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May 3, 2016
WIP Wednesday #243 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

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the little farmer from block-a-day

where it starts


starting to look like a farmer

embroidered face


layering her shawls



simple arms

a little hand knit

on with her arms

blanket stitched and scalloped

all rugged up and ready for work

side portrait

side landscape

aprong and log

closeup of face

collected the goats

fed the chickens

herded the ducks

fed the guineas

picked a flower

checked the hamburgs

on the porch

Julian’s away again this week – workshops in Melbourne.  He misses home so much when he has to work away – and we miss him! He rings throughout the day wanting to know how we’re doing, what the animals are up to, to tell us of cool things he’s thought of trying …

But when he leaves, and I give him a hug and kiss and wish him safe travels, he always says “Oh you’ll be glad I’m away!  You won’t do any “farming” – you’ll just spend the week making stuff and having a lovely time ...

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Red and Cream Heaven :) from Tink Squared

Red and Cream Heaven :)

I am really enjoying working on this afghan and I am crazy for the colors and how feminine it is.  The rosettes in the center take a little while to make, so I probably won’t finish this anytime soon, but that’s okay.

The pattern called for worsted weight acrylic, but I’m using DK weight cotton.   I really like the effect, but I don’t know how it will hold up… acrylic lasts forever!

The fabric swatches I ordered arrived.  Out of them, Jim and I chose these.

While my first choice to make a new comforter for ...

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May 1, 2016
A Dream of a Poncho from Quilting Stories






I knitted this poncho last month in three days. It was so quick and easy! The pattern is created by my sister, reproducing an old poncho bought years ago in Peru and completely damaged by wearing it for so long. 

I used 100 g of Drops Melody with number 12 circular needles. I finished it with a crochet row all around and one pompom at each corner.

I am so happy with it, it keeps me warm in the evenings. Though spring is here, the evenings are still
very fresh... This poncho is so pleasant to wear, light like a ...

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April 29, 2016
Friday finishes from Love Laugh Quilt

I finished this small sweater/vest recently for my 12 year old.

She's happy to wear it...
I'm happy it FITS!!!
UNLIKE sewing...
You NEVER really know until it's ALL done and
OFF the needles!!

The pattern is here.
Many of the Ravelers added cast on stitches to make it fit an adult.
I hope to try that soon.
SO many PROJECTS I want to make......

While I was knitting...
the nurse who has been working with me was crocheting THIS!!!
She dug through my stash of yarn
and came up with this wonderful blanket!

It ...

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Been AFK for a While from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Been AFK, or away from keyboard for a while. It still feels a little odd to go this many days without working at my desk. But life is good. Few freelance writing jobs to work on this week, until today. There is a lot of outdoor work to tend to, and after that, I tend to sit downstairs and do some handwork to relax.

My easily distracted craftiness has made me:

  • Stall out on finishing piecing my large hexie project

  • Start another crazy small (half-inch)hexie project, making it up as I go along. Going to be a Christmas wreath ...

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April 26, 2016
My feet are on fire! from Monkey's on the Porch

Well, of course not literally…but I did manage to make 7k steps every day for the week so I’m feeling pretty good about that.  This week I will shoot for the same goal and maybe next week I can bump it up to 8k.  Baby steps…baby steps.

Which is how my quilting is coming along as well….baby steps.  My indigo is soaked and laundered and needs to be pressed.  Then I have to do math since this print is directional as well.  I did add the first border but I’ll save pictures until the second ...

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April 23, 2016
Customer longarming on hold for a bit from Tink Squared

Customer longarming on hold for a bit

I know I haven’t been posting here much lately.  I’ve been having a nasty spell with migraines, to the point that I’m seeing a specialist in June (as early as I could get in).  In light of that, I’m not going to be taking in any customer quilts for a while.

I’m hanging in there with the gardening so far, but I haven’t gone out much and have been spending a fair amount of time in my recliner, either reading or crocheting.

I joined a couple of CAL’s (crochet-a-longs) and am enjoying working ...

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April 19, 2016
Fabric Squares and Crochet Borders – A baby blanket from France Nadeau

This is a baby blanket I have made a few years ago, after I stumbled upon the Pipers Girls blog. The girls posted a tutorial on making blankets with squares of fabric that are assembled with yarn. I cannot find the … Continue reading

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April 13, 2016
Keepsake Lace shawl from Made To Treasure

 My fascination towards fine laces brought me into the world of crochet.
I still love making fine laces with crochet, even though i enjoy trying something new..

I decided to stay away from making doilies for sometime, when i realized I'm overdoing..

Crochet is always my favorite project that i can work on while I'm with family in the evening, or when I'm on long telephone i tend to start something new every time..

This is Keepsake Lace shawl by Coats..

Made it using Alize Sal white yarn with a light glittery look, 
which is ...

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April 12, 2016
WIP Wednesday #240 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

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April 10, 2016
Some Customer quilts and Crochet. from The Nifty Stitcher

Hi there,
I've been kept fairly busy lately with a few customer quilts hence the lack of blog posts. There are just not enough hours in the day!

This is a lovely hexagon quilt which I worked an all over freehand hearts and loops design.

This adorable little quilt was already made up complete with lace edging in the binding.
My customer had stitched in the ditch around the blocks and that was all the quilting it had.
Luckily, i was able to pin it onto my frame and do a little quilting.
Love how it turned out. there ...

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April 8, 2016
Mandala Madness! from Tink Squared

Mandala Madness!

My yarn for the Mandala Madness crochet along (CAL) arrived yesterday after lunch.  I have been feverishly crocheting in a mad attempt to catch up, since the rest of the group is already working on week four… I’m about halfway through week one.

I’m using KnitPicks Swish DK weight, in wool, with a size (7) 4.5mm crochet hook.  This is such a wild quilt and there were so many colors, that I ended up ordering ten colors that I liked and am winging it from there!  My colors are a bit more muted and less contrasty than ...

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April 5, 2016
Spring Gathering from Quilting Stories






















Apple tart

For the first spring quilting gathering, I decorated my house with flowers.

Our quilting group is becoming sometimes half knitting group. Eleni, our great long-arm quilter is crocheting a stunning jacket from a Rowan pattern with Rowan yarn. I am eager to see it finished. She as well did an apron for Michele, of her own pattern. We had fun trying it and we all want one!

Michele is knitting a wonderful blanket and the other friends are progressing with there quilting projects : Flower Garden hexagons, diamonds...

For coffee time I did for the first time a gluten free apple ...

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T-shirt yarn again from Made To Treasure

It is T-shirt yarn time at Made to Treasure..

Im loving it...

The move from fine lace crochet finish to the heavy duty T-shirt yarn was smooth as i expected. 

For me 9mm hook gives the right tension to work with the T-shirt yarn.

I love the crochet finish with the 9mm hook, 
I enjoy this tighter finish more than the one with the bigger hook.

This is a crochet hot-pad using T-shirt yarn, and finished with lightly quilted backing..

It is 12" hot-pad, perfect size for dishes on the dinner table.

I loved the pretty bright colors of the ...

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April 4, 2016
Blind as a bat from Tink Squared

Blind as a bat

I’m really enjoying working on the “Virus Shawl” (why on earth was it called such an awful name?) but man, I am really struggling to see between the small hook (E) and the DK weight yarn.

But I think the shawl is going to be very pretty, so worth it I guess.  It’s very relaxing as the pattern is quite easy.

This morning I was hanging out some laundry and got to giggling.  I read somewhere recently about “solar dryers”.  What happened to good old-fashioned clotheslines?  I love my Breeze dryer but I wouldn’t mind a straight ...

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Bunnies and Kitties from France Nadeau

A fun project, made with very little material. Scraps of old and new fabric, left over yarn, some embroidery floss, orphaned buttons and a few beads. A few of these Bunnies and Kitties have been distributed last Easter. The big blue … Continue reading

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April 1, 2016
Bohemian Shawl Fringes from Quilting Stories

Bohemian shawl fringes

Bohemian Shawl Fringes

Bohemian Shawl Fringes

Bohemian Shawl Fringes

Bohemian Shawl Fringes

Bohemian Shawl Fringes

My daughter wished to have fringes to this shawl. I had to order more yarn as fringes need many yards of wool. They need as well many hours work, almost as many hours as to knit the shawl! 

For how to make fringes, you can find the tutorial HERE.

On the pictures you can see a bag I had sewn with a lovely fabric designed by Anna Maria Horner.
When knitting I like to store my yarns in a color matching bag!

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March 29, 2016
Afghan project from Tink Squared

Afghan project

Our annual fall quilt retreat is already booked solid, in fact, I think it’s overbooked.  We can barely fit sixteen of us if three people bring sewing tables to supplement the banquet tables at the venue, but this year we have nineteen.

I don’t think I want to try to sew with those cramped conditions, but I’d still like to go, so I think I’m going to order some yarn and make an afghan.

A friend of mine on Facebook posted this gorgeous picture of an afghan she just finished.

Isn’t that beautiful?  It’s ...

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March 20, 2016
Simply Spring Millie Fleur - Quilt Day Giveaway! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

A luscious collection of fabric!
Mille Fleur by BariJ for Art Gallery Fabrics
I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work with it.
I must admit, it was love at first sight.
Those Ripples!
Perfect for needle turn applique
for quilting...
Blue and Ivory Lace
to make your heart sing....
And how about an endless supply of unique BariJ art!
It was calling my name!
Fantastic colors, beautifully textured designs, 
and I must mention
the hand...
Yes, the hand!

Hand - The way the fabric feels when it is touched. Terms like softness, crispness, dryness, silkiness are all terms ...

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