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January 11, 2021
Covid Journey from Wedding Dress Blue

Husband really wanted to see some of the grandchildren at Christmas. So, Number One Son, his wife and their two boys came over for a few hours. It was a delightful time.

Two days later, we all developed colds.

Three days after that, Daughter-In-Law let us know she had tested positive for Covid-19.

Ah, we don’t actually have colds.

Tests on the three of us all came back positive.

This was particularly scary because I am in a high-risk category due to lung damage from severe pneumonia 6-1/2 years ago.

But, thanks to good genetics, good luck and ...

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January 10, 2021
Community Quilts from Ray! from Jo's Country Junction

I’ve got a treat for you all…Ray sent me pictures of a bunch of finished quilts.

Ray writes:
Do you remember the chewing gum commercial, “Double your pleasure, double your fun with Doublemint gum?” Today I am going to double your quilting pleasure with double quilts. Joanne from NY made twin quilt tops and sent them to you and you forwarded them to me.


I love the pattern and colors. This pattern is on my To-Do list of quilts. I must admit I added a border.

I just wanted them to be a tad bit bigger. Joanne included ...

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Joyful Sabbath from Wedding Dress Blue

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Project Quilting 12.1 from Words & Stitches

Finished and sliding in under the wire.. it’s nice to keep the tradition alive! I bit off a tad more than I should have this week and decided to make a throw size quilt. I used a super easy star block featuring 8 different yellows and a grey, many left over from a quilt I made for my youngest a while back. Roughly 60″x60″, this was a throw that was quickly claimed by my oldest (her favorite color has been “lellow” since before she could speak. )

I made the border by cutting 3.5″ strips and cutting then ...

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Restaurant Ranch from Jo's Country Junction

So our family has this thing with Ranch Dressing.  We love it…we actually love it a lot….well, that’s not quite true.  We love the Ranch that the local bar serves with its combination platter.  We all believe it is different from the Ranch you get in any bottle at the grocery store.

Well prior to Christmas, Kelli, our daughter,  ordered from a pizza place in Decorah and they had the same Ranch.  Up to that date, Kelli had been having lots of trouble with morning sickness (or rather an all-day sickness) with her pregnancy.  That has since ...

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January 9, 2021
Cross Stitching in 2020 from Jo's Country Junction

2020 was the year I took on cross-stitch again.  I had started back up in 2019 but then most of my stitching was done at the hospital while my husband, Kramer, was sick.  Then he passed away and honestly, I didn’t do much crafting or stitching for a bit.

At the time I was working my way through stitching the sheep virtues from Little House Needleworks.  These…

FULL BUNDLE 2013 Sheep Virtues cross stitch and 50 similar items

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I stitched one of these each a month over 2019 and the last one I finished in January of 2020.  I wrote a blog post that ...

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Snowfall from On Point Quilter

Having lived all my life in either North Dakota or Minnesota, I have a fondness for snow -- with the exception of having to drive in it.  I even enjoy shoveling my driveway after a fresh snowfall.

In my Master's group in Tech Know Quilters, I used the December 2020 free fabric collection from EQ to design snow-like Dresden blocks.  First Snowfall by Hoffman, is a beautiful collection of whites, blues, greys and even pale greens.  Make sure to downlod the collection from the Do You EQ website.  The collection even includes some Ombre fabrics.

In this tutorial, I will ...

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Weekly Weigh-in from Words & Stitches

Aaack! It’s Friday and, as the rabbit says, I’m late! So, first things first…”Cross Fit” is trademarked so my UFO campaign is officially changing to Quilter’s Cross Training. Same concept minus the trademark infringement.

My first week was pretty productive. I finished a few scrub caps over the break but I’m not certain which ones were the first week of January. </p>
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January 8, 2021
My Word for 2021 from Professional Quilter

Welcome 2021!

I’d say Good Riddance to 2020, but not so fast. I don’t know anyone who isn’t glad to see 2020 end. Yet 2020 was filled with lessons for all of us if we stop and think about it. And, it looks like we are still caught in the throes of the pandemic a bit longer, so the lessons continue.

Over the years I’ve picked a word to guide me as I start each year. I’ve been picking a word of the year since around 2005. I can’t remember exactly. I do remember ...

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A Scrappy Boomerang from Wedding Dress Blue

She sent me a scrap bag generated by two weeks of being a “quilting fool.” In it were some small jelly roll scraps.

I should have taken pictures of the process. I really will do that for one of these scrap adoption projects this year, but I tend to get excited and carried away and then forget to do that.

But let it be said that the scraps became this:

I sent a message to her to show what had happened to her scraps. She immediately suggested I give them back to her to make a matching quilt for the ...

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January 7, 2021
8 resources for free quilt block patterns from The Crafty Quilter

The other day I was looking for the dimensions for a particular quilt block pattern. This led me down a rabbit hole, but in the end, I discovered 8 resources for free quilt block patterns! What’s a good quilting buddy going to do but share them with her friends!

Check out these 8 resources for FREE quilt block patterns @ The Crafty Quilter!
  1. Generations Quilt Patterns is a website that is loaded, I mean filled to the brim loaded, with free resources for quilters. It has a Free Quilt Block Patterns Library that includes pictures of block construction, pressing directions and tips. The quilt block patterns are categorized by name and by size ...

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Oak Bay from Kim Hanson Quilts

The hazy, grey clouds hung low over Oak Bay, temporarily obscuring any glimpse of either the Chatham Islands or Mount Baker. Listening to the waves crash against the shore and watching the sea gulls fight against the strong breeze brought me an overwhelmingly sense of peace and well-being. The heavy, wet air clung like static to the hotel blanket covering my lap.

Sitting outside at the patio table, my steaming cup of earl grey tea had rapidly cooled off. It was February, after all.

My husband, wrapped tight in his white, fleecy robe pushes open the sliding glass doors and ...

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How I’ve Kept My Sanity: Crafting Through Misdiagnosis… (Part 2) from Eric the Quilter

Nuno Felting!

Yes, Nuno Felting is so much fun! I started working on them when I got really sick from my negligent doctors, but now I am up and running with them! (My white blood cell count is now within normal range!!!!) They were so much fun to make, and it was nice, because when I was sick, it allowed me the chance to make something in stages, instead of all at once. I could felt it over 2 or 3 days, and it was a great experience! It’s not exactly the fastest thing in the world, but it ...

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January 6, 2021
2020 Quilt Report from Wedding Dress Blue

2020 was a difficult year in many ways for many people, but in our sewing room, Sparkle Jane and I had a banner year.

We built all sorts of quilts… (not all shown here)

Donation quilts…

Small Quilts…

Random Gift Quilts…

Wedding Quilts…

Sparkle Jane quilts…

By rough estimate, we used about 264 yards of fabric this year. The sad part is by looking at the sewing room, you can’t tell the difference. I don’t even know where it all comes from. We don’t buy much…

Here is the year in list form:

  1. Charleston Pavement (COMPLETE 2 ...

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January 5, 2021
Toxic Medicine: Part 2 – The Infection (Hang In There) from Eric the Quilter

So, as you know, I picked up an infection during my colonoscopy procedure. After the procedure, I had some really nasty side effects. I had lots of pain and discomfort, on top of quite a bit of drainage, and even bleeding. This was not quite what I signed up for. When I complained about these things, and asked why Dr Foley didn’t perform the fistulotomy, she responded with, since there was muscle tissue, she did not want to do the fistulotomy. When you cut muscle tissue, she said there were quite a bit of complications that could involve severe ...

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January 4, 2021
Will 2021 Be Any Better? from Victoria's Life On A Page

I had high hopes that 2021 might be a much better year but it’s looking kinda iffy. With Biden coming in office making so many mandates and so much mis-information on Covid, I doubt much will change. Government wants to shut down businesses and ban travel. Bottom line, we are ruining people’s lives. But I leave that debate for another day as I try not to hash out politics I can’t change. Wait for the next election and hope people vote wiser.

But what changes for the common man, or woman in this case? Not a lot ...

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

First off, can I say Holy Cow!!  You all answered my Halloween fabric SOS in droves!!

You might remember last week I said that I needed 2 1/2″ strips of Halloween fabric.  I had designed the wedding quilt and then submitted it to American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  They wanted the design but asked for it to be made in Halloween prints.  I said YES but then realized I really didn’t have any Halloween prints.  I could have ordered something from Moda but Jody at APQ said she wanted it scrappy.  That’s where you all came in ...

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January 3, 2021
New purse from quilt blocks from Quilt in Progress

I finished my new purse, and once I purged the heaviest items from it, I love carrying it.

My old purse was also homemade, just a bucket style with short handles and the top opening left open. Too many times it would fall over and I would lose items. The last time was when I turned in a loaner car when my own car was repaired, then found out later that all my gift cards had fallen out into the back seat. Luckily they were still there, but I realized I wanted a purse with some kind of covering.

I ...

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Sew Thankful Sunday, January 2021 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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Joyful Sabbath from Wedding Dress Blue

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