Books, Birds, Projects and More

Settle in for a long post about a lot going on, things to see and read, and projects where you can participate. Around the feeder we have a lot of pretty birds, and hungry birds! This week there has been a variety of avian friends chowing down on the seed and suet, including some newcomers. …

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In the Sewing Room – Blue Yellow Quilt and Pillowcase Project

When I left off showing this blue and yellow quilt, I had decided that none of these fabrics would work for the border. Several readers had suggestions, and a couple really caught my attention. One reader, Joan, suggested doing a white border then quilting a design into it with color thread. I liked that idea, …

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In The Garden, and Clearing Out

I am thinking about my garden again, and my plants in the Carolina room are doing well. I cut off the amaryllis leaves a few weeks ago and put it out in the cold. I brought it inside last week, hoping for another bloom this year. It didn't bloom last year, and if it doesn't …

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Blue Yellow Strip Pieced Quilt

I started this quilt on retreat last October with my local guild, and just now got back to it. I had to put it aside for all the holiday activities and Christmas sewing I had to do. So, this week, I was able to find a bit of time to make progress. As is sometimes …

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Scrap Dance Quadrille Mystery Quilt Along

My design mojo apparently is back, as this design took less time than any of the previous mystery designs. This one also named itself almost immediately, also a new record. Usually I have to begin sewing the sample, but not this time. It named itself before I printed out the pages from EQ8. I've been …

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Making Plans, Stashbusters, and Clearing Out

Every year in January I make some time to clean out something. This year it seems like so much more than ever before can just go. After the year of lockdown in 2020, and tentatively venturing out in 2021, this past year has seen more activity, but still not the way it was before covid. …

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Book Reviews and Going Down a Rabbit Hole

This month was an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction. The second book took me down a rabbit hole for a while with a book leading to a movie, then to music from decades ago. But, let's start with my favorite North Carolina author writing in her style of magical realism. Other Birds by Sarah …

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