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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Mini Coopers Featured at the British Car Show

Mini Coopers were the featured marque at Saturday's car show put on by the Southeastern British Motorcar Owners Club at Furman University in Greenville, SC.  We've done this show before with previously owned British cars, and I did a Perfect Picnic post from there with my Farmer's Market Quilt.  You can see the Scottish games …

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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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Race Day Tablescape and Nibbles

Sunday is the biggest day in racing of the year, with a Formula 1 race early in the morning, then the Indianapolis 500, followed by Nascar's 600 mile marathon race in Charlotte, NC.  Naturally, a day of racing needs some fun nibbles, and a festive table for the weekend.  Starting with the centerpiece, this spray …

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Herb Garden Mossy Planters

These small pots were found on a recent thrifting outing, and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with them.  Taking them to the workbench, I got out the basket of acrylic paints.  The green stuff in the glass dish is moss. I scraped a the moss from the stone and concrete drainage half-pipe …

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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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May in the Garden

Lovely blooms are flourishing in the garden, so get ready for a long and picture heavy post.  We have a long flowering season here, beginning in late March with the forsythias.  In late April and early May, the azaleas came into full flower.  I love the white ones, and we have three white azalea shrubs …

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Carolina Hurricane Quilts Update

The second shipment of quilts went to Wilmington recently, with quilts coming from Charlotte, Raleigh and Western NC as well as a couple from Upstate SC.  Ready for a virtual quilt show? Here are a few of the lovelies that went on the trip, as well as some that were sent in the mail.  A …

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MINIs on the Dragon!

Last weekend we had a fabulous time with an annual event called MINIs on the Dragon.  It is a gathering of Mini Cooper owners for five days of drives, dinners, activities and fun.  MINIacs come from everywhere, not just this area.  In its 17th year, people came from 38 states as far away as California, …

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Scrap Dance Minuet – Step 4

Are you ready for the next step?  Scrap Dance Minuet continues today with step #4! This time it is really easy, just take your scrappy bricks (2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles) and sew in pairs with the background bricks.  Press to the darker side. Then, take all your flying geese and sew pairs as well.  Press …

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Stamping a Special Mother’s Day Card

Mother's day is this weekend, and it is time to make a really special card.  My dear mother in law loves my hand made cards, and I wanted to make a really nice one this year.  Her favorite color is purple, so I got out some different purples to use on a lovely large flower …

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