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    Getting Ready for Atlanta, Part 1: Little Pond Springs to Life

    By Cathy on January 10, 2012
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    This week, we will be heading to Atlanta for the International Gift Show at AmericasMart. It has been a busy workshop around here. Thankfully, with lots of Hecklettes home from college for the holiday, we had some extra elf-help for 3-D-ifying our designs. When we show work to companies, we like to show a few designs in formats that help

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    Jumpin’ Jammies (Even When Your Toddlers Grow Up)

    By Cathy on January 3, 2012
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    Every now and then when I look through our boxes of photos, something becomes quite apparent … I am clearly a matching-outfit-lovin’ kind of mom. In fact, every single Christmas Eve since I can remember, our girls were allowed to open just one present each … Girls: “This one?” Mom: “No, not that one … THIS one.” Girls: “Mom, we

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    Oops: Relearning the Art of Embroidery

    By Cathy on October 27, 2011
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    It all began with an apron and a porcupine. (or maybe it was a hedgehog, on its way to becoming a porcupine.) So, I thought the cute child’s apron that Deborah made for us to send to Quilt Market would be extra-adorable with some embroidered embellishments … and I said to myself, “Self, you can do this, how hard can

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    Emma’s Pinwheel Quilt

    By Ellen Heck on August 30, 2011
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    In only a few more weeks, Emma yardage by Newcastle is scheduled to arrive at independent quilt shops!  Here’s a perky pinwheel quilt made from some early strike-offs for inspiration.  The hand-quilting was so much fun, and a great way to be semi-productive while catching up on the Lying Game… And below, here is the quilt in its entirety.  It’s

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    Egg of the Day: Self-Esteem Egg

    By Cathy on April 3, 2010
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    Margaret is most proud of this egg, because this egg holds the honor of being the “First Egg Margaret Actually Finished.”  When we started making these tedious jewels, Margaret was a toddler, while her sisters were five and ten years older.  So, although she tried, many of her early eggs are only decorated on one side.  (And, actually, if you

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