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July 3, 2022
Thursdays' Three Free, Five Fledglings, Two Bleeding Hearts, One Basket Case Quilt from Canadian Needle Nana

I have had a good week and by good I mean productive as per a retired old lady. Played ball and walked the dogs a lot, cleaned and refilled the bird feeders, dug around a bit more in the garden, tidied the pesky cupboard and flotsam drawer. I also washed our bed pillows. Do you do that?  I run them through the machine with clorox and then again with no detergent a couple of times a year.  We don't have fancy ones that might need dry cleaning.  I swam a little too and took photos as well.  It goes ...

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July 2, 2022
Hay Making and Foxgloves... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

No stitching for me today...



Mowing the 2nd hay field...




I am not alone...


Lots and lots of turkey vultures...






they follow the mower looking for

tidbits to feed their young...






nothing goes to waste...






It was a beautiful day to be out of doors...






The field is mowed and I am heading for the barn !






It is Foxglove season here in the 

Pacific Northwest






Foxglove growing up and through 

an old squeeze chute...






Foxglove growing up through an 

irrigation pipe trailer...






I love the spotty throats inside the blooms...






Pink has never looked this good !












One of my favorite ...

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June 22, 2022
Thursdays' Three Free Patterns, Blooming Times, Lemon Cake, In My Genes from Canadian Needle Nana

The view out my kitchen window now the rose bushes on either side of the walkway are in bloom.  They will rebloom till frost gets at them in late October.

That box is one we keep there for deliveries. We started doing that during the pandemic and found it worked well. I think the drivers probably like it too with not having to come up all our steps. 

Another cake from daughter...a lemon one that I really loved. She made the lemon curd and combined it with a mousse cream topping.  It was just the treat with a cup ...

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June 2, 2022
Out and About from Romany Quilting

We've enjoyed a few little outings lately, meeting up with friends for lunch.  In fact, last week was very social indeed, with two lunches in a row.  The first was down at Paraparaumu Beach – where I did a drop-off with a bag of donations for Foster Hope, a charity which helps children in foster care.  The children often arrive at their foster homes with very little indeed,  so Foster Hope gives each child a back pack with toiletries, pajamas, underwear, and whatever else they made need.  My donation last week was a selection of 18 draw string bags for ...

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May 30, 2022
Improv Piecing and Spring in Western Oregon... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I am trying to finish up some improv pieces

I started back in 2020... 







I put a few up on the design wall...





I have a good start...

I think I will make lots more !




I went through the scrap bag and found pieces

leftover from a hexagon quilt I made

quite a few years ago:


I separated the scraps by color...





Doesn't this just make you want to

sit down and stitch?






While I stitch improv triangles,

I can see how they work together

across the room on the design wall...



I haven't spent ...

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May 20, 2022
New Tilda Project, Free Embroidery Patterns, Choki, Gardening from Canadian Needle Nana

Here I am up at the farm years back planting Morning Glories along the back yard area that the dogs roamed in. Murphy was keeping pace with me as I moved along. These are seeds I would have germinated in the tiny green house attached to the barn. I enjoyed training the vines up that fence to cover it up. Happy Spring Memories!

I've been following Choki on YouTube for about two years now. I've shared this before but thought I'd mention again for new readers.  I find whatever she makes looks so good and it also ...

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May 10, 2022
Becoming Grandma Kramer from Jo's Country Junction

My husband’s mom was a great lady.  I really loved her and she was so kind to me.  Even if I tried really hard, I couldn’t think of a bad thing to say about her.  Growing up, my kids all called her Grandma Kramer.

When I became a grandma my kids all decided that there was no way they were going to call me Grandma Kramer to their kids as they just couldn’t get past their Grandma Kramer to call me Grandma Kramer.  I was fine with that.  They asked me what I wanted to be called ...

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May 1, 2022
Weekly Wonders at the Wooden House from Canadian Needle Nana

The Eastern Phoebes are nest building on the back of the house. I'd cleared out last years nests and two pairs are using the exact spots again. Location, location, location, I guess. LOL

It was Anzac Day, April 25, recently. Newfoundlanders were the only North Americans to fight along side the Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli in World War I. This event is marked by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment each year. In 2021, the bands of both forces, while continents apart, linked up to make this video.  The piece is called Invercargill, named after a city in ...

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April 17, 2022
2 In Between Quilt Projects, Raisin Oat Cookies, Tulips For Planting Time from Canadian Needle Nana

Emily's Quotes- Pinterest

I've just put another pan of raisin oat cookies in the oven. The smell is fragrant.  Make no wonder cinnamon is so prized among spices; it makes anything baking smell so delicious.  
Outside we have had rotating bouts of snowflakes, hail, rain and yes even sunshine all these recent days. There was snow on the ground when I got up Sunday morning...I suspected because the light behind the blind seemed whiter. That bit didn't last at all.  Today we have a promise of 12 C. 

Getting back to the cookies, I used partial ...

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April 11, 2022
Canadian Spring, A Gardener's Alphabet, Links, Free Patterns, Inspiring Quilts from Canadian Needle Nana

Crabapple Hill Designs A Garden's Alphabet BOM, pink crayon tinted and embroidered. Blocks all done; assembly required.

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April 9, 2022
For the birds from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone, and happy (soon to be) Opening Day! This is a true sign of spring and is a big day in our household. It happens that our favorite team is opening here in Baltimore, so guess what we'll be doing next week? I hope we can find parking!

It has been a very busy week here, so all I got done was making some birds for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. They are super cute, though, so they have been hanging out here and cheering me up. Here's the whole flock of pink and yellow birds:
 

Aren't ...

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April 4, 2022
Tremendous and Trite Thursday Things From Me from Canadian Needle Nana

March Moon with planes flying again and UFO, LOL.

 Raining as I write, but Ned and I had a wonderful rain free walk early morning in the cool but invigorating fresh air. Saw three American Robins and two little Downy Woodpeckers while being seranaded by bird song all around. I sat on the skating shack steps, took time to breathe in the air and reminded myself of wonderful things I am very thankful for. 

                         I love that the Indiana Barred Owl live cam is back up and running. I've lost track of how many years I've watched.  She ...

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March 28, 2022
Morris Strawberry Thief, UFO Scrappy Runner, A Question, Ugly Gardening Perks from Canadian Needle Nana

Hello all! The Fur Papa and I are well and thankful to have our health and strength to see us through all our daily activities this week. That there is the first bread from our new bread machine. It worked so well-much quieter than the old and gave us a lovely loaf.

A quick question for you???? With a flying geese border, should the top and bottom be like the sides? I sewed a row together like this and now think it should be the same as the side strips. Is there a rule I wonder. 
I love these Ginger ...

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March 27, 2022
Sunday Chat with Wildlife from From My Carolina Home

It has been a full week of wildlife visitors, with lots of animals and birds stopping by. I give treats to some, and some I have to hold my breath not to scare away. There is a small herd of five female deer that live in the forest on our property and the adjoining properties. We don’t see them often, but this day My Sweet Babboo came in to tell me they were on the hill behind the house. We didn’t dare go out, as they would bound away, so I got the camera and took a photo ...

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March 25, 2022
March Marvels from Canadian Needle Nana

 Something I marvelled at...First I heard the ravens squawking and looked out the window. There were so many of them gathered in the trees at the back of the house, I was surprised.  All of them screeching. I ran to the door and went around the corner of the house in time to watch a barred owl flying by with all those ravens chasing it! An amazing sight. And no camera.

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March 14, 2022
Spring Springing, Slugging, Sashiko Stitching, Self-Soothing Slow Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

Hearing birds sing for the first time on a walk March 5 was an amazing moment. The cardinal was singing his tiny heart out then and every morning since.  Here are the pair that have been visiting my feeders all winter. I think they are the same as the female is notably small. Taken through my kitchen window. 


Neddy relaxing with his Star Wars blanket below. One year old last week. On the face book group, SIL asked all the owners of his 8 litter mates to share a birthday photo and all 9 of us chimed in with wonderful ...

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February 18, 2022
All the aqua birdies from The Academic Quilter

 Hello all! First, thanks to everyone who sent their good thoughts about Hands2Help after the last post. I'm excited about what's happening this year. If you want to check it out, look back to the post right HERE. Also, if you scroll all the way down, Roseanne was kind enough to make a clickable button, and you can get the code right there. Thanks Roseanne!

But more on that later! This was yet another hard week, but the situation causing all of the stress should be coming to a happy resolution soon. Yahoo! I'm looking forward to ...

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February 13, 2022
Sunday Chat from From My Carolina Home

Colder temperatures have brought the birds to the feeder this past week. My Sweet Babboo put a new suet cake out for them and it was eagerly pounced upon by this downy woodpecker.

The cardinal pair came by too, along with an entourage of goldfinches still wearing their winter drab. But they are brightening up a bit here and there and in a month or so will be vibrant yellow again.

The male shares the feeder with another goldfinch.

There were four bluebirds here one day. I got two of them in one photo but they wouldn’t cooperate to ...

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February 1, 2022
Eight Everyday Tiny Wonders from Canadian Needle Nana

 I didn't look far to find things to be grateful for and happy about this week. Here is my list.

When I got to the bottom of my bowl of oatmeal and saw a beautiful cardinal...The relief I felt when I found the pom pom Neddy chewed off my woolen cap-  after I thought he ate it!

When I saw this beautiful painting and it stopped me in my tracks because back when I was trying to paint I thought my desire to outline things was only for cartooning. And I do love tulip shapes in paintings, drawings ...

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January 30, 2022
Baby Quilt.....Minions from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

This is how I spent a few hours yesterday:



Minions....Baby Quilt



This is the panel BEFORE quilting:


The quilting brings these panels to life !






505 Spray

My favorite for spray basting quilts





Lots of BIG SWIRLS are FUN !





Brings a SMILE to my face !





Yummy flannel for the backing...

As soon as I get the binding on this,

it will be winging its' way cross country.



While loading hay this morning

I noticed this Blue Heron perched in a tree

in the barn lot:


They are such beautiful birds...





They spend their time fishing along the river.


CLICK HERE ...

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