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August 2, 2019
Windows and Doors from The Cozy Quilter

I spent some more time appliquéing this week on my Coming Home quilt borders.  The top cloud is done... and I am still working on the bottom border in this picture. Sometimes, I am ready a bit early for work in the morning, and so I do a bit of stitching before I have to leave for work.  Every little bit counts!

This house is done now...

And I am still working on this one:

After I finish the door above, I will be working on the cloud above it.  There will be birds, kites, and stars added too, but ...

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July 20, 2019
Framed! from The Cozy Quilter

A few weeks ago, I took 4 of my completed counted cross stitch pictures in to be framed.  This week, I had a call that three were done.  The frame for the last one is still on order as I did not make the final selection until later for that one.  The first picture is a Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass window called "Tree of Life".  The original window is in the Darwin Martin House, in Buffalo, NY.  My husband and I did a tour of that house in 2013 and I bought the kit to make this picture in ...

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July 14, 2019
A Little of This and a Little of That from The Cozy Quilter

I have worked on a variety of hand sewing projects in the past week. I finally got back to working on my Coming Home BOM designed by Sarah Fielke.  There is a lot of applique to do for the next couple of steps so I am making an effort to get caught up.  There are two crescent moons and two suns in the current border.  I did the moons last weekend and this weekend, I am working on the suns.   I appliquéd the circles onto the yellow sun rays today at the London Modern Quilt Guild meeting. 

Both suns are ...

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July 6, 2019
Slow Stitching Report from The Cozy Quilter

Frank Lloyd Wright continues to have more stitches added this week--both outlining and cross stitches. 

My daughter has also spent quite a bit of time this week working on her cityscape while Finn napped.  The sun in the sky makes me think this is a warm place... Hmmm....

Finn likes to keep an eye on my daughter and if she leaves the room, he follows her. 

My Prickly Pear Cactus is blooming this week.  It is such a pretty shade of yellow.

My husband and I saw this butterfly when we were out for a walk one evening this week ...

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June 30, 2019
A Cityscape and Frank from The Cozy Quilter

Saturday afternoon, my husband and I spent some time in the gazebo...he read a book and I worked on my Frank Lloyd Wright counted cross stitch picture.  You can see below that I have added more outlining in this corner as well as some more cross stitches in red and blue. It is easier to see the waterlilies once the outlining is done. 

My daughter has been busy at work lately, but hopes to find some time this weekend to continue working on her most recent cityscape.  I am still not sure which city she is doing this time ...

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June 23, 2019
Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

Today is the 7th anniversary of Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Link up!  She has been inspiring me and many others to slow down and work on a handwork project with each and every link up!  Kathy has asked us to share our favourite handwork project on our blogs today ---But first, I want to show you my slow progress on the Waterlilies Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch I have been working on.  I added some more outlining this past week as well as some more cross stitching in the upper right corner. 

When we went to Nashville for QuiltCon ...

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June 16, 2019
Binding and FLW from The Cozy Quilter

The outlining of the Waterlilies window cross stitch project continues.  With all of these Frank Lloyd Wright patterns, the outlining brings cohesiveness and meaning to the "blobs" of colour.  I will be working on this again tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching.

I made another 40 swap blocks this week...The picture above shows some blocks in progress--I did not take a picture of the finished blocks.  They will be swapped in July and August (June was already completed).  Just for fun, I calculated that it takes 3/4 of a yard of fabric to make 40 blocks...

We spent more ...

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June 2, 2019
Another Quilt Finished! from The Cozy Quilter

This was my goal for this past week--to get this quilt to the finish line.  I quilted it over a few evenings and then did the binding yesterday and today, mostly in the car on the way to visit my MIL. My husband and I also managed to get all of our flower pots and window boxes planted over the last couple of days. There are lots more outside jobs to do yet, and they will get done over the next few weeks: weeding the flagstone path, weeding and mulching the gardens, moving some plants...

I really like the backing ...

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May 31, 2019
Stitching and Knitting in the Gazebo from The Cozy Quilter

I knew something was up when the garage door would not open when I got home from work yesterday...  The power was out and Christine was coming over for an evening of sewing.  I called her and let her know the power was out and that she should bring a hand work project as well as her regular sewing projects just in case we could not use the sewing machines.  I cooked my supper on the BBQ and went for a walk.  Still no power.  Christine arrived and we headed out to the gazebo to cross stitch (me) and knit ...

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May 26, 2019
Stitching Updates from The Cozy Quilter

My daughter has been working on her Prague cityscape quite a bit in the last week or two and sent me a picture of the finished piece this afternoon.  There are lots of beautiful colours in this picture.

She has finished several cities now.  I may need to introduce her to my framer so she can get them framed and on display!  I am not sure which city she will be stitching next.

My Frank Lloyd Wright counted cross stitch picture saw a few more stitches added this week as we travelled in the car.  Last week, it looked like ...

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May 19, 2019
Slow Stitching this Week from The Cozy Quilter

I had to move the hoop up this week on my Waterlilies Cross Stitch project...this project has very little cross stitching and tons of outlining to do. I'm loving the colours on this picture. 

I finally took my 4 finished cross stitch pictures in to be framed this week.  The snowmen are going to have red matting and a rustic white frame.  Two of the Frank Lloyd Wright pictures's frames were easy to pick but the third one is giving me trouble...

I think the black frame is too stark but I'm not sure about the ...

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May 6, 2019
A New Counted Cross Stitch Window from The Cozy Quilter

This past weekend, we took a car trip to take Finn back to my daughter.  Since I had hours of car travel ahead of me, I decided to start another counted cross stitch project to work on in the car.  I had one more Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass window pattern to do so I gathered up the threads and cut some white Aida cloth to the right size, put it all in my QuiltCon project bag and I was ready to go.

I did just a few stitches at home before we left to give myself a reference point ...

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April 21, 2019
Coming Home and FLW from The Cozy Quilter

I have finally finished the second part of my Coming Home BOM quilt.  Everything is fitting together well so far with minimal un-sewing.  The four corners are up next and I have the pieces cut out and ready to applique. 

The applique tulips will be turquoise and magenta (two of each).  I have started to applique one block and hope to get them all done before the third set of instructions come out at the end of April.

If you read my previous post, you will know that I am making a string quilt with material from my Dad's ...

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April 7, 2019
Hand Stitching Report from The Cozy Quilter

I have not blogged about my Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch picture for the last couple of weeks but I have still been working on the metallic gold outlining.  The end is in sight...just a bit in the top section left to do. We took a car trip last weekend and I did quite a bit of stitching as my husband drove. 

Finn is staying with us for 5 weeks as my daughter is really busy at work right now. We are going for a couple of walks each day.  He keeps us on our toes...

Finn is also ...

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TGIFF: Burn My Sage x2!! from Hobbies Up To Here

In September of 2018, my mom and I got the chance to go on a retreat with a great bunch of ladies from the Southern California Stitchers group. It was one of those things that was just meant to be. Through our Flosstube channel, a fellow Flosstuber, Heather, suggested we check out the Facebook group. … Continue reading TGIFF: Burn My Sage x2!!

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March 17, 2019
Coming Home and Frank from The Cozy Quilter

After admiring several quilters' "Down The Rabbit Hole" quilts over the past year or so, I decided to sign up for this year's Sarah Fielke BOM project, "Coming Home".  For a long time now, I have wanted to make an appliqué project. I have taken several appliqué classes through the London Friendship Guild and have completed several small class projects in the process.  The fee includes the instructions for each step, paper templates which I print out myself each month and video instruction by Sarah each month.  Since Sarah lives in Australia, this is my best chance to take ...

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March 9, 2019
Slow Stitching and a Finish! from The Cozy Quilter

My Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch picture is coming along...I have added more outlining this week in the evenings.  There is still more to do in the middle section at the bottom. I will work on that part tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy.   My daughter has also been working on her Prague cityscape under the close supervision of Finn.

He likes to inspect her stitches and occasionally steel any thread left lying within his reach...

I quilted my "Just Sew" wall hanging over the last couple of days.

I outlined the sewing machine and did quilted circles ...

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March 3, 2019
Stitching to Nashville and Back Again from The Cozy Quilter

If you read my previous post, you will know that I attended QuiltCon in Nashville last week.  From where I live, it is a day and a half of driving to get to Nashville.   Christine and I and our husbands made the journey in our car.  My husband did the driving and Christine and I sat in the back seat cross stitching (me),  knitting and embroidering (Christine).

Near the beginning of our trip, this is what my Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch picture looked like:

I was soon rounding the corner...

And working on the last corner...

Christine made a ...

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February 23, 2019
Sewing in the Car from The Cozy Quilter

This was the view from my hoop last weekend.  We went to visit my daughter and Finn for Family Day weekend and I had lots of sewing time in the car on the way there and back. 

As you can see, much was accomplished! I am just about to turn the bottom left corner of this project.

Our family usually does one fun outdoor activity on Family Day weekend, and this year was no exception.

We went skating on a skating trail through the woods about one hour from where my daughter lives.

That is my daughter way off in ...

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February 16, 2019
Halfway There from The Cozy Quilter

I have been adding stitches to my Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch project this week and I am now about halfway finished this window.  Here is how it looked last week:

I often stitch  in the car as we travel to visit my MIL.  This week there was some car stitching as well as some evening stitching as I watched "Call the Midwife" on Netflix.  I am now working on the bottom half of the picture, which is a mirror image of the top part. 

This project is very easy to do in the car as I don't have ...

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