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September 19, 2022
Best Birthday Gift, Garden Pinks, Tinned Fruit Talk, Hand Quilting Challenge, Majesty Adieu from Canadian Needle Nana

Another week and September is moving along. Early morning walks in noticeably cooler temperatures.  Darkness also closing in earlier in the evenings. I don't mind this and Ned says he loves it. I too love the changing of the seasons.

Autumn brings pinks and mauves to the garden...hardy sedum bearing heavy blooms these days.

A visitor snapped through the old sewing room screened window. Hydrangeas touched by colder temperatures turning pinkish.
And another taller variety of sedum...
I buy a lot of fresh fruit which I enjoy but it is quite expensive. I also rarely buy mango or ...

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September 13, 2022
Improv Houses....Quilt Top Done from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

The last two days I spent putting

these improv houses together...



all different shapes and sizes...

it was like putting a puzzle together,

challenging and FUN !





The black thickened dye scribble fabric

worked nicely for a border treatment...





it also brightened up the whole design...





Lots of movement in those borders...





I am thinking gray thread 

for the machine quilting...

It will blend with the dark and the light fabrics.





Basting and Quilting....Next




The bees are loving the sunflowers

just outside of the Thread Shed.

Enjoy what is left of our summer !



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September 12, 2022
Three Thrift Store Finds, What Wanda Said, Embroidery for Christmas from Canadian Needle Nana

Chicory is in bloom along the country road sides. It is a true late summer sight here in Ontario. I love the blooms and their unique shade of blue. Blue always seems like a special colour when found in flowers.

And I was happy to welcome bluebirds at the birdbath and the feeder all summer long. Here is a small one about to take a dip.
I got to go thrifting with Daughter last month and it was another great outing. It was a Tuesday so seniors get 20% off that day. I always challenge myself to see what I ...

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September 4, 2022
Improv Houses.....Design Wall from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Time to get the Improv Houses 

up on the design wall...

 


I had to get them up just to see if 

the sold red hand dyes

worked with the black X commercial fabrics...






The X fabric creates some texture...





The more houses up on the design wall,

the better I like it...





It has been great FUN incorporating 

my thickened dye surface design fabrics

into this project...








Over 40 houses on the wall so far...


Of course, I am already thinking about

and edge treatment...





I have several 1 yard pieces that I created

with black thickened dye...





I folded ...

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September 3, 2022
Serious Talk, A New Sighting, Redwork Hanging, Cross Stitching Feet from Canadian Needle Nana

I  finished another biographical book about Eleanor Roosevelt called Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn.  Here is one of Eleanor's lines I like and wrote in my journal.

" You can not live at all if you do not learn to adapt yourself to your life as it happens to be." 

How to remain caring and sensitive yet adapt and accept the unkind things life throws at us. Not easy. Especially those times when "you think you've lost a lot and then you lose even more" times. One foot in front of the other with music in my ears ...

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August 22, 2022
Dog Days of August, Geometry in Quilting, Lori Holt's "Stitch" from Canadian Needle Nana

 Enjoying the free buffet are these three Chipping Sparrows. I've begun including small seeds with the sunflower and that has attracted more sparrows this summer.

The three dogs are enjoying their summer days together. The vernal pond is back to nearly its full level and of course, being Labradors, they love the water. They enjoy watching and trying to chase the odd frog but luckily have never caught one. 

This was the indoor/now outdoor Geraniums at their glory. I was so happy with this colourful display.  Geraniums never disappoint!
Here is a block of the Wheel Within A ...

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August 15, 2022
Three Free Patterns, Orange in the Garden and in Reds, Pigeon's Rare Visit from Canadian Needle Nana

Day lilies are all in bloom. So many striking colours it's hard to choose one to show you. But this orange is so bright it's like a blinding orange is what I'm calling it. Reminiscent of the poppies I shared last month. 
Here is a visitor we had for one day last week. Have never seen a Rock Dove (Pigeon) here before. It was of interest to see he was sporting bands on both legs and they were different. Wouldn't it be interesting to know this fellow's history!
Ned enjoyed keeping a close eye on ...

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August 14, 2022
Hooking, Knitting and Piecing from The Cozy Quilter

Life is busy in my neck of the woods.  This is not going to change any time soon so I will just share my little bits of progress each week as usual.  I worked on my sheep rug hooking project earlier this week. The green grass is just about done now.  Next, I will finish that last bit of green on the right side of the picture before working on the blue sky and the yellow sun. 



I was in the mood to do some knitting earlier today.  I dug out some yarn, needles and a pattern for a lattice ...

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August 13, 2022
Het Klossie Challenge, Panama Pyramids, Labrador Love, Flight of Fancy Fabrics from Canadian Needle Nana

 Even in what I think is the fulsome of summer, a little nagging thing has happened. Hubby pointed out that the light is fading a tiny tab bit earlier each day. As much as the continual heat waves and humidity are unwanted, the thought of the summer fading is not a good one.  

So just have to enjoy the growth while we can. Below is a neglected part of the garden behind the house. With so much in the front areas to maintain, this bit gets left out often.  The blue flowering bush hides the ac unit and I'm ...

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August 8, 2022
Butterfly... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We have had more butterflies visit our flowers

this year than we can ever remember...



This particular butterfly seemed to follow me

around while I was watering flowers yesterday...





The pink coneflowers are beginning to bloom

here in Western Oregon...






The butterfly was partial to the coneflowers...






Perching on top of that big, round

coneflower made for easy photography...


















It takes a little longer to get the watering

done when you have a camera in your hand,

but it's worth it...





 

Enjoying the summer !


CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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July 27, 2022
A walk through the yard... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We are home from the hay fields

and it is time to get the flowers watered... 



I head over to the Thread Shed...

the chickens wonder why I haven't

been sewing in here for awhile?





The chickens get up on the steps and 

watch me sew when I am in there...






The purple hydrangea and red rose bush

are in full bloom...



I walk around to the back yard...


The star lilies are in full bloom...









Over by the back door...


The Hollyhocks are putting on a show !





The the left of the hollyhocks,

the Cowboy has built a ...

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July 24, 2022
A Finished Quilt from The Cozy Quilter

 Most of my sewing this past week was by hand.  I finished quilting the Quilt for a Survivor of a Residential School on Monday and added the binding by machine on Tuesday, leaving the hand sewing of the binding for several car trips we made on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  It's been hot here so having a quilt on my lap was a bit warm but I directed the A/C vents towards me and managed to finish the hand sewing without melting!  First, a few close ups of the quilting.  I used navy thread top and bottom and ...

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July 23, 2022
I Tried... from From the Strawberry Patch...

When Mason was born in 2008 a good friend told me not to blink. I tried. This happened anyway.Yes, those are FOURTEEN candles! Sigh. I finished Bluebird Garden by Artful Offerings. I used the called for Weeks Dye Works floss colors and stitched it up on 30 ct. Belfast Linen (Mariners Map), two threads over two. The plan is for it to become a small pillow.My friend and I attended our final

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I Tried... from From the Strawberry Patch...

When Mason was born in 2008 a good friend told me not to blink. I tried. This happened anyway.Yes, those are FOURTEEN candles! Sigh. I finished Bluebird Garden by Artful Offerings. I used the called for Weeks Dye Works floss colors and stitched it up on 30 ct. Belfast Linen (Mariners Map), two threads over two. The plan is for it to become a small pillow.My friend and I attended our final

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Nature's Blossoms, Kaffe Tablerunner, 83rd Birthday, Family, from Canadian Needle Nana

 First of all thanks for the words of encouragement for what I talked about last post. I heard from so many of you with similar and even more surprising stories regarding episodes of forgetfulness. Leaving the house can be an adventure for some of us!!! A few of you are concerned and some not at all. Kudos to you who have had the gumption to take the test. I guess misery does love company because those stories did make me feel better. And on an encouraging note, dementia research is huge right now so who knows what they will find ...

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July 18, 2022
Three Free Patterns, Chocolate Strawberry Cake, Kim's Flower Pots, Purples For July from Canadian Needle Nana

I'm not feeling up to par this morning. Yesterday I turned my left ankle on a late afternoon walk (am I fit to leave the house anymore???) and it throbbed lightly in the night, enough to wake me around 2 and I didn't get back to sleep till 4 ish. Up at 6:30 per usual with Ned and relieved the ankle is a little sore but totally walkable. That's the good news.

And that aside, what bothered me is this... it didn't occur to me to get up and take a Tylenol. That link between ...

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July 17, 2022
Basket Case Embroidery, Panama Pyramids in Pinks, Garden Blooms, The Chucklings- Episode 2 from Canadian Needle Nana

A bouquet from the farm garden

 Summer is moving right along. I've gotten a good swim in most days so far and it is doing my body good. A lot of the achiness has left me and I'm sleeping better at night. I think that being in the water is therapeutic in many ways.  I swim with more energy when I listen to music. Since I don't have a fancy phone, I have my music downloaded on a device called a Synyn MP3 player that I wear attached to a small floppy hat. I got all the ...

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July 11, 2022
Three Free Patterns, Hand Embroidery, Summer Baskets, Poppy Love, Great Banana Muffins from Canadian Needle Nana

The Icelandic Poppies were in bloom. They bring very striking colour to the garden but my little complaint is they do not stay long. This particular orange is so glowing, you can't see details on the petals. If there is such a thing as electric colour this would be it.

The centers are equally wonderful. I have a small bank of reds too but they are not as interesting as these.

I bought a huge bag of bananas for $1 at Walmart  There were nineteen bananas and I ate most of them. But I also made a batch of ...

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Sowing Seeds of Love from From the Strawberry Patch...

This packet of wildflower seeds was a favor at a bridal shower for our Pastor's new bride at the end of April. Not knowing what the mix was I planted the seeds, crossed my fingers and waited. Today I'm happy to report that L

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Sowing Seeds of Love from From the Strawberry Patch...

This packet of wildflower seeds was a favor at a bridal shower for our Pastor's new bride at the end of April. Not knowing what the mix was I planted the seeds, crossed my fingers and waited. Today I'm happy to report that L

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