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November 14, 2020
The Journey Continues from Sew Preeti Quilts


The journey has been long, uphill and relentless.  These pictures are from a display at the Dulles International Airport in February 2020. I believe it is relevant to share them today.


Display at IAD in February 2020



Display at IAD in February 2020


Display at IAD in February 2020


Display at IAD in February 2020



Me: Imagine you are eating a slice of the yummiest blueberry pie...
Paul: Oh I love blueberry pie
Me: Yes, but this is oh so much better than any other blueberry pie
Paul: How so?
Me: The crust is flaky and the filling is made ...

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November 3, 2020
Stitch, Vote, Stitch… from Where Art & Life Meet

If you haven’t already, VOTE! Every single vote counts. So go vote. And if you’re like me, you’ll be taking a little bag with you filled with some fabric, lots of threads and a pair of scissors neatly protected in a hand stitched Scissor Case. Oh c’mon, you didn’t expect me NOT to link to… Continue reading Stitch, Vote, Stitch…

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October 30, 2020
Our (Property) Values from Sew Preeti Quilts

The year was 2005. I was working as a junior planner in Fort Lauderdale. Broward County was conducting a public hearing on a proposed light rail line connecting the western part of the county to downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The beginning


Before Touch-up

After Touch-up (Head, Flower & Shoe completed)

Growing Trees

Roofs under Construction


Colorful Tiles!!!



Housing Project


I remember arriving at the venue about 4:00PM, setting up easels showing the area maps, flip boards and markers, and sign in sheets with several pens. The event began at 6:00PM with a formal presentation from the Florida Department of Transportation ...

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September 9, 2020
Another Vote Block from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I was finally able to find a chunk of time this weekend to work on another VOTE block.



This one is paper pieced and very similar to the one I made back in June.  Months ago, I tried to change a "LOVE" block into a "VOTE" block and was not very successful at first.  But many Designers out there are revising their LOVE patterns so the work is now done.

This block is by Sam Hunter (Hunter's Design Studio).  The pattern includes two sizes - I made the 9 x 11" block.  All profits from this pattern are donated to ...

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August 19, 2020
Flag Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment - where some women won the right to vote.

 I am still slowly working on my "Vote" quilt.  For weeks I have been thinking about adding some flag blocks to the mix.  But truthfully, with the country so divided, I haven't felt all that patriotic and have been hesitant on making them.




Then I came across the pattern for the Wave Your Flag Tablerunner pattern at the Fat Quarter Shop.  I was drawn to this block - not because of the "pride" it portrayed but because of the division ...

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July 29, 2020
Ratification Stars from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Recently, I watched the 4 hour American Experience documentary "The Vote".  I realized I had forgotten so much about the struggle women endured for generations to obtain my right to vote.  I highly recommend the show.    Here is what is said about the show:


One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

In its final decade, from 1909 to ...

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July 14, 2020
Be Counted from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Just popping in today to share my latest block finish.




I made this block to remind everyone in the US to be sure and complete their 2020 census.  The census can be filled out by mail, online or by phone.  It just takes a few moments to complete and it helps put money into your community. 
 If you haven't yet, please go to 2020Census.gov and be counted.

There are no citizenship questions on the questionnaire.

I appreciate you taking the time!


And if you want to know more about how I made the lettering for this block, I ...

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July 3, 2020
Voting By Mail from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

The post for my finish this week got pushed out to next week, so today I am sharing the newest block I made for my Vote quilt.




I really didn't have a firm plan for this block.  I started by cutting some 1" strips and I made the letters.  Then I just added enough fabric around it to trim it into the diamond shape I needed.  The rest of the block was just a matter of sewing on pieces and trimming them up to the look I wanted.

I live in the state of Oregon in the US.  Here ...

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June 26, 2020
Vote : Big and Small from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I don't have a finished quilt to share with you this week but I did finish another of my "Vote" blocks.  This one uses the Spell It With Fabric letters from Moda.
(You can get the free pdf pattern here.)




The blocks finish at 10" tall.  I haven't attached them together yet because I am not sure exactly how I will use them in the quilt.  It might be fun to add some stars in between the letters.  But I have lots of time to think about that - I have many more blocks to do!





You can see ...

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June 10, 2020
What a Mess! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

This is my first post in the new blogger format.  It took me forever just to find the button to make a new post.  I am already expecting a bumpy ride!




I finished another vote block for my newest project.

Talk about a mess!  I started with the "LOVE" paper piece pattern by Diane Bohn.  The word Vote and Love are extremely similar  -  I just needed to change the L to a T.  
The pattern is easy enough - the mess was my own creation.

I prepared for this block like I do for any block.  I grabbed a couple chunks ...

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May 31, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Something New from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

As I am sitting at home with little distractions, I find myself doing a lot of thinking.
One subject I have been doing a lot of thinking on is voting.

The right to vote is the foundation to any democracy.


The 19th Amendment guarantees American women the right to vote.  Early in America's history, women were denied some of the basic rights enjoyed by male citizens.  Married women couldn't own property and had no legal claim to any money they might earn.  No female had the right to vote.
After decades of struggle and agitation, on June ...

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