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May 21, 2017
Canada Pillows and Cross Stitch from The Cozy Quilter

I made the Canada Flag pillow in my header photo for one of my nieces for Christmas.  She is off to university in the fall and this pillow will be used to decorate her dorm room.  My daughter and I both decided that we need Canada flag pillows to to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year. When Christine and I got together to sew this week, I worked on the pillows. This one is for my daughter.  I tried to pick fabrics that would mean something to her...she wears glasses and lives in a place where there ...

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Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

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May 20, 2017
hexagons and stitch from Karen Ann Ruane

sampling surface pattern for a new class

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May 19, 2017
Crazy Quilts at the Virginia Quilt Museum from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


Last week, Kara and I (Teri) decided that we needed to go on one last road trip before her departure to Germany. It will surely not be our last, but we will doubtfully get much travel in before she leaves the country. Our destination was Harrisonburg, Virginia. I had told her how much I enjoyed my visit to the Virginia Quilt Museum (VQM) in the fall, and we wanted to see Debby Cooney's exhibit on appliqué (more to come on that next week), so that seemed like a good place to start. We planned to check out a few ...

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May 18, 2017
A MIni for a Friend from Stitchin at Home

Sometimes I just feel like creating, and that is exactly what I did with this piece. As soon as I took this picture I knew I wanted to do something with it.

inspiration photo from my flower beds the flowers are hyacinths

The background I used is a piece of Northcott fabric, perfect for the earth. I used my favourite applique method 'Crafted Applique'. I rough cut the pieces I needed then touched them up with Inktense pencils, NeoColor Crayons and Sharpies. 

the bottom piece is the stone on the right of the finished piece, the top piece is the ...

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May 17, 2017
My Garden from Quilts + Color

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It’s hard to visualize the size of this hydrangea blossom but I am guessing it is about10 inches in diameter which makes it the largest so far this year.
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I love how the colors, shading and detail shows up on this close up of one of the other blossoms. In another week the entire plant will be covered with flowers.

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May 15, 2017
The Energy of Creativity from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Creativity can be hard work.

Moving is hard. Packing up 25 years of your life (and your children's lives) is difficult. Deciding what to keep, what to sell or give away, and what to throw away is really challenging. It all takes energy—physical, mental, and emotional. Sometimes, it feels like there is just no energy left to be creative. 

My husband and I (Teri) have just moved into a furnished rental home while we await the completion our new home's construction. Our last few weeks have been fraught with sorting and filling boxes, including the overwhelming task ...

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May 14, 2017
Christmas Quilt Block and some Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

Today, another block pattern was released by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for the Holly Jolly Christmas sew along.  This one is called "All Wrapped Up."  There were not as many pieces in this ones as some of the previous blocks.



Here are the eyes and noses...


Pretty soon, I had the block finished.  I had only used the blue dot fabric once so far in my blocks so I was happy to use it again.


Here are my 9 finished blocks on my design wall.


It was a beautiful sunny day today so my Dad and I ate lunch ...

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May 12, 2017
Fabric Bookmarks with Cross Stitching (3) from France Nadeau

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These fabric bookmarks were made by following a tutorial written by Stitching Notes. You can find the tutorial here.

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Fabric Bookmarks with Cross Stitching (2)

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Fabric Bookmarks with Cross Stitching (1)

Downtown House - pattern at francenadeau.com

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May 11, 2017
Three More Blocks from The Cozy Quilter

Tonight, Christine and I got together for our weekly sewing time.  Christine has decided to jump in and make the Sew Fresh Quilts Holly Jolly Christmas quilt that I have been working on and I worked on comfort quilt blocks for the Elgin Piecemakers charity project.

First up...September's block made with red and turquoise.  I found some scraps that were hanging around in my sewing room to make this block. The original pattern was from the Aurifil sampler for 2016.  I changed it slightly by making the star points wonky.


October's block colours are orange and navy ...

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May 10, 2017
Whole Cloth....Design Work from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



I am putting together another 

whole cloth design on paper:



Layer 1......Design Lines

36 inches square






The chickadee is my focal point...







Layer 2......feather motifs for the chickadee








Layer 3.....Fill Work


All of the design work on paper is complete.

I wish I could begin stitching...BUT




I am behind the wheel of the tractor 

finishing up work in the hay fields:



I do love tractor work.....so I am happy












The fragrant lilacs are in full bloom




I was out in the cow pasture last evening 

checking on the cattle...



There was a full moon...







My ...

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May 9, 2017
Flowers from TheEclecticAbuela

The rain has finally stopped, though everything is still soggy. The yard needs some clean-up, but I wanted to share a few flower pictures--so, pardon the wild overgrowth!


I have a fence covered with Rambler roses--they will get some pretty severe pruning when the blooming is done.











My Asian dogwood is blooming, too.








Some roses (other than the Ramblers) as well.

Candyland

Aperitif

Night Owl



My peonies are just beginning to bloom. Here are a couple of them.









Our hot water heater is repaired--YAY!  Thursday, we will take delivery of a washer and dryer. We will wait for Memorial Day ...

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May 4, 2017
Fabric Bookmarks with Cross Stitching (2) from France Nadeau

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These fabric bookmarks were made by following a tutorial written by Stitching Notes. You can find the tutorial here.

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Fabric Bookmarks with Cross Stitching (1)

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May 2, 2017
Where Did April GO? from Heart Desire Creations

It has been a beautiful Spring here in the Piedmont. A few really hot days, but mostly seventies with sunshine and just the right amount of rain. I have been more motivated than I have been in several years to work in the yard. There is a mighty lot to catch up on! The daffodils were spectacular, the azaleas were joyous and now we are awaiting the next blooms. I planted several annuals in pots – no longer do I plant masses of begonias or impatience in the ground (too much work!) And, what I used to spend on plants I ...

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Life is more than just Quilting…gasp from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

The weather has been nice, so I’ve spent time outdoors working in my flowerbeds.  I cleaned up the dried stems & leaves from last year’s perennials and raked out the leftover leaves.  I split up some hostas that have overgrown and transplanted iris rhizomes that were being crowded by black-eyed susans in the same bed.  […]

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April 29, 2017
Whole Cloth.....Design Work from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I have been playing around on paper

doing some design work for a

whole cloth quilt I am planning to create...




Tracing Paper over the top of a 

9 patch quilt image

This is a design technique from 







2nd layer of tracing paper over the top...

filling in with feather motif.






3rd layer of tracing paper over the top...

trying out a few fill designs and edge designs.






I am working @ a slower pace than I would like...

Ralph insists on helping 

with the design process.




This is my second attempt 

at a whole cloth ...

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April 28, 2017
A Visit to Brookgreen Gardens from From My Carolina Home

During my week in Myrtle Beach, I had to visit the Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. The gardens had their foxgloves and snapdragons at peak bloom, just gorgeous!  I should probably have split this into two posts, but I have a lot more to show you in the coming days, and more projects in the works, so bear with me for a longer than normal post with some gorgeous flowers and scenic vistas.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I was surprised to learn that the gardens were originally four rice plantations. Purchased when the plantations were going bankrupt by a sculptor, it was turned into ...

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April 26, 2017
Some of This; Some of That from Quilting Reader's Garden

First, the giveaway is open until Thursday.  You could win a book.  See the previous post. I'm back to working on my hexies.  This will be my hand stitching in front of the TV for the week. Onto stash report:  What with leader and ender blocks, a Stars and Stripes sampler block, and two baby quilt tops and one backing, plus a charity bag, I used 3.45 yards from my stash.  The YTD total is now

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Some of This; Some of That from The Quilting Reader's Garden

First, the giveaway is open until Thursday.  You could win a book.  See the previous post. I'm back to working on my hexies.  This will be my hand stitching in front of the TV for the week. Onto stash report:  What with leader and ender blocks, a Stars and Stripes sampler block, and two baby quilt tops and one backing, plus a charity bag, I used 3.45 yards from my stash.  The YTD total is now

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April 25, 2017
Life @ the Goat Barn... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



I took my camera along to the goat barn...



We are feeding nannies and kids 

this morning...






This is Lily






Her mama, Long Ears, is my favorite goat.

You can see that Lily inherited her mamas

beautiful long ears.




We are still in the calving mode...

a dozen cows left to calve yet.


This little white face calf makes me smile...

one black eye, one white eye.





This is the second set of twin calves...

They are several weeks old now and out in the

 pasture with their mama.



These are the last images of the tulips 

in the yard ...

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