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July 14, 2020
Garden Glories, Medallion Stitch Along, Quilt Bible Blocks from Canadian Needle Nana

The Yucca is in bloom. So pretty but it has the briefest of blooming times; if you blink you would miss it. As soon as the top blooms open, the bottom are beginning to wilt.  It is also a difficult plant to prune as the leaves are very tenacious and tough. Just cleaning out the dead leaves from last year provided an arm workout but then I do have puny arms, strength-wise. 

Finally, rain in downpours recently and everything looking lush in this corner of the front garden this morning. Except the poor sun scorched lawn. The hydrangea are beginning ...

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July 12, 2020
Week 28 of 2020: Stitching Stuff from Life In Pieces

Today is the last day of our summer staycation.  It's been a good week. I didn't get in as much stitching time as I had hoped. We did get a few things done around the house, hiked a bit and hung out with the Scientist in Training.  We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary yesterday with a special take out dinner.  The evening plans for an evening hike got rained out. Oh well, we still had a nice evening hanging out and hearing from family. 


It was relatively easy to work in 15 minutes of stitching time each day ...

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Barn Raising! from The Cozy Quilter

Over the course of 16 months in 2018-2019, 10 quilting friends and I made and exchanged 20 neutral blocks each month.  We could use any neutral colours including cream, beige, brown, white, gray and black and each block was to be made using two lights and a dark or two darks and a light. This way, each of us ended up with 320 neutral blocks at the end of the swap.  I divided mine into two piles--1:  white, gray and black and 2: cream, beige and brown, and decided to make two different projects with my blocks.   



I found some ...

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July 10, 2020
Retreat - Day Two from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Another day at Fireside Retreat and another hot day outside. Not so hot that we didn't sit out on the deck for quite a bit yesterday afternoon (in the shade of course) and not so hot that we didn't eat lunch and dinner in the screened-in porch. And not so hot that I didn't take a bike ride in the morning and then a walk in the evening. YES - we're totally crazy, but if you're just sitting around on the deck, the heat and humidity are not so bad.

The other saving grace with the ...

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July 5, 2020
This Week's Projects from The Cozy Quilter

The neighbourhood is expanding!  I have 20 houses made now and lots of fabric set aside for more of them.  This will be an ongoing project for a few weeks.  

I also made the June and July blocks for the London Modern Quilt Guild HST block of the month mystery quilt.  There was one block for June and two for July so now I am all caught up until the next block pattern comes out in August.  Each month, we learn how to make HST's in a different way for our block that month. 

I started another knitted facecloth ...

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Building a white Rail Fence from Sew and Sow Farm


Happy Independence Day ya'll! I hope everyone is doing alright. I personally think we need to rewind 2020. I've been laying pretty low mostly around the house and a little time at the farm. Farm life keeps moving through whatever else is happening in the world. I am so thankful EVERY day to live where and how we live! This is a long one folks, so grab a cup of tea and relax while you read.

We had lots of new calves this Spring.

These fat, lazy buggers need to get a job! 

But this little sweetie , can ...

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June 29, 2020
Discoveries from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's been a weekend of discoveries just outside the door. These precious little pink blooms appeared on the top of a lemon-scented geranium that I planted in a pot out on the patio. The flowers are truly secondary, I bought the plant as a natural mosquito repellent, it's grown quite large (from now on I'll realize that it needs its own pot as it has taken over and crowded out the Million Bells

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Discoveries from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's been a weekend of discoveries just outside the door. These precious little pink blooms appeared on the top of a lemon-scented geranium that I planted in a pot out on the patio. The flowers are truly secondary, I bought the plant as a natural mosquito repellent, it's grown quite large (from now on I'll realize that it needs its own pot as it has taken over and crowded out the Million Bells

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June 28, 2020
American Goldfinch, Wildflowers, Pieces From the Past SAL, Solidarity Blocks and Cake Too from Canadian Needle Nana

Happy Thursday!

I captured this little American Goldfinch looking at me as I photographed him from the dining room window.  He stared at me quite a while and I worried he was seeing his own reflection and would start  dive bombing it like the crazy robin did. This is their mating time I understand. But no, he soon hurried off with other very important things on his mind, no doubt.
Our bird bath has been a success and I hope to show photos soon of the robins lining up to take a turn. That's been a lot of fun ...

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June 21, 2020
Free Online Word Games, Appliqued Hearts, Cheeky Squirrel, More June Blooms from Canadian Needle Nana

Mister sun has been blazing all week. 

 I've been outside stitching on the veranda every day. I've also been swimming and so glad for the exercise of it. All this time outside has made me think of how our winters really do make us hibernate to a certain extent. For the most part a happy hibernation luckily.
I'm noticing this uptick in outside activities is also making me feel better about this isolation.  Things are gradually opening but for folks in our age range, there are still warnings and precautions to be heeded. But just the thought ...

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Week 25 of 2020: Stitching Stuff from Life In Pieces

It was a long work week, very stressful. It's been hard to maintain a positive attitude some days and I get home just completely worn out. That's not been the best conditions for maintaining the stitching mojo.  How are you doing in finding time to work in at least 15 minutes of stitching time each day? 


 
This week was at least better than last week on the stitching front. 

15 minute days/ week = 5/7 days
15 minute days/June = 13/20 days
15 minute days/2020 = 149/172
Success rate = 86.63%

I definitely need to ...

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June 20, 2020
Baby Quilt Done, Lap Quilt Started from The Cozy Quilter

Last week, I showed two piles of blocks for this baby quilt--the rectangular four patches and the I Spy blocks.  I have way too many I spy fabrics but could not resist buying this one to add to my collection--who doesn't love a popsicle in the summertime?  



I got busy at my sewing machine this week and put the quilt top together, quilted it on my DSM and did the binding...One completed baby quilt in less than a week!

Since I did not want to go out to a quilt store to buy backing, I pieced the backing ...

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June 16, 2020
June Blooms, Patchwork Blocks and Relishing Sunshine from Canadian Needle Nana

Quarantined still; however a few restrictions are relaxing which is giving me mixed feelings.  I'm adopting a wait and see attitude about it as much as I would love to hug certain people.

It's going to be another happy week in the garden. Every day now something new is opening.
More iris blooming...this one not at all showy like the purples.
A little hard to appreciate their colours which are delicate. There are two large bunches of this Yellow Flag Iris here.
And all the sun we've been enjoying encouraged the rose bushes that border the ...

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June 15, 2020
Gardening Workout, Pink and Red Applique, Quilty Mail from Canadian Needle Nana

I'm working on the new Blogger platform- fingers crossed this works out. 
 I've now planted the few new flowers and two new bushes and also transplanted a number of things.  I've still got to move this Bleeding Heart plant that is blooming prettily though mostly shaded behind the back deck wall and completely out of sight. I'll look it up if autumn would be a good time for that.
 Perhaps the other trees were not so tall when it was planted there.
  In between the garden stuff, I've been getting the pool ready. We heat ...

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June 14, 2020
Week 24 of 2020: Stitching Stuff from Life In Pieces

June is almost half over. It's not been the best month on a number of fronts. We are very lucky to all be well (mostly anyway) and employed.  But my heart hurts for those who haven't been able to stay well, those that are worried about their employment situation and those due to the color of their skin aren't treated with respect and compassion. I don't often talk about the current state of the world on this blog. This blog is one of my happy places where I can just focus on the stitchy stuff that ...

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Stitching, Knitting and Cutting from The Cozy Quilter

I think I spent some time every day this week working on this table runner--the quilting took a long time and two bobbins of thread to finish. I made the string pieced triangles in an online workshop with Sarah Bond, hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild, 3 weeks ago.


The backing is a fun fabric purchased in the last year.  I like the orange accents in it and the random "Hello".  The binding is an orange solid I had in my stash. The bobbin had 50 wt thread in it but the top thread was 30 wt.  Those quilting lines ...

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June 12, 2020
And So It Grows... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Last year was the first year for the perennial garden just outside my sewing room. Some of you might who've been reading along for awhile might remember that we made stepping stones to place in the garden while it was being laid out and that four of them were personalized for the grandchildren. Here's Gregory a year ago with a side-by-side shot from the same spot today for comparison; things are

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And So It Grows... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Last year was the first year for the perennial garden just outside my sewing room. Some of you might who've been reading along for awhile might remember that we made stepping stones to place in the garden while it was being laid out and that four of them were personalized for the grandchildren. Here's Gregory a year ago with a side-by-side shot from the same spot today for comparison; things are

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June 8, 2020
Returning from From the Strawberry Patch...

Ever so s-l-o-w-l-y things are returning to something resembling normal once again. Yesterday we returned to worship after an eleven week forced break, Praise God; if there was ever a time that God's people needed to gather it is now! We warmly welcomed a newly-called and soon-to-be-ordained pastor, too; I have renewed hope for the future and rejoice in God's faithful presence through leaders

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Returning from From the Strawberry Patch...

Ever so s-l-o-w-l-y things are returning to something resembling normal once again. Yesterday we returned to worship after an eleven week forced break, Praise God; if there was ever a time that God's people needed to gather it is now! We warmly welcomed a newly-called and soon-to-be-ordained pastor, too; I have renewed hope for the future and rejoice in God's faithful presence through leaders

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