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December 5, 2019
Three Stitching Projects, There's Power in Kindness from Canadian Needle Nana

As I ate my late breakfast, oatmeal, walnuts and blueberries, this morning...

I thought of this.
Hubby lies down every day for a nap and it is not a factor of his age; he has been able to achieve this feat as long as memory serves him. He can be reminding me of our car appointment or what to say if so and so calls and the next moment be breathing deeply like somebody already past the dreaming stage. I marvel at this. As you know sleep is like a foreign country to me and I definitely can't lie ...

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November 29, 2019
Thankful Too On This Special Thanksgiving Thursday from Canadian Needle Nana

A big Happy Thanksgiving to my American pals! Enjoy every minute whether with family and friends or quietly with just yourselves. Hope the eating is great and please be sure to tell me all about it later.

Hubby got his annual Advent calendar from daughter...chocolate of course.

 He is a tiny bit Grinchish when it comes to Christmas and he has a wife whose family are quite the opposite.  He goes along. I have littler grandson spending his PA day with us tomorrow to help me with our Christmas decorating. This is year 3 he has done that with ...

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November 18, 2019
Finish #5 for November............... from Exuberant Color

The last and smallest of the colorwash wallhangings is finished.  This one is 28" square.

The back is a purple batik so the binding is a dark purple batik on this one.

The first white cactus bloom is fully open.  I have a couple other colors that should be open today.

My granddaughter gave me a blueberry scone mix for my birthday so I baked them last night in my ceramic scone dish.

I'm working on a quick pop-up shop this week.

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November 8, 2019
Cozy Up Weather, Pumpkin Custard from Canadian Needle Nana

We are getting there! Cozy up weather heading our way. Yet cooler temperatures and a few snow flurries are in the forecast for the end of the week. But ever so grateful it has held off this long.
So with that in mind, the winter coats, jackets and boots have to come upstairs from the downstairs racks. Definitely a to do item for this week.

Hubby spent several days putting together this tall cabinet. This was his to do thing last week. You can never have too much storage space I find.

 And we expect our new t.v. for ...

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Super Thursday Thoughts from Canadian Needle Nana

Hello, I have so much to talk about and be grateful for on this Thankful Thursday.

It was a cool misty morning down at the pond recently.  As I neared this spot, I caught sight of two white tails...deer, leaping through the brush.  A very autumn look to the landscape that I decided to show you as we have a light snow falling so it does not look like this today.

My old Christmas cactus is rewarding me this year by sending out a few blooms. I've had it a few years with no blooms not even when ...

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October 31, 2019
Soup Weather from Quilt Paint Create

We’re full into fall here in the Midwest, which means I’m making soup about every week. My favorite cool weather meal is soup and homemade bread.
I haven’t been able to find gluten-free bread mix for a few years now. The fad must have run its course and the local grocery stores quit carrying it. Fast forward to last Saturday when I saw several GF bread mixes on the clearance rack at Meijer. I wonder where they hid those mixes because they were not in the GF aisle.
I bought all the regular mixes but none of ...

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October 26, 2019
Soap Aprons,Free Owl Pattern, Fabric Maple Leaves from Canadian Needle Nana

As I was boiling Hubby's eggs this morning, I thought of all the things I could write about for today's post. I always have a lot of ideas in my head; in fact, deciding which to use in which post is more of the issue.

For instance, I've been meaning to mention to those of you who have hydrangea bushes, the flowers keep well indoors for a bouquet. Allow them to dry out.  I have a very large bunch that is two years old now and looks exactly the same as when picked.
 Up close the little ...

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October 19, 2019
Cheesecake, Turkey Talk, To Do List from Canadian Needle Nana

First on my TO DO list is show you that Thanksgiving turkey, the one that was cooked from a frozen state and pre-stuffed.  I put it in the oven at 9 and worked out it would be cooked by 4.  And it was.

Everyone thought it was very good; the dressing was typical of those packaged types but tasty. So perhaps I'll do this again sometime deliberately. Except for the longer oven time, it certainly simplifies the cooking of a turkey.
I made one of those cheesecake type of desserts. We had bought a tray of fresh figs and ...

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October 17, 2019
Bake and press.............. from Exuberant Color

I put my 20 completed blocks up on the design wall so I could feel like I'm actually working on this quilt.

I got all of the rest of the stratas pressed and now I have a count, 36 more blocks for a total of 56.  That would make a quilt 56" x 64" which isn't long enough, or it can be a baby quilt and a lap quilt.  I will look through my pink and green floral fabrics and see if I have anything to make alternate blocks from as another idea for a larger quilt.
Another ...

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October 14, 2019
Shopping, Canadian Thanksgiving, Halloween Embroidery from Canadian Needle Nana

It's Thanksgiving Day in Canada! Which means a large meal will be eaten while giving thanks for all the blessings we enjoy.
This was my turkey from several years ago.

My big yellow pot is on the stove...I like to cook the carrots, turnip, parsnip and cabbage all together.
 I had a moment of panic yesterday when I went to get the turkey I had bought out of the freezer to begin thawing.  It states clearly on the package cook from frozen state. I've never done that before and not only that, it is pre- stuffed, something ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: F O O D from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Sure, why not let food be an inspiration? It's full of color, texture, shape. Certainly I've seen quilts with apple motifs. 

Pixel Apple Quilt Tutorial

I'm just popping in to finally share this fun quilt I finished about a week or two ago.  I've been at the very end of a tight deadline (lik...
And there's the apple core block, which is rare these days because of the difficulty, I suppose.

Feedsack Fun! Vintage 30s Apple Core QUILT TOP 101x72" Wonderful apple core quilt! I like this... it makes it wonderful... with the white!!!

Then there are pumpkin quilts that are also popular at this time of year. 
New Sewing Patterns - Pumpkin Pot Holder Sewing PatternFall Flight is a 66” x 76” throw quilt featuring Carried Away Quiltings signature pumpkin block, alternating with scrappy flying geese blocks. The sample quilt features fabric by Fig Tree & Company for Moda, with the orange prints coming specifically from the Farmhouse II collection. Eight fat

An idea for a stripes, boxes, and triangles quilt in rainbow????

And summer veggies, like tomatoes, squash blossoms, and chili peppers.
Quilting tomatoes. Ellen Lindner,

Chile Pepper Quilt - I just love this quilt, especially the freehand quilting that looks like bricks!Antique Handmade SQUASH BLOSSOM Applique Quilt ..

Made by @Marsha Myrum, this comment is from her:  My original design for hot chili peppers.  Made this for a friend.

Are you convinced that food can inspire us to make yummy quilts? Enjoy your week and your supper!

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October 12, 2019
Yummy!.......... from Exuberant Color

My 2 friends came over to sew yesterday and I got a variety of things done including basting one small wallhanging.  After they left I started my baking needed this weekend.  One batch of dough needed to be refrigerated for a few hours so I made the pumpkin muffins next.  It makes 27-30 muffins so I can share with the whole family.

I went out and covered my tomato plants because of frost warnings.  There is another warning Sunday night.  I brought in 2 pots full of big Coleus plants.  I realize it is getting near the middle of October ...

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October 8, 2019
Autumn Stitching, Scrappy Flags, Geraniums from Canadian Needle Nana

 I worked in the garden Friday and Saturday and replanted the geraniums to inside pots.  They were so pretty in their driveway pot.

The pot itself sitting on a stump was here when we arrived and is lowly disintegrating into the ground.  In fact, this summer, something dug a hole in the bottom and was using it as a home.  It must have been cosy and imagine having flowers on your rooftop! This reminded me of those fairy houses people are making in their gardens.
I made this Chatelaine recipe for cauliflower and split pea soup.  I cooked it in ...

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