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September 12, 2019
pluggin' along . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I've tried, I've tried, I've tried.  And for the most part, I've been successful.  I've continued to work towards at least 15 minutes of something stitching/quilting/crafting related.  Between work and church and the camp and family, there have been a couple of days where I've slacked. Ah well.  I'll keep plugging away! :)

You'll notice the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop button on my sidebar!  I'm participating in the hop--I'm SO excited!  
My day will be October 10th ... if you know me well, you might understand why that day is ...

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September 11, 2019
Another - Look What You Can Do! from Kitty and Me Designs

Small cross stitch patterns are perfect for crazy quilting! 

I can't wait to do more of these!!

The patterns are in my Etsy store!

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Apple Cranberry Clafouti Recipe from The Artist’s Inn, Lancaster PA from Jacquelynne Steves

About a month ago, my husband and I decided that we needed to get away- It was a very stressful, busy month, and we just needed to decompress for a couple of days! We headed for one of our favorite destinations, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We enjoy driving through the peaceful country side, stopping at little shops, and staying in quaint country inns. We try to stay at a different place each time we go. This time, we stayed at The Artist's Inn, in Terre Hill.  We enjoyed sitting on our deck and looking over the beautiful gardens and countryside ...

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September 10, 2019
New Releases Halloween Cross Stitch Patterns from Kitty and Me Designs

Halloween is one of my favorite little holidays!  I love cute little pumpkins, ghosts, witches and spiders!  And then there's the black cats, sunflowers and colorful leaves!!

I've been designing and these are what I've come up with:

Which one is your favorite?

All are available in my Etsy store!!!

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September 9, 2019
Paradise No Longer from Canadian Needle Nana

A decidedly chilly air this morning made me glad I'd shrugged on my jacket as I was leaving the basement. Especially dark along the path through the fir trees.  All the talk of hurricanes happening far away make me think twice about further bemoaning the end of our lovely August weather. I hold that thought as I'm shivering in the breeze over the pond. The weather is turning more drastic it seems. Many of these places that seemed like paradise to us here in Canada, no longer appear as wonderful.  The scenes of devastation are so grim and ...

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September 7, 2019
Look What You Can Do!! from Kitty and Me Designs

Look what you can do with these little cross stitch designs:

Small cross stitch patterns are perfect for crazy quilting!  Stitch the designs on 14 count Aida and sew it into your block during the foundation piecing process.  Or, piece your block and applique it on!  Either way, you'll have a beautiful, unique and fun project to stitch!

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September 5, 2019
Pumpkin Sky Pillow: Let's feature a white pumpkin! from Carried Away Quilting

Hello quilting friends!  I’m popping in today to share a small project I’m working on, another Pumpkin Sky pillow. This one features a white pumpkin with butterscotch-colored flying geese on a scrumptious denim blue background. I still need to add the side borders and then quilt and bind my pillow, but I already love how it looks.

Below is a photo of my original Pumpkin Sky pillow, sewn up in a much more traditional autumn/Halloween color palette and quilted by the super talented Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. Isn't her artistry just amazing? Pumpkin Sky is ...

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September 2, 2019
Ottawa Views, Last of the Lilies, Free Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

 Ottawa itself is known for its green spaces and we are surrounded by farmland here a little outside the city. Our drives in any direction take us through fields of crops and grazing animals. Recently I tested my new camera for action photos and took these as we were driving.

I love that there are still small farms where you can stop in for eggs or locally raised meat.
The corn is getting high.
  Something so calm and peaceful feeling about the sight of farm houses with the barns and silos.
Coming here from somewhere coastal where it's all ...

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August 27, 2019
20 FREE Fall Projects To Quilt, Sew & Embroider from Jacquelynne Steves

If you were to ask me what my favorite season is, I would say Fall is in my top 2. Fall puts me in the mood for cool-weather projects and colors, a cup of hot tea and a piece of freshly baked apple pie. In fact, I think the majority of people name Autumn (or "Fall," for those of us in North America) as their favorite season! It's definitely a season of "comfort"- comfortable clothes, comfort food, and of course, cozy comfortable quilts! If you love Fall, you're going to love these projects that we have gathered for ...

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August 12, 2019
feeling sketchy . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I like to doodle and draw and sketch.  I'm not a great artist (by any stretch of the imagination), but I do enjoy taking pencil to paper and sketching things out.  After finishing up the bike and the squirrel stitcheries (which, let me be clear, were transfers I purchased), I decided I wanted some more autumn-ish designs to stitch out.  

So I started scribbling . . .
My struggle in converting a 'doodle' to a pattern for a stitchery is that I have a hard time with clean lines! But it was fun to spend time on them and I feel confident ...

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March 12, 2019
Scrapping away still from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I'm not going to talk about the fact that it's already well into March. Much better to talk about fabric and projects and everything else except how fast time flies. That's what you get when you look in the mirror I told  myself.  Just don't look and you wont have to think about it.  LOL.
In my attempt to reduce my stash,  I may have been a little successful since I spoke with you last, because at least I haven't bought any new fabric!!  Progress has been made on a number of projects, and I ...

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November 19, 2018
Thanksgiving Tablescape from From My Carolina Home

I love Thanksgiving, it is my favorite day of the year!  We usually don’t have company on the day, but we enjoy extending the holiday through the weekend before getting to the December frenzy.  On Saturday, we are having a small dinner party of six, so of course that means a pretty table.  I set it up early so I can enjoy it all week.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2018 at

Place settings begin with the autumn color placemats I use frequently this time of year.  I still love the gold flatware with autumn colors so those are used again too.  I decided not to ...

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November 11, 2018
Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

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November 9, 2018
pick a pumpkin outtakes . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Bet you didn't expect to see that in a blog post title today! But I thought it might be kinda fun.  I shared the final projects on my Pick a Pumpkin day (which included a giftaway!) . . .
But you didn't get to see the *process*. 

I shared that originally I was just going to do the valance and added the placemats on the spur. But that's not quite true.  Originally _first_ I'd thought to do a wall-hanging . . .
Designed it in EQ and everything. Not sure what changed my mind, but it was after I'd done the ...

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Hiking Devils Courthouse and another visitor from From My Carolina Home

Autumn is finally coming to our part of the world.  It is a bit late this year due to the warm temperatures continuing long past its normal time.  We decided to take a hike last week at Devil’s Courthouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see some of the color.  Driving up the parkway, we decided to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn as it was the last day it would be open for the season.  Views from there are really wonderful.

Hiking the Devil's Courthouse at

The Inn is high on the parkway, around 5000 feet, and the colors were somewhat muted this ...

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November 1, 2018
Free Embroidery Pattern- Coffee Shop Puppy! from Jacquelynne Steves

This free embroidery pattern is called Coffee Shop Puppy! When I was drawing it, I was imagining a cute little "hipster" type of puppy who would enjoy hanging out at the coffee shop with his friends, warming up with some cocoa or lattes! Can you imagine how cute that would be?  It would be soooo cute framed, or as a pillow. Add it to a snuggly quilt for the favorite kid or "tween" in your life. You could also print it out for the kids and grandkids to use as a coloring sheet. The possibilities are endless!! Getting creative with ...

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October 29, 2018
Stitching on a Snowy Sunday from Canadian Needle Nana

Last of Autumn photos.  Imagine my surprise to see this aster making a final show despite two brushings of snow. Everything else has succumbed to their pre-winter fate. Alas covered in 5 cm of snow this morning.

Meanwhile inside, pretty purples and pinks as well.  One of four appliqued birds for this panel of the Pot of Flowers. Pure fun making these.

And more fun sewing. Fingers flying trying to accomplish my OMG but also just want to have a pumpkin piece finish for the fall. My Blanket Stitch skills are getting quite a workout!

Watching this show has helped ...

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October 28, 2018
busyness et al. . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It has been a busy month, which makes me feel a little justified in the huge gap between my last post and this one.  Of course, this is the (so called) blogger who skipped out on blogging from December  2017 through May 2018.  What's 26 days?!?  LOL!

But I realized I need to get on in here and plug the upcoming blog hop I'm participating in!  I'm so excited . . . and if you know me at all, when you see what it is, you'll know why!
It's the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  It kicks off ...

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October 25, 2018
24 MORE Free Projects to sew for Fall! from Jacquelynne Steves

When is your favorite season for sewing? For me, it is definitely when the weather turns cooler... it just feels cozy and perfect for being in the house. I like to imagine myself in a sisterhood with women who came before me... A couple of hundred years ago when we lived more seasonally, warm long days meant working outside and preparing food for the upcoming winter. But the shorter, cooler days signaled the time for hunkering down and spending more time indoors, doing activities like sewing. And yes, I like to sometimes imagine myself as one of the Ingalls, out ...

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Throwback Thursday–An Autumn Wholecloth Quilt from The Inbox jaunt

    Good Morning, Quilters! I LOVE the beautiful days of Autumn in Minnesota! I will be outside today, raking leaves, putting my roses to bed and taking photos. All the while, I will be soaking in the beauty of … Continue reading

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