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List of winners from the 2017 Road to California quilt show

I have not been to this show since the year 2000, but after seeing these pics, I sure wish I could have gone this year!  Wow, these are some gorgeous quilts.  I do have to say that my favorites are the whole cloth quilts though.


Added by Janet/MO on January 27, 2017 at 5:46pm — 6 Comments

general straight of grain question

So this morning I'm ironing and prepping fabric, making sure it is straight (on grain) before cutting, so I have time to ponder - sometimes a dangerous pastime...

Let me preface this by saying that I'm not a hard n' fast stickler for quilt rules.  I tend to fall somewhere in the camp of "I want know what they are and why, so I can decide which ones I follow (or not) on any given project."  I realize there are variables that come into play.  Some things I'm very…


Added by Prairie Quilter/NE on January 26, 2017 at 9:08am — 16 Comments

What A Storm!

Well, actually, the stars are not out tonight!  The wind has been howling since yesterday afternoon and the rain, freezing rain and sleet started around 4pm and it is still coming down.  So far there is about an inch and there could be two or three inches plus the same amount of snow by morning.  I have cut the…


Added by Gae on January 23, 2017 at 7:27pm — 6 Comments

High Fiber—Can I Take a Nap?

Common Threads met at Janet's on Thursday.



Added by Peggy Stuart on January 23, 2017 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

Up Next..................

Now that the wheelchair lap quilts are complete, I am moving on to a Round Robin project.  This Round Robin will be small, just two quilting friends, my neighbor and a friend at work.  It has been decided that we will each start our own center block and the size limit is 36 inches.  Then we will pass the block, with…


Added by Gae on January 21, 2017 at 7:07pm — 6 Comments

Guild Donation

Today was the first quilt guild meeting of 2017.  I am happy that I was able to finish and donate the three wheelchair lap quilts I had previously posted about.  A great project for scraps.  My hope is to bring at least one wheelchair lap quilt to each meeting this…


Added by Gae on January 21, 2017 at 6:46pm — 1 Comment

Happy New Year

Hope you were sitting down when you saw I actually posted! LOL  I've been pretty AWOL from here. Life has been so busy for me.

In case no one has posted, Annie Shaw, one of our CT family of bloggers, has died.  I do not know the details, but found out on Facebook.  Please keep her family in prayers.

I actually have made three things already this year ... a fiber art lighthouse picture, a little vest for a baby gift, and something else that currently escapes me. Oh my... where…


Added by B J Elder/WA on January 17, 2017 at 4:38pm — 8 Comments

High Fiber—A Crazy Busy Week

This week saw me back at hand-quilting my "Sistine Chapel." …


Added by Peggy Stuart on January 16, 2017 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Old skills renewed...

I haven't crocheted in 25 yrs. but with you tube, it is easy to refresh your skills. I wanted to make, my friend who will be going through chemo and was told she will lose her hair, a couple of cute alpaca hats. I really enjoyed making them and may start another crochet project in the future. My grandmother was the 1955 National Crochet Champion so maybe I have her gene!!!  lol…


Added by Pam/NY on January 16, 2017 at 6:33am — 11 Comments

Weird wild winter

I live in what is referred to as "high desert". Our altitude is about a mile and we normally have little rain so almost everything that grows requires irrigation. Snow is a visitor. It will show up and then leave a few days later. Not THIS winter. Holy moly, we still have snow on the ground from about a month ago. It…


Added by Barbara Graham on January 12, 2017 at 11:11am — 8 Comments

Feeling like a CLOD

It's slow going in the New Year.  By the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all, sorry I'm a little late to the party!  HAha, as always.   Getting back to my opening sentence... I have had the same pile of fabrics on my cutting table since November.  That's a big mistake.  Every time I  go in the studio, it's there staring at me.  I set down my coffee, and immediately get feeling guilty, so I cut even more charity quilt tops and Art Abandonment pieces.  What I should be doing is picking a UFO out to…


Added by Sandra Paananen on January 10, 2017 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

High Fiber—A Winter's Tale

The "So-not-my-palette Cardigan" is finished.




Added by Peggy Stuart on January 9, 2017 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

Hello 2017

Happy New Year.  I have finished my first quilt for the new years. This started with an idea by my niece to use her daughter's crib bedding to make a t-shirt quilt.  I got a little carried away and created this quilt instead.  My first large quilt that I machine quilted on a domestic machine.  I learned many lessons.  It has been washed and only needed to repair a few places where the quilting thread popped.  Off to my next adventure.…


Added by Katherine V. on January 5, 2017 at 5:54pm — 8 Comments

Sabrina the Northern Flying Squirrel

This photo wouldn't load on my previous blog post so I'm adding it here.  These little squirrels are nocturnal and have the most luxurious fur.  They're very common in the forests in our area, but are not often seen.  …


Added by Rebecca Sundberg on January 4, 2017 at 1:12pm — 5 Comments

Winter is here - January 2017


Boy, is it ever here.   Nearing minus 20 (Celsius) at night and in spite of the sunny (short) days, we haven’t been above freezing for about three weeks.  As a Canadian, I’m very typical – I obsess on the weather. The day after Christmas we had a snowfall of about 15 inches, but no more has fallen since.  And although our little town has been suffering through Arctic outflow winds, it’s been calm here at the lake.  The neighbour continues to feed the Trumpeter Swans,…


Added by Rebecca Sundberg on January 4, 2017 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Sewing Up The Scraps!

Working on community service quilting for the Guild.  Have decided to sew from my scrap basket.  This project will be the wheelchair size backed in flannel.  My goal is to finish three wheelchair size quilts for the January…


Added by Gae on January 3, 2017 at 5:42pm — 5 Comments

Found this in the Recesses of my Mom's closet

Friends:  As many of you know I have been caring for my mom for many years.  She moved in with us September, and passed in December.  I am in the process of packing up her condo and distributing items to my siblings.  This one I am holding onto.  Unfortunately there are no markings as to who made it…


Added by Lori/MD on January 3, 2017 at 10:52am — 7 Comments

High Fiber—A Week With Family

There is no shortage of snow at our place.



Added by Peggy Stuart on January 2, 2017 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Barbara Brackman's blog

Barbara posted an interesting blog post the other day that has really hit home for me.


I expressed concern about the quilting community when the price of quilt shop quality fabric jumped from about $8.00 per yard to $10.00 a few years ago.  Now it averages about $12.00 per yard.  The cost of a spool of 100% cotton thread…


Added by Janet/MO on January 2, 2017 at 7:01am — 6 Comments

My Custom Painted Featherweight!

Happy New Year!  Amazing that my one and only post was back in April of 2015 featuring a new found Featherweight.  Like everyone else, the past year had times of challenge, stress and tears.  I held tight to my faith and ran to my sewing room when possible.  I am happy to share that the Featherweight has been custom…


Added by Gae on January 1, 2017 at 3:46pm — 5 Comments

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