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October 31, 2014
Farewell to Country Threads from Jo's Country Junction


Ever since I heard that Country Threads (my favorite quilt shop in Garner, Iowa) would be closing, I knew I wanted to go one last time.  By far, above any quilt shop, it has been my favorite and to be honest, I don’t think for me another quilt shop will ever top it.

I told Kelli I was planning to go and she said she wanted to go too.  We had been juggling schedules trying to make things work-then finally I reminded Kelli and this was their last week.  Wednesday we went.  We weren’t there to get some ...

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Friday Finds, October 31 from On The Go Quilting

Happy Halloween, Readers!  I love this “Elegant Halloween Ensemble” post from Julie at The Crafty Quilter.   It doesn’t scream Halloween but it surely is but also could just be a Fall item.    She gives info on where to find the pattern, etc. on her blog HERE.  I just had to use this today since it has the H in the middle and my last name begins with “H”.  I plan to have my own for next Fall!  Consider this a bonus Find…though the pattern is not free.

I’m not a big Halloween fan but I do love ...

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Pizza Kramer Style from Jo's Country Junction


I am known for my homemade pizza.  The kids, family and friends all request pizza when they come over.  It’s a food that I have been trying to perfect for years and years.   I’ve said to Hubby, “Why don’t we go out for pizza?”  He’ll say, “Your pizza is better than any we can get at a restaurant so why bother.”

I typically don’t brag, but it’s true.  I have mastered pizza.  I love making it and everyone loves when I do.

I thought I would share the family secrets for making the best ...

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Some vacation goodies and a sneak peek from The Crafty Quilter

I have some vacation goodies and a sneak peek of an upcoming project to show you.  We had a great time traveling to Spain and Portugal.  We got to spend two weekends with our daughter, Sara, who is studying in Cordoba, Spain, for the semester.  It was so great to see her!  We returned Monday night, and it’s always nice to be home.  Here is a collage of pictures from our trip:

Spain Collage

While in Seville, Spain, we did some shopping and wouldn’t you know that I stumbled upon a fabric shop!  And wouldn’t you know they had ...

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October 30, 2014
Free Quilt Calendar Computer Wallpaper: November from Quilt Books and Beyond

New Downloadable Quilt Computer Wallpapers for Your Computer

Come back every month for more beautiful calendar computer wallpapers featuring images of quilts from our books.

Click the link that matches your screen resolution size to download the wallpaper now. Don’t know your screen resolution size? Visit to find out instantly.

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Quilt Calendar Wallpaper 1


4:3 ratio – [ 800 x 600 / 1024 x 768 / 1400 x 1050 / 1600 x 1200 ]
16:10 ratio – [ 1280 x 800 / 1440 x 900 / 1680 ...

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Retreat Projects from On The Go Quilting

Here’s the quilt I finished at retreat.  It’s going to my great-nephew, Aidan Benjamin, in the mail as soon as we stop for more than a night.


The strange pose is because I realized I was still in my pj’s when they were taking the photo so I mentioned it and they decided I had to show the fact.  Man, getting my foot on the table was a feat!  In explanation, my group was usually the last one in the hall at night and the first one back in the morning.  We purposely grouped ourselves due to ...

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October 29, 2014
Anniversary Stars Fabric Giveaway Part 2 from Inside Quilters Newsletter

About a month ago, I told you all a bit about the Anniversary Stars quilt that was featured in both an episode of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community (now available for purchase at and in the October/November 2014 issue of Quilters Newsletter which is still on newsstands, at quilt shops, and online at Quilt and Sew Shop. I personally made two of the blocks in this quilt, as did many other current and former staff members of Quilters Newsletter, including two of the daughters of QN founders Bonnie and George Leman. There’s a label on ...

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Alltheprettycolors_banner from Felicia's World


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I Just Bought Some Fabric from Eric the Quilter

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I found these online and I just needed to share! I think these are just amazing! The one is Robert Kaufman’s Fire Rings, and the other is Timeless Treasures’ Black fern! I think they are just too cute! I’m already worried about running out of the Fire Rings fabric!

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Here’s Another Finish from Retreat from On The Go Quilting

Remember the quilt along I’ve been doing with my Threadbias group?  I had all the blocks completed but hadn’t had time to put the blocks together.  I took it along to Retreat hoping the time would be available to get it together.  Yup, I did get it together.   The design walls were SO helpful!

Star-Crossed by Four Robbins on Craftsy

Here they are laying on my bed before the retreat.


Star-Crossed by Four Robbins on Craftsy – now a Flimsy waiting to be quilted, thanks to Quirky Quilters Retreat time.


I’m very happy with it and plan to ...

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Jill Reick’s Cheese Chowder from Jo's Country Junction


About 20 years ago when we were living in Lawler, Iowa, I bought the local church cook book.  Being a mom with a house full of hungry kids I was always looking for recipes that they would like but I would like too.  Sometimes, that isn’t easy.

I am a HUGE fan of soups and stews but that isn’t something kids typically like neither does Hubby for that matter.  He says they don’t fill him up.  One day I decided to give this recipe a try hoping the cheese would entice the kids to eat it…and ...

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October 28, 2014
Making from Coffee & Cotton

This week:
Water Bottle Carrier for my Granddaughter.


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Sew Sweet Simplicity Block COMING SOON! from Wedding Dress Blue

Yes, I am behind. Life wins some days. Not that anything bad is happening, but my post celebrating Block 1 of the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM is not ready.

Tomorrow. Probably.

In the meantime, you can visit other (prepared) bloggers and see what they are up to:

Garden Path Quilts
Mountain Quiltworks
Bejeweled Quilts
Upstairs Hobby Room
A Quilt and a Prayer
Lily Pad Quilting

See you soon!

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Travel Cord Cozy from On The Go Quilting

Remember the Friday Find for the Travel Cord Cozy?  It was a tutorial by Live it Love it Make it blogger.  You can find the Friday Finds HERE . I didn’t get a chance to make one before the Quilt Retreat which would have been so awesome to have but I did make it WHILE I was on retreat.

IMG_0346This is the outside and here’s the inside.

IMG_0345There are places for at least six cords and the little pouch holds your juice cubes, the power source.  I called the “juice boxes” the other day while making this which brought ...

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Here Kitty, Kitty…A Black Cat Crossing Tale (with giveaway) from Words & Stitches

Once upon a time, there was a crazy cat lady who quilted….yes, that’s me, five cats in the house and one stray we’re feeding.  Trolling the interwebs, I found an announcement by a wonderful lady named Madam Samm that a very good witch named Wicked Wendy was cheering a blog hop devoted to Black Cats!  Well, what kind of quilting cat lady would I be if I didn’t hop along?

So I shopped and I pieced and I played with a pattern from Jennifer at Sew Hooked.  (I wanted to buy the whole Moda line but ...

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October 27, 2014
Turning Failure into Accomplishment: It’s All About Perspective from A Graceful Exit

I could be this woman (except she has better hair) and feel bad for not succeeding at the 31 Days Challenge, but...

So, for reasons still fuzzy to me, I thought I could actually do the 31 Days Writing Challenge while in the throes of setting up an estate sale.

Silly me.

What was I thinking?

Since I’m not in the habit of beating myself up (OK, I am, but not today), I’m choosing to not feel badly about my little failure. In fact, I feel more like this…


Even though I didn’t manage to eloquently chronicle the inside baseball of estate sales for the last 20-some-odd days like I had hoped, I can at least share what I ...

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Books on Monday – Thoroughly Modern Dresden from 120 Blocks

Today we are looking at another of my acquisitions from the fall C&T Publishing sale. The book we are looking at today is Thoroughly Modern Dresden ● Quick & Easy Construction ● 13 Lively Quilt Projects for All Skill Levels … Continue reading

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Retreat Fun from On The Go Quilting

imageTonight at Quilt Retreat we had a pin swap. It was done in the Yankee swap fashion. What a hoot!  There were several pins that changed a lot of hands before staying with one person. The photo shows all the pins and you can see there was a wide variety and they were all terrific.

I won the cute little quilter with the wiry curls. I think she’s really cool!

There’s been a lot of quilting going on here.  It’s great to go around and see what everyone’s working on!   We have to portable design walls ...

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October 26, 2014
Retreat Report from On The Go Quilting

I tried each evening at retreat to send a post out to you all but I was unsuccessful.  I discovered, upon arriving home, that all three had made it to “Draft” status  at least.   No photos were included and since they were inconclusive, I deleted them in favor of writing you more details and adding some pictures to give you an idea of the flavor of the retreat site and the activity that went on during the 3 1/2 days of the retreat.

First let me say it was a phenomenal experience.  It was like my quilt guild gatherings ...

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The Birth of A Quilt - Canyon de Chelly from From Edge 2 Edge

I am asked a lot about the design process of my quilts. I put together a short slide show on one of my latest pieces that I designed for the Textures Fiber Arts show that is hanging at the Merc in Temecula until November 2, 2014. 
The small center piece was designed several years previous to the final piece. David and I were inspired by a trip to Morro Bay and I thought it would end up being an ocean or beach piece. The final design turned out to have more of an oasis in the desert feeling.

What do ...

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