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July 7, 2015
The Front of the House from Jo's Country Junction


Hubby and I have been wanting to get a flag up and Friday night, he made it happen.

I thought it looked nice.

The grass is gradually coming at the front of the house where he seeded it down.  It’s truly making me happy to see it grow.  Of course it’s very patchy yet but it’s progress and I’ll take it.


If you scroll back to the picture at the top, you can see the kids’ ride on toys there on the front porch.  I hate them there.  I love providing childcare but I hate that ...

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July 6, 2015
Quick Watercolor Quilts Book Review from Quilter's Review

If you think you’re too busy to quilt, think again. As a mother of two small children, Dina Pappas needed to find a way to quilt that used a minimum of fabrics, could be...

The post Quick Watercolor Quilts Book Review appeared first on Quilter's Review.

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July Goals from Words & Stitches

Oh, July…the 1/2-way mark of the year!  Can you believe that we are half the way through 2015?  So, this is just a quick post with my July goals.  I didn’t get any further than cutting out last month’s shirt (but I did spend an entire hour learning how to thread my “new to me” serger!)  I do still plan to finish that shirt but I have another project for July.  Well, two but that’s a different post!

I picked up a group of sweet and pretty prints from our guild’s inspiration pile for ...

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Great 4th of July! from Home Sewn By Carolyn

I hope everyone had a safe and happy "4th of July"!  My weekend was spent with family at our summer house on the coast of Maine.  This is our first summer without Mom but we feel her spirit with us at our cottage.  She loved it here.  

I will be spending most of the summer here with the exception of going home on Wednesdays for my yoga class and to see my husband.  Ken comes to Maine most weekends.  

The first thing we did this weekend was to put my sister, Sharon's boat in the water!

This is our ...

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Weekend full of quilting from A Pieceful Journey

Good morning!  I had a weekend full of quilting!  Love these kinds of weekends.  Adam was super busy outside in this scorching heat all weekend while I was in my room, just quilting away.  Originally we were planning on camping with the kids for the weekend, but with the whole cast thing, that just didn’t sound like fun.  Then we planned on just going for the day and taking the boat and do a little crabbing and a little salmon fishing but we had a few problems with the boat and Adam couldn’t get it ready in time ...

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Books on Monday – New English Paper Piecing from 120 Blocks

Yep, it is another book about EPP. Sigh. Does this look like a trend? Unfortunately, it does. But I still maintain I will NOT BE DOING ANY EPP IN THE NEAR FUTURE! I can promise you that. So this week’s … Continue reading

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Holiday from Susan P Blog

It is vacation time – two weeks of sleeping in, reading lots, photography and needlework. And I started very well by taking not just one, but two naps yesterday

Saturday I went out with the photography group. We visited the St Gerard’s Monastery.  They used to have an open day once a year and I always missed out. When I heard they now offer guided tours twice a week I couldn’t wait. It is a landmark in Wellington, well lit up at night and you can see it up the hill from so many places in Wellington. I enjoyed ...

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Tackling the blah … from Me 'n' Henry Lee

ALYOF logoThere has been way too much blah in my life of late … not to mention quite a lot of blah blah blah as well … all of which is affecting my creative spirit :(  So in an effort to alleviate some of the blah, I have decided to tackle a new project for my July ALYoF:  a simple rail fence quilt, using some bright and beautiful batiks purchased at Wacky Jackys’ stall at the Brisbane Quilt Show last year.  The pattern is a recent free download from Quiltification via Craftsy, called Off the Rails, and my aim is to get the top ...

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July 5, 2015
What’s the Fox Say? from All Pressing Matters

I’ve been able to sew a little almost every day of this very L-O-N-G weekend. Husband was off work for a few days and he forgot all about making me work in the yard (YAY), so I got a few things going on.

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Stopping by on Sunday from 120 Blocks

I have a Fourth of July finish! This is exciting to me because life has kept me from doing a lot of sewing. After all, this project was slated to be completed prior to last weekend (June 27) before life … Continue reading

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Seasonal Palette – An art exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum from Flare Fabrics

“Whether you delight in the subtle greens of spring, the vibrant reds of summer, the brilliant golds of autumn, or the serene grays of winter, the images in Seasonal Palette from Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) are certain to evoke memories of seasons past and anticipation of seasons to come.”

That’s the description of this amazing quilt exhibit now on display at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Seasonal Palette showcases the work of 37 international quilt artists, work  I was fortunate enough to see during a recent trip to Boston to visit my son. Artists submitted ...

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Sew Thankful Sunday, July 2015 from The Crafty Quilter

{I love the idea of “paying it forward”.  I think the world would be a better place if we could spread some joy and acknowledgement of good deeds done by others (along with doing a good deed of our own).  That notion is the genesis of my Sew Thankful Sunday posts.  I highlight some great content that I’ve found on other people’s blogs that I hope will inspire you and reward the originator by bringing traffic to their site.  If your blog has been featured without your approval, please let me know and I will take you off ...

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Show and Tell Sunday – Circling Geese Clock from On The Go Quilting

Today is Show and Tell Sunday.   I want to share about the quilted clock I made for my cousin’s daughter.

When I made the quilted clock last year for the family reunion, there were so many people wanting to buy tickets for that clock raffle.  My cousin Kareen won that clock.  It was made using the “New England” block.

IMG_8805When we received an invitation from my cousin’s daughter, Gena, and her fiancee, Christoper, to join them on their wedding day, I immediately thought of the clock Gena so wanted to win.  That made me realize I should make ...

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Just Added More Designs – Batman, Superman, Zelda, and More from Eric the Quilter

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I’ve been working all Holiday Weekend! Now I have a couple of more designs finished, and even more to still stitch out! Wish me luck! I made all the designs fit a 100 by 100 hoop! I did it for those of us with machines that only take a 100 by 100 hoop! In fact, I think I’m buying one of these once I sell a few designs.

Batman vs Superman

Batman Logo

Zelda Logo

Batman Heart Logo


Tagged: Batman, Batman vs Superman, legend of zelda, Superman, Tirforce, Zelda

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July 4, 2015
Variation on a theme from Quilting and More...

Those elephants I showed you about a week ago reminded me that I had a pattern for a pin cushion that I’d been planning to make. Elephants may never forget, but I do! LOL! Anyway, this pattern was for an elephant pin cushion — a really cute one. It was trickier to make than the others, both […]

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Quilty impressions of last night’s fireworks from Wisonsin Quilting

Just enjoy.

Just enjoy.

Our small towns stagger their fireworks displays so we all get to enjoy more than one night of beautiful patriotic magic.

Last night I stood on  the edge of a millpond with a parent and child in front of me.  It couldn’t have been more moving.   I hope you all have a chance to reflect on this fourth of July, where ever you may be.

–Peggy Aare–   Email me at

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Happy 4th of July! from Eric the Quilter

Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday!

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Happy Fourth of July! from The Inbox jaunt

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4th of July from Jo's Country Junction


Happy Independence Day to you fellow Americans and Happy Day to any international readers.

I’m celebrating with Kelli today.  We’re having a sewing day.  It’s been for FOREVER since we had one.  Honestly, since we moved to this house, there has been one.  UGH!!  That should never be allowed to happen.

Over the years being married to a farmer I’ve learned not to plan much for Independence Day.  Typically there is hay that has been cut and the guys work regardless of what day it is.   Happily by evening they are home and we can get ...

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Patriotism from On The Go Quilting

Patriotism is shown in so many ways.  Standing up with you hear the national anthem; saying thank you to a military person, active or retired.   Waving your flag, either from your house or in your hand when standing at a parade can be a patriotic action.  What about visiting Arlington National Cemetery or any Veterans’ Cemetery?

One of first authors to make me just roll with laughter was Erma Bombeck.  I’ve made things before and mentioned Erma Bombeck, like the Cherries bowls for example. Here’s what she had to say about patriotism.

“You have to love a nation ...

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