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April 2014 Blog Posts (66)

It's my birth month....

Even as we age and get older, I think we tend to look forward to our birthdays - wether we admit it or not.  We hope that we will be fondly remembered by family and friends alike.

This year has been especially difficult because it also signified the first anniversary of Wayne's death.  He was the positive in my life and I miss all the goofy surprises he would bestow on me.

Last Friday the dining room staff pinned a corsage on me, a few residents wished me a…

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Added by QuiltingB52/MN on April 30, 2014 at 3:13pm — 13 Comments

So grown up!

It took a while to get Easter pics of our Miss Bailey because they were moving on Easter. Here she is in her Easter dress and her new glasses and her baby doll in a matching dress (yep, I made them for her).…

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Added by B J Elder/WA on April 29, 2014 at 7:54pm — 28 Comments

"Tee Time" golf quilt

I have been working on several memory quilts and catching up on some quilts that have been on my bucket list for quite some time now.  I finished putting together my Tee Time golf quilt.  I had so much fun designing, piecing, appliqueing and free motion quilting this one.  It is one of my favorites and was a lot of fun to work on something so whimsical.  I am not a golfer and I don't know any female who does, so I am going to see about putting this one up for sale.  I am enjoying it while it…

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Added by Paula Coleman/KS - "Sew Silly" on April 29, 2014 at 5:18pm — 9 Comments

Speaking of mysteries

Over the past several months, "My Voice" as I call him has been recording the first of my mystery novels, MURDER BY SERPENTS: The Mystery Quilt. It is now (as of this afternoon) available as a download through Amazon as an Audible book. It was strange for me when I listened to Charlie read the book--because until now, I'm the only person who could hear these imaginary friends. Wow.

The Mystery Quilt pattern is included at the end of the recording. I did move the clues so they didn't…

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Added by Barbara Graham on April 29, 2014 at 2:10pm — 6 Comments

Mystery Quilts Redux

Earlier this month, with all your encouragement, I attended a Midnight Mystery retreat, where we were to  sew until Midnight to complete an unknown quilt from mysterious fabric requirements and cutting instructions mailed to us previously.

As I mentioned, I HATE MYSTERY QUILTS, but I was prevailed upon by a good friend to accompany her.  I usually regret my fabric choices once I actually see the pattern -- but not this time!  Really!  Big Surprise! I really liked my choices…

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Added by Carol Ann Hinton on April 29, 2014 at 12:26pm — 23 Comments

Woo-hoo Just got approval for Group

Hi all please come join the Project Robin's Hope Group so you can keep up to date with the progress of others working on the project. Share your progress on your quilt and inspire others with your work.

Project Robin's Hope Group and Robin's Hope Contract Page

Added by Jody Davis-Wood on April 29, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Better Late Than Never

I just realized that I had forgotten to add a pic of my quilt that I finished yesterday.  I started this in a class in 1996 and put the last stitch in it yesterday afternoon! I hand quilted in the ditch using matching thread for the cubes so that I didn't risk messing up the 3D look and then quilted diamond shapes in the…

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Added by Janet/MO on April 28, 2014 at 5:37pm — 17 Comments

Better than tornados

Started with sleeting and now it is snowing?&%@$.  Just need to remind myself that I'd rather have sleet/snow than tornados and floods as others are getting.  Sat. it was so chilly that I wore longjohns to DGD softball game.  Oh, spring, where are you?  Tulip, daffodil, hyacinth greens are up but not blooms yet; it is just too cold,  Oh, well, I'll just stay in the house another day.

Added by June Johnson/Wi on April 28, 2014 at 4:24pm — 3 Comments

High Fiber—Getting out of Dodge

Another crazy week! However, the next week should be calmer. More on that later. The BSJ for BS2 is almost finished. 

Just the shoulder/sleeve seams and buttons to go. That won't take long, so I'm putting it off for a bit, since BS2 isn't due to put in an appearance until August.

In the meantime,…

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Added by Peggy Stuart on April 28, 2014 at 8:30am — 14 Comments

End of an Era

As you know if you've read my blogs, I am an animal lover.  This weekend marks the end of an era in my life.  I used to raise pure bred chocolate labs - loved the puppies, but got to the point that I couldn't bare to sell them for fear they would be mistreated.  I kept a pup out of the last litter and named him Doc Edward's Hot Chocolate, Doc for short.  He was a big (150#) loveable guy that loved to fetch and was deathly afraid of thunder.  His mom had to be put down just about a month ago…

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Added by Karla Ridpath on April 27, 2014 at 8:59am — 16 Comments

Question - heavy duty machine

Does anyone have or have experience with the Singer Heavy Duty 4423 or 4411 sewing machine?  I am "needing" (don't you love that word?) it mostly for jeans/heavy denim, canvas, etc. sewing.

I have a Pfaff 2044 that I've worked to death.  Although she is still hanging in there, after the latest repair, I was gently reminded by the service technician that it was not built for the kind of abuse I was giving it.  I need to save her for my quilting, so I was exploring a mechanical…

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Added by Prairie Quilter/NE on April 27, 2014 at 5:29am — 13 Comments

Opinions please--art or craft?

I'm leaving in a few days for a Mystery Reader's conference. Mystery lovers seem to enjoy meeting authors and we are often assigned to be in a panel discussion. (It's really more fun than I made it sound).

Back to my subject--usually we don't know what will be asked by the moderator but mine sent out a few questions she will use. One of mine is--Is Quilting an Art or a Craft?

My personal wishy washy opinion is yes. Either one or both. Art quilts are definitely in the Art…

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Added by Barbara Graham on April 26, 2014 at 10:39am — 10 Comments

Chuckle of the day...



 

 

Subject: Fw: Catholic shampoo

 

 

 

             TWO NUNS WERE SHOPPING AT A 7-11 STORE. AS THEY

        PASSED BY THE BEER COOLER, ONE NUN SAID TO THE OTHER,

" WOULDN'T A NICE COOL BEER OR TWO TASTE WONDERFUL ON A HOT SUMMER EVENING?"

 

THE SECOND NUN ANSWERED, "INDEED IT WOULD, SISTER, BUT I WOULD NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE BUYING BEER, SINCE I AM CERTAIN IT WOULD CAUSE A SCENE AT THE CHECKOUT STAND."

 

"I CAN HANDLE THAT WITHOUT A…

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Added by Pam/NY on April 26, 2014 at 5:20am — 13 Comments

Project Robin's Hope

Project Robin’s Hope

I am starting up a project that I hope many of you will join me in fulfilling.

Purpose of the project: To provide a last wish of a very dear and generous lady.

Story behind the project:

Robin is a mother of 4 adult children all serving in the armed forces. What I am proposing is that we help Robin fulfill a last wish. Robin is a member of my local guild she is also one of the chair members for our charity quilt program for the…

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Added by Jody Davis-Wood on April 26, 2014 at 1:30am — 32 Comments

Have we seen this one yet?

Added by Prairie Quilter/NE on April 25, 2014 at 6:55pm — 9 Comments

Happy Brain Days Ahead!

Added by Beverly J Kirk on April 25, 2014 at 1:40pm — 5 Comments

Bloomin into 2014 !

I'm a survivor and life must go on!  I sat a while on the patio last evening... I've shopped antique stores, and I've set a pretty table! and last but not least.... I'm cleaning my dirty iron... scrubbin in salt!!!…

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Added by Beverly J Kirk on April 24, 2014 at 2:56pm — 14 Comments

old new

enjoying the slide show of older photos. when do we get to see new fabric lines from winthur? ;o)

Added by Shannon, ON on April 24, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

Austen Family Album blocks

Here are the first three blocks for the Block of the Week Program, Austen Family Album. A program about the life and times of Jane Austen by Barbara Brackman.

Her blog and patterns: http://austenfamilyalbumquilt.blogspot.com/2014/04/block-1-bright-star-for-jane-austen.html

The group here on Connecting Threads that has a few of us participating:…

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Added by Amanda Best on April 23, 2014 at 5:25pm — 8 Comments

A (near) FINISH

MULTNOMAH FALLS in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon is my favorite waterfall (but they are all wonderful, aren't they?).  I have long wanted to do a quilt or fiber art piece…

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Added by B J Elder/WA on April 23, 2014 at 4:16pm — 25 Comments

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