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September 18, 2017
I Fall In Love from Canadian Needle Nana

My head is not easily turned, never was and certainly not these days.  But when it comes to fabric, cross stitch patterns and lovely stitching, my head is on a swivel.  I spied this project at the local quilt shop and immediately fell in love.  (And what is that something about a project that grabs and holds our attention, while others go unnoticed.)

I even love her name...Painted Lady.  A favourite little butterfly present in every province of Canada.  This is a pattern by Laura Heine and you can get a closer look at the beauty of it at ...

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September 17, 2017
Raw Edged Flowers....Washed! from Val's Quilting Studio

How did it get to the middle of September already! I haven't been sewing and have only spent a few evenings during the week binding this beauty. I promised I'd post an update once these raw-edged flowers were washed and quite honestly this quilt has quickly become our very favorite! It received it's inaugural washing yesterday and after two rounds in the dryer I finally hung it out in the afternoon sunshine to get the rest of the drying process done.

I really like these scrappy, raveled flowers:


 I surprised my husband with it on our bed ...

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Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

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September 15, 2017
beads, buttons and a flower from Karen Ann Ruane

adding adornments to pages

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September 12, 2017
Flowers, etc. finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been very busy recently, but not really telling you what I've been up to. I haven't any idea what I've been posting, but it's time to show you two little projects.

The first is a set of flowers that I've recycled for our church. When our youngest son and his wife got married, I bought and arranged flowers to put on the tables during the rehearsal supper. At the time I had four containers of these beautiful deep purple peonies with some greenery. Both the eggplant and greenery were wedding colors.

The wedding ...

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September 11, 2017
hexagons and flowers [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

hexagons and flowers

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hexagons and flowers from Karen Ann Ruane

flowers and hexagons, embroidery

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September 10, 2017
Heaven For Quilters from Canadian Needle Nana

So what have I been doing with myself.
 I figured a good way to keep my body moving and accomplishing something useful at the same time was to tackle cupboards, trunks and those giant plastic totes we'd used for moving.  It's been a year and it was definitely time to reacquaint myself with what was in them.  I'll show you some things I found in the next few posts.  I amaze myself sometimes with what I squirrel away.

In the process I also gave the sewing room a big cleanout.
 I'd dragged in a big comfy ...

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Snow in September from The Cozy Quilter

Even though I have not done a Slow Sunday Stitching post for a couple of weeks, I have been working on my counted cross stitch snowmen picture when we are travelling in the car.  This works well when the sun is shining and I have lots of light to see what I am doing, but part of our drive last weekend was though a rain storm so the stitching got put back into the bag.  This picture was taken just before it started to rain.



The last time I posted about my CCS project, it looked like this:


I added ...

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September 6, 2017
Upgrading the Collar of a Tunic (embroidery) from France Nadeau

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A Visit to the Kentucky Arboretum from From My Carolina Home

I finally have a day to post the last of my visit to Lexington, Kentucky.  The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky is located on the University of Kentucky campus Arboretum and is open on weekdays.  It has a 2-mile paved walking path that I enjoyed early one morning to try to avoid the heat of the day.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

The Arboretum has eight regions representing the different ecological areas of Kentucky including Appalachian Plateau, Bluegrass, mountain and wetlands areas, with woods containing 70 different varieties of oak trees.  This map shows just one of the garden areas, this one dedicated to the ...

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September 4, 2017
the lower half from Karen Ann Ruane

more embroidery on a doodled hankie

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August 20, 2017
Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

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August 18, 2017
hexagons and flowers from Karen Ann Ruane

a litlte doodle followed by embroidery

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August 17, 2017
Flora, Fauna, and Free Patterns to Come! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


A couple of weeks ago, I (Kara) wrote about the inspiration of nature that I see on my daily walks with the dogs here in Germany. (You can read about that here). What inspires me most is the abundance of wildflowers and insects present along the trails. As I see each one, my mind begins to think, "How could this be stitched?" 




 I have been itching to actually stitch some of what I've seen, and now that my fabric is here, I can! But what we think would be fun is to stitch these images from nature together! Would ...

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August 16, 2017
Sunshine Flower (paper craft) from France Nadeau

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WIPs With Friends from Mama Spark's World

I have been so busy with the new camper that I have little to show.   I did finish my stars and have sewn 33 sets of the setting squares but  I forgot to take any photos of those.   Last 4 stars of what I had to make. Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts I thought I would show you my fisheries biologist daughter at work in the field.   That right there is a 57 pound catfish!!!

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Heritage Stories: Bowties from Nestlings By Robin

I have written before about why I am a Heritage Architect
and here is another one of those stories.
 
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This quilt came to me because the quilter had taken a class, made the top, and started hand quilting only to realize that it just wasn't her thing and so it sat in a closet for 20 years.  Instead of trashing it (after all that work!), she found me via a guild member from my guild at the fair- Thank you Karen!
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Unfortunately she no longer had the template for the flower in the red blocks she told me.  NO ...

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August 13, 2017
A Queen Size Finish!!! My Raw Edged Flowers/Nine-Patch Quilt. from Val's Quilting Studio

YES!!! My Raw Edged Flowers/Nine-Patch beauty is finished!!
It may have taken a year and two retreats...but here she is all quilted and off the frame.
And as you can see I have just enough backing leftover to create the binding. YAH!

I used a verigated, light golden King Tut top thread called Sheaves (#965) and 
it worked beautifully with my scrappy flowers and nine-patches. (No thread changes needed.)

The Nine-Patches

All of the nine-patches were quilted using cross-hatch ruler work. I truly felt my quilting confidence grow as I worked on these. By the second row I ...

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August 10, 2017
Fleurs & Blumen: 2018 Academy Classes from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Do you have a passion for appliqué, or perhaps embroidery? Do you enjoy creating lovely pieces of handwork with fibers and fabric? Have you wished there were a place where you could sit and stitch with others who share your love of hand-stitching, forming a bond with "sisters" from around the world? (Indeed, there are a number of attendants each year from around the U.S., Canada, Ireland, even Australia!) And finally, when you get to the end of a long winter, don't you feel like you could really benefit from a bit of "me" time? Well, this is ...

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