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Reverse Tweezers

One of my favorite “unsung hero tools” are the reverse tweezers. What are they you ask??? Well, regular tweezers you squeeze to close them. Reverse tweezers you squeeze to open them so they are closed when resting. So when does this come in handy? Just about anytime you need an extra hand or finger. Today […]

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Quilt Block Mania – June 2023

The theme for this months blocks is “Places”. What better place than our blue pearl floating along in the universe? I immediately thought of a family of aliens coming to visit Earth. The kids were whining “Are we there yet?” to which Mom excitedly responds “Only 2.5 million miles to go…almost there!” Ha! Pattern includes […]

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Quilt Block Mania – April 2023

I’m excited to be participating in Quilt Block Mania. The theme this month is “Neighborhood”. When I first saw this I thought of a street sign. I know, I’m just a little odd… It could be the sign for your street or perhaps a dream vacation spot or maybe a memory of a fun time […]

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Maine Quilts 2016

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I thought I would share a little of what we saw at Maine Quilts this year. This is one of my two favorite shows (the other is MQX) and I hope to do it for many more years. I’m still waiting for the moose theme year though…


This was our booth. We started something new this year, a selfie spot! We were visited by the Tacky Tiara group. What a hoot they were.

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Circle of Stars by Linda Garvin quilted by Patti Trygg. I loved the color combo.

Cabin Nines by Audrey Briggs quilted by Carolyn Bernier. Oh the tiny little pieces! Below is Homage To The Amish by Sue Mason quilted by Patti Trygg. Just a plain old-fashioned block in modern colors with one fancy square in the center. Awesome!IMG_2833 IMG_2835

Influence by Pat LaPierre. What an interesting take on a modern quilt.


One Fish, Two Fish…Tweaked by Denise Sullivan. What a fun colorful quilt.

Day At The Lake by jean Savalchak quilted by Ramune Dailide. Fish of a different variety. Below is Coastal Sunset by Carol MacDougall. I think this was my favorite at the show. Stunning.

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Treadle by Kate Albert. A little something for my people power friends!


A Bear Essential Bra – a Female Necessity! by Kate Albert. Who says quilting is boring?

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Teal Mini Swap

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Want to help stamp out Ovarian Cancer? Of course you do! My friend Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs is running her annual swap to do just that. It only costs $15, $10 of which goes directly to Ovarian Cancer Research, the remaining money covers postage and mailing/office supplies. You are matched up with a partner and you make them either a mini quilt or a mug rug. You receive one in return. I have participated and/or sponsored prizes since the first year. You get to meet a great bunch of ladies online, hear some heart warming stories, see all manner of mini quilts and get a nifty mini quilt of your very own too. What’s not to love? Go here to get all the details and sign up. Who knows…maybe you’ll be my partner!


Here is the fabric we get to use in our project!


Here are a few of the mug rugs I received in past years. I’m gonna try my hand at the mini quilt this year!


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Moose Musings – Grace & Frankie


Last week I spent most of my time sick on the couch. I don’t get sick very often but when I do it’s usually a doosy. I discovered that there is really nothing to watch on tv. Even zoned out on decongestants, nothing was very interesting. I ended up going to Netflix and watching old movies, one of which was 9 to 5 with Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Then Netflix recommended I watch their own series Grace & Frankie. I didn’t know Netflix made recommendations based on what I already watched. Very big brother-ish and I’m now terrified to fall asleep with the tv on for fear that I may accidentally “watch” something that will spawn some really weird recommendations. Anyhoo, I watched Grace & Frankie and was instantly won over. It stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two polar opposites who get thrown together in a life crisis. They discover themselves and also talk about the trials and tribulations of aging. What a hoot. There was also Sam Elliot and Ernie Hudson for some eye candy. Although I must admit that Ernie looked much better than Sam! If you need some entertainment I highly recommend it. I binge watched both seasons and now have to wait until 2017 for more…

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Blast Off – the results

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The blog hop is over and I cannot adequately thank all the bloggers for their time and effort. All of you hoppers are equally to thank. I always like asking odd questions – your answers are a fun way to run a blog hop! I know a couple of the bloggers are still waiting for responses from their winners but here are the remaining verified winners.

Susan Emory, Swirly Girls Design – Kathy Pfaltzgraff

Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis – still waiting

Elaine Perez, Summercrafter – Kathy Harris

Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs – Joyce Jackowski

Sandi Blackwell, Stitched Buy – Lois Bates (game) and Cheryl Parker (book)

Sue & Elizabeth, PG Fiber2Art – Mary G

Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods Quilter – still waiting

Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy – still waiting

Purple Moose Grand Prize – Ann but still waiting for confirmation

I also know that one of the “still waiting” is actually Lori Morton but I failed miserably and jotted the name down but forgot to also jot down who she went with…50 lashes with a wet selvege for me!

Thank you everyone for playing along. Purple hugs and moose kisses for you all!

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We have a grand prize winner!


Congratulations to Ann, you’re the winner of the grand prize! What do we know about Ann? We know she hates items in blister packaging, loves to live in the city and would shave her head if your hair dresser weren’t so much fun! If this is you, please contact me privately with your shipping address so I can get your goodies headed your way!


For anyone who didn’t win but would like a game for themselves…you can always purchase one…just click here

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Blast Off – Last Chance…


Today is the last chance to get some free stuff. Check back on my previous posts and add a comment to any that you missed. Check out my fellow blog hoppers and leave comments on their posts too. Not all of them have chosen their winners yet! I’ll be choosing the grand prize winner sometime this evening. Why the vague timeframe? We have a new graduate in the house and it’s party time today!

Graduation was yesterday followed by an all night Grad Night. They all went to Massachusetts to a water park, then a roller rink/bowling alley and finally Dunkin Donuts for breakfast and returned in a zombie state to school at 6:30 this morning. Just enough time for a power nap before the afternoon parties start! So, sometime this evening when I get home I’ll be picking a winner.


Here is a list with links to the blog hoppers…

Friday 6/3 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Overview
Saturday 6/4 Susan Emory Swirly Girls Design
Sunday 6/5 Tammy Silver, Tamarinis
Monday 6/6 Elaine Perez, Summercrafter
Tuesday 6/7 Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Wednesday 6/8 Sandi Blackwell, Stitched Buy
Thursday 6/9 Sue & Elizabeth, PG Fiber2Art
Friday 6/10 Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods
Saturday 6/11 Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy
Sunday 6/12 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Wrap-up, grand prize winner selected

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Blast Off – Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy


Today’s guest blog hopper is Joanne Hillestad of the Fat Quarter Gypsy. Joanne is the creator of the ever popular Pop-Up. If you don’t know what that is, you really need to get out more often. It has been one of the hottest patterns for the last year and a half. The original pop-ups can be made in several sizes and refill wire forms are available in all sizes. This year Joanne added Basket Pop-Ups and Pet Pop-Ups. All of them are super easy to create and make super gifts. I can personally attest to the huge fun factor in smooshing them while bored during the quiet times at a quilt show…

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Joanne has also teamed up with several quilt designers for some custom Pop-Ups and the patterns are available for free. You still need the original pattern, these just tell you how to do the custom part. You can see them all here.

Joanne’s life does not revolve solely around Pop-Ups (although she may disagree on some days…) She also has numerous quilt patterns and makes the greatest door knob signs. Joanne is also an avid gardener, chicken rancher and glamper queen.

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You can visit Joanne’s blog to see what she’s got going on. Be sure and leave a comment for a chance at her giveaway. You can also find her at these social media locations:

Grand Prize Comment:  Before you head over to Joanne’s leave a comment here to be entered for a chance at the grand prize by answering this question…

Joanne has chickens for pets and loves them dearly. She did confess that she doesn’t even really like eggs all that much – she just likes chickens! Tell us about your pet. Do you have the “normal” version or something exotic?

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Blast Off – Cabin In The Woods Quilters


Today’s guest blog hopper is Penni Domikis of Cabin In The Woods Quilters. Penni is a pattern designer, author, longarmer and Terial Magic Queen. Terial Magic is a liquid fabric stabilizer. I have some on order and can’t wait to put it through the paces to learn all about it…and then pass that onto you!

At some point in the past Penni had trouble making the available plastic templates work for her patterns. She then did what any good entrepreneur does…made her own!

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Penni has also written several books and does guild presentations around her scappy concept. She promises no pre-cutting and no pre-pressing. Yup, you read that right! Just grab your scraps and get to making something wonderful. That sounds like something I REALLY need to hear more about! Check out her website to learn more about her products. Schedule her to come to your guild to teach you her scrappy methods. Then invite me to come too. I’m a lazy quilter and her method sounds wonderful…


You can visit Penni’s blog to see what shes got going on. Be sure and leave a comment for a chance at her giveaway. You can also find her at these social media locations:

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  • Website:

Grand Prize Comment:  Before you head over to Penni’s leave a comment here to be entered for a chance at the grand prize by answering this question…

Yes, Penni lives in a cabin in the woods. Yes, I live in the woods. Two rural quilters who live many states apart and yet we manage to find each other. The internet is a beautiful thing sometimes. What’s your favorite social media site? Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter…some other one I haven’t figured out yet?

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Blast Off – PG Fiber2Art


Today’s guest blog hoppers are Susan Price and Elizabeth Gibson of PG Fiber2Art. I first met these two ladies last year at a business conference in Washington DC. They took one look at the hometown on my nametag and got all excited. Since I hail from a tiny town (population 744) where even folks in the area don’t know where we are, I got excited too. Turns out Elizabeth’s family has had a camp here since the 1930’s and it’s about a mile from my house! They are both in the education business by day (actually Susan is now retired! Lucky lady) so they spend summers here at the lake getting crafty. Due to my travels I was only able to spend a small amount of time with them last summer. I’m not traveling as much this summer so I hope to spend some more time with them. What do they do during their crafty summers? You name it, they probably do it! Last summer during my visit I tried my hand at screen printing, there were sun printed pieces laying around the yard catching some rays and I missed the indigo pot. They have more art supplies at their camp than I have ever seen in one place. It’s crafter heaven!

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Their “other job” (the fun one!) is PG Fiber2Art. They sell thermofax screens for your crafting pleasure and will even custom make them for you. They make the most beautiful challenge and art quilts that are often traveling the globe in exhibits. Take a look at previous posts on their blog and see if you don’t agree. Better yet, check out their Etsy shop, grab a couple of screens and get crafty yourself. There are also tips on how to take photos to make screens from, adventures in dyeing and LOTS of quilting eye candy from the various quilt shows they visit.


You can visit Susan & Elizabeth’s blog to see whats the happs over there. Be sure and leave a comment for a chance at their giveaway. You can also find them at these social media locations:

Grand Prize Comment:  Before you head over to PG Fiber2Art leave a comment here to be entered for a chance at the grand prize by answering this question…

What are your thoughts on art quilting? All for it? it’s not really quilting? Somewhere in the middle?

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Blast Off – Sandi Blackwell, Stitched Buy


Today’s guest blog hopper is Sandi Blackwell of Stitched Buy. Sandi is kept busy with her Craftsy classes, patterns, teaching and her stack of books. The most recent is pictured below. Sandi created the Square-agonals technique of making on-point quilts without all those pesky triangles. Simply sew squares and rectangles together, make a few well placed cuts, reassemble and…viola…on-point quilts. It’s pretty cool.

Sandi and I first met several years ago when she was doing bus trips and we made special arrangements for her guests at a quilt show where I was vending. Her guests got the star treatment in our booth and I got a great way to get folks into my booth, usually one of their first stops. It has worked wonderfully many times over the years. Big thank you to Sandi for helping me to create a great marketing strategy!

I had a chance to sit down with Sandi on my recent trip to Salt Lake City and catch up. Did we get a photo? No. But here we are in 2013 sneaking in some chit-chat amongst the crowds. We both had longer hair back then!

Sandi will also be the guest teacher for our April 2017 retreat. We’ll be together for a weekend…think we can manage to get a photo? Time will tell…

You can visit Sandi’s blog to see what she has going on and leave a comment for a chance at her giveaway today. You can also find her at these social media locations:

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Craftsy – Sandi Blackwell
Website – Stitched Buy

Grand Prize Comment:  Before you head over to Sandi’s leave a comment here to be entered for a chance at the grand prize by answering this question…

What’s for dinner tonight? I’m always looking for something healthy, tasty and (above all else) easy to prepare! Include instructions or a recipe for an extra entry for the grand prize drawing!

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