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October 17, 2017
Starry Eve Quilt from Pieced Brain


I just got "Starry Eve" back from the publisher! It is my Christmas quilt design published in the Winter 2007 of Quilter's World Magazine by Annie's Publishing. Starry Eve measures 46-1/2" x 60-1/2" making it a great lap quilt. One block set on-point is all it takes and this beautiful quilt is ready in no time at all. 

Oh, but take a closer look at three of the fun Christmas fabrics I used from the North Pole After Dark collection by Dear Stella Fabrics:

 Look at this Santa in his minimalist outfit! I smile every time ...

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Focus, Jocelyn, Focus from Canadian Needle Nana

A maudlin kind of day.  Mildish but wet off and on. But the best kind of day to stay indoors, forget the gardening you had planned, and settle in with various pursuits.
 Like having a pot of soup simmering on the stove.  This is my Red Cabbage Soup, as I call it.  Really it could more aptly be termed "clean out the fridge" soup, as whatever vegetables I can find go in it.  I just start with chicken broth, an onion, lots of sliced cabbage and go from there.  At some point a can of good tomatoes goes in to ...

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October 15, 2017
Seaside Blanket (crochet) – weeks 21 and 22 from France Nadeau

Seaside Blanket (crochet) - francenadeau.comSeaside Blanket (crochet) - francenadeau.comSeaside Blanket (crochet) - francenadeau.com

Free tutorials by Zooty Owl’s Crafty Blog (Seaside Winter Blanket CAL). I’m using Caron Simply Soft and a 3 mm crochet hook.

Thank you fall 2016 - francenadeau.com

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House Keychains - pattern available in my Crafsty Pattern Store - francenadeau.comDaily Cooking at Amazon - francenadeau.com

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October 12, 2017
Thoughtful Tuesdays. Crocheted Hangers. To Do Tuesday. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Thoughtful Tuesdays
I enjoy linking up to several faith-based parties that have amazing posts filled with great wisdom.  If you would like to check them out, there's a list at the end of this post.  ;)
I've decided to one post a week and it will be called "Thoughtful Tuesdays"!  

This post from Crystal at Encourage Your Heart.  She actually hosts the link up.  

Crystal's last sentence:


"The message of Fiercehearted (by Holly Gerth) is the reminder that we can be both weak and strong, messy and beautiful, afraid and courageous. I don’t about you, sweet friend ...

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October 9, 2017
Handy Pumpkins from Road Home Quilting

I'm having so much fun with cotton yarn. It is making me perfect my crochet tension.


I'm trying filet pumpkin washcloths. It's been a bit tricky to get them square, while keeping the pumpkins round enough.

Any suggestions?
What edge finish do you like for washcloths?

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Slow Sunday from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm


It has been so nice today, morning temps in the fifties and a sunny fall day.
Started my day with a 3.5 mile bike ride....which felt great.
Later I put a turkey in the oven to slow cook,
the "man of the place" ask if I could make a turkey with some the of fix'en, said he has been craving this for a month now. I know Thanksgiving is just a little over a month away but I couldn't convince them to wait.   



I do have to say it was very tasty and we will have ...

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October 8, 2017
Temperature Blanket - September update from Creating Chaos

This is a bit later for September but I ran out of the yarn I needed and it took a while to get to a new supply.  Thankfully I have now caught up, finished September and go up to date with October.




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October 5, 2017
Making Progress from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

It was another day of taking my mom to a doctor appointment and her test came out just fine, thank god.




While waiting I was able to finish one slipper to the pair. And seeing how I will be driving mom to her HCE meeting tomorrow I'll be able to get the other one started.

While in Tulsa she was up to going to Hobby Lobby because she needed something so while there I looked for some yarn to go with the CAL. Found a couple I think will work.



Do need to find a soft peachy color and ...

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October 2017 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Every time a new month rolls around I’m surprised. I’m never sure where the last month went. This should be a much quieter month. I have big sewing plans.
Here goes another Short List. The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project and Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories over time as my interests change.
In September I finished the crumb pieced zipper pouch and made another pouch not on the list.
Something Old – I’m quilting and embellishing the Snippet ...

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October 4, 2017
A New Fun Stash Buster from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm


Spicier Life CAL started today, which is a crochet along that Sandra over at Cherry Heart has designed. Will be a sampler blanket and will be perfect for me to have a chance to use up some of my stash.

Here is what I have so far come up with... out of what I have 



and out of the 14 different colors needed I was able to find 9 that were close to the colorway I liked the best.



These are her colorways and mine will be closer to the top right
She gives a chart of the colorways she ...

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October 3, 2017
Welcoming October with Pumpkin Pattern from CollectInTexas Gal

Pumpkin Coasters....who'd thought!!!!
Not me...I usually just fold a paper towel and hope it catches my drips and spills!  That was before I was a TEA drinker and learned about  Tea Etiquette.  Now I know a folded paper towel just doesn't cut it when setting a proper Tea Party Table.
 
What can I say...Old habits are hard to break!
If you would like to make a few Pumpkin Coasters...here's the link
 
Welcome October!


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The One Where Great Things Happen from knot what it seams

Somehow this blog has turned into a fortnightly thing, and it wasn’t meant to be! Before you scoff and roll your eyes at my epic procrastination skills, let me assure you that that is not the case this time. I have genuinely been busy, but before I tell you what I’ve been doing, let me tell you a story…

Inside the Whitford City Shopping Centre there is a little shop. Inside this little, unassuming shop there heads a treasure trove for quirky people. There are all kinds of handmade items, from clothes and jewellery to artwork and soaps ...

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Saturday's Song. Sunday Slow Stitching. Stash Report with Tutorial. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer






Saturday's Song
Beloved child, God sees mended - always.  If you're having trouble believing the good in you exists, please print out the lyrics at the end of this post.  Read them everyday until they become a part of your heart.  You are loved.  


Sunday Slow Stitching
With the finish of this scarf, I am once again in the black with my yarn stash!  I'm hoping to finish the matching boot cuffs this week!  I used Elysian 60% Superwash Merino Wool by Cascade Yarns.  It's a bit pricey, but so well worth it!  It's called the ...

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Whats Up 10.02.17 from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

Here it is October, just love this month. Mainly because our anniversary is this month.


Up on the wall is the Vintage Garden and slowly making progress. I can say that it is 2/3 completed as far as the applique is concerned. Starting to come together don't you think.





This one too has been in the making for a long time. Think maybe I started it 10 years ago or so. Seems like I have a lot of projects around here that been in the works for years. Sure feels good getting them finished.



Did some more crocheting ...

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October 1, 2017
WIPs? What WIPs? from Creating Chaos

Following on from my last post, I am pleased to say that I stuck to my plans to do a bit of each of my Works in Progress each day resulting in three finished crochet projects!

I'm really pleased with the Maid of Honour Shawl because of the way the colours have blended together.   I did have to fiddle a bit at the end as I wanted to make sure I got to the solid colour for the edge and I didn't want to chance not having enough yarn.




So pleased that I worked out how much to ...

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Hodge Podge from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

The past couple of days I have been spending time at Mom because her CHF is acting up and she wasn't feeling very good. We would sit and crochet while talking, which was hard for her yesterday because she get breathless just talking sometimes.



I was able to finish my sister's slippers and they feel good on. I am definitively going to have to make myself a pair. Before I go and buy some yarn, need to check out the stash and see if there is some soft yarn like the stuff I used for my sister, That ...

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September 30, 2017
Seaside Blanket (crochet) – weeks 19 and 20 from France Nadeau

Seaside Blanket (crochet) - francenadeau.comSeaside Blanket (crochet) - francenadeau.comSeaside Blanket (crochet) - francenadeau.com

Free tutorials by Zooty Owl’s Crafty Blog (Seaside Winter Blanket CAL). I’m using Caron Simply Soft and a 3 mm crochet hook.

Downtown House - pattern at francenadeau.com

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Butterfly Garden fabric design - francenadeau.com

Downtown Houses - blocks 1-8 in my Craftsy Pattern Store

Daily Cooking at Amazon - francenadeau.com

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September 28, 2017
Tomorrow is always a Day Away from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I have been wanting to write all week but have had things pop up and I catch myself saying "tomorrow".
Can say for once tomorrow is here and have so much to share.
These past two weeks have been mainly spending time with family and very little sewing. 
No I'll take that back, I've done a lot of handwork because I could take it with me to Doctor appointments and such.





I have spent time in the morning quilting on the blue "Rocky Road". 
I can sort of see this one being completed after 20 years. Yes you ...

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September 25, 2017
Crochet and poppies from Granny Maud's Girl

Earlier this year, I made a case for my crochet hooks, but I forgot to tell you about it. So, here it is!

Crochet hook case made by Granny Maud's Girl

I used a remnant of cotton drill for the outside.

It has pockets for all of my hooks and a flap to stop them sliding out. The zipper pocket is for a pair of scissors, some needles for weaving in the ends and the ball band for later reference. I bound the outside as one would bind a quilt, and a piece of ribbon holds it all together.

Crochet hook case made by Granny Maud's Girl

Inside is plenty of room for my crochet bits ...

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September 18, 2017
The One Where I Obsess About Things Part 2 from knot what it seams

There is this ball of yarn that has been teasing me for months.

It’d been sitting there at the craft shop pretending to be all innocent whilst beguiling me with it’s pretty colours. But be proud of me, dear reader, because I resisted the urge to get it until I had a definite idea of what I wanted to do with it. Not a vague ‘I suppose I could do this…’ but a ‘This is the whole reason that this ball was created! It is for this purpose!!!’

And the purpose is?

Bath scrubbies! The yarn is 100 ...

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