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Civilized Eatin’

I have just released my latest pattern, Civilized Eatin’. You can create a custom travel kit (mess kit if you’re a former scout) for all the fisherman, boaters, hunters or anyone who travels. It truly is the eco-friendly eat-on-the-go solution. The best part? You can whip these up in no time! So, how did this …

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Winter Wonderland Mystery Sew-A-Long – Block 1

Have you been waiting to start the Winter Wonderland Mystery Sew-A-Long? Well, wait no more! I’m happy to say that I am the designer for block #1, Winter Selfie, and here it is: Meet Snowball Adams, second cousin twice removed on his father’s side to the well known photographer, Ansel Adams. Unlike his famous cousin, …

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Are you a Halloween fanatic?

I’m very excited to have been chosen as one of twelve designers for the upcoming Spellbound Mystery Sew-A-Long. Each designer will create a 9″ (finished) block with a Halloween theme and there will also be finishing instructions to put them all together. The block patterns will be FREE until 11-25-20. Each designer will also have …

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2020 Color Challenge – June

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The color for June is blue. As I work my way through my scrap bag of Cherrywood fabrics it’s becoming a tad more challenging with certain colors. Here’s my block for this month: Here’s my tip for this month…you don’t always have to follow the directions of the pattern. As a designer myself I may be kicked out of the private club for saying that out loud. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when following the pattern is a good thing. The designer may be steering you away from disaster by having you do something in a certain way. Or perhaps the pattern was designed to show you some new technique. Sometimes though it’s okay to veer from the path. This month’s block, for instance, has you cut strips, sew them together and then subcut them to get the nine-patch portion. My scraps did not accommodate that at all....

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Cooking Hack – Onions!

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I love to cook with onions and my go-to is sweet onions. When Vidalias are in season I can’t get enough! By the time I got around to buying onions a few months ago, the hoarders had already scooped them all up. Couldn’t even find a raggedy looking red onion anywhere. Then at Costco I spot a huge bag of sweet onions, Costco sized. I knew that half the bag would rot before I used them all but I had none so I bought it anyway. When I got home I decided to check my trusty preserving cookbook and found out you can freeze onions. I never knew. Moosette and I had a marathon chopping session and put a single onions worth, chopped, into sandwich bags. Labeled them and tossed them into the freezer. To use I would pull out a bag and use as much as I needed (1/2...

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2020 Color Challenge – May

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May’s color is green. I really wanted to use the lime green in my Cherrywood stash but there wasn’t enough of it for this block. I’ll have to save that for another month! Here is my block all finished: I’m still using the two background colors in each block. I also went with two different greens (trust me the center is really a light green!) This block has a lot of opportunities for nesting seams…which means there are a lot of opportunities to mess up your pressing if you’re not paying attention! If you’re not sure what nesting seams are, when you have two pieces come together it sometimes makes it easier to get them to line up correctly if the seam on one piece is to the left and on the other to the right. In the photo above the seam on the upper pair is pressed to the...

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2020 Color Challenge – April

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Welcome to my little corner of the interwebs! Be sure to check out my giveaway at the bottom of this post! April is my first official posting month of the 2020 Color Challenge but I have been doing the block each month. For those of you who are first time visitors here, I have further challenged myself by only using my stash of Cherrywood fabrics. You can read my past posts and see the challenges I’ve endured and tips that I’ve offered here. Since April’s color is purple it only seemed natural that it would be my month…luving it!! Here’s my block all done: Wanna see my first four months of blocks? Looking good…don’t you agree? My tip for this month? Marking the centers for the square in a square (SIS) block. Oh sure, you could use your fingernail but that’s not good for your nails. Especially if you’ll be...

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2020 Color Challenge – March

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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 was late at night and I probably just should have set it aside and tried again the next day but it’s done now. This month’s color was orange. I used my two different backgrounds and added an orangey-gold for the center pinwheel. The instructions have you make what I call the Heart Flying Geese method, one of my favorites! Do you ever have this happen? You pin at the points that need to match and the in-between parts aren’t the same size? Want an easy fix? Simply place the longer side (in the photo that...

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2020 Color Challenge – February

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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 block. I did use two different blues for some added interest…and to stretch my blues! This block has a lot of half-square triangles that come together. They can be a little tricky to sew together sometimes. When you have two squares like those shown above you have a lot of bulk where the diagonals come together which can throw off your machine. Here’s a couple of tips: *Use a walking foot. This will help feed the top and bottom layers at the same speed. *Start at the two-layer end first. I don’t usually do this...

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Checking out the Asian Market!

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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 entering the door? Yup, duck…the whole duck. This market must be the real deal! Then it was off to the housewares section. Found a couple of dishes I couldn’t live without. Not sure how I feel about the traps available there though… Lost the kids in the ramen aisle. Yup, an entire aisle devoted to the staple of poor youth everywhere! Lots of interesting items. Durian seemed to be the product of the day. Every aisle had some kind of durian product. Lots of stinky choices. I’ll pass… I regret not getting the watermelon seeds....

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2020 Color Challenge – January

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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

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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!

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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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