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Linda's quilting adventures

This Week (43) I… October 27, 2014

Filed under: Germany,HCAT,travel — inspiredlayerslinda @ 12:42 pm

…enjoyed getting to know my husband’s relatives in Germany. Here we are on a walk with three little doggies in Stadtpark.

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And here is the European breakfast we enjoyed every morning.  We had multigrain rolls, 5-minute eggs, cheeses and meats, tea and coffee and juice.

WP_20141018_02_57_54_ProWe met more family members after church in Hamburg.  We walked up to the tower in St. Michael’s church and toured Hamburg by foot.  We had a delicious lunch at the Old Commercial Room.

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We met more members of the family on our last evening in Germany.  It was so nice to see Uschi with her grandchildren and their friends.

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It was a long flight, but we made the journey safely home. Feeling a little jet lagged, I continued my schedule of events including Toastmasters on Wednesday and HCAT Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Thursday night.  Mary Greendale, who produces more programming than anyone else in Holliston handed out letter openers in the shape of a heart for everyone. I met some new volunteers and enjoyed the festivities.

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Back to quilting next week.



This Week (42) I… October 22, 2014

Filed under: classes,finished project,free motion quilting,guild talks,travel — inspiredlayerslinda @ 4:47 pm

…drove to Rhode Island to share my quilts and stories with the Ninigret Quilters. I stopped by the ocean and took a few photos before the talk.

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Here’s some show and tell …..

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This Week (41) I… October 14, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 12:37 am

…taught a Doodle class at Sew Creative in Beverly, MA.

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Then I spent the night with my friends, Cindy and George in Gloucester, MA.  We walked, ate lobster and enjoyed chatting about everything!

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On Tuesday I finished a 3-part Doodle class at Wayside Sewing.  Here are two Doodle Sea Turtle quilts and a Doodle Dog quilt that some creative quilters made….

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On Saturday, I taught two mid arm classes at A Notion to Quilt in Shelburne Falls, MA.  Barbara was the winner of the door prize, Dream Orient, provided by Quilters Dream Batting. Barbara has never purchased Dream Orient, so she was thrilled.  Barbara tried four different types of batting and quilted some feathers across them. Lois was perfecting her stippling…amazingly smooth!

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So many friendly quilters learning tips and techniques to use in their next quilts!  Thanks everyone!



The Week (40) I… October 7, 2014

Filed under: finished project,free motion quilting — inspiredlayerslinda @ 1:39 pm

…traveled to Bits ‘n Pieces Quilt Shop in Pelham, NH.  This shop is located a stones throw from the Massachusetts border.  It looks little from the outside, but has 7000+ bolts for fabric for sale. If it is your first time visiting, they give you a free fat quarter!

Why did I venture in? I’m planning a field trip for the Holliston Senior Center quilters on October 31st.  This shop will be our main destination.  I also taste tested food at a restaurant nearby.  My job is so much fun!

I also attended a thank you luncheon at the Senior Center for all the people involved in running the various tables at the Harvest Fair in September 2014.  It takes a lot of people to run such a successful fundraiser which provides classes and entertainment for seniors (55+).

My daughter traveled home from college for a quick weekend visit too!  Her birthday and my husband’s birthday are a day apart so we celebrated both of them this weekend.  Here’s a photo of Bethany opening her new quilt, “Wyoming Forest.”

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It is fun to take my “Mango Mix” pattern and mix it up a bit to create a new quilt with appliques.  I don’t even follow my own patterns!  I used “Jungle Java” Tonga Treat and did not like the very light strips so I have saved those for another quilt.  That’s why I changed the dimensions and left off the inner border this time.  Even my own patterns are merely suggestions.  I like to change things up every time I quilt.

Hope you had a great week too!