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Back to business

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School is finally out!  I love teaching but this year it was hard…I did make time for quilting but I didn’t take time to blog about it.  So my last list was in March 1. Finish 2 more baby quilts, I know people joked about there being a lot of quarantine babies, but there really are quite a few new babies in my church and coworkers right now!-done 2. Participate in the Sun and Sand blog hop-done 3. Come up with a feasible idea for the “in the kitchen” blog hop announced after Show your Stripes- done 4. Post about 2 baby quilts from church-oops 5. Get the hands2help tops done and maybe even quilted-done but not in March 6.  Post about our trip-oops  7.   8000 steps and an arm toning video each day-I think I did okay most of March but April and May were not good. Since school is out I’m hoping to actually be able to accomplish things in a week. 1. Catch up on some posts from projects and travels this spring. 2. Bind a quilt for a coworker’s daughter  3. Make a project for the fairy tale b

Born to be Wild

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 When Carol announced this blog hop it was like it was meant to be.  When a new baby is expected in our school the faculty fund gets them a gift.  This year I finally felt confident enough in my machine quilting to make the gifts for new babies and we ended up having 4 new babies expected.  I had just completed twin jungle themed quilts for one of our learning support teacher.  She had chosen a jungle theme for the nursery but wasn't sure the gender of one of the twins when I started working on them so I chose to use shades of green.   I wanted similar designs but not identical so I used 2 of  Creatin' in the sticks ' blocks from 30 blocks in 30 days and the same fabrics.  One is backed in the leaves and the other in the animal print.   There is nothing jungle like where we live, but on a trip to Virginia we were able to go to the zoo and snap a couple pictures!  We gave the mom to be her quilts just in time, the very next day she was put on bed rest.   May 17 th Creatin

Hands to Help

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 For several years I’ve read  Confessions of a Fabric Addict ’s Hands 2 Help series and thought that it was something I should do.  This year she added hometown heroes as one of the recipient suggestions and I finally decided I needed to do more than think about making something.  I had a bag or red scraps and some left over tan solid so I started the first tutorial Sarah posted.  A friend from church works in several nursing homes in the area in physical therapy and I could see how much of a toll the stress was having on her, so I decided she needed a quilt.  She was near tears when she opened it, you just never know how much someone may need to be noticed.

In the Kitchen

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 I almost skipped this blog hop because I was really struggling with an idea for kitchen projects I hadn't already blogged about.  Then my local quilt shop left me know that the grill fabric I'd ordered (and forgotten about) had arrived.  Now I needed to come up with an idea for both the fabric and the blog hop.  I pondered a while and decided that we're quickly approaching the time when in the kitchen really involves prepping the food to go outside to the grill (or better yet the campfire!) and with Mother's Day approaching I could make a table runner for my mother-in-law.  She's one of the more difficult people to shop for because she likes to pick her own things out but she always likes to use one of the table-runners my sister-in-law or I make her and she doesn't have a summer one yet.  I love bright colors in my quilts so I decided to highlight the brights of the grills.  I also thought it would be nice to set them so that from either side of the table you

Salt and Sand

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As soon as the theme Salt and Sand was announced I had a lot of ideas, however when I think of the beach I usually go to bright colors not blue and tan.  Then while I was still trying to figure out what to make we stopped at a quilt shop not far from home and found an Ebb and Flow charm pack on sale.  Not only was it beach themed it was also the blue and tan.  I got the top made pretty quickly but then projects with a definite recipient plan took priority.   I have the backing purchased, but I wasn't able to get it quilted in time for the blog hop.  I would have loved to go to the ocean for pictures (any excuse for a break right now!) but we haven't been able to do that so I went to a local state park and got some lake shore pictures instead.   Check out all the other blog posts.  You’ll be inspired to visit a beach or quilt; maybe both! March 22 Creatin' in the Sticks Selina Quilts That Fabric Feeling Days Filled With Joy Elizabeth Coughlin Designs Karen's Korner Homes

March Goals

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Time go away from me with February being a short month and we finally took a weekend away at the very end of the month.   Of course that meant a lot of playing catch up the first week of March, and I never got my post written. A couple of friends from work and I have been doing an exercise challenge to encourage each other.  I spent a lot of time I’d likely have spent quilting on my exercise as a result.  So how did I do on my February goals... 1. Bind the second quilt for myself-no 2. Finish  at least 2 of the baby quilts in progress- this happened but not until March 3. Make that birthday present I slacked off on last month-I think it’s now a Christmas present... 4. Participate in the Show your Stripes Blog Hop-done, but I’m not sure I managed to read all the other posts 5. Keep up on my mini Monday quilt along-done.  A new clue comes out tomorrow 6. Get a top or two made for Hands2Help 2021.  I just keep adding more scraps to my pile.  I did work on it a lot though 7. I finally gave

Show your Stripes

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 Today is my day for the Show your Stripes blog hop hosted by Carla of  Creatin in the Sticks  I love the creativity of the themes Carla and Carol come up with for these blog hops, but I have to admit when Carla announced the theme of stripes I wasn't going to participate.  I started sewing clothing when I was in 4h and I remember all the rules about trying to line stripes up perfectly...I'm not that kind of a sewist!  I had actually just told my quilt shop owner not to let me buy stripes for one of the projects I was looking to make this spring (After creating for this hop I ended up buying the stripes!)  I have a couple older quilts I think were made by my Great-aunt and one of my Gram's good friends and guess what both have stripes; they don't match and I still love them, so if that's not justification for stripes what is? After thinking about the stripe theme a while it hit me that I had a blue and browns stripe flannel and needed a super simple baby quilt for a