Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Poppy’s Quilt

Our good friend, Nancy King, recently welcomed her first grandchild into this World. Greg Palmer and I shared the process of making this quilt. We quickly pieced the top and then it took its place in line to be long-armed. The baby is now 6 weeks old and I’m glad we got it to her while she is still a baby. I’ll bet other quilters are turning out baby quilts like mad. This is only the second baby quilt I’ve made this year. I’m rather pleased with how it turned out. I really should try to get a few baby quilts made and ready to be gifts ahead of time. We both hope she enjoys the quilt for years to come, and knows it was made with a great deal of love. Congratulations, Nancy!

The name of the pattern is Claire and it is found in the book Fat Quarter Baby.


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Pincushion 2

It has been fun making these pincushions. Since they are very small it has been easy to find scraps for these little projects. Those of you who know me know that I love text fabric. The focus fabric in this weeks project is from You & Me by Adornit Girls, Chatter Graph. And the solids are from the Kaufman stash of Kona’s. The block finishes at 4 inches.







I’m surprised by how many pincushions I seem to have. Many were given to me by friends and family and each one holds many memories. With the holidays just around the corner I suppose it would be a great idea to get a jump on things and try to get some of those gifts made. I’m going to try to post a pincushion pattern each week throughout the next few months.





1-4 1/2″ piece for backing

Fiberfil or crushed walnut shell for the filling.

This block measures 4 inches finished size.

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Improv Piecing Class with Valley MQG

Today, I taught an improvisational piecing workshop hosted by Valley Modern Quilt Guild. I really feel fortunate to be a part of a guild that has so many talented and creative people. We had a great time and shared many laughs. Each of the students produced some very different and unique blocks. I’m always amazed and inspired by the creativity that other people possess. A special thank you to CJ Foss for setting up the room for us…it was perfect!

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Another lazy Sunday…what to do? Let’s go to the Natural History Museum! We’ve both lived here for quite a while, and neither one of us has ever been there. There is a new exhibit of Pterosaurs, so let’s go check it out. We had a great time, and it’s an excellent way to spend a day!


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