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Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year, peeps! And I am so excited to have all the new people stopping by the Blue Nickel for the Splendid Sampler Bonus Block and Deco States Giveaway! Make sure you leave a comment on that post for a chance to win! Today's post is mostly about the Big Day coming up at the Stitchin' Post in two days. January 5th is the day you can start signing up for Quilters' Affair Classes this coming summer in Sisters, Oregon. There is a GREAT line-up of...

Good Morning World!

Back to the Splendid Sampler! It's been awhile.  But I am ever so grateful that from the get-go, Pat and Jane emphasized that this journey would be one that you could take at your own pace and not worry about keeping up. I had a great start, but have not been great about keeping up! And here I am, giving the Splendid Sampler crew ANOTHER Block to catch up with!   :) I thought it would be fun to start off the new year with a hopeful and anticipatory...

Blue Christmas

I'm having a Blue Christmas. But hold on, don't start feeling all sorry for me or anything. We don't ALWAYS have to be cheerful, happy, Smiles all of the time. It's not that I am super Sad or anything. I am mostly pretty content actually. And THAT is a lot better than in past years. But I have been SUPER contemplative about a great many things. I have started to wake up from this Christmas Materialism we have found ourselves smothered in  for the last 60-70 years or so...

Handmaker Again

So do you remember when I posted about Natalie Barnes' Hand Maker fabric back in October? Well, this here post is the follow up post I promised. I have known Natalie off and on over the years from Quilt Markets past. She was a big supporter of Generation Q back when the magazine started, and I was on the initial start-up team there. Most of my contact has been a passing hello or hug at Market. But this past summer, Natalie taught classes at Quilters' Affair with me...

Pat Sloan — Book Tour Stop!

Today is my day on Pat Sloan's Book Tour! And it's Pat's birthday today I hear! So be sure to wish her a happy one! Let's just get right to talking about the book, shall we? Pat's book Teach Me to Machine Quilt is great one for machine quilting basics. What I really like BEST about it, is her constant reminder that Practice makes Perfect. When it comes to machine quilting, practice is the KEY! This book is chock full of great, well-written advice with VERY clear photos...