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Christmas Quilt Number 2

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I spent several hours today out in my quilt room (my quilting "outhouse" because it's a separate building from the house) working on a second Christmas quilt top.  No.....I haven't quilted the first one yet.....haha.

I stitched the background blocks.

Sewing together the petals for the "Poinsettia Wreaths." 
One of the wreaths pinned to the background and ready to machine applique with transparent thread around the outer petal edges.

I laid a center circle onto the wreath to see what it will look like.  I almost like the green background showing through better, but I think once all the wreath blocks are in place, it will take on a different look.

I will post more progress pictures in the next few days.  This is what I'm going for as a finished quilt top: The fabric I'm using is a little busier than what I used in EQ7 and the red isn't as pronounced, but I think it will turn out okay.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed :)

It's Time For More Christmas Quilts!

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After hanging up the measly few Christmas quilts I have left, I decided it was high time to make more!  I seem to have given most of the ones I made away - gosh, it's funny how that happens all the time!

So, I got busy on my EQ7 and came up with some designs to start on.  The trouble with that is every time I start designing, I keep coming up with more and more designs so it makes it very hard to decide on just one.  Well, guess what.......I'm not stopping at one!

Okay, so I finally decided on a design and printed it off, chose my fabrics from my Christmas stash, and cut the pieces.

I decided to use my trusty Singer 401A for piecing.  I still go back to it time and again for this type of stitching.  It's one of my favorites :)

After stitching the blocks together for the first one, I played with the layout of the blocks and came up with four layouts I liked.
 I liked all of them, but after asking for comments on Facebook and Instagram, and looking at each one many, many tim…

Weekend Local Christmas Bazaar

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Whew......I'm still tired!  I had a wonderful 3-day weekend at the local Town & Country Christmas Bazaar.  I got to see so many familiar faces there and had lots of good visiting with them.  There were over 200 vendors selling their handmade products.  There were wood carvings, candles, soaps, quilted & knitted items, jewelry (one of my favorites!!), alpaca fleece products, sewn items, leather products, knives, food (cookies, candies, pies and more) and many, many other things.  Of course, there were quilted things too.

This is an annual event I have come to enjoy very much.  Everyone, vendors and customers alike, are always full of the Christmas spirit.  Here is a picture of my space.


Around The World Blog Hop - I've Been Tagged!

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I was tagged by Martha who has a blog called Quilt To The Edge.  Martha belongs to the same local quilt guild that I do and also rides motorcycles.  The difference is that she rides with her husband and I ride solo, but we both enjoy riding.

Martha did let me know ahead of time that she wanted to tag me for this Around The World Blog Hop and I agreed to do it.   I have to answer four questions:

1.  What am I currently working on?
2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3.  Why do I write/create what I do?
4.  How does my writing/creative process work?

To see what others who are participating in this blog hop have written, track back to Martha's blog, the the ones she noted in her blog, and so on.

Well, here goes!

1.  What am I currently working on?  Right now, I'm trying to get many things ready to sell at a local Christmas bazaar next weekend as part of my business.  One of the things I'm working on today is putting borders on several "orphan" blo…

Back To Pincushions

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Well, I got through the blog hop.  What fun that was!  Thanks to everyone who participated and commented on my blog.  I'm still in awe over all the nice comments I got on my block.  Wow!

So......today I got back to making more pincushions to take to the Town & Country Christmas Bazaar.  This time, I'm using 4 oz. canning jars and putting the pincushions on the lids.  That way, the jar can be used for sewing supplies like buttons, ribbons, or whatever.  Scrunching the filling into the fabric while trying to hold on to the jar lid makes me think a third hand might be a big help.....haha.


I printed off a bunch of pictures of buttons and am cutting them to fit the jars.  I'm hoping it will display them a little better.

This is some cute "quilter" fabric that I thought would be fun for the pincushions.

I'm hoping to finish up all the jars tomorrow and then on to more projects!


Blog Tour Time - I have a block in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Volume 10

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Welcome to my blog!  I'm part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Volume 10 Blog Tour because a block I designed is in that issue of their magazine.  It's called "Diamonds In My Eyes" and you can find it on page 38.  It's Block #940.
There will be lots of giveaways as part of the blog tour.  You can get more information about that on Quiltmaker's blog called Quilty Pleasures.


                          Win a free copy of Volume 10                                  You can get a free copy of the Volume 10 issue of Quiltmaker's 100 blocks magazine! Just leave a comment on my blog saying what is your favorite season of the year,   
I will randomly draw one name tomorrow and notify that person via email.  The winner's name will then be submitted to Quiltmaker Magazine and the free copy will be sent from them.

If your email address is blocked on your sign-in, be sure to include it in your comment so I will have a way to contact you if your name is drawn.

This is a  p…

Building Display Racks

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Today Hubby built a couple of rotating display racks (with my help, of course!) so I will have a more attractive display for my patterns.  It was colder than a.........well, you know, but we bundled up and got them done enough for painting.  After painting, the top and bottom pieces will be attached, then the lazy-susan base pieces.  These will be a much nicer way to display my patterns at shows.

These are the end, top, and lazy-susan base pieces.

This is one of the displays.  Each display will hold 4 patterns per side which is 16 per display.
Of course Douglas had to be there to supervise....lol ;)

Working On My Projects - Getting Ready for the Town & Country Christmas Bazaar

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I'm sewing like crazy trying to get everything done for my vendor booth at the 2014 Town and Country Christmas Bazaar the first weekend in December.  As usual, I'm waaay behind!  I don't seem to be able to work any other way - I love it!

My latest project is aprons.  I've gotten six done and six more to go.

This is one I finished today.  I'll have them for sale at the Christmas bazaar and in my Etsy.com shop:   Carter Creek Quilts - Etsy.com Shop
Of course, my little buddy was on hand to help if needed.....that is if I woke him up ;) 
Every once in a while I just sat and enjoyed the view out of my windows.  It was such a nice, sunny day outside.



Guild Challenge Quilt

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I spent time this morning again working on my challenge quilt for the Santiam Scrappers  Quilt Guild challenge this year.  I'm just about finished with the final border, then it's on to layering, quilting, and binding.  I'm hoping to get to that point next week.

The final border includes some Star blocks:

And some blocks with Hearts (4 hearts make up each flower):


And Curved Piecing blocks:


I also added a couple more Appliqued Ladybugs:

I will post pictures of the finished quilt once it's all done!  It will be quite colorful!

Pin Cushions

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I've been making some basic pin cushions to sell at quilt and craft shows this Fall.  They are fairly simple ones, but are fun to do.

This is one that can be tied to most sewing machines.  It's small, but handy for quickly grabbing pins while sewing.


These are two of the larger ones.   They're 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" and have a button sewn in the middle. 

This is one of the smaller ones.  They look like little pillows and are 3" x 3".

Trip to The Purple Frog Quilt Shop

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I stopped by The Purple Frog Quilt Shop in Jefferson today.  This is one of my favorite quilt shops locally and is run by a couple of great people - Kim and Mary.

I saw a quilt top they had done from one of my patterns - Little Broomtails.  They used a western print fabric in place of the beige and added a border in the same fabric.  Wow - it really popped!  I loved it.  What do you think?


They had also made a quilt from my Bunny Tracks pattern and used batiks in shades of green instead of the blue and black I used.  Another winner!


Of course, I couldn't get out of there without buying fabrics for a new pattern I'm working on.  It's going to be paper-pieced.  I'll post pictures once it's finished.  I'm thinking of calling it Windblown Seeds.