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January 24, 2021
Fitbit Facts, Quilt Finish, Hawk Run Cross Stitching, Red Comet from Canadian Needle Nana

One of my Christmas gifts was a fitbit. I was especially curious about my sleeping patterns which this records nightly.  You may remember me complaining about insomnia and the general feeling I have that I don't sleep well.  

I've discovered with Ms Fitbit that my amount of sleep averages 7 hours most nights, an occasional night it is 8 and also occasionally it is as few as 6.  So it seems, overall, I'm doing okay in the sleep department but it could be improved. The fitbit clocks the restful sleep too and that is what I've ...

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January 15, 2021
Nearly There. from Sunburnt Quilts

Two more blocks finished for the Dancing Chickens. Flying Pigs top. Only one more to go so I am nearly there. They are such fun blocks. I will be sorry to get to the end but I do have the Christmas one waiting for me from Hatched and Patched, so won’t be concerned for too long.

The blocks have to be eventually trimmed down and a running stitch border has to be added to each one.

Not a lot of other sewing has been done as we have had a few days away at the beach with our family ...

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January 10, 2021
How I Spent My Christmas Vacation from Canadian Needle Nana

 I have enjoyed my little unintended hiatus/sabbatical from the internet very much. I thought of taking Christmas week to read more and write some and that time was so enjoyable, it stretched out. I also stitched a bit and enjoyed making the most of our quiet Christmas time together. 

So since last talking to you I did these things.

Ate a lot of cookies! This was definitely the Christmas of the cookies for us as friends and family dropped off an array of yummy treats.

Continued to enjoy this arrangement from the First Wife's family and so grateful ...

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Christmas Ribbons from Appalachian Quilts

I have blogged before about quilts I have made over the years - some of them I love, some, well, not so much.  As a shop owner, you are tasked with making samples.  Samples of new patterns, samples of new fabric lines and samples for classes are all necessary to help customers envision what the fabric/pattern would look like.  Not everyone has the same taste as you, so you have to stretch yourself.  Sometimes you end up liking something way out of your comfort zone, so I never really minded much.

When I made this Christmas Ribbons quilt, I absolutely ...

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January 9, 2021
I got ROYAL mail.............. from Exuberant Color


I feel so special!  I got Royal Mail!  My friend Lesley from the UK sent me this Christmas card on the 12/14 and I got it 2 days ago.  She has sent me many postcards from her travels around the UK too.  I visited my daughter's family when they lived over there so I know a little bit about the country but Lesley has filled me in on so much more of the history.



Back to playing with blocks.  I decided to try an on point setting because I have never used that with a 16 patch before ...

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January 7, 2021
A little more to add to the story….. from Quilting with Kimberly

Thank you all for your lovely comments about my last blog post. Reading all your comments and feeling the love in your words means so much to me. Truly! (If you didn’t read my last post, you can read it by CLICKING HERE.

There’s a little more to the Christmas gifting story I’d like to share. 

I wanted to do something special for Tim at Christmas and also for his sweet granddaughter, Maddie, who I met briefly at Bill’s Memorial Service last year. You see, Maddie and Bill were very close and she even spoke at ...

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January 6, 2021
Packing Up from Romany Quilting

Gemma let her feelings known, Christmas is over and it’s time to pack it all away, she thinks.  Why else would she be taking a swipe at Santa and knock him over?  She does look a little guilty, doesn’t she?

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Poor Santa

So the last day or two I’ve been packing the Christmas  things away, and putting the normal things back in place.  The brass needed a bit of attention, so I sat outside on the patio, rubber gloves on, cleaner and cloths to the ready, and started a little polishing.  These jugs usually reside on the ...

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December 29, 2020
Red and Green Quilted 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

Love it!

Love this one too!

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December 28, 2020
Weekly update: hiking, feasting, quilting, reading from With Strings Attached

 Thursday evening:   the first Christmas Eve service I've attended with my sewing machine.  That was so we could watch the Lessons and Carols on our church's YouTube channel.   We fervently hope that this was a one-and-only and that next year we can worship in person.  We dimmed the lights and lit candles for  Silent Night.  







Christmas dinner: roast beef, acorn squash, braised parsnips. Pear/spinach salad.  Cranberry-pumpkin upside down cake.  The vintage tablecloth just covered the table. (The table is mid-19th century and not a standard size.)   And when was the last time you used a pickle fork ...

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December 27, 2020
2020 Recap and 2021 goals (maybe) from Pointless Quilter

 Here is my 2020 Goal list of quilt.  I updated in red.  It was not a good quilting year for me.

ow sleeves I started 2 years ago.  (February)

1.  Finish the remaining 9 of the 12  pillow sleeves I started 2 years ago for the boutique. Nope - didn't even touch them.
2.  Orca Bay (Started about 3 or 4 years ago)  Top finished in November.
3.  Straits of Mackinac (Green & White)   Haven't touched it since the class in the summer of 2019.
4.  Summer Swoon 16  - Finished.
5.  Boutique Items - Due to Covid, our boutique was cancelled ...

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Creativity Abounds from From the Strawberry Patch...

We spent Christmas Eve day with our daughter and her family in the Capital City. Lucy Ann was eager to take me upstairs to their finished, converted attic space which has become her (and her brother's) play room. They do allow their father a secluded corner of the space for his work-from-home office.

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Creativity Abounds from From the Strawberry Patch...

We spent Christmas Eve day with our daughter and her family in the Capital City. Lucy Ann was eager to take me upstairs to their finished, converted attic space which has become her (and her brother's) play room. They do allow their father a secluded corner of the space for his work-from-home office.

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December 26, 2020
Smarter Than Me! from From the Strawberry Patch...

And, just like that, Christmas is a memory; a most happy one for us thanks to these four.Santa brought a new television for my sewing room. That purchase necessitated the removal of this big, hulking, heavy television out of it's custom-made cubby where it's been living, happily, for many years; it was blissfully unaware that technology advancements were rocketing by, (as was its owner) leaving

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Smarter Than Me! from From the Strawberry Patch...

And, just like that, Christmas is a memory; a most happy one for us thanks to these four.Santa brought a new television for my sewing room. That purchase necessitated the removal of this big, hulking, heavy television out of it's custom-made cubby where it's been living, happily, for many years; it was blissfully unaware that technology advancements were rocketing by, (as was its owner) leaving

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Merry Christmas from Mama Spark's World

We woke up on Christmas morning in our camper with the cats and just a few gifts.This year we decided not to exchange and only buy gifts for our kids.Thadd got up and opened his gifts.  Some Ibuprophen and an electric blanket!  Cole was checking out the tree.  I did get that puzzle for my hubby (a LONG time ago).Seemed the right time to gift it.I think Cole enjoyed the blanket as much or more

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Leela from Sew Preeti Quilts

One week before Christmas

Me: If Dan has no other plans, ask him to join us for dinner on Christmas Eve. 
Paul: Will do.
Me: Do you know what you want to eat?
Paul (excitedly): Let's get Chinese...like in Christmas Story. 
Me (realistically): Are you sure Dan will be OK with it?
Paul: I dunno. 
Me: Let's just do the regular turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes etc.  We can do the Chinese for New Years, when it is just us.
Paul: OK. Then let me pick up the meal from Harris-Teeter.
Me: How much?
Paul: $50 for turkey ...

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December 25, 2020
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL from Romany Quilting

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, from our home to yours.

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The Christmas Mice

Our Christmas Day started with the traditional family breakfast of hot croissants filled with ham and cheese, and a pot of “real” coffee.  Then we joined friends Dot and Derek and son Brent for Christmas Lunch out at a local restaurant, The George.    With three lunch sittings, the place was heaving with people, most of them oldies out with grown children, it seemed, and some of the patrons looked so much older than us, we commented.  Unfortunately, our table was situated right by the door ...

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December Cushion of the Month for IPS from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

 The December instalment of our "Cushion of the Month" project just had to feature Christmas symbols, and although there are many, I picked holly and poinsettia as the whole thing was going in the botanical direction by now.


I plan to make all the samples with Moda Grunge fabrics, and as the holiday edition needed some shine and sparkle I used Moda Grunge metallics for the appliqué; red and green provide the perfect seasonal contrast.


I'm using stylised simplified shapes in Art Deco style, but the addition of berries makes this appliqué a bit more fiddly that the others ...

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Christmas on the Cards from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

 A little Christmas post on Christmas Day.

This year's Christmas challenge at IPS Eastern branch was making a fabric postcard to be sent to a care home resident. I made a few and sent some to friends and neighbours too.





After posting the cards on Instagram I was also invited to take part in a fabric postcard exchange by some Russian quilters, and I made a special New Year  themed one for my exchange partner in Moscow.

It took some time, but the card arrived safe and sound, almost at the same time as her card came to me ...

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Merry Christmas from Making A Lather

 


youtube video about 16 minutes.
Merry Christmas

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