Christmas Tree and Bell Table Topper

Sometimes I do designs for MadamSew, and this little table topper is one of those with two new block designs.  The Tree and Bell blocks are 10 inches square, and are set in the round.   For here, I'd like to show you how I quilted it. The patterns for the two blocks are on the …

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Reworking My Ironing Board

This unusual shaped ironing board has been in my sewing room for many years.  It isn't made anymore, but was great when I was sewing most of my clothing.  That hasn't been the case for the past 15 years, as I have been doing much more quilting.  I've recovered it twice and did a tutorial …

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November Decorating with Quilts and Stitchery

Decorating in the fall is my favorite time, I just love these colors.  This year I got out the Autumn inspired projects, and used them to decorate.  Did you know that all the patterns I do for the Autumn Jubilee events remain free on my blog forever?  I'll show you a few of those in …

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Fun at the Mountain State Fair 2019

The NC Mountain State Fair ended yesterday, and I will be picking up all my entries today.  On Labor Day I turned in my projects in crafts, quilting, and photography, but due to our trip I couldn't enter the gardening competitions this year.  I got home just in time to enter the last three cooking …

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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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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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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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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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