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January 16, 2022
Sunday Stash January 16, 2022 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers.

Work continues on the challenge quilt. Once I sew sections together I will post pictures.

I had a couple Zoom meetings this week, which gave me opportunities to do hand work.

It’s meant to look like a Christmas cookie when finished. The stitching goes faster now that I’m past all the tiny chain stitches.

Fabric In: 0.5yards

Fabric Out: 0 yards

Net Fabric In: 0.5 yards

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January 5, 2022
New Year, New Plan, OMG from Quilt Paint Create

Like everyone else, I ended last year thinking about plans for this year. 2021 was not a prolific year in the sewing room. I spent far more time stitching and finished a lot of projects as compared to prior years.

I’m not a fast sewer or stitcher. I’m usually one of the last people to finish in class. I rarely have extended for creative hobbies.

That said, I will continue to have a Short List but a much smaller one. My goals this year are to use what I have, finish what I’ve started and do the ...

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December 17, 2021
Community Service Quilt Finish from Needle and Foot

As I mentioned the other day, I came across a quilt top from my guild’s Community Service team. Nothing like an impending move to get me going on this top. It took no time at all to get it basted and stippled.

Colorful Chaos!

This scrappy quilt is one crazy flurry of color. Most of the prints are from the 1980’s and 1990’s as far as I can tell. Lots and lots of novelty fabrics were used. The person who pieced it alternated rows of seven inch squares with rows of 3 1/2″ squares and rectangles ...

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December 11, 2021
Ornament Exchange from Quilt Paint Create

My Needle Arts Guild met this week and we exchanged Christmas ornaments.

Here is my ornament.

I made ornaments like this a LONG time ago. I found the templates, but I couldn’t find the pattern. The ones I made before had fewer yo yos, but it looks fine either way.

Here is the one I received. It has a place of honor on the tree. Those are some seriously tiny stitches.

This was a random exchange. I did not receive an ornament from the person that got mine. It was more of a draw a number out of a ...

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December 6, 2021
Sew Thankful Sunday, December 2021 from The Crafty Quilter

{I love the idea of “paying it forward”. I think the world would be a better place if we could spread some joy and acknowledgement of good deeds done by others. I try to do that once a month for my Sew Thankful Sunday posts. I highlight some great content that I’ve found on other people’s blogs that I hope will inspire you and reward the originator by bringing traffic to their site. If your blog has been mentioned without your consent, please let me know and I will take you off the current list of featured bloggers ...

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November 28, 2021
Sunday Stash November 28, 2021 from Quilt Paint Create

This long holiday weekend has been a productive one. I finished the ornament for the exchange. I’m not posting that until later to keep it a surprise. I also finished another stitch project, using a small amount of fabric.

A few weeks ago at my Guild’s fabric sale, I bought some possible focus fabric candidates for a group challenge. That group met this week and picked the art deco fabric, but I still have a yard left. I also have the other piece and a small cut of something another member brought to share.

That didn’t help ...

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November 21, 2021
Sunday Stash November 21, 2021 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers this week.

I’ve been making yo yos for a project I won’t show for another couple weeks.

Unfortunately, the size and number didn’t use enough fabric to count. I don’t go smaller than 1/8th yard when recording fabric in or out.

I also washed the flannel and expect to cut out the nightgown soon.

Fabric In: 25.5 yards

Fabric Out: 9.375 yards

Net Fabric In: 16.125 yards

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April 26, 2021
Saturday's Song: Glorious Unfolding Part 3. Slow Stitching. Stash Report. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

 Saturday's Song: Glorious Unfolding Part 3

 In my last post we read about learning and praying the promise of God.  I bet many of you pray them over your loved ones' lives, but do you pray them over your own life? I know I struggle to pray for myself, but I'm working on that.

In his book, Prayer of Jabez, Bruce Wilkinson writes about a man who eavesdropped on the prayers of a man he deeply respected, a man of great faith.  Guess who this amazing man prayed for first?  

Himself.  Yup.  Himself.

Friends, we are worth praying ...

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February 25, 2021
Modern quilt with Christmas ornaments and trees from Pieced Brain

Modern quilt with Christmas ornaments and trees

Get this free quilt pattern and make a modern quilt with Christmas ornaments and trees. Work with the fabrics I did or your favorite or Christmas fabrics!

I can’t believe I forgot to write a post about the quilt Deck the Halls that I designed for Dear Stella Fabrics. I worked with their collection Sparkle All the Way but it would look great with any of their Holiday fabric lines (I love “Baby it’s Cold Outside”. No, wait… so many options!).

Deck the Halls measures 53-1/2″ x 64″ – a perfect lap quilt size. The blocks are large ...

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December 20, 2020
Santa's Helper from The Cozy Quilter

Last week, I mentioned that I had made a surprise gift for a friend.  This block was one of 12 free blocks --part of the Quiltmas Spectacular Block sampler that is available for free until the end of December 2020.  I have printed all the blocks, hoping to make several over the next year or so --somehow incorporating them into gifts for next year.  This block is called "Santa's Helper". 

 My quilty friend, Sandra, posted the picture below on Instagram recently, and once I saw this block pattern, I knew that I had to make it for her. 

I ...

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December 14, 2020
Kids Christmas Crafts from Quilting Stories

Christmas tree decor

Christmas tree decor

Christmas tree decor

Christmas ornaments

Christmas Star Quilt

Christmas cookies

Two of my five grand children who are living here in Greece came visit us for the week end. It was such a happiness to see them so joyful and enthusiastic for preparing Christmas! My six years old grand-son and my four years old grand-daughter helped me baking the French traditional Christmas cookies : sablés de Noël. After what, with the help of their father, they cut some paper ornaments and garlands, and hanged them on the tree. It is the first time I let the children decorate the Christmas tree without interfering and I must say that they did a ...

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December 13, 2020
bits and pieces . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Right off the bat, let me put your minds to rest . . . 
This got finished, so this could happen . . .
Whew!  All is right with the (her) world again!

It's been a busy week, at work and home.  For the last eight years, we've gone to see The Nutcracker ballet every Christmas season.  This year they didn't do the ballet (go figure).  So instead, I've been putting together something fun to take its place . . .
We'll have a full-blown tea party with all the trimmings, and then watch the ballet on DVD!!  (I've got several versions, of ...

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October 28, 2020
Christmas quilt with ornaments – win the magazine! from Pieced Brain

Christmas quilt with ornaments – win the magazine!

This Christmas quilt with ornaments for your home decor spells Fun and Joy all in one piece! Make it in a weekend, hang it up, or snuggle under it as its size makes it a flexible accessory for the Holidays.

Photograph by American Quilter magazine. Used with permission.

“Family Traditions” measures 54″ x 56″ and the blocks finish at 12″. When I designed it I was inspired by memories of decorating the Christmas tree with my young sons, and their joy in carefully handling the exquisite ornaments, many of which we had purchased together.

The quilt features fabrics from the ...

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February 9, 2020
Appliqué Chimneys and a New Project from The Cozy Quilter

A few weeks ago, I noticed that another one of the Slow Sunday Stitchers was starting a new counted cross stitch project through Linen and Threads--it runs a new part of the pattern each month for a larger sampler project and there is a bonus Christmas ornament pattern each month as well.  I have decided to make a few of the Christmas ornaments and started the January pattern this week. The pattern suggests using one colour for the entire design but since I did not want to follow the directions, I picked out three shades of gray and a ...

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December 20, 2019
The Big Weird Bead from Quilt Paint Create

Remember the folded star ornament I wanted to paint?
I finally got around to doing that.
ornamentI wanted to add a button to the middle, but I didn’t have anything interesting in a complementary color. Enter the big weird bead.
It came in a pack with a lot of smaller more usable beads. I’m just glad to have found a place to use it.
That’s one more thing off the project pile.

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December 19, 2019
~ Three Free Small Christmas Sewing Projects ~ from Podunk Pretties

Hey happy quilters!  It's sewing crunch time for many of us.  We're burning the midnight oil trying to put the finishing touches on the perfect handmade gifts.  Well I've found three little projects that are so darn cute you might need to add them to your "Must Make for 2019" list.

The first little cutie is the Snow Happy Ornaments by Bunny Hill Designs.  These are absolutely adorable and great way to use up some of your small fabric scraps.  There are 12 total, each with a printable PDF.  Click here to ogle all 12 snowmen ornaments ...

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December 6, 2019
Embroidered Ornaments from From My Carolina Home

Making ornaments from embroidered motifs is fun, and a perfect exchange gift for your holiday parties. I have made ornaments from crewel work and cross stitch, and today I want to show you how to use your embroidery machine to do something different.  My embroidery machine has cards with motifs on them.  I began with this angel, but not in all the colors.

Embroidered Ornaments at

Threading the machine with a white rayon thread, when the machine stopped to change colors, I just hit the button to start again.  I ended up with a lovely embroidery all in white.

Embroidered Ornaments at

I cut the piece ...

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November 27, 2019
Sparkles and Sequins from Needle and Foot

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to spend some time with my son and his family. They were spending a long weekend in Colorado while my daughter-in-law interviewed for a job she is interested in. Since moving and changing jobs is a huge decision, the kids wanted time to look at the area without the added help of their two year old daughter. So I got to be the nanny for a few days.

I had not been to Denver until this trip. Denver is at an altitude of nearly 6,000 feet and I usually avoid high altitudes ...

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October 19, 2019
Embellishment Packs Available from Kitty and Me Designs

EMBELLISHMENT PACKS!! I have 5 beautiful embellishments packs available for purchase. These are perfect for crazy quilting, textile art, scrapbooking, card making, handmade dolls, Christmas ornaments and other crafts!

Each pack contains a minimum of 85 pieces. They are small pieces of trims from sample books. Due to the fact that they came out of sample books, not all but some pieces still have some glue/paper on the back however, they are high quality drapery trims and are very usable! I've included photos of the backs of some of them. Some of the glue peels off quite ...

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December 25, 2018
Christmas Makes from Oops Lah

As every year I've made a few Christmas gifts and Christmas ornaments. A friend of mine has recently retired and wants to start to embroider so I made her this box and filled it with some essentials.

Then I made these patchwork note book covers

A couple of bird ornaments 

Then I made a couple of folders with papers I bought in China. The first is a very typical Chines pattern

and here are some Shanghai ladies from the twenties. I hope my friends from my Asia time will enjoy them. 

 A Christmas pillow. I used two tea towels ...

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