Square Dance Finish

The 2018 mystery quilt along finished up last month, and I got busy on the quilting pretty quickly. Loading it on the longarm, I had to make decisions on thread and quilt design. I did my trick of folding it up to be sure all those borders were straight before beginning quilting.  If they hadn't …

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Watering Can Garden Art Project

This idea of a cute, painted watering can has been circulating around the internet for a while now, and I wanted to do something like it for my garden.  It was one of those projects that was planned quickly, but went low on the project list as other projects with deadlines took priority.  Then with …

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Camera Case for Christmas in July, Giveaway and Blog Hop!

It's time again to start on our holiday sewing for this year.  Today I will show you a new pattern for a camera case, and talk about some additional patterns with downloads for even more quick gifts.  These are all free patterns, and will remain on the blog for you to enjoy.  Plus, I am …

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July in the Garden

It seems like the dog days of summer came early this year, with heat and humidity in June that we usually do not see until early August.  It has made sitting outside a rare occasion when usually we spend some evenings sitting in the rockers or eating on the veranda table.  The additional limitation of …

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Thames River Cruise and more from England

During our vacation in London last May, one of the highlights of our time there was a River Cruise on the Thames.  The cruise began near the London Eye ferris wheel, and took most of the day to go to Greenwich, have time to explore there, then cruise back.  The day was clear and not …

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Creating Yard Art

Gardens full of flowers are a joy to behold.  Sometimes it is nice to have some art pieces in with the flowers to add some interest when they finish blooming, or before the blooms appear.  Something to add a bit of charm to the flower bed like this miniature rusty bicycle. So, with that in …

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Feathered Lullaby Quilt

Last year, I showed the Hungry Animal Alphabet panel in a quilt, the ABC Quilt.  Showing just a couple of the lettered squares, readers had a great time looking at them.  Each one has an animal with food and other items all beginning with the same letter designed by J. Wecker Frisch.  This idea is …

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Car Club Double Fun Day

What is a person to do when both the car clubs we belong to plan events for the same day?  Well, go to both, of course!!  Starting out in the morning, the British Car Club met at in Fletcher for an annual drive around the countryside to the Amish farm for lunch.  We had a …

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Scrap Dancing Improv Style

There were lots of leftover pieces from Square Dance, my latest mystery quilt along.  I wanted to use them up in something.  I was inspired by my friend Kathy, (who blogs at Kathy's Quilts) who has done some really fun improv quilting. I pulled a few bobbins with thread color leftovers I need to use …

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Vintage Fourth Tablescapes

This year, I thought I'd do my patriotic table with a vintage theme.  I had these Bell canning jars and a vintage-style milk crate for inspiration.  It would be something a bit different than the usual flags for July 4th.  Plus, making the table fresh and new from previous years using only what I had …

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