Monthly Archives: August 2010

A quilted lunch bag and a bevy of bookmarks

Jamie asked me to make her a lunch bag. One the one hand, she wanted it to be roomy enough to hold her water bottle, sandwich, fruit, and salad. And then she didn’t want it to be too “fat.” That is, too deep. She wants to carry it in her backpack. I decided to give […]

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10 Household Tips

As I went to put this cereal box in the recycling bin I noticed it had writing on it in English.

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What’s for lunch?

Hmmm… how many of these do you think I can eat?

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Figs anyone? Or how to go out of your mind trying to find ways to use them

You wouldn’t know it from looking at it. It isn’t even that big. But this little tree in our back yard spits out figs faster than a tennis ball machine. Literally. My mom had the leaves trimmed off for easier picking. Bags and bags have been given away to any friend willing to take them. […]

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10-Minute Sandwich Wrap

During August we have been featuring Back-to-School projects on our website. If you haven’t been by in a while, make sure to stop in and check out these projects. All of them are super-easy and oh, so quick to make!

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Lovely Larkspurs

August was the month to share a (member) tutorial on 3D larkspurs, as part of our Dimensional Flower BOM series. Normally I post the technique, with step-by-step photos of the process. Then there are times such as this one that I feel compelled to complete a project with the finished samples. So today I “threw” […]

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Machine Quilting: What Works for me

Since I spent quite some time machine quilting Alexia and Julian’s quilts over the last couple of weeks before their departure, I thought I’d share a little of my learning process in this area. This might be of more interest for those of you who, like me, live in countries were quilting supplies are not […]

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A weekend to catch up!

All of a sudden I feel like I have really fallen behind with work related (and personal!) activities! It seems we took a lot of photos this summer, so before they fall by the wayside I feel I really need to sort through them, trash the bad ones, organize the good ones, print those that […]

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Fantastic Quilt Along, plus a Giveaway

Ok, people, you have only today and tomorrow to enter this one. Christina, from A Few Scraps, will be hosting a free motion quilt along. And she has a wonderful giveaway to promote it.

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Hat Parade

Alexia and Julian returned to the U.S. early yesterday morning. And so the day turned out to be incredibly quiet around here. For me, it’s comparable to the sensation of coming back after an extended trip: it takes a few days to get used to the place again and find my bearings. And now the […]

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The Process Pledge: a Variation

I see there is an increasing number of quilters out in blogland taking this pledge… and I find this type of sharing very, very exciting! After much debating, I have decided to join in, but feel compelled to do so with a small disclaimer.

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Is this why I quilt?

Whenever asked why I quilt, the answer that comes out right from the gut is: “Because I have to.” There are so many other activities in life that I thoroughly enjoy; quilting is something beyond even that, an expression of self… And then there are all those other many (and valid) reasons: I love fabric, […]

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Homemade Fettuccine

Alexia and Julian will be returning to the U.S. tomorrow. It’s hard to believe the summer is practically over and everyone will be back in school next week. So to celebrate one of the most fun summers ever, and to wish our sweet kids a safe trip, we are having a family get-together today. And […]

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