Dear Grandma

Dear Grandma,

I will miss you more than words  can express, but your 89 years on this earth were filled with love, joy, and beauty. For that I am thankful. The lessons you taught me were useful and many. You were a wife, mother, teacher, bus driver, and much, much more. I've been inspired by you many times over, and I'm grateful to have had you in my life. The love and guidance you have given me have helped shape me as the person I am today.

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First Finish of 2016 & Free Pattern Link

It may seem silly, but I started quilting it on my Kenmore (Janome packaged with the Kenmore name) , and so it seemed only natural to finish on that machine. Plus, I didn't have to wind a new bobbin and waste the one I had wound. So out came my Kenmore and On the Go. It took 2 days to finish the center with lots of supervision. 

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2015 - A Year of Growth and Positive Change

So I am a little late getting this post out, but oh well. Nothing can be done to change the past, I will just have to work on making sure next year's post is out before the end of the year. This has been a part of the theme of 2015 though. Working on not giving up, and being easier on myself if I don't live up to my expectations or fall behind when it comes to (generally unrealistic) deadlines I set for myself.

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What a Hoot: Blogger's Quilt Festival

My second entry in the Fall 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival, in the Modern Quilt Category, on Amy's Creative Side is my What a Hoot quilt (Playful Pachyderm is my first). Those of you that follow my blog regularly, please bare with me. Since I've already blogged about this quilt twice I'm going to just do a quick run down and show you some pictures. 

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Playful Pachyderm: Bloggers Quilt Festival

It is that time again. The 2015 Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival is happening on Amy's Creative Side, and I have finished this quilt just in time enter it in the small quilt category. Playful Pachyderm is a good fit for Finally Finished Friday. This quilt has been quite a journey.

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Throwback Thursday: Fall Leaves Rag Quilt

In some places fall is starting, or maybe in full swing (can't tell from Arizona), so I thought it was a great time to do a Throwback Thursday blog post on my Fall Leaves Rag Quilt. This quilt was started in 2004, and finished in 2005, while I was stationed overseas in the Slovak Republic. When I wasn't on post I could be found sewing in my room a good portion of the time. 

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What a Hoot

Babies, babies, and more babies. At least that seems to be where me and my friends are in our lives right now. One great thing about everyone having babies is it gives me an excuse to make baby quilts. Those cute, fun, unique quilts that are loved and cherished by their little owners until they are shreds of what they once were. Literally loved to pieces. At least that is my hope when I make them. This week I'm going to introduce What a Hoot which I'm in the process of making for a friend.

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The Wonderful World of Blanket Forts

As I mentioned in my first blog post, Humble Beginnings, I am a 6th generation quilter, but I'm not here to talk about my quilting background this time around. Being surrounded by quilters means that I grew up sewing and made my first quilt early, but more importantly that means I was surrounded by quilts. Tons and tons of beautiful, soft, warm, comfortable quilts. What is to be done with all those quilts you ask? Well make blanket forts of course. 

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Talavera Tile: Blogger's Quilt Festival

Shortly after I started this blog I ran across a page for the Blogger's Quilt Festival  on Amy's Creative Side, and the Spring 2015 event was coming up shortly. How did I not know about this?!  Apparently the closet I was hiding in didn't have internet. Well now that I discovered this internet thing I thought it would be fun to enter two of my quilts. The first one being Talavera Tile. Next week's post will be for Cactus Bloom. So let's get to it!

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Color Theory Basics

Color Theory has always fascinated me. Why do certain colors work well together? How does adding a texture affect the overall feel and design? How do you create depth and movement in your quilts? The list goes on and on. Well it so happens that some basics in color theory can really help when picking out fabrics and since I've received quite a few questions about fabric selection for the Mystery Quilt Along I thought it would be a good topic for this week's blog. So let's talk colors.

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