April Showers Challenge

We often hear that April Showers bring May flowers, but I live in the desert, so when we were told to do something that was rain related, or spring themed, I had to google what rain is. Apparently, in some places, water falls from the sky and makes things wet, and helps flowers and plants grow. I'm envious because I would love to see it myself. 

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A long time ago, In a blog far away...

There lived a commander and his 3 furry minions. Their evil overlord was plotting great quilting feats to unleash on the world. Always pressing to the dark side, they were relentlessly pursued.

Ok, so it wasn't A LONG time ago, but wow how this year has flown. Today is the one year anniversary of Desert Bloom Quilting! I had no idea when I wrote my first blog post where I would be today, or that the year would pass by so quickly.

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Phoenix MQG Vitamin D Bee

Yay! I'm finally getting to blog about a few things on my list that have been pending for a while. 

November of last year I finally made it to my first Phoenix MQG Meeting after not making it for almost a year. At that meeting I decided to join for 2016. With a new year starting there were activities to participate in.

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Mini Madness Challenge - Dimensional Diamonds

March has been an exciting month. First, I received my first box of fabric from Island Batik, to make things out of, for the Ambassador program. Everything inside is beautiful, and I was excited to get started. Also, this year's Mystery Quilt Along started, and I worked on a couple things I just can't share yet.

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The Calm Before the Storm

Calm, yeah, right, sure. I laughed as I typed the headline, but really with the 2016 Mystery starting this Friday, and me being prepared, you would think life would be relatively calm. It isn't, and that is perfectly ok, but what it means is I've been far to neglectful of the blog since it has been the lowest priority on the list.

This is going to just be a quick post to get caught up on current events.

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Mug Rug Madness - Part 2

After making the Mr. Fox mug rug, and deciding I couldn't part with him, I couldn't go without making another mug rug for my friend. After much thought, and scouring Craftsy for free paper pieced patterns, I ran across the Mug o' Love by Jennifer Ofenstein of Sewhooked. It was perfect, and I think I need to make one for my son's teacher for Valentines Day as well.

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Mug Rug Madness - Part 1

A couple weeks ago the Mr. Fox pattern popped up on my Facebook feed. It is a free pattern on Craftsy by Julia Eigenbrodt of Stars & Sunshine. A combined need for a quick finish and the desire to brighten a friend's day had me diving for my scrap bin.  The pattern is for a 5" x 5" finished block which was perfect for a mug rug.

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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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