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  1. I love using my AccuQuilt GO! for HSTs as it makes it so easy! Congrats on the new sewing/embroidery machine…..how fun!

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    • It is so cool! Mary Jo’s in Gastonia, NC reminds me of it but on a smaller scale!

  3. That’s a tough question. Most days I call myself a modern quilter. I love the new larger blocks, negative spaces, custom quilting, bright colors, and those great traditional patterns that have taken a modern spin such as a wonky log cabin or the ability to manipulate fabric making intricate designs using paper piecing.

    • I love the larger blocks also. I just completed a quilt for The Quilt Show’s International Miniature Exchange, and while I enjoyed it, those little blocks were not my favorite to piece! The traditional-turned-modern blocks are great!

  4. Enjoyed looking at some of your links. Fun quilt ideas and yes-Amish black. Great giveaway.

  5. Hi Brenda,
    This is sure a fun blog hop! I love seeing all of these simple blocks made into fabulous designs. Your table runner is beautiful – I love that buttery fabric you chose. As you mentioned, it would be so easy to adjust the size for a longer runner or even a wider one. I have a really long island so I usually make a 72″ runner. It’s almost long enough to be a king size bed runner! Thanks for sharing this with us today!

    • Thanks for “hopping” by, Roseanne, and for your nice comments. I love this is easy to adjust to fit whatever you choose to make! Confession: We have a 74” long table, and I intended to cut out another set of blocks to make it longer, but my brain went on vacation while I was cutting, and when I started stitching putting the blocks together, I realized the error of my ways! But this looks pretty good when I place it in the middle of the table! It’s a tall table and I use it for my cutting table as well!

  6. Beautiful! The butterfly fabric is gorgeous and I love that you showed a bunch of potential layouts.

  7. Your runner is so pretty and look at all the wonderful ways to use the Dutch Door block. Great post!! Thank you for joining us for the 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop!

  8. Forgot to answer your question, modern or traditional, I think I am some of both! I make many traditional blocks but using modern fabrics.

  9. That is a tough question! I like making both modern & traditional quilts. I probably lean a little more towards traditional though.

  10. Love your choice for a layout(s) for this simple block. The black and white is a great idea. I’m closer to a modern then a traditional quilter I think. I do like the bright of modern but not the amount of beautiful quilting involved. I want snuggly not art.

    • Hi Patricia! Yes, they are batiks (my absolute favorite!) The large squares are from three different packs of 10″ squares I’ve been admiring in my stash, and the green and background fabrics are yardage from Island Batiks fabrics! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. I think of myself as a “modern traditionalist”–which is kind of a cheat, I suppose. I love the traditional patterns, but I’m always ready to “tweak” them. Looking back, I see that traditional quilters often felt the same way…so I suppose that maybe I’m simply following traditions.

    • LOL – love your term! I think I’m a “modern traditionalist” as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. I’m probably more Traditional, but I just go with what I like. I like your Spring Windows, and I’m thinking that would look good with some embroidery.

    • Thanks, Sharon! Yes, this is a great block for adding embroidery! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Brenda, I am in awe at all the great quilts. When it comes to quilting I am modern as far as colors, but more traditional where patterns are concerned. I love bright, wear your sunglasses colors paired with Amish Blacks and deep, deep purples, can’t get enough of them.

    I love to hand quilt small things but the larger things, well you know who I turn to for that – you. Thanks again for the wonderful job you did on my coffee quilt. People who come into my home still rave about the details you put into the blocks, and I love it also.

    • Awww, Ila, thank you so much for your nice comments! I really enjoyed doing your quilt! I love most all colors! Some have grown on me lately like orange and red! I love jewel tones with the Amish black too!

  14. Oh, I like the table runner ideas – or bed runner, too! The black and white options are great, as well. I like the black you can get in Amish country stores, and I’ll bet it is the same that Keepsake Quilting has. Thank you for the chance to win that great bundle of fabrics, and for sharing your ideas.

  15. Oh, and I’m a fence sitter. Sometimes I fall off on the modern side, but I’m still more traditional. I’m working toward that 50-50 point!

  16. It’s a timeless block. I see so many options, and oh so easy to stitch up quickly!
    Love your topper!

  17. For the most part I am a traditional quilter. But that’s not to say a modern look doesn’t catch my eye at times!

  18. Love how you used this simple block for a lovely table runner. I’m Canadian but wanted to comment.

  19. Sometimes it is the simplest of blocks that have the greatest impact (hope I can join in the giveaway as I do have a US mailing address)

  20. This looks fun! I love seeing something made easy and looks great too! Traditional

  21. I am enjoying this blog hop block a day so much. I am a modern traditionalist (I think). I like to create unique quilts using traditional blocks (or not so traditional). I think the fabrics we choose can take a traditional block and give it a modern look. I appreciate everyone who has participated in this hop. April is going to be such a fun month.

  22. That’s another fun block and your fabrics are perfect with it. I think any of these blocks would make a great quilt in black and white.

    • Thanks, Mary! I agree with you regarding using black and white for any of the blocks!

  23. I love your tablerunner! It’s amazing what can be done with Carla’s simple blocks. I like modern quilts, but tend to make traditional ones. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Thanks for the clear tutorial. This is a wonderful quick project, that could be extended to a larger quilt.

  25. I am a traditional quilter who is trying to be more modern! your table runner is lovely!

  26. I am mostly a traditional quilter. I love tools and discovering short cuts. I love butterflies.

    • Thanks Cindy, so do I! And these butterflies needed to fly right into this project!

  27. Hi Brenda, I love your fabrics! They are beautiful. Hope you have a great time in Haiti!

    • Hi Gail! Thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go with the church, so that is why I’m making this, to help raise money for those who are able.

  28. I usually make traditional quilts. I have been trying to modernize a bit. The simple block makes a beautiful table runner.

  29. What a beautiful table runner! I love the quilting on it, and the fabric. And thanks for this generous and beautiful giveaway, and for your inspiring blog. I think I’m mainly a traditional quilter, but I love modern quilts. I just don’t have the free motion skills to beautifully fill all that negative space!

    • Thanks for your nice comments, Pam. I hope you’ll visit again! Just keep practicing – those skills will come!

  30. My thoughts are that I would be more modern with a traditional twist because I love bold and crazy and more scrappy to make it interesting to me. If I am creating for someone else, I tend to lean towards their styles and choices but me, I’m just crazy with it. I love your patterns for the runners. Simplicity in them, and you can turn it into something very full of pattern with fabric choices.

  31. I enjoyed all the creative ways you suggested for a very simple block. Thanks for the chance to win those beautiful purple fabrics.

  32. I love this! Such a simple to make block that has so many different layouts to make into a quilt. Thanks!

  33. I started out as a very traditional quilter. I love the idea of using up fabric to make something useful. My favorite quilts are scrappy. However, as I have progressed in my quilting journey, I have begun to see a change in my interests. So now maybe I am a traditional ( I am 72 after all) modern quilter.

    • Judy, I’ve found myself going from very traditional (log cabin was my first quilt) to a little more of a modern twist! I believe we can grow and change at any age…thankfully!!

  34. I love how you turned the Dutch doors to create a new design.

    Your fabrics are lovely.

  35. I’m just a quilter….Who can’t be identified πŸ™‚ I quilt in all ‘schools’ of quilting Can’t help myself ~ Love quilting ~

  36. Very nice! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

    • Thanks, Patty! and thanks for hosting! It helps give me just the push I need to finish up those projects!

  37. Really liking this tablerunner. Clean and not fussy. Thanks for sharing the pattern with us. Hope your allergies aren’t too bad.

    • You are welcome, Mary Ann. Glad you like it!! Allergies aren’t too bad. Thank goodness for Xyzal though!!

  38. Congratulations Katie. I am so happy for you. Enjoy your wonderful prize. ❀️

  39. Your design and colors are so striking! I really like the finished piecing as well as the overall color combination. So glad your points came together well. They can always be a challenge!

  40. Love the colours, makes it look like stained glass. I’m still working on perfect points. Some are bang on and well others are just ok.

    • Thanks Ioleen! I may always be working on those elusive perfect points on a consistent basis!

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  42. Fantastic πŸ™‚ Love your improvisation in your quilting and use of multiple templates to get the job done. My LQS does a ruler class I want to do too…. when they manage to run it on a date that isn’t my daughter’s birthday…. my wedding anniversary…. etc. You name an occasion, they seem to pick it! But their luck can’t last forever…… πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Dione! Hopefully you will get that class soon. We have a lot of fun sharing our ideas with each other! Thanks for stopping by!

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  44. The quilt looks wonderful! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  45. It’s BEAUTIFUL, sis! Just like you! You can do anything beautiful! Love ya bunches!!

  46. What a busy month! I am working on a pattern for the Seams to be Sew row-a-long too. πŸ™‚ Congrats on getting your quilt top done and thanks for linking it to the Chameleon’s colour party. πŸ™‚

  47. Not sure I could thrive with so many projects on the platter, but I really love the colors you are using in your sneak peak project! Good luck finishing everything!

  48. Great job raising $1000 on your mission raffle quilt!!! Love your colorful quilt. Where’s the money going to? I hope that doesn’t sound snoopy, just thought maybe it is going to a certain country. Have a quilt weekend!!!

    • Hi Nancy,
      The majority of the money is going to buy necessities for Haiti. We support a missionary with a large ministry there and are working through him. Some will be used to help kids who cannot afford church camp be able to go. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  49. The book challenge sounds like a lot of fun. I will love to see how you put Alice in Wonderland onto fabric. Well done on such a successful charity quilt. I’m sure Lisa is thrilled. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Dione!! I am ready to put in on the frame and quilt as soon as I get home from vacation! Lisa was thrilled with the quilt!

  50. Your wonderland looks as though it’s going to be really wonder-ful! And I just can’t tell you how much I love your mission quilt! So colorfully cheerful and bright!

  51. Brenda, I really like the way the quilt turned out. You did a wonderful job. Love all the little critters.

  52. What a beautiful mini quilt. Thank you for taking us through the steps to make it. You must be really proud.

  53. You are much braver than I. I would never attempt to make a doily like that. I would have bought some lace, I think you can still find lace and attached it to a circle. I say that and I am wanting to learn to tat, At one time I did know how to needle tat and I can’t find my needles or my booklet. I want to learn to shuttle tat. I cannot get the hang of it. My grandmother and her sister used to tat. My great aunt was going to teach me to tat before she went blind and I was young and could not get the hang of it at all. And the size of your pieced block is tiny. Your project is beautiful. Thanks for sharing – beautiful inspiration.

  54. Great project. Like the other commenters, I am amazed you made your own lace. Well done. The finished quilt is soft and pretty and I’m glad your adorable helpers did not hop on it.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  55. Your table mat is beautiful. I love the tiny eyelets and scalloped edge. I would love to try a project like this. Thanks for sharing.

  56. This is beautiful! Love all the wonderful little details you added. Thank for sharing in the hop … πŸ™‚ Pat

  57. At first glance it’s gorgeous…but after reading your post…holy smokes! It’s spectacular. I can’t believe you stitched around all those little eyelets! It really is in the details some times.
    Pat yourself on the back. This one is fabulous!!!!!

  58. HUGE WoW on the eyelet, that is beautiful. You are definitely braver than I am. However, this is a stunning project, it’s just gorgeous, I love every little technique in this project. Beautiful fabrics make this perfect.

  59. I love the way you used the doily as the background for the applique in your mini quilt! Your mini quilt is stunning in part to your artistic abilities. Of course, the fact that I love applique, flowers and purple would have nothing to do with my opinion that this quilt is fabulous and I would love to win your give away! LOL. Thank you so much for sharing and for the great give away also. Have a fantastic day!

  60. Wow! What a gorgeous project! I am so impressed you chose to make your own doily. You did such a fantastic job. Enjoyed your tutorial on how you made this. Stunning!

  61. WOW, that is a stunning piece and the amount of work involved is inspiring. It won’t inspire me to do it but I can admire it from afar. Thanks so much for sharing the steps involved in achieving this beauty. Love the models too.

  62. Wowzers, Brenda, this is gorgeous. Love your eyelet. Thank you for joining in on the Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop. Great post and inspiration. Your last post was great with flowers too. *wink*

  63. This is gorgeous, Beautiful everything. I would like to try and make one, but I don’t think I have it in me.
    Of course if I should win the book I would have to give it a try.

  64. That’s a really cute design and you have impressed me with making your own doily. Well done.

  65. Wow! What a wonderful creation! And I loved the background you gave on Lewis Carrol. I like when quilt blogs give extra interesting information. Your work and color choices are magnificent and the chosen quilting enhances it all. I recently took my son to an Alice in Wonderland show with puppets. It might interest you. Check it out at my non-quilting blog
    http://wanderorponder.blogspot.com/2018/02/alex-and-alice-in-wonderland.html
    At my quilting blog I had some leftovers that very much reminded me of Alice going down the rabbit hole
    http://dianeloves2quilt.blogspot.com/2016/12/vineyard-furrows-completed.html

  66. I LOVE this mat! The purple roses are beautiful! Your work is very well done. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece.

  67. Oh, the purple! I am a purple lover too and the deep shade you chose is perfect! Your work is amazing!

  68. Love your purple rose! Lot’s of work–you must be very patient with those eyelets!!

  69. “Alice” being one of my favourite childhood stories, I am in awe of your realisation!
    Event the colours you chose remind me of the feeling of the story.

  70. This little wall hanging is just about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! Imagine, making your own doily. I mean, really, the thought would never occur to me. It’s truly beautiful!

  71. You had me at the first picture… the Cheshire Cat is just the best. I am so impressed at your digitization….. oh that I had three lives, so I could master that skill as well. I’d love to turn some on my drawings into embroideries. Maybe we can talk….

  72. What a great book especially for baby quilts. It’s always exciting to start a new quilt, I do hope it goes together well. Hugs, Susie x

  73. Beautiful quilt! Someone is really going to love this wonderful memory of their time in school. I think what I love best is its simplicity–two strong colors with the initial in the middle. Very striking, and so classic! Thanks for sharing this on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  74. What a summer this has been for your family! I do hope the insurance company actually fixes the roof correctly, but the adjuster doesn’t inspire confidence, does he? The quilt looks terrific! I hope I’ll see the entire thing when it’s finished.

  75. Wow that looks like one huge quilt! How awful for your kids. We tend to take our homes for granted don’t we? Glad that the most important: people, are OK.

  76. My, sounds like it’s going to be a huge quilt! Love this pattern, very dramatic colors. I hope your houses issues are going to be fixed soon.

  77. Beautiful quilt Brenda and I am so sorry about what happened to you and your family! That is awful that it took so long for the insurance adjuster to come out and NOT take care of things. I hope everything is better by now.

  78. What a month it has been for you and your family! No wonder you haven’t had time for quilting… the quilt you are working on is looking great though! Look forward to seeing it finished πŸ™‚ xx

  79. I love all the classic Christmas movies like Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, and then the newer classics like Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Polar Bear Express…. I watch them all over the holidays!!

  80. Your table runner is adorable. Last year you introduced me to microwave bowl cozies during the blog hop. Thank you! I have made several and used them as birthday or hostess gifts throughout the year. I have checked in regularly but not subscribed until today. Thanks for sharing. Janice.snell@gmail.com

  81. Christmas Vacation! I have to watch it every year! so it must be my favorite Christmas themed movie. And that fabric up for give-away…It is so Lush, soft and the person that wins is going to adore it! I purchased the big Santa from that line and he is the cutest! Thanks for sharing your pattern as well. Have a blessed Day!

  82. Very cute tablerunner. I love all of the older versions of a Christmas Carol – and own three of them that I’ll watch any time of the year. Thanks for the giveaway.

  83. Super cute table runner! I like shiny fabrics, too, especially for the holidays πŸ™‚ My favorite Christmas movie is the Charlie Brown Christmas. The music by the Vince Garaldi (sp?) trio has always been my holiday soundtrack!

  84. I guess I would have to say my favorite Christmas movie would be Miracle on 34th Street. I watch it each year.

  85. This movie is usually shown at Thanksgiving, but since it’s about Santa Claus I think it qualifies: Miracle on 34th Street. I love it. Your runner is very sweet and well done. thanks.

  86. your table runner is wonderful. i love the sparkles that are in it. makes it cheery and bright. thank you for sharing your pattern. I think my favorite christmas movie is Miracle on 34th Street.

  87. Rafflecopter and I are not friends. For some reason, it won’t let me sign up for a chance to win. Thanks for offering a giveaway during the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop!!

  88. Cute tablerunner–I like your color choices! I am signing up for your newsletter.

  89. Ms. Mattie better get her threads straightened out so you can finish your Christmas project! πŸ™‚ We always get laughs out of watching Christmas Vacation…never fails to entertain us! Good for you for getting a wonderful head start on your projects!

  90. I love tablerunners and placemats. My Daughter asks for these every Christmas. Thanks for your giveaway.

  91. I have always liked Rudolph, the red nosed reindeer. It is a classic and I used to watch it every year with my mom.

  92. Your table runner is adorable! It is going on my list of things to make. Thanks for sharing.

  93. I just love It’s a Wonderful life!! Your table runner ideas are just delightful. Thanks so much for sharing the ideas, and the great giveaway!!

  94. I love your table runner! Thanks so much for the pattern offer. My favorite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life.

  95. Around here, fave Christmas Movie is the Muppets Christmas Carol!! lol (But we do looove many more Christmas movies too… Thank you for chance to win your Christmas give-a-way! πŸ˜€

  96. Our favorite Christmas movie is white Christmas. We always watch it on a snow day around Christmas.

  97. Love your gorgeous pattern! White Christmas is always a great Christmas Day movie.

  98. Oops – I was also going to mention how nice it was of you to create a table runner template for those who’d like to make one themselves! Thank you!

  99. Thank you for cute tablerunner.
    Enjoy watching The Christmas Story.
    Looking forward to making this for my daughter.

  100. Your table runner is sooo cute.
    My favorite Christmas movie is “When Angels come to Town” Thank you for the giveaway.

  101. Thank you for cute tablerunner/pattern. Looking forward to making for daughter.
    Always enjoy The Christmas Story.

  102. I love Fairy Frost, only recently discovered it. Your table runner is awesome. Well done.

  103. I love the animated movie Nestor. It is about a long-eared donkey whom no one loves. In other words, he is an outcast. Of course, he becomes the hero of the story as he is the donkey that takes Mary to Bethlehem so she can have baby Jesus there. It is a tear jerker.

  104. I love White Christmas. I often watch it on the summer-when it’s really hot, here in Southern California, to cool off!

  105. Your table runner is adorable, and very possible to do several before Christmas for gifts! Thanks for showing it in different colorways, too, because that helps get the imagination rolling. I’m going to follow you on IG, and if you have a follow by e-mail on here, I’ll follow the blog, too. Thanks for the cute bundle giveaway. Those are adorable Christmas fabrics.

  106. I love so many of the Hallmark movies, but one of my favorites is “The Bridge”. The male star, Wyatt Nash, is married to the daughter of a good friend.

  107. “Holiday Inn” is my favorite Christmas movie; it has been, since I was a little girl.

  108. I like watching all of them but I suppose White Christmas and Charlie Brown are always my favorites.

  109. My favorite Christmas move is definitely “Elf”. He makes me laugh every time! Your table runner is perfect for a co-worker gift, thank you for sharing.

  110. Thank you for creating your table runner for us all! First timer to Christmas in July…
    My favorite Christmas flics are
    White Christmas & an annual view for tradition of Love Actually (some xmas in there!)

  111. I subscribed to your email list and look forward to getting a copy of your Christmas table runner.

  112. Very pretty, love the bright colors. Tablerunners are my favorite thing to quilt!! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!

  113. I love the original Miracle on 34th Street! You’ve created an adorable tablerunner, I’ll definitely be making this!

  114. I still enjoy the Miracle on 34th Street movie. What a classic! And what a cure table runner. I will definitely try this one when I get the pattern. Thanks.

  115. What a cute and unique table runner you have created! I love the three wonderful appliquΓ© characters you have created. I have not started on my Christmas sewing yet, I hope to start at the end of the month. Thank you for sharing a wonderful project and participating in the blog hop!

  116. Oh, yes, I quite enjoyed it – I’d been following on IG and when I saw today it was finished, I had to come look at the post I hoped would be here – and I saw on WWL that it was, so clickety click, and I read every word. You have some fabulous tools to help you make beautiful quilts, and this one is super nice!

  117. What great ideas. Love the drawstring tote. Will need to give that a try. The list of things I need to try is already getting too long and it’s only Tuesday yikes.

  118. These are awesome projects and to think they are FREEeeee! I imagine they would be great sellers at a craft show. Yours are especially well made…I’ll have to try a few myself! Thanks!

  119. What a cute project. I really like that you can give a jar of homemade goodness in such a cute container. Thanks.

  120. oh how sweet your little totes are. thank you for sharing today and for sharing the site with us all.

  121. Well now…I’m just not to sure who is spreading rumors that I LOVE Halloween, but they are all true! LOL!!! What a Fabulous post. I do love your baskets and am thinking about retreat gifts, as well as holidays. Thanks for sharing these fabulous baskets! You rock!!!

  122. Very good idea!!! Those baskets are beautiful! I’ve never made a fabric basket/tote so I just might have to. Great post! And thanks for the link to AllFreeSewing.

  123. Really cute buckets/containers. Love that you added that decorative stitch to the handle – it was perfect.

  124. Such cute little buckets! Thanks for the pattern. I really like that half moon decorative stitch. What kind of sewing machine do you have?

  125. Thank you for sharing! My daughter makes me buckets all the time – and I always find a good use for them! Yours are so cute! No wonder they were popular!

  126. Those are definitely very cute baskets. I love them. Thanks for sharing where to find the pattern and all the fun ideas. Love that bucket to, so much fun!!

  127. I think these bags are so cute along with the font you use in the blog. I can’t wait to make some of these. Thanks!

  128. How thoughtful of you to make this in Halloween colours in honour of Joan! πŸ™‚ My brain wants to say they should be filled with fresh scones ready for morning tea. Perhaps DH can rustle you up a batch.

  129. Love your basket; I have made quite a few myself! Just picked up some fabric today for a possible ‘nother! Great fabric choices too, and thanks for the link!

  130. Oh I just love those baskets, they are adorable! So glad you shared this with us, I “need” to go and make some!! xx

  131. Your work is always amazing! I bet I know exactly which shop that Christmas quilt kit is from in Branson – Quilts and Quilts! I’ve gone by there every time we went to Branson. Sadly, we aren’t going this year – at least not yet. Husband has had some health issues.

  132. Love the quilts you made and received. I appreciate quilts with something a little bit different about them, such as fabric manipulation or trapunto. I guess it was hard to narrow down the field, but it’s a pity your pair didn’t get selected! xx

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  134. So PROUD of my sister, Brenda Alburl, for winning her First Blue Ribbon!!!! Good job, Well done!!!!

  135. Brenda, You did a wonderful job on your quilt. I can see why you won the blue ribbon.
    It is beautiful. Congratulations!

  136. Good Morning Brenda! Congrats on your blue ribbon!! How exciting is that?!! I admire you for waiting until you picked up your piece to found out if it was a winner or not. Honestly, it looks so well done that it just had to be a winner. Your quilting, especially on the tree really makes it shine. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  138. May I please have the runner pattern? I know several that would love to have one for Christmas- including me! Guess I’d best find some Christmas music and get busy. Thanks much!

  139. Fabulous fabrics and colour pull Brenda! I love Grunge too, don’t have any of the ‘new’ dots one yet… must remedy that! I am very intrigued to see what this secret sewing is!

  140. I am sew in love with your fabric choices and really curious about what you are planning on making. Of course I’m sure to love it, you have not made anything that I haven’t wanted to display in my home. You are blessed with such talent, and I, for one am really happy that you share it.

    Sorry to hear about your heat related problems. Here in So. Maine, our temps in the last few days, have not reached the 70’s, and the nights have struggled to be in the 50’s. I love it, and wish I could share it with you. Try either Gatorade or the new fast hydration drink that Pedi-lite (sp?) has out for adults if you aren’t feeling any better, especially if you have a headache. It sounds like you might have a salt deficiency.

  141. Oh! I miss those mountains so much! I grew up there… I live in England now, and there are no mountains closer than Scotland!

  142. I love your pattern especially with your choice of colours and fabrics.
    Sadly your link is not taking me to the download.

  143. I love the pattern.
    I also prefer the mountains to the beach.
    Photographic opportunities I call them, are everywhere. When I’m at the beach there are just so many pictures of water you can take. But in the mountains the possibilities are endless.
    Thank you for giving me a “happy place” to remember.
    Faith in Tx

  144. Good morning Brenda. I enjoyed my first visit with you this morning, I am in my little cottage by the ocean, a place of my heart and soul, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate while I visit with you. Your row reminds me of my winter home. I live in the shadow of an old worn down mountain from November until May. It is a cosy spot too.Have a wonderful day
    Lynn

  145. Made me want to pack up and leave for the mountains immediately…beautiful row! Thank you for sharing!

  146. Your row is great! I like the addition of the thread painting and all the different quilting. Thank you!

  147. Beautiful Happy Place. I love the water, the ocean, the lakes but hate the beach. Your row is very serene

  148. It’s beautiful. It looks so peaceful there. I will certainly enjoy making this myself. Thank you for the pattern.

  149. What a beautiful project! The fabrics are all just right, and you did a fantastic job with that thread painting!

  150. I love your row, Brenda. Like others, it reminds me of my grandparent’s cabin they had in the mountains in Utah. We went during the summers as a youngster, I even fell out of a tree and lived to tell about it… Your row brings all those lovely memories back to life. I’m so happy you joined us for the row along next year and hope you’ll come along for many more. Peace!!

  151. Love that sky fabric! The row is quite lovely and I could see it as a very happy place. Thank you for sharing it.

  152. Girl, you make me want to be there! I love your row, and the smoke really finishes it off. I also love the mountains, but I don’t turn down a trip to the beach because it’s usually a family trip. I like to sit on the balcony, watch the waves, and drink coffee.
    I love the Smokey Mountains, and really want to go back!

  153. I love all the details of your row. The stitched smoke from the fireplace, the lovely sky at dawn, the cabin nestled at the foot of the mountains and the mountains themselves. Thanks for the opportunity to win. And thanks so much for the lovely row.

  154. Your block is just awesome!! I have never been to the Smokey Mountains, but my father was born in Murphy, North Carolina and he always told us how beautiful they are.

  155. So gorgeous! We love the Smoky Mountains too, there is so much gorgeous scenery to see while hiking there. Thanks for sharing your row!

  156. Wonderful row. Makes me feel so relaxed just looking at it. Thanks for taking the time to create and share! Much appreciated.

  157. I love the Smokey Mountains! I have not been there in a while but, I have wonderful memories of them. Your row is beautiful, reminds me of the song.{…purple mountains majesty…}

  158. there is nothing more perfect than a cabin in the woods. Thanks, for sharing,
    Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

  159. Thanks so much for being a part of the Row-Along! Your block is just gorgeous! I love the sky, and I think Stonehenge is my favorite fabric line of all time!! πŸ™‚ You did good!!! πŸ™‚ Blessings!!

  160. Your Row is Awesome..& soooo creative..fabrics you used are perfect!! Makes me want to come visit the cabin & enjoy the sky & water…and see the beautiful mountains! πŸ™‚

  161. Thank you very much Brenda for your awesome row you shared. Brings back some wonderful memories. The Smokey Mountains and TN is my favorite place on earth. Since I live in South Africa I don’t get to go as much as I would like to. Thank you.

  162. I’m so fortunate to LIVE in the Smokies, about 30 minutes from Pigeon Forge (except with summer tourist traffic, when it’s longer, LOL). I don’t live in a cabin, but I DO live on the side of a mountain, almost at the top of the ridge. I don’t know if you’d like it today, as it’s been pouring rain for most of the last 24 hours. =) Then it’s good to live at the TOP of the mountain! LOL Your row is wonderful, and your fabrics great choices. Cherry Pit is one of my good friends’ favorite shops, too! I like it in the summer when there’s a farmer’s market across the street on Fridays, especially.

  163. We lovethe Smokies. Took our boys camping here+there for many vacations. Even visited Pigion Forge once for the World’s Fair, now that dates me. Thanks for sharing. This one will have a special meaning to us.

  164. Oh, what a pretty row! I have never been to the Smokey Mountains, but I have been through the mountains in Pennsylvania and in West Virginia; I can see where you would select a mountain scene for your row. Thank you for your work!

  165. Your idea of a great place to be works for me! I can imagine sitting outside reading a book – heaven.

  166. Absolutely beautiful row! It would certainly be one of my happy places, as I’m with you – I tolerate the beach, but prefer the woods.

  167. For many years my happy place was a cabin at the lake in British Columbia mountains. Your block brought back so many happy memories. Now my happy place is my studio, or rather it will be when we get moved! Thanks for being part of this hop. I’m so glad to meet you.

  168. Hi Brenda, Never having done any free motion quilting myself, I think your feather looks great!! Congratulations on winning the book. It is always fun to win.
    Gail

  169. I love your little bug, as well as the variegated thread. Looks fantastic! And, whoo doesn’t like owls?!

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  171. Oh, that is gorgeous! I love the background you picked and the quilting in that border, too. Such cute, personable pumpkins and characters. Thank you so much for sharing! I love Alice’s Restaurant and the photo graphs with lines and arrows on the back! I also love my Calibre mats. That rotating mat is the best one ever, so smooth and perfect as it turns. You won’t be sorry if you get that one. Ah, hay rides!

  172. Your project is absolutely stunning. Thank you for the memories that reading your post brought.

  173. Such great memories and a wonderful tip of the hat to them in your quilt design. It is such a fun quilt. Thank you for sharing.

  174. Very unique Halloween project and the spider quilting in the borders is the perfect touch.

  175. wow your quilt is wonderful. thank you for sharing and inspiring. I love whimsical and fun also. when i was young we lived on a farm and mom would take all five of us kids in the truck to neighbors. we had a blast. one of the moms always had a special time set up for all the kids in their home.

  176. Oh my gosh…is that just the cutest thing? I love that little tractor and it’s precious cargo. Oh, and how I remember “Dead Skunk” and singing it at the top of my lungs when it came of the radio. LOL!!! Does that date us or what?
    tee hee Thanks for creating this adorable design.

  177. What an awesome Halloween Quilt Brenda. I adore that little cat, mostly hidden under that hat wondering why his oh so warm and comfy bed is rolling along? You did an exceptional job, as always. Thanks for the info on where we can go to enter to win, I sure could use some nice purple fabric, for my taste you can never have enough purple in your stash.

    I don’t mind spiders, but please NO snakes. I tend to disappear (one of my magic powers) if anyone even mentions those vile critters though I know some people love them. They’re just not for me.

    I’ve never heard the song you’re referring to, not sure if that’s good or not, hmmmm. I’m a big Ray Stevens fan, at least his funny songs are dear to me. Sorry to say I’m not familiar with the artist who sings it, though I do enjoy Arlo.

    Off to enter the contests. Thanks for being You, which I know makes many people very happy.

  178. Thanks for sharing your memories. Much nicer than spooky scary stuff. Love your spider quilting.

  179. I love the pumpkin train especially the winking pumpkin, Thanks
    Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

  180. I have similar memories. After trick or treating we would go to the fire station for a party. Your quilt is fabulous.

  181. Calibre mats are AWESOME!! I have 2, thanks to Marian and her wonderful hops.
    listening to Alice’s restaurant is a Thanksgiving tradition at our house.
    Your quilt is adorable, thanks for sharing.

  182. Brenda, your Halloween quilt is just Awesome!! The fabric is so cute and I love how you quilted it everything. The tree is so realistic and the Halloween train with all of the little Halloween characters is so cute.

  183. Hayrack rides being pulled by the big ole tractor are the best and so is your quilt. Adorable; it’s super that you didn’t do scary.

  184. What a cute wall hanging!! I don’t really like scary either, so this is perfect!

  185. You are so right: both the spiderweb background fabric and the spider quilting are great for this project.

  186. Hello, Brenda my new friend. What a wonderful wall hanging. I LOVE it. So whimsical and creative. The quilting has been done very well, that you thought about each section and enhanced it with some fun designs really makes it stand out also. Loved hearing about your childhood Halloween time also, Fall is a great time of year and my second favorite season of the year.. Winter being the first. πŸ™‚ I’m and oddie… I love snow. Thanks so much for participating today and my sincerest apologies for not getting around to the blogs sooner this week. It’s really been I think my busiest week of the year thus far.

  187. Hi Brenda! What a lovely, lovely table runner. I am a big fan of the maple leaf block. We are definitely on the same wavelength, as I just finished a piece featuring maple leaves as well (although 20 years in the making). Your quilting looks great and I love the use of the multicolored thread. It really gives it a special spark to make the whole piece shine. Nice job! ~smile~ Roseanne

  188. Hi Brenda, Love all of your fall fabric that you used in you your table runner which is just stunning!

  189. so pretty! I like Fall best… all the gold and orange against blue skies! Not death, no more than haircuts as the tree lives on! Plus I do not like hot weather so it’s the birth of winter, yea!
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  190. Love the colours on your table runner Brenda, very autumn. And I like your thoughts about this time of year. Autumn is actually my favourite time of year, the weather here is at its most predictably calm and warm. Our wedding and first child were also autumn events. And I like naps…. lol.

  191. I have a great pumpkin bar cake recipes that has cream cheese icing. It uses oil, so it is very moist and last quite awhile….if it isn’t eaten first!!

  192. I can see that you’re a great digitizer. Wonderful designs. Thank you for the recipes, too. The Pumpkin Cheesecake pie sounds delicious. My husband’s favorite pie is pumpkin and I tried many, many pies as a young wife trying to find just the right one. Finally, I found one in a newspaper or a magazine and that’s the one I make now. Getting the spices to your liking (or your husband’s liking) is key.

  193. My favorite pumpkin recipe is pumpkin muffins with cinnamon chips! Your recipes sound like something I need to try!

  194. I love to make pumpkin biscotti. It is moister than most biscotti and I only make it in the fall. Many friends look forward to the annual treat!love your clever use of embroidery.

  195. I simply *adore* the candle wrap — I’ve never seen anything like that before! That’s pretty cool that you can make those and what a happy to do it pumpkin style!!! πŸ™‚

  196. Excellent use of your embroidery machine. I am always looking for new recipes using pumpkin. I am going to enjoy trying these ones. My favourite pumpkin recipe is a pumpkin muffin with no spices and peanut butter chips. Remember to use muffin tin liners for these ones.

  197. My favorite pumpkin recipe is a pumpkin dump cake that my daughter made some years ago, and I have made several times since. Your pumpkin bars recipe reminded me of it. I really like the embroidered towels–so pretty–and the candle wrap is stunning! Is that done with your embroidery machine? Awesome!

  198. I have a pumpkin-Cream Cheese bread that is a winner. I also have one with chocolate chips that comes in a close second. My favorite is just plain old Pumpkin Pie …

    Love the towels and this site.

  199. My favorite pumpkin recipe is NONE! LOL I just don’t care for pumpkin. I do love sweet potatoes, and they are the same color!
    I love, love your embroidered items! I just love machine embroidery – period!

  200. Beautiful pumpkin projects! Makes me wish I had an embroidery machine. Thanks for the recipes. I love everything pumpkin. Old fashioned pumpkin pie is my favorite, but cream filled pumpkin whoppie pies are a close second. Thank you also for the chance to win and for sharing in the blog hop … πŸ™‚ Pat

  201. That’s an easy one — Pumpkin Bread Pudding! I found the recipe a few years ago and it has been on the Thanksgiving menu ever since. Ok got to go check out your candle wraps — I have a set of candles I keep on display and would just love to make (or win!) some for them.

  202. Love your embroidered towels! I have never seen an embroidered candle wrap before. Yours is beautiful! I plan on doing some embroidery work for the holidays. Thanks for the inspiration!

  203. OMG your projects are so cute, especially love the candle wrap! I love pumpkin choc chip bread!

  204. Very nice! I am not a fan of pumpkin either but I do like some pumpkin breads. Thanks for sharing!

  205. Pumpkin pie, after I have roasted my own pumpkin. Followed closely by my pumpkin cream cheese ribbon bread. Great projects. Like your candle wrap.

  206. I did make pumpkin soup once. Perhaps it’s time to try it again. the tea towels are a great idea

  207. Your towels are perfect for the holiday which is coming soon. The recipes sound yummy.

  208. I can’t wait to try the yummy sounding recipes you shared with us, and that candle wrap is amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  209. I love simple pumpkin pie without the crust. I just follow the recipe on the Libby’s can and don’t use the crust. Yum!

  210. I like pumpkin muffins or a good old pumpkin loaf. I love your embroidery. Thanks for sharing.

  211. What fabulous projects, and what a treat to maybe win them. Thank you.
    I do not like pumpkin but love the seeds toasted in the oven. I just finished my final batch from this year yesterday. So yummy.

  212. Thank you for sharing beautiful machine embroidery. My favorite pumpkin recipe is deep dish pumpkin pie with carmelized pecan topping. quiltyladyrr-at-gmail-dot-com

  213. Thanks for sharing your talents and your wonderful pumpkiny goodies. Those recipes sound terrific! My favorite pumpkin thing, before I try these two, is pumpkin pie. Boring and traditional, but so delicious! I don’t have the embroidery machine, or I’d definitely be trying that pumpkin wrap idea!

  214. Your towels are beautiful and I love you candle wrap. The pumpkin cheescake sounds delicious. A favorite recipe here is for a pumpkin roll.

  215. I used to make pumpkin pies from the pumpkins I grew in my garden! They were so good, I spoiled all other pumpkin pies for my step-son! I do, however, have a recipe for sweet potato souffle that I make all the time for my dad (I make 3 casseroles at a time and put 2 in the freezer).

  216. Beautiful embroidery! I like chocolate chip pumpkin bread and pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. I think I need to try those pumpkin cheesecake bars!

  217. Oh, Brenda, your towels are so gorgeous and that candle wrap is so creative. What great ideas. My grandma made pumpkin rolls every year at Thanksgiving and I sure do miss them. Thank you for joining the Pick a Pumpkin blog hop!

  218. I love everything pumpkin! Your towel is adorable and also the candle holder. Thanks for a chance to win.

  219. No favorite just a simple pumpkin pie please. ..My daughter on the other hand loves every thing pumpkin. …coffee creamer…lol…

  220. Hi Brenda, Your towels are fabulous and your candle holder is Awesome! The design really lets the light of the candle show through the design while highlighting the design at the same time. My family loves pumpkin pie and other desserts made with pumpkin, and your recipes all sound yummy!

  221. Really cute projects. I just got an embroidery machine. My favorite pumpkin recipe is chocolate pumpkin cupcakes with pumpkin creamcheese icing from Panera.

  222. I love those towels. The one with the recipe card would be so much fun for the holidays! That candle wrap is beautiful too. Looks like I’ve got to try out those recipes too. They sound delicious. What a great addition to the hop! Thanks!

  223. Brenda, the towels are fabulous as is the candle wrap. I would make pumpkin bread when I lived with my parents. My husband doesn’t like it so I don’t make it often.

  224. Pumpkin pie is my favorite. I love pumpkin spice coffee from Dunkin Donuts, but I’m not sure that counts. Lovely stitching. Thank you.

  225. Thanks you for the Maple Leaf Quilt Tutorial. There are several on the net and many just say – make stem. This is the best tutorial that I have seen for the stem. The only quilt that I have remaining that my mother made is the Maple Leaf Quilt and I would love to make another of remanents and fabric purposed especially for a quilt. The fabrics you chose work together beautifully. Thanks for working with FQS and doing a terrific job.

  226. The candle wrap is gorgeous. THe towel is a great idea. THanks for a great giveaway. I’m delighted to follow your blog.

  227. I love a homemade pumpkin pie but my brother recently raised the bar when he brought his pumpkin pie with some homemade whipped bourbon cream!! The towels are so cute.

  228. One of my favorite projects to make with my embroidery machine is to decorate kitchen towels. Your designs are fabulous! I love just about anything pumpkin and a great pumpkin bar is hard to pass by!

  229. My favorite pumpkin recipe is a pumpkin “pie” that I make in a 9×13 pan. I love pumpkin pie!

  230. My mom has a recipe for pumpkin roll that just brings out the best flavor ever! She has been a professional cook for like 20 years + raising 4 kids cooking every meal better than the last. But I asked and that recipe has been passed down since her grandmother! I will get it soon!!

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  232. Based on the pointed edges on the leaves of your cactus plant, you have a Thanksgiving cactus. The leaves on the true Christmas cactus are rounded. I have at least 9 Thanksgiving or Christmas cacti and 1 Easter one (which, sadly is doing poorly) and yes they bloom at all different times and frequently more than once a year. I like your Christmas cactus block as well. What is the finished size of the block?

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  234. Hi Brenda! Love, love, LOVE this whole post. My “Christmas” cactus which is a misnomer and really should be named “Bloom whenever I want” cactus has a bunch of buds on it. That doesn’t mean they will open, but they might! I am ever hopeful and am keeping an eye on them. I want to thank you for sharing your EQ block version, and I am going to PIN it for a later date. Maybe next year?? I’m sorry about the SNOW in November in Alabama. That should be against the law, Mother Nature. We also had really early snow, but we’re in Wisconsin. Us northerners have to expect snow anytime after September, for heavens sake. Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you! ~smile~ Roseanne
    P.S. I love this font on your comments! It is fun to type and have it look like I’m writing you.

  235. Terrific block Brenda. I love cactus flowers, they are so delicate and contrast so much with the rest of the plant…. I swear cacti are just messing with us every time they flower. Can’t wait to see where this block leads you. xx

  236. Happy Thanksgiving and ROLL TIDE to you! I moved to Tuscaloosa from Champaign/Urbana, Illinois, where the University of Illinois is located 5 1/2 years ago. We will always be Illini fans, but have become TIDE followers since moving here. Where do you live?

  237. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! My favorite BIL loves ‘Bama and so for the two of you, ROLL TIDE!!

  238. Both of your Christmas Cactus’s look great! I had the plant once, and my cat decided it was quite tasty – I don’t think it lasted more than 2 months. Let’s just say that now I leave dry food out for him at night.

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  240. I am so sorry to hear about your fur baby. My condolences. Your little chef helpers look great, and so does your Christmas quiltiness. Thank you so much for both cookies. My doctor would like for me NOT to become diabetic, so I should probably give that one a try first. They both sound delicious!

  241. What cute helper you have. I will have to come back and get that low carb recipe, I have several friends I want to do things for but they can’t have much sugar. Thanks so much.

  242. Any recipe that can give me the treat I’m craving and save me some carbs sounds wonderful! I love those sweet little bakers in their cute aprons and hats…great idea to give them their personnel baking attire. Your flimsy’s are beautiful and definitely bring out the Christmas spirit. Thank you tons for joining in the blog hop! xo

  243. Both your recipes look delicious! Your projects are neat too–I especially like the Christmas cactus. Enjoy your baking day with the grands–that will help you feel better!

  244. Excited to try out the tea cake recipe! and the Christmas cactus is beautiful! Wishing you much health and energy for the holiday hustle and bustle to get your quilting completed!

  245. So sorry to hear about your fur baby; they sure weedle their way into our hearts, don’t they? Those recipes look tasty, the aprons are cute, and that Christmas block/mini is so pretty!

  246. What a great looking bunch of chefs you have there. I’m so sorry about the loss of your fur baby…it’s never easy. Your recipes sound fabulous and are going on my growing list. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

  247. Hi Brenda! LOW-CARB cookie recipe!! OMG! It’s like you knew we are trying to rein in our sugar habit and go slightly more low carb. THANK YOU! I never thought of looking for low carb/low sugar recipes. I will certainly give these a try this year. We have several folks sensitive to sugar – me included. I’m so sorry to hear about your fur baby. {{Hugs}} It’s always hard to lose our constant companion but even more so at this time of year. Your cookie chefs are SO DARN CUTE. They have to make your heart a little less heavy. Thanks for sharing all this goodness! ~smile~ Roseanne

  248. Bless your heart – hugs. Thank you for your sweet post even in your time of troubled heart. Love the picture of your Grands and I love the idea of a cookie day. So cute.

  249. Oh my sympathies extended to you for the recent loss of your furbaby. But I so appreciate your low carb cookie recipe. I am gluten free and sugar free (among many others) but think I can adapt this recipe to work for me as well. Your baking day with the grands looks grand! Blessings, M

  250. Thanks for your low carb recipe, I’m currently down 20 lbs. just cutting way back on my carbs since June. Love your photo of the grands from last year. So very sorry about the loss of your furbaby. The good memories of the past will help get you through the present. Hugs

  251. Yummy sounding recipes and both so different. Your cookie baking day with the grands sounds wonderful – what a sweet grandma you are.

  252. I have a Christmas cactus that I inherited from my grandmother when she passed in 1979. It flowers anytime from Halloween to the middle of December and is always loaded with blooms. Except this year because Tu-Na Helper repotted it into a bigger pot. Time will tell if the plant survives. Great cactus block.

  253. Your little helpers look adorable in their chef uniforms. Thanks for the recipes. I just might have to try the tea cake. The Christmas cactus block is adorable.

  254. Hi Brenda, So sorry to hear about your fur baby. I know how hard that can be. Our daughter lost her fur baby (and our grandpup) of 10 years last June and it was really hard on her. Your Christmas quilted projects are all beautiful!! Thanks for the cookie recipes!! Your little chefs are just adorable and I am sure you made their awesome aprons and chef hats.

  255. Wonderful work, and photos. Mother has been wanting some tea cakes, but I had no idea of a recipe. She said that her grandmother made them years ago. Maybe now she will be surprised with some. Thank you for both recipes.

  256. Cute block, had to go back and check it out. Also the cookies look yummy. I am right there with you, limited carbs to keep my blood sugar in check. I am so sorry about your furbaby.

  257. Love that beautiful Christmas Cactus Block! Cannot do cookies at all anymore. I used to make vegan cookies, but about 5 months ago I became gluten intolerant, so no more wheat, etc. I also gave up other starches like potatoes, rice because those aren’t so healthy for other reasons. Feel the best I have ever felt. After our last Golden Retriever passed away over a decade ago, I couldn’t do animals any more. Too heartbreaking. Hugs!!!

  258. Those tea cakes look lovely – as does the low carb cookie! I will have to try one of these soon!

  259. My brother-in-law lost his 14 year old fur-baby in August and the holidays are still hard for him. I hope you will find joy in the memories you had with your fur-baby, as my heart tells me you were wonderful 2 legged parents and provided your fur-baby a wonderful fur-ever home. My heart aches when a pet finds a non-loving home.

    Thank you for the yummy recipes. I’m saving and looking forward to making them.

  260. Thanks for sharing your family’s favorites! And I like the runner on the mantle – it’s nice to see the fun blocks rather than having things set on them, like on a table.

  261. Thank you for sharing! Your little bakers are adorable, and the cookies sound yummy! I’ve been way too busy, but finally have a tiny bit of time go hop this week. Happy quilting!

  262. FUn projects. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  263. I really like the quilting on the owl blocks. It gives it a log cabin piecing look that is very appealing. The Christmas cactus is also beautifully done. You’re going to have a wonderfully decorated house in time for Christmas!

  264. I love your stockings and they are big enough to fill with lots of goodies! Congratulations on your winnings…always fun to win things in blog hops!! That doll is amazing. Your wool ornament is darling, and maybe it needs to be joined by a new ornament every year for Angel Girl so when she gets her own tree, it will be filled with ornaments made with love by you!

  265. Hi Brenda! Oh those pictures of the kiddos with each stocking are just the best!! And Angel Girl with the wool ornament – what a sweet smile. And the ornament is nice as well. It looks like you have had a blessed month with some winnings. I hope those blessings continue for the rest of this year and well into 2019. Merry Christmas to you and your family! ~smile~ Roseanne

  266. Hello. Thank you for all the wonderful and beautiful designs at affordable prices!!!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  267. May you have a blessed Christmas celebrating His coming over 2000 years ago and as we look forward to His next coming. May you and all your online family enjoy his Peace and Joy through the holidays and throughout the coming year.

  268. Merry Christmas! We went to our Christmaqs Eve service too, and then to eat. Our family Christmas was yesterday so we had a quiet day and will again tomorrow. I sure needed some time to rest.

  269. All beautiful photos. Those stockings are awesome. So glad you like the gifts. Thank you for posting, and for the link. Happy holidays.

  270. Brenda, that owl mantel quilt is totally adorable! How lovely to see the smiling faces of your grandchildren with their stockings, and lol on Braden wanting orange – I think you should’ve gone with it regardless of Gigi! Wishing you all the best in 2019 for more productivity!

  271. Great stockings! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

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  274. Enjoyed all but I loved the leaves of many colors. I had made a table center piece (I have a round table) but used all the same colors of each leaf. But using the different colors is such a smart idea. Beautiful.

  275. Sounds like a great anthem to welcome in the New Year. I hope your Year of Achievement exceeds all your goals. πŸ™‚

  276. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project!

  277. You are a busy lady! I’m glad to see you like the Go Big. I can’t buy one right now, but if I keep cutting quilt blocks, I’m going to need one down the road. Cutting is just too hard on my left hand. What’s the biggest block it cuts? Thanks!

  278. Love your colors for your secret sewing project. Those Go cutters work so well, though I don’t personally have one, just what I’ve seen others post. They seem appealing until I think of all the dies one must buy, one for each particular size and shape. It’s too bad there’s not a cutter that you can program to cut the way you want without the dies. But, perhaps, in the future I’ll choose to buy one.

    • Nancy – there are a number of machines that do this. I own and love a Brother ScanNCut. There are also Cricut and Janome versions that I know of specifically targeting fabric cutters also. There are probably more.

  279. Your quilt is so pretty. ‘Love that cow in the center. Thank you for the giveaway chance. I love black and white, and color. Both themes are versatile and pretty.

  280. Gorgeous quilt. I’ve only made one black/white quilt & I added some hot pink. Thanks.

    • Thank you so much, Joyce! I appreciate your visit. I bet the black, white, and hot pink quilt was gorgeous! I do like that combination!

  281. I have never used only black and white in a quilt, but it sure looks good ! Will have to try it. The red trim gives it spark !

  282. I love color in my quilts but have been intrigued and interested in sewing up a black and white just to give it a try!

  283. I LOVE using the black & white color scheme! It creates such clean lines and a pop of color really sets it off.

  284. Usually I go with colors but I made a quilt featuring house blocks in black & white with colored doors.

  285. Loved the What is black & white & read (past tense)? I would consider having that in fancy script (in red thread) as a center medallion.

  286. Love your cows, and chickens. For many years I commuted through farmlands to and from work and always loved to see the animals out and about. Anyway, love your quilt. The red binding sets it off perfectly.

  287. That is one of my favorite blocks and yours looks so cute as a little quilt. I love the pop of red in it too. I enjoy sewing with black and white and use a lot of it in my colorful quilts too. I think it gives the eyes a place to rest.

  288. I love your quilt with the pop of red. I have now made two black and white (and teal) quilts. I have lots of fabric left from my collecting so see at least one more in my future. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win.

  289. Your process is so fun to see. Thank you for sharing all the details from the fabrics to your inspiration, it’s a great read. Thank you, also, for joining me on this blog hop adventure. Your post in the Black & White blog hop is super inspiring!

    • Thank you SEW much, Carla! So glad I could be an inspiration to others as I’m sure all the other super talented bloggers participating are! We appreciate you hosting this fantastic event! Looking forward to your next one!

  290. It is really weird, but I can never seem to get my tension correct when I am sewing with black fabric. So I do try avoid a lot of black, but a small amount worked into a project works great. Thank you.

    • I wonder if it has something to do with the dye in the fabric, Danette? This is the most black I’ve ever used in a project. Fortunately, I didn’t have any tension problems and I did all the piecing with black Aurifil 50 wt thread. I actually quilted the black with ARC 40 wt black polyester thread! My HQ loves poly thread! But so far I haven’t found a thread it has not liked! I’m blessed!

  291. Oh Brenda what a fun starting place with that Deb Strain fabric. Great read and a fabulous “quiltie” you have created!

    • Awww, thanks, Joan! That means so much coming from a talented quilter like you! I’ll be visiting your blog soon!! Can’t wait to see what you’ve created!

  292. This is beautiful! I love the clean looks of black and white. When I do stitch in something black or dark, I have to have some good lighting!

    • Thank you, Shirley! I totally understand about the lighting!! It was really hard quilting in the black. Thank goodness I have extra lighting around my quilter!!

  293. Always love meeting another lover of sewing, crafting, etc. so was glad to see you stopped by Peabea Scribbles so I could come visit. From my visit here, you look very talented. My latest after many years of crocheting, I’m working on my knitting skills. Always wanted to do the knitting too, but thought it looked so much harder than crochet. I sew, but have never really made a quilt. They are so lovely. Come visit again and would enjoy seeing you link up your crafting photos on Pictorial Tuesdays.

    • Thanks so much for your visit Peabea! I dabble in crochet, but am not a knitter! Never could get the hang of it!! You should try a small quilt and see how you like it! Thanks for the invite to link up with you!

  294. I don’t think I have ever stitched a black and white quilt. However I have a UFO of black, white, gray, and yellow that is not cut out yet, but the fabrics are collected and boxed for the future. I do love color, so if I actually make this quilt, it will be stretching me.

  295. I LOVE your wallhanging. HST’s are so much fun, so versatile, and easy to make. What’s not to love in that case. Your work has inspired me today. Thank you.

  296. Oh, wow! I’ve never made a Swoon block, but seeing it like this has me wanting to add it to my quilting schedule. It’s so gorgeous! Love it!

  297. Your quilt is really cute. I like the Swoon block. I can see how changing up the center in many different ways could make some great blocks. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  298. Love the panel! And I really like your quilt. That cow in the center hit home. I was raised on a dairy farm. Good memories.

  299. This is wonderful. I love swoon blocks and would never have thought black and white would look so great in this pattern. The center square fabric makes the quilt … πŸ™‚ Pat

  300. I don’t often quilt in black and white/cream, but I always love seeing that combination–it’s such a classic, elegant look.

  301. Oh, Brenda, that quilt is perfect! Love the farm print for your center, and thanks for showing us your creative process and the evolution of this darling quilt. Love the touch of red in the binding. I’m a farm girl from Idaho and have a collection of kitchen chickens too. You’ve definitely inspired me!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Deonn! I loved writing this post though it took me ALL day! I just kept thinking of additional info to include! Glad to have inspired you!

  302. I love Swoon blocks but I have never seen one in black and white. It is stunning! I like to sew in black and white with a pop of color. Thanks!

  303. I simply adore the way your quilt turned out! All the heart eyes. πŸ™‚ The best part, imo, is how you did it your way – and it turned out great! Nicely done.

  304. love black and white. Currently paper piecing Wicked with libs Elliott fabric, her pattern, too.

  305. This is wonderful! Like you, I fell in love with the Spoon Quilt when it was first released, yet never made it. When the smaller version came out, I decided that it was that push I needed to just do it. I love your personal touch and think I may be doing something similar. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • It was my pleasure to share, Joanne! Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you liked the personal touch and encourage you to make yours block your own, as well!

  306. First of all, your project is wonderful. Second of all, I really like the typeface of your blog. Is that a weird comment? Who comments on someone’s actual blog style? Well, I mean it, your site is friendly and has a lovely feel to it. Thanks so much for being one of my blog pals from Tuesday. I’m impressed with what you’ve accomplished and really love the progression pf your create process shown in your post.

    • Elana, thank you SO much for your kind and sweet comments about my project and my blog! I truly appreciate them. I enjoyed being one of your blog buddies yesterday as well!

  307. your quilt is beautiful — red black and white is my favorite color combination! I have one guest bed and bath decorated in that color combo

  308. I like two color quilts, including black and white. One can always add a pop of color and it doesn’t have to be much, just like your binding. I like your star block.

  309. Oh I really like this Brenda. That checked fabric in the medallion really gives you a great focal point for the other fabrics. Lovely design.

  310. This blog hop has shown me that black and white can make an absolutely stunning quilt! Love your many blocks!

  311. Love your quilt and your process. I haven’t done much black and white. Black white and red yes. Great fabrics.

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  313. Thank you for including your “scraps” after cutting out your pieces with the Accuquilt. Many people think it wastes fabric. If you cut as recommended, it not only saves time, but also fabric!

  314. Love the black and white quilt top. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  315. Can you share a photo of your OMG project ? It is always fun to see what people are doing. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  316. Wow! You had a productive month! I absolutely love your black and white quilt. It’s the first one I’ve seen that has a center focus and splashes so dramatically! You’re obviously extremely talented! Thank you so much for sharing!

  317. Thant is the cutest project and I can see it would make great birthday party favors for kids too. Thanks for sharing this fun project.

  318. What a totally fabulous idea!! Thanks for sharing such a fun idea that has so many possibilities!!!

  319. That owl and bird are so cute and the trapunto applique method really brings out the design…love it! The Scan-n-Cut sounds interesting. I had a cutting machine, but I wasn’t crazy about it so I gave it to my daughter. I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks for hopping with us and sharing some great ideas for applique.

  320. Well great minds think alike because I too made my Wing project with owls and we are showing ours today. Your owl is adorable with the hat! I am sure the recipient will love it!

  321. Owls are cool. Your project is awesome! Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  322. Your pillow is just too cute! It is the most adorable thing I have seen and your grand daughter is going to love it. Thank you for sharing today.

  323. Hi Brenda! Is this little owl pillow going to be for your granddaughter? What a friendly looking owl – I can see why both the bird and the butterfly want to hang out near it. What a great idea to add the hand sewing showing the line the butterfly took on its path. I have seen Dione share that trapunto method but have never tried it myself. You two are inspiring me to give it a shot on the next feasible project. ~smile~ Roseanne

  324. This is sew sweet! Love the colors and the sentiment and the well dressed little owl. Thank you for sharing in the hop … πŸ™‚ Pat

  325. This is so sweet. I too love the title. I know your granddaughter will love it. Thanks for sharing today.

  326. Cute owl and I love your process. I am not really a fan or owls as of late, but maybe that is because there is one that love to hang outside my bedroom window and makes quite a ruckus in the middle of the night.

  327. I got an email from you that you are having a fabulous sale in celebration of a milestone birthday. My embroidery machine died and I have not replaced that machine. I’m sewing on my Featherweight now. I wish I knew if I am going to replace it with an embroidery machine or not because this is a terrific sale. Congratulations on your birthday and thanks for celebrating with all your friends. You are gracious. Susan

  328. Your little owl is just too cute! I bought some of that great print on the front when Hancock’s was in business. It was cut in strips, and I used it in one of the grands’ I Spy quilts.

  329. Oh, I had so much fun with that book! I can’t wait to see what you did with it. Hope you’re feeling better.

  330. Oh my goodness your unlikely friend is just too cute. Love your photos too. So bright and cheery. Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather. For Valentines day, my hubby gave me the stomach flu…so I kind of understand where your coming from. :-0 LOL!! Great post and hope you fell better soon!

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  332. Love your Amish quilt Brenda! Fish and butterflies, lol!!! I think we all get old eyes when it comes to seeing black fabric. I always heard older ladies tell me to work on black when you are young because it’s too hard to see when you age and they were right! I use lots of lighting and magnifiers and still struggle at times, especially when it’s applique or quilting black on black. I just cannot see where I am going or where i have been then!

  333. oh this is lovely. i love the jewel colors on black. and your title for the block is great. thanks for sharing today and for inspiring.

  334. SEW glad that you are feeling better! The extra rest must have done wonders. Your quilt top is gorgeous! My bee mates would agree with your assessment of the Amish Black fabric from Keepsake Quilting. Wonder what will happen to it now that Keepsake has been bought out by Pineapple Fabrics?

  335. Glad you’re feeling better! Gorgeous colors! Enjoy your weekend! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  336. What a beautiful choice. I like that you found a quilt that you liked and for which there no pattern and you were undeterred. I do not have EQ and love that you showed one of the many options available the very versatile uses of the product. I love the pattern and your quilt is awesome project. I admire your courage and strength to get this done and thank you for sharing this with us.

  337. Ha, I have that artwork.. Trina is one of my favorite artists. It’s sad that she’s given it up I truly enjoyed seeing what she always came up with. Your owl is adorable. I love the project you made and it’s cool to see the SNC doing it’s job πŸ™‚

  338. What a wonderful project. I honestly couldn’t tell the difference on the EQ project and the book’s picture. The only time I like solids is when I see them in Amish quilts, and I’d have to go buy a solid fabric as the only color I have in solid is white.. don’t even have black as a solid color. πŸ™‚ I love “blenders” just because you get that little bit of texture in the fabric that you don’t get with solids. This is a beautiful project tho Brenda, thank you for sharing it today. My apologies for being so slow, it takes time to get thru all these blogs each day and I only have time for so many a day.

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  340. Hi,

    I just love owls and love your project. Is your pattern for your project going to be available at some point in time? Thanks.

  341. You had some fun projects this month! I’m always a sucker for an owl quilt or pillow. Love the embroidered veggies blocks! And what pretty jewel colors in the guild fundraiser.

  342. Love that owl! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  343. Ooh, Accuquilt + EQ8 is like having SUPERPOWERS, isn’t it?! I only wish I’d gone for the regular size GO! cutter instead of the Baby version because now I find that all the dies I want are not compatible with the GO! Baby. :-(. That’s what I get for a moment of frugality!! Your Amish quilt came out beautifully. Great job!

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  345. Don’t you just hate when you miscalculate like that. I did the same thing recently. Had to recut every single block. Thankfully, my quilt isn’t being entered into any show!! Lovely work!

  346. o Gosh! Unsewing!!!! I dislike so much when I have to do one block….couldn’t imagine a while quilt!!! Bless you!

  347. Jackie the Ripper! I love it, and make steal the idea, just for use at home! Thanks

  348. This is so pretty. You did a fabulous job of fixing it. My ripper and I are intimate friends since I was nine years old. Good luck in the quilt show. Yup even when I double check things, sometimes I have done it wrong. Opps, lesson learned over and over. LOL

  349. Unsewing and resewing is always a pain, but the results are definitely worth it. Thanks!

  350. Oh how I wish I could tell you, I’ve never done anything like that. Just why is it our brains tell you go ahead, it will all work out… Then the seam ripper comes out. LOL!! I feel your pain!

  351. Goodness, I don’t think there is any of us quilters who haven’t had to rip out a project. I keep my handy helper{ripper}close by at all times. Your project turned out nicely after all and you really don’t have to tell about the memory lapse…… Thanks for sharing!

  352. My handy dandy seam ripper is always close by … I think we all use it and sometimes more often than we (think) we should. The joys of sewing!! Wouldn’t trade it for anything!!

  353. Your quilt top is gorgeous. A long road to get there, but so worth it. Thanks for sharing.

  354. Brenda I can so identify with your giving Jackie her name. Your Qwazy (like mine) made me so well aquainted with mine that Ishould name her, too! The end result for you Guild is beautiful. Thank you for sharing πŸ˜‰

  355. It came out beautiful! So I’ve heard people say about the wrinkles that you won’t notice when it’s quilted. Is that so? LOL

  356. Just the other day I cut a piece half an inch short and had no fabric big enough to recut. So I just made everything half an inch shorter. Came out ok.

  357. Thanks so much for sharing “behind the seams”. We so often only see the perfect finishes–I love knowing about the process. I admire you for using EQ to design your quilt. And for entering it into a show. I have yet to be brave enough to take that step.

  358. Yes, a FEW away results have occurred-luckily, no photos…but lessons were learned!

  359. Thought I was the Queen of “rip out” – kind of nice to know I am not alone. Always find the repair was well worth the take out! As was the case for your project – very nice & flat …. now!

  360. At least you figured out your error and got to work fixing it. Usually, I toss mine aside to deal with another day. Funny thing…another day never seems to come.

  361. Yep, I have done stuff like that. And like you it’s usually on projects I designed long before I started working on them. Some mistakes are easy to fix or hide and others are impossible.

  362. oh gosh! Yes I love EQ8 but I have had a few discrepancies along the way but nothing quite as entertaining (for Me, not YOU). Glad you persevered!

  363. I don’t have EQ 8 but wish I did. I once had to rib out 180 strips on a log cabin pattern because I put them in on the wrong side. Lessons learned.

  364. Brenda this is Beautiful quilt!! I only made a strip piece top of a quilt and then lost track of where I put it. It is now somewhere at the bottom of a pile of other things, Your fix for your quilt was an awesome inspiration, and I am glad you were able to figure out how to save your fabulous quilt.

  365. I have had to use my seam ripper on a quilt top more that a few times. Usually to take out and turn a block or unit that was sewn together wrong. I have a round robin top that returned to me with a center that would not lay flat. One of the borders must have had a cutting error like you have described, It is in a drawer in my closet. Someday I have to take it out and take the seam ripper to it. Your quilt is looking beautiful now. Thank you for sharing in the hop … πŸ™‚ Pat

  366. Ugh, I think I may have been tempted to find two thick poly battings and try to “quilt it out”!! Your decision was probably the smartest one of all! My “oops” was putting the wrong fabric in the middle of a paper-pieced block, in the middle! I didn’t want to remake the whole block so I took that little piece out and put the right fabric in there. It probably took as long to do that as it would have to remake the whole thing!!

  367. Oh, I have done the same! And one project I did it on has become a UFO πŸ™‚ Your quilt is very pretty though and luckily we don’t have to unpick every project we do! xx

  368. I suppose you didn’t have a choice but to rip it out, but I would not have ripped that out… I would have just started over… You can always use the project you goofed up later to do something else with… One of my favorite things to do with mistakes is to save it and then cut it up and use it later. However, I have absolutely made those mistakes before tho so I know it is frustrating and annoying. It sure is a beautiful quilt tho with the embroidery… I’m trying to think of where I’ve seen those designs… BFC or Emb Library… just not sure.. πŸ™‚ Thanks for participating Brenda in QQQ 2019, I would say it was pretty Qwazy to rip all of that out. πŸ™‚

  369. Hi Brenda! Oh my, how many times have I done this . . . I can’t even count. But you got it figured out didn’t you! and it turned out great too. Well worth the effort to un-ease those blocks – look how nice and flat they lay now. ~smile~ Roseanne P.S. Thanks for the shout out, too!! That’s sweet of you.

  370. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the “I’ll just keep going, it’ll be fine” thing going on in my head. I always end up paying for it (rip, rip). Fun to read your story and commiserate with you! Great outcome though, and a beautiful medallion!