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Saturday Sampler

Lookie! I sewed it up today. What do you think? I feel like it needs something to frame it, but not sure what to do for borders. Any Ideas? Maybe turn it on point and add corners...This is the first project I have made with solids. Can you believe it? It was a bit of a challenge for me because I love lots of pattern, lots of scraps....but I am happy with it.This came in my mail today:My monthly solids club pack from Pink Chalk (blue this month, a favorite), a garden mag (fun bedtime reading) and the newsletter...

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This ‘n That

In My Mailbox:I received this early birthday present from my mother-in-law today. She is very talented at stained glass, she made this window for me to put in a mirror frame/candle holder I have. The candles sit behind the glass (I haven't put them in yet). Isn't this beautiful? she does something like heat the glass, cool it, break it, then heat it again on top of another piece...On My Lap:here is another peek at my Reunion Charm quilt! I have finished quilting it and and now binding, so excited to show you the finish, maybe this weekend. Lots...

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Sixteen points in the middle!

Today is September 3, and that means that the blog hop giveaway has a winner....Audrey, of Hot Pink Quilts, is the winner of the two "oh, deer" charm packs. Congratulations!I have to admit I was surprised and excited by how many people participated in the blog hop. I started out trying to respond to every comment, but got overwhelmed! I apologize if you didn't hear back from me, I love every comment and thank you for visiting my blog. Welcome, especially to all the new members!I finished my second monthly Mariner's Compass Block! Can you say Sixteen Points in...

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and Flowers

This week I have been working on my second monthly compass block.I have one fourth of it completed:I started this as an interval project last month, making my first block when I was in limbo between projects and deciding what to start next. I made progress on the rest of this block today and will share when it is completed. I am loving the fabrics and colors (did you notice that gold piece has chicken wire?)And, Flowers. My garden has felt neglected since I started blogging, the weather got hot, and I turned my focus to quilts. To pay...

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Something old, Something New

I cannot believe how many people have stopped by this blog since the beginning of the blog hop!I have been responding to comments for two days straight and it has been so much fun to hear all of the things that people are doing as their new experiences!Thank you for visiting my blog, I am trying my best to respond to comments and look at your blogs, too.I am really excited that tons of people said that their "something new" this month was trying paper piecing. I absolutely love paper, or foundation, piecing! You can do such amazing things...

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Winner! plus weekend W.I.P

I couldn't resist showing this picture as a follow up to my last post "boy talk". Here are my boys watching a DVD on the computer. As you can see, Coulson is prepared for anything. You never know when you might need a broom and/or a sword, and a pirate hat is classy paired with monkey p.j. bottoms. The Winner of the Boy Talk Giveaway "are you smarter than my first-grader" is..... MIMI! She knew that a hellbender is a type of salamander. Her mailman will be bringing her a present in the form of my second featured pattern, "frogs and...

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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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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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