Carolina Hurricane Quilts Virtual Show

Another pickup was made from Cary Quilting Company, a carload of wonderful quilts for the hurricane project.  The diversity in designs have been like having a quilt show in my guest room, LOL!!  It has been wonderful to see them, and I want to share some of the latest ones with you. First, Material Girls …

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Geocaching with the Mini Club

Last weekend was a fun day with the Mini Cooper Club, as we drove around our beautiful mountains looking for geocaches.  We did this last year too (Geocaching), and had such a good time!  This year our hosts took us to different spots to look for the little caches.  If you've not done this, you …

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Scrap Dance Minuet Assembly

This month, we assemble the top for Minuet.  Some of you may have done this step already, but perhaps will get an idea for borders. Assembly of the Scrap Dance Minuet quilt went fairly quickly as I laid out the blocks on a large cardboard mat placed on the longarm for a design board. Naturally, …

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July in the Garden

The garden is blooming still, get ready for a picture heavy post! We are fortunate to have a very long blooming season as the spring flowers fade and the summer beauties show their colors. Late June and early July is the time for the day lilies to shine.  I still have several varieties, and will …

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Safelight Project 2019 Update

Going to the mailbox last week was such fun, with new surprises several times.  We are making progress towards the goals, and I plan to order the bags this week.  The first package to arrive had three pretty case sets from Melanie Tehan. The incredible Becky Harbour sent five case sets plus a generous monetary …

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Blue Hurricane Quilt

I have finally finished the last quilt I will do for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, a lovely top of blue fabrics pieced by Darlene Cooley.  It reminds me of the ocean.  I loaded it with a lovely Quilter's Dream batting donated by Susan at Desert Sky Quilting. It is a neat pattern, with strips …

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Teacups Quilt Along – Block 12

Our block for the July installment of the Teacups Quilt Along takes us back to applique one more time.  We have cups, and a kettle for the water, teapots to steep and hold the hot tea.  What are we missing? Well, tea bags of course!!  This month, we will applique two teabags on an 8-1/2-inch …

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Batting – What NOT to Use

Doing quilts for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, I went far beyond my original goal with more tops and backings sent to me than I had batting available.  Thanks to some kind friends, I was gifted with several to help fill the gap.  One of them was a raw wool batting that I have not …

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Patriotic Tablescape 2019

We had some friends over, and after they left, DH came in and insisted that the hydrangea be trimmed back as it was taking over the steps.  I intended to do that anyway, just not yet.  I wanted some of the gorgeous blue flowers for my July 4th tablescape.  Hydrangeas last a long time in …

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Sending Sunshine for Safelight

When I saw Impression Obsession's challenge for the end of June, I knew just what I was going to do.  The challenge theme of Sending Sunshine is at the heart of the inspirational cards I want for the Safelight Project 2019.  If you don't know about that, click on Safelight link to see how your …

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Taiwanese Five Spice Pork – A Milk Street Recipe

One Saturday a couple of weeks ago, I was watching a show in Netflix in the den and DH went to the basement.  He turned on the TV, only to find that one was recording the day's Milk Street show on PBS.  He watched for a bit, and decided the recipe being demonstrated looked pretty …

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A Quilt of Valor Presentation

Sometimes the stars align, and you get to do something incredibly special for a friend.  This happened last week, when I had the great honor of presenting a Quilt of Valor to a longtime quilting friend.  Bonnie Hartel was an Army Nurse during the Vietmam era, and served our country with pride and dignity.  I …

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100 Days 100 Blocks

Look for some fun blocks as I will be part of the Fat Quarter Shop's promotion with @gnomeangel for #100days100blocks2019 !! The party starts July 1st and you need to register to win prizes. See the Gnome Angel Event Hub page for details.  See the prize list and requirements to enter HERE.  You do have …

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Quilt Repair by Hand

Recently I was contacted by a lady who needed a repair of her treasured vintage quilt.  This quilt was unusual in that most of it was in great shape, without any damage at all.  But a couple of the fabrics used in this hand pieced quilt were almost completely gone, leaving patches of exposed batting.   …

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