Teacups Quilt Along – Block 8

Last month, we did a teapot, and the discussion that followed was about sugar and creamer (or milk for the true tea drinkers) to go with the quilt along.  I looked around but didn't really see anything I liked.  I briefly considered making an applique pattern from my own little sugar and creamer set from …

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The Raulston Arboretum, Part 2

Returning to the JC Raulston Arboretum, there is so much more to see.  Day lilies are prevalent in NC, and they had a number of beautiful specimens in bloom in August.  My home garden day lilies are earlier bloomers.  At least the ones I have left, LOL, after digging up a bunch and giving them …

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Visiting the Raulston Arboretum

While I still work on secret sewing, I thought I would finally show you the gardens I visited in Raleigh.  The JC Raulston Arboretum is maintained by NC State University as a study area for plants and trees that would do well in our area of the country.  They describe themselves as a 'living laboratory' …

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More Quilts for the Hurricane Project

The pile of quilts kept growing over the past couple of weeks, with more coming into the quilt shops.  Thanks to runner, Laura, bringing over the quilts from Cary Quilting, the pile doubled in size! Some of the members of the Asheville Quilt Guild dropped off these pretty quilts. I liked their labels, so cute! …

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Winter Reading

It has been an up and down winter for reading.  If you visit my blog on the internet, you'll see my Goodreads reviews on the sidebar.  Some have been good, but there were several just 'meh', and there was one true wall banger.  A wall-banger is where you are so bored/disgusted/irritated with a book that …

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Cutting, Sewing and a Quick Repair

My sewing lately has been mostly on secret projects, making progress on the mystery quilt along Minuet and working on the next Teacup block.  I did another quilt repair that was so simple I didn't take any pictures, but it did take up a few hours.  Mostly I've been cutting up fabrics to make kits …

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Thrifting February

A few scores at the thrift store this month have prompted me to do a bit of cleaning out.  Someone evidently has my style at the boutique in the thrift store, as I found several designer quality things in my size recently.  I love White House Black Market clothes, and it is nice to see …

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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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