Travel Pillow Case

One thing that I do not like about traveling is hotel pillows.  For some reason most hotels have gone to all down pillows, which to me are very uncomfortable.  They go flat in a hurry, and I need the support for my neck to last all night.  So, I started asking for acrylic or polyester …

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Mardi Gras Tablescape

It is Carnival season, essentially the month of January all the way to Fat Tuesday, which is February 13 this year.  Another sewing day is planned, but I'm not quite sure when it will be. So far, we haven't been able to figure out when we can do another for reasons of weather and dates …

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California Fire Quilts Sew Day

Last Tuesday, friends gathered for a sewing day to begin the process of assembling the blocks received for the California Fire Quilt project.  I asked everyone to just bring a dish for our potluck lunch, and no sewing stuff, as using all my machines helps to keep them in working order. Picture heavy post coming!  …

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Stitch, Rip, Stitch, Rip, Quilt

Loading the first quilt for the California Thomas Fire Quilts project on the longarm, the quilting began. I have had some tension issues with the longarm, and the first row looked OK. But that didn't last. The stitches on the top of the quilt looked fine on the first pass with one of my new …

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Assembling the First Blocks for the Fire Quilts

Over the past couple of weeks, more blocks and donations have been received, and I got to work to prepare for the first sewing day with friends.  I measured the blocks and divided them into piles based on their size.  The blocks ranged from 12-inches to 12-1/2-inches, with a fair number at 12-1/4-inches.  Thanks to …

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A Brilliant Tip

Sometimes you run across something quite by serendipity, and it turns out to be brilliant.  I was browsing around youtube last week as I was curled up in my chair with a quilt waiting for the anesthetic to wear off from the dental work I had to have.  I hate that miserable feeling and it …

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January Stamping Fun with Cards

About a week ago, we got an invitation to a surprise birthday party my dear friend, Gail.  The invitation was hand delivered by her husband and clearly specified 'no gifts'.  Of course, those kinds of instructions I rarely follow, at the very least I wanted to make a card.  For stampers, January is a great …

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Square Dance Begins! A Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along

Today, the Square Dance Mystery Quilt Along begins!!  We are going to Bow to Your Partner, Bow to your Corner, Come Down the Middle, Allemande Left, and maybe even Do-Si-Do during the next six months.  It is amazing how these patterns seem to name themselves, it just becomes so clear as I am figuring out …

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January White

After the richness and clutter of the autumn season and the holidays, I like to begin the new year with a clean and fresh look, simple and pure.  Last night we got about 3 inches of snow, and this morning the view out the front windows looks much like my header photo again, just not …

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