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My First Reversible Skirt

I don't usually sew clothing but when I saw the Annie's Skirt Pattern by Quilt Story I thought it would look cute in our…


Added by Laraine/WA on April 2, 2014 at 1:55pm — 3 Comments

Gifty Galore - December Santa Pattern

I had a lot of fun making the December Santa Pattern by The Wooden Bear Quilt Designs.  My granddaughter is at the ‘learning what things are called’ stage and has been…


Added by Laraine/WA on December 16, 2013 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Sweet & Simple Sack

This is the latest project I did for the Gifty Galore group.  I used our Indigo Patchwork fabrics.  It was a lot of fun!

The ‘sweet & simple’ part of the name is remarkably accurate.  Everyone who has seen it has…


Added by Laraine/WA on September 23, 2013 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

Set of Nesting Baskets

I made this project for the Gifty Galore Quilt Along Group.  It's from the book Fun Home Accessories and is perfect for using scraps! I loved the look of these baskets from the very first time I saw them.  They add a fun combination of texture and…


Added by Laraine/WA on July 15, 2013 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Gifty Galore Project: Teddy & Frosty Gift Tags

I’m a sucker for tags…all sorts of tags.  So when I saw the Teddy and Frosty Gift Tags Pattern Download by…


Added by Laraine/WA on October 29, 2012 at 6:24am — 5 Comments

Year At a Glance block

I just got back from a wonderful 4 day quilting retreat and finally got started on my project for the Year At A Glance Group.  It's from the book Big Fun with a Little Fabric and once you get started you want to…


Added by Laraine/WA on October 3, 2011 at 2:15pm — 3 Comments

Button Flower


Grab your button baskets, boxes, or jars and get ready to have some fun!  This is a great idea for showing off many of your favorite or heirloom buttons.  Button Flower Mini Quilt, from the book Quilts from Textured Solids, is my latest project for…


Added by Laraine/WA on September 28, 2011 at 6:31am — 5 Comments

Nativity pin project for Gifty Galore Group

This project comes from the book Seasons & Reasons to Celebrate.

I collect nativities and thought the one in this book was adorable.  Then the idea to take Jesus in the manger and make a Christmas pin popped into my head!



Added by Laraine/WA on August 24, 2011 at 9:02am — 5 Comments

Heart Sachets for Gifty Galore

This is a little project I did for the Gifty Galore Group. 


These are super cute and relatively easy to make.  The pattern and instructions are from the book A Creative Christmas.  I used prints from our new…


Added by Laraine/WA on July 6, 2011 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Makenzie's Wish Quilt Kit

I’ve finished my quilt top made from the Makenzie’s Wish Baby Quilt Brown Kit and it is definitely one of my favorite quilts I have ever done!  I love the soft but cheery colors of our Sunny Day Flannel collection and combined with Kristin’s design of fun pinwheels and flower appliqué it makes me think spring every time I look at it (and goodness knows I need something spring-like to… Continue

Added by Laraine/WA on May 2, 2011 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments


Do you have friends who make you laugh? I’m not talking about a polite chuckle. I’m talking about laughing so hard you cross your legs, your stomach hurts, your hands sweat, you cry until your glasses steam up and your nose runs. Laughter that leaves you unable to talk and gasping for breath. THAT kind of laughter. Do you? I hope so! Here at work there are a couple people who can do that to me. I’m blessed by my friends.

Last night we had our sew night after work. Who would have… Continue

Added by Laraine/WA on July 15, 2009 at 7:28am — 10 Comments

Happy Birthday Karen!

Our fearless leader (VP of Connecting Threads), Karen, has a birthday today!

I hope your birthday wish comes true!

Added by Laraine/WA on July 8, 2009 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

A Little Hint--finding photos

Most everyone has probably already figured this out but it never occurred to me until I wanted to find a photo. So, if you haven't thought of it please learn from my experience:

We have A LOT of beautiful quilts that flash by on the slideshow on the main page. Every once in awhile I click on one to get a better look. Well, I just spent the last three evenings going through pages and pages of photos looking for a quilt I remembered seeing, oh, probably a month ago. We're approaching… Continue

Added by Laraine/WA on June 12, 2009 at 12:05pm — 10 Comments

Dreaming of a sewing room...

Right now my sewing machine lives in my cube at work.

I don’t have a place at home where I can sew anymore. I voluntarily gave up my sewing room so my husband would have "a study". He’s a teacher working on his National Board Certification and really needed a place to call his own.

Fortunately for me we have “craft nights” here where we can stay after work and enjoy the camaraderie of others while attempting to actually accomplish something on our projects—whether they’re… Continue

Added by Laraine/WA on February 20, 2009 at 2:18pm — 5 Comments

Cup Cozies

This year for our secret Santa in the office I drew Judy's name. Around that same time she asked me if I wanted to sew the photography sample of the Cup Cozy Kit, joking that when I was done I could give them to her. She had no idea that I had her name! I ended up giving her the heart cozy and kept the other for myself.

T… Continue

Added by Laraine/WA on December 19, 2008 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Christmas Around the World


This doesn't have anything to do with quilting but it does have everything to do with Christmas Spirit so I hope you'll forgive the "off topic" post.

My youngest son is teaching English in Japan. He recently volunteered to play Santa at a kid's club in his area. He found white shoe polish worked to color his beard, eyebrows and sideburns. I think he makes a pretty convincing Santa. A few days after this picture was taken he went to a nighttime city event… Continue

Added by Laraine/WA on December 15, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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