Thrifting Scores for April

The thrift stores yielded only a few good items over the past couple of months, but they are treasures!  I need more tops to wear with jeans and shorts, as most of my wardrobe is still work wear and a bit too much for casual days.  This French inspired top was cute and fit nicely.  …

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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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Rainy Day Blues but the Irises Bloom

Rain washed out the Mini Cooper club's participation in the Dillsboro Easter Parade yesterday.  The director of the club pulled the plug on the event Friday afternoon.  Moderate rain was predicted with even some snow in the high elevations.  Since the event planned was an all day affair with the outdoor pre-party, the parade, then …

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Preparing for the Easter Parade

Tomorrow, the Mini Cooper club will participate as a group in the Dillsboro Easter Parade again this year.  We went to last year's event, although we didn't have our Mini yet so we couldn't be in the parade.  This year, we will be part of the procession, and I needed to get a few things …

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“In Your Easter Bonnet …

...with all the frills upon it!"  Yes, we are doing the Dillsboro Easter Parade again this year with the Mini Cooper club, so I needed to step up the Easter Bonnet from last year.  My Spring Hat was cute and went well with the sweater I wore last year, but didn't have the panache of …

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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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Spring Holiday Celebrations

Ham is the traditional Easter meal in many households and today I want to share some ideas for ham again for my newer readers.  Then, I'll share a new recipe for lovely spring asparagus to go with it. Last year I think I found the absolute most perfect way to serve a Slow Cooked Holiday …

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Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery Quilt Along – Step 3

Time to make more units for the mystery quilt along!  Are you ready for the next clue? (Read on for an update to the Teacups quilt along too.) This time we make no-waste flying geese.  I've put in some affiliate links for my tools.  Pull out the large 5-3/4-inch scrappy squares and the 3-3/8-inch background …

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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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Teacup Quilt Along – Block 9

I hope you are having fun with the Teacups Quilt Along!  This month we go back to a paper pieced block, a little more complex than the others.  Time to stretch a bit. Before we get to today's pattern, I wanted to show you last month's embroidery all done.  Did you get yours finished? The …

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Birdwatching at Our Mountain Home

Over the past month, it seems like the rain and the cold was never going to end.   The bird visitors have been fun to watch, with the variety of birds in colorful plumage all making short work of the seed.  DH has had to fill it up a couple of times a week.  Several …

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Quilts of Valor, and a QOV Story

Having participated in a Quilts of Valor presentation, I wanted to try to give more to that organization.  So, when my friend Bonnie asked me to quilt one for her, I readily agreed.  She brought this lovely pieced scrappy red, white, and blue, with a red wide backing.  Wide backings are lovely, LOL!! The great …

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March Review of Books

The long winter has been great for reading, with rainy afternoons sometimes spent curled up with a good book. After a few bad ones on my last book review post, I was lucky to have a winning streak of novels, most I can recommend.  Two of them even got 5 stars which is an unusual …

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