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Boy talk, and a giveaway!

I have a lot of boys in my house...the only female alliances I have are Cleo the pup and Lukie the lizard. (We also have a toad, gender unknown)When my boys got old enough to move out of their cribs into big boy beds, they each got a quilt.Hudson's is the blue and yellow bento box on my sidebar that links to my tutorial page. He chose a farmyard print for the backing. He was obsessed with farms when he was around 2.this is Coulson's, which I finished last spring.He chose a train print for the backing. When he...

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Playing a bit…

As you can see, I have been experimenting with blog designs. I have often wondered (being of lesser technical intelligence than most) how people make their blogs look so cute. I have been surfing around and found some really fun sites for graphics and stuff.My garden needed some attention. Since beginning this blog, I have been so fired up about quilting, I haven't been in the mood to dig, but I did some planting today. Since I don't have any new quilting pictures, I want to show some lovely pictures of my other hobby, my flowers...Cleo spends a lot...

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Finished Quilts, Paper Piecing

a finish, ahoy!

Well, Almost a finish. My three-year-old wants to be a pirate when he grows up. He runs around saying things like, "come on, you slugs!" to his friends, and "arrrgh, you scurvy dog" to me. He has a plastic sword that goes everywhere with him (including bed). So we are all starting to get into the pirate talk thing, thus, you are getting an Ahoy! as I share my newly quilted NY beauty. these blocks take a REALLY long time to make but they are so worth it! I really like these teeny flying geese, they are each about an inch. it...

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Bikini Bottoms

So, according to my lovely (kooky) sister, my pickle blocks look like bikini bottoms.I think the name has stuck.So, today I am making more bikini bottoms and here's what I have so far:I went with the unanimous opinion that the varied solid colors were good.The thing is, I cannot decide how I like the intersection of the blocks the best, so I am taking an opinion poll.Leave me a comment with your vote.Option 1: squares in the corners, creating a four-patch where they meetOption 2: triangles on the corners, creating an hourglass where they meetOption 3: trim the colored...

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Show and Tell

Last weekend when I took my machine to Quilt Beginnings for repair, again, I remembered to take some pictures of my quilts on display! The one above is from the book "scrap republic" by Emily Cier, which is a great book. This quilt is called "Pivot", the version made with yardage. The cool thing about this book is that Emily gives instructions for making the projects with scraps and also with yardage and the results are completely different! I made this with a couple of fat quarter bundles of a recent line by Malka Dubrowsky. (my friend, Cathy, who...

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Pickles in Progress

I realize that my post on Sunday seemed a little schizophrenic. I really do focus on a project and finish things.Today I worked a bit more on my pickles. I did cut one corner off of them (so far), here is how they look:I will do the same on the other gray corner, add more colored pieces. I am thinking it might end up kind of like a double wedding ring. I will post the instructions for this add-on to the pickle on my tutorial page. I used the drunkards path template rulers and the curves go together slick-as-can-be!Do...

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there are no setbacks…

I sat down to sew my Reunion squares together yesterday and my machine went kaput. There is something wrong with the tension and I just got it back last week from having work done on the tension unit!I was not happy. But I still have so much to show you!I took the machine back to the shop for another look-see. Undeterred, I have been sewing on other projects, I just dusted off my Singer Featherweight. Always trusty, that one.I made these two blocksfor a quilt that Hopeful Threads is making for kids in foster care in Texas. I found this...

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Living Large all weekend!

The hubs and the kids left town this morning. This is the first time in six years (since pre-children) that I am left home alone, completely left to run amok.Cleo and I are having a girls weekend and we are living large all weekend!Today was a great start, two friends came over this morning and we sewed up blocks for a baby quilt. Susie is expecting a grandson on Halloween, so we started this scrappy autumn number:Cleo and I went out to play ball and roll in the crunchy, dry grass (Cleo, not me) a couple of times during...

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Happy August 1st!

Today is special in lots of ways.Especially, it marks one week of blogging for me! I cannot believe how many fun people have already visited and commented and have led me to new sites I hadn't see before. Thanks for the inspiration! Also,it is the first day of a new month, which for me means some quiet time at work (equals more sewing time). Tomorrow is my anniversary (nine years!) and hopefully we will get to have a date, which we haven't done in a while.Patrick is taking the boys to Colorado on Friday for a long weekend to visit...

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Weekend W.I.P. and true love in fabric form

Have you ever found a fabric or collection that you just LOVE! ?Well, last winter when Sweetwater/Moda released the Reunion collection, it was love at first sight for me, and the feeling has not worn off. Only one of my local quilt shops had a teeny bit of it, so I settled for some charm packs from Green Fairy (they even sold out of it lickety split!)Anyway, this weekend I finished sewing some blocks with my charm squares:this is really basic piecing for me and it was fun! I wanted something that would stay simple so I can just...

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