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December 22, 2022
Weekly Word: Encouragement + Books, Stitches and Gratitude! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

 Hello There, 

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you are doing well!  This week has been for us with highs in the 50's and lows in the 20's!  Between RSV, the flu and COVID numbers going up, I've been hibernating except for essential errands.  The winter storms are certainly causing havoc across the nation, aren't they?  I hope you all are safe and warm today/tonight!

I hope you enjoy this post, especially my Slow Stitching squirrel:  crocheted Christmas ornaments, some fun Christmas audiobooks I've been listening to and a fun song to get ...

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December 14, 2022
Weekly Word: People Pleasing + Books, 2023 Reading Challenges, Stitches and Gratitude! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer


Hello There, 

I hope you all are doing well!  Life has been slow and with just a bit of the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  It's been a nice balance, thus far! 

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December 12, 2022
2022 Christmas Countdown - Mill Hill beaded ornaments (part 3) from Wendy's Quilts and More

Day 12 of my Christmas Countdown and it's my third and final post on my Mill Hill beaded ornaments.  

Aren't they cute! My favourite is the gingerbread house (of course) but they're all cute.  They're quite quick to stitch, and easily finished by gluing a piece of felt on the back and trimming them.  I like to make a beaded hanger from the left over beads.  

I've still got a few kits in my stash, so there may be more in future years, but this is it for Christmas 2022.  

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December 8, 2022
2022 Christmas Countdown - Mill Hill beaded ornaments (part 2) from Wendy's Quilts and More

Day 8 of my Christmas Countdown.

Here's some more of my Mill Hill beaded ornaments.  I do enjoy making these little kits.  They're quite cheap to buy (approx USD10) and everything you need is included - even the needles!

the purple one on the right is Diamond Holiday

When it comes to finishing these ornaments I cut them out carefully being sure to cut one hole away from the stitching.  Then I glue a piece of felt on the back.  It hides all the threads nicely.

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December 6, 2022
2022 Christmas Countdown - Holiday Ornaments from Wendy's Quilts and More

Day 6 of my Christmas Countdown.

These decorations are worked on canvas with thicker threads like Perle 5.  The designs are by Laura J Perin and they're called Holiday Ornaments Series #2.  (The page takes a while to load.)

What makes these decorations stand out is the Caron Watercolours 025 "Holiday" thread which definitely provides interest. And the gold metallic thread too.  

I tend to just place these ornaments on the tree - they don't have hangers.  

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December 5, 2022
2022 Christmas Countdown - Victoria Sampler ornaments from Wendy's Quilts and More

Day 5 of my Christmas Countdown.  

These cute ornaments were designed by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler.  I still remember downloading the patterns and then searching through mum's box of embroidery fabrics to find this perfect red fabric. I always get the urge to stitch something Christmassy on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  

Finishing ornaments like this is always a challenge.  It's one thing to stitch the design, but another thing completely to finish them nicely.  I'm very happy with how these two turned out.  

They'll definitely be going on the tree when I get it ...

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December 4, 2022
2022 Christmas Countdown - Mill Hill beaded ornaments (part 1) from Wendy's Quilts and More

Day 4 and it's time for my first set of Mill Hill beaded ornaments.

I love stitching these little ornaments.  It's a tradition now for mum to give me a new kit for Christmas and for me to stitch it between Christmas and New Year while watching cricket on TV.  

The perforated paper can be a challenge at first, but once you get used to it, it's fine.  Just don't pull the thread too tightly and rip the paper!

I glue felt on the back to finish the ornaments nicely, and I like to make beaded ...

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October 17, 2022
New Releases New Ornaments from Kitty and Me Designs

I have some new releases to share!  Ornaments are so much fun to stitch.  These were designed for Perforated Paper by Wichelt but they can be stitched on Aida or evenweave.

The Woodland Christmas Ornaments feature pretty little scenes with a snowman, a santa, an elf and a tree with cardinal birds.


Woodland Ornaments

I've also added to my Crazy Ornaments collection!  Crazy Mittens and Crazy Strawberries!


Cross Stitch Pattern

Mitten Christmas Ornaments

All are not only perfect for ornaments, but can be finished into refrigerator magnets, bookmarks, greeting cards or gift tags!

All are worked with DMC and Kreinik.

The 4th and final part of the ...

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March 13, 2022
Twelve Days of Christmas from Heart Desire Creations

Brrr and Good Morning from chilly North Carolina! The poor sea of daffodils are all weeping from this cold! Of course, for me, this means a day of sewing!

Two years ago I cam across a Twelve Days of Christmas ornament series made from felt. It was love at first site! Uncharacteristically, I ordered the full set of patterns (from Larissa Holland, mmmCrafts). At first the pattern set seemed pricey, but oh the detail, exquisite design and excellent instructions made it so worth it. I even ordered the set of felt to make them with. I printed the patterns out ...

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January 28, 2022
January 2022 OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

I chose finishing a Christmas tree ornament as my OMG for January. Nothing like getting a head start on next year.

The pattern came from an Oxmoor House book published back in 1986. I think I bought the book at a thrift store many years ago. I know making this ornament has been on my wish list for quite a while.

I’m linking to the finish party at Elm Street Quilts.

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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

How did you do this week?

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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

How did you do this week?

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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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