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December 16, 2017
12 Days of Presents Day 11 from Seams To Be Sew

My apologies for the very late in the day posting. I was not able to get on the internet, the good news is that Comcast has been here today and hopefully fixed the problem. We were gone for a bit … Continue reading

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December 15, 2017
Getting ready for Christmas from Espritpatch

There is hardly any sewing happening here at the moment, with work, Christmas preparations and also some business travel, my machine is sadly gathering dust. I had lots of plans and plenty of good intentions but it has really gone any further than that so far.

Anyway, at the beginning of the month, I did something a little different and new to me, I went to a wreath making workshop. And I must say it was really enjoyable! plus I came home with a lovely hand made wreath.

We worked with a base and started building from there.
First with ...

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Vintage Ornament Quilt and a Winner! from Sew Incredibly Crazy

In between being completely
busy with decorating
for Christmas, 
and all the fun preparations
for it, 
I managed to finish
off this quilt.

It was part of the Vintage Ornament
quilt block series at Thermoweb.
The quilt was created using
Windham Fabrics O' Christmas Tree line.
The colors are vibrant and fun.
I really love the gold stripe.
You can find the complete collection 

All the blocks are free
of charge.  

The block I designed for the hop is
a vintage style 
Joy Ornament. 

You can find the pattern for it
Using the quilt above ...

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From Failed Button Necklace to Sparkly Holiday Wreath! from Gefilte Quilt

Happy Chanukah! Here's my newest accidental decor!

It's a little wreath. At 5 1/2" across, can be hung, or used flat as a candle-surround. (The central hole is about 2 1/2" across, which nicely accommodates a votive holder.)
But it didn't start out as room decor. A couple of weeks ago, I had some fancy parties coming up, and a blue-and-silver dress to wear, so I seized the opportunity to make experimental neckgear with some of my favorite buttons.

I started by crocheting an arc-shape base, using a linen yarn. The first row is at ...

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A Happy Robber, An Elf and My FMQ Adventure from Canadian Needle Nana

Tuesday we had a snowfall alert for a 36 hour period. Such is met with mixed reactions...glee for the snowmobilers, skiers and kids hoping for a snow day.  But not so happy for anyone traveling.

Then Wednesday, temperatures plummeted to minus 26C with windchill overnight so walking the dogs early morning was definitely a dress up affair.  I even got out the balaclava Hubby had bought me at Princess Auto.  It is bright orange so I struck quite a striking picture in the white woods. Hubby said I looked like a happy robber.

No not can't ...

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Table runner finished............. from Exuberant Color

I decided this Christmas table runner isn't going to finish itself so I dug into the Christmas fabric bin and found a backing and binding.

Here is a close up of some of the fabrics, all from about 20 years ago.

The backing fabric is an ugly, not a nice green and rather muddy looking print.  It is perfect for this project though.  The binding is probably a newer fabric but still maybe 10 years old.

A lot of the fabrics have gold metallic on them so I ditch quilted both ways with gold metallic thread.  I have it ...

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Red and Green OP 4, 5 from Virtual Quilter

Red and Green OP 4

Love it!

Red and Green OP 5

Second not as good as the first … just OK.

Filed under: Quilt, Red and Green OP Tagged: Applique Blocks, Applique Border, Christmas, On Point Setting

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December 14, 2017
Sweet Solution from From the Strawberry Patch...

This time of year, amidst all the hub-hub and preparation for Christmas activities there arise those occasions that need some simple direction or explanation. Maybe it's a place card on the table to designate who's to sit where or maybe there's need for a label identifying a certain offering on the buffet table. A sweet solution is as close as a box of mini candy canes and your handy glue

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Sweet Solution from From the Strawberry Patch...

This time of year, amidst all the hub-hub and preparation for Christmas activities there arise those occasions that need some simple direction or explanation. Maybe it's a place card on the table to designate who's to sit where or maybe there's need for a label identifying a certain offering on the buffet table. A sweet solution is as close as a box of mini candy canes and your handy glue

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New Christmas Tree Skirt Pieced... from The Cozy Quilter

I have been working on a new Christmas tree skirt for our Christmas tree for a few weeks now.  I have been collecting fabrics for this project for a while and just love the variety of grey, red and white fabrics that I used in my tree skirt.  There are 360 triangles in this project!  It took a while to cut out all of those triangles and lay them out in each of the six sections so that they looked random.  This morning, I was up earlier than usual and found that I had time to head down to the ...

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Can You See What I See? from Canadian Needle Nana

Can You See What I See

There are three deer here though I know that is hard to believe. When I first thought I spotted movement (from my kitchen window), it seemed as if there was some strange optical illusion at play.  It wasn't till the first one stepped out of the trees and onto the laneway that I knew for certain I was seeing deer.

 It is deer hunting season and it hurts me to think of such graceful creatures being killed.  However, I am a carnivore and will eat venison so my dilemma continues.

Two large and ...

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Bowtie Wreath Block Tutorial {Countdown to Christmas with Moda Bake Shop} from Little Bunny Quilts

Just popping in today to share that I have a block tutorial posted on Moda Bake Shop for a Bowtie Wreath block as a part of their Countdown to Christmas quilt along!

If you haven't been following along, the Countdown to Christmas consists of a new 6" block tutorial with a Christmas theme every day! The tutorials started on December 1st and run until Christmas and are free! Here are some of the blocks thus far (taken from the MBS Instagram account!):

With four little bowtie blocks and a little bit of machine applique, the Bowtie Wreath is a ...

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12 Days of Presents – Day 10 from Seams To Be Sew

This is a pretty quick pattern to make today. Simple and Fun, you can easily make this into a photo frame, tags, or small ornaments. There are two patterns in the pdf, one is for a tall frame, and the … Continue reading

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December 13, 2017
Easy Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt from Craft Gossip

This Quilting pattern if for a  festive Christmas tree skirt. The design is easy to follow with photos to guide you along the way. You can grab the full quilting tutorial here. 

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WordlessWed...Origami Ornament from CollectInTexas Gal

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12 Days of Presents – Day 09 from Seams To Be Sew

One of the hardest things for me when creating a pattern is trying to decide on sizes for each pattern I create. I never know if I’m creating the right size for what is good for someone else. That’s why … Continue reading

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Melting Snowmen. from Sunburnt Quilts

It is super hot here today so no snowmen would survive. There would be a lot of puddles instead.

Thankfully my snowmen are made from felt and can withstand the heat easily.

I have not made this design before so this time I made enough to give away and one to keep.  I am only half way through my plan to make one of every ornament for myself that I have already made and given away. I will start off again in January.

Slow and steady progress is being made on the Aussie Christmas quilt panels. Love this one with ...

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December 12, 2017
12 Days of Presents – Day 07 and 08 Now Released… from Seams To Be Sew

I thank you all for your patience yesterday and this morning, we didn’t arrive home until late in the afternoon and I needed a bit of a nap once we arrived.. We picked up the dog, and then I got … Continue reading

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New Free Embroidery Pattern- Fat Christmas Cat! from Jacquelynne Steves

Don’t you want to snuggle up with this fat, cozy kitty? He is all bundled up and ready for the holidays in his handsome scarf and spectacles. He’d be super-cute embroidered on a Christmas stocking or pillow.

You could also use it for a coloring sheet. Get my coloring tips in this video, and tips for using watercolor pencils in this video.

(Embroidery videos here, here, and here.)

If you would like to try the Heat n Bond lightweight fusible interfacing mentioned in my videos, please click here.

And if you like cute embroidery patterns, consider joining The ...

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Keepsake Handprint Christmas Ornament from Creatin' in the Sticks

Making little ornaments with sweet little hands can be a joy for you
a keepsake for years to come.

I had a little helper for the design with this project.

Thank you, Bella!

Wouldn't it be fun to make one of these every year?

We designed this ornament for Ornament Week at Thermoweb.

The full, free tutorial for the Christmas Ornament is on the Thermoweb blog today.

Happy Creative Christmas!

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