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AUTUMN TABLE RUNNER

AUTUMN TABLE RUNNER

Do you need a quick and easy project to decorate for fall? It could not get simpler than this Autumn Table Runner. Table runners are great projects for trying out a new pattern or technique.  The size and small number of needed blocks makes them perfect for beginner quilters too. And it is a great way to try out color combinations, and machine vs. hand quilting. Autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors, the weather, and the activities…

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INDIGO QUILTS

INDIGO QUILTS

One of my goals this summer was to track down and order several books on my “wish list” of quilting books. One of these was the book “Indigo Quilts” from the Poos Collection. I love history, especially medieval and colonial American history. Quilts have been around a long time. According to Carolyn Ducey who compiled a list “Quilt History Timeline, Pre-History – 1800″. the oldest quilt found so far is dated to 100 B.C in Siberia. I find historical textile skills…

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MEMORY LANE OF VINTAGE QUILTS

MEMORY LANE OF VINTAGE QUILTS

I needed some inspiration for a small, quilted project this week. This led to going through my scrap books of quilts that I have made or quilted. Which led to “walking” down a memory lane of vintage quilts. Come along with me. Maybe you will get an idea or two for a quilt project. Background for these quilts For many years I had a hand quilting service. It was a great way to make some extra money while being home…

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LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH

LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH

Sometimes, we all just need to stop – take a deep breath – and look around us for things that make us happy. Then there is laughter. Both the Bible and doctors say that laughter is good for our health. I know…I know. I did not post last week. The time just got away. Between working, cleaning up in the garden, painting the kitchen, and finishing the binding on a quilt the week was over before it occurred to me…

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MY OWN RHODODENDRON TRAIL

MY OWN RHODODENDRON TRAIL

If you have been reading this blog for the past ten months, you know that I was doing the mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter. The title is Rhododendron Trail. I ended up following My Own Rhododendron Trail, but the top is done. I love how it looks. Remember that now the pattern is for sale on Bonnie Hunter’s website. It is a copywrited pattern, and I am going to be diligent not to give away the part counts and/or measurements….

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MONDAY THOUGHTS ON QUILTING

MONDAY THOUGHTS ON QUILTING

I have gotten several emails or comments lately that have stated various things or asked questions. I have also noticed some things over the past few weeks about stress, and people being rude. This is not intended as a rant or anything about any particular person. However, here are my own Monday thoughts on quilting. Why do you quilt? I am guessing if you are reading this blog that you are a quilter or want to be one. Why is…

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ONE OF THOSE DAYS

ONE OF THOSE DAYS

Today was one of those days……you know the kind where nothing goes as planned. Have you ever been tempted just to crawl back in bed and hope to start the day over?? Yes, it has been one of those days…. Sadly, all the distractions and problems of today interfered with the quilting activity I had planned for tonight. But I still wanted to get in a few minutes today of some quilt related activity. I set the timer for five…

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QUILTED CLOTHING IN THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

QUILTED CLOTHING IN THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

 The quilted clothing in the Victoria & Albert Museum collection in London, England has a wealth of historical items. Yes, there are more modern items than the three items here that pertain to the 1700’s women’s clothing. Petticoats: According to the information on this petticoat that is currently in storage, it was made in Great Britain between 1740-1770. It is made of silk, wool, and linen.   Petticoats were a normal part of woman’s clothing during at least the 18th century in Europe and…

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YO-YO DOLL QUILT MEMORIES

YO-YO DOLL QUILT MEMORIES

We were so poor growing up, and my mom hated to sew. I don’t remember ever using anything for a doll quilt around my “babies” but old worn-out towels. However, I do have special memories of a doll quilt my mom kept safe and gave me as an adult. This is a brief story of my yo-yo doll quilt memories. Apparently, these quilts were popular during the 1920’s to 1940’s. They were portable, could be used for scraps, only required…

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BE AN INDEPENDENT QUILTER

BE AN INDEPENDENT QUILTER

When it comes to your quilting style – are you a leader, a follower, or an independent? Please let me encourage you to be an independent quilter. It is fun and satisfying. Leader or Follower: What do I mean by a “leader” quilter? This is a quilter who is influential enough in the quilting community to set the style of quilts. A trend setter. Someone who starts a popular style of quilting. This could be colors, a certain style (ex:…

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