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QV2018: Day 16: Houston Quilt Festival

Originally posted on Rhonda Bracey: At Random:
Today was my first day of classes at the Houston international Quilt Festival. I had an all-day drawing class (‘Abstracting from nature’ with Jane Sassaman. I don’t think I’ve ever spent 4+ hours…

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Still catching up……….

We’re home and DH can tick another “Bucket List” item off….. I know I should have gotten his picture rather than the reverse, but……..”Old Faithful”/Yellowstone Nat’l Park was pretty cool! Next, was the barn quilt project which is in the … Continue reading

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Barn quilts…….

We’re back home and had a great trip out West to South Dakota and Montana/Yellowstone Park & “Old Faithful”! More on that later. What we arrived home to see was this beautiful barn quilt square all ready to hang on … Continue reading

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School Days……………

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Quick follow-up………………

For anyone that is looking for that perfect ditch-stitching ruler, the one I revealed in my last post…., you may get in touch with Kelly on her website/blog or Facebook page. While you’re on her site, check out her other … Continue reading

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Just a very short fun post…….

Meet-ups are always fun and take “virtual” friendships and bring them into the “real” world. Once again, this was an occasion that occurred last Monday, over lunch in Rochester (MN). Kathy and I had discovered that we shared a mutual … Continue reading

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Catching up & getting back to it………..

Seems to be somewhat of a challenge these days. Ever since GSs wedding (July 21) I’ve been in involved with other events. Our little town’s annual celebration was the end of July, requiring some prep help from DH & I … Continue reading

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Gone……

Shopping for a new computer. Technical difficulties (‘puter “bit the dust”) will pause my posts for a bit…….not too long, hopefully! Have an awesome Monday….💜😘

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Lest we forget…………….

              Some may deny truth but that does not make it less true!

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Arrived!!!!

A couple of weeks ago, bloggy friend Pat D. offered to send me some little doilies that she had. These sweeties, from Ontario, have arrived and have happily joined some “friends” who are waiting their turn with Ms. Sweetie…….. But….for … Continue reading

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Special occasion stitching continues………

Grandson’s July wedding is quickly approaching and associated stitching tasks are being accomplished. The latest request was for ties for the groomsmen (to match the attendants’ dresses), groom and ushers. Craftsy has a wonderful pattern….did I mention that it’s free?? … Continue reading

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Gammel Dag and other activities……….

This past weekend kept me on the move. Saturday, DH and I were on our way to Peterson, MN, (about 17 miles away) to check out their annual event, “Gammel Dag” (“Old Days”). This little town, population 202, is situated … Continue reading

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Beautiful summer day collides with………..

My little vintage project and, wellllll…., the gorgeous weather, etc, wins (for the moment). Bed linen is on the lines (yay!)……..   and some yummy baking is cooling on the counter and in the frig……   Clockwise from left: 1 fresh strawberry … Continue reading

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My Memorial Day morning………

Was spent in our little town’s (pop. 990) park as the annual observance honoring local veterans was presented. The weather was perfect and the attendance very respectable. The local American Legion organizes this event and the Houston High School band … Continue reading

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A time to remember…………

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Purple musings………

Does that little ‘tease’ title bring any thoughts to your mind?? The color purple is one of my faves and adds such richness to many of the color combos I pull together……BUT…..what about the many places we find that color?? … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day………..

To all Mothers, past, present and soon-to-be. May your day be filled with joy, peace and love……………..

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Spring on “Morning Glow Farm”…….

Yes, that’s the tag that I gave our little farmlet 44+ years ago. It’s wonderful to be back North (from South Texas) and to have the fresh Spring Midwest breeze blowing through our pines, with the steady hum of farm … Continue reading

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Our glorious Easter Sunday………….

Began with a wonderful sunrise service held at the adjacent park, Sunshine Country Club Estates, in their beautiful gazebo. Arriving early for the 7:00 a.m. service, the moon was still bright…………………   But it wasn’t long til it truly was a … Continue reading

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Rejoice!!!!!!………………..

 May you know the Peace, Joy and Hope that was confirmed in this long ago event, as spoken of through the ages………

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A Sunny Sunday……..

And flowers have finally been planted! Better late than……….well, the local nurseries were really slow to get plants in, all because of the unusually cold weather that plagued the area. So…….the shed, now, has a “window”…….. OK….it’s not actually a … Continue reading

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Another vintage finish………..

Where has the time flown??!!?? This little tale was related in this post and took some liberties in combining 2 pillowcases needing some “togetherness”. The back quilted piece was completed first: On to the front piece with this result: . … Continue reading

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Back with the Killer Bees…………..

And what a busy morning it was! In one corner, there was a group of gals from the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild who were checking in quilts for the upcoming annual event (Jan. 26/27) at the Civic Center on … Continue reading

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2018………

May the upcoming year be the one in which you truly experience all the love He has for you and the plans that only you are created for!    Once again, I must tell you how much y’all mean to … Continue reading

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To (almost) finish the snowflake tale………

I left off with the task of stitching something beyond the surrounding feather motifs….. Taking some of the fullness away, along with toning down some of the ‘shine’ would help to highlight those feathers. Since, I’m stitching this on my … Continue reading

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Oh Come Let Us Adore Him……………

May the Peace that came to earth that day so long ago be known to you today and throughout the coming year!

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What to stitch/quilt???…..

Isn’t that a loaded question?? Practicing the “how”, 15 minutes each day, is comparatively easy but the “what” can baffle a body (and, possibly, bring about the dreaded ‘quilter’s block’!). At this point, stepping back a bit, putting ‘fresh eyes’ … Continue reading

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Meet “Suzy Snowflake”………..

Introduced in yesterday’s post. As I was doing some bead work, all I could think of was the (very) old winter song from 1951, and sung by Rosemaryy Clooney, “Suzy Snowflake”. Check out these 2 links….one, more Currier & Ives/Rosemaryy … Continue reading

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“Oak Ridge” happenings……………

Just for clarification, that’s the name of the ridge (mini mountain??) that we live on, nestled among oak, hickory, black walnut, elm, pine and miscellaneous other tree varieties in an area known as the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest … Continue reading

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Gifts given….now, time for a “reveal”………

The first “hints” are here and here. A huge vintage playtime for me and was gifted last Sunday afternoon at my smaller, local quilt group. Our annual Christmas gathering was totally joyous and without weather complications! In fact, fun enough … Continue reading

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Weekend recap………..

Well, sorta. Saturday was filled with hemming (DHs) jeans and finishing a client project…….but Sunday/yesterday was definitely a “Christmas time is here” day! Morning church service brought a glorious time of songs of the season and an inspiring message. The … Continue reading

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Absent but not quiet……………

Projects of the secret kind continue to come together in my little “elf” studio. Although time seems to be in less than sufficient supply (or, maybe, it’s energy….mine!), I am finishing a large-ish wall hanging for a friend. Begun years … Continue reading

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“Count your blessings……………

Name them one by one” (as this traditional hymn admonishes) ………….yes! It really isn’t sufficient to give thanks for all the huge “lumps” of blessings we’ve been given but to take the moments to retrieve and name each one, perhaps … Continue reading

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A photo recap……..

Of our monthly (larger group) guild meeting last Monday……….       The morning began with a relaxing workshop working on ‘crazy pieced’ blocks….thank you, Nancy!!!     A military quilt……                                                               A not-very-clear … Continue reading

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A gorgeous sunny Saturday and……………

A lovely 40 minute drive to my bi-monthly SEAMS (SouthEast Area Minnesota Stitchers) gathering near Chatfield (MN). Our attendance number (21!) sure indicated a shared love of all things quilted! Hmmmm….did I mention that this is a group of gals … Continue reading

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For those who ‘think’ they have “extra” time………..

I have a couple of “oldies but goodies” ideas from past posts. First, a pumpkin idea that only requires ONE stitched straight seam!! Yup…..1!!………..       Just ‘click’ on the above photo to go to the complete tutorial.      Number two is … Continue reading

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And, oh yes, may I add……………

A little Monday laundry (the “norm”?) and adding the wonderful aroma of bread baking to our home….sourdough craisin pecan bread……I wish I could share with y’all…………… These are baked (one loaf at a time) in a covered cast iron Dutch … Continue reading

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It’s (another) Monday!!!!!!………

Although, I’m aware that every day is a Friday…….in the life of a retiree!!!! Last Saturday kicked off the local (upcoming) Holiday Season with the annual Holiday Craft Event held at the high school. A dreary November morning greeted all … Continue reading

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My pre-Veterans’ Day Friday morning……….

Was spent in attendance at a most amazing program put on by the local elementary school children. It was 1.5 hours of watching a young generation give honor to those who have given so much so that this program could … Continue reading

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