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August 1, 2021
Sunday Chat, Quilting, Gardens and more from From My Carolina Home

Here we are, the beginning of August, the dog days. It has been way too hot for my taste lately, but there is a cool down in the forecast for this coming week, and I hope it is real. Oliver and Charlie came by for a sandwich more than one day.

Oliver seems to be getting a bit older. The life span of a squirrel is pretty short, and I’ll be sad when he isn’t around anymore.

My candy stripe verbena decided to bloom again, lovely purple and white flowers.

I just love purple. The hydrangeas have a ...

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July 30, 2021
And the Winner is... from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

We were thrilled to see so many wonderful flowers listed in our giveaway! It is great to know that so many stitchers out there love flowers as much as we do. Lilies and tulips led the way as the most popular flowers, but there were quite a few that piqued our interest since we hadn't stitched them before. Flowers have been our mainstay to stitch since we began our little business, and we thought it would be fun to show some of the ones that we have stitched—along with a few that are now on our stitching radar ...

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July 27, 2021
Homegrown, Home-dyed Indigo from The Ardent Thread

The grandkids are visiting for the summer, which means I’ve been busy juggling a toddler and a bigger kid, both of whom need things to do outside.

Taking this video as inspiration, I decided to go for something we could do TODAY from start to finish and see results. [YouTube video: “Indigo Dyeing with fresh indigo leaves // 生葉で藍染”]

Our local soil is kind of garbage. It’s sandy, silty, and blows away in the wind, but we find ways to work with it.

I ordered indigo seeds from The Dogwood Dyer several months ago and lo and behold, they ...

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July 17, 2021
Summer, projects and updates from The Crafty Quilter

Sometimes finding a title for a blog post takes longer than writing the thing. Well, not really, but it’s a roadblock for sure. I have been all over the place with life lately and not as focused on the quilting world as I’d like to be. So here’s a little update on what’s happening in my world this summer.

We’ve been enjoying a lot of time at home and taking short trips here and there. We’ll be going to Austin next weekend to celebrate our granddaughter’s 6th birthday. We’ll be watching her ...

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July 16, 2021
on the go top from Making A Lather

 this past week I started working on an older ufo - on the go. It was a kit I bought in 2014 for a donation quilt. It is bright and colorful and easy. I added the outside borders this morning. It was raining or I would have a better picture. I have fabric for the binding, but, I will need to find a suitable backing in my stash. Then, it will live with the other quilts waiting to be quilted.


My radishes are ready for harvesting. I picked a mild radish, and, it is too hot for me. Good thing the ...

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July 14, 2021
on the go from Making A Lather

 The mint has really done well this year. I have had several versions of mint for years, and, have not done anything with them, except munch on a leaf every now and then. This year, I have started drying them, and making tea with them. I am really enjoying them cold. By now, I don't remember what the names are, I do know, I like the taste of the ones by the rose bush more than the ones in the wash tub. 

I cut them back 2xs a week.

these are the best taste.

I found my on the ...

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July 11, 2021
Sunday Chat from From My Carolina Home

On the veranda, look who is back! The wren couple have build another nest in a little metal bucket. I felt so bad for them when something got their eggs a couple of weeks ago. Maybe they will be able to raise a family this time. I hope their nest is high enough so no predators get at it. They still won’t use the birdhouse that My Sweet Babboo got for them. Look closely, those white spots are on the female wren as she is sitting on at least two eggs. I tried to get a good look when ...

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July 9, 2021
quilt waffles from Making A Lather

We have felt the aftermath of the tropical storm elsa here in Indiana. Lots of rain and mild winds hit yesterday, and, it looks like more rain today. The garden is happy, the gardener not so much.

coreopsis -good for disinfection and metabolic disorders and it is pretty

It is always a pleasure when the quilt is off the floor at the longarm. I am making progress on aunt eliza's star. It is a big quilt. I am doing swirls, nothing fancy.


I have a few waffle blocks left to make. I need to make more pieced rows for ...

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June 30, 2021
sheep pillow from Making A Lather

This is  an old rug hooking/ needle punch project that I have not finished. I took it with me to rug hooking along with my featherweight, and sewed it into a pillow. I used a pillow form from Goodwill for the stuffing. Besides the cute sheep, I liked the project  since it was hooked on a wool fabric instead of a typical rug hooking backing. Before I start a new rug project, I am trying to empty the unfinished drawer. I still have 2 or 3 bigger projects in the drawer to finish.



I like that is a two sided ...

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June 26, 2021
Sashings done! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

All the applique sashings are now done!  Yippee!

Just three big blocks and four smaller blocks and this top will be done.

Here are a few close-ups of my border blocks.  Rail fence blocks beside the sashings and the same fabric beside the smaller blocks.  
In the corners are sixteen patch blocks.
Altogether, I'm very pleased with my version and I did take some liberties with the blocks!

This morning, hubby and I took a walk around our hill garden and one side of our home.  We are having rainy weather for the next several days and the rain ...

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June 25, 2021
It's A Flimsy from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Even though I don't have a complete finish, I thought I would share my recent flimsy to prove I have been sewing a bit.




TA DA!  I love the color purple and all of the berry shades in this quilt top make me so happy.  




Most of the floral fabrics were a generous gift from a friend.  I had said how I loved these prints and she shared some leftovers with me once she finished her quilt.  I really didn't want to cut them up small, so I used my All That Jazz pattern.

I love it!




My ...

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June 20, 2021
“Snuggle” from Heart Desire Creations

Finished the baby rag quilt I started here. It was a quick sew, but the clipping took a while. I’d clip, rest, clip some more, do something else, then clip, clip, clip! The quilt has been washed and dried twice to get it fluffed up. Each washing & dry will make it more snuggly.

I secured the outside of the quilt with an extra strip doubled over instead of binding. It too is clipped. The stripe brightens the quilt and pulls it all together.

For the backing I used a bright directional print, but altered direction of the design. SNUGGLE ...

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June 15, 2021
FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY, SPRING 2021 from Kwilty Pleasures

My husband bought me the best birthday gift this year.
A membership + One to Franklin Park Conservatory.

I don't mind going alone, but taking a friend is very special.
Especially if they have never been there.

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June 12, 2021
Flower Power... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

It's Flower Power Friday...



The hens want to take you 

on a walk around the yard...





Rhodie by the Thread Shed...





Rhodie.....Close-Up View






Calla Lily...





Close-Up View






Lupine






Rose Bush






Peonies






Peonies....Close-Up View





Roses and Peonies






Yellow Iris






Light Blue Iris






Star Lilies






Star Lily.....Close-Up view








It is RAINING here in Western Oregon

so we aren't making hay just yet...

which means I am still stitching:


I am pecking away at this 

new improv piece on the design wall



I am half way done with the machine quilting

on the Orange Peel / Pumpkin Seed Quilt ...

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June 9, 2021
what I am working on from Making A Lather

 Do you know what stinging nettle is? It is a mean little weed that has spines all over it's stems and leaves, and, if you touch them, it injects a little bit of acid into your skin for a day's worth of burning and itching. Sometimes rubbing a maple leaf over it will neutralize the effect. When we bought our property 30 years ago, we had a forest of stinging nettles and burdock to clean out. We have worked very hard to eliminate most of them. So this year, I have watched youtube videos about gardening and herbs ...

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June 6, 2021
waffle stamp blocks in purple from Making A Lather

Purple is the color for June at the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I really like purple. I grabbed the purple bag of 1 1/2 inch strips and cut for several waffle stamp blocks. I need a piece that is at least 17 inches to get 3 -5 1/2 rectangles. Then, the fun begins.  I had enough center pieces made ahead for this batch of waffle stamp blocks. I still have a few purple sets that are not done, that I can make after I make some center strips of 1 1/2 inch squares or strips ...

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June 5, 2021
TWO of my own finished and the Garden Terrorist from caledonia quilter

 I set a few challenges for myself every year, in a feeble attempt to accomplish something.  Otherwise, Facebook, you know?  This year's UFO portion was to finish any three UFOs, and I completed that at the end of May.  I already showed you the Vintage Tulips a couple months ago - that was #1.

#2 completion is the sampler quilt that the Binbrook guild ran as a block of the month from 2017 through 2018.  I managed to finish it in only three years!  Woo hoo!

The objective was to make each block twice, but reverse the colours on the ...

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May 22, 2021
Focus Print Quilts, Medallion Quilt, & Gardening from caledonia quilter

These are the BEST quickie type of quilt.  Choose some gorgeous fabrics and add a border or two.

They make lovely lap quilts, sofa throws, bed coverlets, or tablecloths.



 I studied this one at great length.  I've never made a medallion quilt even though I've been quilting for 25 years.

It looks pretty straightforward, with large piecing.  I'm definitely giving this a go...



Gardening...I've been eating fresh kale, that lived over the winter.  The crazy thing is, it showed up all by itself last year - I didn't plant it.  Sometimes it pays to be ...

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May 20, 2021
Planting Time from Wedding Dress Blue

While some of you are heading into Fall, and some are well into Summer, here in Northern Utah, United States, it is planting time.

My garden is located in the front of my house in the small strip of land between the sidewalk and the street known locally as the “mow strip.”

We didn’t want to mow ours, or waste water on the space when it wasn’t really used, so the garden ended up there.

I plant a wide variety of things, but only a little of each–with just two of us we don’t really need ...

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May 18, 2021
to do: plant something from Making A Lather

This has been such a fun, fun project this Spring. We ordered this raised bed from Amazon. I was hoping to get something for our older gardening years. Why is it that we are getting shorter, but, the ground is getting further away. We filled the bottom with sticks followed by wood chips from the recycle place, and, then, topped it with compost from the bulk compost place. It came in a box and hubby had to assemble it. The hardest part was deciding where to put it. We aren't going to ever move it once it is full ...

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