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2015 NYE Mystery Quilt Clue #6

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Here’s the last and final clue for our 2015 NYE Mystery Quilt

2015 NYE Mystery Quilt Clue #6

And here’s the link to all of the clues in 1 PDF.

2015 NYE Mystery Quilt All Clues

And here’s the link to the fabric and cutting requirements.

2015 NYE Mystery Quilt Fabric & Cutting Requirements


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2015 NYE Mystery Clue #5

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Here’s clue #5.

2015 NYE Mystery Clue #5


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2015 NYE Mystery Clue #4

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Here’s the link to clue #4 for our mystery quilt.

2015 NYE Mystery Quilt clue #4

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2015 NYE Mystery Quilt Clue #3

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Here’s clue #3 for our mystery.

2015 NYE Mystery Clue #3


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2015 NYE Mystery Quilt Clue #2

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Here’s clue #2 for our mystery.

2015 NYE Mystery Quilt Clue #2


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2015 NYE Mystery Quilt

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It’s that time of year again!  It’s the 2015 New Year’s Eve Mystery QAL.  (Quilt-A-Long)

If you are not familiar with a mystery quilt, let me explain.  The fabric requirements and cutting directions are posted.

On the day of the mystery, at the pre-set time the host/hostess has pre-determined, the first clue of the mystery is posted.  Then the frenzy of sewing begins.

Since I was tapped at the last minute and didn’t have time to design a pattern.  Here’s the link to the first clue and fabric requirements.

2015 NYE Mystery Clue #1

Fabric & Cutting Requirements



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How Etsy Raped America

A good and truthful read about Etsy.  I stopped selling on Etsy October 2013 when they announced they were allowing re-sellers on their site.  The writing was on the wall.  I’ve moved over to Zibbet.  Yes, I was one of the multitudes who crashed Zibbet’s site at the time.   I still have my stores on Zibbet, but haven’t been promoting them much.  I’ve been busy with custom orders because of the promotion of my Zibbet stores.  This is a good thing!

Etsy…well…I have to admit that I shop there, but only with a select few purveyors of spinning fiber.  Because that is the ONLY place where they have stores.  If the shops had their stores elsewhere, I would spend my money there.

As a former registered representative and financial consultant, if I still had my licenses, would I advise my clients to invest in Etsy stock?  In a word, no!  Etsy cannot keep doing what they are doing and still remain solvent.  Even with the new option of some select shops going wholesale.  They are a bad deal all the way around…for the sellers and the buyers.

How Etsy Raped America.

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Ten things you shouldn’t say when pricing handmade items

Food for thought.

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I’ve been giving advice this week on pricing handmade items for selling. Not on purpose, just because it’s cropped up a couple of times. Working in a shop where people sell handmade items means it’s something which is bound to come up.

When I started selling handmade items, advice was thin on the ground. I tried reading some things online, but never really had someone to talk to in person. I also didn’t realise that my lack of knowledge was holding back my business, because people were bitching about me not being able to price properly behind my back, instead of just telling me what I was doing wrong, and I was missing opportunities.

This is why when I now…

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Vogue Knitting Fall 2014 #24 Duster Coat

What a beautiful coat! Designed by Joan McGowan-Michael from White Lies Designs. It’s in the Vogue Knitting Fall 2014 issue. I NEED one!

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Check out the coat I designed for the Fall issue of Vogue Knitting!

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This issue is on newsstands now or can be ordered through .

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Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

This is a serious issue. Net neutrality must be preserved. Please help stop it from being changed.

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“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.

Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.

Net Neutrality under…

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