Heart-shaped hotpad/potholder tutorial

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  Every time I sit down to show someone how to make something that I just “came up with” in my sewing room, I have an even greater respect for the men and women who design quilts and projects. It’s not easy writing down instructions that are understandable. Well, at least for me, it’s a challenge. So this is less a tutorial and more a progression of photos that I took while making a heart shaped hotpad. By the way, this took about 30 minutes to make the first one. Once I get an assembly line going, I think I Continue Reading →

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Beautiful day for baling hay

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It was a beautiful day for baling hay and I missed it! I was out at our new place yesterday and saw that our neighbors were cutting the grass and I hoped it would have to dry a couple of days so I could watch them bale it. But Dave and I had to divide and conquer today, so he got to be out there and I was the taxi mom and dog wrangler. By the way, today is day 19 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Eleven more days to go. We bought our new place about 4 weeks ago. Continue Reading →

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Grandma just filled the bald spots with gardens

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claiming some turf for my garden Continue Reading →

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Another fiberart postcard – Swirl

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This postcard is simply, “Swirl.” I remember after our group started showcasing our postcards on a webpage, I decided I should probably start naming them. I did make several more cards with a swirl theme after this one. But this was one of  my personal favorites from my fiberart postcard swapping days. I wonder who I mailed it to and if they still have it? I started with a 4×6 rectangle of hand-painted fabric as the base. I say it’s hand-painted, but really it was one of my “clean up” squares of fabric that I used to wipe down the Continue Reading →

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Fiberart postcards – artsy snail mail

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I’ve been digging through old blog posts and pictures and ran across one of my favorite cloth postcards. “Taffeta Texture 2″ – private collection I belonged to one of the first fiberart postcard exchange groups. Prior to our group, you didn’t see articles in quilt or art magazines about cloth postcards. We called our group “Art2Mail.” We swapped handmade cloth postcards. Some swappers sewed paper to the back to write on. All of my postcards were completely cloth, often upcycled materials. On this particular piece, I started playing around with the traditional shape and size of a postcard. The base Continue Reading →

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Renovating 101 – Removing tile from concrete

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I didn’t understand why the wood floor guy questioned us about removing the tile from the concrete floor. His raised eyebrow and question, “Have you ever tried to get tile off a concrete floor?” didn’t phase me. Sure, we’ve removed and put down tile in a number of places. And that’s true. But, the Hubs (the one I’ve been married to for 29 years) told me afterwards that we had removed tile from a subfloor other than solid concrete. There is a difference. Well, honey, I’ll google it and see how best to go about it! It’ll be easy, you’ll Continue Reading →

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Day 11 UBC Ultimate Blog Challenge

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Today is day 11 on the UBC, Ultimate Blog Challenge. I’ve fallen behind because I didn’t set an intention to make my blog the priority first thing in the morning and I let household chores and distractions take up my time. So I’m playing catch up. One of my goals with my blog is to comb through old blogs I’ve started, rewrite posts and put everything except business, on this blog. So far, so good. Each day for 30 days, we are supposed to write a blog post. Then, we are to share that post on our UBC Facebook page, Continue Reading →

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