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October 9, 2021
20 Min Sewing Sprints on Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


So I started to do my twenty min sew sprints on my pinwheel quilt this week.  I have a goal to finish it by next September so I can enter into the fair.   They have a category for all by hand made quilts.  Nothing like a deadline to get things done.   I've decided to do them in bunches and then visually lay out the bunches making the bigger and bigger.   If I need some transitional wheels I can make them up.

It's slow progress but at least its progress.

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September 19, 2021
Rule #5, She Keeps Walking, Tiny Scraps Autumn Table Topper, Blueberry Muffins from Canadian Needle Nana

Rule #5 Keep walking...both physically and figuratively. I'm intrigued how the two are linked. The summer after I moved to Ontario was a very difficult one for me. I'd had difficult times before but it seemed nothing had prepared me for the new challenges I faced. Separations are never easy and it felt like new worries were being piled on top of old.  I would take my little Shuffle with my music in my ears and walk all over the small town I was living in.  I would walk fast and return to the house tired but ...

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September 13, 2021
Rule #4, Shopping, Table Topper Almost Finish, Flosstube Love, Hanging On! from Canadian Needle Nana

 Rule #4 Calm yourself. Stop dreaming up negative scenerios! You are safe and comfortable. Your children are safe and comfortable.  Shut down the negative thoughts! Give your mind a well deserved break from all the horrible imaginings! Anybody else identify with the middle of the night wandering thoughts that take a dark dive?? I'm determined to put a stop to it. 

Have you heard of Butter Denim?  I got out shopping last week at Winners and bought these jeans made of Butter Denim; I think the company is a number like 1822. This is me trying to model them ...

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August 27, 2021
Hexagon Junk from Becca's Crazy Projects

What to do with that junk mail printed on light cardstock? Make it into hexie papers for English Paper Piecing. 
This Fiskars extra large hexagon squeeze punch (Fiskars X-Large Squeeze Punch, Hexagon affiliate link) makes quick work of the light cardstock some junk mail is printed on. 
This means I can get a pretty good crop of hexagons out of that one piece of junk.
A little bit of time basting (I thread baste but I don't stitch through the hexagon paper) and you are ready to hand sew those little hexagons together. There are loads of videos on ...

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August 22, 2021
Hexagon Project Update from Curlicue Creations

Here's the progress on my current hexagon project.  It's more than doubled in size since my last post about it.  Can you see what it is yet?

Good luck!
Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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August 17, 2021
Dodecagon Finish!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

 I can't believe I made this!!

70" wide by 98" long -- dozens and dozens of hexagons handstitched to set off twenty-one dodecagons and four beautiful printed floral motifs all hand stitched together from my bountiful fabric stash!?!

It all started late in 2016 when I discovered Marge Sampson-George's Dodecagon Quilt Pattern on Instagram.  It wasn't available in the USA at that point, but I contacted Marge and we figured out a way for her to send the pattern with templates and papers to a cousin in Australia who would then hand it off to her parents when ...

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August 8, 2021
A gaggle of hexies from Quilting & Learning

I'm not sure what a whole bunch of hexies are known as, other than possibly a quilt in the making!

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July 19, 2021
EPP Project Progress from Curlicue Creations

Progress update on my current EPP project.  I've been working on this slow and steady. All Island Batik fabrics. It's still got a long way to go.  Any guesses as to what it is yet?

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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July 18, 2021
Nature Sings, Courthouse Steps and Tumbling Blocks, Have You Heard of This? from Canadian Needle Nana

Since reading The Overstory, I've been more aware of trees. I still count as one of my duties here to name all the trees; I'm sure many are represented just outside my front door. Though I do not think our woods are enchanted, the sounds I hear there are kind of enchanting to me.  For instance, early one morning, I heard two barred owls hoot to each other from different parts of the woods. Then a couple of cardinals chimed in, also distances apart, to sing their tuit tuit calls. Meanwhile, chickadees were chirping continuously and a couple ...

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June 16, 2021
Mandolin quilt – WIP from Zarkadia Quilts

This quilt is the Mandolin quilt. It started in the summer of 2019, and it is still ongoing. This pattern is written and sold by Tales of Cloth, and I highly recommend it, if English Paper Piecing is your thing.

For me an EPP project is my to-go project, meaning the project I take out of my home comfort, in the park, by the sea, on my vacations! It is super-portable and easy to make.

I decided to use only solid colors, to make a test on my color palettes, and so far it is going really great. I am ...

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June 14, 2021
Thoughts and More On a June Thursday from Canadian Needle Nana

Don't know how you folks in warmer climates do it!  I guess it's because I'm originally an east coast Canadian that the humidity really really gets to me. I find it isn't at all pleasant to walk, jog or garden in. I can't shake the idea that even breathing air like that is not good for you. 

But I'm all set up with overhead fans whirring and this in front of me.

I'm listening to Anne Tyler's Red Haired Girl By the Side of the Road.  I think I read it before ...

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June 12, 2021
New Hexie Project Prep from Curlicue Creations

Have you seen my new hexagon EPP (English Paper Piecing) project yet?  I've posted a few in progress pics on Instagram and Facebook recently.  I've just begun stitching the pieces together.  This is how it all begins.  I like to cut out my hexagon shapes with the Accuquilt die.  I favor the smallest size.

For this project, I cut all my fabrics from my Island Batik stash.  

I cut out a variety of sunset colors, pinks, yellows, oranges.

A variety of blues, some stormy, some twilight.

And black too, some solid, some not.

More sunset hexies.  Can you ...

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June 1, 2021
Happy Purchases, Tumbling Blocks, Grosbeak Couple, Violets for Faithfulness from Canadian Needle Nana

This is exactly what happened here!                         

Summer and a heat wave warning arrived simultaneously on Friday.  But it is the mosquitoes that are plaguing us; the worst I've seen here.  We have to smear /spray that awful stuff on us every time we walk or spend time in the garden.

 Enough about that - I'm here to talk about the happy small things that we have enjoyed since last posting. For starters I received stitching mail. 

I ordered two project bags from a lovely Etsy shop, MiniMadeMiriam does beautiful stitching on a wide array of affordable items and ...

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May 29, 2021
Deliberate and Determined Creating from Blossom Heart Quilts

Far too often, I fall into the trap of believe that “true creativity” must be spontaneous and on a whim. And sure, sometimes creativity is a sudden spark of inspiration you just can’t help but act upon and that spark keeps you going until the end of the project. But sometimes, perhaps even most times, we need to be deliberate in our choices so as to set ourselves up for successful creating, where we make choices that help us rather than hinder us in enjoying a project right through to that last stitch.

I’ve dabbled in a range ...

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May 18, 2021
Hexies galore and Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I can't believe  it - I totally forgot that I had a post and a link up due today. I did vaguely think about it this week and then my sleep deprived brain skipped right over it. Such is life these days!

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May 17, 2021
Welcome Neddy, Vintage Tumbling Blocks Quilt, Bird Watching from Canadian Needle Nana

Our spring started with a bang warm enough to wear shorts for the shorts wearing crowd. Then it fizzled into these late weeks of weak almost nonexistent sun, low temperatures and chill bearing winds. It is just weather, though sad for us that it doesn't help to brighten our gloomy news on that other front. It seems our strict lockdown might have to continue into June. 

One morning the mallard on the pond was feeling the cold and kept tucking his neck in. From my great distance, I couldn't tell exactly what this was.

Another morning the mallards ...

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May 14, 2021
Red + Kawandi from Samelia's Mum

It's been a bit of a slow sewing week here. I can't really pinpoint what I've spent most of my time doing, but somehow I've managed to whittle down the daylight hours quickly and before I know it, the day seems to be over and I'm in the kitchen preparing dinner while the kids tell me about their days, squabble with each other or prepare themselves to eat and run to whatever activities they have

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May 4, 2021
More repurposing, plus a small giveaway from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a really good week. For me, we are barreling towards the end of the semester, and it cannot come soon enough. I can't wait to delete Zoom. And now that I've said that, you know it's never going to happen, right?

These past couple of months when I was too stressed to stitch, I still spent some time in the sewing room, sorting and deciding what to do with projects that I had started and not finished. Some will get finished, but others have been repurposed. (Like this one ...

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May 2, 2021
Week 4 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) from Quilting & Learning

Wow, I'm keeping up with the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) on Instagram. It's been a long, hard week but I managed it. This is the second last week of April and I'm going to show you what I posted, from P to U!

P is for Paper

The piece is Momigami tree and was created based on a workshop with Cas Holmes through in August 2020. Momigami is Japanese for cloth made of kneaded paper.  We adapted the process by using long-fibred paper and kneading it with a little bit of oil until it become more supple ...

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April 24, 2021
Scrappy blue hexies (RSC21) from Samelia's Mum

As April draws to an end, my scrappy light and bright blue blocks are finished. Yay!

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