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THE MYSTERY SLOWLY PROGRESSES

THE MYSTERY SLOWLY PROGRESSES

Life is busy. I am behind on my quilting projects, especially the mystery quilt I started back in November from Bonnie Hunter. But at least the mystery slowly progresses and has not stopped. My list of quilt projects does not need to include any new UFOs. I like to make mystery quilts because they are not my normal type of patterns and color combinations. Outside the box can be a good thing. Currently I am working on week 4 and…

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HUMOR – QUILTING – AND GETTING BY

HUMOR – QUILTING – AND GETTING BY

Some days the best that can be said is that it would have been good to stay in bed that morning. All of you have been there. Some days a good dose of humor, quilting, and getting by is the best place to be. This past week has been a “grin and bear it” kind of week. Having a sense of humor, and a quilting project to work on is the best thing that happened each day. The small things…

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QUILTING DURING HARD TIMES

QUILTING DURING HARD TIMES

In the last few days of 2021, we started on a hard road through a family crisis. As we discovered quickly, this is not going to be an easy journey to make. This is going to be a long-term change and careful steps will need to be taken each day. However, quilting during hard times is a wonderful way to help physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Quilting has seen me through many adventures, and both good and bad times over…

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KEEP ON QUILTING

KEEP ON QUILTING

We are in the middle of a family emergency. I will not be posting today on the blog beyond this note but want to remind everybody to keep on quilting. I am working on the mystery quilt as time allows. Happy quilting. PLEASE NOTE: ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

“UGLY FABRIC” (what should I do with it?)

“UGLY FABRIC” (what should I do with it?)

Most of us quilters have come up against the problem of “ugly fabric” (what should I do with it?) After all, it followed me home. It is just fine to describe a fabric as “ugly” – we are talking about an object. All of us have a different opinion of what we think of as beautiful vs. ugly fabric and there is no reason not to be honest. After all, if everyone liked the same colors and designs there would…

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ANOTHER BOX OF FABRIC

ANOTHER BOX OF FABRIC

I love my mom-in-law, she is such a cool lady. She does not quilt, but she loves my quilts. Over the years she has given me many, many yards of quilting fabrics for holidays, birthdays, and just because. Today the UPS man showed up with another box of fabric from her – just because. The mom-in-law is a wonderful oil painter of scenery. We have entirely different tastes in color, patterns, and end products. That is one reason why I…

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TRIANGLE CHARM QUILT

TRIANGLE CHARM QUILT

TRIANGLE CHARM QUILT – So my quilting buddy (SB) and I had the brilliant idea to do some charm quilts using the same fabric packs, but we did different patterns or ways to put the charm pieces together. I simply took my 5″ squares and made half square triangles from them. I added enough “charm” pieces from my own stash to make the top big enough to suit me. The green sashing and brown posts were out of my stash….

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ARE YOU DROWNING IN SCRAPS TOO??

ARE YOU DROWNING IN SCRAPS TOO??

Are you drowning in scraps too?? My 2020 goal was to use as many of my scraps as possible. I made the “executive” decision that any fabric a quarter yard or smaller went from the shelves into the scrap bin back in March when I did a total cleaning of the sewing room. I took every single piece of fabric off the shelves, went through every drawer, looked in every project box….scary stuff. Some of those things I hadn’t seen…

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COLLECTING TOILE FABRIC & HOW I USE THEM IN QUILTS?

COLLECTING TOILE FABRIC & HOW I USE THEM IN QUILTS?

COLLECTING TOILE FABRIC & HOW I USE THEM IN QUILTS? I am that odd person who collects toile fabrics. Yes, the weird prints that involve people, scenery, or animals that are two colors. They look like something your grandma may have used. I admit it – I am obsessed with collecting toile fabrics.  All colors and designs.  According to Masterclass ( https://www.masterclass.com/articles/toile-de-jouy-what-is-toile-a-brief-history-and-toile-fabric-care-guide#what-is-the-history-of-toile ) “Toile comes from a French word meaning linen cloth….originally produced in Ireland in the 18th century….became known…

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MAINE MYSTERY QUILT 2009

MAINE MYSTERY QUILT 2009

The Maine Mystery 2009 quilt was just a fun project to be part of. I have friends in a quilt guild in Maine and this was their mystery quilt project for 2009. I was able to purchase the pattern book on amazon. It is from a book named “Minnesota Hot Dish” https://www.amazon.com/Minnesota-Dish-Atkinson-Designs-ATK-902/dp/B000GKKXTM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Minnesota+hot+dish+quilt+book&qid=1571932601&s=books&sr=1-1 It’s so easy to do the same style of quilts in the same colors or fabric designs which is why I push myself out of my own comfort…

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