Quilt Repair by Hand

Recently I was contacted by a lady who needed a repair of her treasured vintage quilt.  This quilt was unusual in that most of it was in great shape, without any damage at all.  But a couple of the fabrics used in this hand pieced quilt were almost completely gone, leaving patches of exposed batting.   …

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Lemon Fresh Tablescape

Summer is here, and for some reason that makes me think of lemonade, which is funny because I rarely have lemonade.  Perhaps it is the vibrant yellow color which speaks of sunshine and warmth, and lazy evenings in the rocking chairs on the veranda.  Whatever the motivation, I have been collecting a few lemon items …

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Safelight Project 2019

Now that I have other projects under control, it is time to host the Safelight Project for the third year.  This is a blog event to benefit the domestic violence shelter here with prize drawings for those participating! The shelter is constantly providing a refuge for new people, so the need is ongoing.  The previous …

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Blog Remix – Road Trip Pillow

Today I am pleased to be a part of The Fat Quarter Shop's Blog Remix event.   This pattern for a Road Trip Pillow Bag was originally posted on Jolly Jabber in May of last year.  It is sized on their pattern for a child's pillow, and shown with a bedtime story book in the …

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Quilting Fun in Sevierville, Tennessee

Traveling to visit and speak to quilt guilds is so fun!  I have a couple of hours to talk to DH while we drive. He is so helpful with set up and handouts, and it is nice to have him with me.  Last week, we drove over to Sevierville, Tennessee to give my Decisions Decisions …

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Thrifting June

This has been an awesome month for finds at the thrift stores and estate sales.  I have plans and ideas now for more fun things to do with all these goodies.  Starting out, I couldn't resist these chicken napkin rings.  They are actually a cloisonne with iridescent gold highlights.  There were seven of them, which …

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Scrap Dance Minuet – The Big Reveal!!

Today is the reveal of the block designs you have been working towards for months.  All those elements will be used to make two different blocks. Here we go!!  Today I'll reveal the two blocks, and give you a preview of the overall design.  Starting with the flying geese units, lay out the geese pointing …

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June in the Garden

Flowers are blooming in the garden as the floral show continues in June.  We have such a nice growing season here with flowers coming out week after week.  Let's take a stroll around our place, beginning in the flower beds out front where one of the asters has bloomed.   I think the other one is …

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Carolina Hurricane Quilts Virtual Quilt Show and Longarmer links

The Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project is in its final months and Jo-El tells me that they have received 270 quilts as of the last delivery in May.  See their latest photo at the end of this picture heavy post.  Recently I picked up a few more from Beginnings Quilt Shop in Hendersonville.  There were a …

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Visiting a Gem Mine and Driving Diamondback

Summer is definitely here!  The milder temperatures mean another car club outing.  We now belong to three clubs, so there is something to do almost every weekend!  Our Appalachian Mountain Minis club was joined by the Upstate Minis club from South Carolina for an outing last weekend.  We are members of both clubs.  It was …

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Teacups Quilt Along – Block 11 – and some news

First Friday of the month means the next block for the Teacups Quilt Along is here!  I hope you have enjoyed stretching a bit with some new-to-you techniques you might not have tried before.  This month, the block can be made in two ways, so you can choose your comfort level. The inspiration for this …

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Oatmeal Cinnamon Cake Donuts

National Donut day is Friday, and it has been quite a while since I did a new donut recipe.  I was thinking about a cake donut that would incorporate some oats.  So, I got out the donut pans and started doing some baking.  I have to tell you that my first attempt at these were …

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Star Quilt of Valor

When quilting buddy Sheryl contacted me to see if I would do a Quilt of Valor for her, I immediately said yes.  She brought over a wonderful Double Friendship Star quilt, beautifully pieced with white sashing and a navy blue border. Ah, look at that, perfectly measured and sewn borders. I quilted it with red …

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Al Fresco Tablescape for Two

After some really hot days here, the temperature finally leveled off at more of our normal upper 70s to low 80s daytime highs.  Even if it is hot during the day, when the sun goes past the mountaintop to the west, it cools considerably.  Early evening temps are pleasant, with a light breeze, and the …

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Walking at the Arboretum

Right before my knee went out, we went for a walk at the NC Arborteum to see a special exhibit and enjoy the springtime flowers.  The knee was bothering me a bit then, so we didn't do a long hike, just a nice stroll around the blooming flowerbeds to see the color.  I know you …

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