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December 3, 2019
Brazilian Embroidery With Friends from Quilting My Way

This morning was our BE meeting day. Then next one will be at our house in two weeks. It was really nice. I sat next to Jeannette and she talked the whole time. I also sat next to Bev and she talked the whole time too. So, I had 2 conversations going. I noticed Sandy 2 didn't talk at all. It's funny how that works. We have 2 talkers that don't let anyone get a word in for very long. But it's fun to be around them.


I worked on my Winter Rose piece. I'm ...

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My New Morning View and some Quilty Finishes from Pointless Quilter

With my new job I actually am starting at the same time I used to leave for my old job.  Who knew sunrises were so pretty.  I'm a night owl so this has been quite the adjustment for me. 

And as promised, some quilt finishes.


Trick or Treat was a block of the month, pre-cut with the fusible already on it from Shabby Fabrics.  I did zig zag with coordinating threads around all the pieces and then quilted it.  Some of it glows in the dark.  I love this and can't wait to hang it next year.


And ...

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December 2, 2019
Yo-Yo Flower Basket from Ann Quilts

 

This lovely quilt came to me for washing - it had met with a disaster or two that had left stains.  I'm happy to say that I got the stains out.

The quilt is huge, about 112" square, so the full quilt photos were especially tricky.  So was laying it out to dry, because it was not much smaller than the plastic drop cloth I use at drying time and had to be positioned just-so.

Isn't this quilt lovely?  Springtime personified.  A good thing to post here in the Chicago area where winter snow came early and we are ...

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Celebrating the Art of Embroidery: Meriwether Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Today is a lovely day here in south Florida because currently, the temperature is in the 60s! That's pretty cold down here considering we are pretty used to 90-degree weather almost all year round- it's nice to have a break from the rain too. When there is not a single cloud in the sky, the sun is out, and there is a cool breeze, it's the perfect recipe for making me happy! Which brings me to today's latest AGF collection release, Meriwether

Meaning "happy weather" in Middle English, this collection is available in 16 prints ...

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embroidered pages [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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December 1, 2019
the blahs . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Todd and I both kicked off Thanksgiving week with the crud.  He went to the doc on Monday; I went on Wednesday.  Luckily we had delayed our Thanksgiving celebration until Friday (to be able to celebrate with Joc and her family), but both of us left the doctor's office with antibiotics (among other meds), which meant by the time we celebrated, we both felt better, but still not great. It is what it is.  The two of us spent Thursday quietly.  We watched my one of my favorite Christmas movies . . .
The Homecoming.  It was the pilot for The Walton ...

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November 30, 2019
embroidering a book [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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realisation.... from Karen Ann Ruane

an embroidered book

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November 29, 2019
Christmas, You're Next from Cat Patches

Another Thanksgiving for the record books...not that anyone is keeping any records. Our Thanksgiving is one for the record books if you're keeping track of the number of dirty dishes, pots, pans, and glasses still waiting in line for their turn in the dishwasher. Mike did a championship effort cleaning up last night, but the countertops are still stacked high. I'll get after it this morning at some point, but people are still sleeping.

Only one picture was taken of our meal...this one:


Moving diagonally from right to left, that's whole cranberry sauce. Next to ...

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Christmas, You're Next from ... Cat Patches

Another Thanksgiving for the record books...not that anyone is keeping any records. Our Thanksgiving is one for the record books if you're keeping track of the number of dirty dishes, pots, pans, and glasses still waiting in line for their turn in the dishwasher. Mike did a championship effort cleaning up last night, but the countertops are still stacked high. I'll get after it this morning at some point, but people are still sleeping.

Only one picture was taken of our meal...this one:


Moving diagonally from right to left, that's whole cranberry sauce. Next to ...

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November 27, 2019
a little book of sewing [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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potential from Karen Ann Ruane

little book of sewing

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Stitching Away from Bayou Quilts

I read about 25 Million Stitches on Million Little Stitches, a blog I've visites frequently.  No surprise that a blog titled Million Little Stitches would be interested in the 25 Million Stitches project, a public engagement art installation:  
The world is in flight. 25 million people across the globe have been forced to flee their homelands as a consequence of genocide, war, poverty, natural disasters, targeted violence, and other grave threats. They leave behind everything they’ve known, possessed, and been a part of in order to live; they face immense struggles, misfortunes, and perils on their journey; and ...

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November 25, 2019
Some Progress from Cat Patches

It was mostly slow stitching yesterday, but I did manage to get some time in the sewing room. I first spent a little time hand sewing the binding for It's Raining Cats and Dogs. It was important to turn the first corner, don't you know, and that made me feel as if I were getting somewhere fast. Or possibly it's just one more leg of my journey around the bend.


From there, I did some more work on the last tree for Twelve Trees for Christmas. This morning, I finished the last of the embroidery. This one ...

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Some Progress from ... Cat Patches

It was mostly slow stitching yesterday, but I did manage to get some time in the sewing room. I first spent a little time hand sewing the binding for It's Raining Cats and Dogs. It was important to turn the first corner, don't you know, and that made me feel as if I were getting somewhere fast. Or possibly it's just one more leg of my journey around the bend.


From there, I did some more work on the last tree for Twelve Trees for Christmas. This morning, I finished the last of the embroidery. This one ...

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November 24, 2019
Food and Cats from Cat Patches

What could be better than food and cats? Smitty says I have it the wrong way round. Cats should get top billing. And I had a whole load of cats when I tried to sew the binding onto It's Raining Cats and Dogs yesterday. Sadie has claimed this quilt as her own, and she's not ashamed to say so.

Yes, and the binding strips too. All mine.


She was a little put out at coming face to face with a woofie, even if it is just fabric.


Smitty to the rescue.

Don't you worry, little lady. I ...

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Food and Cats from ... Cat Patches

What could be better than food and cats? Smitty says I have it the wrong way round. Cats should get top billing. And I had a whole load of cats when I tried to sew the binding onto It's Raining Cats and Dogs yesterday. Sadie has claimed this quilt as her own, and she's not ashamed to say so.

Yes, and the binding strips too. All mine.


She was a little put out at coming face to face with a woofie, even if it is just fabric.


Smitty to the rescue.

Don't you worry, little lady. I ...

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little book of sewing [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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little book of sewing

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beginnings and ends . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I love finishes!  This morning I can share not one, but TWO! Well, perhaps I should clarify. Not two completely finished, ready-to-put-up-and-enjoy-and-never-need-to-be-worked-on-again projects. But two projects on which I've finished the embroidery stitches! I wrapped up my pumpkin piece (by Crabapple Hill Studios):
I just love this sweet stitchery.  I love the character and variety of stitches and colors.  It was truly like painting a scene.  It's so yummy!

And I finished my teapot table topper . . .
I think the last time I shared anything on it, I was still whipping the hexies together! I finished the hexies up ...

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November 23, 2019
A Day for Relaxation from ... Cat Patches

The kitties gave me the day off from sewing yesterday, although there was plenty of hand-stitching, as I'm just about to tell you. Smitty spent much of the day in his clubhouse, which meant Sadie had the top rung on the kitty pole.


My day started with Tree #11 of Twelve Trees for Christmas. My friend "Anonymous" asked me to link to the pattern for the trees again. It's an eBook from Mary Corbett, and you can purchase the book right here.

Tree #11 had three new-to-me stitches. I'd already done the woven fill stitch on the ...

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