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November 8, 2018
Fabric Shopping, Good News Stories from Canadian Needle Nana

Hello from the land of Flying Leaves! 

This is Portsmouth by Minick and Simpson for Moda.  I bought a fat quarter bundle on special at The Fat Quarter Shop and I just love the quality and colours. Some of the pieces have a very chintzy look that I like.  Perhaps for the Dear Daughter Quilt; btw that block of the month is still continuing at Sentimental Stitches and you can download 4 patterns a month for free.  Or perhaps the mighty Caswell Quilt...I have the patterns for that as well...Daughter gave me the set last Christmas.  Dreaming here ...

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October 18, 2018
New Zealand Bird of the Year from Romany Quilting

This in an annual competition ran by the Forest and Bird Society.  The votes have all been counted and the New Zealand Bird of the Year for 2018 is……….the kereru, or wood pigeon.   A large bird which crashes through the forest canopy in search of berries to eat.  The fate of many forests is linked to that of the kereru, as it's the only native bird big enough to swallow and disperse the large fruit of karaka, miro, tawa and taraire.

Image result for photo of kereru

As some of you know, we are currently on holiday in our caravan.  And I just happen ...

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October 1, 2018
Bird Sweater Season and Pumpkins Too from Canadian Needle Nana

Just like that it seems, Mother Nature snaps a finger and it is Bird Sweater season. Love this sweater!

And since this season is already here, I've been wondering if I really wanted to/had the time/ inclination,etc. to  sew something with pumpkins this year.  First I had to check if I had enough orange/autumnal colours.  I have to admit what a surprise it was to realize I had this much hiding in my smallish cupboard- orange is just about my least favourite colour (probably next to purple) when it comes to choosing material.  So lack of ...

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September 21, 2018
Fleur de Lis is back, baby! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Innocent of all charges!
UPS came by this afternoon and handed over a big box. The inside was filled with mostly air and very heavy cardboard, but in a sliver of space was my Dell computer. That one that Milly plowed onto the floor. 

It's all better, which is great because I expected they would have to replace the whole thing. Nope, but there's a new hard drive and electrical outlet thingy and some plastic casing. That baby can do some damage!

Storms can bring in some beautiful clouds.
I love the way this one has that line ...

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September 16, 2018
I’ve been looking everywhere! from Romany Quilting

This weekend we are away at a caravan club rally, a chance to give my sore throat and head a change of scene.  I’m slowly coming right, and as often happens, my cough worsens at night.  While packing up for our three day weekend away, I was looking everywhere for my sewing pouch, where I keep my New Zealand Botanical stitchery blocks.  I looked here, and there, in all sorts of cubby holes, and then again in the places I’d already searched, just in case it’d missed it the first time!  Checked the caravan of course, but ...

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September 10, 2018
Ugly Skin, Redwork and Composting from Canadian Needle Nana

Have you ever done this?  Put aside a bunch of clothes to bring to the goodwill and then gone back to the bag later on and pulled out something and put it on?? I did that very thing recently.  The warm, humid weather continued last week and I don't have that many short sleeved blouses (because of my vitiligo) and I remembered one I'd put in that bag and went and got it.
Some days you just need short sleeves...ugly arms or not!  I'll be brave and show you what I'm talking about.

Sometimes when ...

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Summer's End... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Our Bartlett Pear tree is giving

us a big harvest this year...

We collect a box full each morning...

2 canner loads to process each day...

14 jars of pears a day.

We will enjoy these over the winter months.

Our Gravenstein Apple tree has also kept us busy:

3 pies came out of the oven today.

I try and stitch whenever I get the chance:

I have been working on this curved piece

sunflower quilt this summer.

I have been finishing up tote bags

from all of the messy painted canvas

that was painted earlier in the year.

We ...

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August 6, 2018
Swimming, Stitching, Bill Nighy! from Canadian Needle Nana

                                            Image result for mary engelbreit summer
This is me...with yet another heat wave warning, I am spending a lot of time floating in the pool and trying to keep my flowers in the garden alive and blooming.  Though I don't wear my flowers on my head, I do wear a hat which is okay because I only do the breast stroke.
 And sad news, my thighs have truly run amok.  Usually swimming will tame them into some semblance of sort of fitness, but this year that isn't happening. They're remaining vanilla pudding thighs, but what odds, they still work.  That's going ...

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July 30, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: art quilts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I'm doing something a little differently today. Instead of finding inanimate objects or colors or whatever, I've pulled some of my favorite art quilts and am pairing them with everyday quilts--those not made to be viewed as art. Everyday quilts here means the maker was making them to be used in whatever capacity on a daily basis. 

Here are many of my modern / abstract quilts.  The most recent are at the top.
Beginning with this beautiful little aqua art quilt,
one might be inspired 
by the color, 
A vintage Philco television, with its side-mounted speaker and signature screen shape, inspired this Mod TV quilt from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. The Weighted Log Cabin block variation has a shape similar to the Philco and a midcentury modern feel.
or by the color and block.

Mixed media wall hangings by textile artist Sharon McCartney (these images no longer on her website)
These smart neutral
quilts might inspire 

this winter landscape
I just can't seem to get enough of these birch tree quilts! I have had a few people ask me to write a pattern and give a class for my birch tree quilts,
or this birch tree quilt
with a lovely blue sky.
Wonderful Mini Swap                                                                                                                                                                                 More
A ...

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July 23, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Hummers from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've always been infatuated with little hummingbirds. Once, when I was still very young, I caught one in my hand as it buzzed around my mom's roses. 

HummingbirdNapo Sabrewing (Campylopterus villaviscensio)

It stuck me (as opposed to pecked) me in that soft part of the palm that connects the thumb and forefinger. I think it surprised me much more than hurt. He got away!


Once I got up close and personal with that pretty little fella, I really became curious. No, I didn't try to catch another one. I just look at them as they fly around and at the many ...

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July 8, 2018
Where has the Week gone? from Romany Quilting

This week has just rushed by, and I haven’t really got much to show for it.  With my sewing machine away been serviced, I thought I’d have plenty of time to do all sorts of things.  But that didn’t really go to plan, although I did a little hand stitching during the week.  And stitched on the label for my Winter Quilt Festival wall-hanging too.  Although one of my aims was to get my Christmas ABC quilt pinned ready for quilting, but that didn’t happen.  I took a trip up to the quilt shop to purchase ...

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July 6, 2018
A Lake Side Canada Day from Canadian Needle Nana

Me at the lake cottage for Canada Day weekend, with humidity flattened hair and happy smile. I love large family gatherings and enjoyed every minute of our time together. 
But what I'm attempting to show you is my skirt...a new Joe purchase- navy with pretty shells all over and that flowing style so comfortable and cool.  The Talbots top was bought many years ago and is a gauzy material.  Also perfect for summer heat.

There was a breeze off the lake at all times and my bedroom had a small balcony. I slept well and woke early so ...

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June 29, 2018
Bye bye sewing machine from Romany Quilting

Today I waved goodbye to my sewing machine, as it was taken away to be serviced.  I’m sure it will come back better than ever and I can get back to my various projects.  Quilters tend to use their sewing machines continuously, so we shouldn't skimp of the cost of an annual service.

Off to be serviced

I’ve enjoyed a very social week, with one outing after another, which is a little unusual, but that’s the way it is occasionally.  So although I haven’t been rattling the dice and rolling it this week, I have ...

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June 22, 2018
June in the Garden from From My Carolina Home

It has just been so frazzling hot here, with humidity at 68% early in the morning, it is hard to get out and get some weeding done.  I started early one morning, and had to come in after only an hour, in desperate need of a shower.   Even though the temperature was only 70°F, combined with that humidity was miserable.   The flowers seem to like it for the most part, and I shared the garden with a number of large honey bees that morning too.  Picture heavy post coming today.

June in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The white lily gave us two blooms this year ...

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June 13, 2018
AGF Mystery Monday Giveaway - BIG REVEAL! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Happy Wednesday! Can't believe we're already in the middle of June, already. To keep your "hump day" exciting and yes, I know you're all patiently waiting for the reveal of what of our first "AGF Mystery Monday" is going to be, the time has finally come!

In case you missed it, we recently launched a NEW GIVEAWAY - AGF Mystery Monday that we'll be hosting once a month where we'll be giving away a MYSTERY BAG (yes, it will have fabric in it and other goodies too) that you can win by entering and ...

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June 8, 2018
Iris and New Calf... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

The Iris bed is really putting on a show...

100 Iris here in the front flower bed.

The aroma is lovely.

It is hard to walk by them 

without grabbing the camera!

The Cowboy built this bird house years ago...

Each Spring Tree Swallows come to nest...

The male Tree Swallow waits patiently outside

while the female sits on the eggs inside...

It won't be long until we hear

baby birds peeping!

Yes, we are still calving...

This is our newest Baby.....Ben

Ben.....asleep under a foxglove.

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June 4, 2018
Blues, Baskets and BOM's from Canadian Needle Nana

So much to love these early summer days. It is all about the garden for me right now which I'm enjoying very much.  And my body seems to be adjusting and not complaining as much.

June is an amazing month - one heralded with rejoicing back in my teaching days.  The mood in any school just lifts off at this time of year the kids are so happy- as happy as the teachers might be, no one knows how to show joy like children do.

A couple of nature's blues...
I know it is a poor carpenter that blames ...

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June 3, 2018
Icebergs, Bandanas on Dogs,and Quilts from Canadian Needle Nana

Since we are both lifelong dog lovers (and cat lovers too, but not quite the same), we have a lot of dog paraphernalia around the house. We love this plaster dalmatian, a reminder of the three Hubby has had in his life.  The last one, Lacie, was also my pet for the last three years of her 17 total.

She lived all her days from puppyhood onward at the old place- the farm, and is buried there.  I wrote this short post about saying Goodbye to Lacie, the Dalmatian.  I am so thankful for pets and the pleasure they give ...

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May 31, 2018
Progress In the Garden from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

I (Teri) love to spend time in my garden, or in any garden, for that matter! My garden is much different in our new home, but one thing remains constant: I have portulacas planted along my sidewalk—a long-standing tradition as a tribute to my great-grandparents' garden. (See A Walk Through the Garden.) We have had a rather odd spring this year, with warm temperatures late in arriving and such a plethora of rain that sunshine is sparse. But my hostas and coneflowers are huge and already sporting flower buds, so they must be happy. And when my garden is ...

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May 20, 2018
Air Fryers, Aprons and Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

Woken this morning by Rex barking his head off.  We usually have a lone turkey and this was the very first time the whole family showed up. Barkworthy indeed!
The females do not seem that impressed by that male!

Hind View !

Murphy took her usual morning dip in the pond.  She's done this every day since there was a crack in the ice. Cold temps obviously don't bother her.  This greatly enhances her unique doggy smell for the rest of the day!

Rex, on the other hand, hates getting his feet wet, never mind his body.

I like ...

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