Category Archives: Personal Stories

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Summer Sewing: Island Hopping Table Runner

I’m not going to lie, I was a little intimidated when deciding whether or not to sew this table runner in our new Island Hopping collection! Considering my sewing experience lies squarely within the realm of clothing and alterations, plus a simple one-patch flannel quilt top; I knew this would be a… learning experience for me. But, ...

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Madison’s Baby Quilt!

Beautiful little Madi needed a beautiful little baby quilt for her beautiful little bedroom… it is her second birthday by-the-way. Truly, a princess in the making and darling to the nines, she is quite fashion forward you know. Just look at that hairstyle! Madi is my Daughter-in-law’s niece and without a doubt gift to our families. It began with a ...

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A Goodbye Quilt

Since last summer, my husband and I have opened our home to students visiting from other countries who are here to improve their English and learn about life in the United States. As a home-stay family for Pacific International Academy, we have had one or two students at a time living with us for intervals of 3 weeks up to 4-1/2 months. What started out as way to help pay ...

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Amie & Austin Pixton
Photo Credit: Tami Webb Photography
Orca Wall Hanging

  This was the table runner in the quilt shop. If you remember, back in June I talked about a quilt shop I visited when I was on a trip to Alaska. I found a great tribal Orca wall hanging/table runner pattern while at the Rushin’ Tailor Quilt Shop. I just knew my boy Austin would love it. He was planning on getting ...

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The Best is Yet to Come
Sewing for Keeps

I don’t like resolutions. They feel like shouting into the wind because they often are, at least for me. I do love goals, however. I love lists and I definitely love plotting out future actions. I’m the type of person who actually likes filling out forms, I almost can’t resist them… much like a crossword puzzle! And what better time to set ...

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Mini Spools Mini Quilt

I have been eyeing the latest trend of doing mini quilts. I love them, but I wasn’t sure I was ready to work with little pieces. Let’s be honest, I’m not that accurate of a piecer. But I like the idea of a small quilt that I can practice my quilting. Well, one my dear friends from my quilt group was moving and I thought a mini quilt was just the thing to send her off with all ...

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Double Wedding Ring Table Runner

The Double Wedding Ring table runner was a perfect fit for the bride and groom table at my daughter’s wedding. She asked for a special quilted table runner for their table and this design was perfect! Several years ago I made a Double Wedding Ring king quilt for my bed. I’ve always loved this block but hesitated to make a full ...

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Diamond Pillow
Plethora of Pillows – Diamond Pillow

I love to make pillows because they can add a pop of color or change the feeling in a room with very little time and effort. That’s my kind of project. I chose the Diamond Pillow downloadable pattern by Crazy Mom Quilts for my Plethora of Pillows project. I decided to use the Isle of Enchantment fabric collection because I like ...

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Stars and Stripes Candle Mat

I love this cute little Stars & Stripes Candle Mat Pattern by Farmhouse Threads. I have eyed this pattern several times and couldn’t resist it any longer. It is such a quick and easy project a beginner could make. It would also make a wonderful gift if I could part with it. I used scraps that were left over from projects sewn in the Hometown Summer collection. The ...

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I swear I'm only 5'2"
Vintage Quilt Mending, Part 1

I swear I’m only 5’2″ The sewists and quilters in my family have always been practical women: The mentality of “Make things you can use or wear, or don’t make them at all!” is pretty close to the mantra they all held and hold…one I also carry with me. This quilt my great grandma made was and still is no exception to that mentality! It’s ...

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