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A Place to Quilt

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I remember the first time I walked into a quilt shop. I was in awe! Everything was enticingly displayed around the whole store. Quilts were hung on the walls for inspiration. Bolts of fabric were within easy reach. 
Patterns and books greet you around every corner. The staff was friendly and helpful, just as excited as you  to put together the makings of a quilt. Gadgets promise you an easier time, and new ideas continually beckon. 
I had been in many fabric stores throughout my life, but was never as tempted to buy things as I was in the quilt shop. After walking around I lamented to the staff that I just needed more time and money!


Making time to quilt in our busy lives is something every quilter wishes they could solve. There are so many fun projects to make, and only so much time in the day. Not to mention the fact that our families would probably appreciate clean clothes and some food to eat. 

So how do we find the time to quilt? I must admit now that I work full time year round, I d…

Pumpkin Quilts

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Pumpkin carving in our house is serious business. Everyone sits on the kitchen floor, utensils and bowls in the middle of a pile of newspapers. With the backs of our pumpkins facing each other, the "contest" begins.
Cut off the tops, scoop out and save as many seeds as possible, and then carve out a face. Some of us plan, draw and then cut the eyes, nose and mouth. Some of us have an idea and then start carving. Some of us just free form it. No one can peak - the results are to be a surprise!


Mine is the little one this year - but it still had just as many pumpkin seeds as the larger ones! Once we have cleaned up the area, the seeds are washed, salted and roasted. The warm-from-the-oven seeds are delicious!
Pumpkin quilts have been another recurring theme of mine. Most of my patterns I think up myself, including this one. To add depth to the pumpkins, I cut apart the pumpkin pieces and left a little space between them. They are appliqued with a zigzag stitch.



This quilt has very…

Fall Leaves Applique Template

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Fall in Wisconsin is a riot of color. Trees are ablaze with all shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. It is the mottle effect that provides the most unique leaves.


While fall signals the coming of winter, I love walking in the woods on a clear, sunny, crisp fall day. Leaves crunching under my feet.



For the past two years, I have actually ridden my bike a lot in the fall months. Probably because it isn't so hot outside. We have also been hiking these past few weekends.

As I biked and hiked this fall, I snapped a few pictures of the colorful trees. I couldn't help but pick up a few of the leaves scattered on the ground.

It's no wonder that fall leaves are one of my favorite subjects for quilts. It seems that every year, I am drawn to the vibrant colors and fabrics of fall. In this quilt, I wanted a very subtle leaf applique. 

For this quilt, I embroidered stems on the insides of the leaves, something I have started doing more often recently as it really adds to the applique d…