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May 2015 Blog Posts (44)

Spider tsunami

Here's a spider story to go along with Pam's chipmunk war:

I was half asleep taking a leisurely bath when a big, fat spider fell into the water as I was reaching for the soap.  Let me tell you that the tub was NOT big enough for the both of us!  I was pretty desperate to abandon ship!  The ensuing tidal wave was fairly impressive.  I learned this old gal can move fairly quickly when the occasion requires.   Do they measure vertical jumps from a seated position?   I was able…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 31, 2015 at 4:00pm — 16 Comments

Taking control of the UFO

As some of you know I have been working on my sewing mess this year. January I did not like the outcome of the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt. I started one with ocean beach theme. I have so much sea fabric-  daughter's love- that for the border I decided to use leftovers from two other quilts.  I did have problems working it all out without a grid pattern or a design. This project led me to wanting a design board. Which my husband bought the supplies for my birthday this month-May. He has been…


Added by LKC on May 31, 2015 at 7:26am — 5 Comments

The war of the chipmunk...

Last weekend we planted flowers up at the lake. I take great pride in my flower gardens. We got up here yesterday and there was dirt scattered all over the patio! The hunt was on for the little bast...! I decided to fight fair...I put a clove of garlic in the redone pot, thinking the smell would keep him away. He climbs right up in the crock in front of me. He picks up the garlic and chews it right down and looks at me like is that all you got??? Grrrrrr....the fight is on! I just hope his…


Added by Pam/NY on May 30, 2015 at 5:19pm — 15 Comments

Life is a Beach

I finished my beach quilt completely tonight.  I have had the quilting done for a couple of weeks, but kept procrastinating on the binding & label.  Finally told myself it was going to be done before the end of this month so I sat down today & put in the last few stitches.  I want to thank the ladies in the Piece Around the World group who made rows for me for this cute quilt.  It is now hanging in my entryway.  …


Added by Janet/MO on May 28, 2015 at 6:44pm — 14 Comments

Good news again

Today I saw the radiation oncologist.  I do not need radiation for the breast cancer.  I already knew I don't need radiation for uterine cancer nor do I need any chemo for either cancer.  I only need frequent followup in years ahead.  God has blessed me so many times on this cancer journey and I am so grateful.

Added by June Johnson/Wi on May 28, 2015 at 3:48pm — 12 Comments

Being Thankful

 Thankful for my loving husband of 39 years this month. Tomorrow our area is having a clothes drive for abused women,( always thankful I did not stay with my abusive first husband.)    I always have a bag handy to add an item I no longer want. So since I did not work today I decided to clean out the linen closet, half of which holds wall quilts. As I was going through the stuff and fifty pillow cases I seem to hold on to, I once again have to ask myself why. Many of the pillow cases came…


Added by LKC on May 28, 2015 at 12:44pm — 5 Comments

Memorial Day Weekend

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend.. we sure did.  My eldest daughter and family came down to visit.. it was a busy time of walks, hikes, going to dinner.. night time fires and smores. yum  Now I am trying to collect my self and clean house.. it wasn't too bad at all.. but there is always stuff to do when someone stays in your home.  The over load of people lol must have been to much on our water heater Judy says.. because when I went to take a lovely long soak after everyone left ummm…


Added by Joy Gross on May 26, 2015 at 9:29pm — 6 Comments


I am searching for some Paula Nadelstern fabric called Dragon Feathers from her Patternista collection a few years back. If anybody has some they are willing to part with, please let me know! I am kicking myself for not getting it when I had the chance...Thank you in advance! 

Added by MARYAM/MO on May 26, 2015 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Ringlets Table Topper



I recently came across a fun free pattern for a Ringlets Table Topper designed by Darci Schipnewski of Pastthyme Patterns.

  • For a link to the pattern, click here.
  • To read my full blog post,…

Added by Ann Johnson on May 26, 2015 at 11:44am — No Comments

Woven Place Mats


Here at CT, each catalog cycle, the lucky staff get to preview the new books that will be available on the CT website. Recently, I perused Make It, Take It by Krista…


Added by Ann Johnson on May 26, 2015 at 11:14am — 13 Comments

High Fiber—Heddles and Puddles

Well, I'm finally, finally, back to weaving. On Tuesday I rethreaded the heddles on my floor loom, using the warp that was already on the loom left over from a previous project.

I had to change the tie-up, too, to weave what I wanted, but it was easier than I thought it would be. I'm using various scraps of yarn and some hand-spun that wasn't up to knitting…


Added by Peggy Stuart on May 25, 2015 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

True Meaning of Memorial Day...

The photo says it all:Take time to give Thanks for our military and their families!

Added by Pam/NY on May 25, 2015 at 8:23am — 4 Comments

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we remember and give thanks to all our fallen members of the Armed forces, may their ultimate sacrifices never be forgotten.  And to our men and women who have answered the call to service, may you all be safe from harm, and Thank you for everything you do to bring peace to our world.

Added by AidaCJ/NH on May 23, 2015 at 6:22pm — 5 Comments

Conceded defeat, for now...on to Plan ?????

Hey, everyone.  Thanks so much for the encouragement and empathy in my last post about the wedding quilt.  I worked hard on it these past 2 days and finished tying it late this afternoon - only to have it come off the frame with the same issues - if not worse - than the last quilt.  The difference is that I could live with the last quilt being bubbled, since I'd used a fluffy batt in it anyway.  It was intended to be somewhat fluffy - like a comforter.  This one was not.  It is more formal…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 22, 2015 at 6:27pm — 5 Comments


That word has been going through my mind today since DS mentioned it after discussing the wedding quilt and my design miscalculation of fabric availability.  Apparently WILLING oneself to have enough fabric does not necessarily  mean there WILL be enough.  

This is a project with a deadline.  Saturday.  This Saturday.  I started it last Monday after sending the graduation quilt on its way.  It is a big block quilt - nothing fancy or difficult.  I'm down to the last border and have…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 20, 2015 at 4:45pm — 14 Comments

Hello Quilters..

Nice to be back again.. We have had a lot of changes going on. New Dog.. New City.. New house.. new Neighbors.. Buying selling houses yikes husband retired (YAY).  As soon as hubby retired we went to Arizona for 2 months of sunshine and nothing we HAD to do, it was wonderful. We came home to our new home and started the unpacking process, still working on that :)  Happy to say that my sewing room is almost completely unpacked and organized. 

Added by Joy Gross on May 19, 2015 at 9:09pm — 9 Comments

A Big "Thank You" to Peggy Stuart!

The photographs she included in her April 20th blog post had me immediately scouring the internet and ordering one of the featured panels along with some coordinating fabrics for another quilt for little Sophia.  The Boyd’s Bears panel caught my fancy, partly because my DDiL collects bears of all kinds, including Boyd’s Bears, and I just knew that she’d really appreciate a ‘bear’ quilt for her wee daughter and partly because I really liked  the panel.  The fabrics arrived last…


Added by Rebecca Sundberg on May 19, 2015 at 11:09am — 9 Comments

High Fiber—Spinning My Wheel or Spinning My Wheels?

My mother had an expression she used when she felt like she had worked all day and hadn't accomplished anything. She said she felt as if she were spinning her wheels (and not the kind of wheels that produce yarn. That's how my week has been.

However, I did get some work done on my First Ladies Quilt. The class at Davidene's was on Wednesday.…


Added by Peggy Stuart on May 18, 2015 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

June Little Quilt

When I think of all twelve Little Quilts, the June Little Quilt the easiest. However, in my following alterations, made it a bit more challenging for those of you who desire a different take on this pattern. If…


Added by Mari/WA on May 18, 2015 at 6:38am — 2 Comments

Sunrise Stitchers

Last Sat. our sewing club took several baby quilts and two or three larger quilts to the Shepherds Godparent home in Bangor. We were given a tour of the facility and met some of the residence and their babies.  It's a home for young girls to have their babies and have a place to stay while they pursue an education or get on their feet financially. The home is run entirely on donations. L-R in gray top, resident of home. Peggy Coleman, Sara Cameron, Irene Gallway, Mary McLellan, resident of…


Added by Irene Gallway on May 18, 2015 at 4:24am — 6 Comments

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