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Time Saving Tips #2 - Let the Scraps Fall Where They May

Time Saving Tip #2 - let those scraps just hit the floor in glorious messiness, because it takes much less time to sweep the floor once at the end of the day, than to try to hit the garbage bin with every scrap. (And then sweep to pick up the ones that were missed.)   And it feels soooo freeing - like breaking every rule your mother ever told you when you were 10.

Have a Good One!

Yvonne Porcella

As some of you may know, Quilting Legend Yvonne Porcella passed away February 12, 2016.  The Quilt Show is making an episode featuring Ms Porcella free for all to view until February 29th.  You can find it here:

http://thequiltshow.com/watch/show-list/video/latest/show-713-tqs-quilting-legend-2010

I have a couple of her books and was greatly inspired by her bold use of color as I'm sure many of you were as well.

-Maggie

Design Wall & a "Cheaper by the Dozen" Tip

Okay, I'm dating myself here, but when I was about 12, I read the book Cheaper by the Dozen written by Ernestine Gilbreth Carey and Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr.  Since the movie came out, I'm sure you all know the story - lots of kids, no money, etc.  BUT, in the book, part of the focus was on the father, who was an "Efficiency Expert", involved with something he called "motion study".  Well, at 12, I was hooked - on efficiency.  I did time trials on the fastest way to get dressed, the quickest wa

Car?? What car??

Ah, February in Nova Scotia . . . . . Anybody need some snow?  Anybody??  I'm pretty sure I could send you some!

 

And to brighten things up a bit, I'm getting this little guy ready to go in the mail

tomorrow . .

Snow Day!

Just Look . . . . .

in

 . . . . . . at what came in the mail today!

- Maggie

Something I Never Dreamed of Doing

Roasting egg shells, to feed to the Blue Jays so they'll stop eating the paint off the house.  Apparently they're short of calcium, and have discovered that there is calcium in house paint, so they peck away - quite agressively - at the outside of the house! 

Playing with Another Block

I've been playing with another simple traditional quilt block.  This time I picked the Y Block (not sure if it even has another name).  They don't get much simpler than this one:

In a quilt it could also look like this:

Just Listed

Just listed on my Shop page!

Update:  this items is now sold, and on its way to its new home.

-Maggie

Permission to Play, SIR!

(I always picture myself saying that to a big, burly, army office with a glare on his face, and garlic on his breath!)  Anyways, play is how we quilters get places.  Yes, we can buy a pattern, follow the fabric choices, and the cutting instructions, and do things exactly as the designer recommends - right up to "quilt as desired", which leaves most of us at a complete loss.