Great day in Seattle.

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2014 UFO Challenge!

Who is ready for a challenge to finish some of your projects that is stashed away? I bet you have forgotten many of them! I know I have. Some of them I think, when did I do this?

This is how it is going to work:
1. Pull out 12 of your UFO projects you would like to complete this year. Yes, I know you may have more than 12. As you pull the projects, ask yourself these questions:
A. Do I want to complete this project?
B. Do I love this enough to finish it?
C. Do I just need to tear this project apart and put it into my stash?
2. Put each project in a bag or container with all you need so you will be ready to start the project. Special rulers, instructions,
thread.
3. Number each project from 1-12
4. The first day of each month, I will post a number from 1-12. Pill that project and work on it and try to finish before the end of the month.
5. As you complete a project, send a photo or share on our Instagram.
6. You decide what is finished. Topper ready to be quilted or quilted, bound and label.
7. When you are finished, cut your leftovers into useable squares or strips ready for a future scrappy project. I will probably cut mine into 2 1/2″ squares and strips.
8. Ready or start? Pull #2 project, ready, set, GO!

If you find projects you don’t want, separate the fabrics and put in your stash or cut up into squares or strips for a future project.

Start a container for UFO blocks if you tear apart a project.

Have fun!!!! Can’t wait to see what you have done!

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A New Year with The Quilting Squares

Hi, we are Kay and Kathy, owners of “The Quilting Squares”Quilt Shop in Franklin, Tn.
“We are so happy you have stopped by”.On our travel to Dallas last week to attend a SnS reunion, one of our goals was to do more blogging and to get more followers on our Facebook and blog. Today we start. Most of the time, Kay will be doing the blog and Kathy the Facebook.

What is “The Quilting Squares”?
We want to give you inspiration, encouragement, ideas and some just plan fun! QS will be chock full of quilting ideas, techniques,DIYs, tips for simple/natural loving,recipe successes and our adventures in traveling to quilt shows as vendors.

It will be great to meet and greet new readers, you will get to know us better and what is happening at the shop. Kay and Kathy’s personalities and friendliness permeates the staff and shop with just the right amount of “Crazy”.

These are a few quirky facts about us…
KAY
1. Loves to cook and bake. I will be posting many recipes that I have tried and use for special events in the shop
2. Pinaholic- loves Pinterest, no games for me
3. Dog named Sophie
4. 2daughters and 2 granddaughters/ Melissa and EmmaLee, Chrissy and Abby. They both are married to a Matt
5. Love for decorating at the shop and home. Creating beautiful vignettes with what you have in your home.
6. Husband-Ned
KATHY
1. Seldom cooks, Jets pizza on speed dial and Oreo cookies
2. Loves to machine quilt. Teaches various levels of classes at the shop.
3. Very patient, teaches a beginning machine piecing class.
4. Dog named Barkley. If you haven’t heard how he got his name, ask her
5. Daughter-Katie and Son-Michael
6. Husband-Jeff

We would love to hear from you!!
Please follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.
Thequiltingsquares

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Bag Interfacing Reviews-All about Interfacing

I love to make bags but what type of interfacing do I want to use. Patterns tell you what type to use but is that what I want. Ask yourself how study do you want your bag, soft or more stable. I came across this article from SewMamSew reviewing the various types of interfacing.
http://www.sewmamasew.com/2013/12/bag-interfacing-reviews-all-about-interfacing/

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Happy New year

Out With The Old And In With The New Year
http://smartschoolhouse.com/collections/in-with-the-new-year

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Boston-Day2

Day 2 of our trip. We decided to start the day visiting the #USS Constitution and #Bunker Hill. There is so much history in this town, if I could only remember American History from high school, oh that was only 44 years ago! There were over 500 people stationed on this ship, amazing they all didn’t die from overcrowding. The tour was very interesting. After a hard morning on a ship, time decide about lunch. Found a great place right on the harbor, #Pier6. We had the best crab cakes. Yummy. After lunch, we headed across the river to old Boston. Wow, a very busy place. We first saw Paul Revere’s house. It was built 1660. Paul lived there 1770-1800.

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From there we visited several more historical sites. Middle of the afternoon, had to stop and get some cannolies. There were 2 pastry shops we came across. So, had to buy some from both. Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry.

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We ended the day with a great meal at #UnionOysterHouse. Another great meal was had by all. We were all tired so we headed back to the motel. As if we hadn’t had enough to eat today, we had to try the Cannolies and another pastry called Lobster Tails. The Lobster Trails was great. A puff pastry with a creamy filling. Very good. The cannolies were so different, the texture was more course. They were ok.

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Talk to you tomorrow and see what happens on Day 3!

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Boston

Day 1
We are on a needed vacation. My husband, Ned, has planned this trip over the past year. We are spending a few days in Boston before departing on a cruise up the coast. We arrived in Boston yesterday afternoon. We had some problems getting our Reserved Surburban. There are 6 of us and need a big a– car. We finally got it and guess what, it has Tennessee tags. We got it loaded and headed out to the motel. Streets are narrow, crazy drivers, but made it without a scratch.
Next on the agenda where do we eat? #LegalSeafoods.com was chosen. Off we went!
What do we eat? Too many choices. So I went easy. Clam chowder, lobster, seaweed faster, onion straws, Pomegranate martini and ended with true Boston Creme Pie!! Delicious!!! All full, back tithe motel for rest for day 2. See you tomorrow.

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