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December 29, 2021
Christmas 2021 from Mama Spark's World

Christmas was pretty low key over here at chez Lincoln.  We didn't have the grandbaby but our other 2 kids were here.  I forgot to share some photos of the Christmas stockings I made for my great nephew Charlie.  Thought I would share those now.This Santa one was made for Charlie's grandma and grandpa's house.  I had a devil of a time finding that green for the name.  I usually put my fabrics

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November 18, 2021
A Few More Makes from Mama Spark's World

I have been sewing like crazy but most has been for gifts.  I will show a few things I have made that I can show.  I don't think the people I made them for read my blog so I should be safe, LOL. I made another Nightingale quilt using the Dorothy's Journey fabric.  I just finished binding it!  I have not taken a photo of the finished quilt yet though.  Michigan weather has NOT been cooperating

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July 4, 2021
Finished UFO's and New Project from Grandma's Red Needle

It's not often I have two posts in one week, but I'm excited to share some (quilting) news with you!

First, I have some finished UFO's! 
The Scrappy Christmas Quilt was finished in April, but never got around taking photos

I've used red, green, grey, white and gold scraps (I almost ran out of greens!)

For the back I've chosen a beautiful poinsettia fabric

The stocking kit was given to me a couple of years ago (I never buy kits). This UFO was also one of the 'laying on the bench next to the table ...

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June 30, 2021
Weekend Sewing and Updated UFO / WIP Lists from Grandma's Red Needle

Happy Wednesday!
(I started writing this post Monday, some paragraphs are updated)
After working hard on WIP's and actually finish some of them  (previous post), it took me a day or so to decide what's next. 

I decided to work on the tea cozies. They are quilted and ready for binding.

Update: 2 tea cozies are done, just have to fix the loop on each. 

I've this one left to do. Insulated tea cozies are a bit tedious to make, especially to machine sew the binding through four layers cotton batting, 2 layers insul bright + the front ...

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December 15, 2020
Just in Time for Santa from Fret Not Yourself

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.
~Charles Dickens

As I've written before, there are many finishing steps to these stockings but the whole thing went together more quickly than it has in the past. Is it because I had a few ornaments prepared and the stockings themselves cut? Perhaps.

Red velveteen stocking with white felt cuff and sequined decals
Velveteen Christmas stocking, 2020

I found several special glass beads a few years ago. The little glass penguin is a marker for each member of this family group. 

Camel and mitten decals on Christmas stocking ...

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December 8, 2020
Beading a New Christmas Stocking from Fret Not Yourself

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
~Aldous Huxley

How could I forget? The new grandchild needs a stocking. Soon! Fortunately some parts are pre-cut. Ready and waiting you might say. There are four velveteen stocking shapes cut - front and back plus bright green lining fabric. I decided to cut all the lining now since it will store more easily. It can rest under the finished stockings and the Chief Airhead {me} will know where to find them. 

To make sure that fancy fabric doesn't unravel, I sewed the linings together and stay-stitched the tops. 
Now ...

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December 4, 2020
A Bit of Holiday Cheer from Needle and Foot

It is the fourth of December and I am starting to feel some Christmas Spirit! I love this time of year and in 2020 we need every reason to celebrate and impart joy. I have two small projects to share with you today.

The First Three Stockings

For my younger grand daughter, I had the fun task of making a Christmas stocking. Three years ago I made a set for my son, his wife and my oldest grand daughter. When I did this, I set aside fabric to make more stockings if/when his family grew.

Scrappy Christmas Stocking

This ...

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December 2, 2020
stockings + top trend from Charm About You

You don't need me to tell you that the year so far has been crazy! I'm ready to settle down for a cosy, quiet winter. I still have a few projects to sew and if you're anything like me, you might have a few projects to sew this season too! 

Last year I created a tutorial for these simple patchwork stockings. A calm colour palette was called for by my girls (who are the users of these stockings!) but you could make them festive with Christmas prints or whatever colours fit your home.

The fun addition of ...

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November 8, 2020
All Good Things November! from The Modern Diary

Hazel is as happy as we are for a female Vice President!  Herstory in the making!  There were some tears at my house.  I hope our country starts coming together again soon.  
Still reading the Once Upon a Book Club boxes.  Some of them I resell when I am done with them.  They are a bit pricey but I really enjoy them so I am going to keep it up for now.  The Halloween Spooky box above was really good and I will find and read more y that author.  The Halloween Sweet box was too corny for me though ...

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October 26, 2020
Lions, and Hexies and More, Oh My! from The Modern Diary

I have been hand sewing hexies in front of the TV again.  Kathy has to do passive arm exercises to help her shoulder heal so we watched two seasons of The Umbrella Academy and started Schitt's Creek.  Lots of stitching while sitting in my new recliner.  There is already another row on this quilt which has been sitting around getting no attention for several years.

I asked to visit the Tosa Quilters (though was too tired to go to the meeting) so I got on their mailing list and found out about a 35 minutes away fabric sale. Since ...

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September 27, 2020
Week What?? from mequilter

I really don't know what week it is. I took a ton of weeks off.  
I did some scrapbooking and I was also sick and I didn't want to work on it sick. Plus getting the girls ready for online school and then in person for 2 days a week. 
And celebrating two birthdays, they are now 17 and 15.
So here are the latest and great pictures.

Between July 26 and Sept 21, I finished the second snowman and started filling in the snowbank. I also made the little bird. 

This is close up of the bird ...

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July 27, 2020
Stocking 2 Weeks 6 & 7 from mequilter

I missed posting last week so today you will a twofer!
On week 6 I finished all the left snowbank and stitched the snowmen's hats and part of one snowman!

For whatever reason, I was having a hard time stitching the white on this fabric. I did a lot of ripping and restitching. 
Probably just old eyes. 

Week 7 was also a slow week. Been tired and stressed and we are all tired of being home together so much. 
So I haven't felt like stitching. 
I finished the body of the first snowman. 
He still needs arms and ...

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July 12, 2020
Stocking #2 Week #5 from mequilter

The top of the stocking is done!!  Except to add the year and the individual snowflakes. The flakes have to wait until the rest is done so they don't come undone. 

The very top of the stocking. I didn't want to take it off the frame, so you can't see it all. On each side of her name, 
I will put 20 so it will read to mean made in 2020. 

All rolled up and I started working on the snowbank 
which starts the slope into the toe part of the stocking. 
I still have lots of ...

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July 6, 2020
Stocking #2 Week #4 from mequilter

Another productive week on this stocking!

This is the picture I took before rolling up 
the stocking up higher on the frame!

Here is this week's progress. The letters seem to go fast more me. 
I did have to take the S out on Christmas because it was one stitch too high. So the row above of letters looked off. Easy fix. And surprising look it looks much better. Funny how the eye can see it. 

Happy Stitching!!

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July 3, 2020
Stocking #2 Week #3 from mequilter

Friday, June 26th was the end of the three-week mark of working on the second stocking! Of course, at the end of the evening, I noticed another mistake. So, I ended up doing more riping!
Somehow I didn't get a picture on Friday, I do on Thursday and then on Sunday but I didn't work on it on Saturday.

Here it is on Thursday evening. I left this stocking for second because it is 30 count to the inch and the other was 28 count. I am glad I did this one second, the fabric is a little ...

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June 23, 2020
Stocking #2 Week 2 from mequilter

After I ripped out the house that was in the wrong place it took me two evenings of working on it to have it in the right place. 

It looks so much better down where it is supposed to be.

I hate mistakes, I turned it over to bury my thread when I found this thread crossing over. I was lucky and able to pull it over and stitch it to the stitches in the curve and hide it. 

This is how much I was able to finish this week. 

Here are the two stockings by each other. 
Yes, I ...

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June 22, 2020
Stocking #2 Week 1 from mequilter

I had decided to take some time off between stockings and I had planned to start the second one on June 1st. 
I didn't start it until Friday, June 5. 

Here it is at the very start. Leti had picked different colors than what we did on Nick's and I was making sure this is what she still wanted what we planned on. Yes, she was happy with her choices.

 I had this much done by Sunday.

By Thursday I had gone this far, I was so happy with my progress. Until I noticed that the fourth window ...

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May 2, 2020
Are You Stitching? from Loose Threads

Hello Friends

Right now most all of us are in some stage of a stay at home order or quarantine.   So I'm wondering if you are stitching and being productive or if you're in the same boat as me.  I seem to flit from one project to another and can't seem to settle on anything that will hold my interest for more than 10 minutes.  It really irritates me that I have all of this time on my hands and can't seem to focus.   I have to tell you that I really admire all of you ...

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Are You Stitching? from Luann's Loose Threads

Hello Friends

Right now most all of us are in some stage of a stay at home order or quarantine.   So I'm wondering if you are stitching and being productive or if you're in the same boat as me.  I seem to flit from one project to another and can't seem to settle on anything that will hold my interest for more than 10 minutes.  It really irritates me that I have all of this time on my hands and can't seem to focus.   I have to tell you that I really admire all of you ...

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April 29, 2020
Stocking #1 Week ??? from mequilter

I need to go to my calendar to determine how many weeks I have been working on this stocking. I didn't work on it at all last week. 
Those little individual snowflakes were a pain. I almost didn't do them, I wasn't sure it would add anything to the design, 
but I am glad I did. 

On April 19th I started making the Confetti Stitch for the individual snowflakes. This is the website where I learned how to do the Confetti Stich. Here are the pictures from that night. 

The very top of the stocking.

Close up ...

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