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New Ironing Board Surface and a Bowl

Yesterday I finally got around to making my new pressing surface on my ironing board.  The materials cost about $20 (mostly consisting of the fabric and the board) and it took me approximately 20 minutes or so to put together. I used the Sharon Schamber method: And I’m very pleased with how it turned out!
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32 – In The Hoop, Christmas, BDSI Wrapup, Spring Cleaning

I completed an Anita Goodesign project in the hoop and made a cute table topper!  I’ll share my trials and tribulations with my embroidery machine. I received a few Christmas gifts Planning the Bargello quilt along Orca Bay progress Thinking ahead for 2012 goals Painting Creating a new ironing board top #NYSI BDSI Wrapup Basil update Bissell Poweredge Pet Edition  review
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Embroidery Machine Fun & Orca Bay Update

A few weeks ago we were down in Brandon where my sewing machine shop is and I stopped in to chat with Vicki – the lady that sold me my first Viking Sapphire – and of course I had to do some  shopping.  I looked at a few of the patterns available and decided to try this one out since it involved quilting and piecing in the hoop.  I think my first shot at it didn’t turn out so bad!Pattern: Anita Goodesign – Seeing Double It is the first project I’ve done using my embroidery machine.  I had several blunders along the way but figured out most of them.  It hangs on the wall in my sewing...
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Boxing Day Sew In Giveaway!!

Welcome to the Boxing Day Sew In!  We hope you are following the chatter on Twitter (use hashtag #BDSI on all your posts) and having lots of fun sewing your little heart out on the day after Christmas. Be sure to check out Quilting For the Rest of Us to see how to enter the giveaway and win these fabulous items.I’m giving away two items – that means two winners! Here are the items I’m giving away: Good luck and I hope you enjoy BDSI!
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Boxing Day Sew In! (Psst…. giveaway details)

Dec. 26th – Boxing DaySew in! I’m participating in the Boxing Day Sew In (hosted by Sandy at Quilting for the Rest of Us)! I had lots of fun participating in the Anti-Black Friday Sew In that she hosted on Twitter – though I was sort of forced to participate due to a cold virus – but I’m SO looking forward to sitting around the house in my jammies on December 26th and sewing my little heart out!! I will be hosting a giveaway of two fabulous items on my blog that day so if you are participating in BSDI I’ll give the details on how to enter yourself in the giveaway.  Hint – the items...
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Free Pattern Friday – Scrappy Block

Here is a fun block from Stitched in Color!  The Herringbone Block.  See her easy tutorial on her blog.
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My Machine Embroidery Quilting Book Wishlist

Marisa asked that I share some of the books I was talking about in my last podcast that teach you how to use your embroidery machine to do quilting! Here are my top picks: Piece in the Hoop: 20 Quilt Projects + 40 Machine Embroidery Designs  This book is a collaboration with Nancy Zieman and has great projects all pieced in the hoop!  It looks like so much fun and a great way to learn quilting on your embroidery machine. I really like that it comes with a CD that has all the designs on it so you don’t have to purchase anything extra.  That alone is worth the price of the book in my opinion....
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31 – Quilt Alongs, Strings, New Mic, Fabric Diet Update, Basil Has Surgery

Discovering how big my Christmas fabric stash really is I’m planning a Bargello Quilt Along and I hope you can join me! The fabric diet ends and I look back on my experience Basil has surgery – forever thankful for doggie health insurance and support from all my quilty friends! Orca Bay update My mic gets replaced New podcast – Lazy Daisy Quilts The 2012 Goal List begins – (Quilter in the Gap hosting 2012 Finish Along) Listia - Listia is a new kind of online auction site where you bid on other people’s stuff using credits instead of real money. They make it easy for you to give away stuff you don’t need anymore and get...
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Works {Not} In Progress Wednesday

This week has been insane with stuff going on – from Basil’s surgery to dinners after work with friends to arranging weekend coverage with three important things we have to do… I haven’t been able to sit down and sew on my machine since Sunday. Saturday I have to drop two dogs off at the vets office for shots and nail trims, go to a guild board meeting, pick the dogs up and wait on the electrician to come fix the meter box that our electric company broke when they tried to install the new electronic meter.  Yep you read that right, we have to pay to have our box repaired when the electric company broke...
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