Monthly Archives: May 2012

So What Do Quilts and Pie Fights Have in Common? Get Ready Omaha, Here We Come!

Every summer, I jump on a plane with my hubby and daughters to take our annual trip to Omaha, Nebraska. When I tell people how much I look forward to spending time in Omaha, I often detect that “really, Laura?” … Continue reading

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Prepare to Be Dazzled: Here’s the Spring Quilt Market Scoop from the “Gal on the Town” Cyndy Rymer

Hello SHWS readers, this week I’m delighted to introduce a guest blogger (and a dear friend)—the one-and-only Cyndy Rymer, an extraordinary quilter, designer, editor/author, and teacher. She cruised Quilt Market Kansas City this past weekend as part of a Wooden … Continue reading

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A May Garden of Fun Little Fabric Flowers and a Giveaway

Check out these charming yo-yo flowers – aren’t they cute? They’re surprisingly fast and easy to make using the Clover “Quick” Yo-Yo Maker (the tool size is flower shaped-large). To make a yo-yo, all you need is the tool, a 5½” square of … Continue reading

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Tiny Flower-Inspired Quilts: Design, Embellish, Display!

The rainy season has ended here in Northern California… …and those April showers–as always–have delivered a bounty of beautiful blossoms. How can I not be inspired? If flowers in the wild and in the garden aren’t inspirational enough, a visit … Continue reading

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Comfort Your Loved Ones with Quilts . . . It’s What We Do

Quilts have always meant so much more to me than simply fabric and batting. There is often an abundance of heartfelt emotions that go into the making of these beautiful pieces of art. I have made many healing quilts over the … Continue reading

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Surprise Package: Look What Quilting Inspiration is Blooming in My Garden

My family tells me I’ve never met a cliche I didn’t like, so in keeping with my attachment to hackneyed phrases I offer this:  check out the great things that are blooming in my garden from a small package. This … Continue reading

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May Block of the Month: Half Way to the Finish Line!

It’s hard to believe, but once we complete the three blocks for May, we’re more than half way finished! I hope you’re enjoying the journey. Here’s the first sample of my May block, using Kathy Davis’ Happiness line and a great Kaffe Fassett dot: … Continue reading

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A Shower of Flowers: Nancy Mahoney and Her Fabulous (Vintage and New) Floral-Themed Quilts

As soon as we decided on May Flowers as our theme for this month, I knew immediately what (and whom!) I would write about in today’s post. Over the years, Nancy Mahoney and I have crossed “professional paths” many times. I’ve edited … Continue reading

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April Showers Bring May Flowers…and a New See How We Sew Feature!

As we enter our second year of blogging (still can’t believe it!), we’ve decided to add a new twist to our format. Each month we’ll choose a theme, and each of us will do one theme-related post that month. The “theme” post may be an inspirational photo, … Continue reading

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