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April 23, 2019
Making Folded Fabric Pine Cone Ornaments from Mulberry Patch Quilts

A customer asked if I’d do a custom order for my folded fabric pine cone ornaments, and I was happy to make some for her.

I love using the Prairie Pointer by Susan K Cleveland. Along with the Woolie Felted Ironing Mat, & my Tailor’s Clapper, it’s the perfect trifecta for ironing crisp and perfect little prairie points.

First, I cut dozens of little squares and fold them in half and iron

Then I center the Perfect Pointer & use it to fold down the sides…slip it under the iron and use my new wooden Riley Blake Tailor ...

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April 22, 2019
Pattern Retirement Sale, FINAL ROUND from The Cloth Parcel

Our pattern retirement sale is ending this week!  This beautiful spring day brings us to the Theory of Refraction Quilt.  As you probably know, it’s spring cleaning for our pattern library.  We are almost finished retiring some of our oldest designs.  Each small group of five or less patterns will be on a HUGE sale […]

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Hypervigilance and Social Media from Nina Paley

Some of you may know I embarked on a social media fast a few months ago. A big part of my recovery has been writing by hand. I am gradually transcribing those pearls of wisdom gleaned from my notebooks, but it’s taking a while. Jumping ahead of my backlog, here is today’s entry, hopefully to be collected with the rest into a treatise tentatively titled Death on Mount Ladyfeels: Reflections of an Internet Scapegoat.

April 22

I doubled my daily social media allowance to 30 minutes, in order to promote the May 8 Seder-Masochism screening at the Virginia ...

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What I’m Working On… from Jo's Country Junction

No sewing happened.  Kayla was home and I tried to take advantage of the help she offered.

I did do some stitching at the doctor’s office when I took Hubby on Monday last week.  I had a miserable time with this project….I’m working on Sheep Virtues by Little House Needleworks.  I started a new one…FAITH.


Oh this was a trying one for the border.

They use three different greens and they are very close in tone.  Two of the number are WAY hard.

I started with one green…I realized it was the wrong one but ...

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Sew Much to Tell! from Words & Stitches

I have this theory that for every day of a vacation, it takes two to catch up. And we came back to a full- steam- ahead schedule. First, my stepdaughter’s wedding. A beautiful, small ceremony at the Portland Chinese Garden.

It was a beautiful night despite the rain and I had the joy of seeing these four beauties all together for the first time in years. And speaking of first time in years, I wore a dress!

I love this picture of me and the handsome husband (aka father of the bride. )

I did make one small sewing contribution ...

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April 21, 2019
Pantone quilt fabric update from quiltingsbykathy

I promised an update to my fabric stash….and here it is! I spent an afternoon painting what I hoped to represent Living Coral in conjunction with colors found along side it in nature. I painted pink coral, orange coral, ribbons of each side-by-side and coral with shades of lemon yellow. I couldn’t help adding a bit of bling in the form of “fairy” glitter to the yellow. I sponge painted a few pieces as well in order to offer a variety of textures and blended color. I’m thinking of painting an additional piece using salt. This really ...

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Joyful Sabbath from Wedding Dress Blue

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Happy Easter!! from Jo's Country Junction

Happy Easter!!

Few things beat Easter morning for me.  I don’t think we’ll make it this year.  Kramer still isn’t feeling really well…If you’re there and if you’re a singer, belt out “Jesus Christ has risen today”.  It’s my favorite!!

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I don’t say much about religion here on the blog.  I’m not super public about my religion, political views or anything else along those lines.  I am not here to preach or push anything on anyone.  But…I am sharing this today.  It comes from a christian perspective and if it ...

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Saturday Surprise (a not so good one) from Jo's Country Junction

Friday night it was the consensus that I was to get some sleep.  I had a rough go of things with my own doctor appointments and sometimes, when a person can’t do much of anything they can control, sleep is the only medicine that does any good.

Kelli and Kayla were here.  We went to Good Friday church then came home and tried to figure out something I could eat….something Kramer could eat and something Kayla could eat.

Kramer’s problems with swallowing have progressed over the last couple days.  Eating is getting harder and harder.  The doctor ...

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April 20, 2019
Chag Sameach! from Nina Paley

Blacklisting is familiar to many American Jews. Both Robert Naiman and I are “red diaper grandbabies”: his Jewish grandfather was blacklisted, as was my Jewish great-uncle, and my Jewish grandparents were terrified former Communist Party members in rural Indiana. When I was a child, my mother sternly warned me never to say her parents were Communists out loud – she had grown up in a climate of terror and silence.

Many American Jews have been Communists. Many more have been deeply committed to Civil Rights, particularly Free Speech. I understood better why on a recent trip to Poland, where I met ...

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Drive Safe from Jo's Country Junction

Through all of Kramer’s cancer we have both been trying to deal with the wide range of emotions that comes with this.  Everything is so much more and so much bigger.

Let me start this story back a little further….back to my childhood…back to Kramer’s childhood.

I grew up in a family that wasn’t big on emotions.  Once I went to school I don’t ever remember getting a hug.  I don’t ever remember being told that I was loved.  Really, that never bothered me.  I knew I was loved.  I knew my mom ...

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The Pet Scan from Jo's Country Junction

I told you that my plan was to try to get a PET scan on Friday.  There were no appointments open but Kayla and I decided that we would go and I would be what they refer to as a “checker”.  Checkers go to the desk where the procedure happens and then they wait with the hope that somehow an appointment would open up.

One of the reasons I really wanted to try for Friday to get in was this…the childcare kiddos are all sick.  Well as far as I know, I have two families that have escaped the ...

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April 19, 2019
SEDER-MASOCHISM: A free public screening, featuring a panel discussion with filmmaker Nina Paley immediately following the movie from Nina Paley

At The Virginia Theater, Champaign IL, May 8 @7pm

Date/Time(s): Wed, May 8, 2019 – 7pm (doors open at 6pm)

Seating: General Admission

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

(2018) 78 Min, Not Rated
Loosely following a traditional Passover Seder, events from the Book of Exodus are retold by Moses, Aharon, the Angel of Death, Jesus, and the director’s own father. But there’s another side to this story: that of the Goddess, humankind’s original deity. Seder-Masochism resurrects the Great Mother in a tragic struggle against the forces of Patriarchy.

The film features the voice of ...

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Interview with Lea McComas, Part 2 from Essie's Quilts

by Mary Beth Krapil

Here is the continuation of my conversation with Lea McComas.  Read part 1 here.

HQ:      Who is your inspiration or muse?

LM:      Definitely, my husband. He is an accomplished artist in his own right.  He studies the old masters, relentlessly. When I’m struggling with a composition or color scheme, or something just isn’t right, I can process with him.  He always has a helpful insight, or constructive critique. I do the same for him. At the same time, we are each other’s biggest fans.

Recently, we purchased a small plot of land with ...

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Interview with Lea McComas, Part 2 from Gwen's Quilts

by Mary Beth Krapil

Here is the continuation of my conversation with Lea McComas.  Read part 1 here.

HQ:      Who is your inspiration or muse?

LM:      Definitely, my husband. He is an accomplished artist in his own right.  He studies the old masters, relentlessly. When I’m struggling with a composition or color scheme, or something just isn’t right, I can process with him.  He always has a helpful insight, or constructive critique. I do the same for him. At the same time, we are each other’s biggest fans.

Recently, we purchased a small plot of land with ...

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Employee Fat Quarter Challenge 2019 from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Once a year the team members who work in our shops here in Hamilton participate in a fat quarter challenge. The rules of the challenge are simple, but the results are incredible! They must each pick out two fat quarters and a bag of scraps, after that their imagination can run wild with ideas as there are no rules to what they can create!

When all of the projects have been submitted, they are then voted on by both their fellow team members and our guests in-town until there are 10 left. Once the top 10 are chosen, another vote ...

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Sewer Mastodon from Nina Paley

As my eyes scanned this morning’s paper, I thought I saw “Seder Masochism” in a headline. Brains are weird.

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Where We are Published: Pre-Cut Patchwork from Jo's Country Junction

Did you all know that that magazine Quilting Quickly, a Fons and Porter entity, has changed its name to Pre-Cut Patchwork?  I didn’t until we had one of our quilts published with them.


A few years ago we made LOTS of precut quilts.  In the last year or two, we haven’t made nearly as many.  When I cleaned out my sewing room, there were lots of bags of leftovers from precuts.  What’s a girl to do with them?

Some scraps blend easily with others…but other scraps, they don’t blend the best.  That was true of ...

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April 18, 2019
Bunny Bow Headband from Pipersgirls's Weblog

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We made these sweet fabric headbands for Easter for the little members of our family and I totally want to steal them for myself. They are absolutely adorable and will look perfect with the fancy Easter attire in your photographs. I posted a pic the other day and many of you wanted a pattern, so here is a free tutorial. I know the holiday is just around the corner, but they will only take you about an hour so there is plenty of time to get some finished for your little’s. Grab some fabric from your stash, purchase some ...

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APRIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS from Limestone Quilter's Guild

Everyone was greeted at the admission table
as they arrived for the meeting.

Our guest this month was
Monique Wilson of Apple Hill Quilting
 She brought a large collection of quilts to share with our members. There was a lovely collection of quilt for our Community Quilts program, including many “fidget quilts” for Alzheimers patients. During our break, quilters enjoyed some snacks and had a chance to have a close-up look at the quilts.After a short business meeting, there was a draw for the March block of the month blocks that were turned in this month.A sample of ...

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