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New in my etsy shop--one bundle of autumn sachet peeps! Thanks for the quilt love. A random pieced scrap quilt is often full of surprises, so glad it turned out nice. I may do a little more embroidery on it before I add the backing. While I'm thinking on that, I'm getting stuff ready for a local doll show coming up this weekend. Trying not to procrastinate until the very last moment. Like I usually do! Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at turkey feathers
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Quilt top is done! Somehow, miraculously, all my little bits and bobs, odds and ends, and jellyroll scraps came together to make a vibrant autumn-themed patchwork. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at turkey feathers
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Hello October! The weather here has turned much cooler with gray skies and scattered sprinkles. The perfect backdrop for the emerging autumnal show--which is just starting in my front yard. It's all so exciting! Maybe I have already shared about our redbud tree (Cercis Canadensis), also known as 'Forest Pansy' in past blog posts, but it really bears mentioning again (and again!), because it's such a gorgeous thing of beauty. If you are ever looking for a fast-growing landscape tree for zones 5-9, this is it (in my opinion), not only because of its lovely shape and manageable size, but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at turkey feathers
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Ahhhh....here's a sweet cotton print from the 'Studio Christmas' collection by Michael Miller Fabrics 2018. Fawns, bunnies, butterflies, berries and spotty mushrooms...what's not to love? Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at turkey feathers
Thank you so much for the lovely sentiment...we do love and cherish our "cozy" ways do we not? Thank you for visiting and supporting Grace's shop too! She is really working hard at her craft and enjoying every minute of it.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2018 on Dainty House Anniversary Sale at turkey feathers
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Well thank you! We are really excited but have no idea what we are doing...LOL. Nice to see you again, thanks for stopping by!
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2018 on Dainty House Anniversary Sale at turkey feathers
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Eye Candy!
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2018 on Dainty House Anniversary Sale at turkey feathers
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It's been a busy month so far! But in between gasps for air, I'm still making steady progress on my Fields and Forests quilt. Because this is a willy-nilly kind of quilt, mostly randomly pieced in a spontaneous manner, there have naturally been times when nothing seemed to work. Reminding me that there are many things to appreciate about well-planned quilts. So when color choices weren't harmonizing or pieces weren't lining up exactly right, and my idle staring didn't solve the problems, I just walked away and didn't worry about it at all. I've learned that time away from any... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at turkey feathers
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Following right on the heels of Jelly Roll Day, we are gathering together with jelly rolls of a different kind, along with dolly donuts, teensy cakes and big hugs in celebration of the very first anniversary of The Dainty House Dollhouse Miniatures! It's hard to believe it has been a year already since Grace opened her own Etsy shop. I went up to her work studio this morning and found her happily crafting some darling little things for the fall season and upcoming holidays. Even though her art is on a miniature scale, I can tell you that lots of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at turkey feathers
As a matter of fact, September is my birth month also, and I've worn a blue sapphire ring throughout my life, but it seems it's had no influence at all! LOL
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2018 on September Salutations at turkey feathers
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Thank you Lena, it's great to hear from you!
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2018 on Stitching up a Storm at turkey feathers
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Since I've been on the subject of fave fabrics and strip-quilt stitching lately, I think Jelly Roll Day deserves a mention. Not exactly sure when this became a thing, I only just found out about it--and well, it sounds like fun! Here's the skinny (copied from the Fat Quarter Shop newsletter from Kimberly): "Did you know National Sew a Jelly Roll Day is THIS Saturday? We're celebrating early with a special five day sale on select Jelly Rolls, design rolls, and 2.5" strips! Get up to 40% off your favorite precut from now until Sunday at midnight CST! What is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at turkey feathers
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Loving this colorful fun print by Susan Emory, from Michael Miller Fabrics. There may have been a dozen or so prints and plaids in the collection, including an adorable patchwork 'Hank Quilt' pattern, released January 2018. Meet Hank. And his cohort Clementine. With a dainty print to match. But I think this bold print is the star of the collection. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at turkey feathers
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Fabric Finds is a new category I just added to the blog. This is where I plan to organize fabrics I love and want to remember. That may sound a bit weird, but trust me when I tell you that I have reached that, "out of sight, out of mind" stage in life! Besides being a friendly platform to introduce myself and my products, this blog has always been in part, for me, a virtual craft diary. I never have and still don't collect compensation for my content, and I'm not suggesting anything is wrong with that, but for transparency... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at turkey feathers
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I'm loving the artwork on this calendar with each turn of the page! If the months of the year were assigned a color, I would definitely choose red for September. With baskets of red apples, burnished autumn leaves and brilliant Oriental Poppies, it just seems right somehow. My daughters did all the planting and tending the garden again this year. Grace manages the edibles and Ginger fills the hanging baskets and flower beds. They make a good team. The dynamic duo. These lovely small Zinnia's tend to bloom in late August/early September (here in Zone 8), signaling that summer is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at turkey feathers
LOL...Yes, they are frustrating, and I am guilty of not taking the time to stay on top of most of these "improvements". I didn't include my email address in the comment sign-in box; didn't seem to have to do this in the past just to reply. I will remember next time! :o)
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2018 on Stitching up a Storm at turkey feathers
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I never take it for granted either, I'm always so thankful.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2018 on Let It Shine at turkey feathers
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Thank you! I'm still watching for the Blue Fender butterfly, it's rather rare here in the northwest.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2018 on Let It Shine at turkey feathers
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I love those old crazy quilts, they are so interesting to look at. I think I will have to do some sort of seam-stitching on this one in that style. I would've loved to see great-grandma's "Dreams of the Forest" quilt--it sounds quite enchanting.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2018 on Still Stitching at turkey feathers
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Thanks a bunch! xx
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2018 on Still Stitching at turkey feathers
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Yay!! Thanks for the heads up about this issue...I had NO idea. Nice to have you back!
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2018 on Stitching up a Storm at turkey feathers
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Making a bit more progress on my Field & Forest quilt. I haven't had a lot of time to work on this and have just been passing through the studio and stitching up one or two blocks at a sitting. Sometimes when waiting for the tea kettle to boil. Sometimes to recover from mopping the floor. Then a soft chair is an oasis and my quilt project a happy little respite. I am also finding it immensely satisfying to be able to use up a bunch of scraps, odds and ends and left-over jelly-roll strips. The colors seem to go... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at turkey feathers
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It's Tasha Tudor Day! I still like to remember dear Tasha and the spirit in which she lived her life, and today is her birthday. She resided in the New England area, from her birth on August 28, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts to her passing in Marlboro, Vermont on June 18, 2008 nearing the age of 93. She was an American illustrator and author of nearly a hundred children's books; who was highly creative and quite imaginative and who lived a thoroughly authentic and eccentric life. If you are not familiar with this amazing woman, there's the Tasha Tudor Society... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at turkey feathers
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Always believe that wonderful things are happening some place in the world. Life itself is a miracle. Accept the fact, that some people never intended to let us down. It may be that their best is just less than we expected. Then, we need to forgive (them--and ourselves) for not knowing what we didn't know before we learned it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at turkey feathers
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As the golden dawn was breaking this morning, this adorable little spotted fawn was the first thing I saw from my kitchen window. Sometimes we find ourselves in the right place at the right time. And sometimes the best thing to do is not think, not worry. Just breathe deep and have Faith that everything will work out for the best. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at turkey feathers