Late June Garden 2015

Last Sunday was a wonderful mountain living day, as the temperature cooled to the mid-60s overnight, and I opened every window in the house for a good airing early in the morning.  It was cool all day, with a nice breeze to flush out the stale air in the house. Lovely and quiet, gentle wind …

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Disappearing Nine Patch Variation – Stacked Bricks

Who says a quilt block has to be square?  I was looking at the Disappearing Nine Patch block again, with the idea of making another of my own Variation in pastels, when it occurred to me that there could be another possibility.  What if another square was added? The result would be a brick shape, …

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Car Club Drive and Mary Alice’s Garden

Saturday was another perfect day to get together with friends and drive these beautiful mountain roads.  We gathered in the parking lot at the new Asheville Outlets. Driving into old Asheville, we encountered tree lined streets with arbor-like avenues. Going up one of the mountains to the east, we stopped to see a beautiful view …

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Book Review – Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

A delightful book with just a touch of magic, as a woman comes to life again after the death of her husband. Kate has been 'asleep' for a year and allowed her controlling mother-in-law to take over her and her daughter Devin's lives.  On the morning movers are to come to move them out of …

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Elongated Star Block Using the Tri Recs Rulers

Sometimes you look at buying a ruler set and wonder if you will ever make more than one quilt with it.  No affiliation here, but I really like the Tri Recs ruler set that makes an elongated star.  My local quilt shop had the rulers, and I saw a demo there.   I have done …

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Shopping and Sewing with a Purpose

It has gone way past the time I should have flipped my closet to warmer weather clothing.  I have been pulling things out from under dry cleaner bags for almost two months now.   The winter sweaters were still occupying the prime real estate in the closet, making it a pain to get dressed for work …

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Pfixing the Pfaff

Last year, I did a post on Care of Your Older Sewing Machine, where I took apart several machines and went through how to clean and oil them yourself to save money.  Older machines, out of warranty, are easy to clean and this usually solves most stitch problems too.  A small stray thread can create …

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June in the Garden

Two years ago, I planted this lovely Easter lily in the garden after it finished blooming.  I was amazed when it actually came up last year and bloomed.  It waited until June last year, and again this year.  No matter, it is lovely. The first bloom opened a few days ago, while the second one …

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Book Review – The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

I really like the writing in Kate Morton's novels.  It is thoughtful and measured, not rushing to reveal too much at one time, but at times maddeningly so!  The reader sees into the mind and thoughts of the characters, understanding their motivations. In The Distant Hours, a young researcher and writer uncovers a link between …

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Sewing Rayon Lounge Top Nightshirt

This tutorial is the companion to the lounge pants in the previous post, using the same rayon fabric.  Click on Rayon Lounge Pants for that tutorial.  Cutting out the rayon uses the same principles of not stretching the fabric, and using pattern weights helps.  For the top, I have a favorite nightshirt that I wanted …

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