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Sewing a Village: I'm joining - how about you?

Hi everyone! It's Mona again. Sorry I haven't written in a while. I've had an ear infection, strep, and the flu - all at once! I'm still not over it, but I am functioning a little better than I was a week ago!
A month or so ago, I saw on Instagram where Stitch Supply Company was hosting a sew-a-long using the Village Quilt Pattern by Jumble. With this pattern, you create 132 individual houses. It's a great use of charm packs or your fabric stash. Seeing as one of my goals for 2018 was to try something new (cutting little pieces), then this would be a great thing for me to try.

Also - I'm trying to not buy a lot of extra fabric, so I plan on using my stash for all of this.
All of the houses have doors on them. My sister, Lisa, (who is sewing along as well) and I decided that it would be fun to fussy cut all of the doors. Instead of trying to cut out 132 different doors, we each would cut out 2 sets of 66 different doors - then we can trade!
As I have said previ…

Where's My Blanket?

Lisa here!  What have you been working on?  I've been working on a couple of running skirts for a friend of mine (they're very sparkly!), and a bit on my striped quilt, but mostly on my Temperature Blanket.  I have completed the month of January!  It's a miracle!  And - it's HUGE.
So - on Superbowl Sunday, I went to my parents so we could celebrate my nephew, David's birthday, and my sister, Mona's, birthday - and watch the Superbowl.  We had a fun time... we laughed a lot...  we ate and ate... and then it was time for "show and tell."  That's a big deal at the Whittaker household!  We bring what we've been working on - or other interesting things that we're doing.  So - I showed my blanket!  It's big... we all ooh'd and aah'd over it.  Then Mona showed the AccuQuilt machine that she received - it is FANTASTIC!  (If you haven't already - read the previous post on the blog to read all about it!)  What a machine... wow...  we…

AccuQuilt - Unboxed!

Hi - It's Mona again! I hope you are well.

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I am new to the quilting world. I love seeing a quilt take shape by using various pieces of fabric, creating something new and gorgeous. While I have found that I like to make quilts, I've also realized that I do not enjoy cutting fabric. My preference thus far is using precuts (layer cakes, jelly rolls, etc.). For some reason, every time I cut fabric, I get nervous. I don't mind to square up blocks or to fussy cut an item. I even like doing applique; however, the thought of cutting out a bazillion pieces of fabric intimidates me. Also - I feel like I'm going to get it wrong. And, it's boring! I want to get to the good stuff.

I've done a lot of research since diving into the quilty world. I came across AccuQuilt - a company that produces fabric cutting systems. These systems will cut fabric into all of pieces that I don't want to cut! I've watched videos and seen other …

Temperature Afghan

Hey - it's Lisa checking in!  Here's what I'm working on this week:

My Temperature Afghan.  Last year I saw a lot of posts on social media about "Temperature Afghans" - and they could be knit or crochet.  You assign a color of yarn to a temperature range - as an example use pink yarn if the temperature is in the range of 20-29 degrees for the day.  You can choose to use the high temperature for the day - or the low.  And - I've even seen some afghans on pinterest that use both the high and low!  So - last year - I bought all of my yarn at Michael's for my afghan:

and then - I didn't do anything!  I didn't start it... I didn't keep track of the temperature! 

So now - it's another year - and guess what?  I started it last night!  I'm using the high temperature for the day and purple is my color for the range of 10-19 degrees. 

Now, I have seen where some of these afghans can be HUGE!  You end up doing 365 rows... so I chained 350 to star…