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Today is Grow Your Blog Day!

Our hostess for this event is Vicki at 2 Bags Full.  Please visit Vicki’s blog (button on side bar) to see all the participants and to leave a nice comment for Vicki. A special thank you to Vicki for her hard work in coordinating this event.

Welcome new blog readers and thank you for visiting my blog.

My blog is mostly about sewing, quilting and smocking.  I also share about my family, Renegade ~ our chocolate labrador retriever, travels, sailing and a little crafting.  I hope you like what you see and will visit often.

I love doing reproduction quilts and often find inspiration in quilt history books.  The quilt that is in the banner of my blog is one of those quilts and is pictured below.  It was originally pieced in 1863.  I did not have a pattern for the quilt but used modern technology to figure out exactly how the quilt was made.  My quilt is hand pieced using Inklingo which I think is the most innovative quilting tool available today.








The following quilt is a Seven Sisters pattern that I also hand pieced using the Inklingo shapes.  I should mention that I do one large hand pieced project a year.  Since I travel quite a bit, I try to have a portable hand piecing project ready at all times.








This next quilt top is also an antique reproduction quilt.  The sunflowers were hand pieced using Inklingo and the pinwheels, consisting of half square triangles, were Inklingo machine pieced.  It is headed to the long arm quilter next week.








Over the Christmas holidays, my daughters and I “got crafty” and made picture frames from antique jewelry.  One led to two, three, four until we had a “slew of them”.  I will be having two Giveaways for the “Grow your Blog” event ~ an Inklingo gift certificate and a picture frame.  The picture frame will be similar to the one below.

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Second Giveaway is an Inklingo Gift Certificate.

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Winners will be notified on February 1 and chosen randomly. These prizes are open to everyone…domestic and internationally; you only have to leave a comment and a way for me to contact you. No anonymous comments and your e-address has to be linked with your name or in your comment along with  “Crafty” or “Quilter” or “Other” so I can tailor your prize to your interest.

You’re invited to follow my blog but it’s not a requirement to win and your kind, thoughtful comments are most welcome.

Hope your day includes a few stitches and many blessings.