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July 11, 2020
Looking For A Longarm? from Wedding Dress Blue

The person I rent quilting time from is updating to a new machine.  She is selling the current machine, and you might be interested.

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“Millie” is a 2004 APQS Millennium machine. (Picture above is of her twin sister, Mollie, who already has a new home. No, that is not me quilting.)  Lovingly and impeccably maintained.  Comes with a lot of extras, including…

*12’ table with plastic protector for panto use.

*Laser system for panto use

*Motorized take up roller system

*Zipper system with master zippers attached to leaders if wanted

* Table-top electric bobbin winder

*50 new bobbins

*2 cones of ...

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July 10, 2020
Thursday Storms from Jo's Country Junction

Thursday was quite the day around here.  I was running around trying to play catch up when a message came from Kalissa:  “Are you still planning on taking Gannon to the dentist?”

Crap.  We had talked about this a few weeks ago.  I had offered to take him.  Poor Gannon has had three appointments (two trips) already this week to Iowa City which has meant 2 hour drives each way.  Kalissa has taken all of her days off to take him.  I had offered to take him to this appointment as it was close and do-able for me.

It was ...

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Two quilts finished! from The Crafty Quilter

Hooray! I have two quilts finished. More accurately put, I finished two quilts. It’s such a good feeling!

The first quilt is another version of my Ombre Love quilt pattern. This is such a great pattern for layer cakes (10″ squares), and I’d been hanging on to one of my favorites, Olive’s Flower Market by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics since 2017. I love the mix of colors, especially with the black added in.

Ombre Love Quilt and pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter using a layer cake of Olive's Flower Market by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics
Ombre Love Quilt and pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter using a layer cake of Olive's Flower Market by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics

I changed up the pattern just a bit by eliminating the sashing, and I stitched the hearts together into rows, instead of off-setting ...

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July 9, 2020
What I’m Reading: The Lost Orphan from Jo's Country Junction

I found a book that looked interesting…The Lost Orphan by Stacey Halls.

I love historical fiction and honestly have a little trouble finding books that are good that all aren’t WWII related.  I think that the WWII era is the “in vogue” time period to write about now.  I know 25 years ago it was more of the pioneering and Civil War times that many historical fiction books were written about…now, it seems WWII.

This one wasn’t about WWII and was a treat to get to read about a different time.  This was London 1754.

The Lost Orphan: A Novel by [Stacey Halls]
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Giraffe: A Cultural Phenomenon from Quilt & Textile Collections


The giraffe is a well-loved animal that inspired a cultural phenomenon wherever it went, even though it didn’t turn out so well for the giraffe. In 46 BC Julius Caesar celebrated his triumphs in Egypt by bringing a Cameleopard (giraffe) back to Rome to be torn to shreds by the lions in the area. In 1487, a giraffe was presented to Lorenzo de’ Medici possibly by the Sultan of Egypt in an attempt to curry favor. This giraffe was an immediate sensation and was immortalized in poetry and paintings by many artists including Botticini, Vasair and Bacchiacca. The giraffe ...

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July 8, 2020
My Doctor Appointment from Jo's Country Junction

Yesterday I went to my doctor appointment in Rochester to the Mayo Clinic.  If you’ve been following my saga, you know I have returned thyroid cancer and have been referred onto the Mayo Clinic.  I had a miserable time with the endocrinologist I was seeing and asked to be seen by someone else.  They referred me on to Doctor Ryder and I’m so very happy as she is everything my previous doctor wasn’t.  Best of all she is an oncologist AND and endocrinologist…which in reality is really who I need to be seeing.

Parking was a ...

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Moda Bake Shop: Peaks and Valleys from Jo's Country Junction

As many of you know, Kelli and I did a lot of quilts for Moda Bake Shop several years ago.  Some of the things you likely don’t know is that Moda Bake Shop isn’t ran quite the way it used to run.  The site has been reworked and can now be found through www.modafabrics.com.  Well through all of this, Kelli and I have been overwhelmed by questions from interested parties wanting the patterns for specific quilts as some of the patterns have been “lost in the archives”.  Well, to be honest, we are wanting to avoid ...

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July 7, 2020
Cross Stitch Finish: Seeking Refuge from Jo's Country Junction

A bit after Covid hit I started this cross stitch piece….


I loved it the second I saw it and wanted to stitch it.  I found it online and a kit was available so I just clicked the “buy the whole kit” button and it came in the mail…ordering online like that is so slick..and dangerous.

Well I started stitching immediately.  I started with the diamond row.  I was so nervous.  I hadn’t stitched on 40 count linen much and I was so worried I wouldn’t stick with it.  I started watching television more and more ...

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Quilt Block Mania – Summer Tent Quilt Block from Expect Moore

Here are links to all the blocks in the Quilt Block Mania Summer Series:Camping Tent by Carolina MooreBeach Umbrella by Jennifer FultonFlip Flops by Becca FenstermakerSummer Cocktail by Marian PenaBeach Ball by Laura PilandPopsicle by Sherry ShishCurvy fish by Velda RoyAngelfish by Lisa AmundsonBucket and Shovel by Heidi PridemoreWonky Beach Umbrella by Jamie SielStarfish by […]

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July 6, 2020
A few of my favorite things! And the winner announced, Finally! from Terificreations's Weblog

Drum Roll Please! After looking through the over 300 comments, checking for duplicates and the dates I would like to congratulatePamela Richards you are the winner of the Love Your Creative Space by Lilo Bowman blog tour! I’ve emailed you to confirm your email address, and contacted Lilo. Please, enjoy the book. In a few… Continue reading A few of my favorite things! And the winner announced, Finally!

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A Blessing And A Curse from Wedding Dress Blue

About two-and-one-half years ago my sewing room got a major facelift in the form of a cutting table.  YAY!  So many years of cutting on the floor were over.

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But, the curse part is that it created space to shove stuff.  A LOT of stuff.

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So, it all came out.

A really big pile went to live elsewhere.

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The batting pieces were even made into Franken-batting and given a storage space.

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And it is all back.

The top of the table is still a bit of a mess, but that can wait until tomorrow…

 

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Chair Wars (and a little organizing) from Words & Stitches

I noticed that there is a little conflict brewing among the furry co-workers. I call it Chair Wars. There is a chair next to the table I use in the home office that was a gift from my mom. While I work away at my computer, I often glance over to enjoy the sight of a furry cutie lounging nearby. Like this…

Gizmo in full “wheels up” pose!

Or this..

Milo in repose aka “resting moose”

Slowly, it dawned on me that whichever cat claimed the chair first would “camp” there for the day…the winner of Chair Wars.

Then ...

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Sew Thankful Sunday, July 2020 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. I try to do that once a month for 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 mentioned without your consent, please let me know and I will take you off the current list of featured bloggers ...

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July 5, 2020
Six Dames - from Claire Passmore

 I haven't been able to share much of what I have been making lately as it has been for several calls for entry that require the work not to have been shown beforehand. So I thought I would share some more of the wonderful work made by the members of the' Six Dames' online group to which I belong. 
One of the great things about having a virtual group is that, despite the Covid-19 outbreak, it is 'business as usual' for us. Every 3 months we work on a new piece based on a stimulus one of the group ...

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Joyful Sabbath from Wedding Dress Blue

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Back to Quarantine: I guess I’ll sew!! from Jo's Country Junction

Well I’m back to quarantine…back to not really seeing the kids or grandkids.  Covid has struck in our area.  I know several people who I see on a regular basis that have it.  Our county went from zero cases to seven in a the matter of a week and I’m sure that number is really going to jump as I myself know 6 people that have it.

After the news, we decided as a family that we have to stay apart again.  UGH…that’s no fun but necessary.  It’s really important that both Gannon and ...

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July 4, 2020
Blog Updates and a New Business from Jo's Country Junction

So many of you noticed the updates on the blog.  There’s a new header and some thing have been added along the side including a “Keeping up with the Kramers”…A blog reader said she likes to read Kayla’s and Kalissa’s blogs but often can’t find them.  Well now they are in an easy access spot right in the right hand column.

I’d really welcome any other suggestions you might send my way on making the blog easier for you to use and navigate.

Kayla has been working on blog and making the changes.  You ...

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I Finished the Baby Quilt!!!! from 120 Blocks

And it has been gifted, so nsow I can show pictures. I call it Penguins in School Sweaters. Dad likes penguins and works in college sports administration, so it seemed appropriate. The sweaters represent the schools that Mom and Dad … Continue reading

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Adventures in Learning to Longarm Quilt from Essie's Quilts

It has been a few weeks since we visited with Diane and the HQ Stitch blog. We are following my friend, Diane’s adventures in learning to longarm quilt on her new HQ Capri. If you haven’t read the prior posts you can catch up here. Look on the right side and you will see Previous Blog Posts. We started back on April 11, 2020 with the post titled Getting Started with Longarm Quilting.

Diane has come along way in her quest. She overcame her fear and she has experimented with many types of quilting. She’s gotten familiar ...

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Adventures in Learning to Longarm Quilt from Gwen's Quilts

It has been a few weeks since we visited with Diane and the HQ Stitch blog. We are following my friend, Diane’s adventures in learning to longarm quilt on her new HQ Capri. If you haven’t read the prior posts you can catch up here. Look on the right side and you will see Previous Blog Posts. We started back on April 11, 2020 with the post titled Getting Started with Longarm Quilting.

Diane has come along way in her quest. She overcame her fear and she has experimented with many types of quilting. She’s gotten familiar ...

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