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Wonderful World of Color

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     I love it when a blog hop encourages me to finish a project I've been meaning to get to.  This one actually gave me the push for two!   Joan  challenged us to make something colorful, or something related to the world.  In March I went to a quilt retreat with my Babushka's project from Fat Cat Patterns (I'm not sure this is still listed on her site and a goal to make a quilted jacket from a sweatshirt.  Either one would fulfill this challenge and I was able to finish both.       I've thought of making a quilted jacket for a long time but the idea of following a garment pattern doesn't appeal to me.  When my friend told me she'd used a sweatshirt for hers I started looking for a button or snap closure sweatshirt at the thrift stores and lucked out just before retreat and found one for $1.  At retreat I seam ripped the arms and sides and created a flat seam to cover with crazy blocks.  I spent the evenings after retreat sewing my crazy blocks together so I

Time in a Bottle

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 I've only recently started to enjoy making half square triangles, so when the theme for Time in a Bottle was announced I wasn't sure I'd participate.  I considered making a mug rug for game night with a hourglass applique but since the prompt specifically said the hourglass block I wasn't sure that would work.  Then when I started working on the Oh My Stars quilt I showed last month in the Tickled Pink blog hop, I realized I had a lot of bonus triangles I could use.  I have a tendency to throw those bonus triangles in my scrap bin and add them to crazy blocks but I decided I'd use them to make hourglasses this time.  By the time I trimmed them my hourglass was much smaller than I usually work with, but they weren't so bad to work with, until it came time for quilting.  Between a needle I should have replaced and a lot of joined seams the back has some areas that don't look so great-if it were something that would be seen I'd feel the need to tear it out

Dust off an Old Quilt Book

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 Bea hosts a yearly blog hop in which the challenge is to make a project from an old quilt book in your collection.  Between my school library deaccessions and the public library book sales I have amassed quite a collection of old quilt books (at least relative compared to when I started quilting.  Oftentimes I look at the old projects and struggle to look beyond dated colors or the fact that they use templates instead of rotary cutting instructions.  After browsing through several I finally decided it was time to make a selection or I didn't stand a chance of finishing on time.  A Patchwork Alphabet is copyright 1993, so far from my oldest but still decently aged.   This hop forced me to challenge through a project I’d likely not have made otherwise.  Since getting my Accuquilt I’ve been having some fun with half square triangles.  As I worked on the Temperance Tree I kept thinking of a line from Alias Grace  (I think this is only in the Netflix series, not the book but it's

Tickled Pink

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       When Carla, from Creatin' in the sticks  announced the theme for this blog hop was to use pink I think something went wrong in my brain and I heard that the theme was to jump from one project with some pink to another, depending what tickled my fancy...that seems to be what I did anyhow! I was really hoping I'd use the opportunity to finish one of my pink tulip quilts.  I had been inspired by the "All about Strings" blog hop in 2019 and started a lot of tulip blocks; sadly I have yet to finish a top from them.  Maybe that can be my project for the upcoming UFO blog hop!  I did make progress on them until I reached the point where I'd need to cut some strips for the stems. That delay allowed me to become distracted by another project.      A good friend had passed along feed sacks her grandma collected after her grandma passed away last year.  I've wanted to make a Sunbonnet Sue project for a long time and had just gotten the accuquilt die for both Sunbo

Polar Bear Plunge

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I really had no idea what I was going to make for this project when I signed up.  Then not long before Christmas I found out one of my best friends' mom was having significant health problems and I wanted to make a quilt for her...My big Christmas gift was an accuquilt cutter so I dug into my scraps and started working; in the back of my mind I thought I'll applique a polar bear on the quilt and it will work for the blog hop.  Then I realized I used white for the solid portions so that wouldn't work...I love flannel for the back of quilts so I searched and found a flannel polar bear print to use.  My friend's daughter says she likes the back even more than the front.  Once I was finished I started to think people wouldn't really see the polar bear tie in so I added this little mug rug.   I also have to include this tiny arctic wall hanging.  I bought this kit on our Alaskan honeymoon and finished it several years later. It now hangs in my craft room.   Be sure to vi

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange

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 I've followed Carol' s Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange for several years but this is the first year I've joined because I really don't do a lot of baking.  The farm market near us makes such good cookies and there's so much less mess to clean up! While I don't bake we do have a number of traditions we've made as our little family of two.  From the first year we were married one family tradition has been that I make a breakfast casserole we had on our mini-honeymoon for Christmas breakfast and I stay in the room  while my husband watched The Christmas Story (he watches it many times but I'm not really a fan so this is one of the only times I watch it with him.). I will also make this casserole for my church's fellowship time occasionally and I'm often asked for the recipe. Croissants A'La Orange 6  plain croissants (I usually buy pre-made from the grocery store and use the whole package)   1 (9 ounce)  jar orange marmalade   3 ounces orang