Wool Mat and Cutting Mat Carrier

I am completely sold on these wool pressing mats.  I have a large one on my ironing board, and decided to get a smaller one for using in classes and at retreat.  When Madam Sew put them on sale (and they are still on sale! Click on Wool Press Mat ), I had to get …

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Downton Abbey Exhibition with Lessons in History

The Downton Abbey Exhibition at the Biltmore Estate was one of the most extraordinary events I've ever seen.  I came to realize that Julian Fellowes is more than a genius author, he is an amazing historian as well.  Each character and setting in the series was grounded in historical facts, with a unique view of …

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Scrap Dance Mystery 2020 – The Twist!

Twistin', twistin', twistin' the night awaaaaaayyyyyy!!  I have been hearing Sam Cooke in my head for a couple of weeks now.  I keep saying these mystery quilts name themselves, and it is still true.  I had another name I wanted to use, but this one just wasn't going to cooperate until I let it have …

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Clearing Away, Stash Management, and a Plan

January is the perfect time to clear out the old, and reduce the size of the stash resource center before it gets out of hand.  Seeing as I have stashes of different things in several storage areas, I have tried to concentrate on just one area at a time.  I've been watching a lot of …

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Taking a Quilting Class

Whether you are a quilter, sewist, home cook or amateur gardener, do you like taking classes?  I certainly do!  I always learn something new, and I get to have a whole day of sewing with friends, and meeting new friends.  Even better when it is taught by friends!  This quilting class was actually a bit …

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Teacups Quilt Along – Assembling the Top

Now that we have 16 blocks, today I'll show you how to put them together.  I'm not going to give you a pattern for this, as your blocks will look different than mine.  You may need to separate them differently than I have if your blocks have the same fabric on two or more blocks.  …

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Winter Reading and a Giveaway

It has been months since I did a post on books I've read.  Certainly when it is cold outside, curling up with a good book is nice especially if accompanied by a fire in the fireplace and a cup of hot coffee.  I read almost every day, as I like to get up early and …

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Drunkard’s Path Quilt Repair

Over the time that I have done quilt repair, I have noticed that most of the quilts I receive for repair are tied and not quilted.  This one was like that and really demonstrates how this method really does not hold up to use.  It had the usual splits and fabric tears, and the binding …

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January in the Garden

January in the garden is not really very colorful, but here and there we find some things to make us smile.  The geranium didn't know it was winter when it bloomed in December. And it still didn't know in January, as it is still blooming.  I have high hopes of overwintering these again.  They are …

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