Apple Festival 2014

One of the highlights of the year around here is the annual Apple Festival held every Labor Day Weekend.  It is four days of fun, three with vendors and shows on the stage in front of the courthouse, and then the King Apple Parade on Monday. Henderson county grows 85% of the apples in the …

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Dog Days of August

It was a cool morning in August last Sunday, so I did a little garden cleanup.  I needed to do some weeding, and clean out the dead flower spikes from the day lilies.  I am pleased with the flowers this year, but the vegetables have been a complete bust.  In case you all think I …

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National Dog Day 2014

This is a very special day for dog lovers and close to my heart.  The website National Dog Day lists a number of ways to celebrate this day by helping local humane societies, walking a neighbor's dog, or pampering your own. We raised these two darlings from puppies, long before we knew what a puppy …

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Block of the Month – August 2014

This month's block is Variable Star from Quilt Blocks Galore.The quilt shop chose yellow for the main color this month. You will need the following cuts using my method of chain piecing instead of strippy piecing. It really helps when you are doing these blocks to check the supply requirements at the end before you …

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Giveaway Winner

The random number generator has spun its wheels and picked a winner for the giveaway. Congratulations to Vickie!! Vickie said "Thanks so much for sharing all of this plus a bonus a chance to win the bag of goodies. LOVE the green color!" I'll be sending you an email to get your prize to you.  …

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More AQS Show Pearls and a Giveaway!!

One of the nicest, most genuine people I met at the AQS Charlotte show was Jamie Wallen.  His youtube videos literally saved my sanity when I was having trouble with my longarm tensions.  Warm, caring, and wonderfully encouraging, Jamie shares everything he can about free motion quilting, cramming an 8-hour course into 3 hours. His …

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Mastering Knife Skills

You gotta love a man who is secure enough to give you a wicked sharp knife as a gift along with a book on how to use it.   I have long known by watching the Food Network and lots of PBS cooking shows that I don’t chop an onion ‘properly’, and maybe I never will. …

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Rayon Challis Three Season Skirt – Using your blind hem stitch

A few days ago I pulled out this pretty yellow rayon challis from the stash and made it up into a simple elastic waist skirt.  A couple of techniques were used on this skirt, which made it go together in about one hour.  Yep, that fast! First I changed the serger thread color from the …

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Matching Ironing Pad – Part 2

The next sewing day, I finished off the quilting on my portable ironing pad.  If you missed part one, click on Matching Ironing Pad Part One.  I used Signature thread in a dark grey top and bobbin.  It looks good on the heat resistant fabric, but also blends with the print.It is fairly centered, not …

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