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December 11, 2023
Decluttering continues from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Hmmm --- where was the lightbulb moment last night? We opened the door to Day 10 on the EXIT Game Advent Calendar and figured out what to do with all the pieces (or so we think!). Now, how do we interpret those pieces? We left it - I was going to go back before bed but didn't, so I'll try again today. We may need to look at the clues, but I think we will need all three before this is solved! Some days, the puzzles are tricky, and some are not! 

I stopped at the library the other day ...

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GESLOTEN from Supergoof Quilts


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Jingle Ball recap from Just Sew Sue


The Jingle Ball was a virtual cross stitching event held at the beginning of the month and organised by Lindy Stitches. It was very much designed for North Americans and the main part I could participate in was the stitching rooms, which was fun and the speed dating where you were matched with someone for a five-minute chat. I have linked up with several of the ladies via Instagram.

The event started on the Friday night but not until 11pm GMT so I had a quick look around the shops and downloaded some free charts that designers gifted to attendees ...

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Christmas Traditions from Happy Cottage Quilter

 As we start the Christmas season, I thought I would share Christmas traditions that are typical for our country. 

Christmas is the holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Although it is a religious holiday, many modern American customs were brought about from other countries. The Christmas season usually starts the day after Thanksgiving. 

"Christmas" comes from the phrase Christes Masse , the name Roman Catholics used for worship service on December 25th. Another name is Advent, meaning "coming", awaiting the Messiah.  In A.D. 336 the Roman Emperor Constantine declared December 25th to be the celebration of Christ's birth ...

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Progress.......... from Exuberant Color

The seam was pressed and red bear print flannel backing was loaded on the longarm.  I also pressed the blue flannel for the other I Spy quilt and it is ready to have the seam sewn.  Maybe I can get the batting and top loaded and the machine threaded today.  Hopefully I will also be inspired to turn on the machine and do the quilting.

I had 3 sessions of hand sewing on the binding of the batik star quilt and now 3 sides are finished.  One long side to go.

Two readers alerted me to the name of the ...

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Design Wall Monday - December 11, 2023 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

 Good Morning Quilters!

Since I’ve been sick with a bad cold for over a week, I’ve done little quilting,  However, I did do a little planning on what I want to work on to start the new year.  The number of UFOs here must be dealt with, and 2024 will start with a good push against them.  I know, it is only mid-December and I have no Christmas decorations up yet, but the thoughts of starting the new year with some pleasant beginnings cheered me up.  I didn’t feel like doing too much.  I am feeling better ...

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Playing Catch-Up Again from Quarter-Inch Capers

What a week! I have been so busy catching up on what I needed to get done, I didn’t even take time to write a blog post. My friend Betty offered to help me catch up on binding donation quilts, and I certainly didn’t want to miss an opportunity to get some help. While Betty was working on binding, I was getting caught up on customer commitments. I got Janice’s quilt done.

I like the piano key border.

Another lady brought me two cross-stitched pieces her mom had made for stockings for the great grands. They asked ...

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Stacking Up S'mores from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

 Whenever I can find the time, I sneak into my sewing room and work on my S'mores blocks.                                           When I began, I didn't have a certain size in mind. The original quilt takes 113 blocks, but that only makes a 57" x 57" quilt and I'm having so

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Decorating Done! from Quilts....etc.

Well instead of getting much of anything done in the sewing room Christmas decorating was done instead.  I did get a few more hexies thread basted, a book finished and quilting in the evening like usual. I thought I would share my Christmas quilting decorations with you today – many of you have seen this […]

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A Third Flimsy from The Quilting Reader's Garden

 Got to make another flimsy. I have to keep up with the ladies that need them to finish a quilt.  Otherwise I am quilting two others I have made. Still using swap blocks for a quick finish.What are you up to?  Leave me a comment and I'll go to your blog and reply.Blessings!

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A Third Flimsy from Quilting Reader's Garden

 Got to make another flimsy. I have to keep up with the ladies that need them to finish a quilt.  Otherwise I am quilting two others I have made. Still using swap blocks for a quick finish.What are you up to?  Leave me a comment and I'll go to your blog and reply.Blessings!

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1211 Rail Fence Ripple Quilt Block Tutorial | Fat Quarter Friendly | Block of the Day 2023 from Quiltnotes All Blogs

Designed by Becky Cogan for Need’l Love, this block is part of a free quilt pattern available from Click or scan the code on the instructions to download.

Rail Fence Ripple Quilt Block 6"

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Going through books again............ from Exuberant Color

A while back I showed the bookcase in my studio that had 2 collapsed shelves.  The books were too heavy for the shelves.  My son stopped by yesterday afternoon and I had him do a few things for me.  One was removing the bookcase.  This meant moving out the last shelf of books.  I had gone through the other 4 shelves earlier.

This is a book from 2014 and has 2 pages devoted to each of a lot of the "in" people in the quilting world, a lot of them fabric designers.

This is Kaffe Fassett's quilt.  There aren ...

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Getting Quilts Ready To Be Quilted from Quilting My Way

 Some days I can figure a title, other days, not so much! I wish at times I was good at this. 

Today was pretty busy. Guess I can say part of that is my fault for waiting till the last minute! Like right now - I have backing in the wash and needs to be dried by tomorrow morning. 

I started out with getting my gifts wrapped for tomorrow. Then I wanted to cut the backing and batting for 4 quilts. I asked the church to do 2 of the quilts. Before I realized 2 of the quilts were too small ...

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Christmas Rally and Fantasy Cave from Romany Quilting

The last caravan club rally of the year was held at the Woodville/Pahiatua Race Course, an 80km trip away driving up and over the Saddle Road.    There were nine vans on site for this rally.  The weather was mostly sunny, but come Sunday when it was time to drive back home, the wind was fierce enough to cause concerns.  Towing a caravan or driving a motorhome in windy weather is always a concern.


Parked at the Race Course

We had a fun day out on Saturday.  Later in the morning the members pooled cars and set of to Dannevirke ...

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December 10th from Thread Head

Sewing on the skirt. Lutterloh patterns have no sewing instructions, so it is lots of fun figuring out how to sew something.
Sleepy pets!

 All the best!♥︎

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Sew & Tell ~ December 11, 2023 from Melva Loves Scraps

We are in the midst of the season that gets busy... schedules filled with plans for Christmas or holiday gatherings with family, friends or business associates, special concerts, decorating, baking and more.

Most of last week's to-do list items were completed with ease... The t-shirt quilt was delivered and received with joy.  You can read about my customer's reaction here.

Mini-quilt #49/52, that I shared on Thursday, the first evening of Hanukkah came with a brief history lesson that I found on-line.

Today, I back-track to mini-quilt #48/52... A Modern Christmas Sampler.

It is 5"x7 ...

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FlossMas 2023 - 9th December from Thankfullga447

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Bad Blogging but Good Quilting from High Road Quilter

 I can't believe it has been a month since I posted last. I have been quilting everyday. I can prove it because I have recorded what I have worked on each day and posted it on my YouTube channel as a part of the 15 Minutes to Quilt Challenge. It has been a lot of fun taking out one of my many WIPs and getting 15 minutes of progress on each of them.

You are welcome to join in on the challenge if you would like. The 15 Minutes to Stitch has been such a great motivator that I ...

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Christmas Beading 27, 28 from Virtual Quilter

I like the first design, and can see that there is room for some quilting.

The second design has less room for quilting, but more colourful beading.

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