MORE STARS, OH MY!
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2d ago
 I have been having so much fun making Stars for my latest project, Oh, My Stars!, a pattern from American Jane. I wrote about it last week, find that post here: Oh, My Stars! Here is just a peek at the process. This is not the final arrangement--when the rest of the 13 full stars are made I will decide who goes where. This just lets me see the general idea: Picking fabrics is my favorite part! The latest fabric "pulls": Here they are ready to sew. Having them all set helps me make the most of my time the next sew day--just start sewing, these are cut and ready for assembly ..read more
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BIRTHDAYS
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2w ago
We all have one every year. Children think it takes forever for the next one to come. The older we get, the faster that trip around the sun seems to go. I often say the BEST birthdays end in a 9, the WORST ones end in a 0. Recently I had one of those "0" birthdays, a BIG one. Those who really know me, know 70 has been looming for me for several years. Both my parents died at age 70. At my mother's funeral her doctor said to me "You're next". That motivated me to lose 80 pounds. And I gained them back. Ten years later I again lost 80 pounds, same old, same old, they came back.  Two years ..read more
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PICK A PETAL -- MONTH 6
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2w ago
PICK A PETAL is the 2024 Block of the Month quilt designed by Jen Kingwell exclusively for The Quilt Show. It is FREE to Star Members, join today to take advantage of this great bonus. WATCH Jen's Show to see how she makes this quilt--it is FREE for EVERYONE all of 2024: Jen Kingwell Show 3401 This month we do more whimsical applique on another Log Cabin border. Which border it is on YOUR quilt depends on which photo you use as a reference.  I discussed this on the MONTH 5 LIVE, see it again here: MONTH 5 LIVE This photo is on The Quilt Show website. Find photos under ..read more
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WHITE COUNTY QUILTERS OF SEARCY ARKANSAS
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3w ago
 Recently I traveled to Searcy, AR to lecture and teach a workshop. It was a good trip that I really enjoyed. The guild has about 60 members and there were about 45 at the evening lecture, Time Management for Quilters: This lecture is always well-received. I often hear from people weeks or months later that they have been able to get more done after implementing some of the suggestions they learned.  The guild is fortunate to meet at Harding University. The tech side was so easy. Plug my thumb drive into the podium and we were ready to go.  I enjoy Show and Tell. Usually there ..read more
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TEXAS TOUR 2024 PART 2: TEXAS!
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1M ago
I love Texas! I can see myself living there.  I love the landscape, so vast and so different throughout the state. I love the people, so welcoming, fun and engaging. I love the quilters, such good people there, many I am proud to call "friend".  In planning the TEXAS TOUR 2024, it became apparent there would be logistics in getting me from Beaumont to Victoria. And there would be 5 days of "free time" between jobs. My contact in Beaumont, Susan, had the perfect solution: a side trip to Austin. I really love Austin, having visited twice before briefly, so that was perfect.  My tr ..read more
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TEXAS TOUR 2024 PART 1: THE QUILT GUILDS
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1M ago
Recently I was on my "Texas Tour 24", taking me to two Texas quilt guilds to teach and lecture. In between I had a mini-vacation in Austin, The trip was SO GOOD, it needs two posts to show it all. Next week we will look at TEXAS. This post will focus on the two quilt guilds. First up is the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild in Beaumont. I flew to Houston where I was met by the wonderful woman who has been my contact for more than a year as we planned all the logistics. Susan came in to help me wrangle the bags while Melissa circled the Passenger Pick up area. We had a lovely 1.75 hour drive as we g ..read more
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PICK A PETAL -- MONTH 5
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1M ago
PICK A PETAL is the 2024 Block of the Month quilt designed by Jen Kingwell exclusively for The Quilt Show. It is FREE to Star Members, join today to take advantage of this great bonus. WATCH Jen's Show to see how she makes this quilt--it is FREE for EVERYONE all of 2024: Jen Kingwell Show 3401 It is time to start the applique on the lovely Log Cabin borders. Here are two photos showing Jen Kingwell's stitching. We will learn more about the embroidery in future months: Here is mine on the design wall. I am preparing two of the borders to travel with me to Texas. The hand appli ..read more
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SUNDAY SEW AND SEWS 2024
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2M ago
 The Sunday Sew and Sews meet at my house once a quarter for friendship and to show off progress on their Feathered Star quilts. Read more about that project here: FEATHERED STARS PERFECTLY PAPER PIECED Part 1  As this was the weekend just before the total eclipse, three of our group had gone "eclipse seeking", two to Texas, one to Kentucky. They all saw a great sight, and I am glad for them. Here is our Show and Tell: Cheryl's Patchwork Barn top ready for quilting Donna's precise Feathered Star, the first of many Victoria's Roger and Rita, a loving pair ..read more
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WOMAN’S WORLD Magazine REVEAL
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2M ago
This is a SPECIAL EDITION of my blog with timely news you might enjoy: The news is out! My story of how I lost 110 pounds is featured in an upcoming issue of Woman’s World magazine. The April 29, 2024 issue hits newsstands very soon for just one week.  Here are teaser photos of the issue: My son, professional photographer Joshua Black Wilkins, was the photographer, hired by the magazine. Hair and makeup was done by the incomparable Chelsea Thompson. I felt like a model and the images are superb. Here are some “behind the scenes” shots my husband took at the recent photo shoot in Josh ..read more
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HERITAGE QUILTERS OF HUNTSVILLE QUILT SHOW 2024
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2M ago
 My local guild, the Heritage Quilters of Huntsville AL recently had our every-other year quilt show. Held at the Von Braun Center, this show has a great reputation as one not to be missed if you are anywhere in the Southeast USA. This show didn't disappoint. More than 200 quilts were entered in the judged show. There were several Special Exhibits, and a lot of great vendors. Here is a sampling of the quilts and the show. In no particular order: Core Values  Elaine Wick Poplin Blue Star Baby Sam Swieszcz Karma  Trish Harmon Best of Show Patty ..read more
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