Christmas In July!

Dig out your Christmas in July stuff, as it is only five months until the old guy comes down the chimneys!  We can get started on gifts and decorations, and maybe have something new for the season.  Today is my day on Sarah's Christmas in July blog hop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I …

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Batting – What NOT to Use

Doing quilts for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, I went far beyond my original goal with more tops and backings sent to me than I had batting available.  Thanks to some kind friends, I was gifted with several to help fill the gap.  One of them was a raw wool batting that I have not …

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100 Days 100 Blocks

Look for some fun blocks as I will be part of the Fat Quarter Shop's promotion with @gnomeangel for #100days100blocks2019 !! The party starts July 1st and you need to register to win prizes. See the Gnome Angel Event Hub page for details.  See the prize list and requirements to enter HERE.  You do have …

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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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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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Memorial Day Weekend Fun and a tribute

It has been a bit busy around here lately in spite of my bum knee, and this weekend was full.   On this weekend to count our blessings and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom, here are a few of my posts with patriotic theme projects and tablescapes. I …

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Choosing Colors and Fabrics for Quilts

Choosing fabrics for quilts can be a fun experience, but so many times quilters are frustrated by this process.  I am often asked about this while speaking to quilt groups.  Just looking around a quilt shop can be a daunting challenge. Fabrics and prints catch the eye, but do they go together? Will these look …

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Odds and Ends, and Quilting Goes Couture!

Next up on the frame is another Hurricane quilt.  This top was sent to me by sweet reader Phyllis Donohue (who is in her 80s!), a lovely patchwork with gold sashing.  I loaded it, but before I could really get to quilting, something happened. I twisted my knee somehow, not once but twice, and pulled …

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Quilting a Foundation Pieced Quilt

This beautiful quilt top was brought to me for quilting and presented a number of quilting challenges.  The top maker was a local quilter and she wanted it to go to the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project.  She did a wonderful job with the piecing in pretty pinks and greens.  Since I have run out of …

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Misty Mountain Quilt Guild Presentation

The past Tuesday, DH and I had the pleasure of driving down to Georgia for a speaking engagement for the Misty Mountain Quilter's Guild in Blairsville.  We left fairly early, amazingly missing most of rush hour traffic.  As the drive went through the western mountains of NC and through the Nantahala Forest, we enjoyed the …

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Quilty Road Trip

About a week ago, I drove over to Shelby to meet with my runner for the Charlotte area to get the quilts for the hurricane project left at the drop shop, Quilt Patch.  As I was coming out of the mountains, I was struck by the many different colors of green on the mountainsides and …

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Another Dog vs Quilt Repair

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our furry friends can make a mess of a treasured quilt.  This one had been in a closet, but the dog found the door open one day, and began a chewing spree resulting in a lot of damage.  Add to that the wear and tear of a quilt over 60 …

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Row Quilt for Charity

A friend sent me an email a few weeks ago with a picture of a row quilt, and wanted some advice on adding some borders.  She said the quilt was long and narrow, made from a kit, and she wanted to expand it to make it bed size.   Then amazingly, she said she wanted it …

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