Wendy

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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 …

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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 forefathers …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 Canada …

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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 Pope is …

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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 …

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Is it Halloween Yet?

*Click on any photo to enjoy a larger view No? Not yet? Oh well, with this Halloween inspired pillow I’m ready when it finally arrives. The pattern for this pillow is from the wonderful Pillow Pop book and is called “Bunch of Crosses.” It uses 2.5″ squares to make the crosses and I decided to …

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Challenging Myself with Angles

When Rachel from Stitched in Color posted about her Angled class, I knew right away I wanted to join in and take the class (it has since sold out, but you can read all about it here). I love angles in quilts, but they can be tricky and this looked like the perfect way to …

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