Finishing the Colors of August Placemats

Quilting my Colors of August placemats began as always with a thread audition.  I had a couple of good choices here because of all the colors in the prints.  If you missed the construction of the placemats, click on Colors of August. I rarely get to use the gold-green variegated thread, so I went with …

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The Colors of August

What are the colors of August? It is the only month that doesn't really have an identity, aside from being hot, or having the dog days to endure. There are no holidays in August, nothing to take inspiration from like Mardi Gras, Christmas, or Halloween.  So, when Bernie at Needle and Foot asked me to …

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August in the Garden

The garden continues to have a show of pretty flowers and interesting critters.  It is a joy to have a succession of flowers that bloom in the later part of summer.  I love this white iris, a late bloomer that surprises me every year.  This year it gave us five beautiful blooms over more than …

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Sunday Stitching

Sunday is a fine time to slow down, take a break from the week and relax.  I've been taking some time to do some handwork, starting a Redwork Project a couple of weeks ago.  Only a little bit has been accomplished so far though. I did get the bottom section finished last time I had …

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Chocolate Cherries Quilt Pattern

Here's my latest new design incorporating chocolate triangles with pink cherry background, accented with creamy cordial, this pattern will eat up your cake layer leftovers, or clean out your scraps.  The design is primarily for a single color background, in this case pink, with scraps of a single tone (browns) and accents of a lighter …

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Stamping Fun for the Humane Society

I still have a huge stash of stamping supplies, and was looking for another way to use some of it.  When I received the gift of two boxes of papers, I found a number of dog and cat related papers, plus little chipboard and cardboard cutouts, and some other charms and such with animal themes.  …

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Artichoke Mushroom Stuffing

Having friends over for lunch is such a fun time, with lots of conversation and fun away from the pressure of a meeting.  I did an elegant yet reasonably easy entree for six that went together pretty quickly.  The big advantage is it can be made up a bit ahead, leaving me time to clean …

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Teacups Quilt Along

Thanks to the very positive response to my idea of doing a teacups quilt along, it is a go!  Today we will begin to stretch just a little, come just a small distance out of the comfort zone and learn together.  Make as many or as few as you like.  Do several all the same …

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Paper Piecing Basics and Tips

The Teacups Quilt Along is a go, so I thought I would do a primer on paper piecing in advance of the kickoff post.  Today, I'll show you how I sew paper pieced blocks, and give you some tips and tricks I use to make it easier.  This is a long and picture heavy post, …

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