Noel ~ A {Merry} New Quilt Pattern!

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Hi friends!  It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my blog–but my heart and hands have been full!  I’ve got a new pattern to show you–loosely based on a pallet board project I made last year! Can I just say–THIS. Was So Much FUN!!! Especially since my husband made it for me according to my specs–thanks honey!  I actually took my …

Joy ~ A Christmas Plaid {pretty} Please ~ paper pattern, pdf pattern and kit!

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My new pattern ~ dedicated to my Mom, Tinkey ~ {1938-2013}. She passed away during the Christmas season, as was kinda fitting since she lived with Christmas in her heart all year long.  I’m grateful for the trying of her patience with me {!} as she taught me basic sewing skills at a young age. Thanks for that gift Mom. …

“Petal Pushers” ~ new quilt pattern!

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Hey ya’ll! Today on the blog, I am showing my new quilt design, “Petal Pushers.” Ya know I just love this quilter’s classic orange peel/petal shape!!  I wish I could say I’d been planning it, but it’s just not that complicated.  It just happened as I was playing with extra fused petals I had, determined to use up some fabric …

Summer Gleanings from My Studio ~

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More summer quilti-ness is always on my list for summer fun!  I’ve been pretty motivated to finish up at least three older projects … and as I say that… I’m counting up the newer ones I’ve started!  Always the circle of quilt-life is it not?!  LOL So here’s a photo show of what I’ve been finishing up… and starting!  More …

Kitchen Towels Collaged ~

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Here is a project that I think is a sweet combination of practical, colorful and floral! Anyone can do this, and you’d have a really charming Valentine’s Day gift or Wedding Shower, Housewarming, Thank You Gifts… ya know the drill! Simple. Easy and Quick.  Just a few  pre-fused and pre-cut flower are needed.  {And I have lots of those}.  And …

my new mammoth flannel winter scarves ~

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Last year, I discovered a new flannel fabric called, “mammoth” flannel {from robert kaufman fabrics} while looking for flannel type fabrics for a new quilt for one of the boys. Rhat a pleasant surprise ~ I soon found they weren’t like other typical flannels I’d worked with. These…  super soft, a really nice double-sided thickness that has  fabulous drape, washes beautifully, and is a gem to …

More Feather Quilting Practice ~

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Wow.  It’s already {Happy} November! And it brings more luscious hand dyed fabrics as I’ve been thumbing through the stash and trying to decide which one to put under my quilting needle ~ yay!  I have to say, I’m a little rough around the edges in my feather work, and have a couple mis-starts in quilting.  Oh how quickly skills seem to …

Piecing from Sisters Sampler & Bloc-Loc Rulers ~

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<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/14724715/?claim=49jkmwmazvu”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> happy friday greetings to you all ~ as i’ve said recently, i learning to piece…and to piece accurately, with the end result becoming  {pardon the puns} of myself and the piecing living in harmony and peace together!!  ~ lol ~  i have often described my personality as a ‘wanna-be type A’ but really ~ at my …

Tula Pink ~ Quilt #2 ~ star block from scraps

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hi friends~happy monday greetings! as i mentioned in my earlier post, this is the continuation of the use of leftover scraps from my original plans in making a quilt from tula pink’s chipper fabric line.  and, more of the learning curve in regard to my goals of  becoming a more knowledgeable {and hopefully confident} in patchwork piecing. one of the things i …

Tula Pink ~ Chipper Quilt #1 ~ The Chevron

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Hi there everyone ~ Well… I have been actively practicing a goal of mine since I retired a few summers ago:  Piecing.  I’ve always wanted to be a better piecer, and now I have some time to experiment, as well as the interest. {and I do mean ~ “experiment” in the strongest sense!} long story short, this is the quilt …

dear heart vacation at flathead lake ~

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hi friends ~ a few highlights of heart time spent at the lake with sweet friends… of course, we bring {just a few} projects along… because that’s what our hearts love to do ~ spending precious time together, laughing, creating, reading and relaxing… conversations about our faith walk, and learning to wade deeper into a life of grace… on every level… hopefully. …

classy rustic gunny sack pillows ~

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one of our traditions for “us girls at the lake” is to sew!  i know.  hard to imagine, isn’t it.  loland this newlywed young woman we all love… miss rachel, wanted to make pillows for her new home from some really cool, old antique {flour or grain sacks, i’m not sure which}. she found three of them for $15 apiece …

pinwheels n’ cartwheels ~

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hi friends ~not that i could physically do cartwheels… but i feel that happy about it when i’m done piecing my pinwheel blocks! … particularly in light of my recent enlightenment on our day of “sewing for cancer” a couple weeks back.  i learned a little technique to unstitch part of the seam in the back, and then saw how everything …