Quilt Block Mania Month 1 is here…

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Quilt Block Mania logoQuilt Block Mania starts today and is the idea of Carolina Moore. She belongs to a design group I’m in on Facebook and thought it would be fun to create a theme each month and then release that block free to our quilting friends.

The theme for July is Summer Fun. All blocks are 12-inches, and they fit in a certain color scheme. I tried, but I know me and I still went into deeper colors versus light colors.

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The above are the colors we had to try and keep our blocks to. While mine aren’t exactly there, I think they match up nicely. This month I’ve made for you one of my favorite things to have during the summer and that’s a Continue reading

Yes, It’s Time…. Sue and Sam In South Carolina Released…

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stbs 2020 Sue Sam South Carolina bIt seems like I plan to get it released and then end up having to fix a mistake and that’s exactly what happened last week. I realized Sam was a bit shorter than he should be in the block when I went to make the final images and I ended up having to resize him which meant having to redo all the templates, layouts, the SVGs, and the embroidery files. I am truly sorry I had every intention of getting this one released prior to July 4th but I can’t write a pattern in a day it just doesn’t happen that fast for me. At the same time, this is a really busy time with the row along happening right around the corner. We are now at 62 days until it starts and I am working to stay caught up with that also.

This release marks the 30th state released for Sue/Sam in the USA. Sam is the free pattern for this set. Come get your pattern… Continue reading

Sue and Sam In Oregon Released…

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Sue In Oregon b smallI’m sorry ya’ll have had to wait a bit on these, I’ve been buried in masks the last six weeks and that had to come first and foremost… I have South Carolina almost ready for release also with Missouri and Utah to follow in a few weeks.

This is a short and sweet post, I wanted to get these up tonight as promised in my post yesterday, so today a simple release…

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Absent but Here…. Some News, Not All The News…

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2020 Patiotic 2 mediumHi Everyone, I know I’ve been a bit absent on the blog for the last month or so. Like many people, I have kept my sewing machine busy making masks. I’ll be honest when I say that I didn’t really think I was going to make any masks at all, but then I got to thinking about how my family is going to need them, Frank’s family, and even a few friends, then I saw a charity that was looking for volunteers, so I went to the task of making masks. I made a few for people who work with Frank and in all made about 50 masks, and let me just say… Gosh, they are time-consuming. Not the sewing part, but just the cutting, marking the pleats, then ironing it all. The sewing took far less time. Of course, there were still the doctor visits and now they’ve set up home care so that I wouldn’t have to go on every other week because it’s so hard for me to get on the base to take Frank to work and pick him up. In fact, I haven’t been able to get on the base at all for the last month or so as they have made it very difficult. I get it tho, they are just trying to protect there own also.

Today I have a fun release for you, a botm announcement, and a blog hop announcement, so let’s get to it…

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My 7th Anniversary … Sue-Sam Release… New QAL…

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Sue and Sam In New JerseyIt’s a busy day here in the Pena household… I’ve been planning to release Sue/Sam in New Jersey for several days, but so many things kept getting in my way. Then today, I was writing an email to someone when I had to give her my blog address and I realized today is my 7th year blog anniversary. I’ve owned this domain for 18 years, but as I’ve noted before in various posts that the first 11 years of this domain were related to being a web developer. The last 7 now as a blog.

Its been a really great experience being a blogger, I can still remember the day where I thought blogging was silly back when I was developing websites for others, but I saw how much fun my customers were having and when I decided to get back into quilting it was an easy choice to open a blog and see where it went. I never thought I’d enjoy the experience as much as I have, nor that I’d make such wonderful friends along the way. I know this blog is the reason I’ve made such wonderful friends.

Today I have for you a new Quilt Along and I promise you this isn’t an event you will want to miss, I also have for you, Sue and Sam In New Jersey being released… Continue reading

Day 4 of Shop At Home BH and More Gnomes With A Freebie Today

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Shop At Home HopToday is the last day of the Shop At Home Blog Hop and it has been a wonderful experience to do something like this. I can honestly say I’d do it again in a heartbeat… It’s been wonderful to see all the new visitors to my blog and the kind comments you’ve made about the gnomes. I love them and am glad you’re enjoying them also.

Today, we have the last of the ten shops on the list, I will also list the other 30 below today’s list in case you’re just getting started with the hop. There are some wonderful designers in this hop with some awesome sales and great sites.

I’d like to thank Linda at Colourwerx. She organized this hop with less than a weeks notice and that to me is a pretty amazing thing to do.

Today I have the rest of the gnomes for Easter, and a free pattern for you, so be sure to check inside and have a look at those also.

I hope you have a wonderful week!!!

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Day 3 of Shop At Home BH and more gnomes…

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With today’s post, you’ve hopefully visited all of the previous shops, but for those of you just getting started, I will post those links below today’s list for your convenience. For me, this has been a wonderful chance to meet many new designers that I never realized were out there and get to know them thru there blogs or patterns.

I know many of you are creating masks for the various medical facilities and helping where you can, I hope some of you are also creating a fun project also. Appreciate the time off you may be enjoying and don’t think of it as being quarantined… I like to think of it as an at-home vacation. I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy.

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