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Birthday Present

Today is a very important day. Thirty Four years ago my poor mother endured a 50 mile drive to the hospital in labor, only to be greeted with one tiny foot and a bum cheek, thus landing in the O.R. for a C-section. All for the pleasure of having me for a daughter. Thanks, Mom!This morning, with lots of help from my two boys, I opened a wonderful Birthday present from my mom and it was this Sensational Quilt! there are about a zillion different strips of fabric, it is so fun to look at all the prints. Thanks,...

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Saturday Sampler #4

Yesterday, my friend Susie came over to sew with me! We made up the blocks for a baby boy quilt using my Frogs and Snails pattern. I just love the blue and yellow! We varied the pattern a bit by changing up the placement of color for the large rectangles and setting them straight, rather than on point.So, I just started checking out Pinterest. Yesterday I was browsing through some quilting boards and was totally shocked to find a picture of MY QUILT! I can't find the pin again to show you the photo, but it was a close...

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P.I.G.S. , W.I.P. , U.F.O….

Whatever you want to call them, most quilters have a pretty healthy to-do, or doing, list. I know I do!don't let that long list of projects get you down,do the hustle!Have you heard that as of last Saturday, there was 100 days left in the year?? so time is a wasting on the 100 Day Hustle...it's a linky party where we all work on our lists, WIP's, whatever, and see what we can do by the end of the year.My "to-do" list:1. Finish binding my charm quilt (it is taking me waaaaay too long)2. finish my bikini bottoms quilt...

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Saturday Sampler #3

Fabrics: My fans are coming together and they are so stinkin' cute. I don't usually care for projects that require making zillions of the same kind of unit, but I don't mind this one.Flowers: Here's what's blooming outside my window:Azaleas in September!? this is Autumn Amethyst, the newest addition to my brood, compulsively purchased on Thursday on the way to work. How can I resist an azalea that claims to re-bloom, has gorgeous purple/pink flowers, and promises fall/winter foliage? I am powerless.I also have a new tutorial on my tut page: Advanced Paper Piecing, the Mariner's Compass.I know, it...

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Shameless Plug: Quilt Contest

Happy Friday!Today I am making a shameless plug for myself. I entered my Colors of Autumn sampler quilt in the weekly contest at Quilting Gallery. I hope you all will check it out and vote!  The voting is going on now (Friday Sept 21 through the weekend), I am sure there will be some beautiful quilts to see.This is my absolute favorite time of the year. The temperatures are "just right" outside, and in Ohio, we don't have a great deal of really nice weather days in a year. The colors are glorious! I love the spring and summer...

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Inspiration

Some of you may remember this quilt, made by my mom, from Em's blog when it was first being madeHow cute it that? She brought it out to my house to have it quilted by the same quilter who did my NY Beauty last month. I just picked it up, and it is super cute! love those googly eyes on that one block.Thought I would share what else inspires me this week, here are some of my favorites from blogs I follow.Check out the quilt that makes up the background on Ailsa's blog. The saturation of color and print is so...

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Simple Sundays

Don't you love a weekend day when you just stay home and putter? the boys and I spent much of our Sunday in the Sewing/Play room.H. was very busy writing his book on South American Rainforest animalsthe pictures were adorable and he wrote a little factoid about each, such as "Anacondas do not have venom, they constrict their victim". Yes, he actually wrote that. You can imagine the conversations we have. He is never not thinking about animals. "Mom, what is your favorite marsupial?"C., when he wasn't setting up wars between pirate ships, was alternately cooking for his baby...

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Saturday Sampler #2

Busy week. I haven't posted much, but been visiting other blogs. There are so many inspiring projects going on out there!I picked up one of my UFO's to work on:I started these fans last spring and was interrupted by another project with a deadline for a class. The palette started with this collection:these fabrics are just so darn cute! I added bunches of scraps (lots of Sweetwater, plus dots and more) and voila! A way scrappy quilt filled with adorable prints and happy colors.I have been in the mood to dig, so I am rearranging some plants in my...

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Pink and Orange: Palette Play

I am taking a break from my bikini quilt while I decide how to border it. I have to start getting ready for the classes I am teaching starting in October. Hopefully enough people will sign up so that they actually take place!One of the quilts is a sampler called "Color my World" by Project House 360 Patterns. I didn't make the shop sample, so I am starting from scratch...these are the fabrics I picked out. The picture makes them all look a bit yellowish, but it's pink, orange and blue and green, all in popsicle-like shades. They are...

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