Mardi Gras Fun

Tuesday is Mardi Gras, and I want to show some ideas for making it fun.  So sit back and enjoy some festive tablescapes, quilting projects and good food. The photo below has to be one of my all time favorite tablescapes, with some of my collection of evening purses, coins spilling out with glittery necklaces, …

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Scrap Dance Twist! – Step 2

Ready to do the Twist for this month?  If you are just now finding this quilt along, click on Scrap Dance Mystery The Twist to get the cutting instructions download.  Steps will post the third Friday of each month through the reveal in July, then we'll finish the quilt in August.  The steps will only …

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Churches in Attic Windows Quilt

Fresh off the frame is this customer quilt that I just had to show you.  She did such an interesting thing with her borders!  I loaded her backing, batting and top on the longarm and got busy quilting. The quilt top is fussy cut churches in attic windows. She chose a small looping pantograph that …

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Repairing a Severely Damaged Quilt

I am finally caught up with the repairs I had to do, and this was the most recent.  The quilt was definitely in sad shape, with lots of patches that had disintegrated.  The owner didn't tell me how old it was, or I might not have accepted it for repair.  I didn't find out its …

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February in the Garden

In the garden this month, there has been an interesting contrast of dull days and bright color, sunny mornings and then snow followed by days of rain.  Just the day before our QOV sew day, it snowed.  As I watched the snow fall, it seemed that every bird in the neighborhood needed a bit of …

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Table for Two

This year I have not been inspired by Valentine's Day.  Usually by now I have red hearts all over the place, with my two heart table toppers displayed prominently.  This year I didn't even get them out until this week, and even now they seem boring, just the same-old same-old.  But it was time for …

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Quilt Retreat at Febuary Hill

Last weekend, a group of quilters from our local longarm association did another retreat, this time in northeastern Tennessee.  We went to a recently opened retreat house called Febuary Hill, owned by the same lady that owns Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough.  No, it isn't spelled February like the month, it is Febuary, the way one …

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Speed Quilt Assembly Method

One of the best things about a sewing day or retreat is finding out what someone else knows that you've never heard of.  Such was the case with a recent sew day, and I want to give Eve Bennett the credit for showing me this truly remarkable and brilliant idea.  It is a method of …

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Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along

Wrapping up the Teacups Quilt Along, today I'll show you how I finished mine.  When we left off last month, the blocks were assembled with filler bits to take up the blank spaces between blocks of uneven size. Now, what to do for borders?  I auditioned several prints, but all of them seemed too busy …

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