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October 14, 2020
Missing These Birds, Golden October, Halloween Quilting, Thanksgiving Free Pattern from Canadian Needle Nana

Right now I am missing these little birds. I'm missing their song and the way they fly through the air snatching flying insects and return to the same spot to perch like on my lamp light.   In fact, sat there enough that a cleaning of the lights is now in order.   Eastern Phoebes have nested here every year using the various sheds and building distinctive nests with mud and moss.                             I'm also missing the hummingbirds. Though silent, they were a constant fixture this summer flitting about the two feeders.  

  I have to take in their feeders and clean ...

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October 7, 2020
I'm still here, are you still there? from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

 Last week, I found this happy place -- so many pumpkins and squash and gourds!
I just let myself have at it -- it was like fabric shopping but I don't have to make anything out of them!
I can just sit and admire them!
Then we can eat them or feed them to my son's chickens!
Win, win!!
Fall happens so fast here and I don't want to miss my favorite parts of it.
So I've been indulging myself and staying outside as much as possible.  That means there hasn't been much stitching (saving that for ...

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October 6, 2020
Thrift Store Scores, Natures Pinks/Violets, Dreamy Hearts Quilt, Bathing Birds from Canadian Needle Nana


This is a close up of phlox.  A few bunches are here and there all over the garden. There is white as well but not nearly as showy. It was an excellent year for phlox and it did well despite the July heat and drought. Another wonderful perennial for a little further back in a flower bed.

I was struck while out and about by how much violet/pink is represented in an autumn time garden. Here is a smattering.

The sedum which is coming into bloom. There are two kinds here.

This bull thistle

Still prized by a few ...

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October 4, 2020
happy october . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Hello October, I'm so happy that you're here!  It's *birthday* month and it's blog hop month, too!  :)

I finished stitching up Mr. Jack O'Lantern!  
He's such fun.  But I felt he needed something a little more than a hoop or mug rug finish. I think I found (or rather, made) the perfect solution . . .
Yay!  It's a slipcover for a Christmas pillow I've had for ages. I may go back and quilt the face of it later.  Maybe.  Right now, I'm liking is just as it is, where it is!

I got ...

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Hello, Autumn, Darling Quilt from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!

Are you enjoying autumn as much as I am?
It makes me want to curl up with a new quilt,
for keeping cozy on these cool evenings.

I was stricken with All-Hallows-Eve fever
from the moment I discovered this beautiful fabric
from Fig Tree Quilts.
I first saw it used with the "Merry Christmas, Darling" quilt pattern
from Cotton Way, and it shot to the top of my must-make list.

I found this pattern to be extremely enjoyable to sew.

At first, I planned to stick with the color arrangement
shown on the pattern cover.

Pretty soon, though ...

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September 28, 2020
Hello, Autumn from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!

It's been quite a while since I've posted.
Something happens every year,
that refreshes me and recharges my creativity...
it's called Autumn.

Here in Pennsylvania,
fall shows up for a day or two here and there,
before the leaves change
and summer goes away for a long long time.
It's perfect weather for a caramel latte
and some homemade pumpkin bread.

The colors of fall lift my spirits,
and they show up in flowers as well as on the trees.

My husband and I recently bought a Cricut Maker.
I hope to share lots ...

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September 27, 2020
stitchin' along . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

One more stitchery finished . . .
I was really pleased with this simple stitchery! I finished it out like I've done several in the recent past.  I put it in a bamboo hoop, backed it with felt, and trimmed the rim out.  I took this one to work to enjoy!
Speaking of enjoying things at work, my special order of chai tea, by Samovar, finally arrived!  I enjoyed a nice cuppa Thursday afternoon, along with a shortbread cookie!
SEC football season started up today ... hip, hip, hooray!  Our church is having a Tailgate Party outside tomorrow after services.  
Todd made his ...

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Autumn Quilts for Decorating from From My Carolina Home

I’ve been doing autumn theme quilts since my early days of quilting.  The second quilt I ever did was a huge, oversized king with tossed leaves on a beige background.  One of the three borders has uneven numbers of flying geese on each side.  It was only the second quilt I had entered into competition and I won my first ribbon with it.  I called it Autumn Breeze.

It is quilted with a swirly design pantograph (by someone else) that gives the feeling of wind.  It won an honorable mention for design.  And with that, I was hooked on ...

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September 25, 2020
Mums The Word... from From the Strawberry Patch...

... well, actually autumn is the word; the chrysanthemums have been planted and there's most definitely been a change in the weather; cooler, breezy days have replaced the heat and humidity for a refreshing new perspective. I baked an apple pie this past week from the fruit that I picked while visiting New England the week before. It turned out great, no so with the InstantPot recipe for baked

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Mums The Word... from From the Strawberry Patch...

... well, actually autumn is the word; the chrysanthemums have been planted and there's most definitely been a change in the weather; cooler, breezy days have replaced the heat and humidity for a refreshing new perspective. I baked an apple pie this past week from the fruit that I picked while visiting New England the week before. It turned out great, no so with the InstantPot recipe for baked

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September 16, 2020
happy wednesday . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I'm going to start with the big news, right off the bat . . .
One.  Hundred.  Days.  

Can you believe it?!?  How much stitching do you have to do in order to be ready for it? That's the million dollar question, isn't it?  LOL!

Late Sunday afternoon I finally sat down to stitch, but got distracted by a new TeaTime Holidays magazine . . .
Yeah, more Christmas! Though the first tea party they share is a Thanksgiving one! It justified having the pumpkin blondie with my mug of pumpkin spice tea.

I combated Monday work blues by 'fallifying" my office space ...

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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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September 9, 2020
Tuesday To Do, Fitness Dreams, Free Halloween Patterns, Giant Among Hostas from Canadian Needle Nana

It was a long weekend here in Ontario with a lot of folks heading to cottages or campgrounds. This week I talked to Mom about the few times we went camping as a family.  We didn't do much of that because, as Dad put it, Sally can't keep the floor of the tent as clean as she'd like it. Yes, my mother lived by the law that cleanliness is next to Godliness and part of that was having a floor so clean the neighbours would say "you could eat off it". 

We both enjoy this reminiscing and ...

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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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August 19, 2020
increasing my fiber . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Over the weekend I was very thready. I sorted through all the floss I've accumulated (some from the estate sale) . . . it was a huge hodge podge in multiple containers (or not):
A mess. And even after I'd sorted most of it out, I still had this unsightly tangle to deal with . . .
And I actually did tackle and tame it!
Now I just need to purchase more floss cards so I can wrap it (and it can stay relatively tidy).

I also picked up (when I ordered it online and it was sent to my po box and I ...

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August 15, 2020
All About the Academy! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

It seems like just yesterday that Teri and I (Kara) were showcasing our very first Academy of Appliqué class offerings. It's hard to believe that 5 years ago, we were sharing our Secret Garden and Floral Wreath blocks. For our 2021 class, we are thrilled to be able to show you the first set of blocks in our Village Wanderings Series—Homes.

These quaint houses were inspired by European homes and cottages—specifically from Alsace, France. We fell in love with the old timbered structures and beautiful colors, so we turned them into these four seasonal homes "built" out ...

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December 1, 2019
the blahs . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Todd and I both kicked off Thanksgiving week with the crud.  He went to the doc on Monday; I went on Wednesday.  Luckily we had delayed our Thanksgiving celebration until Friday (to be able to celebrate with Joc and her family), but both of us left the doctor's office with antibiotics (among other meds), which meant by the time we celebrated, we both felt better, but still not great. It is what it is.  The two of us spent Thursday quietly.  We watched my one of my favorite Christmas movies . . .
The Homecoming.  It was the pilot for The Walton ...

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November 21, 2019
Saying Goodbye To The Thanksgiving Collection from The Ruthless Crafter

It's time to say goodbye to the Thanksgiving Collection this Saturday, November 23rd so grab your fave hat or crochet pattern before they're gone for good.

The post Saying Goodbye To The Thanksgiving Collection appeared first on .

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November 17, 2019
Working on the Autumn Wool Work Runner from From My Carolina Home

Picking up where I left off during Autumn Jubilee, I have made a bit of progress on the Wool Runner.  I wasn’t able to finish it before the end of the event, so I had to continue working on it in November.  If you missed that and you’d like the free pattern, click on – Autumn Jubilee 2019 Wool StitchAlong

Wool Stitch Along at

The runner design is two sections on each end of a runner.  I pinned the next sections in place.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Project at

Each end is similar but not exactly the same.  The elements are the same but the colors and placement is ...

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November 13, 2019
November Tablescape from From My Carolina Home

November is such a great month for tables, with all the lovely colors of fall.  I like to set an everyday table for us to enjoy all month, this time featuring the two large pilgrim figures I inherited.

November Tablescape at

To begin, I wanted the table to be full of color, so I put the burgundy tablecloth down first, and topped it with my cornucopia and maple leaf quilted table topper.

November Tablescape at

I found four of these pumpkin plates at the thrift store recently and now was the perfect time to use them.  I set them on our everyday white stoneware and brown ...

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