Odds and Ends, and Quilting Goes Couture!

Next up on the frame is another Hurricane quilt.  This top was sent to me by sweet reader Phyllis Donohue (who is in her 80s!), a lovely patchwork with gold sashing.  I loaded it, but before I could really get to quilting, something happened. I twisted my knee somehow, not once but twice, and pulled …

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Quilting a Foundation Pieced Quilt

This beautiful quilt top was brought to me for quilting and presented a number of quilting challenges.  The top maker was a local quilter and she wanted it to go to the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project.  She did a wonderful job with the piecing in pretty pinks and greens.  Since I have run out of …

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May in the Garden

Lovely blooms are flourishing in the garden, so get ready for a long and picture heavy post.  We have a long flowering season here, beginning in late March with the forsythias.  In late April and early May, the azaleas came into full flower.  I love the white ones, and we have three white azalea shrubs …

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Carolina Hurricane Quilts Update

The second shipment of quilts went to Wilmington recently, with quilts coming from Charlotte, Raleigh and Western NC as well as a couple from Upstate SC.  Ready for a virtual quilt show? Here are a few of the lovelies that went on the trip, as well as some that were sent in the mail.  A …

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MINIs on the Dragon!

Last weekend we had a fabulous time with an annual event called MINIs on the Dragon.  It is a gathering of Mini Cooper owners for five days of drives, dinners, activities and fun.  MINIacs come from everywhere, not just this area.  In its 17th year, people came from 38 states as far away as California, …

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Scrap Dance Minuet – Step 4

Are you ready for the next step?  Scrap Dance Minuet continues today with step #4! This time it is really easy, just take your scrappy bricks (2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles) and sew in pairs with the background bricks.  Press to the darker side. Then, take all your flying geese and sew pairs as well.  Press …

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Stamping a Special Mother’s Day Card

Mother's day is this weekend, and it is time to make a really special card.  My dear mother in law loves my hand made cards, and I wanted to make a really nice one this year.  Her favorite color is purple, so I got out some different purples to use on a lovely large flower …

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NC Arboretum Orchid Show – part 2

There were so many gorgeous blooms with the orchid show, that it is taking two posts to show just a small part of them.  The show was stuffed full of a huge variety of blooms!  Color and shapes were awesome, so let's take a small tour of some more of the beauty in this room. …

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NC Arboretum Orchid Show

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday, and will enjoy these gorgeous orchids in a very picture heavy post!  A couple of weeks ago, DH and I went to the Orchid Show at the NC Arborteum to see the competition with participants from all over North Carolina vying for ribbons and recognition.  I took …

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Teacup Quilt Along – Block 10

Wow, where did the month go?  It is already time for the next block in the Teacups Quilt Along.  This one snuck up on me, as I am totally consumed with a Mini Cooper club event this weekend that I'll share soon. Anyway, since we have a teapot and lots of cups, we need to …

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Asian Noodle Bowls – Ridiculously Fast and Delicious!

Asian food is a favorite of mine, and I like watching cooking shows with Asian influence on TV.   One I've been watching for some time, and really enjoy, is Simply Ming.  Ming Tsai is a Chinese chef with a really entertaining show.  He recently did one on ramen noodles, and how they are a staple …

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April in the Garden – Planting pots and photographing flowers

Lots of activity this past week in the garden, get ready for a long and picture heavy post to enjoy!  I will be resting today after a busy week last week, and getting ready for a crazy busy week ahead.  I hope you enjoy the prolific blooms around our place, starting with the tulips.  Almost …

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Misty Mountain Quilt Guild Presentation

The past Tuesday, DH and I had the pleasure of driving down to Georgia for a speaking engagement for the Misty Mountain Quilter's Guild in Blairsville.  We left fairly early, amazingly missing most of rush hour traffic.  As the drive went through the western mountains of NC and through the Nantahala Forest, we enjoyed the …

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