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September 22, 2020
A finish for September........... from Exuberant Color

I showed this quilt a few weeks back and mentioned all it needed was about 1/4 of the binding to be hand sewn down after 12 years.......of waiting patiently.  Last night it got its last stitch.  It is 43" square from point to point.

This one is made of the earliest Hoffman batiks like another that I made last year.  Purple, gray, pink and turquoise were in most of the early ones.


There were a few gray-greens in the early ones too.  I love this little quilt and the binding is not the best job I ever did ...

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September 18, 2020
Last day to register............ from Exuberant Color

I always have to review the live sessions from previous classes to refresh my memory about student questions.  This is a shot from one of them.  You can see my daughter down in the bottom left corner because we do these sessions together.  She is my tech person and can answer all of that type questions from the students.

I also go back and check the colorwashes that the students made in a post here.

Gradation is a key component of many patterns I do. I teach hands on experience by making a Colorwash because it's my signature style ...

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September 16, 2020
Fitness To Do, Apple Muffins, We Still Miss Someone, Fire Starter from Canadian Needle Nana

 I do carry with me all the time the feeling that this time is invaluable, precious even and therefore I must make the most of it. Perhaps at night watching our bit of t.v. is when I can shrug off the "every moment must be productive" feeling. I grew up with a father who often said "to labour is to live" and it must have sunk in deep with me. 

 I have a long list of things to get started/continued/done this week.  Here are a few of them.

 Continuing the research into the topic of fitness for ...

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August 29, 2020
Journey Around the Sun, What's Cooking, Yellow Bird, "After Quilts" and OMG from Canadian Needle Nana

Pouring down rain today but that's okay. I've been outside a lot lately so this is good to be in and taking stock, catching up on a bit of housework, etc. I was up early and made a spaghetti sauce for supper tonight. I like to simmer it for a long time and a tip when using tomatoes in sauces, always add a little sugar to cut the acidity.  I'm thinking of making Baked Spaghetti which sounds odd but is so good. Here at Spend With Pennies you'll find an easy recipe.

Amy at  Diary of ...

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August 10, 2020
Happiest Flower, With a Will, There's a Way, Continuous Small Treats from Canadian Needle Nana

First of all, what I made with those ingredients I showed in the last post...Scotcheroos. One of my facebook friends posted a recipe for them that does not use corn syrup to our All Day Sweets Pinterest board. I love anything with marshmallow in it so of course, I stuck with marshmallows rather than honey. These were a great treat and I shared them too with the little grandson hence the sprinkles.
My bread machine turned out an acceptable loaf of whole wheat/oat bread on Monday. I've been making a loaf a week and so far we ...

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August 3, 2020
Rare Visitor, Slow Stitching Sunday, August OMG, What Will I Make?? from Canadian Needle Nana

My happy chair with a view of the back yard this morning. Perhaps you can make out the pouring down rain. That old expression, the heavens opened up, applies today. We can use it so it's all good. 
For instance, this is a little patch of hardy fleabane and there are many dotting the side lawn. Normally it is pretty against the dark green grass but this summer the grass has disappeared in the heat and the area is actually crunchy to walk upon, a strange sensation.
A bank of violet mallow on the partially shaded left side of ...

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August 2, 2020
July Bits and Bobs- Bird, Bunny, Butterfly, Blooms, Blocks, Bel Canto from Canadian Needle Nana

It's turning into one of the hottest summers on record here just outside Ottawa, Canada. Several days have broken a 100 year old record. Of course, it is the humidity that people complain the most about as there has been lots of that too.  I find it saps my energy when it hits a certain point and working outside becomes uncomfortable. That being said, it is cooler today with continuing sunshine so promising to be a beautiful late July day.

 No veranda stitching lately but lots inside under one or another of the ceiling fans. I finished Melva's ...

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July 26, 2020
Awful Night, Farm Sampler Box, Birds and Blocks and Hubby Has a Birthday! from Canadian Needle Nana

Recently I had the most awful of nights.

 Murphy woke me around 3 am with a very sharp bark and simultaneously it seems I heard too what she did.  A very loud but soft thud.  I got the flash light and looked all through the rooms to see if something had fallen off a shelf or toppled over. Just like the t.v. detectives do (have you ever noticed they never turn on overhead lights; just use their itty bitty flashlights to search). Not a thing out of place.  I've watched enough movies to know not to go down ...

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July 17, 2020
Crazy Critters, Summer Flowers, Stitching and Strawberries from Canadian Needle Nana

A walk around the trails this morning, Murphy pulling hard on the lead. Something interesting had strolled in a zigzag fashion before us. We later looked at deer and unknown paw prints streaking the muddy area of the pond. Rather large...perhaps we don't want to know what made them. 

Mr. Toad, in the back yard, giving me a wide smile.
 I swear it has its own little ecosystem back there and different from the pond area.  There are frogs in the pond and no snakes that I've seen.  The back yard has toads and garter snakes. 
Skip ...

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July 13, 2020
Day 10...time to bake............ from Exuberant Color

Day 10....Amish Friendship Bread....the day you feed the starter the second time, divide it, and bake 2 loaves.  The temperature was a little lower yesterday and humidity was down some but I should have had the A/C running anyway.  I was wiped out by the end of the day.  While I was in the kitchen I prepared some other food so I won't have to cook for 2 or 3 days.

I petted fabric, didn't sew anything.  I started reading another book instead.  Today the A/C goes on and I will have energy.

Just ...

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June 29, 2020
A dozen blocks........... from Exuberant Color

This is a happy dozen blocks isn't it?  It is fun to see how some of the large prints look cut up.  I will continue making them when I need something to sew.  

I'm itching to start a new project.  Aren't we all?  I have been working so hard on the pop-up shop that I didn't want to do any major thinking and cutting this past week.  I have the offerings mostly together now and dates set.  The pop up shop will be July 7 - 12.  It will open for email subscribers at noon ET on ...

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June 25, 2020
Waves and net......... from Exuberant Color

I loved all of the comments and votes yesterday for my layout.  One that I hadn't considered was running the rows horizontally so they would look like waves.  I decided to change the top and right triangular section to waves and leave the rest as net on the beach to see if that would work.  I think I would have to run all of the fabric rows horizontally where I have them all vertical now.  I think that might be fun to try but I ran out of time yesterday.  I'm working on a pop-up shop and that ...

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June 7, 2020
Sewing, mowing, baking........ from Exuberant Color

I have seen these blocks on other blogs turned both directions.  Here the blocks are horizontal (longest edge horizontal).

In this photo the blocks are vertical (longest edge vertical).  I'm not sure if one way is more pleasing or soothing than the other.  In this orientation any one way prints would look better.

The humidity dropped dramatically yesterday but it was still plenty warm for mowing the grass.  I got it done though.

My Red Penstemon is just starting to bloom.  There is a Milkweed plant behind it and several others in this garden.  I saw a Monarch butterfly ...

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June 6, 2020
Applique in Reds, Chunky Chocolate Cherry Muffins, Hummers are Back from Canadian Needle Nana

Hello all, It is ceiling fan time at the wooden house. Thankfully these are in all rooms (except the small ex sewing room) with two in the main area.

  Cloudy today but muggy. While the world is tragically chaotic, all is as our new usual for us.  We are venturing out a little more with forays to the grocery store in our masks and trying to lose the feeling that we look ridiculous like white haired robbers.

We lost a day and then gained it back. We blamed that on last Saturday feeling like Sunday. Hubby ordered the same thing ...

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May 20, 2020
More jewel tone blocks............. from Exuberant Color

18 new blocks add to the stack of jewel tone 16 patch blocks.  There are 10 more to sew later today.

I know you think I sew on a pristine clean sewing cabinet.  Here is the real truth, a notebook with my lists of quilts awaiting quilting, blocks finished the last 2 days, a tub of yellow, black and white batiks for more crazy pieced blocks, 2 Kaffe books for research, a couple new masks and a pile of pieces for more of them, a few yards of elastic.  I can only dream of a totally clean surface.  It doesn ...

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Playing with Projects and a Flimsy from Indigo Threads

Well, I finally have a "first finish"!  This quilt top is now a flimsy. This is the Rail Fence pattern from Sujata Shah's book "Cultural Fusion Quilts".

Rail Fence quilt
56 inches square
I started this quilt way back in April of 2016.   You can read about it here.  This project got put on the back burner a few times since 2016, but I finally decided it's time was now and got it put together.  The i-sew-lation is at least good for getting some projects done.  I am very happy to get it to this stage.

one block ...

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May 11, 2020
Spring Most Welcomed By the Wooden House Happy Campers from Canadian Needle Nana

From the journal of talented Alexandra Schmid.  An illustration I think our watercolour painting friends, LeeAnna and Mary, might like. And sadly, mess is the word. For all our technology and advancements, a virus is going to leave quite a mark on mankind.  But we are doing our best to make the best of it all and I love that.

A few other things I love...
We are enjoying watching The Village on Brit Box and I think I've had tears in my eyes once every episode. Warning: It is grittier than most of these shows tend to be ...

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May 1, 2020
Chocolate Chip Cookies, Scrappy Almost Finishes, Free Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

I'm trying to stay positive but little thoughts niggle at me. When will it be safe again for folks my age to venture out is one of the things on my mind.  I am encouraged by how the vaccine is madly being worked on all over the globe but best case scenario is saying completion is a year away. Can we stay hidden in our wooden house bubble that long?!!

I don't make cookies often except for Hubby to have as a bikky with his cups of tea but I saw this recipe tour Facebook and thought I ...

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April 27, 2020
Irish Loaf, Scrap Busting, Book Club Block, Nana Mail from Canadian Needle Nana

Here I am once again regaling you with my most exciting pastimes here at the wooden house.
 I can honestly picture my grandmothers doing much the same things back many decades ago like the jigsaws for instance. One of my grandmothers had a large puzzle glued and made into a picture hanging on the wall in her living room. It showed Balmoral Castle and she had pieced it during World War II. No doubt as a break from her knitting, darning, tending the chickens and all the other chores she had to do. And worrying about the war of course ...

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April 11, 2020
Stress reliever stitching............ from Exuberant Color

I had 6 blocks leftover from a quilt I made several years ago and that was just right for a small table runner.  I decided I would do the matchstick quilting which is around 1/8" - 1/4" apart in parallel rows.  The only decision I had to make is how close the next line of stitching would be.  Only the right half is finished in this photo and with the light from the window coming across it you can see the texture (click on it for larger photo).  I had about 2 1/2 hours into it at this ...

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