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January 12, 2019
Spinner Rings, Finishes, Domestic Minutiae from Canadian Needle Nana

Why must you always be doing something?  Hubby asks me.
 He's referring to my way of getting things done.  I can't just sit and read, or watch t.v. or take a nap.  I have to have a couple of things on the go at once.  My stitching in my hands, audio book or music playing, the washing machine running, etc. But I'm not frenetic about is all done in my own, "mind my own business" quiet way.  For a guy who is generally focused on one job at a time, it doesn't seem ...

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Erica Wilson's Children's World Flip Thru from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I've been at the thrift shop again, leafing through old needlework books. There are neat projects hidden behind some of these dated covers, but I still didn't expect what I found in Erica Wilson's Children's World.

Does this book look like it would have a latch hook Fozzie Bear rug? Or a three dimensional wall hanging including most of the Muppets?

I was a bit less surprised by all of the Beatrix Potter crewel, which I'm honestly more likely to actually make for myself. This was three dollars well spent, even if the directions for ...

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January 11, 2019
Strip Quilt Secrets Blog Hop & Give-Away! from Val's Quilting Studio

Diane who blogs at Butterfly Threads Quilting makes the most wonderful scrappy quilts! I'm always inspired by her combination of bright colors and fabric patterns to design such a variety of patterns. When she published her first book: Scrap Book Secrets, I devoured it, reading it cover to cover and taking note, especially as I read her chapter of Quilt Making Basics. And now she's done it again!!


I quickly volunteered to be part of her book release blog hop as I've had this tote of 30's repro fabric strips that I had cut ...

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January 9, 2019
{I've Been Reading} Catch Me if Yukon from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Catch Me if Yukon by Maddy Hunter

Emily and her tour group of travelling seniors are touring Alaska and, as always, they're in a heated competition to see who can post the most viral photo online. The twist is that this time one of them  snaps an accidental picture of what appears to be Bigfoot and it does draw media attention, much to the dismay of the other group members. Not that Emily has a lot of time to deal with that -- as usual with one of her tours, there's been a fatality and the local authorities are ...

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January 5, 2019
Firsts from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Don't we love to document our "firsts"? The first block of a project? First child? After we get the first out of the way, the rest doesn't really count. I have a couple of firsts to share today.

Wednesday was M's FIRST day at school. Yes - she's off to Vancouver Film School to up her game in the acting world. Sounds like she's having a blast and hopefully learning lots. Good luck M!! Someday we hope to see your name in lights!!! Well technically that's theatre, but you never know where life will take ...

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January 4, 2019
Craftsy Pattern Purchase Update from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Quilt Friends,

I wanted to alert you that Craftsy is rebranding to BluPrint as of January 8, 2019.  I thought I would make sure you knew that in case you downloaded one or more of my patterns from Craftsy in 2018. 

I highly suggest that you make sure you have downloaded all of your patterns (from any designer) to your own computer.  That way, you will be sure to have access to your pattern purchases in the future.


Also, I wanted to let you know that my current and new patterns will ...

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January 3, 2019
{I've Been Reading} The New Maizie Albright Book from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

NC-17 by Larissa Reinhart

I waited what felt like forever for this book to come out, then life got busy and it took me almost a month to find time to read it and I loved every page...and now I'm back to waiting impatiently for the next book to come out.  I can't tell you what I loved most about the book without spoiling the plot. It has almost all of the things I loved about the previous books (and the one that's missing is missing for a good reason) and it's also got teenage ...

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December 31, 2018
Last Quilty Project for the Year from Indigo Threads

 It's the end of the year, and I've got one last blog post for 2018.

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas and have been enjoying the holidays.  On the 20th we watched our granddaughters dance in their ballet school's Nutcracker selections.  They both dance on-point now and they each had their first solos!  A very exciting time for them!

We had a great time Christmas Eve at our oldest son's home with his family, and then a quiet day on Christmas, just the 3 of us at home.  It will be a quiet New Year ...

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December 28, 2018
It's time to get organized! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It's that time of the year. Everyone (except DH) makes resolutions. OK - not everyone. I don't really make resolutions either. But I make goals. Goals are way easier to reach because there's a definite end to them. I was digging through some paperwork and found some resolutions (goals) from a while back and I'll share them with you another day. Very interesting!

But one of my challenges is that I have a lot of stuff. Is it too much? Probably, but my mindset is that if I have the room to store it, then I have ...

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December 7, 2018
Rainy Friday from Bayou Quilts

Incoming Mail

from Hannah
 from Connie (somehow I missed posting this last month,
but I love those cats)
 postcard from Christine

I've been a little frazzled lately.  Too many ideas and plans and projects started and not finished.  I'm completely disorganized and paying for it. 

As I type, I'm having to sit on the edge of the chair because Edgrrr is crowding me.  When he couldn't get in my lap, he decided to get behind me push me out.  He's warm, but annoying.  

He won possession of the chair, and after having his picture taken ...

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December 5, 2018
I'll be Reading Soon... from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Actually, I have been reading a very good cozy mystery set on the coast, but there hasn't been a lot of time for that over the past few days...mostly because I've been stitching on hedgehogs and a fun new holiday project.

But now I definitely will be reading a lot faster. Larissa Reinhart has a new Maize Albright book out!  I've been waiting anxiously for this ever since I read the last line of the previous book. 

Have I told you how much I love pre-ordering Kindle titles? You buy the book in advance and as ...

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December 1, 2018
Dude Crafts from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

It looked like Dude Crafts by Mike Warren might be a good choice for my sons. Obviously  I'm not the intended audience for this book, but it's not suitable for my eighteen year old either.

A handful of the projects are neat. I could see making rings out of quarters, or a branding iron out of old bicycle spokes. And (in theory at least) I guess it's nice to know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich on a car muffler or heat lasagna in the dish washer. The instructions for making a metal forge out of ...

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November 27, 2018
{I've Been Reading} Midsummer Mayhem from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Midsummer Mayhem by Marty Wingate

Pru Parke is thrilled, and maybe a little intimidated, to find herself in charge of the grounds of a private estate. The regular gardener quit in a huff after losing patience with the Shakesperean troupe that will be putting on A Midsummer Night's Dream on the grounds. At first, Pru's enthusiasm is over having access to the gorgeous gardens that have always been concealed behind locked gates, but she quickly gets caught up in the excitement of the upcoming production...and then in a murder investigation after one of the performers is found ...

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November 26, 2018
Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas from Made By Marney

It is so much fun to share photos from my customers and friends. This week I am posting photos of projects created from my Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas book.

These 16 adorable placemats were sewn by Donna Smith. She made a placemat for every student in her daughter’s third grade class, using all 16 of the paper piece block patterns from my book. I would love to see the students’ faces when they each get their own special placemat…what a sweet friend they have in Donna.

This cute Snowman Door Knob Pillow was created by Judith ...

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November 18, 2018
What I Found from Canadian Needle Nana

I spent three hours in the sewing room and had very little stitching to show for that time.  I wound up sorting my cardboard collection (yes, I have one) and throwing a bunch of it in recycling.  I collect those little stiff cards you get in the mail from realtors and the like and use them for templates.  We get quite a few and some of the cards are thicker stock than others.  All the flimsier stuff went out.

This spree was prompted by a particularly horrible episode of Hoarders I had on the laptop.  Who knows how this hoarding ...

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November 14, 2018
It's in the bag from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yesterday wasn't quite as productive as I would have liked it to be, but it was still great work!

I got myself down to the long arm and I finished quilting that lap quilt by lunch. I do need to trim it, get the binding, label, and sleeve on today. My plan is to deliver it tomorrow, but not before I make one more quilt also scheduled for delivery tomorrow. That quilt is cut out. It's small and very simple, but very cute. The quilting will be simple and thank goodness for machine binding. I'd be in ...

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November 13, 2018
{I've Been Reading} The Skeleton Makes a Friend from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

The Family Skeleton mystery series by Leigh Perry keeps getting better and better! You'd think that it might get hard to find believable new ways to get a living skeleton out into the world where he can help his best friend solve murders, but the author keeps making it happen.  In The Skeleton Makes a Friend, the rustic lakeside cabin that Georgia has rented while she's working at a college summer program is the perfect place for her daughter, Madison, and her skeleton friend, Sid, to enjoy the sun. If someone happens to wander by while they're ...

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November 10, 2018
Red and white quilt book winner from Moda Lissa

Friday was a 12 hour whirlwind of a day at Quilt Festival. Several of the Moda team hopped on the first flight out of Dallas for the 50 minute flight to Houston. While we had all been in Houston for Market the week before, it was time to go and see all the festival shops.
Our first stop was to rush to Lisa Bongean at Primitive Gatherings. I had to get some of her new rulers that are designed to cut stems.

Have you seen Lisa’s rugs made using mini charm packs? Perfect Christmas presents!

Pattern available at your ...

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October 30, 2018
{I've Been Reading} Not Her Daughter from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I've got slightly mixed feelings about Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey. The characters and plot were interesting enough to keep me turning pages and reading it almost straight through, but I always had a nagging thought in the back of my head that things couldn't happen that way, maybe because the events were just plausible enough for me to even bother thinking about that. Sarah, a young professional with no children of her own, sees Emma and her family rushing through an airport and has the kind of reaction to Emma's mother that we all do ...

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October 27, 2018
Red and White from Moda Lissa

What is your favorite color? Mine is red so when I was asked to participate in a collaborative project from Martingale Publishing, I jumped at the chance.

In 2011, I was able to attend the Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts exhibit in New York City. If you are a quilter, you would understand when I say this was a religious experience. 650 red and white quilts from the collection of Joanna S. Rose were exhibited in Park Avenue’s 55,000 sq. ft. Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Mrs. Rose celebrated her 80th birthday by ...

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