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2020 Color Challenge – March

Do you ever have one of those days where you realize you probably just shouldn’t be sewing? Well, that was me doing the March block. It wasn’t that it was difficult, it was just me. I re-sewed the center five times. Five. Times…and it’s still not perfect but I can live with it! Granted it …

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2020 Color Challenge – February

The February block for the 2020 Color Challenge is up. This months color is Aqua. Just like last month that is a color that is lacking in my Cherrywood stash…sigh…the rest of the months I should be fine. Nothing like starting off a challenge and making it more challenging! Here is my version of the …

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Checking out the Asian Market!

When we lived in California I was a frequent visitor to the Japanese markets. I missed them very much during my time in rural New England. Not sure why it has taken us so long to check out the markets here in Colorado but today we took a field trip. First thing we spot after …

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2020 Color Challenge – January


The instructions for the January block of the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge are up. This month’s color is yellow. There is not a whole lot of yellow in my Cherrywood stash so it was a little touch and go whether I would have to break my “no buy” rule in the first month! I did manage to squeak out just enough…hope I don’t need any yellow in the coming months! Here’s my block: You may notice a difference in the background fabrics. I did not have enough of any one color that I liked for the background. I chose to use two different ones. One with green tones and one with blue tones. At first I thought I would do some blocks with one and some with the other. Then I decided to mix it up and use both in each block. I think it’s going to add some extra...

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2020 Monthly Color Challenge


Guess what I’ll be doing in the new year? I’m excited to be one of the bloggers for this color challenge. I’m only required to make a couple of blocks during the year but I’m planning on doing them all. This challenge is put on by Patterns By Jen. Each month you will receive instructions for a block done in one color way or one color and a black or white background. It’s totally free to participate. You can get all the details on Jen’s blog. I’ve decided to dive into the stash of my beloved Cherrywood fabrics. I’m thinking I will use a couple of the darker fabrics for the background…we’ll see. I have made a vow to not buy anything new. Everything for this challenge must come from this bag. Nothing like adding a challenge on top of a challenge… Sure hope you’ll join in the fun. I’ve...

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The Long Game!


Twenty one years ago I started something and finally got to finish it. I had a brand new baby and her first Christmas was approaching. I needed a 1st Christmas ornament, but not just any ornament as I had something special in mind. I remember the day as if it were last week. It was the first time that I had left the house…by myself! The store that I wanted to go to was 45 minutes away and I knew Moosette would need to nurse again in a couple of hours. No time to waste. I ended up getting this handmade porcelain ornament. It was perfect. It has lots of pink on it. Not my favorite color at all but it was for my little baby girl. Turns out, she’s not a pink person either! This ornament has hung on our tree every year. When it gets put away each...

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I Made A Light Box…For Almost FREE!

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I’ve been wanting a light box for awhile now. It just kept getting pushed down the to-do list. Well, today I made one. It may not be pretty but it’s very effective. My Light Box – what are the chances that I would make it upside down? 100%… I started out by watching this video. I liked that they had the light source come from the top instead of the sides like other tutorials. I did switch things up a bit though. They used a piece of poster board (as most tutorials do). Due to the size of the poster board it didn’t go all the way to the top of the box. I also didn’t have a piece of poster board on hand and that would have required a trip to the store. I did have some decor bond and some white fabric. I fused the fabric to the...

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Homemade Ramen


I don’t know how it is at your house but things get pretty creative in the menu planning department around here towards the end of the month. Such is life when you only get paid once per month. Last week I was trying to figure out what to make when I started thinking about the cash-poor/starving-college-student staple, ramen. I decided to see if I could make a homemade version and take it up a notch. I scored! Here we go… 3 boneless chicken thighsa bit of oil for sauteing 1/2 onion, chopped small2-3 carrots, chopped small1 cup broccoli florets, small2-3 baby bella mushrooms, chopped small8 cups chicken stock, homemade or boxed1 can corn1/2 cup frozen peas1 package of thin fettuccine noodles or thick spaghetti noodles1 Tablespoon butter1 egggarlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper1 teaspoon cured sumac, optional but highly recommended *see note below In a large stock pot quickly...

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A Quick Meal For Those Busy Days!


I love to feed my family a homemade meal made with fresh and healthy ingredients. Some days though…I just want something quick to make. I’m sure you can relate to a busy day during the run-up to the holidays. Today was just such a day for me. I decided to make Tater Tot Casserole. It may not be the healthiest but it’s stick-to-your-ribs fulfilling and it’s tasty. It’s not something I make often but it was perfect for today. 10 minutes of assembly and I’m back to work. You’ll need the following ingredients: 1 pound of hamburger (you will not have a chance to drain the fat so don’t use the cheap stuff, get the least % of fat available!) 2 cans cream of XXX soup – you can totally change the flavor profile by which soups you use – cream of celery, mushroom, chicken, chicken with flavorings… Today I...

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31 Day Blog Challenge


Cheryl Sleboda of has issued a 31 day blog challenge for the month of December and I’ve decided to take the challenge! Each day (hopefully!) I will do a blog post. I have the first few days all done and scheduled. Several more are in my head and just need to be written. What kinds of things will I blog about? Quilting tips, recipes, color inspiration photos, highlights of cool products…all fun and informative stuff. We’re even going to have a couple of FLASH SALES. Super prices on cool products for a very quick time period. What day will those be on you ask? Well…you’re just gonna have to check back to find out! Lots of folks have taken up Cheryl’s challenge. You can find the list of participants here. See ya tomorrow!

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Early Autumn in New England


Autumn in New England is one of my favorite things. People who don’t live here (or other places where the colors change) don’t realize that it’s a slow, gradual process. Prime leaf peeping season for my neighborhood is the first week of October (give or take a week) but we start seeing signs sometime in August. They are subtle signs but they’re there if you look. A stray colored leaf in a sea of green, the sudden disappearance of mosquitoes and the shortening days. The temperature is still usually warm during the day but you do get the occasional crisp evening. That’s when mushroom season really ramps up. I never knew mushrooms came in so many forms and colors. I took a walk around my property and snapped some photos. All these were taken on the same day. I left my toes in some of the photos for size reference....

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Moving Tips For Quilters


Are you a quilter with a move in your future? Me too! Let me share some tips to make that move easier! Many years ago when I moved from California to New Hampshire I had a serious problem. I knew if my hubby saw 20 boxes all labeled “fabric” there would be trouble. I had to come up with a plan. Getting rid of my stash was not one of the options! While I was out cornering the market on boxes, moving blankets, tape, sharpies and all the other moving supplies it hit me…why was I going to buy (at a premium price mind you!) a stack of paper to wrap fragile items in when I had scads of fabric at home? I already owned it…and I wouldn’t have to label one single solitary box with the dreaded “fabric”! I was determined to make it work. Here we are in...

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A New Adventure!


Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet lately. That’s ’cause I’ve been working REALLY hard on our new adventure. Last month we started our 19th year in business. A lot has changed in that 19 years…and it’s about to change again. We’re moving to Colorado! Yup, this frugal yankee is heading west (again!) I’m sure you have questions so let’s get to answering them. The cupboards are empty and the boxes are piling up! Are you closing? Absolutely not! Just changing things up! Will you still vend at quilt shows? Short answer…no. I do have a couple of shows left to do and then that’s it. I have enjoyed the company of quilters at shows, loved talking with all of you and seeing what you’re working on…but the schlepping of boxes to and fro is getting really hard on my old knees. Moosette is an...

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