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Saturday, April 18, 2015

For the Simple Love of Simple Squares!

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Wonderful things happen when you think far enough ahead to cut down scraps as you make them.

I LOVE boxes of individual squares, whatever size they are.

They are quick to grab for simple Leader & Ender units, and I can ALWAYS find places to use a four patch or a nine patch ---

If that scrap on my cutting table is big enough to cut a square from it I will.

The best thing about this little box?  VARIETY!

Variety means I don’t have to comb through boxes of fat quarters, yardage, or untamed scraps and head to the ironing board to press before I can cut what I need.

They are already ready!

Treadling Afternoon!

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Some days are just perfect for Deck Treadling!

I got back from my eye doc appointment yesterday afternoon, brought in the mail, put away groceries – and LONGED to be outside.

It was just that kind of day with temps in the low 70s, sunshine, gentle breezes and birdsong.

My orphan backing parts were laid out on the same level, on the living room floor…so this actually saved me from having to run up and down the stairs to sew the parts in the basement….I can justify ANYTHING!

So out onto the back deck I went, rolling my beautiful 1890s VS 2 right out the door and setting her up on the deck to sew.

There are not many deck days here before it gets too hot.  My back deck is not covered ((YET!  That’s on the bucket list)) and the sun can be awfully hot in the summer…so I’ve got to grab the opportunity while I can.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Quilt-Cam, 4/17/2015



Another Quilt-Cam opportunity!  How great!

Maybe we are making up for lost time?

Whatever the answer, I’m grateful for it. 

It’s the perfect anecdote to my being home alone tonight ---and we can work together!

It’s been a wonderful day of sewing here at home with a few errands thrown in.

Anne in the UK has also been busy at it, finishing up her Spiderweb top and she wanted to share her story with us.

She writes:

Up On The Roof….

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This is the story of before and after.

Last 4th of July when family was visiting from Texas, us old folks accepted our much younger nephew’s offer to go up on the roof and clear the gutters because they were just not doing what needed to be done.

The cabin is a tall structure, three levels as you can see, and the pitch of that roof can be a bit scary.

And while the gutter clearing produced miracles, we also discovered places that were going to need repair.

The cabin was built in 1999, and up on our knoll in the Blue Ridge Mountains that wind can howl something fierce.

It was time to re-roof.

Can you see a couple of guys up on the top there?  They are getting ready to do their thing!

While I was away in Maryland and New Jersey, the cabin got a new roof!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Another Ride on the Orphan Train!

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Got an Orphan Box?

Oh, sure!  EVERYONE should have an Orphan Box!  Loads of fun stuff can come out of here….

Leftover blocks and parts and units and UFOs and even gifted blocks that haven’t found their way into a project are stored in here.

And right on top there is just what I am looking for.

I’m pulling anything and everything blue that will help me put a backing together for the quilt with the blue piano key border I was working on a few weeks ago.

I get EXTRA bonus points if I can clear some of this up as well as use some DEEP STASH in this back.

I love the challenge.  I love the fun.  I love the slow down and take some time on getting a back together.

I mean, what’s the rush?  It’s not like I’m in a hurry to get this quilt done because another blizzard is on the way and there aren’t enough OTHER quilts in this house to keep us warm if we really needed them.

The Long Drive Home!



I stayed the night in Amish Country, Delaware!

About a week before I left for Maryland my friend Marti from Delaware emailed and said….”I’ll be seeing you in Jamestown, NY in June..do you want me to deliver cases of books for you so you don’t have to ship them ahead?”

I said..YES! 

I had to drive past Delaware on my way to/from New Jersey and it was a no brainer just to leave New Jersey at the end of my workshop and drive to Delaware for a home prepared meal, some great evening visiting, a comfy bed, and an early start the next morning.

There are boxes of books now waiting in Marti’s long arm studio  and I’ll meet her in New York to retrieve them.

This sweet Amish buggy was clip clopping down the road as I made my way from Marti’s house toward route 301 that would take me “the slow back way” through Maryland and Virginia, bypassing the Washington DC area all together.

That was a no brainer also.  It was a beautiful morning for a drive, and I had no curfew and wanted to take this day as leisurely as possible.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Talkin’ Turkey with the Jersey Girls!

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Combine 35 quilters and 35 machines with buckets, bags and boxes of fabric.

Stir in a measure of smiles and laughter, sprinkled with talking in between lines of chain piecing and what do you get?

A great day of sewing with the Garden State Quilters in Chatham, New Jersey!

We met at St Paul’s church in Summit, with plenty of room to set up and stay the day.

Eager and ready to go by 9am…we set into working with flying geese from a few different methods, each choosing the way that worked best for them….

When you take those geese, and a center 9 patch and put it on point with string pieced corners, what do you get?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hexie Love Drawing Winner!


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Good Morning from Chatham, New Jersey!

I’m up early this morning to do the drawing of our Give-Away for an online copy of the new Digi-Mag, Hexie Love by Julia Wood.

Do you want to know more about this issue? 

Visit my original post HERE.

You will find oodles of hexie inspiration  in this publication that is coming out 6 issues a year, right into your inbox!

For more information on Julia’s new book MORE Quick & Easy Hexie Quilts AND Hexie Love Magazine, visit Julia’s Blog.

Let’s do this drawing!

And our winner is…..


Monday, April 13, 2015

Show Many Quilts!

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Hello from Providence, New Jersey!

I drove up here this morning, arriving early afternoon.

After battling crazy drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike, and even crazier drivers OFF the turnpike, on to the parkway and through construction zones, I battled my way to my hotel, checked in and promptly fell asleep for a much needed NAP!

I had a text from a friend this morning who said simply said “Watch out for those New Jersey drivers, they are so ZIPPY!”  Made me laugh!

I’ve got a few minutes before the guild gals pick me up and whisk me off to a quick meal before setting up for tonight’s presentation so I thought I would pull up all of the great Show & Share photos we have had while in Maryland.

This first one….it’s a BACK!  Isn’t this awesome? Can you guess which quilt this goes to?