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Oh My Stars Swap, a Story to Tell

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I participated in Barb's ( Fun With Barb blog ) Oh My Stars swap and eagerly watched her blog and Instagram for all the news on the swap.  I mailed off my reproduction fabric blocks on January 2nd, and in one of Barb's IG stories, spied what I thought were my blocks on the counter behind her coffee cup--below are the blocks I made. I watched as Barb did all the exhausting hard work of swapping the hundreds of blocks in two different sets, modern and repros---what  a job!  Finally Barb posted that the blocks were all swapped and mailed off on January 23rd.  I was looking forward to receiving them.   However, the next day I received an email and some photos from Barb, with a very sad story--my blocks had reached her THAT DAY, 22 days after being taken to the post office in California. The mailer I used had exploded and Barb received them in the plastic We Care bag.  I will ever be thankful that someone at the post office took the time to repackage and get these to

Stitching Away on Dream Weaver

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I've been stitching away on the Jen Kingwell Designs Dream Weaver   quilt for my son and daughter in law, though my son always refers to it as "Ashley's quilt", so cute.  I showed my version of the pieced background a few posts back , and moved on to the applique.  Since I made a very enlarged version of the background, I also enlarged the templates for the applique on a copy machine and wanted to try out the pieces.  After tracing from the printed pattern onto template plastic, I cut construction paper to mockup the pieced center design in the original size and the enlarged one.  That's a 12" ruler for size between them.  When we had a family dinner on Sunday, I showed the mockup to Ashley and Nick and she immediately agreed with the enlarged version. We played with the fabrics she picked out at Superbuzzy so many months ago, and made some choices for the appliques.    It was such fun to finally get to cut into all the yummy fat quarters from Su

Design Wall Monday, 1/20/20

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Several things on/off my design wall to share.  See more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.   In the interest of keeping quilts moving along in the process, I worked on quite a few different projects in the last week.   Make the Connection baby/lap quilt got borders added.  This is destined for guild donation. I'll cobble a back together and probably quilt this myself.  The pattern is free on APQ website, designed by Jo Kramer and her daughter for charity makes. Binding was attached to the Sliced Cake quilt (Canoe Ridge Creations blog).   I did finish the binding but don't have pic of that.  No one specific that this one is destined for as yet.  I finally decided on borders for the Chunky Churndash for my dad (free pattern on Quiltville.com).  Bonnie's design had three borders and corner stones and I just didn't want to do that, so added only a 3" cut border.  The top is now 72x84, which is pretty big for a couch qui

Tuesday's Orts January 2020

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Tuesday's Orts--bits of thoughts and happenings that land here occasionally.... I just finished my first week of intermittent fasting and lost 3 lbs.  Since I'm not usually hungry in the morning, but ate mostly out of habit, breaking my fast at 12 noon works well for me. I stop eating at 8 pm--again not a problem since late night snacking isn't a habit of mine.  Otherwise I have not changed much of my diet, however, need to get off the sugar and carb train if I want to lose more lbs! My fractured molar from some Secret Santa popcorn has been crowned.  That was an expensive gift.  Thank goodness we have dental insurance as the crown was priced at $1295. Gulp. Mini nap-tested my Lucky quilt almost immediately and a-purr-ooved.  Our avocado tree is loaded with fruit and we pick a few at a time to ripen together.  Yummy avocado toast was my treat at lunch one day this week.  I found, however, that my recently purged spice cabinet was lacking some necessary ingredie

Design Wall Monday--Christmas Barefoot in the Park Progress

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It's again Design Wall Monday-- see more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog. Not being quite ready to let go of the holiday season, I spent the greater part of Sunday afternoon on borders for the Christmas Barefoot in the Park quilt, last shown in September 2019.  At that time I had had an inspiration regarding my fabric yardage shortage for the borders, while putting away the red and gold stripe I used for bias binding on a tree skirt.  My mockup below included the two borders and some corner squares to help extend the directional aqua border print.  Luckily, besides taking photos, I had cut all the border strips and squares and written down my intentions--yay me! The quilt was inspired by this pattern from Loft Creations; I sure miss Stephanie's blog of that name, too.  My four-patches started with a charm pack and I bought and added prints from stash to go with them.  It did seem to take all afternoon to piece and combine all the parts,

Sewing Room Play and Plans

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There was lots of repacking of bins and boxes and the de-Christmas-ing of the house this weekend, taking down the tree.  I also spent some time in the sewing room cleaning up the cutting table and getting boxes and bins reordered.  One mystery bag in the piles turned out to be a set of blocks I'd forgotten about.  I had sewn the mini charm squares and blocks at a guild sew-in some weeks back.  I looked up the pattern on the allpeoplequilt website to get the layout directions.  This is called Make the Connection, a free quilt pattern for charity sewing, by Jo Kramer and daughter Kelly of Jo's Country Junction; it  uses precuts and yardage. It was a fun sew and I look forward to getting the blocks together--they were just stacked and labeled. Narrow borders will be added to complete the top. At Sewtopia I had been door-prize gifted with a darling Christmas fat quarter collection and intended to make a Meadowland Quilt with it.  What did I just learn but that Meghan of Th

2020, 20-20

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Hindsight, they say, is 20-20.  It seemed to me that my stitching time wasn't all that productive in 2019, but upon reflection and going through my photos and blogposts, I did spend a lot of time with needle and thread and had quite a lot of finishes:  1. Sid's quilt--baby quilt for a  sweet boy 2. Rise Up Quilt--HSTs in green for Borderline Shooting memorial 3. Falling Charms baby quilt (Missouri Star Quilt Co method), donated to guild 4. Sajou Quilt--Lori of Humble Quilts quilt-along mini, gifted to my mom on her 80th birthday. 5. Ribbon Star Quilt--A guild round robin project spiral quilted and bound. 6. Sanctuary Quilt--an old panel and appliques finished and gifted to sweet girl 7. Falling Charms quilt--twin sized throw for family 8. Mythical Lantern pillow cover--A leftover block from a class by Jen Carlton Baily. 9. Placemats for DD Erica--strip pieced from jelly roll and yardage (6 placemats) 10. HST tablerunner from charms--gifted to my niece and her husban