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Temporary Hiatus!

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The plans are made, the tickets purchased, the bags are packed and the passports printed. In less than 24 hours my beloved husband will be off! On Vacation! To Australia! I can't believe it! The trip has been in the works for a few months but I've tried not to think about it so I didn't get too excited. Now as it draws closer I can't believe my head hasn't exploded out of pure giddiness. I was literally jumping for joy yesterday. And now we have only one more night at home with our loving animals before we depart. We'll be gone roughly a month... A whole month...

but wait...

That means an entire month without my sewing machine...

A month of no piecing...

Of no quilting!

How will I ever survive? It will be difficult that's for sure! But I happen to be bringing along a project specially designed for the occasion. A Hawaiian applique project in fact! I might even post some pictures once I have made some progress. I figure me and my applique by the pool in the …

Everybody Loves Owls!

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I was stumbling around on Pinterest a few weeks ago and I found an adorable idea which I just couldn't get out of my head. Owls! Made with a drunkards path block!


The blog I found via Pinterest (Sunshower Quilts) led me to the original tutorial on The Tulip Patch called the Roly Poly Owl Block. While the original author used an Accuquilt GO Baby, I figured I could get away with using a set of drunkards path templates which we just got in at the shop. I am really happy I purchased them because, while they aren't quite as quick and easy as a GO Baby, they allow me to be much more accurate than I would be otherwise.  I already have the pieces cut out for another little project! Can't wait to get to it!


When it came time to quilt my little owls, I wasn't sure exactly what to do so I settled on swirls. Looks like wind, right?... Maybe? Well, I like it at any rate. I didn't quilt the owls themselves on this one. I'm not sure what I would have don't with them... I…

New Toy!

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I recently, and by recently I mean today, purchased a new camera which I am ecstatic about!. It's all shiny and new (kind of, I bought it from a friend) and takes much better pictures than anything I've ever owned. There's an entire world out there to take pictures of! So what do I shoot with my new camera? My animals. Over and over again.

 I'm pretty sure my cat made this same face in every photo I took! Slightly annoyed and yet somewhat interested. She stayed like that for almost 20 shots.... Completely still....


Who's the handsome puppy?! Watson is the handsome puppy!


Once my dog figured out I was taking pictures he got a little shy and kept running away from me :( That just means I have to take more pictures so he can get used to the camera. Hah!
Oh course my next task was to make something for my new camera. When I get a new toy I always have to make something for it. So I made a camera strap. And took in process pictures with the new camera. You probably don&…

Pennant Banners!

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I've been meaning to post this for a while but I kept forgetting to take pictures at the shop. Ta-Da
Again, it's not a great picture but you work with whatcha' got. I had been wanting to make a pennant banner for a while and since we have a shop hop coming up I thought it might be fun to have something festive! And they match the colors on the flyers! Hah! Anyways, I thought I'd post how I made it just in case anyone was interested.
Materials:
4 fat quarters (or more...or less) Ribbon (3/4") Pinking sheers  Rotary cutter Ruler Tri-recs ruler (or other isosceles triangular ruler) Machine.


Step 1: I started off by straightening the edge of my fat quarter then cutting my fat quarter into [3] 6.5" x 22" strips.  
Step 2: layer the strips evenly then, using your triangular ruler, cut as many triangles as you can from the [3] strips. I was able to make 4 cuts giving me a total of 12 triangles. You can also use the 60 degree line on any longer ruler, though that…

Poppies... Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sleeeeep. Now they'll sleeeeep!

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Poppies are certainly putting me to sleep.! Under a nice new quilt that is!... Sorry! it was too good to resist.

Isn't that fabric gorgeous! We just got it in at the shop and I had to make a quilt...which you saw a few days ago. I was so pleased with how it turned out I just had to make another!  Well, I guess that's not entirely correct. I offered to make another for a friend of mine if she purchased the fabric. The perfect project. I can play with the fabric and sew to my hearts content and I don't have to buy anything! I have to give it up... but that's alright since I'm running out of room in my closet anyways ;)
I must admit, even after making a second entire quilt out of these poppies, I still want one for myself. I can't believe I'm saying (or rather typing) this but I might have to make another one to keep... I sure my husband will be thrilled! I've already been told quite a few times that I need to clean up the living room (my current sewing s…