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Daddy’s Fishing Quilt is ready for batting!

Quilt top is ready for borders. #WIP #quilting #quilt #daddysquilt #fishing from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1PuGc4O Close up on borders. #daddysquilt #WIP #sewing #quilt #quilting #fishing from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1X5Fg9a Top is done. #WIP #daddysquilt #quilt #quilting #sewing #fishing from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1Y1pYBA Pillows to match #daddysquilt are finished blocks. #WIP Should I finish them as one reversible pillow or back them and have two finished pillows? #quilting #quilt #pillow #sewing from Instagram: http://ift.tt/28dF7nZ Quit backing is pieced. Ready for batting. Top is pieces. Pillows are done and ready for fiberfill. #WIP #sewing #fishing #daddysquilt #quilting #sewing #quilt #quiltersofinstagram #modafabrics from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1Xvfig1

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Quilty distractions…

Needing a distraction. This is my #WIP for the day. #craftbloggers #quilting #quilt #fishing #daddysquilt from Instagram: http://ift.tt/25BvhKD

Working on a new project and mood change. #WIP #quilt #quilting #craftbloggers #mood #behappy from Instagram: http://ift.tt/20Xqa3T

The beginnings of a sewing machine cover for my Bernina 550QE. #sewing #craftbloggers #behappy #mood #quilting #sewingaccessories #bernina #bernina550qe from Instagram: http://ift.tt/25EPaUl

WIP Weekend

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I’ve been enjoying working hard on my projects lately. I’m putting away my Patriotic Angel until the next appropriate holiday. I finished my Be Happy banner and need to get a frame for it, 8×5 I believe. Now I’m working on AppleBlossom’s birth sampler of Holly Hobbie design. I have a mermaid one picked out for the princess, but I’m undecided on Rascal and I need to pick one out for my best friend’s expected daughter to do too…

(Not pictured) I have also set aside the Treasured Friend project for my mama, as I need to look at something other than ivory on kahki stitches for a bit.

This quilt top is finished and waiting on borders. I’m not as in love with it put together as I was when I was piecing it. It’s the first time I’ve ever used charm packs.

Frontier Girls

I’ve put badges on the Princess’ Penguin (pink) vest. I’ve put the Otter level ribbons and level tab on AppleBlossom’s vest and we’re working on re-earning some badges to add back to this level (yellow). I’ve also put a genealogy badge on my vest (well because it’s me and I couldn’t not order that one for me!). I’ve already put the Gen Award on my vest, and we need to add it to AppleBlossom’s vest for her Penguin level accomplishments. I also added a Patriot ribbon to all of our level tabs in honor of my father’s military service in the U.S. Air Force (before I was born). But I also think of my brother-in-law when I see it as well (U.S. Navy submariner).

Who are, or rather, what is Frontier Girls?

When I was a very young elementary school student, I was a Daisy, a Girls Scouts Daisy. My next door neighbor went the full gambit of Girls Scouts I believe. Yet before I got too involved the Troop was disbanded (long story) and my scouting days were over. When I was in the later years of elementary school I participating in something of an afterschool program at a local church that was named something along the lines of Marvelous Mondays or Terrific Tuesdays or some such. We memorized creeds, prayers, and scripture and received pins for our prize as well as pride. I remember adoring those pins and that sash. In my later high school years, I knew a boy who was in a Venturing Crew. I was very interested in joining, but then I was too far away and headed off to college soon anyhow… and thus I was. . .

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Tuesday – triumphant finishing! {quilt}

I know I should wait for a Friday Finished post. But I’m too excited I have to share. My mom found a panel and fabric coordinates and I added borders and made it giant babbie (aka blankie) or small quilt for my friend Jen’s baby. I hope she’ll like it. I’m not jealous after spending all this time with the softness of the fabrics! If you’re curious. Something on sidelines that I do from time to time is personalized baby gifts, or just any gifts (embroidery, sewing and the like). I can also make winter scouting vests… and I have a few other products in the works. Just ask!

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Sew ‘n Tell Friday

Hmm… This was a fun week as Grandmama and Grandaddy visited for a few days. I had intended to keep up with my cross stitching but instead I was able to get some things done on my beloved Bernina (with Grandmama’s help and influence!). We completed the girls Frontier Girls Vests and mine is in progress. I had to go back and forth when I was ordering our badges because AppleBlossom is completing more than we can afford to buy. So for individual things that are not hugely something she’s proud of I’m going to have to figure something else out. But I plan to get us organized and go over things officially with them as so far it’s been more on the random. AppleBlossom has finished another!! cross stitch kit, this time a butterfly and has begged to get started on the second butterfly the Enginerd bought her. So. . .

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Rival Hearts (Quilts of Love, #19) by Tara Randel {Preview}

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

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Path of Freedom by Jennifer Hudson Taylor (Quilts of Love)

When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple. With only her mother’s quilt as a secret guide, the foursome follows the stitches through unknown treachery.

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I got a new sewing machine!

Oooh! I am one happy camper, thanks to the wonderful Enginerd I finally have a new sewing machine, and one that I can quilt with! (As soon as I really figure it out…) I’m so delighted to have a brand spanking new Bernina 550 QE (Quilter’s Edition). It is silver and white and oh so fancy. I am over the top delighted! 🙂 So if you know anyone interested… I have a Babylock Xscape to sell for a pittance… I also have a very rarely used Babylock Walking Foot. FYI!

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Creating Children’s Artwork Quilts by Shannon Gingrich Shirley

Do you have your children’s artwork hanging on your walls or refrigerator doors? Have you saved their artwork since they were young, but you don’t know what to do with it? This fun, do-it-yourself quilting book offers a chance to preserve your children’s artwork by incorporating it into quilts and other fiber art projects. Small quilts for wall hanging or full-size quilts for snuggling will be enjoyed all the more when they are decorated with these childhood keepsakes. Projects range from simple and quick to elaborate and time-consuming works of art. Chapters include artwork selection, techniques, combining multiple pieces of art, product lists, and a glossary of terms. A gallery of completed works will inspire your own creative ideas. Instruction for both novice and seasoned quilters is provided. What a great way to recreate and preserve the artwork from the special children in your life.

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A Wild Goose Chase Christmas by Jennifer AlLee

Upon her grandmother’s death, Izzy Fontaine finds herself in possession of a Wild Goose Chase pattern quilt that supposedly leads to a great treasure.

Of course, once the rest of the family finds out about the “treasure map,” they’re determined to have a go at the treasure themselves. And, if that weren’t enough, Max Logan, a local museum curator, contacts Izzy and says that Grandma Isabella promised him the quilt.

What is it about this quilt that makes everyone want it? Is Izzy on a wild goose chase of her own, or a journey that will lead her to the treasure her grandmother intended?

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