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November 20th, 2022 at 1:58 pm

Holiday Sewing

in: Quilting

Someone got me started on a holiday runner for them, which was the “Gateway” task.

I ran across these fabrics and I just couldn’t ignore them. 

I even love the back – I was just a bit short of the backing.

The only “quilting” I did on these was to “Stitch in the Ditch” which makes it so nice and clean (except for all the lint on the back).

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September 12th, 2022 at 9:18 pm

10 Minute Table Runner

in: Quilting

Well in the middle of moving my craft room around, I made myself do a small project – since it’s been 5 months since I’ve done anything in there.

It’s a quick and simple little table runner, that someone picked up because they loved the material – for a gift for christmas.  So I had some other small pieces laying around and made a second one at the same time.

I think it took a bit longer then the 10 minutes that were advertised – but that could be because I was climbing over boxes, totes, had to iron on a tray table, etc.

These would actually be a super project for a beginner sewer: very satisfying.

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April 9th, 2022 at 6:01 pm

Green Geese Migration


Now I remember what it was like working on that green triangle quilt – 1 of 3 sides are not on the bias.

Once I started working on this it all came back to me – argh!!!!!

But it’s done and I can count another one in the box.

And I am pretty proud of how these points came together:


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April 3rd, 2022 at 5:25 pm

Everything is coming up Green

Well, green triangles that is.

I did get to work on another of these block this weekend. However, working with triangles is a lot more tedious than working with small squares.

I thought it was sometimes hard finding the 15 3 1/2″ squares needed to do one of the Geese Migration blocks – that’s nothing compared to what you need to do a triangle one.



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April 3rd, 2022 at 5:21 pm

Breast Cancer Geese Migration Block

This block was difficult on so many different levels.

  • Remembering hearing those words spoken to you “You have breast cancer” is a phrase you will never forget.
  • Finding fabrics was not easy
  • Fussy cutting those fabrics to get the sentiment right

I spent more money on this block as I didn’t have much left over from the small quilt I made using all the breast cancer fabrics I had.

It did feel good to be back at the cutting table today though.




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January 23rd, 2022 at 3:51 pm

Wear Red – Geese Migration

It’s looking a little pink/red over here. Figured with February coming up this was the right one to do now.

I loved making the quilt that this goes with – it was a fund raiser for Women’s Heart Health.

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January 2nd, 2022 at 4:55 pm

Ending / Starting with a bang – New Years Geese Migration

Well, crafting this fall has been at a minimum.  Work has taken up most of my time and I really haven’t had much of a drive to work on anything.

As far progressed into Winter I really had to want to do much. But it’s a new year and I am pushing myself down to that room to give some of these unfinished project some attention.

So – being that is the goal, I started this year off with a bang and did a Flying Geese block for one of my more complex quilt tops – Gravity.  So, this just happened – I didnt think I made that more than 2 years ago – I was wrong, I made that in August 2016 – 5+ years ago. Oh by, now I know I really have to get working on these things.

So I have been thinking about this one for a long time, how to pay tribute to the Gravity quilt with a Geese Migration block.  I pulled out the box with all the left over pieces and started laying them out, and laying them out and laying them out. Moving, changing – had to walk away quite a few times.

Then, I get it all together and look at it – it’s backwards!!! The geese were on the wrong side – so me and “Jack” spent some time together today too.  A little bit of everything was going on in that room today.

It’s flashy, lots of angels, but all in all I love how it turned out.

So here it is – the first of 2022, the last of 2021 all rolled up into 1 Geese Migration block.


Quilt that this block is representing:

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November 25th, 2021 at 9:13 am

Giving of Thanks

in: General
Today is a day for giving thanks.
Thanks for what we have in our lives.
To those that are experiencing their first Thanksgiving after the loss of a loved one, I send you a warm, heartfelt hug.
Holidays are a time for coming together,
    our loved one that has passed was welcomed by their loved ones that went before them.
They are now free of the physical pain they suffered here,
    and are free to dance around the clouds.
While we sit at a table with an open chair,
    they sit around a full table.
While we watch football on TV,
    they are watching us as we sit down to dinner without them.
My heart is broken this Thanksgiving, but it is not empty.
It is overflowing with the memories of the things we shared while she was here.

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September 6th, 2021 at 8:04 pm

Fall Orange – Geese Migration

Well, I snuck in one more tonight – Fall/Orange. Where orange isn’t one of my favorite colors, the fall palette are my favorite colors.

This was a simple block, but I still stress over color matching way too much, way way too much.

Well with this block done, that makes 19 completed 15 1/2″ Geese Migration blocks.

I have 2 piles of scraps set aside for 2 more, but I feel this is coming to the point of starting to assemble the whole top soon.

That’s gonna be a big job and lots of floor space needed to do this next step.

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September 6th, 2021 at 4:21 pm

Blue Geese Migration

One more from the color challenge from 2015 – it feels good to get another one done, but oh so many more to do.

Doing these blocks clears my head so much from my daily grind of programming – even though it is math, and rows/columns – it’s not all numbers.

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