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December 3, 2022
Two Online Goodies, Department Store Muffins, Yuletide Blanket, Friendship Stars from Canadian Needle Nana

It was fun to read about everyone's American Thanksgivings. From the small and quiet ones to the large family gatherings. Thank you for sharing.
 Last week Hubby got the snow tires on the car just in time for downpours of rain. I'm always happy to have someone else do that chore though when he told me how enjoyable the garage waiting room was with t.v., free good coffee and comfy chairs, it doesn't sound too bad. With a little stitchy project in hand, I would actually have enjoyed the experience. 

This fellow is back around the ...

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Sewing stratas............ from Exuberant Color

This is 3 and a half hours of sewing.  I have 4 more sets lined up to sew and then I'll press them and cut the triangles. 

I'm down to my last 2 tomatoes from all of the green ones I brought in before the first hard freeze.  I gave a container of them to my neighbor and another to my son about a week ago because they were all ripening at once.

I found some really good Romaine lettuce on my grocery run earlier in the week so this has been my lunch 3 days in a ...

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November 22, 2022
Three Free Patterns, 25 No Bake Cookies and Squares, Friendship Star Blocks from Canadian Needle Nana

A November pond view, the day before our snow fall. 

Yes, it snowed overnight Monday into Tuesday and we have a couple of centimeters on the ground. The pond was caught over with ice this morning. The air was cold and crisp on our walk. Here is Ned relaxing with Tony but with an eye on the door. A squirrel ran across his veranda. How dare it!!

LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color's prompt this week is to share a favourite dish for Thanksgiving, that would be the great American Thanksgiving which is coming up.  I cook a traditional ...

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November 15, 2022
No sewing yesterday......... from Exuberant Color

A bouquet was delivered from my daughter's family for my birthday yesterday.  It has such a unique group of flowers and greenery.  I had several phone calls and my son stopped by so I touched fabric but didn't get any cutting or sewing done.  I'm still doing some research in the Kaffe books.

While going through all of my Kaffe Fassett books the last couple days I revisited this quilt again.  I just love this quilt and I made a small version for a sample at the store where I worked about 15 years ago.  I might ...

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November 14, 2022
Three Free Patterns, Sewing Tiny Trees and Poppies, Recipes Too from Canadian Needle Nana

Our laneway in view there and one of several mother trees on the property. To the right-the overgrown area was a rock garden originally. A few plants flower there from time to time and I would love to revive it.
I mentioned I tried growing herbs in a planter this summer. This is one of the culprits caught red handed or red pawed in this case. Look at him happily munching that plant. I recognize him as a "regular" because of the notch in his ear. 
Recently I made us one of those breakfast for supper meals. I used Turkey ...

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November 12, 2022
Friendship Star Blocks, Manly Quilt Talk, Six Quilt Trends, Artist's Gift from Canadian Needle Nana

It was a beautiful weekend here in our corner of Ontario with windows open and a little wind making the leaves dance about on our walks. Our kindest of autumns is continuing it seems. I had already moved our winter outerwear upstairs and some of the lighter clothes to the basement closet. I've had to go down and bring it back up. Just don't need a parka when it is 15C + outside. Meanwhile, several Canadian provinces out west have had a number of snowfalls, as have some of my American blogging buddies far to the south of us ...

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November 5, 2022
Star Quilt Start, Men's Shirts Quilting, Kindest Autumn Ever from Canadian Needle Nana

Most of the leaves are down.  It's very crunchy now on our walks. The sun is still shining each day making this one of the kindest Autumns I can remember. Btw, we are on 10 acres here and the leaves I show you are on the trails and left as are. The only leaves we rake are the few around the front step area. Oh yes, and Hubby has a leaf blower he's very fond of using though usually for cleaning the garage floors. 

Below, Tony and Ned glimpsed through the trees on one of the trails.  The ...

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November 4, 2022
Miscellany................ from Exuberant Color

First a celebration!  I passed the driving test for my new driver's license.  I have to drive every 2 years to renew until 86 and then it is every year.  I went 11 days early in case I didn't pass the first time.  We get 3 tries.  That was my morning yesterday.

I mailed an important letter.

A gift was delivered but the company forgot to put in a note saying who it is from.  I called them to see if they could tell me but the customer service rep (from another country) said I needed to give ...

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October 17, 2022
Many Free Patterns, Favourite Snack, Quilting Tilda from Canadian Needle Nana


Happy Thursday friends! The season is moving forward with news of snow flurries north of us. Here we are comfortably still in autumn with all the little things in nature changing, some faster than others as my photo captured here.

I'm soldiering away quilting Plaid Tilda.  It is going smoothly so far with the handling of the size of it and I haven't hit any lumps or tucks. It's interesting how fabric can behave well sometimes and other times not. I keep checking the back to be sure there are no snags and it's good to ...

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October 12, 2022
Thursday's Three Free, Gardening, Quilting Tilda, Apple Love and Turkey Time from Canadian Needle Nana

That tree canopy was where I was chasing a Barred Owl yesterday. Caught two glimpses of it as it moved totally silently through the trees. I crawled through a lot of undergrowth and bushes, craning my neck, trying to find it. No luck but happy to know one is still around.
Recent frost warnings turned into actual morning frost a couple of times so I got busy and prepared my plants to bring them inside. Here I'd moved them to the veranda and at night I throw a sheet over them.  They all grew a lot over the summer ...

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October 8, 2022
Rescued Quilt, "Floor Basting" Tilda, OMG, 30 Pies, Neat Ikea Purchase, Garden Finale from Canadian Needle Nana

 On the wall now, sewn for a child perhaps...this hanging I bought at a thrift shop. I liked the maker's free style...three rows of mostly plain blocks with appliqued figures sewn over it. I thought the big eyed owls cute and the toadstool and mouse neat. Closer examination showed two pieces of fabric featuring horse backed riders in red coats. I like this primitive kind of improv style too and I'm glad I "rescued" it. Have you ever rescued a fellow stitcher's work too?

I have the fabric for the backing of my redworked birds ...

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About half sewn............. from Exuberant Color

I got 3 of the 4 long seams from top to bottom sewn on the current quilt.  No photo.  Maybe tomorrow.

My Coral Bells are starting to dry up now.  We had a very brief shower Thursday but other than that, no rain since the half inch on Sept.18th.  I covered the tomato plants last night with sheets and old curtain panels because of the freeze warning.  There are so many big green tomatoes on the plants so I want to save them if I can.  Next Thursday sounds like another frost or freeze.

I mowed the grass yesterday ...

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October 2, 2022
Scrappy Projects, Autumn Bouquet, One Monthly Goal, QAL News, Muffins by Ina from Canadian Needle Nana

I don't make many indoor bouquets anymore even though that is something I enjoy having; I leave it for the bees and insects. But I couldn't resist the beautiful contrast of the purple Asters and the mustard yellow Goldenrod. There are three varieties of  autumn Asters here, pale blue and white as well as the purple New England Asters.

It felt like a quilt making day on Friday.  The walk early morning was one with a bracing wind in my face. 2C overnight but the wind definitely made it feel colder.  I was thankful I'd opted for ...

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September 29, 2022
Starting the large blocks........... from Exuberant Color

I worked on the larger pieced blocks for my new project last night.

Here are some large and small blocks together.  I hope to be able to show the block set up tomorrow.

I had one more treat to bake yesterday morning for the family.  I delivered all of the treats to the person who is travelling.  Of course I kept a few for myself.  A few got stashed in the freezer so I'm set for a couple weeks.

I have given up on the idea of quilting a large quilt this month.  I think the Charley in the ...

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September 28, 2022
Sewing again............ from Exuberant Color

I had enough pieces cut Sunday to start making the pieced blocks for the Karla Alexander quilt called The Square Within (in her Color Shuffle book).  These are the smaller of the 2 pieced blocks.

This is another group I made after I took the above photo.

The idea is to have many different sizes of the center piece in the block.  I have made 12 of 36 in the small category.  Then I will do the same thing with the larger cut pieces for another 36 blocks.

Someone in the family is going to visit the 3 great-grands that ...

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September 24, 2022
September Scrap Busting, Mushroom Madness, Jenny's Dressing and Jacquelynne's Free Pattern from Canadian Needle Nana

 I never tire of walking this property in every season. Each time my eye lands on something new or different to take note of. I was happy to read Ralph's quote that  describes my experiences as I try to have an attentive eye too.

As a good example of that, it is newly mushroom season and a bountiful one here at the wooden house. Much to Ned's delight, we've taken extra walks with the camera, foraging for mushrooms, not to eat but to photograph.  I'm going to get my mushroom books (yes, nerdy me, I ...

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September 20, 2022
Thursday's Three Free, Rare Moth, Tasty Meal, EPP Pyramids, Loving Labradors from Canadian Needle Nana

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago in August when the fall Asters just began to bloom. If it is the Yellow Wooly Bear Moth, I would be delighted as I have seen a couple of the pretty yellow caterpillars around the property like this one I photographed in 2019.
 I watched the moth forever, fascinated with its furry like long legs and overall ghostly appearance.

Wendy at  Pieceful Thoughtsthis post shared a link to a slow cooker sausage and shrimp boil recipe that sounded delicious. I made my own version and this is the leftovers...shrimp ...

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September 11, 2022
Fabric, and more fabric................ from Exuberant Color

Here are some more Kaffe collective fabrics that I got.  The big paisley on the left has a black background.  The light from the window makes it look a little lighter than it is.

I collected more greens for my Arboretum blocks and maybe the green one in this photo should be used too.

I have had this selection of fabrics laying on a chair in my studio for several months.  It was "clean off the chairs" day yesterday so I will move the group to a project box.

My tomato plants continue to produce.  These are the smallest ones ...

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August 24, 2022
Reds and oranges........... from Exuberant Color

I did the gathering and cutting of several reds and oranges yesterday.  I cut for all 3 sizes.  I will probably end up with a few blocks I don't need when I get to the final layout.

I got this big block sewn, pressed, and trimmed.  Just waiting for more blocks to be sewn before it will go to the design wall.

I mowed the grass around 6:30 last night.  It was cloudy and had started to cool down. Tomorrow is supposed to be hotter and possible rain Thursday so it seemed like the right time to do ...

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August 22, 2022
Reviving my Sunday only project.............. from Exuberant Color

I started this project in the middle of April while the regular TV shows were nearing the season end.  Here is the first post.  The pieces were put in a project box after I was up to 68 strips of triangles sewn.  Then of course I wasn't sure where they were and didn't sew on them for awhile.  This is the batch I sewed last night.  I'm not pressing them until I come up with a layout so I can have all nesting seams.

I printed the photo of the inspiration quilt so I would have a ...

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