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Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Sewing

I didn't do much sewing for Christmas this year, but while wrapping presents over the weekend, I realized that I needed to wrap an odd shaped gift.  Making a fabric gift bag seemed a lot easier than trying to wrap it with gift wrap.  I used a pillow case pattern rather than making the bag to fit the gift exactly, that way it can be used as a holiday pillow case or used as a gift bag again next Christmas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Let It Snow!

Temperatures in north central Pennsylvania have been unseasonably mild this month.  In fact, yesterday we had a record high of 66 degrees!  Something tells me that these crocheted snowflakes are going to be the closest we get to snow this Christmas.  If you would like to crochet your own blizzard, the instructions can be found at Attic 24.

(Make sure to note that the instructions are written in UK terms.  For this pattern the only difference is that "dc" is actually worked as a single crochet.  Work the rest of the pattern as written.)  

Thursday, December 10, 2015


I spent a wonderful day yesterday enjoying rooms full of art quilts at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.  To any quilt lover living in the upstate New York area, it is well worth the trip to see these magnificent quilts!  The exhibit is on display until January 3rd.  For those who can't make the trip, you can view a slideshow of the quilts HERE.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Summer Camp '15

The weather this December has been almost summer like with temperatures near 60, so my Summer Camp '15 quilt finish doesn't seem as overdue as it really is and as it turns out, I finished just in time...Gyleen Fitzgerald is starting a winter sew along that promises to be a real scrap buster!  Join in the fun on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Week 4

The Thanksgiving holiday put me a little behind in the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle, but a little more late night sewing and I should be all caught up soon!  Week 4's blocks were designed by Deb Strain, Brenda Riddle Designs, and Zen Chic.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Oops!  At least I noticed the mistake before the block was sewn into the quilt top!

A little unsewing, a quick turn around, and now all of my geese are flying in the right direction.  Much better!

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