Springtime Tablescape

Spring has finally sprung, although the temperatures are still a bit cool.  My bulbs are blooming, and it was time to make a pretty springtime table.  My inspiration for the setting was this adorable wheelbarrow I found at the thrift store.  I liked the soft colors on the painted wood, and the little tulip stencil …

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Program for Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Speaking to quilt groups is one of the most fun things to do.  I get to meet new quilters, talk with other longarm owners, and have a great time.  Last week I presented my program, Decisions Decisions, to the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild and I have to say that I was treated like royalty …

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Centering the Back on a Longarm

Recently I was asked to do a fun kid's quilt, with trucks on the front and a city street print on the back.  The quilter put borders around the back panel, and asked me to center it on the back.  This is a bit harder than it sounds.  When the backing is loaded, and the …

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Teacups Embroidered Block

This month's block for the Teacups quilt along is an embroidered block.  The quilt along is a mixed techniques one, so I am throwing in some handwork.  This was mainly due to the complexity of the design I wanted for the sugar and creamer, more delicate and intricate.  If you haven't joined us for this …

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Hands2Help Features the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project

Today, the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project will be Featured on Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Sarah's annual Hands2Help project.  I've participated in her event several years now, as she gathers support to assist charities with quilt donations.  There are prizes to win as well, and I am providing one of the prizes for the …

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Reblooming Amaryllis

Back in December, I repotted both my amaryllis bulbs in the hopes that they would bloom again.  The red one was a gift from my dear mother-in-law in 2013, and it rebloomed every year for four more years, but didn't bloom last year.  I thought repotting it and giving it some food would help.  Plus, …

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Buttonmania Strikes Again!

Buttons can be such fun to play with.  I have several tins full, some have been sorted into little bags to keep sets together, and lots are just loose.  Whatever project I have in mind, it seems that there are plenty of buttons to use.  I still have this Button Basket sitting in my sewing …

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Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery Quilt Along – Step 2

Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery Quilt Along step 2 is here!  This month is an easy one! Using all of your 2-1/2-inch scrappy squares and all of your 2-1/2-inch background squares, make four patches. Be sure they square up to 4-1/2 inches when you are done.  Since this is so simple, there is no download this …

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Completing the Last Queen Quilt

When this project began, I made the commitment to make and send five queen size quilts to Wilmington for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project with the help of friends.  The last of the queen quilts was finished in a diamond design, yet another way to arrange the blocks. Many thanks to Claire and Mac Warner, …

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Mardi Gras Tablescape, with a Springtime Blog Hop!

Mardi Gras comes later this year, it is tomorrow!  So, time for a tablescape featuring purple, green and gold.  I thought it would be the ideal table to bring out the green Depression glass grill plates.  I've had these for many years, and in the past we used them quite regularly, often for take out …

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Fun at Quilt Retreat

Three days of sewing with friends, what could be more fun?  I could have really used the time to get farther along on the Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery Quilt Along, but Step 2 hasn't been posted yet (coming next Friday), and I didn't want to give any sneak peeks, LOL!!   So, I took a bunch …

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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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