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August 10, 2022
Logs on Point + 106, 107, 108, 109, 110 from Virtual Quilter

The title of this project file indicates it uses on point settings and the plus sign indicates that the blocks include variations of the basic Log Cabin block.

The first design above uses variations of colouring mostly, but there are some Courthouse Steps blocks amongst them.

The second design is very similar, but with eight Curved Log Cabin blocks.

Four curves in the third, but there are also Chimneys and Cornerstones.

Sixteen Curved Log Cabin variations in the one above, along with some Courthouse Steps, and basic Log Cabin in the border.

I love the last two!

More Log Cabin ...

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April 6, 2022
Log Cabin Quilting 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 from Virtual Quilter

It always amazes me just how some rather common block designs can be twisted and turned to create some very interesting quilt designs. The first design uses Courthouse Steps.

Just four blocks recoloured makes a more interesting overall design.

Change the colouring in eight blocks, different again.

The fourth design is very different, and I love it!

Something totally different for the last design for this week’s mid week Log Cabin display.

Not the most brilliant colour choice, but the contrast is good enough to show off the designs which is my main aim with every design.

More Log ...

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March 4, 2022
Completely Done Year, A Finish, Stitchy Purchase, Free Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

I declare every Sunday Pyjama Day here at the Wooden House. It is also my very slow stitching day (cross stitching) and also photo day, time to go through more of my bank of photographs and delete or save. I'm finding the older the photos, the greater my willingness to axe them. 

Speaking of cross stitching, my stitchy purchase last month was a pattern called The Jack Rabbit from Cottage Garden Samplings. That link will take you to their A Year in the Woods series, a group of 12 designs featuring mostly woodland creatures.  And if Rabbit goes well ...

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February 15, 2022
Log Cabin Mixed 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter


This project has variations of all the familiar Log Cabin, Chimneys and Cornerstones, Courthouse Steps and Curved Log Cabins.

Can you pick them all in todays designs?

I wonder how many different combinations are possible with a few colour placement variations are possible with this collection of blocks, and I wonder how many life times would be needed to find them all … though some computer nerd may be able to set up a program, but how long would it take a human to inspect them all!!!

I can see some intriguing ideas in each and every design.

No favourite ...

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February 6, 2022
Shopping A Bargain, Project Roundup, OMG, New Scrappy Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

I must mention how much I appreciated your marvelous comments and emails on the the Sliding Post. I heard from so many folks all over the world who shared their sledding memories, some so special with tales of brothers or sisters or the whole family hitting a town's local sliding hill.  It made me so happy (and sometimes gave me a tear) to read these wonderful little vignettes of childhood times well spent in fresh air and safe fun. Thank you all!

I know where the hills are definitely covered in snow and that is the whole Eastern Seabord ...

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January 28, 2022
Free Patterns, Small Topper Finish, Choosing Binding for Courthouse Steps from Canadian Needle Nana

January 31, 1948
Sledding hills are open around the capital region and it always reminds me of all the "sliding" as we called it I did every winter growing up in wintry Corner Brook. Our "hill" was right outside my house, a dead end road so no traffic.  The year I got my own five seater toboggan for Christmas was memorable. Someone was always on the back with me. I loved every minute. And I can't help but think what marvelous exercise we all got traipsing back up the hill countless times on a Saturday afternoon. My Mom is ...

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November 30, 2021
Less Logs for Christmas 11, 12, 13 14, 15 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting shape for a bauble on a tree!

Not just any tree … it is the first of December, so Christmas will be here shortly, but it is the middle of the week, so time for a short retreat from whatever you should be doing to look at some Log Cabin designs … in Christmas colours of course.

Each year I hope to find a spare tree to decorate, and if I do I will print off a heap of Christmas themed quilt designs and hang them on it!

On second thought, I should print out twice as many as required so ...

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November 17, 2021
Pretty Messes, Snowmen Embroidery, Improv Hearts, Sewing Room Snacks from Canadian Needle Nana

 Neddy walked, fire made, coffee being sipped....everything tickety boo here at the wooden house this November Sunday morning. 

It's been rainy and misty down at the little pond with icy edges lately. Last year's photo but ditto for this morning's walk.

Here is the pretty scrappy mess in the sewing room this weekend.  Besides the mess, I'm creating more layered slabs for hand quilting later on. 
Oh and my nuts. I keep nuts down there for a snack.  I confess I have sometimes kept less healthy things tucked away there too. Do you do that ...

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November 13, 2021
Poetry, Christmas Fabric, Wee Dog Visit, Wooden House Wonderings from Canadian Needle Nana


The Poetry Foundation is a wonderful site I visit every week.  I love to read the poetry bits but there are lots of other features to be found there.  Just yesterday I listened to this podcast, A History With Holes, which explored the subject of slavery. We continue to grapple with the residential schools scandals here in Canada. So how in the world do we, trying our best to be human today, wrap our heads around these atrocities.  Heavy thoughts appropriate for this day, November 11, our Remembrance Day here in Canada. 
I love having the wood up on the ...

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November 11, 2021
The Sopranos, Autumn Quakers, Hand Quilting, Quiltmania, Photo Fail from Canadian Needle Nana

 We are rewatching The Sopranos and enjoying it very much. Last night's episode got me thinking.  In that one, Tony is convincing his mother( played by the wonderful Nancy Marchand)  to move into a facility for old folks...he is careful to not call it a home but a retirement village. Several times he brings up her age,70, as if that is reason enough to be living in such surroundings. The reality is that she is showing signs of early dementia and is really not safe on her own anymore. 

It made me think of people I knew ...

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November 8, 2021
Yuletide Blanket, Courthouse Steps Hand Quilting, Beef Stew Plans from Canadian Needle Nana

November feels a little like March as a month to me.  Here in Canada they're kind of marker months that just hold time between months with celebrations, etc.  Maybe I feel like that because in school we would have the fun of Halloween then time in between, November, before beginning the build up to the main event of Christmas. Celebrating these events with children during the school year is just the best feeling in the world and made the hard work of keeping up and matching the energy so worthwhile. 

 But for just now, next up on my agenda ...

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October 27, 2021
Halloween Redwork and Quilting, Garden Regrowth from Canadian Needle Nana

     So are you ready for the Trick and Treaters? Have you bought the little bars or bags of chips?  We don't get any little folk down our laneway but I always buy one of those boxes of tiny bars just in case. You know who winds up eating the chocolate.

Most welcome in the garden.  This pretty bloom has the unlikely name of Toad Lily. It made a very late appearance in the garden blooming in late September and was sustained because of the humidity of the first two weeks of October.

Below is an example of the regrowth ...

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October 20, 2021
Curved Cornerstones 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting! Courthouse steps, straight and curved, and sometimes the steps only go one way! (That might confuse the crook who is guilty as charged and tries to escape.)

I like the second one.

Another interesting one.

Every week I am amazed by the variety of ways Log Cabin blocks can be used.

I like the last design included in this week’s mid week retreat … but my favourite for today is the second one.

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week!

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October 13, 2021
Canadian Thanksgiving, Two New Quilt Ideas, Game Changer Bread Machine Buns, Slow Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

 I have to say how great it was to read all your dinner ideas in the comment section of the last post.  Quite a nice array and I will definitely be looking back at it for ideas. It seems I get tired of our usual fare and feel stumped from time to time. Quiltgramma (no blog) mentioned an idea for a slow cooker meal that would cook overnight. That appeals to me, the multi-tasker as you know.  Dinner cooking away while I'm sleeping, yes to that! I'm going to be good for this week though because we had ...

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October 10, 2021
Great Thrift Store Find, Sixty Courthouse Steps, Flowers Flowering, Winter Boots from Canadian Needle Nana

The daily rain finally stopped and we had sun yesterday that felt glorious. I spent as much time outside as I could. It was a quiet kind of day and I noticed for the first time, leaves gently letting go and falling from the trees. Our little pond has been fully restored and the burgundy Sedum was beautiful in the sunlight.

 I need to show you what I bought at the Value Village that I liked and thought was a bargain.  Here she is, Girl With Blue Ball.  She is porcelain and was fashioned between 1924 and 1974 by Nao ...

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September 20, 2021
Rule #6, Bargains, Delicious Macaroni, Flying Geese, Courthouse Steps from Canadian Needle Nana

 Rule #6 Walk Tall.  In keeping with the walking...One of my aims during my year leading up to 70 was to be as fit as I could be. And part of that was improving my posture.  With decades of bending over childrens' heads and desks and a needle or book etc., well let's just say,  I was not happy with my posture. And I have a fear of developing a hump on my back.

 So I made a conscious effort all of last year to improve  it.  I read a little about it and also watched YouTube videos ...

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August 16, 2021
Life's Ups and Downs, Carousel of Time from Canadian Needle Nana

A friend said to me a few years ago, Jocelyn, now we are the grandmothers. It was one of those moments when an idea hits you with a certain clarity and truth.  From then on I seemed more aware that life is definitely not static, is always swiftly moving on and me along with it. I thought of this when I saw on Nancy's blog, Joy For Grace. she had posted a video of Joni Mitchell singing The Circle Game.  In 1966, as a 15 year old I would have enjoyed her beautiful voice, but now all these years ...

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July 18, 2021
Nature Sings, Courthouse Steps and Tumbling Blocks, Have You Heard of This? from Canadian Needle Nana

Since reading The Overstory, I've been more aware of trees. I still count as one of my duties here to name all the trees; I'm sure many are represented just outside my front door. Though I do not think our woods are enchanted, the sounds I hear there are kind of enchanting to me.  For instance, early one morning, I heard two barred owls hoot to each other from different parts of the woods. Then a couple of cardinals chimed in, also distances apart, to sing their tuit tuit calls. Meanwhile, chickadees were chirping continuously and a couple ...

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July 7, 2021
Curved Cornerstones + 101, 102 103, 104, 105 from Virtual Quilter

I like the first design for today …

… and the second …

… you guessed right if you guessed that I like the third!

When I opened this project there were no designs in there that I haven’t already shared, so I picked some designs and made some simple changes to ten of them, so not only did I get designs for today, I have five more to share another day.

I even like the last design though the thought of trying to put this one together makes my head spin.

That is all for this week … five designs to distract you ...

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July 2, 2021
Which Me Am I Now? from Canadian Needle Nana

 I've been a bundle of thoughts since I last wrote a post. So much bad news in the news and sadness abounding it seems. And this heat...which I say feels like you're stepping out into warm, thick pea soup, has also served to dampen my spirits and sapped my little energy along with it. How hot has it been?  So hot Hubby is wearing a short sleeved t-shirt without a long sleeved shirt over it. I've never seen him wear such before. 

Ned is learning to enjoy the walks especially in the shade on a hot ...

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