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It's been sew long...

It's been sew long...

... since I've been sewing.  I am focusing on my health right now (avoiding pain and regaining strength to stand/walk regularly again) and I've had no energy to sew.  Meds make me tired.  Physical Therapy makes me tired.  And by the time I have time to sew (health comes first), I have no energy left.This is temporary, thankfully, and IT'S WORKING!  I'm getting stronger and able to stand/walk for longer every day.  Sew thankful!Tonight I decided to take the bull by the horns, or the stag by the antlers.  I dove into my scrap pile, downloaded this fun, free elephant...

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Color Blocks July Pattern -- She Sells Seashells (flag variation)

Color Blocks July Pattern -- She Sells Seashells (flag variation)

Are you quilting along with Color Blocks?  I expected a hundred or so people to follow along with my free Color Block Scrap Quilt Along journey, but thousands of quilters are busting through their scraps and quilting along.  With every month's free pattern I include a blank quilt planning sheet that you can color to see what your quilt will look like.  Quilters have been very creative in making these patterns their own and they are inspiring me to try their color combinations! July's pattern is She Sells Seashells and instead of using only one color for the blocks, I used...

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A La Mode Cutie Quilt -- Making Waves

A La Mode Cutie Quilt -- Making Waves

Do you ever make a quilt just because you want to try a new-to-you type of machine quilting?  I do this ALL THE TIME, and this quilt exists for that exact reason. A La Mode is one of my easiest Cutie Patterns.  Choose any Cutie Pack (16 fat eighths), add 1 1/4 yards of background fabric, and get stitching this 48"x48" cutie!  The binding is cut from the fat eighths, too.  As Cutie Pattern designers, we pride ourselves on designing quilts with little fabric waste, and this one is super-duper efficient! I made this A La Mode from some treasured Fig...

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LISTEN UP!

LISTEN UP!

I'm the guest on the latest Quilt and Tell Podcast! I've known Lori and Tracy for years and years but have only spoken to Ginger the two times I've been on this podcast. I can't wait to meet her! We talk about some embarrassing history that Lori and I share, how Tracy and I bonded over Hello Kitty, and about machine quilting, too! You can find Quilt & Tell on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, QuiltingDaily.com or wherever you get your podcasts Be sure to check the show notes to see my quilt on the cover of Quiltmaker Magazine.   This is a never-before-released pattern, but anyone following...

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Decorating with Quilts and Stitchery

Decorating with Quilts and Stitchery

I've been enjoying decorating my newly rebuilt home (tree + house + pandemic = 18 month headache!) and am adding a few touches of Americana to my home for America's birthday!While it's been too hot to use a quilt when sleeping, I added an old patriotic quilt to our bed.  The pattern is from Thimbleberries (I think) but the fabric is not (I'm certain!). I finished my latest Stitching Joy wool applique flipcard in time for the 4thof July! My son enjoys woodworking and made me a quilt ladder for my birthday.  I LOVE IT!  I added my Forever in...

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