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February 9, 2019
A Finished "Squirrel"! from Indigo Threads

This post has been a long time coming.  I've actually had this quilt finished since August of last year so it could be in the guild quilt show, but I didn't have time to do a post nor did I have decent photos of the quilt.  Finally the stars have aligned!  I've finally managed to get some decent photos and I have time to post!

"Falling Crumbs"
80 x 95 inches
hanging at the quilt show

First, an explanation for my post title.  You'll see a Squirrel! logo on my left side bar.  Quiltdivajulie at Me ...

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February 5, 2019
Focus focus focus! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm not sure why I wasn't focused on quilting before. I mean - focused on finishing projects. I would flit from one project to another until I had a room full of UFOs. Why does it take "experience" AKA aging to bring that point home? If only I was this focused when I started, I'd be laughing! Now I'm in the midst of a major cleanup. So if you're new to quilting, DO NOT let those UFOs get out of hand.

However the good news is that it's like shopping for free. The UFOs that ...

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January 31, 2019
Just one of those mornings! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Thankfully, I'm one of those people that can jump out of bed and be productive five minutes later.

I fired up several sewing machines and then I just seemed to have one issue after another. Loosening the tension and changing the needle helped one machine and wouldn't you know it - the other one needed a new needle as well. But not before I spent some time ripping!

How do you love that crazy weather out there? Even the girls are happy to be in the house! While they both have big thick fur coats, it's their feet ...

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January 21, 2019
Sit n Sew day!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


What a crazy day! We had a Sit n Sew day scheduled, but was the weather going to cooperate? Well, it did and it didn't. We didn't get nearly the amount of snow that was forecast but it was cold. I left it up to the ladies to decide. Three die-hards showed up! Lynn, Linda, and Ronda and we had a blast. We almost (but didn't) say that we should have small groups for future sit n sew days!  NO - that's not going to happen, but it was a calm day, to say the least.

Took ...

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January 20, 2019
Snow Storm, More Organizing and Stitching! from Quilts....etc.

Saturday was a busy cold day! First off we had snow – this is not something that happens every winter for us so –to me- it is nice to see, we had a couple inches, some of it melted right away, but we still have some here today.  Snow off in the woods. And a […]

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January 19, 2019
Week 2 of 2019: Stitching and De-Stashing from Life In Pieces

It's been a good weekend to stay home.  We started the weekend with the rain, the wind and the cold.  Not as cold as it was up north, but wet and cold enough to be really miserable if you were out in it.  It did finally get cold enough to snow.  So it was definitely a good weekend to stay in and play catch up on my sewing time for the week. 



The second week of January wasn't one of my best for getting into the sewing room.  We celebrated the Scientist in Training's 20th birthday last ...

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December 17, 2018
It’s Hard to Settle from Romany Quilting

It’s hard to settle at this time of year, with so much going on during the pre-Christmas rush and all the end of year social activities which come at this time of year.  I’ve been busy writing letters to pop into the overseas Christmas Cards, so that’s a job well done.  The Christmas Cake is made and maturing nicely – what else do I need to do in the way of kitchen duties?  Decide on the Christmas Day dessert, I’m leaning towards making a Chocolate Cheesecake, and there will be a Christmas Pudding, too, of course.   It ...

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December 12, 2018
Snow, Outside and In! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Merry Christmas! Well, it's not like we didn't know it was coming. The snowmageddon event had been forecast for days. My daughter used this analogy earlier in the year as we awaited a hurricane: "it's like being stalked by a turtle".  Yes, we knew it was coming and we were as prepared as we could have been. The stores were depleted of milk, bread and toilet tissue last Friday. This was the

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Snow, Outside and In! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Merry Christmas! Well, it's not like we didn't know it was coming. The snowmageddon event had been forecast for days. My daughter used this analogy earlier in the year as we awaited a hurricane: "it's like being stalked by a turtle".  Yes, we knew it was coming and we were as prepared as we could have been. The stores were depleted of milk, bread and toilet tissue last Friday. This was the

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December 11, 2018
Snow Day Continued from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I had too many photos from the snow this weekend to pile it all into one post so this is Snow Day: Part II: Brought to you by Skeet: Who's first order of business is to check in with the local feline supervisor Our chicken yard was transformed: Into an igloo! The cats have taken up refuge With the chickens: And guineas With 12 chickens and 6

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December 9, 2018
Snow Day from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

We have enjoyed an unusually long, and beautiful Fall, but it came to an abrupt halt Saturday morning:


We awoke to about 6"


Which is quite a lot for us here in the desert. Skeet was elated:


But first things first:


Yes, even before our breakfast, critters are tended to:


And feed troughs need to be shoveled out before feed can be doled out:


With both of us shoveling, it only took half as long


Breakfast is served:


And after tending to some other chores:


And a little more time behind the shovel


DH enjoyed a well-deserved breakfast of steak ...

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Another Quilt on the Clothesline from Romany Quilting

We can’t complain about the weather, summer had well and truly arrived after several days of horrible cold wind.  I’m enjoying sitting outside on the patio, under our shady Archgola, and Gemma likes to keep me company.  She has a fine time stalking little bugs and moths hiding in the lawn, or just lying around on the warm concrete path.  Then there are the birds chirping away in the high trees, tormenting her as they are not within reaching distance.

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Gemma is in stealth mode

It’s such a beautiful warm day today with a slight breeze that ...

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November 18, 2018
Week 46 of 2018: Stitching and De-Stashing from Life In Pieces

It's been a weird week. We started the work week with snow.



We ended up with just a couple of inches.



The kids still had school, though the Scientist in Training's physics test did get postponed.  It just seems awfully early for us to have a round of the cold, wet stuff.  

It's Sunday, so it's time to reflect on how well the quilty stuff went this week.  



Including how much stitching time I got in.  Finding even just 15 minutes a night keeps projects moving and usually if I can get myself up to the ...

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November 15, 2018
Bundle Up from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Yesterday I hauled the boys to the east side of the ranch:   Gosh, I hated to watch them trot off It was just a tad chilly: This was our first hard frost: Ready or not:

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October 24, 2018
Soggy from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Around here we celebrate days like this They are few and far between here in the desert and everyone's happy when it's wet: When it gets like this, the roads are too wet to get around and we don't want to tear them up: So DH is using the morning to catch up on errands in town. Skeet says: "If you're going. I'm going.":                              But we convinced him that

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September 27, 2018
Company at Midnight from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

This week I'm setting the alarm at 3:45 for 5 a.m. breakfasts. I take showers at night because I just can't at 3:30 in the morning and because we work outside with cattle and horses and dirt. I'm pretty low maintenance and can be somewhat presentable with teeth brushed, face washed, and clothes on in less than 10 minutes while the oven preheats. So, we're turning out the lights by 9 p.m.at the

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September 26, 2018
Quilts for Carolina hurricane victims from Stitchin' Therapy

California Thomas Fire Quilts | FromMyCarolinaHome.com
From my Carolina Home quilt 
   Carole at From My Carolina Home shared a post today about her hurricane project.   She has  also prepared a PDF of the split 9 patch block she will be using.   mIt's the same as those used for the California Fire quilts.  So instead of me "plaining" it all, please drop in and read her details.
 




  Quilts of Compassion are also making and collecting quilts for the Hurricane Florence victims.   Their latest posts lists a couple of shops who are helping collect quilts, as well as address for mailing quilts. 

  The news here is showing ...

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September 17, 2018
It was minimal for us from Stitchin' Therapy

  Today all is fine.  The storm has passed directly over us with very minimal damage to our area.    We had some winds on Saturday, and rain began in the afternoon.  Sunday was more rain....light mostly.  But it was a painful day for me....I found out on the weather last night that the eye passed directly over us.  That low pressure had been giving me high pain for the weekend.

  We did hear from a cousin who rode the storm out in Wilmington.  No power, all wind and rain for 72 hours.  Damage to the roof from limbs with ...

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September 12, 2018
Storm update from Stitchin' Therapy

  Thank you to so many for the notes and emails about the hurricane.  We are prepped and have been keeping an eye on updates.  If you have never lived near the coast you may not understand how things change in the forecast.  That is one reason we prepare----rather safe than sorry. 
  So this morning, it has changed again.....for the worse for us that are inland even. 

Hurricane storm track

  It appears the storm is expected to take a dip south or even slide south along the coast.  Then it will probably curve north right over our upstate area to North Carolina mountains ...

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August 23, 2018
WET! from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

At 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning we awoke to the first drops of rain tapping on the windows. Radar was checked:  By 4:30 it had moved on, leaving this in it's wake: The light in this next shot is DH's flashlight. Yes, we are excited enough to walk out after the rain at 4:30 in the morning to check the rain gauge: To say we are ecstatic is an understatement: Not a drop of rain in

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