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The best way to learn how to applique is to start with an easy block and jump right in!  The Fat Quarter Shop’s made that “sew” easy for you!  They carry all the applique tools, Aurifil 80wt. applique thread and of course hundreds of fabrics to choose from. Today you’ll find block six from the Applique All Day Series, exclusively on The Jolly Jabber blog!  The Applique All Day blocks are a series of little 6″ blocks I designed using assorted fabrics and different methods of applique.  If you’ve missed any of them you can still get the patterns for free on The Jolly Jabber Blog.

Today’s Jolly Jabber blog post features block number 6, the final block in this series.  It’s a house and who doesn’t love a house block?!  There are so many things you can do with this block;  choose your favorite fabric and repeat this block in assorted fabrics, or use it as the center of a pillow, turn 3 of these blocks into a table runner…

In case you missed the other 5 blocks, you’ll find those on the Jolly Jabber too!

Instead of a house quilt, maybe you’d prefer a teapot and cupcake quilt?   Wouldn’t these make a cute quilt?  It’s Applique All Day at The Fat Quarter Shop!  Have fun!


When I look back over the past week, I can’t believe we’ve made it through.

Thursday of last week I took Milkshake back to the vet convinced it was time to say goodbye.  She was so weak, she hadn’t eaten in 4 days, and she could hardly walk.  Our vet said to let her have one more day to see if the new drugs would start working.  By Friday, when I took her back to the vet, I had some hope.  She was a little more alert when the vet came into the room.  We decided to let her go through the weekend.  On Saturday I was desperate for her to eat, so I started giving her chicken broth with a syringe.  Just a little broth throughout the day, not enough to upset her stomach.  Then by Sunday she woke up hungry and she ate some chicken.  Hallelujah the dog ate chicken!  Chelsea’s singing Hallelujah because she got some chicken too.

Throughout the week I’ve been reading all of your wonderful, compassionate comments and knowing you feel the same as I do has been such a help.  I don’t know how much longer we’ll have her, but today she seems to be feeling a little better.  Chelsea and Milkshake are such good friends.   Chelsea’s been doing enough barking at the UPS man for both of them.  She told me it’s the least she can do.

Milkshake & Chelsea

Milkshake & Chelsea

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!


I posted this picture and story about Milkshake on Instagram last July, but in case you missed it here it is again…


The love from this old dog has taught me so much: It knows no end, it has no limit and it will always be there. She’s my senior rescue (13) and she has congestive heart failure. We’ve known about her heart since July 2014 and she’s still with me. I don’t think her heart has finished teaching me yet.”

I have the hardest time writing about her on this blog.  Somehow if I write about it here, it will make it come true.  I’m not rational when it comes to her.  We’ve known about her condition for over a year now.  She saw a cardiologist (did you know there was such a thing for dogs?) in July of 2014 who told us she had 4 months.  Maybe it was because he was the bearer of bad news, but neither Milkshake, my husband or I liked him so we’ve kept Milkshake under our local vet’s care.  Just like people who have this disease, she’s been on lots of medications but she takes them without complaint.

This week her heart has been racing (A-Fib, a secondary condition) and we’ve added 2 more medications to her routine.  She’s wearing down because of the heart rate and we’re hoping the medications help.  I know as pet owners we take the good times with the hard times and we do it so willingly because of the unconditional love they give us.  She’s not in pain but she is exhausted.  I refuse to give in before it’s time.  Say a prayer her heart can last a bit longer.   Writing about it here won’t change a thing, but if you say a little prayer for her it might help.



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