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September 23, 2020
Where Our Joy Lies, Free Applique Patterns, Big Stitch Quilting, Tuesday To Do from Canadian Needle Nana

It says a whole lot about us what we find pleasure in I think.

 I love how my blogging friends find joy in spying a feather flicker, a bud opening, words on a page, the colours of a sunrise or sunset, the look and feel of pretty fabric, the eating of the supper meal in front of the television with hand work at the side waiting for a few more stitches.  Observing the little things, noting and appreciating them all and loving it all too makes me enjoy my visits with you all so much.  If we want the world ...

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September 22, 2020
A Little Birdie: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

A little birdie wants to tell you…

… all about the quilt I am making. It’s from the It’s A Garden Party row along. Oh, oh, he is hopping with excitement! Of course, the little birdie must not tell you too much just yet, but he can drop a few morsels of information. He can definitely show you what I’ve sewn from patterns already released in the It’s A Garden Party row along.

It's a garden party row along with Seams to be Sew

He can also tell you who is participating in the hop next. The hop hop of excitement has really only just got into full ...

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September 21, 2020
Hello Fall Blog Hop Starts Today!!! from Seams To Be Sew

I was not able to finish my project because of my fall down the stairs a week and a half ago, but I have provided...

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Prim Sew Along - Week Five!! from Bee In My Bonnet



"Beauty and Simplicity"

Welcome to week five of the
 PRIM SEW ALONG!


We are making the
 PRIM QUILT
72" x 90"


We are also using the



And my newest fabric collection 
PRIM 
to make the quilt:)

I have already posted the
 post which details all of the supplies
 for the sew along and how it works.
I have also given the link there 
for the free PDF Download 
of the Sew Along Guide

to read that post.


So far we have made 
"PATRIOTISM and INDUSTRY"

for the first week blog ...

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September 20, 2020
Glamorous Clams, part 2 from Quilting and More...

I’ve been making slow but steady progress on this project. I finished making all 49 clamshell shapes and did the preliminary decorative stitching. The next step was to lay them out (there are five unused clamshells, allowing for a little flexibility) and fuse them to the background, and now I’m basting them with invisible thread […]

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Belief in Fairies, Mushrooms, Last Veranda Stitching (Sigh), Lovely QAL from Canadian Needle Nana

 Fairy rings are on my mind today. (Of all things!)

 I ventured all over the land yesterday and photographed multiple kinds of mushrooms as well as several remarkable fairy rings. We've been oohing and ahhing on our walks about all the different mushrooms and how did they all come about this year. Perhaps the heat of July and then the wet of August. Who knows. I wish I knew a chef who could visit and pick his fill of any that are edible. They are wasted on us as I'm naturally not going to put any of these ...

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Sunday Stash September 20, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week.

I finished most the applique on Birds. There are a few more leaves to add once the borders are on.

After seeing how much time it takes to pre-wash fabrics, I remember why I never did it. I washed the border fabrics today, and the reds gave off a lot of color. Some I had to wash twice. I’m glad I washed them, but I need to remember to factor that time into my sewing plans.

Fabric In: 17.75

Fabric Out: 15.25 yards

Net Fabric In: 2.5 yards

How ...

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September 19, 2020
Spending The Day With Mom And Nancy from Quilting My Way

Today I was up and out the door before mom was up. Stopped and got us some Chai tea at Starbucks. 

Arrived around 9:45 am. Shortly after I arrived Nancy showed up too. We all worked on the block for Ethel. It's a 5" block that is appliqued. 


 I started with my block that has 8 leaves. I did the 4 leaves in the center of the peice. The other leaves goes on the outside of the "circle."


When we stopped to have lunch we saw a deer at the neighbors house. It thought it was so funny ...

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September 18, 2020
Bumper Crop from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Leaves are turning colours in our neck of the woods here in Northern Ontario, Canada.  Temperatures are starting to dip and there is a nip in the air in the mornings.  Time to start pulling out warmer clothes.

So glad that this wall hanging is done and done in time for fall (even though fall is officially not here yet)!

I love fall quilts and pumpkin quilts and can add another one to the mix.

Here is a bit of eye candy!  Enjoy!


We have been getting frost advisories lately and we have been covering up some of the plants ...

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September 17, 2020
Alsatian Urn from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

In a perfect world, this post would be filled with pictures of our wonderful week of teaching at Baltimore on the Prairie at Lied Lodge in Nebraska. Sadly, COVID interfered with that perfect plan, but we are still anticipating with excitement the opportunity to visit next year,  September 8–11, 2021. You can visit the BOTP website, linked above, for all the details of the conference and see more about the classes we will be teaching, but we thought we would give you an "up-close and personal" tour of our blocks here on the blog. This week we will look ...

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It’s A Garden Party Row Along Day 4…. from Seams To Be Sew

It’s hard to believe we are already up to day 4 of the row along and next week we enter into the midway point. The...

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September 15, 2020
Hummingbirds and Hot Springs: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Aren’t Hummingbirds the greatest?

Don’t tell the Chameleon, but I think so. One of Nature’s little oddities, and beautiful into the bargain. We don’t have hummingbirds in Australia, and I’ve never seen one, although I’d love to one day. In the meantime I have settled for making an appliqué version…. yup, I started playing around with some of the free patterns being offered in the It’s A Garden Party Row Along that popped up last week. I hope you’ve had a chance to look into that blog hop for both the patterns ...

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It’s A Garden Party Row Along Day 3…. from Seams To Be Sew

It was a little bump in the night last Wednesday night that changed a few things for me for the next few weeks. I was...

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September 14, 2020
Halloween Patterns, Scrappy Blocks, Autumn Signs, Redwork Birds from Canadian Needle Nana

The sunlight in waves yesterday alternating with clouds - we walk in light then dark then light again. The tree tops all moving to wind imperceptible to us way down here on the path. No sign of the turtles-have they already taken to their muddy winter home? But there are fresh signs of autumn. 

This white hydrangea gets tinged with pinks when the overnight temperatures drop.
We had our first frost warning so I will have to get the geraniums brought inside. They are fairly hardy  though so no rush just yet. This year I dragged one of the old apple ...

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Prim Sew Along - Week Four!! from Bee In My Bonnet



"Kindness and Generosity"

Welcome to week four of the
 PRIM SEW ALONG!


We are making the
 PRIM QUILT
72" x 90"


We are also using the




And my newest fabric collection 
PRIM 
to make the quilt:)

I have already posted the
 post which details all of the supplies
 for the sew along and how it works.
I have also given the link there 
for the free PDF Download 
of the Sew Along Guide

to read that post.


So far we have made 
"PATRIOTISM and INDUSTRY"

for the first week blog ...

read more
September 11, 2020
Patience and Pinning, Birds and Books, Inspiration Galore from Canadian Needle Nana

 Everyone talking about fall here as after a wet August we are experiencing a rather cloudy September so far. Our temperatures are starting to take a dip too especially overnight with several going down to single digits. Time to order our firewood. Small sigh about that -though sorry to see this season end,  I'm looking forward to using the fireplace again. 

I received this magazine subscription from daughter for my birthday and the first issues arrived with a gorgeous bag as well.  Love Quiltmania, as you all know.  I actually deliberately didn't look through them till now as ...

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September 10, 2020
It’s A Garden Party Row Along Day 2…. from Seams To Be Sew

It’s always great to hear your feedback on the first day of the row along. Everything went so smoothly on Tuesday and everyone had such...

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Glamorous Clams, part 1 from Quilting and More...

I’ve made a little progress on stitching the pieces of my clamshells. I honestly think it would be doubly difficult to decide which designs to use if I hadn’t made a detailed stitch sampler, following directions posted on the Bernina web site. This allows me to flip through the pages of designs to decide which […]

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September 8, 2020
Nature New to Me, Autumn Flowers, Christmas Creeping In from Canadian Needle Nana

Though the air was quite warm almost moist feeling, the look of the landscape yesterday morning was dark and gloomy. Definitely a fall look to things though not a feel. I spotted the first of the wild asters, an autumn flower. So still lots of growing things to enjoy for a while longer. Like this orange/rust blanket flower type (not sure which it is as I've lost the packet, grrr) in the garden, another hardy perennial that is spreading well.

Here is a new to me bug which I enjoyed seeing up close. And he seemed to like ...

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Take that 2020! Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Take that 2020 colour board at Clever Chameleon

2020: What a Rodent of a Year!

Well, I think it is safe to say 2020, the Year of the Rat, has not gone to plan. I, for one, will be happy to draw a line under this year and recycle all my 2020 New Year’s hopes and plans for 2021. Easiest New Year’s resolutions ever and environmentally friendly too! </p>
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