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Feeling Thankful

Feeling Thankful
I love the transition from summer into autumn – the days get a little shorter, the air has a nip to it, clouds skid across blue skies and colors deepen. As October winds down into November, I start thinking about the holidays approaching. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It is a time to reflect on the good things, the things tha [...]

Wordless Wednesday – Cattle Dri...

Wordless Wednesday – Cattle Drive in Montana
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Busy as a Bee

Busy as a Bee
*Click on any image to enjoy a larger view I belong to two sewing bee groups – one on Flickr (which sews quilts for charity) and a private group on Threadbias. Each month I make a total of three blocks for these groups . I thought it would be fun to share some of these with you! Marsha (Quilterinmotion) requested an Interrupted Star blo [...]

A Sudden Light – Book Review

A Sudden Light – Book Review
Growing up in rural Connecticut, I had been told the name Riddell meant something to people in the Northwest. My paternal great-great-grandfather was someone of significance, my mother explained to me. Elijah Riddell had accumulated a tremendous fortune in the timber industry, a fortune that was later lost by those who succeeded him. My foref [...]

Pillow Pop Round-Up: September

Pillow Pop Round-Up: September
The Pillow Pop group is a really fun sew along over on Threadbias. We’re making pillows from the fabulous book Pillow Pop all year long. To learn more about the group, visit this post. We’d love to have you join us. If you’re not already a member at Threadbias, why not join – it’s free, and it is a great community of sewists. We chose Crimson [...]

Emerge Quilt

Emerge Quilt
You might remember my post a few weeks ago about the Angled class I am taking from Rachel at Stitched in Color. The Emerge quilt is an oversized Texas star which falls off the edge of the quilt. Instead of piecing it with Y-seams, Rachel’s technique was to machine applique the finished star onto one large piece of background fabric whic [...]

Scrumptious Poppy Quilt

Scrumptious Poppy Quilt
The Poppy pattern from the book Simply Fat Quarters (published by the Fat Quarter Shop) inspired me to finally cut into my fat quarter collection of Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. What I really love about this book is that it allows you to chose a size that works for you. I picked the lap size, but added an additional row, as wel [...]

The Lobster Kings – My Thoughts

The Lobster Kings – My Thoughts
“…there’s magic in the sea, magic on Loosewood Island. The problem is that some of the magic is like Brumfitt’s mermaid: sharp with teeth.” It was magic I was looking for in Alexi Zentner’s novel The Lobster Kings – a story about the Kings’ family who have made their home on an island between Ca [...]

The High Divide – Book Review

The High Divide – Book Review
“The rough country between the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers. The divide between those two watersheds. I scouted it this spring. It’s full of rugged ground, like you say – coulees, buttes, and badlands, with a little dry-grass prairie thrown in. The High Divide, they call it.” – from The High Divide - Ulysses P [...]

A Mini Step Down Quilt

A Mini Step Down Quilt
*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view. A couple of months ago, signed up for Sarah Fielke’s Big Techniques from Small Scraps class on Craftsy and recently decided to watch some of it. The first class instructs the student how to do “step down” piecing – a technique that is a little tricky at first (it [...]
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