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Bridget's Bagettes by Atkinson Designs

Atkinson Designs  is one of my favorite  designers. I tried out this pattern right before  the holidays.  I made the 2 red/black ones for myself. The Mickey & Minnie bags were gifts to some
sewing  peeps. It's a simple bag with great results. I love when a first time project  can be used for something.

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Soup Cozy Crazy

Soup Cozies were made for the first time before Christmas.  I made 15 and sold them to one person. I  made some for a few friends and Mom . I gave the  teachers  some as gifts . They were a hit .  Great tutorials are all over the internet for free. 

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt , Step one

Hello fellow quilters, We have a nice group of friends along with their friends on Facebook . This is my second BH Mystery . Last year , there was only four of us. This year, we have 16 and their friends for a total headcount of 31 .

Cheese and Crackers

Today , I finished machine quilting Mom's quilt top . She got this as a kit from Kelly Ann's Quilting in Warrenton . The pattern's from Atkinson Designs and cute to boot. Cheese and Crackers.

 . Mom started cutting before she read all the directions and messed up the first cut . But she made it through it and came out with a really cute lap size quilt . Mom likes to make that first block to "see" what it's going to look like . I know now from her making it , that I would want all the big scale print in the center . Learn as you go , once you make the first one of that design , you really know how to do it the next time . I machine quilted it with a pantograph that Cindy left over here . Buzzin Around 's the name I THINK > :) It was a fun design . I got turned around twice and stitched over some areas coming off the bee's head . You gotta pay attention and not just roll with it . I used King TUT color # 990 green olives for the front and off white…

So Many Things To Do in the Sweat Shop

I will probably sound scatterbrain during this post . I just have to catch you up with all my "current" projects .. Well after the chicken quilt post , I have now dragged out my shameful attempt on mine . I know now why I kinda lost interest .

 I'm not much on this hand applique. I would rather be stitching binding Oh speaking of binding , I have successfully put it on the number one Baker's Dozen quilt and just have a corner open for the label . I need a thread color that will show up this fabric . Any suggestions ? Nothing bites more than waiting for it to embroider and then you realize you chose the wrong color .
I'm working on number 2 Baker's Dozen and have that fiery orange binding ready to go . 

I'm also ready to label this ole quilt . I made it in the 90's . Oh you know you got some of those UFO's too. 
It's called Mother's Choice . I wished I had used just 2 colors , but I didn't . I must suffer through .I'm searching for scrap…

Bragging on Momma

I just have to share this wonderful Maggie Walker block of the month quilt that dear Momma finished . 

I have this in my UFO pile . Momma set a goal and worked on her block an hour everyday . It took a year . YES , a whole year . She sent it to Mildred in Tenn. to hand quilt it . It's awesome ! I hope to get back on track one day and have the patience to finish mine . Go Momma !!!!!

How I Got Into Quilting

My mom used to take my grandma and Ms. Smith to town to shop and eat out . Grandma's my dad's mom and Ms. Smith's my uncle's mother in law. Got that ? It entailed dragging old ladies from store to store , helping with car doors , canes ,grocery carts, loading the trunk, and then taking them to eat . Yes, My momma's a saint . Seriously ! Ms. Smith was the quilt maker from Tenn. . Grandma wanted to make one . Mom and I decided that we would like to give it a try .        We would go to my uncle's house and we started with a simple strawberry quilt . Our background blocks were TORN from a white sheet . Oh yes , old school baby . We had to go fabric hunting with them to get just the right size polka dot for that strawberry and the just right green for the tops . Needless to say it was torture but we managed to hunt and gather the thread for the blanket stitch or buttonhole stitch and had our work cut out for us . 

        After we made the top , we tied  i…