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July 3, 2020
stitching paper [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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stitching paper

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July 2, 2020
embroidered sample pages [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidered sample pages

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July 1, 2020
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

This lily (I think it is a lily) was blooming in my front garden recently. Right there next to the weeds. We like all the plants here, even the dandelions.
I carried my latest crochet project (that I have yet to share) around in this awesome tote I made using an embroidery design from Urban Threads and too many Sharpies.
I made fococcia bread for dinner one night using this recipe.
It came out great! We added it to the list of things to make when we host dinner and games with friends. 
I finished this fun pair of stripy ...

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June 30, 2020
a surface pocket for a wrapping cloth [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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a surface pocket for a wrapping cloth

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June 29, 2020
Embroidering with plastic and Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Hi. Welcome to week 286 of Free Motion Mavericks. Although I'm in the middle of setting up my new studio, I had planned on doing some free motion quilting (FMQ) today on the Pinwheels and Stars Baby Quilt - but I didn't find my supplies until it was too late - so you're going to see how last week, I embroidered using plastic bags

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embroidered cover for a handmade notebook [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidered cover for a handmade notebook

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a wrap for a tiny notebook from Karen Ann Ruane

an embroidered wrap for a tiny notebook

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Gardening, Stitching, Not a Picture Perfect Cake, Wet Robin from Canadian Needle Nana

The tools of my trade these days...I fill my pink weed bucket about four times a morning when I'm out in the garden weeding. By then I'm tired or too hot or hungry. This garden, the cultivated almost 1.5 acres, is a real work in progress especially in my very amateur hands. It is also real work but luckily I enjoy it very much.  

Those gloves have been a real find for me. I can feel my fingers in them so am more adept at pulling smaller weeds than the leather gloves which always came off ...

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June 28, 2020
Sunday Stash June 28, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers, but there will be fabric out next week.
SS yellow
I’ve been all over the place, working on four different projects this week: the Brazilian embroidery, hand applique, a shirt and the framing project. I finished the framing (last post) and will finish the shirt and the Brazilian this week.
One sewing and one hand work project is the best mix for me with the day job. After that it gets a little dicey.
The shirt will be a quick sew. Maybe I’ll even finish it today.
tee cut
Fabric In: 1.5
Fabric Out: 12.75 ...

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Volunteering At The Museum from Quilting My Way

This morning I was up and out the door. I stopped at Starbucks to get some tea and some yogurt with fruit. Then it was off to the museum.

I arrived to find Greg there. I was expecting Sam, but she didn't make it. I had my mask with me. I ware it half the time. When no one was there, I took it off. I also worked on my embroidery.


I got a few more stitches in on the bird. I need to work on the next color. I kept working it. I wanted to get more color ...

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June 27, 2020
Cabin Life from Quilt Doodle Doodles

As you all know, I love my Lumberjack Primo Plaids, love, love, love the colors and have been having fun stitching with them. They are my go to colors, the colors that I love to work with. I have designed a new pattern to go with the Woodland Getaway Panel using these soft, yummy fabrics, Cabin Life. My inspiration comes from all the vacations we've taken up north to go fishing. There's always a morning or two that we wake up freezing and this will be the perfect quilt to pack along for our next trip. I usually ...

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Cabin Life from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

As you all know, I love my Lumberjack Primo Plaids, love, love, love the colors and have been having fun stitching with them. They are my go to colors, the colors that I love to work with. I have designed a new pattern to go with the Woodland Getaway Panel using these soft, yummy fabrics, Cabin Life. My inspiration comes from all the vacations we've taken up north to go fishing. There's always a morning or two that we wake up freezing and this will be the perfect quilt to pack along for our next trip. I usually ...

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the wrapping cloth [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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the wrapping cloth

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June 26, 2020
Rescue #1 from Quilt Paint Create

When looking for something unrelated, I found this picture in a drawer. I stitched and framed it at least 25 years ago. Back then I didn’t understand what cardboard and masking tape could do to needlework. Although foamcore board existed, I don’t know if it was widely available. I know I hadn’t heard of it.
friendship stainedIt was under glass in the frame, which didn’t help.
It’s hardly an heirloom piece, but I wanted to see what I could do to save it. I took it apart and decided to clean it. My stitching friends will ...

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Dreams Mini-Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Several years ago I used an embroidered alphabet from Urban Threads Embroidery to create a min-quilt for a friend. We share a dark view of the world and joke that now that we are old ladies (neither claims to be a lady, to be sure) all our dreams are dead. I wanted to make sure she remembered me always so I made her a mini-quilt similar to what you see above.
She asked me to make another one for another friend of hers and I said yes. I used the alphabet to recreate the design because I didn't know ...

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June 25, 2020
embroidery, a wrapping cloth [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidery, a wrapping cloth

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joining panels and making plans from Karen Ann Ruane

joining embroidered panels for a wrapping cloth and thinking about what comes next

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NYC, Phase 2, Magnets & Merlin from Where Art & Life Meet

New York City has entered Phase 2 of its reopening. I wouldn’t know this since I rarely leave our home, except that I needed to find some small, strong magnets and so ventured out to our local hardware store. There, I saw first-hand what stores and their customers will experience in this new reality. Our… Continue reading NYC, Phase 2, Magnets & Merlin

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Stitching my frustration on protest flags from Stitch and Yarn

Flag by Beka Hannah.
It's hard to believe it was only the beginning of this year our country suffered disastrous bushfires with many lives lost, towns destroyed and others covered in thick smoke for months on end. And still, in Australia, and across the world, climate change is treated as a partisan political issue and not the emergency it is.

Like many who have protested, donated, made lifestyle changes, written letters and signed petitions over many, many years I was at a loss as to what else I could do. In sheer frustration I started stitching a protest flag ...

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June 23, 2020
Embroidery 101-5 from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Welcome to my fifth installment showcasing different embroidery stitches. Today I’m going to show you a threaded running stitch and a variation on a buttonhole stitch. I used them both on my Woodland Getaway panel but I think you could also experiment with these stitches on my other panels too. I’m using a #12 pearl cotton from Valdani thread for my stitching.

I used this variation on the wheel of the camper. I thought it would be a fun stitch to color in the tire... let me show you how easy this stitch is...
To start, bring your ...

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