine how out of the loop I feel these days! I can’t seem to keep up with social media of any form and I haven’t been able to write a blog post in forever! At least, that is … Continue reading

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Surrounded by Inspiration! from Simple Bird Applique

Today Hubby and I spent a bit of time picking out some porcelain tile that is to be installed at our front door and mudroom.  No matter where I go, I seem to always see quilts designs….I have always loved clamshell quilts and one day I will make one!

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How impressed would your quilting friends be if they came over and saw this  floor in your sewing room?  (Answer:  Very Impressed!)

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If this were my backsplash, I would be reminded of how much I love hexies while I am doing the dishes!

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And, finally, isn’t this the perfect ...

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December 14, 2014
Some E Cards For Everyone from Eric the Quilter

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Here we go, after a week of almost no posts, (I’ve been swamped with work and commissions.) here are some E Cards to get everyone in the mood for the last rush of holiday crafting.


Tagged: debauchery, E Cards, Shenanigans

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Vintage Quilt Tops For Sale from On The Go Quilting

A friend gave me the quilt tops she found in her grandmother’s cedar chest.  She suggested I make quilts for charities with the quilt tops but you know, if you are  quilter, that I can’t do that.   These quilt tops are precious.  They were well made, by machine – maybe a featherweight, and have been stored in a cedar chest all this time.

When I told her the reason why I couldn’t make them for charity, and after offering to make them into quilts for her family, she suggested I sell the quilt tops and use the money ...

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Stash Report from Jo's Country Junction

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I know I said no more deadline sewing but who can resist this??

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It’s a new Moda line coming out in April called Fire and Ice.  I love it and can’t wait to cut into it.  Neither Kelli or I have made many quilts with batiks for it’s always fun to work with something new.

Kelli’s coming and we’re power sewing the project so we can get it out in a week.  I already have the backing ready and loaded on the frame….that’s how fast of a deadline we’re chasing.  Lucky for ...

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December Newsletter from My Heritage Fabric's

Another year is almost over – We have enjoyed having each and everyone of you visit our store this year. You all are the reason we are still here and we hope to get better and do more each year.

We welcome all suggestions, if there is anything we can do to make things better, or if you have a particular class, technique that you would like us to teach, let us know.

TECHNIQUE CLASS
There will be no evening technique class in December. Verla will start fresh the 4thThurs. in January.

KIMBERBELL TABLE TOPPERS
We will be making up kits ...

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December 13, 2014
Giveaway Winner! from Better Off Thread

The winner of my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway PDF pattern bundle is….

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Love the spiral of geese, I’ve had it pinned on Pinterest for ages!

Congratulations Catrinoa!  I’ll be emailing you shortly.

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