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December 7, 2019
Trying again... from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

I am going to try another come back to the blog. I have been doing a fair amount of sewing this year and sort of keeping up with my 2019 UFO challenge. I have been quilting. I have been teaching classes with my partner in crime, Tina, and we have been having fun with those. The last post on the blog was in April 2018 and there have been some big changes since then. The kitchen renovation is

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December 3, 2019
Gaining Confidence, Hand Stitching, Damp Dogs, Happy Birds from Canadian Needle Nana

I enjoyed reading all the Thankful posts around the blogging world this week.
 This kept running through my mind...Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.  This was one of my favourite hymns during childhood, maybe because it was sung much more up tempo than the usual hymns. Anyway, it seemed like just the process of naming the blessings is happy inducing. I could hear the enthusiasm and sincere gratefulness in your words.

We had bouts of light rainfall several times lately though one overnight amounted to an inch ...

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November 29, 2019
Thankful Too On This Special Thanksgiving Thursday from Canadian Needle Nana

A big Happy Thanksgiving to my American pals! Enjoy every minute whether with family and friends or quietly with just yourselves. Hope the eating is great and please be sure to tell me all about it later.

Hubby got his annual Advent calendar from daughter...chocolate of course.

 He is a tiny bit Grinchish when it comes to Christmas and he has a wife whose family are quite the opposite.  He goes along. I have littler grandson spending his PA day with us tomorrow to help me with our Christmas decorating. This is year 3 he has done that with ...

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November 22, 2019
Stitching Meditation, Tools, Dogs, The Crown from Canadian Needle Nana

Last month I spoke about stitching as meditation. To that end I joined a Facebook group, Stitch Meditations,who share their stitching and write about the comfort it is to them especially during difficult times. It is amazing the number of folks who are stitching in hospital beds or waiting rooms for instance. I myself have never seen anyone. Except my mom who always took knitting and her cross word book with her which I do as well.
Below is a little piece I've been stitching that is solely hand work and combines my love of hand stitching with ...

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November 8, 2019
Super Thursday Thoughts from Canadian Needle Nana

Hello, I have so much to talk about and be grateful for on this Thankful Thursday.

It was a cool misty morning down at the pond recently.  As I neared this spot, I caught sight of two white tails...deer, leaping through the brush.  A very autumn look to the landscape that I decided to show you as we have a light snow falling so it does not look like this today.

My old Christmas cactus is rewarding me this year by sending out a few blooms. I've had it a few years with no blooms not even when ...

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November 6, 2019
The Puppycat Update from Jo's Country Junction

Kelli’s beagle Puppycat (yes that is the dog’s name) is ten.  We were all worried how she’d do when Georgia came along.  As they say, “You can’t teach an old dog a new trick”.

Puppycat was around the childcare kids and did fine but we didn’t know how she’d be with Georgia on a daily basis.  Puppycat keeps her distance some but overall, really likes Georgia.

Recently Puppycat had some issues.  She wouldn’t jump up on the couch.  She kind of limped.  She wasn’t herself at all.  It was the weekend and ...

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Moonscape Baby Quilt, WIP from Jan's Quilts


At Quiltcon this year, I received two mini-charm packs of Moonscape by Dear Stella.  I wanted to use all those small squares in a baby quilt but needed to come up with a plan.


This is the plan I came up with, and it uses almost all of the mini-charms.  I decided not to make traditional 9-patches and eliminated some seams by making 7-patches.  These 6.5" blocks were very quick and easy.



Right now, the quilt top measures about 30" inches square, but I'm waiting on some Moonscape yardage, so I can add a border.  Below are my ...

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October 19, 2019
Halloween and Nature Patterns, Glorious Colours from Canadian Needle Nana

Too many things to count is the way I think about my weekly likes for this Thursday post. I've picked out these to share today.
I love how a close up of this Eastern Yellowjacket revealed an interesting pattern. Nature never disappoints.

And I loved holding this little guy in my hand; one of the small Painted turtles in the pond. He's got interesting patterning in orange and yellow too.
From looking down to looking up.
It is all about the leaves these days.
We are enjoying the spectacular colours around the property. Contrasting blue skies highlight the ...

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June 12, 2019
Dogs and Buffalo Plaid from Magpie Quilts

Since I purchased an embroidery machine a year and a half ago, I've been looking for projects that mix the beautiful designs available and the quilting that I love.
80188-Beloved Dogs by Kathleen Keil Hill
I know so many people whose dogs are an integral part of their families. When I saw this design package 80188-Beloved Dogs by Kathleen Keil Hill from Embroidery Online, I began to think about how I could incorporate these beautiful dog embroideries into a usable quilt.
 To begin with, I needed to make sure I had all the colours needed for the machine embroidery ...

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