Quilting Fun in Sevierville, Tennessee

Traveling to visit and speak to quilt guilds is so fun!  I have a couple of hours to talk to DH while we drive. He is so helpful with set up and handouts, and it is nice to have him with me.  Last week, we drove over to Sevierville, Tennessee to give my Decisions Decisions …

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Thrifting June

This has been an awesome month for finds at the thrift stores and estate sales.  I have plans and ideas now for more fun things to do with all these goodies.  Starting out, I couldn't resist these chicken napkin rings.  They are actually a cloisonne with iridescent gold highlights.  There were seven of them, which …

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Scrap Dance Minuet – The Big Reveal!!

Today is the reveal of the block designs you have been working towards for months.  All those elements will be used to make two different blocks. Here we go!!  Today I'll reveal the two blocks, and give you a preview of the overall design.  Starting with the flying geese units, lay out the geese pointing …

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June in the Garden

Flowers are blooming in the garden as the floral show continues in June.  We have such a nice growing season here with flowers coming out week after week.  Let's take a stroll around our place, beginning in the flower beds out front where one of the asters has bloomed.   I think the other one is …

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Carolina Hurricane Quilts Virtual Quilt Show and Longarmer links

The Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project is in its final months and Jo-El tells me that they have received 270 quilts as of the last delivery in May.  See their latest photo at the end of this picture heavy post.  Recently I picked up a few more from Beginnings Quilt Shop in Hendersonville.  There were a …

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Visiting a Gem Mine and Driving Diamondback

Summer is definitely here!  The milder temperatures mean another car club outing.  We now belong to three clubs, so there is something to do almost every weekend!  Our Appalachian Mountain Minis club was joined by the Upstate Minis club from South Carolina for an outing last weekend.  We are members of both clubs.  It was …

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Teacups Quilt Along – Block 11 – and some news

First Friday of the month means the next block for the Teacups Quilt Along is here!  I hope you have enjoyed stretching a bit with some new-to-you techniques you might not have tried before.  This month, the block can be made in two ways, so you can choose your comfort level. The inspiration for this …

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Oatmeal Cinnamon Cake Donuts

National Donut day is Friday, and it has been quite a while since I did a new donut recipe.  I was thinking about a cake donut that would incorporate some oats.  So, I got out the donut pans and started doing some baking.  I have to tell you that my first attempt at these were …

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Star Quilt of Valor

When quilting buddy Sheryl contacted me to see if I would do a Quilt of Valor for her, I immediately said yes.  She brought over a wonderful Double Friendship Star quilt, beautifully pieced with white sashing and a navy blue border. Ah, look at that, perfectly measured and sewn borders. I quilted it with red …

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Al Fresco Tablescape for Two

After some really hot days here, the temperature finally leveled off at more of our normal upper 70s to low 80s daytime highs.  Even if it is hot during the day, when the sun goes past the mountaintop to the west, it cools considerably.  Early evening temps are pleasant, with a light breeze, and the …

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Walking at the Arboretum

Right before my knee went out, we went for a walk at the NC Arborteum to see a special exhibit and enjoy the springtime flowers.  The knee was bothering me a bit then, so we didn't do a long hike, just a nice stroll around the blooming flowerbeds to see the color.  I know you …

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Mini Coopers Featured at the British Car Show

Mini Coopers were the featured marque at Saturday's car show put on by the Southeastern British Motorcar Owners Club at Furman University in Greenville, SC.  We've done this show before with previously owned British cars, and I did a Perfect Picnic post from there with my Farmer's Market Quilt.  You can see the Scottish games …

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Memorial Day Weekend Fun and a tribute

It has been a bit busy around here lately in spite of my bum knee, and this weekend was full.   On this weekend to count our blessings and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom, here are a few of my posts with patriotic theme projects and tablescapes. I …

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Choosing Colors and Fabrics for Quilts

Choosing fabrics for quilts can be a fun experience, but so many times quilters are frustrated by this process.  I am often asked about this while speaking to quilt groups.  Just looking around a quilt shop can be a daunting challenge. Fabrics and prints catch the eye, but do they go together? Will these look …

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