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Happy Thanksgiving

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Hope everyone had a lovely day!  This adorable holiday greeting was delivered to the door in mid afternoon by our sweet neighbor, age 10.  Once again we failed to take any pictures at all, but the house was full of good smells, tons of family, and lots of laughs, along with plenty of eating.  After enjoying appetizers of a relish tray and some delicious homemade guacamole SIL Mariana made, we had two turkeys, gravy, some duck my sister roasted, along with her truffle oil Yukon gold mashed potatoes and House Special mashed potatoes, plus yet another family favorite potato dish made with hash browns DD Erica made, as well as broccoli slaw salad, fruit salad, green beans, corn muffins, stuffing, ham and jello.  Then there was apple pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, and some incredible sea salt chocolate fudge brownies with caramel sauce made by my sister, Kathy, for dessert.  There was tons of food left over after all 18 of us had eaten--even with two teenaged boys in the house (Nep

Crafts with Cats

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Or, Letter Fun with Felines, starring Amelie and Lucy.  Full coverage.  Hat.  Tattoo.  Interpretive dance.  B-hold. 

One Word Wednesday

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Anemones. 

Design Wall Monday

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On my design wall today is a sample for the quilt I'm making for my grandson-to-be, who'll be here in just a few short months.  My daughter Elaine and I shopped for the fabrics some weeks ago but until now I hadn't had a chance to work-up the size of the Flying Geese the design calls for.  After looking up various ways to size and make flying geese, I decided to use the fast method that makes four geese at a time.  Here's one source for that method http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf After spending some time Saturday night  doing quilt MATH, I was ready Sunday morning to cut, sew and press my geese.  These will finish at 3x6".  Cutting one large square for four geese saves time right there.  The four smaller squares form the "sky" triangles without having to cut triangles and without having to trim excess triangles off the finished geese.  The directions also suggested drawing stitching lines but I thought marking the center

V's Antique Blocks

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Some years ago my sister's roommate V, knowing I quilt, showed me a bunch of unfinished quilt tops that her Grandmother had made.   After she passed away the family found them in a cardboard tube hamper labeled "Dirty Close".  V's sister had rejected the tops as "too ugly".  I was smitten by the complete wonkiness and make-do and selected 5 tops.  Sadly, they are all still tops except for one.  I loved the Goose in the Pond blocks but hated the sashing/setting fabric, so I took them apart. I believe these are all made from cut up clothing or leftover scraps.  The double pinks, navy, and black combo makes me think these are pretty old, maybe from the late 1800's. Some of the triangles are pieced to make up the width.  They are all hand pieced and definitely not precise. This is the best one.  It is *almost* square :)  Some have the bars turned the wrong way.  The stitching is fairly neat but it looks like kitchen twine was used, it is

Arty and Crafty

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No sewing has been done since I completed the binding for the tardy baby--whose mother was induced on her 11th day post due date and son Jackson finally greeted his happy parents on November 8th!  I hope to get a chance to meet him soon and deliver the quilt. Love that new baby scent :) Meanwhile, for my future grandson, whose parents are working on his nursery, I've started a little embroidery.  The lighting is turning the brown linen and rusty orange from true colors, but you can see the lovely sheen the linen has. My stitching lines are hard to see but will become this: A darling little fox. I got the pattern PDF for free from the Arty and Crafty Little Things blog.  Hope you're all stitching away on something too!

Halloween Report

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Weird year for our street--started late, ended early, long gaps between groups. We were left with two unopened bags of candy. Very dangerous thing.  Lucy dressed up.  Amelie didn't really want to.   My sister said there were a couple of haunted houses a few streets over so that must have held the trick-or-treaters up. Erica was handing out handfuls of treats at the end. It was all over before 8:30.  Next year will be different, I'm sure!

Late Stage

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I'm up to the finishing stage of the baby quilt, though the baby isn't here yet--he's over a week late. He'll be my grandchild's cousin and we're all anxious to meet him.  I did some simple quilting with the walking foot and then added some freehand loops.  I like the effect on the back too. Originally I was going to do an X in the squares but felt the single line was a bit more modern. I had predicted the baby would be born on Tuesday at 2:00 am--I could still be right!