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Projects to make our home a little more homey

swiped from Craftsy. . .

How I have tortured my IG friends with photos of these placemats!  I shamelessly stole the idea from Craftsy – using the same Kaffe Fassett cool range millefiori fabric, the same pattern layout.  But rather than a QAYG, I actually built the quilt sandwich – I’m hoping to become more comfortable FMQ and this was an […]

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C-c-c-cold in SOCal. . .

Most of North America is busy rolling their eyes at us, but it seems winter has reached glorious SOCal!  This jaded Canadian is shivering and wondering exactly who forgot to pay their sunshine tax this month? Just in time I managed to finish my final finish for 2014 – tah-dah! Oh I do love this […]

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Ah-ha!

I love binding a quilt. Now, I really enjoy all aspects of the quilt making process. . .that first whiff of inspiration, the fabric selection, pressing, cutting, sewing, quilting. But to sit at the end of that journey with a quilt on your lap, hand stitching that beautiful binding. . .all cozy and snuggled.  Brings […]

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it always starts with the wantsies. . .

when i get the wantsies, I get ’em bad.  Over in Insta-world I noticed some slippers popping up. . .a little stalking and googling later I found this was a pattern by Ayumi Takahashi and in an old issue of Stitch Magazine (Summer 2011).  A quick payment of $3.99 and a week later the magazine […]

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the Wantsies!

When I saw these gorgeous Liberty Tana Lawn Pincushions by Red Pepper Quilts, my skin tingled with the worst case of the wantsies. . .but at $29 plus shipping from the land of Oz, nuh-uh!  Totally worth it, but way out of my budget – that sigh you hear is my husband, that sound is relief. […]

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Daisy Naptime Pillows – check!

Done and done. . . Nipper1’s was completed first and then hidden so I could start/finish Nipper2’s.  Cutting the fabric for both at the beginning was a pain – but the best decision! I would never have wanted to go through all that cutting again. . .and sewing the second time round went by in […]

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Flickr community rocks!

As I’m working on my Amy Butler Daisy Pillow – yup, that’s the information I was able to hold back for 3 whole days, fyi. . .I can’t keep a secret, especially if you say “this is a secret”. . .anyway in the directions it mentions to fill the petals with fiberfill “filling it firmly […]

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preparing for some sewing. . .

I have to admit it. . .I must finally give it up. . .there is a part to this sewing/quilting that I don’t like. PINNING! Ugh.  I mean really, UGH!  I’ll cheat by placing 3 pins – start, middle and end – and then fill in with the clips.  Unless the fabric is super fiddly […]

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auditioning threads. . .

it took me 4 days to cut this lot out.  Nope, wasn’t a particularly difficult pattern at all – let’s just say momma has a LOT of help 😉  that and it being the summer, the nippers have managed to push bedtime way past winter’s 6pm.  Oh, those were the days. . . I also […]

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Placemats done, check!

Done! Oh what an awesome feeling! I have to admit, I am rather fond of my placemats! They are in use, but I’ll spare you a shot of our forever cluttered kitchen table. . .I’m actually more than a little embarrassed to let you see the place of honor the popcorn maker has 😉 Here’s […]

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