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Quilting Strangers????

I don’t know about you, but I have often found this to be the case. We speak our own language!!

Have you had similar experiences??

I’ve Got Mail!!

Today I had a package in the mailbox and was excited to see that it was from Angela Walters which meant that I HAD NEW RULERS!!!!

She has just released three rulers for high-shank machines and I think that they are going to be SO much fun.

Here is what I did in just a few minutes…..

The first one is “Dot” and she looks like this…..

….and she can EASILY do this……

OH MY!!!!

Secondly, I played with “Smiley”……

This is one of the nicest arc rulers that I have seen. I just played for a few minutes and came up with several designs, but especially liked these nested petal shapes…..

Finally, came Petunia…..

She is a petite ruler that fits in the palm of my hand, but look what I did…..

Isn’t that fun!!!

So, you guys keep reading but I am heading upstairs to quilt!!!

Challenging myself….

For the last few Saturdays, I have been talking about challenges that I have participated in over the years and remembering the things that I learned from them.

The third challenge was set by my local guild and dated back to 1991. It was called “All That Glitters is Not Cold” and the requirements were that the quilt had to include a circular element and something that glittered!!

This was one of those quilts that started out as one thing and ended up as something entirely different!!

Since my last quilt had successfully included Lamé, I knew where my “glitter” was coming from. At that time I was enamored with a feathered star design and took it upon myself to make one from Lamé…..

Since that worked so well, I decided to add a few more stars in a round window…..

Then I decided that someone needed to be looking out of the window so the little girl was added……

Since my daughter Jenny loved teddy bears the little girl had to hold one. AND, Jenny had a gown with a ruffle at the time, so the “window” girl had one too!!

Then she needed some other furniture in the room so the shelf was added, containing a drum (with glittery trim), a doll (with glittery buttons) and the ball (something else round)!!

The final quilt was sweet……

….and hung for several years in my daughter’s bedroom.

Again, this challenge took me to places that I had never been before and helped me to move on to another stage in my quilting journey!!

Is there a challenge that propelled you forward?

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