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Thursday, March 05, 2015

More Showin & Sharin from the Tampa Gals --

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There were some Show & Share photos that were   left from our fun in Tampa, and I thought I would share these up on the wall this morning.

Special quilts don’t have to be intricately pieced!

With the right fabrics and the right colors, values and contrast  what is simple becomes simply magnificent!

In this case we have a quilt that was made out of a beloved father’s shirts after his passing.  A quilt that was made simply using the Hidden Spools pattern from the Free Patterns tab and adding her own scrappy border to frame it.

What a wonderful tribute!

And check out the back:

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Galaxy-Gram! Laying Low in Orange Park--

I made it from Tampa to Atlanta to Jacksonville--

It was a lovely Florida day with blue skies and sunshine!  Finally!

I was met at the airport and whisked off to my new lodgings where I found a goodie bag stuffed to the brim with yummies, a balloon and flowers, and a featherweight just waiting to be unpacked!

My sinuses have stopped any fun from happening, however and it's a good thing that I had the rest of the day off.

After a long afternoon nap I wound my way to a Minute Clinic at a Walgreens within walking distance.

I got in within 10 minutes of them closing.

Showin & Sharin with the Cypress Creek Quilters!

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These ladies know their stuff!  And I a so happy that they brought quilts to share not only with me but with our entire class!

This is this year’s donation quilt and in about two weeks it will be drawn for.

The detail and workmanship are just phenomenal on this beauty, and believe me, it is much more vibrant in person!

It’s Wonderful!  It would look even more stunning on a bed.

Congrats to ever wins this one –and it’s happening SOON!

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Talkin’ Turkey in Tampa–All Day Long!

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Flocks of flying Geese!

Gaggles of String Blocks!

Oodles of neutrals and reds – or whatever color you have chosen.

Here I am with Patti, whom I first met on an email list serve for quilters  in 1997.  Were any of YOU on a group called Interquilt back in the day?

I first joined when The Hubster convinced me that we HAD to have internet at the house.  Dial up!  I didn’t think we did – I mean, what would I need to be on the internet for?

But when he showed me that there was Quilt Stuff “ONLINE” during a visit to his office---I finally relented.

And look at us now, 18 years later!

Winners! Quilts from 100 Blocks, Spring 2015

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Today is the day that this wonderful issue with 19 quilts and 4 bonus table runners hits a newsstand near you!

Today is the day that two lucky readers each win a copy from ME!

Exciting, Exciting!

This issue is jam packed with quilty goodness, something for everyone and I know you are going to want to pick up a copy.

I’m getting ready here to fire up the Random Number Generator – hoping hoping hoping that everyone who entered did what they should – that they left an email address whereby they can be contacted ---that they also left a name if signing as anonymous.

Nothing is more frustrating than drawing a number, scrolling scrolling scrolling through 1 ,368 entries  ((Yes!  One Thousand Three Hundred & Sixty Eight Entries!!)) only to have to draw again because that person assumed their email address was visible when it wasn’t.

If you are unsure…click the Blog Helps tab at the top of the blog and find out how to fix it so you don’t miss out!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Galaxy-Gram Talkin Turkey Tampa Style!

Today's class could have been called Turkey Trotting!  

Or Turkey Running! 

Or Turkey Marathon!

This complicated looking quilt is really only 3 units:

A center 9 patch placed on point with string triangles and framed by a border of flying geese, bricks and squares.

We used the Easy Angle Ruler and Companion Angle Ruler for the flying geese units, and I loved the squeals of delight and whoops of excitement when things came out the right size so easily!

Sunday Afternoon and Virginia Bound!


Yes, it was THIS kind of day!

A perfect day for sewing up the strings, Virginia Bound style!

A Sunday afternoon workshop going from 1pm to 7pm after a relaxing morning at the hotel puttering with a borrowed featherweight machine.

Just a great day for playing and laughing and making some beautiful blocks!

I also had my first run in with a sand crane….those guys are HUGE!!  As he walked past the window, head bobbing, beady eye watching what was going on inside the building.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Cathedral Stars All Day in Tampa!

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Rain Rain Rain!

Fall if you may ---

The Cypress Creek Quilters ---

Are Quilting ALL DAY!

Thank heavens the library we were meeting at has a covered front entry so we could unload all of our boxes and bags and totes full of stuff in dry covered comfort ---no one had to sew with wet fabric!

Yesterday’s class was an all time favorite –Cathedral Stars.

Such a great Scrap Buster – 4 patches, half square triangles and tri recs units….fun with rulers, new to some, and some fine tuning for others made for a great day.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Galaxy-Gram! Cathedral Stars and the Cypress Creek quilters!

It rained all day!

Not just a little bit of rain, but more like steady sheets and showers of rain.

But we didn't mind! 

We were inside with our machines and our fabric and our tools and our gadgets and all of our new friends, and we were having a ball making Cathedral Stars units.

It's what we do!

We don't have to explain it to anyone, it's who we are!

And we all get it, don't we?