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August 12, 2022
Cross Stitch Update from Jo's Country Junction

I’ve had a busy week again but I did manage to get some cross stitching done.  I had Buck’s kids here for two overnights.  Kayla and Jasper stayed over for two nights and after Jasper went to bed, we sat up and stitched.

Let’s start out with All Creatures Great and Small by Barbara Ana.  This is stitched on 40 Count Vintage Country Mocha…called for Anchor floss except the red was changed to Anchor 20.

Here is where I was last week…

Here is where I am this week.

I’m starting to get the itch ...

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August 9, 2022
stitching friends summer blog hop . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Welcome!  I'm happily participating with the Stitching Friends Summer Blog Hop, put on by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching! Jo does several blog hops through the year, and I really enjoy participating.  The theme of this summer hop is . . .
That's right!  Stitching Friends Are Friends Who COUNT!  Love it!

My stitching friend is a very prolific stitcher.  And eclectic!  But it was the title of her blog that first caught my eye . . . it makes me smile *every* time I see it!

She does a lot (a LOT) of amazing cross stitch work . . . 

She also does some lovely, fun work ...

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Stitch Along with FQS Sunflower September 2022! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

It’s the season for stitching with FQS Sunflower September!

FQS Sunflower September lasts throughout the whole month of September. The all-new Sunflower Sampler Mystery Pattern Series is a chance to bring the bright blooms inside and stitch with us all month long. Everything starts on September 2 for this 5-part mystery series! After September 30, the full cross stitch design will be revealed.

Sunflower Sampler Mystery Pattern Series

Live your brightest life! It’s time to find some sunlight with our Sunflower Sampler. The Sunflower Sampler Downloadable PDF Cross Stitch Pattern Series will make you stand tall as its ...

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August 8, 2022
Three Free Patterns, Wildlife, Jackrabbit Cross Stitching, Favourite Sun Block Cream from Canadian Needle Nana

 So what do you think? Lining one of the tunnels for a nest perhaps? Update...I've been told he/she is probably storing food for the winter.

The three small groundhogs, the chucklings, seem to have disappeared. I read they move on to establish their own territory and I hope that is true. This bigger one is spotted in the front yards nowadays often tearing chunks of grass. I've read a lot about groundhogs/woodchucks and have enjoyed observing and photographing them up close. Mid summer amusement. 

I've also enjoyed a few calm early mornings laying stitches ...

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August 6, 2022
Catching Up and a Quilt Shop from Cat Patches

Only a fool would try to catch up just now. There is so much to do to get ready for our upcoming big trip it's hard to hold it in my head all at once. Mike really has the lion's share of the work, making sure the RV is ship shape. "Ship shape" seems the wrong term for this..."road worthy" might be better. He noticed a strange wear pattern on one of the tires recently. He thought it was a problem with the trailer suspension, but then realized there was a broken spring. He insists it will ...

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Catching Up and a Quilt Shop from ... Cat Patches

Only a fool would try to catch up just now. There is so much to do to get ready for our upcoming big trip it's hard to hold it in my head all at once. Mike really has the lion's share of the work, making sure the RV is ship shape. "Ship shape" seems the wrong term for this..."road worthy" might be better. He noticed a strange wear pattern on one of the tires recently. He thought it was a problem with the trailer suspension, but then realized there was a broken spring. He insists it will ...

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August 5, 2022
August 2022 OMG and Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Another month down, another project finished. I met my goal last month of sewing a shirt. I’ve done well this year finishing my OMGs, which has kept my projects moving.

There are quite a few changes in the list this month.

Project One: I’m still stitching My Sewing Treasures by Bobby G Designs.

Project Two: I started working on a UFO I picked up off the charity table at Guild. Whoever started it including a picture of what the planned quilt would look like, but I’m not going there. I’ll sew up all the pinwheel pieces ...

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2022 Heartfelt Stitch Along – Release 7 from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

This is a banner that has a rose with a heart in the middle and reads: Heartfelt stitch along

Get your floss ready for the latest Heartfelt Charity Cross Stitch release! Today is the day to talk about finishing the cross stitch pattern for our Heartfelt design, a pattern inspired by our 2022 Heartfelt Charity Quilt.

DOWNLOAD THE HEARTFELT CROSS STITCH PATTERNS

If you’re just joining in, it’s not too late. You can find all the patterns in the announcement post. Download our complete Heartfelt Cross Stitch Supply List for all the details.

Our Heartfelt Charity Cross Stitch was finished by Priscilla Blain of Stitching with the Housewives on SKU# 2074417 from Hobby Lobby with Beautiful Day ...

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Joy to the World from Wendy's Quilts and More

This week I've been working on another Christmas tree decoration designed by Liz Matthews.  




It doesn't look very exciting in this photo, but I'm stitching it on white sparkly 32 count evenweave and I'm really pleased with it.  

I think it will look nice next to my first tree that I stitched back in January.  You can read about that one here.


Next Friday I'll be in Christchurch at my work conference.  I'm really looking forward to regaining some work life balance after the conference.  There's been too much work lately and not ...

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August 3, 2022
It’s Time to Rhyme for Thread a Needle Day from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Sewing-related holidays are the best kind, aren’t they? Thread a Needle Day is OUR kind of holiday. To celebrate the essential tools of the trade that make our world go ’round, we have a fun contest and a special coupon, just for you!

Classic Colorworks cross stitch floss

Today we’re indulging all you cross stitchers with a little floss frenzy. Classic Colorworks makes lovely 100% cotton hand-dyed cross stitch floss that give your stitches subtle variegation. The floss come in a range of more than 200 colors, which is pretty amazing when you think about it!

Classic Colorworks cross stitch floss

Besides the beautiful floss, we love the ...

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August 2, 2022
sweet, sweet, sweet . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Lots of lovely little tidbits from the past week.  First up, my daughter-in-love, has created a *sweet* home business called "Madelyn Mae's Bake Shop".  She makes the loveliest, tastiest cookies! How do I know they're tasty, you may ask?  Because she sent me some!
Tea cups, tea pots, and quilt squares! And in purples, no less!  It was a fun snail mail package to receive! She's so talented!

And I know autumn is on its way, because I've started to feel the pull of all things pumpkin . . .
Picked up this sweet Benartex metallic pumpkin panel.  I ...

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New Holiday Hallmarks Pattern: Autumn from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

This next Holiday Hallmarks release has us ready for a nice fall breeze. Autumn Holiday Hallmarks is full of sugar and spice with text that captures everything nice about Autumn!

Autumn Holiday Hallmark Cross Stitch Pattern

Add a little bit of typography to your next holiday with our quarterly cross stitch series, Holiday Hallmarks! Make a “Hallmark moment” with holiday-themed typography, color, and icons! This seasonal pattern is low-priced and is only available as a downloadable PDF, so you can click, print, and stitch!

Halloween Holiday Hallmarks

This month we are releasing the Autumn Holiday Hallmarks Downloadable PDF Cross Stitch Pattern. This piece was finished with ...

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Quilt Retreat from Jo's Country Junction

** Before I start today’s post:  I am trying to contact the person who called the Stitchery Nook the day of (or close to) that we started the retreat.  You were wondering if I planned to do another retreat, I would like to chat with you.  Please contact me at rogjok@iowatelecom.net.  They didn’t write your name down and I want to send you a note.

Now to today’s post.

Check out this fun bunch.  These are the ladies who attended the retreat we held over the weekend.

First off, let me tell you, I have a ...

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August 1, 2022
Three Free Patterns, Kaffe Table Runner, Wheel Within a Wheel Progress, Me in the Garden from Canadian Needle Nana

The deer have been around and gnawed down a couple of hosta plants; here they eat the same one and leave all the rest. 
I've finished the impromptu/squirrel project, the Kaffe Table Runner. It finished at 13 by 25 inches. I enjoyed the hand quilting part of this project and how it used up some very old scraps.
I decided, because it was geometrical, I would try some rounded edges for the quilting as contrast. Sharing with the Purple Party at So Scrappy.
I cut a cardboard template and used my hera tool to make the quilting lines ...

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July 30, 2022
Cross Stitch Finish: Remember Me from Jo's Country Junction

You might remember a bit ago I stitched this piece, Remember Me, by Blackbird Designs.  You can find the chart in the book A Heart Remembers by Blackbird Designs.

I stitched mine on a scrap of 40-count linen.  I didn’t label the scrap so have no idea who dyed it.  I used GAST Raven for my floss stitching one floss thread over two linen threads.

I told you a couple of weeks ago that I had purchased this box at the thrift store for $2.  I thought the box and stitched piece would work great together.

Then I debated ...

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July 29, 2022
Four Favourite Things, Floral Motif Sampler Finish, Basket Case Near Finish from Canadian Needle Nana

The Wooden House in July Showing Hydrangeas
 We had to set the alarm twice last week which is just so odd for us. One morning we had workers coming to work on concrete and stones and the other morning, we had a vet check up appointment for Ned.  He goes to the doctor more often than I do. Anyway, such is the life of the retired and grateful I am for every minute of it.

Four things I love in this photo below...my tabletop Ott Lite, my Mama Bird mug which holds a lot of coffee or tea, my ...

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Cross Stitch Update from Jo's Country Junction

I am at the retreat…  I thought I’d share a few things that happened earlier in the week that are all cross-stitch and retreat related.

When the girls were home last weekend, we made pincushions for all of the retreat attendees.

These are my ort jar pincushions with the Oui yogurt jar on the bottom.  Here is our collection…
If you want to make one for yourself, you can find the pattern HERE.

I bought some pins to put in them.  I put them in while the boys were here.  I had the tote on the dining room table ...

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July 26, 2022
Red Bird Stitch Along Pillow Finishing from Jo's Country Junction

I finished my Red Bird Stitch Along a week or two ago but didn’t fully finish it into a pillow.  I had promised that when I did, I would take some pictures and write it up on the blog.  This is the promised post.

I really didn’t have a vision for this one.  I thought about making a tiny drum finish.  I thought about making a pillow.  The pillow idea won out.  That didn’t end the decision making though.  Do I add fabric…which fabric??  Too many decisions…


I ended up with… the fabric that had the ...

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July 23, 2022
I Tried... from From the Strawberry Patch...

When Mason was born in 2008 a good friend told me not to blink. I tried. This happened anyway.Yes, those are FOURTEEN candles! Sigh. I finished Bluebird Garden by Artful Offerings. I used the called for Weeks Dye Works floss colors and stitched it up on 30 ct. Belfast Linen (Mariners Map), two threads over two. The plan is for it to become a small pillow.My friend and I attended our final

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I Tried... from From the Strawberry Patch...

When Mason was born in 2008 a good friend told me not to blink. I tried. This happened anyway.Yes, those are FOURTEEN candles! Sigh. I finished Bluebird Garden by Artful Offerings. I used the called for Weeks Dye Works floss colors and stitched it up on 30 ct. Belfast Linen (Mariners Map), two threads over two. The plan is for it to become a small pillow.My friend and I attended our final

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