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Butterflies in the Garden

What a beautiful day it has been.  Nice and sunny in the low 80’s and butterflies are all over my yard.  No, not just my garden, but in my quilts also.  A few years ago I was involved in a block swap and loved it.  We all made 11 butterfly blocks and then swapped them.  I made this wonderful quilt and have decided to revisit my pattern and use some of my extra fabrics to make another one for our Nov. sale.

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This was so much fun and making new friends from all over the world.  I need to find my pattern.  Another search will unearth some wonderful finds.

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Here are some pictures from our trip from Omaha, Nebraska Zoo.  Butterflies are so graceful.

Happy Memorial Day to all and thank you to all the Military who served our country.

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Cutting table is finished

Cutting table is finished and in.  Working great and I just can’t wait to use it a lot.

I now have a place for my old buttons and threads.  I started cleaning the sewing room this morning and then Hubby thought a trip to Omaha, Nebraska zoo.  It is about 3 hour drive from Independence, MO and we had a great time.  It was cool enough that the animals were all active.  Great day to be outdoors.

 

 

 

 

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So excited

Hubby finishes my cutting table today and I can’t wait.  He is putting the final coat sealant on it and then tomorrow it will be in my sewing room.  This will be perfect as I am ready to do some cutting.

Today I will be trying my hand at some English paper piecing.  A few weeks ago at the auction we went to the lady did a lot of this and I have so many little pieces she had cut out and sorted so today while Granddaughter is I will have some hand work to do.  She likes helping my by pulling the needle and thread thru the fabric.  Maybe I can get the sewing bug in her early.

Does anyone have any suggestions or hints for English paper piecing?

Are you trying anything new to do?  What is it and what brought you to do this?  You enjoying it?  I am curious and anxious to hear.

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Spending days in Sewing room

Lately I have been sitting at my sewing machine working on several different projects for Craft Fairs.  I keep getting more ideas and while some of them take lots of time there are many that don’t.  If I am not sewing I am watching the humming birds and squirrels playing outside my window.  I can get side tracked by the critters very easy.

Today sees the start of a pattern testing for a friend and I can’t wait to start on it.  I will post a picture when completed.  We will be opening an Etsy store soon (once I figure out how to get it set up.)  I hope this will be as easy for me as many have reassure me it is.

This is what I I have played with this week.  I have found these little booties in some of my finds at the auction last week and decided they would make wonderful pin cushions.  Then some small orphaned blocks made pin cushions.  IMG_20170519_152342631.jpg  Well my flying geese are calling me so have a wonderful weekend and be safe.

 

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Inspired by Donna at MYOBT

Reading Donna’s post on Russian Windows reminded me of some of the old Churches built in Schulenburg, Texas.  Schulenburg is an old old German and Chez community.  There are several churches.   They have about 7 churches.   It is called the Painted Church Tour.  These are some of my favorites.  These churches are still in use and Schulenburg is located South of Huston, Tx.  Such a wonderful small community.  Now go check out Donna’s blog.  https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2017/05/17/ivan-khafizov/

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Happy Belated Mother’s Day

Went to an auction on Mother’s Day and 90% of the stuff there was quilting items.  Fabric, books, patterns, quilting table, sewing machines, and OH MY GOODNESS so much more.  Women can go STUPID NUTS!!!!! Some men also.  There were bolts of fabric and the bolts were going anywhere from $7-10 per bolt.  Crazy thing when you look at the bolt there may be less than 2 yards on the bolt.  The quilting table went for $1000 and there was a Janome sewing machine that went with it.

Beautiful hand quilted quilts went for $5-35.  One lady was buying then and then taking them to craft fairs and selling them for $75-350.  IMG_20170514_122517327_TOP My haul.  I was lucky in that when I purchased a bundle of things people offered to buy one or two items from them and it paid for the bundle.

IMG_20170514_095602609.jpg The quilting table and all that went with it.

Yes, believe it or not, I came home with more than 1/2 the money I took with me.

I woke up this morning trying to figure out where to put all this stuff.  I love that issue.

Enjoy the day.

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Loving the outdoors

I have been suffering from Spring Fever.  We have been outside a lot working in the yard and it is showing it.  I have to get myself in gear for the craft fairs tho.  Too much to do and too little time.  Good excuse tho.  I get so side tracked these days and so I am making lists to do everything I need to get done in a day.

This morning I was outside cleaning the back fence row and taking some pictures.  This afternoon I am baking Red Velvet cake and Strawberry Shortcake for tomorrow.  Then tonight cut out a quilt for a pattern I am testing.

Just a few of the things I have gotten completed.  Top right pot holder sleeves for pans, bottom right Tortilla warmers.

Now to leave you with some yard photos….

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