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December Crock Block - Again!

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Craftsy shuttered my store (along with 10,000 other designers) and so this last block of my 2018 Tea Party Block of the Month has gone poof! I have moved it over to my server space temporarily so you can go get that if you haven't already. It will be free for one more week (until January 5, Saturday). The Crock details can be found in the original post along with the pattern link . The December Crock Block  And a second fabric choice: The December Crock Block Several have asked about the block, but when I don't have a way to contact you (no email shows up when you comment), I can't help! This is why I'm reposting. This link will disappear after January 5, 2019. It was very hard for me to lose 120 of my 124 patterns (of course, I have the originals!). They told me my store would also disappear, but I see that they have 4 remaining patterns of mine still there! I will let you know when I have moved over to Etsy (I have 5 patterns there so far). This

Holiday Chickadees

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I am rummaging around in my English Paper Piecing drawers getting organized for teaching classes in the Spring and Summer. I came across the little blocks I made using the My Little Chickadee fabrics from 2 years ago. I had a blog post, which you may remember: Christmas in July  post from 2016 Chickadees a la Ring You can see my steps for fussy cutting the birdies and adding the green triangles by clicking the links. I decided to make several blocks, fussy cutting those little chickadees: Twisted Hexagon block. Note that the Chickadee is pieced right along the neck! I can tell you don't believe me. But when Benartex sent me the fabrics, the cutter in the warehouse had sliced through several little birdies this way. Take a look at this next pic up close! He is SO happy to have his head back! Head and body put back together Another Chickadee auditioning atop 6 paper pieced patches. I eventually stitched him there. Don't you just love those berries?! I

Winner of the Michael Miller Holiday Hop

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I have a winner. Her name is Rhona L. from New Jersey. I don't know what Michael Miller will send for a prize, but you know it will be lovely fabric. Remember, the Festival of Lights fabric is in quilt shops now. Why not see if you can grab some for celebrating next Chanukah! Festival of Lights This is short and sweet because, as you know, I moved 2 weeks ago and my husband just had knee replacement surgery Monday. Sometimes I get this feeling like I'd like to run away. I'm just saying . . . But my sewing room (small bedroom) is up and running and I did do some sewing today. I hope to have another post or two before Christmas. We'll see! Thanks for stopping by.

Cardinals and Hexagons for a Festive Season

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This was a post that was featured on the Benartex blog last year featuring Jackie Robinson's collection called   Festive Season . I'm sitting with my morning coffee in my living room, looking at my finished quilt hanging over a very old chest of drawers. We moved into a new house (actually, 40+ years old) last week and I haven't hung any quilts yet. So, I've draped a few and this one "told" me to blog about it today! Here is what I wrote: I received a bundle of many of the prints, and what I was most excited about were the vertical panels of cardinals! I had plans to make a strippy quilt and use these birds. But, even after cutting dozens of half hexagons and piecing several vertical strips, I walked away and started something else! Vertical border print from  Festive Season  These are the half hexagons I cut, but then moved on to another idea! Half hexagons cut from most of the prints  Here are the fabrics that I began with. Fabrics from  F

Chanukah Blessings

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My granddaughter Eva attended a Jewish preschool in Federal Hill (Baltimore) last year. Their family is not Jewish, but it was within walking distance of their apartment and Audrey loved the emphasis on education - both religious and secular - and so Eva spent 2 years there. Yes, we're Christians, but we embrace the Jewish observances as reflected in what we call the Old Testament. Those Holy Days have meaning for us, too! (Yes, I know Chanukah is not a "holy" day, but I think you get my drift.) Audrey asked me to make a signature quilt as a thank you. Of course - my kids always think their mom can produce almost any sort of quilt on quick notice, right?! (I've done this more times than I can believe.) First, a little diversion. Here's one of my holiday cards that I made using a pack of window cards I bought at the Dollar Store. Yes, one dollar for a pack of 10! Maybe they were meant for Christmas, but Hanukkah happens in December, so snowflakes are normal.

December's Crock for the 2018 Tea Party Block of the Month

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This is short and sweet. We moved from one house to another on Wednesday and we are up to our eyeballs in boxes, cleaning, sorting and placing furniture. But I wanted to make sure the December block is up and running. It is the Crock . You can find it at my Craftsy store, FREE for the month of December only. Craftsy shuttered my store (along with 10,000 other designers) and this pattern is no longer available via Craftsy (along with 120 others!!) I am leaving it up for another week for FREE. Make sure you download it as it will be for purchase after January 5, 2019. As you can see, I couldn't decide on which one to use. That will have to be made sometime in January since we have the holidays and my moving stuff. But, at least I had them cut out! The Crock : 5-12" x 6" And my other Crock : The Crock Enjoy!

Black Friday Quilts on Cyber Monday

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Whoa! Do I have my days mixed up? Or was I just slow about posting? Neither. I am in the process of a local move and I'm up to my eyeballs in boxes and packing and all the stuff you have to do to move in America. And I'm totally exhausted. Scotty - beam me up!! Now, what do I have for you today, Cyber Monday? A few quilts that incorporate black - some with a little and some with a lot. First out of the box is one you've seen here before. But it remains one of my favorite quilts and was the start of my Cookie Cutter Bonanza workshops. Hearts on Fire : 46" x 63" Hearts on Fire  is 46" x 63".  The hearts are raw edge appliqué and I used batiks throughout. The background black sets off each of the half-hearts in the border. The 10" x 11" blocks are created in halves (rectangles) and when you trim away the fabric from behind each heart, you get the bonus half-hearts that I used in the border (both big and little). Pretty clever, huh? Absol

Happy Thanksgiving

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I'm in the process of a house move. Local, but still stressful! Emptying my linen closet I came upon a set of counted cross stitch pictures that my sister Janet made a few decades ago! The masking tape on the edges (to keep them from unraveling) were so brittle that I could peel it off easily. I want to share the one that is relevant for today! Just in time for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving counted cross stitch picture by my sister Janet I can envision this as the center of a small quilt. Or maybe I'll take ALL of them and incorporate them into a sampler. What do you think? I used to do counted cross stitch and still have several beloved samples. I framed some and made others into pillows. Whatever I have are in some box and I'll see them in another week when I start unpacking. What's for dinner tonight? Probably some sort of leftovers. My husband Phil and I are so exhausted. We are not hosting a dinner nor going to anyones'. We're fine with that. We

A Few More Log Cabins!

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My sister Janet lives in California and has been bitten by the quilting bug. She calls me several times a week (usually FaceTime) with all sorts of questions and conundrums. I convinced her to buy a new Bernina sewing machine so she could get her 1/4" seams right and have the experience of sewing with a decent machine! She loves quilting and spends as much on fabric and patterns monthly as I do in one year! And she loves it. Never seems to get enough. Here is a log cabin quilt center she just finished. The recipient requested a "white" quilt. Using some soft gray makes this very lovely. The blocks are 10". There's a LOT of piecing going on here. She was exhausted after that and is convinced she won't make another log cabin in awhile. Me? I keep making them. Janet's Log Cabin quilt center I found a postcard I made about 10 years ago and decided it was time to send it off. This time to my little grandkids who live in Maryland. This definitely i

Veteran's Day Salute - and Two Free Patterns!

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This is a post I made about 3 years ago and I think it should run again. Today is a sobering day as we remember what happened so many years ago! Thank you to all the United States veterans and their families for your service. Freedom is NOT free; it always costs someone and we must never take it for granted. I love this country and all it stands for. We just have to overlook the warts and change the things that can be changed. We're human, after all, and even our founders realized that. So, thanks to all of you veterans! Today I want to highlight as many of the Americana posts as I can remember. Stitched and hand quilted about 25 years ago One of those was in the first year I was blogging. I share a quilt I made and then gifted to a family that lost their precious son in Iraq. While I shared it on Memorial Day, the quilt is still appropriate. This is an easy quilt to reproduce. While you may not have that "wavy" red and white stripe, any red and white stripe wil