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Is it Halloween Yet?

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 use two mini charm packs o [...]

Challenging Myself with Angles

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 hone my skills and challenge myself. The quilt here at the top of this p [...]

Pillow Pop Round-Up: August

Pillow Pop Round-Up: August
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 J [...]

The Farm – Book Review

The Farm – Book Review
“Promise that you’ll listen to everything I say with an open mind. All I ask for is an open mind. Promise me you’ll do that, that’s why I’ve come to you. Promise me!” - from The Farm, page 19 – Daniel is struggling with his own inner demons when he gets a phone call from his father in Sweden. Apparent [...]

Orphan Train – Book Review

Orphan Train – Book Review
Vivian has never really talked about her experience on the train with anyone. It was shameful, she says. Too much to explain, too hard to believe. All those children sent on trains to the Midwest – collected off the streets of New York like refuse, garbage on a barge, to be sent far away as possible, out of sight. – from Orphan Tr [...]

10 Quilty Little Secrets

10 Quilty Little Secrets
Amy at 13 Spools has been encouraging quilters to share ten of their quilty little secrets…some of these are hilarious! If you follow the link to her post (above) you can get links to all the participating blogs. So here are my “secrets” which are not really secrets for those who know me: I won’t rip a seam unless I&# [...]

Winner of 2 AM at the Cat’s Paj...

Winner of 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajamas
Thanks to all who entered to win a copy of this fabulous book! I used Random.org to choose a winner. Congratulations to: Debbie from Houston, Texas I’m sending you an email, Debbie, to confirm your mailing address. For those of you who did not win, I hope you’ll consider picking up a copy of this book to read! FB.XFBML.pars [...]

Flying Rainbow Pillow

Flying Rainbow Pillow
*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view Are you getting sick of seeing pillows? I hope not, because there are a few months left in the year and I am still Pillow Popping with my group over on Threadbias! The “challenging” pillow for September is Flying Rainbow – a scrap friendly project that uses lots of whit [...]

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas ...

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas – Book Review and Giveaway
 Not today, Philadelphia. Bring your sorry shit back tomorrow. – from 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas – Madeleine Altimari is only nine years old, but don’t let that fool you…this is one brave, independent-minded kid who doesn’t let reality get in the way of her dreams. Madeleine has been practicing singing all [...]

Stitching for Charity

Stitching for Charity
There are many reasons I quilt, but one of them is to bring joy to others. I’ve made a lot of quilts over the last five years, and I’ve given away many of them: to friends, to family, and to charity. My first charity quilt went to Quilts for Kids in June of 2010. That same year, I made a special quilt for Green Fairy Quilts which [...]
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