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Rag Quilted Mug Rugs and Coasters

If you have a sewing machine that does embroidery or if you have some small embroidery designs that you would like to do by hand, here  are instructions for turning your design into a rag quilted mug rug or coaster.  You … Continue reading

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Free quilting patterns

I love quilting pattern even if they aren’t free, so finding free ones is a bonus.  Sometimes an idea is a complication design will inspire me to try something much simpler.  I’ve always liked flying geese, perhaps because I find … Continue reading

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Binding your quilt by machine

I prefer to hand bind most of my quilts, but occasionally I will bind one by machine.  I haven’t watched this webinar, but it looks like it would cover all the bases if you are new to machine binding.  I’m … Continue reading

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Capt. John King, my 9th great grandfather

Continuing with the King family, I will talk about Capt. John King today.  John King, my 9th ggf, came to America with at least two brothers, Ralph and Thomas.  John was captain of the ship Falcon and was involved in … Continue reading

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Making a twin size quilt

Some time ago my oldest grandson had ask me to make him a quilt.  I had made him a baby quilt before he was born, but that was ten years ago.  Now he wanted one big enough for a twin … Continue reading

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Batik table runner

I have always loved batik fabrics, but couldn’t figure out how to use them.  Then I saw directions for making a quilt using a design called “Yellow Brick Road”.  The basic idea is to decide how big you want your … Continue reading

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Scrappy pencil case

I made a pencil-case with the same fabrics I used in the clutch.  I saw directions for making a flat pencil-case online some time ago, and once I figured out the basics of attaching the zipper to the two front edges of … Continue reading

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