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Quilt maker, pattern designer, fabric dyer, and lover of all things quilting.

Away From Home: Quilts Inspired by the Lowell Factory Girls

    After working on them for two days, I finally have the applique blocks drawn for the book on the mill girls.  The quilt has a center medallion made up of four applique blocks.  Then, in the border blocks that surround the medallion there is one applique block repeated eight times.  There are other blocks in the border round, but they are pieced.  So now that I have my master patterns--and my fabric which...
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Classes, classes, classes

Last week I was busy teaching classes and giving a trunk show.  My week began at the Tehachapi Mountain Quilt Guild in Tehachapi, CA.  They are a fun group, and we had a great time the day after the trunk show when they all worked on their own version of my pattern Ring of Stars. Glenda and Eileen decided to use the kit featuring red and white fabrics Judy and Nancy work in crisp blue...
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Classes, classes, classes (part two)

    Then I finished the week at Bolts to Bindings located in Bakersfield, CA.  This time we were working on Windrose, which is a mariner's compass pattern.  I always love it when I get to teach someone how to do something they really want to learn, which in this case was paper piecing.  These gals were all A+ students because they took to it like ducks to water.          Geri, the...
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Getting there . .

This is one of the projects for the upcoming book, Away From Home: The Story of the Lowell Mill Girls , that just kept getting put on the back burner. And because I kept putting it aside, I seemed to loose my momentum. But last week I went to sew with my group and brought along the last of the sashing strips that needed appliqueing. That got me going again. This morning I sewed and...71 square quilt
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What I Did Today

What a productive day! **three loads of laundry **grocery shopping **unload/load dishwasher **wash pots and pans **talked with mom on phone while she was getting a blood transfusion **cut, folded, packaged Block #6 Ode to the Blue and Grey **answered emails ** played catch with Daisy **went for my first swim in the pool this summer Okay, so maybe not EVERYTHING on the list was productive . . . . . .but finishing all the...quilt
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