February in the Garden

February is usually cold and bleak, but not this year.  I had the windows open yesterday to air out the house, it is that warm!  Above average temperatures and abundant rain have woken up all the bulbs.  Another hyacinth is coming out in bloom, again way too early!  This one appears to be mostly white …

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Repair of an Extremely Damaged Quilt

Last year, I repaired a Severely Damaged Quilt, showing the steps of that repair on the blog.  I thought that would be the most damaged quilt I would ever see, but I was wrong.  Get ready for a very picture heavy post!!  This one was my biggest challenge yet! Large holes were in several places …

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Using Flavored and Specialty Oils

Have you ever wondered about all the different oils available now?  Using flavored and specialty oils are a way to add depth and dimension to your cooking without a lot of fuss.  Some of flavored oils on the market are infused olive oils, so these can be used in place of plain olive oil.  The …

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Stamping for Safelight

Valentines day is this week, and of course that means stamping time!  I like having a place for my creativity to go, so again this year, I decided to make little bags for Safelight like I did last year - Valentine Goodies for Safelight   I cannot imagine what this day must be like for …

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Quilting with an Oops, and more quilts received!

When I started the hurricane project, my commitment was to do five queen size quilts from blocks sent in by readers. These two flimsys were next on the list for quilting.  I did the one on the right, and another longarmer friend is quilting the one on the left for the project. I loaded the …

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Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery Quilt Along

Only a few weeks late this year, it is finally here!  Scrap Dance Minuet is inspired by the delicate florals I wanted to work with for spring. I got these beautiful soft florals just a couple of months ago on a Blueprint sale. Laying them out, there wasn't a single one that I didn't like.  …

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Safelight Spa Bags

Last week I found out that Safelight had run out of the bags we made them last summer.  We did Summer Fun bags with lots of goodies and cards inside that were uplifting and encouraging.  I delivered 52 bags to the shelter then, and had enough cards, cases, lipsticks and balms, sunscreen, and money left …

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Valentine Tablescape

February brings thoughts of red hearts and romance, so it is time for a Valentine tablescape. Once again this year, I'll be linking up with a group of talented bloggers to bring you an array of ideas for your Valentine enjoyment in time to use the ideas in your own home.  Last year my focus …

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Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project February Update

Quilts are starting to arrive at the office in Wilmington for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project,  a few per week.  Throughout this post will be pictures of some of the arrivals in the past month.  The first post with all the details is still linked to the button on the sidebar, and you can click …

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Teacups Quilt Along – Teapot block

This month I wanted to do a teapot, but multiple tries with EQ8 was frustrating yet again.  For some reason, the program refuses to print the entire pattern when it goes over one page.  I have sent yet another bug report to them, but still no fix.  I was also going to make another applique …

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