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do. good stitches: arkansas traveler quilt

I've always loved this quilt by Ara Jane of the blog You Know What I Love? So when it was my turn to ask for blocks from my do. Good Stitches circle members back in January, I soon thought of Ara Jane's gorgeous quilt, and asked everyone to send me an Arkansas Traveler block, using this image for color inspiration. (You can find a great tutorial for the block over here.)

I fell in love with every...
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alzheimer's art quilt initiative

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is one my favorite charities to support. The money they raise by selling mini quilts made by volunteers goes toward Alzheimer's research---a cause near and dear to my heart. I received my first AAQI quilt for Christmas two years ago---a beautiful hand-quilted piece by Yumi Tsuruta, titled "Japanese Goldfish."

Since then, I've been wanting to do more for the group, including donate a quilt and collect a few more to start my own collection. So when I heard that 2013 would be the group's last year of fundraising, I knew it was time to take action. I immediately purchased a quilt that's been on my wish list for a while: a wonky log cabin mini quilt titled "Cotton Candy and Apricot" by Michele Lancaster.

I'm hoping to add more quilts to my mini collection throughout the year, as well as make one to donate (perhaps from hand-printed fabric?). 

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do. good stitches banner quilt

Way back in August, I was tasked with deciding on what quilt my circle of do. Good Stitches (the Wish Circle) would make. I eventually settled on making a variation of this quilt, by Ellen Luckett Baker. I asked my circle members to make the banner blocks in primary colors: red, blue and yellow. You can see the two blue blocks that I made here.

After receiving all of the blocks from my circle...
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heart quilt for hurricane sandy

When I heard about Make It Better: Craftalong for Hurricane Sandy, I knew I wanted to help. Knowing that temperatures have been dropping and people have been without heat, I packed up a box with some cold-weather accessories, and a heart baby quilt I made earlier this year.

The top is pieced from red and pink solid scraps, and the quilt is backed with a floral Japanese print and bound with a white...
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walk to end alzheimer's + cross-stitch buttons

For the second year in a row, my husband and I will be doing the Walk to End Alzheimer's. This is a huge event, which happens in cities and towns all over the US; this year, we'll be walking on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

The event raises money for the Alzheimer's Association, an organization that offers support to those affected by Alzheimer's, sponsors research, and promotes brain...
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