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My take on Modern

I’m entering a block into the Quilt Con block challenge! I just got it done moments ago. Couldn’t wait to share it. I love the solids we got to work with. The deadline to send it in is August 15th so I knew if I didn’t get it done today it would never happen. My design wall isn’t the flattest thing so it looks curvy but I know it’s straight. What do you think? Its my first modern block and I had fun coming up with it. It goes in the mail today!
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48 – Lots of Reviews, Sew Day, and Strings

Quilting Book review - String Fling by Bonnie Hunter I can see said the blind man (I’m getting glasses) TV Tray Portable Pressing table made Sew day with Tampa Modern Quilt Guild Digging myself out Upcoming game convention Fabric flowers galore! Art Tracer Lightbox 10″ x 12″ String block swap update The trial of the ruffler Movie review – Safety Not Guaranteed New Summer handbag 40,000 stitches later Recent kitchen find: Collapsible dry measuring cups!
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Free Pattern Friday – Portable Pressing Board

I’ve got another sew day to go to tomorrow and I’m determined to make a small, portable pressing board to take with me. I’ve been meaning to make one for a while and just haven’t picked up a TV tray to do it yet. TV Tray Pressing Board Tutorial by Oh, Fransson! I have some home dec weight fabric leftover from my curtains so I think I’m just going to use that. Hopefully it’s wide enough! Have you made one of these? Do you like it?
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Feeddog Bunnies, Fabric Flowers, Movie Review

On Saturday I decided to attempt to use an attachment on Betty that I’d never tried before.  The ruffler. It came in the box of attachments that I got with Betty when I picked her up. I had no idea what it was until I read some tutorials on vintage Singer attachments and how to use them. Here is one on how to use the Ruffler. I have the original manual that came with the machine and it explains how to use it. I still never managed to get it to do what I wanted. I started having issues with the fabric getting stuck under the foot and stitching in place. I broke a needle. At...
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Free Pattern Friday – Springy Bucket

Spring-form Bucket Tutorial I don’t know about you but I often find myself looking for little bins to catch crumbs, triangles, snippets from binding or applique and they are never attractive to just have hanging around the sewing room. Then I stumbled across this tutorial on Pinterest! Eureka! I can use some cute fabric to make my own basket. Plus, it folds flat for storage or transport when you’re going to retreat or to a workshop. I love this! Now to raid my local Dollar stores or IKEA. She also has a Flickr Group where you can see what other people have made with her tutorials. 
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New Summer Handbag

I purchased this tote while I was in Panama City at the Hobby Lobby and didn’t quite know what I was going to do with it until a few days ago.  I remembered a design I’d seen over on Embroidery library and I thought it might work with the bag pattern. The bag is a burlap material with a damask design stenciled on top. The design worried me because I wasn’t sure how an embroidered piece would show up on it. I decided to go for it anyway. I didn’t want something like just my initials. The way my embroidery machine works I have to turn a tote inside out, stick it over the top of...
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Recipes from the Mom Interview #2

Here are all the recipes we discussed in podcast episode 47. Original Nilla Banana Pudding Prep Time: 30 min Total Time: 50 min Makes: 12 servings, 2/3 cup each 3/4 cup sugar, divided 1/3 cup flour dash salt 3 eggs, separated 2 cups milk 1/2 tsp. vanilla 45 NILLA Wafers, divided 5 bananas, sliced
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More Fabric Bowls and Popcorn!

I’m still in a sewing funk. So for now, I’m not going to pressure myself to sew. I have some deadlines and I’ll work on that stuff to get it out of here. Maybe I’ll feel better after that. I sat down to work on string blocks and then saw the bag I had full of wrapped cording and decided what the heck, I’ll just do fabric bowls for a while. I try to wrap the cording on my lunch break and then I keep all the wrapped stuff in a bag in my sewing room. I got three bowls done. They’re larger than I intended but that’s ok. I’m sure someone will love them! They...
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47 – Traveling, quilt shop review, Mom Interview #2, Jelly Roll Race quilts

I visit Quilting by the Bay in Panama City, Florida (see photos here) My first trip to Hobby Lobby New camera lens! Basil travels with me Progress on Orca Bay Two new Jelly Roll Race quilts (see photos here) Arrow table insert arrives, issue with bobbin case cover now. Excited about the Modern Quilt Guild launch Podcast weigh in Some photos of my childhood:
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