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Happy Father’s Day

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I had intended to podcast this weekend but got so busy that it just didn’t happen. I did accomplish quite a bit!

Charlotte opened up her pattern shop this past week and was kind enough to give a few away. I love her scrappy patterns and this one would be quick but beautiful, perfect for my family reunion giveaway quilt.


I already had my 3 inch squares cut as this is one size I cut often from scraps. Lots of mindless Netflix sewing! It helps to not pay attention to get the best scrappy look. I tend to want to control the scrap but I’m always so surprised and pleased when I just let it happen.


This is how my week looks as it ends. The quilt is half quilted and I’ll be finishing up next weekend. The backing is made of 4 patches of 5 inch squares that I’d made several years back. I’d had a project in mind but decided on a different direction and knew there would be a use for these some day.

I’m happy to say that my 3 inch bin is low and the stack of 4 patches is shrinking. I may have to use these as a backing again. So pretty!

I also worked on my mom’s stars. I did a few more just before I decided to start the reunion quilt. So far, I have only 6 done, but I may only make 6 more. I think she’d use a couch cuddler when it gets cold again.


I began the week straightening my sewing room.  When Carole was here, I destroyed the room looking for my Dear Jane quilt to show her. I didn’t find it while she was here, but quickly noticed where I’d put it when I started to put things away. The whole ordeal makes me think I need a better system for floppy storage (if I’m not going to quilt them right alway).

I’m almost through with the reorganization and promise to show you when I’m finally finished. Until then, I thought I’d share this handy little trick I thought of while trying to hang thread racks on the wall.  I’ve struggled with this for years, stringing across the backside legs and hanging them from hooks that way. Then it occurred to me as I was looking at a pile of binder clips. AHA!


They fit perfectly between the rods.  Flip the front end down and loop the remaining end over your fastener of choice. I use Hercules hooks and this method worked very well.  I did get a bit nervous about how well those two clips might hold my big thread rack, especially when full, so I removed one of the rods and used an extra clip, much larger than the other 2, for extra support. I’m sure you wouldn’t need it for a smaller rack, as long as the clips slip completely over the wooden slats (mine don’t).


Podcasting should happen next weekend. Hopefully I’ll have lots to talk about.

Happy Father’s Day to all those playing this very important role. I thought lovingly of mine all day <3

WW #4 Family

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In this week’s episode, I talk about the family reunion I attended in Indiana, listener feedback and Dear Jane progress. I spent the beginning of last week with family! We had a raffle in which I gave away my Celtic Solstice quilt. My cousin Wendy was the lucky winner, and so deserving as she is part of the team who puts the reunion together. Congratulations Wendy!


Her sister, Shawn, caught trying to smuggle a quilt away 🙂


My mom, cousin Charlene, sister Wenonah and grandpa. My sister and grandpa are making goofy faces at me!


Dear Joan progress…


Finally, here’s a video of my sewing studio from 2011. New studio video to come soon.