My Mail….

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Lots of fun things have come in my mail lately.  So much that my dining room table is covered!  I’ve made a little rule for myself that I can’t use anything that comes until I blog about it…and it has to stay on the dining room table until I blog about it.  Hence, the covered dining room table.

These cross stitch patterns came from Anna Sweet.  I met Anna at the retreat we held and am so happy I did.  All the cross stitch patterns are from LizzieKate who is my favorite and all of them are ones I don’t have so that’s awesome.

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My favorite one was this….  I don’t have any black linen so that’s on my list to hunt for.  I sing this to the childcare kids all the time so this one is especially appropriate for me to stitch.

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I’ve very much been in a “spring” mood too!!

This box came from Debbie B.  She had leftovers from her doll house making and passed them on to me.  I haven’t done a think with the house I got.  Originally I wanted the doll house for the childcare kids but with the kids I have now, I’ve set it aside.  They are not very good at taking care of things.  Try as I might they can’t put marker caps on markers so I doubt they could handle small pieces of a doll house.  I have it though and once we do the basement, I might fix it up and put it down there.

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Next up was this box of treasures… [Read more...]

A Quilt Finish: Star Gazer

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It happened.  I finished up my Star Gazer quilt.

When I last left you, this quilt was on the frame and I had measured the backing incorrectly and came up about 4″ too short.  UGH.

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I overcame that finished the quilt and got it bound.  Then the weather kicked in with rain, rain, and more rain.  That left me unable to pictures.  Well…the pictures got taken and here it is….

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Overall, I’m really happy with it.  It’s a fun dose of scrappy.

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In the original quilt the sashing was green and black.  I opted to go with gold and black.

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One of the reasons this quilt stalled out and didn’t get finished is that I had trouble trying to decide which color would be best for the sashing.

When I asked Hubby what he thought of the quilt…his response…too much green.  Look at the quilt.  Do you see too much green? [Read more...]

Machine Quilting Anyone?

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Hi all.  You might remember that I told you about my friend Carla that does long arm quilting.  Carla lives just a few miles south of my house and I’ve known her for a really long time.  Our kids are nestled in ages…none of them were in the same grade but just a grade older or younger.  Carla’s been working on her blog and has many new posts (find that here) but more importantly she’s been busy doing the long arm quilting of quilts made by several of my blog readers.  How cool is that??

Carla sent me a few pictures that I thought I would feature here.

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There are more quilts but some are for gifts and can’t be shown off yet.

Carla has a quick turn around time.  Some quilts are in and out in a week!!  Wow.  I wish I knew she was doing long arm quilting professionally on her own when I bought my quilting machine as honestly, I think I would have let her quilt them.  There’s a new trend of people buying quilting machines but if you have a good quilter with a decent turn around time…I think I’d pay to have them quilted.  As I get older and have worked more and more with the quilting machine I’m finding I prefer piecing time at the domestic machine vs time spent at the quilting machine.  I’ll still do my long arming, but time at the quilting machine, isn’t my favorite thing when it comes to quilting.

This is so true for me that I just sent a quilt of mine and Kelli’s on to Carla to be quilted.  It will be featured in an upcoming quilting magazine.  There is a lot of white space on it and it made me nervous so on to Carla it went.  I told her she could do whatever she wanted so I am anxious to see what she does with it!  Here’s a sneak peak of the quilt with the white space that Carla will have to work with. [Read more...]

Charity Quilt from Ronda

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A while back I was contacted by Ronda and she asked about some partial projects that had come my way and I knew I wouldn’t get to.  I sent some to her and my – oh -my is Ronda a worker.  Give that girl some fabric and she’ll have a quilt in no time!!

I finished the first of the quilts you sent parts and pieces for.  The note pinned to this one said it was sent to you from Maryanne Comly of Perkaise PA.

Here it is ready for the machine.

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Now it’s off the machine and all finished.  I think it turned out great, don’t you? [Read more...]