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  • Spring is Half Over

    We have gone from frigid winter to a beautiful warm green spring and back to cloudy weather!  Made a fire in my woodstove yesterday and put the teapot on!


    I know this has nothing to do with quilting, but it is a way to be economical, organized and might appeal to DIYers.

    Do you get junk mail on letter size paper, that is blank on the back?  I get a lot and then there are all those medical information forms the doctor’s office hands out. I use them up in two ways.  Sometimes I use them to print something from the computer, that is just for my reading and then discarded.  I also have turned them into Refrigerator Magnet Notepads for grocery and other lists. 

    When I am finished with my list, if there is personal information on the back I do not just throw them in the trash, it is added to the woodstove kindling pile or shredded. 

    Very simple to make! 

    • First, make a backing for the notepad.  Use a piece of a cereal box or some other product the size of your notepad 5-1/2″x8-1/2″ or half that size 4-1/4″x5-1/2″. This backing will be reused. 
    • Second, stick a business card size magnet to the back.  You may even have one on your refrigerator that you can glue to it. 
    • Third, cut about 6 or 7 letter size (8-1/2″x11″) sheets in half or even into quarters. Stack the piles and line them up with the backing. I use an old rotary blade for cutting paper.
    • Fourth, staple the stack from the back at the upper two corners, so the prongs are on the front, easier to remove a sheet of paper that way. 
    • Fifth, stick it on the refrigerator!
    • Sixth, when the paper is used up, cut up another bunch of junk mail, remove staples from backing and staple the new stack in place.


    So excited to share some photos with you of finished Floral Alphabet Garden Blocks! Betsy sent these to me.  Her method of appliqué is back basting.

    What is especially exciting is her way of presenting the blocks.  She hasn’t figured out a layout yet, but she thought they looked good in a circular shape.  Thinking outside the box! Yayy!  If you have made any of the blocks, please share them with us.  You can contact me through the form at the bottom of the home page. 

    Sliding into home base!  I have at least one Floral Alphabet Garden Border finished and the second one is started.

    Click on the link below to take you to get the second part of Summer Delight:

    2019 Block of the Month

    Patterns on Payhip

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4 Responsesso far.

    • I really like the circular setting too. It will be exciting to see how she sets them all together.

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