Calendar BOM

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After one whole year of designing and making a calendar quilt block for every month, the year is now complete!  Each block has been available online FREE for at least a full month (some for the entire year).  While the blocks are no longer available free, they are available at a very affordable price if you missed one (or more).

January February
Januaryblock Februaryblock
March April
March April
May June
Mayblock JuneBlock
July August
July
September October
October300
November December

All blocks are copyright 2010 Brookside Creations and may not be made for sale. 

To purchase one or more blocks, go to Paypal and sign in.  Click on the tab that says SEND MONEY.  Enter cmosey@comcast.net into the email address space.  Click on the tab that says PURCHASE, and check GOODS.  Enter the amount of the purchase you are making:

1 block = $4.00
3 blocks = $9.00
6 blocks = $12.00
12 blocks = $15.00

Click CONTINUE.

Send me an email at  cmosey@comcast.net and let me know which blocks you would like, and provide me with your email address and full name.  


Within 24 hours, you will receive an email from me (Caron Mosey) with your attached block patterns in PDF.  Please include your email address and full name.

Add this email address to your email program so that your order won’t end up in your spam folder:   cmosey@comcast.net

Randomness in Blue

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BlueLily Blue Lily

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BobsQuilt2 1985 Bob’s Log Cabin

DSC01565 Loren’s Rail Fence

DSC01929 French Star

DSC02292 Loren and Marge’s Quilt

LadyLady of the Lake

I guess I do like blue after all!

Preparation for Hand Quilting

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I refuse to crawl on the floor to pin my quilts for hand quilting.   Here is what I do:

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Take 4 of these babies (made by dear hubby Dean)

 

Add 4 long pieces of highly-crafted wood and fabric strips

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Clamp them together into a rectangle or square using inexpensive C-clamps found at any hardware store

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Layer the quilt sandwich on the frame by pinning in place on the attractive fabric strips, above

 

Make good use of tiny brass pins and pin the sandwich approx. every 4 inches across the entire quilt DSC02950 DSC02951

Roll quilt as needed to reach the center

Unpin the sandwich at the wood all the way around, then put everything away until the next quilt top is ready!

Put quilt sandwich in my quilting hoop or beautiful quilting frame dear hubby made (for which I no longer have room to use).

Voila!   No more crawling on the floor or spreading the sandwich on my dining table.

Quilter’s Coffee Mug

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OceanWavesMug

 

In time for tucking into your favorite quilter’s Christmas stocking!

It’s the Ocean Waves coffee mug!

Mugs are available November 15th by special order only.  Each mug comes with 6 Ocean Waves postcards and a bow made from a piece of the same fabric that is in the quilt, along with a card of description that describes the original quilt.

Michigan residents:

Mug cost

10.59

Shipping in USA only

5.00

MI sales tax

0.64

Total price

$16.23

All other U.S. residents:

Mug cost

10.59

Shipping in USA only

5.00

Total price

$15.59

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Don’t forget to include your name and mailing address

when you place your order!

Bloggers Fall Quilt Festival 2010

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Amy, thanks again for sponsoring this fun festival!

For this festival, I chose to pull out a quilt I made years ago, as it’s one of my favorites!

As a child, my father read to me every single night before I went to sleep.  One of my favorites was a poem by Robert Louis Stephenson called “Windy Nights.” 

 

Windy Nights
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set, 
       Whenever the wind is high, 
All night long in the dark and wet, 
       A man goes riding by. 
Late in the night when the fires are out, 
       Why does he gallop and gallop about? 
Whenever the trees are crying aloud, 
       And ships are tossed at sea, 
By, on the highway, low and loud, 
       By at the gallop goes he. 
By at the gallop he goes, and then 
       By he comes back at the gallop again.

WindyNights1The quilt is done in appliqué, with hand dyed fabrics, cotton, satin and embroidery.   Close-up It is hand quilted and was made in the late 80’s.

Photos are clickable to see a larger image.

A Quilting Update

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I can’t begin to tell you how much I am enjoying the quilting process on this quilt!  Because I’m home for awhile recuperating, I’m getting in a lot of stitching time. I hope you can see where the stitching is completed.  Because of the solid fabrics, the feathers show up so nicely.  It is being quilting in the same blue as is in the quilt, even on the orange areas.  Click on the photo to enlarge.

You’ll be seeing less of me…

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Over the next year, my friends, you’ll be seeing a lot less of me.   And a lot more. 

Say what?

I mentioned recently that I had weight loss surgery.   On October 18th, I had the Roux-en-Y procedure.  There’s a fantastic explanation on this procedure here, but I warn you it’s pretty graphic. 

Why would someone do something this drastic?   For many reasons.  First, let me dispel a few myths.

  1. People get fat because they choose to.   Absurd.  Nobody wants to be overweight.
  2. Genes don’t make you overweight.  They sure do contribute to the mix!
  3. All you have to do is stop eating.   Guess that explains why at 1000 calories I still gained weight.
  4. Emotions have nothing to do with weight gain.    Also absurd.   They have so much to do with being overweight.
  5. Having weight loss surgery is the easy way out.   OMG, no it’s not!   This is certainly not easy!   This is major surgery, and life-changing.

Let me explain.

I was adopted at 6 months by a loving, thin couple.  My weight became a problem in my junior year of high school, when I worked at a Girl Scout camp in Michigan.  I over did it on peanut butter and honey sandwiches, eaten during times of stress.  I gained 5 pounds that summer.  Then, when I became a mom, it really hit and was a life-time struggle.

I should tell you that I know my birth parents.  On my maternal side, everyone is large, and has been for generations. 

I’ve been on every diet you can name and have gone in and out like a yo-yo,  I’m tired of being overweight, tired of being unhealthy, and anxious to be more active in my older years.  I opted for this surgery to give me a chance at life.  Someone commented recently on this blog that the surgery was “just for weight loss.”  It’s not.  It’s for so much more. 

My surgery was on October 18th.  And already, I feel so much better!

Until you stand in someone else’s shoes, you can’t understand what makes them tick.  Why am I posting this personal information on this blog?  For only one reason.  Somewhere out there in blogland, there may be someone who desperately wants help losing weight.  They may need to talk with someone who has been in a similar situation.  And I’m happy to talk with anybody who is looking for options and help. 

Periodically, I will post my stats so that those who are curious can see how I’m doing.  Also, each month, I will post comparison pictures of my loss.  I’m so excited about this!  And I’m anxious to see the changes that are coming. 

If you know someone interested in going this route to help them become healthier, please send them to this link:

www.ThinnerTimes.com

It is the website that has been my lifeline to information that is going to transform my life. 

Caron’s Quilt Market – a long way from Houston

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It’s been years since I was in Houston.  I’ve been debating on whether or not I’d want a storefront here in Michigan.  Part of me would love that; part of me would hate that.  What would I include?   Could I keep my scissors out of the fabric?  Would everything I purchase for resale just end up in my stash?  Or would it be nothing more than a simply glorified quilter’s studio for a pampered quilter?

Here are some items I would definitely include.

  • John James quilting needles  JohnJames
  • All colors of Kona cotton solids (I’m a big fan)
  • Blenders on every wall.   I adore blenders.
  • Hobbs Heirloom Wool batting (if I purchase it for resale, I can use it for a cheaper price)
  • Pincushions (love them)
  • Threads of every manufacturer and color
  • Absolutely NO KITS
  • Books on drawing feathers (I am now a feather doodler)
  • Fabric dying supplies
  • Fabric printing supplies
  • Notions – You can never have too many notions.  I go crazy in office supply stores.    Imagine what notions do to me!

I don’t think I’d make much money if I had a quilt shop or booth.  Plan on me visiting yours!

I’ve missed you!

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  I know, I’m the one that’s been gone, not you!   But I want to let you know that I’m alive and doing better day by day.

Last Monday, October 18th, I had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery.  It was a very long week!  Today is Tuesday, Oct. 26th, and while I’m not dancing around the house, I am doing so much better and already losing weight. 

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In fact, I have been quilting the past few days on Feathered Cheddar and love how it’s going for me.  I can sew for a few hours before I tire, so it’s good healing stitching.

 

I’ll be back in a day or so and show you how far along I am.

Until then,

please…

Watch what you eat!

December BOM a Little Early

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I’m going to be away from my computer for a few days, and away from sewing for at least a week, so I wanted to get the final block of the month posted for you.

Of course, the chances of you having a Jacob and Samantha in your home are probably not all that high, but the names can be changed to suit your desires. 

This quilt is a combination of different elements; needle-turn appliqué, fusible appliqué, embroidery, and a fun brick fabric.  You don’t have to find the same exact fabric… there are many available to choose from.  You might even put your stockings on a wood paneling! 
Here are a few links to follow to a couple of fabrics I found:

There are many more… just do a search and you’ll find what you’re looking for!
Besides the brick fabric, everything I used here came from my stash. 
If you’re interested in making the December Block of the Month,


I hope you’ve enjoyed the Calendar Block of the Month.  I know I have!  Please share anything that you’ve created from any of the patterns.  We’d all love to see!