Monthly Archives: August 2012

Quilting in Exotic Places: SAQA Member Paula Benjaminson Quilts and Shops for Fabric in West Africa (GIVEAWAY!)

I met Paula Benjaminson several years ago when I was doing a book signing at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Oregon for Wine Country Quilts (a fabulous book I co-authored Cyndy Rymer). Paula is an ex-diplomat/quilter whose husband had … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Strips

In keeping with our August SeeHowWeSew theme of strips and stripes - let’s talk strips! I’m extremely fond of those wonderful pre-cut strips (2 1/2″ cuts of your favorite fabric line ready to use). It was only a year or so ago that I … Continue reading

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A “Fine Finish” — A Special Quilt is Florida Bound! (Giveaway, Too)

As you are reading this, a special quilt is winging its way to a special little boy in Florida. In my June 15 post, I told you about a quilt I was making to welcome the new grandson of my … Continue reading

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Northwest Quilting Expo: A Perfect Quilting Getaway

Do you ever wonder how your calendar fills up so quickly? I swear that some little gremlin comes in during the night and pencils in all sorts of activities in an effort to keep me out of trouble. I looked … Continue reading

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Group Post: Make the Most of Those Sensational Stripes!

Earlier this month, as we were mulling over topics for this month’s See How We Sew theme, the subject of “stripes” popped into the mix. Bingo! We all love these versatile fabrics, and–in the course of our conversation–discovered that we each … Continue reading

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August Block of the Month: Close to Completion!

We’re into the home stretch, as this is the second-to-the-last block! I hope you’re having fun. Here’s the first sample of my August block, using Kathy Davis’ Happiness line and that great Kaffe Fassett dot: And here’s the August block using the citron/gray fabrics: Click here to … Continue reading

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Get the Lowdown on Little Pieces from Mary Elizabeth Kinch–Coauthor of “Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts”

“I’m not sure whether I keep finding antique quilts made with many, many  small pieces or if they keep finding me. One thing I know for sure is that I keep being enthralled with, and inspired by, them.”  So confesses … Continue reading

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Short and Sweet: My Favorite Cookie Recipe

It’s been a bit busy around here lately, so I’m taking a much-needed break to bake some of my favorite cookies. I call them “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” cookies. Sometimes I toss in a few extras, such as chips … Continue reading

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Dress Rehearsal: It’s Why We Audition Fabric

I’m going to tell you this story in photos . . . there’s no tidy ending (yet). Many months ago, my quilting/dining group took on a group project for no particular reason other than we were giddy from finally managing … Continue reading

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