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All things made with the aid of the sewing machine.

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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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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Secret to a successful marriage #57. . .and a WIP update. . .

Secret to a successful marriage #57: learning to look apologetic when you’re summoned to the bathroom to see the clump of hair your husband pulled from the clogged bathtub drain. . .and if you can manage the following with sincerity. . . “how terribly dreadful dear, thank you ever so much. . .“, it can […]

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Paper piecing, Oy!

Why can’t i wrap my head around paper piecing. . ? After placing the fabric, checking the position, checking again. . . And yes again. . .I successfully sew. . . and then cut the wrong side of the seam. . .UGH! I almost gave up, after all I ruined some precious pieces of Kitty […]

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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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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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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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Bloom Bloom Oops!

so I think we’ve all gathered that I’m a newbie at this whole quilty thing. . . I couldn’t figure out why I was struggling with the bulk of the seams on this one. . .I even managed to iron it before I clued in. . .but the next one: UGH! like I mean really! […]

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design wall fail. . .

it’s always great to see a successful project, but even greater is to know that that project has stood the test of time. I’m here to report that one great little project failed miserably! I was rather pleased with myself when i completed this – and it lasted for a while. . .for a few […]

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Bloom Bloom Pow

I couldn’t help it, it’s just sooooooo pretty bedsides with the Janome in the shop – there’s some time to cut fabric. . .after I cut the other BOM fabric, and finish the rug, and the hearts that Vin asked for. . .plus, I have the fabric 🙂

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