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December 30, 2020
Cross Stitch Fabric from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Back when I cross stitched years and years ago, we basically had a choice of white or black Aida. Today there are so many choices nowadays. As we all know from years of ordering online, it’s often hard to judge colors online. The little fat quarters of fabric are fairly inexpensive. The lugana is $3...

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December 29, 2020
More About Fabric Sizes from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

In this morning’s post, I linked to the calculator at Yarn Tree. If you look at it (and maybe they all do this), there’s a box for “extra fabric on each side of the border”. Consider the Grain: Depending on where you buy your fabric, I’ve read about some of the pieces being WAY off...

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Two New Cross Stitch Patterns from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Packages finally seem to be moving a bit. Yesterday I received two packages, one pattern in each package and I think there are a couple coming today. These two that arrived yesterday I’m really excited about. Wait . . before I share those . . when ‘m watching flosstubes, and later today I will share...

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Christmas Farmhouse Fabric Size from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Would someone who is more experienced please verify that what I’m writing is correct? I think I’m right but . . who knows any more. So, please don’t order fabric til someone else says I’m correct. The Pattern: If you go to the pattern page at Little House Needleworks, it gives you the stitch counts...

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December 27, 2020
2020 Recap and 2021 goals (maybe) from Pointless Quilter

 Here is my 2020 Goal list of quilt.  I updated in red.  It was not a good quilting year for me.

ow sleeves I started 2 years ago.  (February)

1.  Finish the remaining 9 of the 12  pillow sleeves I started 2 years ago for the boutique. Nope - didn't even touch them.
2.  Orca Bay (Started about 3 or 4 years ago)  Top finished in November.
3.  Straits of Mackinac (Green & White)   Haven't touched it since the class in the summer of 2019.
4.  Summer Swoon 16  - Finished.
5.  Boutique Items - Due to Covid, our boutique was cancelled ...

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Prepping the First Piece from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The Playful Cats is the first cross stitch piece I’m going to try. I love it as shown on the tan fabric but since I’m stitching Addie’s cat, Mr. Kitty, and Boots and Mr. Kitty is a gray cat and Boots is a black cat, I’m using a light gray fabric. The holes in this...

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December 26, 2020
Cross Stitching vs. Then from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Many years ago I did quite a bit of cross stitching and so wish I still had all my supplies. I lost most of it in a house fire in the early 90’s. But, back then, all I needed was a pattern/chart, aida cloth, needle and DMC floss. These days, there is so much “fluff!...

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December 25, 2020
Farmhouse Christmas Stitch Along from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This is the project Denise and I are doing together and wanted to invite any of our cross stitching friends to join us. The pattern is called Farmhouse Christmas by Little House Needleworks. It is gorgeous and you can see it on the link and there’s more info there about it. It’s actually nine separate...

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December 24, 2020
A Good Marriage (Cross Stitch) from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I check the new patterns at 123 Stitch and when I saw this one the other day, I jumped on ordering it. It’s “A Good Marriage” by Lizzie Kate and available here. I’m no one to give marital advice but that pattern says a lot! I love the last line . . “Marriage is not...

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Almost Ready to Cross Stitch from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

First, I wanted to mention that my friend, Denise from Just Quiltin, and I were talking about cross stitching the other day. She told me about a pattern she had ordered. You know I want everything anyone else has! She sent me the link and said “Oops . . I must have bought the last...

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December 17, 2020
Cross Stitching Update from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I think you all should be very proud of me. Are you?

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December 10, 2020
Patterns and Cloth Ordered from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Just so you all know I have been doing research and shopping and I think I’m ok except for a few questions and I’m sure I’ll have more questions once I get started. The responsible thing to do would have been to cross stitch a few pieces and decide if that’s something I love before...

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November 8, 2020
Feeling like a fraud. from Pointless Quilter

 My blog name is Pointless Quilter but I haven't been quilting a lot lately.  I have been working on Orca Bay for a while now.  And while I have most of the inner quilt finished (well by the end of today I hope) I did have 1/2 of it done about two weeks ago.

All those red triangle units with the black pieced corners kill me.  The border is full of them too and if I didn't already have the black pieced parts done for the border, I'd change it.  It's a super scrappy quilt ...

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August 17, 2020
Six Pillows Completed from Pointless Quilter

 Last year I made some children's reading pillows for my sister-in-law's sister in law.  She consigned me this year to make some pillows (not reading pillows) for her 4 sisters and a sister-like friend.  She helped me pick the embroidery designs based on their likes.  Here are the finished pillows.

Then I finished the Spring Fling Cross stitch and decided to make it into a pillow too.  Luckily I was able to make all these using my lovely stash of fabrics.  

The cross stitch pattern is called Spring Fling by With Thy Needle and Thread.  I'm thinking ...

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June 19, 2020
Fall Frolic is Finished from Pointless Quilter

It's been a while since I have posted.  Sorry about that.  Life does seem to get in the way of doing things that need to be done. 

I did have a quilt finish.  I finally finished the Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville) 2019/2020 Mystery quilt.  I didn't do a lot of fancy quilting.  It was so busy that it wouldn't have shown anyway and I'm getting to the point that getting it done is better than letting it sit there.  I did do some fall leaf design in the border though. 

It turned out less mottled than ...

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April 8, 2020
A Couple of Finishes and some WIPS from Pointless Quilter

But I will never admit to all the haul I've been purchasing lately.  Could be where I'm getting comfort from whilst stuck at home (except on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I have to go to work--teleworking on Mon-Wed-Fri). 

But I did finish my Summer Swoon quilt.  This fabric was bought several years ago during a late night Party Party Party that the now closed local quilt shop had. 

Pretty subtle summer colors but it has lemons and ginghams and a little brighter in real life  It will be perfect for my summer bed spread. 

With the Material Girls ...

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March 14, 2020
It's been a while from Pointless Quilter

I just about fainted when I saw my last post date.  It's been a rocky road around here.  First I was going to get a divorce and move out but now I'm not getting a divorce and I'm staying.  I'm still unpacking boxes.  Long story - 25 years was too long a time to be married without a fight and we both realized we still loved each other so we are working on it.  So far so good.  I have my moments but I try to talk them out and work them out.  We are talking a ...

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January 2, 2020
2020 Goals and projects from Pointless Quilter

So for 2020 our friendship group is having a similar WIP challenge as a popular quilt magazine.  You list 10 items on your WIPs list and assign a month to it.  Your goal is to at least work on that quilt during that month.  You don't have to finish the quilt - just make some progress.  We also have a second challenge to use a ruler, template or tool that you bought and have never used and to include text somehow. 

Here is my quilt list for 2020.  a

1.  Finish the 9 pillow sleeves I started 2 years ago ...

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January 1, 2020
2019 Quilt and Cross Stitch Parade from Pointless Quilter

Even with this being the crappiest year, I have surprised myself on how much I did get done.  I had 13 items on my 2019 Goals list and I was able to finish 8 of them.  (Orange Jamestown Landing, Good Fortune BH Mystery) Black/Tan Idol quilt, Guild mystery, Moda Blockhead, Consignment Blue quilt, Trick or Treat, Material Girl Challenge-curved leaves) 

Cross Stitching has been added to my hobby list which was a blessing to have since I spent a lot of time sitting in a hospital and rehab with my dad.  So without any further ado...

The Quilts...

The ...

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December 14, 2019
A Cross Stitch Finish and Bonnie Hunter Mystery from Pointless Quilter

It's been kind of  slow month.  My machine (Bernina 750) has been in the shop for the past two weeks so not a whole lot of quilting going on.  But I did finish a cross stitch piece.  It's a Prairie Schooler Santa.  See photo above.  This is the one with the Sewing Machine.  I also have the pattern with a quilt and that will be the next one I work on.  They are pretty easy patterns and they use mostly the same DMC colors so they all coordinate.  They have an annual Santa.  The one with the sheep ...

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