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September 16, 2019
Introducing my Exit Strategy from Quilting & Learning

In the spirit of anticipation, celebration and learning, I am starting a new project.

EXIT STRATEGY

In less than 3 years and 2 months, I will be 60! People are generally not eager to grow older, but I believe that the perks of age and wisdom more than make up for the laugh lines and grey hair (which I've had for over 15 years anyway!)

60 will begin the next phase of my life - Fibre Artist!

So, how am I going to get ready for the fibre artist phase of my life without living in the future? Well, pretty ...

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September 15, 2019
Embroidery, Cross Stitch and a Quilt Show from The Cozy Quilter

This past week, I have worked on a number of hand and machine stitching projects, including shortening of two pairs of dress pants for a family member, making of two blocks (including embroidery) for the London Modern Quilt Guild QuiltCon 2020 charity quilt, and prepping a demonstration of curved piecing on Drunkard's Path blocks for today's Modern Guild Meeting.  The one project which did not get any stitches this week was my Frank Lloyd Wright counted cross stitch, but I am including a picture of its current status as an incentive to myself to get back to work ...

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September 14, 2019
Back in Civilization! from ... Cat Patches

Hey! How are you? I've missed you guys! We find ourselves a week down the road since our last chat, now located in Alamosa, Colorado, just outside Great Sand Dunes National Park. It's been quite a week of adventure, and I'm going to catch you up on what we've been doing via a series of time-traveling posts. There's so much to tell you, and I wish I could have been keeping up all along. We had no wi-fi in Taylor Park (our previous destination), and we had a very weak cell signal. Anything I could ...

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Back in Civilization! from Cat Patches

Hey! How are you? I've missed you guys! We find ourselves a week down the road since our last chat, now located in Alamosa, Colorado, just outside Great Sand Dunes National Park. It's been quite a week of adventure, and I'm going to catch you up on what we've been doing via a series of time-traveling posts. There's so much to tell you, and I wish I could have been keeping up all along. We had no wi-fi in Taylor Park (our previous destination), and we had a very weak cell signal. Anything I could ...

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September 13, 2019
hand embroidered buttons [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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hand embroidered buttons

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September 11, 2019
Coping by Stitching from Where Art & Life Meet

People often say to me things like – “You’re so patient” or “I could never do that, it’s so tedious.” What I want to tell them is that I am so NOT patient. I am incredibly impatient, so much so that as a child my impatience was something often commented on by others, not just… Continue reading Coping by Stitching

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September 9, 2019
Left-Handed in a Right-Handed World from Where Art & Life Meet

I am left-handed. While only about 10% of the population is left-handed, there are a great many who work in the arts. I don’t know that a greater percentage of artists are left handed than in the regular population, but I do know that we lefties have had to come up with a great many… Continue reading Left-Handed in a Right-Handed World

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September 8, 2019
But is it Art? from Where Art & Life Meet

This is one of those questions that guarantees the page will remain blank, the canvas untouched, the design wall bare. This is a question best left unasked. It’s like asking, “Do I look fat?” Whatever the answer, it will do nothing to placate the nagging doubt. Ask 100 people how they define “art” and you… Continue reading But is it Art?

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September 7, 2019
new blue thread [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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a new colour from Karen Ann Ruane

new blue embroidery thread

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September 6, 2019
hugs not thugs from Charm About You


Gathering together to sew in company is really quite special. It can be lonely and a bit boring sometimes sewing at home by yourself. While that quiet time is still vital for my sanity, recently I have been much more open to getting out and taking part in sewing groups. Partly because I have more time in the evening now, also my anxiety is manageable, it feels nice to be sociable and join in. Also real life is better. 
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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Sometimes you win some, and sometimes you lose some, but during this past year, I (Kara) have actually won some! Usually when I try for raffles and giveaways, my name or number is just not called—not the case this year. 

Barbara Blanton and I with my loot!

Every year at the Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, Virginia, two lovely ladies donate a full quilt kit to be raffled off. One year, it was a complete Dear Jane kit, and this year it was Kim McClean's Flower Pots. The kit was full of brightly colored fabrics, and the pattern ...

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September 5, 2019
embroidered pages from Karen Ann Ruane

embroidering pages, a ledger of stitch

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recording stitch [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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September 4, 2019
A little bit of this and that! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I'm hand quilting again after quite a hiatus.  My hands and fingers can't work like they used to, so in between sessions of hand quilting, other things were happening.

My lovely hexie wall hanging is the chosen project.  With all that embroidery, there was no way this was going to be machine quilted.  It would not have done justice to all that hand work.

After an hour here and there during the week, the centre is almost done.
In between sessions, binding got sewn onto this Xmas quilt.
Seriously .... that seam had to happen right in the corner ...

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handembroidered needlecase [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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buttonhole loops, ribbon, a needlecase from Karen Ann Ruane

hand embroidered needlecase

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September 3, 2019
needle and thread [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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hand stitch from Karen Ann Ruane

hand embroidery

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A Flat Day from ... Cat Patches

We got out early from La Grande yesterday morning, headed toward Heyburn, Idaho, and a park we've stayed at before. It's a nice park for just passing through on a journey to anywhere else. We stopped to fill up our fuel tank on the way out of La Grande. Mike noticed the tire pressure on one of the rear truck tires had gone down overnight, which seemed unusual. He noticed it back home too, and so he said to me, "I think one of our back tires has a slow leak." Famous last words, right? But on we ...

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