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Making it an even 100

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I couldn't resist rounding off my post total for 2018 to an even 100.   It means I can show you the progress I have made on the basket block quilt. I've made a few more test blocks, these are the best of the bunch. I have ordered some yardage in Cowgirl Country, denim floral by Sara Khammash, it really does "round up" the basket blocks. It is the border fabric in the left top block.  I have committed to a UFO quilting challenge that will have me working, hopefully, on a different project each month. This schedule might pose a problem as some months I am not very "quilty."  Linking up with  Jennifer at: On the sewing machine front, the vintage White I recently acquired needs a lug belt before I can test its capabilities. It has been ordered. I have the CAMs too, found on an auction site.  I am also working today, doing very important legal business, accepting subpoenas on behalf of the department. I am still in pursuit of a permanent legal analys

Best of 2018 Linky Party

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Linking up with Cheryl at  meadowmistdesigns  for -  I like to do these year-end posts. It is fun for me to see what was successful and what resonated with my audience.   I spent some time on Google analytics yesterday trying to run the report on search terms or what people searched for on my blog. In year's past it has been entertaining, like why would someone search "porcupine" or some other obscure word, words that may have never appeared on your blog. But my analytics were "broken" for this year, having to tweek some settings so my reports will run for next year.  My work-around for grabbing my top five was to change my setting on my popular posts from 30 days to one year, and walah! Here are the actual links below for those popular posts.   Quilt-qwazy-queens-and-kitsch-quilt  - because of the red and green colorway in this one, it was perfect to have displayed during the holidays.   Party-on-with-picnic-quilt  - this is my current be

Best laid plans of mice and quilters

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Here it is just a week from my 2019 Planning Party post about quilting goals, wishes and dreams and I am already altering my plans - that happens regularly in the Tami world.  I had my eye on this lot of fabric on an auction site for awhile. It first posted at $30 with $20 to ship it. NOT worth a $50 price tag. As an aside, you really have to watch those shipping costs on auction, it could potentially cost you more than the actual item. When the price dropped to $20 with 1 cent shipping, those blocks were finally mine! That calculates out correctly, it is hard to tell how many completed blocks are in the lot, but I counted at least 6. Even at $3 a block, it is worth it. Call me a lazy piecer, but I love to take another quilter's work, whether it is partially completed blocks or pieces of patchwork, and incorporate them into a quilt.  My box of goodness arrived on Christmas Eve. There are 36 basket blocks that were prewashed.  I ironed them and squared up the blocks as be

Merry Christmas!

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Happy Holidays and thank you for joining me in this year's Countdown to Christmas! Here are some random images that didn't make it onto any of my themed posts.  

Christmas Eve and Bergdorf Windows

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Christmas Eve, counting down to Christmas.  Bergdorf Goodman’s 5th Avenue holiday windows, 2018. Photography: Ricky Zehavi. Source What I'm Listening to:

Ha ha ha Christmas Cards

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Day 23 to the Countdown to Christmas is about humorous Christmas Cards. Here are a couple of amusing ones. What I'm Listening to:

Krampus is gonna get ya

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Pattern from  PyroDog Pins  on etsy  Day 22 to the Countdown to Christmas is about Krampus. Since my real surname is German, I kind of like to focus on him. An interesting read on the origin of this guy  www.smithsonianmag.com .  I highlighted him in my  2013  post.  What I'm Listening to:

Lighted Christmas Houses

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Day 21 to the Countdown to Christmas is about lighted Christmas houses, I have fallen under their spell. A couple of years ago I picked up this thrift shop rescued "town." It started with the Needlework & Quilt house, just had to have it. It was missing its light, but that is an easy fix.  What I'm Listening to:

No, no, no, nativities

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Day 20 in this Countdown to Christmas features Nativities.   An unfortunate nativity Fur cabbage Better be Butterworths nativity Cat nativity Best Evah! What I'm listening to:

Confusing Christmas Trees

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Countdown to Christmas Day 18. Trainwreck tree These trees make you wonder if their creator is confused on the concept of Christmas tree. Bulbuous Ragged Dentured Kitsch tree Merry Princemas Pipe cleaner tree Wurst One What I'm Listening to: