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June 3, 2020
Winnie the Pooh from Magpie Quilts

Not really sure if I've shared this one with you yet. A few months ago, I had a call from someone who heard that I make and sell my quilts and do custom work. She had a set of 4 Winnie the Pooh cross stitch blocks that she had done with her daughter and wanted them made into a quilt for her expected grandchild.
 I did have some Winnie the Pooh fabrics left from a previous project that were perfect for this quilt. I was not sure that I would have enough, so I went looking to find a ...

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OMG: A Finished Flimsy from Cat Patches


There was a little time spent in the garden yesterday, but mainly just hoeing down weeds and checking for sprouts. None yet. The rest of the day was spent in the sewing room, sewing the nine hand-embroidered Friendship's Garden blocks into a finished flimsy. The blocks were already framed in green, and the next step was to add the sashings and cornerstones, and then start sewing them together. I usually do this block by block. The first row looked like this:


This project might have gone faster except that I got confused about which side of the block needed ...

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OMG: A Finished Flimsy from ... Cat Patches


There was a little time spent in the garden yesterday, but mainly just hoeing down weeds and checking for sprouts. None yet. The rest of the day was spent in the sewing room, sewing the nine hand-embroidered Friendship's Garden blocks into a finished flimsy. The blocks were already framed in green, and the next step was to add the sashings and cornerstones, and then start sewing them together. I usually do this block by block. The first row looked like this:


This project might have gone faster except that I got confused about which side of the block needed ...

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June 2, 2020
progress, a wrapping cloth [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

progress, a wrapping cloth

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Rabbit, Rabbit from Cat Patches

When I was attending Palomar College in San Marcos, California, several decades ago, I worked for a woman named Louise Diener in the college's job placement office. She told me that if one remembered to say "rabbit, rabbit" before saying anything else on the first day of a month, it would bring good luck for the remainder of the month. This morning, I checked in with my friend, The Google, to see if it knew anything about this. Lo and behold, it did. You can read about "rabbit, rabbit" right here. In these many years since I worked for ...

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Rabbit, Rabbit from ... Cat Patches

When I was attending Palomar College in San Marcos, California, several decades ago, I worked for a woman named Louise Diener in the college's job placement office. She told me that if one remembered to say "rabbit, rabbit" before saying anything else on the first day of a month, it would bring good luck for the remainder of the month. This morning, I checked in with my friend, The Google, to see if it knew anything about this. Lo and behold, it did. You can read about "rabbit, rabbit" right here. In these many years since I worked for ...

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June 1, 2020
Embroidered Tote from Becca's Crazy Projects


This has been the view of my embroidery table for weeks. So much clutter and so little room for new ideas. The first step in the project was finding my table. 
After a little while, sorting things, storing things, and admitting somethings would never get done, I could again find my desk. I hooped up some stabilizer and a tote bag
This design is from Urban Threads. 
The design is called Cattery Border
Aren't they cute!

This is great medium-size tote to carry books, groceries, or some yarn and your current project. 

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
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May 31, 2020
Raindrops on Roses from ... Cat Patches

It rained a good part of the day yesterday. It would have been a good day to catch up on housework, but I didn't. Today, I simply must do some...not that I want to...and it's another gray day in any case. 


It seems there was time for a little of everything else, however. My fondest desire for the day was to finish off the snowflake embroidery. I first needed to finish the outside line of silver stitching.


When that was finished, I needed to sew on the beads.


Oh, but it still wasn't finished. I ...

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Raindrops on Roses from Cat Patches

It rained a good part of the day yesterday. It would have been a good day to catch up on housework, but I didn't. Today, I simply must do some...not that I want to...and it's another gray day in any case. 


It seems there was time for a little of everything else, however. My fondest desire for the day was to finish off the snowflake embroidery. I first needed to finish the outside line of silver stitching.


When that was finished, I needed to sew on the beads.


Oh, but it still wasn't finished. I ...

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embroidery on paper [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

embroidery on paper

karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/2020/05/the-edge-of...

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May 30, 2020
Embroidery 101-4 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

I hope that you are having fun experimenting with different embroidery stitches. Today I’m going to show you a couple of stitch techniques that can be used to color in large spaces with stitches. It’s a great way to add texture and detail to your panel. Today I am working on my Woodland getaway panel from Marcus Fabrics.
I will be stitching on the tent and camper sections of the panel. If you are doing the Woodland Getaway BOM then these are extra pieces that you can have fun and experiment with. I will being showing you how ...

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Embroidery 101-4 from Quilt Doodle Doodles

I hope that you are having fun experimenting with different embroidery stitches. Today I’m going to show you a couple of stitch techniques that can be used to color in large spaces with stitches. It’s a great way to add texture and detail to your panel. Today I am working on my Woodland getaway panel from Marcus Fabrics.
I will be stitching on the tent and camper sections of the panel. If you are doing the Woodland Getaway BOM then these are extra pieces that you can have fun and experiment with. I will being showing you how ...

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A Sewing Day from Cat Patches

While I managed to get through the grocery store without killing myself or anyone else, it was a rather taxing outing. For one thing, I gave Mike the morning off. Really, I wanted him to spend his time working on getting the sprinklers set up in the garden. Besides, my list was fairly short, which was the only saving grace for my trip. The store was way busier on a Friday morning than it usually is when I go on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Still, I made it through and I was home around 10:30 a.m. The ...

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A Sewing Day from ... Cat Patches

While I managed to get through the grocery store without killing myself or anyone else, it was a rather taxing outing. For one thing, I gave Mike the morning off. Really, I wanted him to spend his time working on getting the sprinklers set up in the garden. Besides, my list was fairly short, which was the only saving grace for my trip. The store was way busier on a Friday morning than it usually is when I go on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Still, I made it through and I was home around 10:30 a.m. The ...

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May 29, 2020
More learning with the Traveller's Blanket from Quilting & Learning

Monday was a long weekend in Canada and I happily spent most of the afternoon doing some slow stitching with my daughter. She was embroidering and listening to video essays while I was working on my Traveller's Blanket and listening in on the programs. It was so peaceful and pleasant. I wish that I could spend all of my afternoons like that

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May 28, 2020
Going Around in Circles from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last week, Kara share a tutorial for appliquéing tiny circles. It seems that we appliqué artists never run out of circles to stitch in our designs, so I (Teri) thought we might look at a few other methods, and focus on one of my favorites.

Circles, like the soul, are neverending and turn round and round without a stop. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


As Kara noted last week, when we taught this first class a few years ago, this block (an Elly Sienkiewicz design) needed some small berries. In my version of the block, I made the berries in three different ...

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May 27, 2020
Embroidery 101-3 from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Welcome back to my little embroidery series. I hope that you are having fun stitching along with me. I like to use Valdani thread either #8 or #12 weight pearl cotton (12 being my favorite). I also like to use DMC embroidery cotton, I usually use three strands when I embroider. Remember to have good lighting, a comfortable seat, beverage of your choice handy too! I’ve been addicted to ice tea lately, mango ice tea.... yum.....

I like to use #12 pearl cotton, a single strand.

If I use DMC floss, I use 3 strands for embroidery.

Today I ...

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Embroidery 101-3 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Welcome back to my little embroidery series. I hope that you are having fun stitching along with me. I like to use Valdani thread either #8 or #12 weight pearl cotton (12 being my favorite). I also like to use DMC embroidery cotton, I usually use three strands when I embroider. Remember to have good lighting, a comfortable seat, beverage of your choice handy too! I’ve been addicted to ice tea lately, mango ice tea.... yum.....

I like to use #12 pearl cotton, a single strand.

If I use DMC floss, I use 3 strands for embroidery.

Today I ...

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embroidery for my stitched notebook [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

embroidery for my stitched notebook

karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/2020/05/pieces-for-...

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May 25, 2020
Picture Perfect Day from Cat Patches

It was the first day of good weather in weeks. We've had a few sunshine breaks here and there, but no real warmth, and lots of rain for at least two weeks. While I wanted to get on with making the polaroid picture block for the newest Shop Hop quilt, there were lots of things I wanted to accomplish outside too. So, I first took a little walk around. I wanted to show you this picture of the landscape, and what I really want you to notice is the big Weeping Fir tree on the right hand side. 



In ...

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