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July 11, 2020
Important Inspiration, Another Thankful Thursday List from Canadian Needle Nana

I love being the first one up in the morning.
 Doing all the tiny chores to start the day. With those done, lately I've been heading out to the veranda with my cup of tea and just sitting drinking it all in (literally and figuratively).   It being the summer-ness of it all with the greens, flowers, bees, birds and blue sky. 
 Just now two ravens checked out the water tub, took turns taking rather dainty sips for the size of those beaks, and then flew silently, swiftly low to the ground up the laneway.  What will those two get ...

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July 4, 2020
Patchwork Maple Leaves, Hand Piecing Stars, Free Pattern from Canadian Needle Nana

A special day. It is Canada Day today Wednesday, July 1.  I have a couple of Canadian things to share. One of the Quilt Bible blocks is a maple leaf, rather an iconic symbol of Canada. It pleases me to see how many maple trees are growing on this property.  I pieced one block to get a hang of it and in colours that match the others. A couple of things could have been done differently so I guess I'm still learning.

Then I thought of making one to match the Solidarity blocks, in reds and pinks.  After all ...

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June 29, 2020
Low Volume Fabrics + Free Patterns! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi, fabric lovers! 

It’s been a while since I shared with you all some fun projects to make! Although it has been great showing you some tutorials and even some seasonal projects, I wanted to change some things up this time around with projects that work all year round. 

So, what makes these projects timeless? Low volume fabrics, of course! Low volume fabrics are a fresh take on neutrals, they come in subtle variations of colors like white, light gray, and ivory. Making them easy to blend into any sewing project and work as main prints. Ranging from crisp ...

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Gardening, Stitching, Not a Picture Perfect Cake, Wet Robin from Canadian Needle Nana

The tools of my trade these days...I fill my pink weed bucket about four times a morning when I'm out in the garden weeding. By then I'm tired or too hot or hungry. This garden, the cultivated almost 1.5 acres, is a real work in progress especially in my very amateur hands. It is also real work but luckily I enjoy it very much.  

Those gloves have been a real find for me. I can feel my fingers in them so am more adept at pulling smaller weeds than the leather gloves which always came off ...

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June 10, 2020
Breezy Butterfly patterns FREE! from Made By Marney

Welcome summer! These BREEZY BUTTERFLIES are just right for some warm weather paper piecing.


These patterns are easy enough for beginners, but fun for intermediate paper piecers, too. If you are new to paper piecing, watch some of my free tutorials on my “Video and Tutorials” page.

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The post Breezy Butterfly patterns FREE! appeared first on Made By Marney.

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June 5, 2020
Now available: how to make a versatile face mask VIDEO and a discount on notions from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone! I wanted to pop in to let you know that I finally have a video available on how to make my Versatile Face Mask pattern. You can watch it on YouTube here and you’ll also find it on my original Versatile Face Mask Pattern blog post. Plus, keep reading for a great discount on notions from Purple Hobbies.

Versatile Face Mask Video walks you through all of the steps to make my versatile face mask pattern.

In this video, I walk you through all of the steps to make your own face mask. From supplies, to tie options and nose wire, you’ll get the whole process and then some. There are also additional resources ...

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June 1, 2020
The Last Unicorn and other FREE STUFF from Made By Marney

Welcome to our 2019 Once Upon A Story Row-A-Long. A big THANK YOU to Marian Pena and her hours of preparation time organizing this years event.

My featured fairy tale is The Last Unicorn, by Peter Beagle.

The Last Unicorn is a lovely story about a unicorn who dreams big!

Dream Big

This paper pieced unicorn row measures 9″ x 18″. This includes the outer border. The letters “Dream Big” are machine embroidered onto the finished block. But, any word or name could be used. And if machine embroidery is not your thing, a word could be appliqued in the ...

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May 25, 2020
Needlework, Birds, 2020 Wild and Planted Garden Growing from Canadian Needle Nana

It is the green season right now. Amazing how the earth renews itself and I am equally amazed by the transformation every spring. But amidst the greens, little spots of colour also so welcomed. The tiny violets are popping up in the back garden too thanks to the sunny days this week we've enjoyed very much.

Coincidentally I came across this beautiful painting by artist, Paul Wolber, called A Mother's Day BouquetYou can see more of Paul's work here.
A Mother's Day Bouquet: Wildflowers by Paul Wolber
Also appearing in the back garden and equally small, lungwort, which I wish we had more of ...

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May 17, 2020
Wild Violets, Quiltmania Free Patterns, Book Club and Pieces From the Past QAL's from Canadian Needle Nana

Stay together
Learn the flowers
Go light
-Gary Snyder

I am happy this morning  because as soon as the dew is dry, I'm heading out to the garden. At last, a day with warmth and dry enough to do some raking.  I hope to clean up some of the ugly gardening I deliberately maintained :) for all the insects and critters. I'm also going to put out our veranda chairs and hope I don't jinx anything weather wise by doing that. It's time to put out the hummingbird feeders as well.
 I dried many seeds last fall ...

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May 13, 2020
Happy Mother's Day, SAL Updates,Talking to Mom from Canadian Needle Nana

First of all many thanks for the interest in my post about free vintage embroideries, Free Vintage Patterns and Several Vintage Style Projects.  I really enjoy sharing the great sites I visit around the internet and giving those folks a well deserved little shout out.  Hearing that some of you find enjoyment or patterns to download, etc. from them makes my day!

I have finished January's block for my cross stitch project, Year at Hawk Run Hollow.  I enjoyed the stitching very much but have to do it in the mornings when the natural light is at its best ...

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April 17, 2020
Forever Saturday, Spring Stitcheries, Free Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

It is not unusual for us to not know what day of the week it is or to not have to be anywhere for three days in a row. But even for us this is going on so long we are in a suspension-like state I'm calling forever Saturday.

 So this happened...the virus is now in our little town, notably one of the senior's homes has been hard hit.  Since the virus is in Ottawa and the surrounding towns, it made sense it was here too. Just a matter of time.
 In the meantime, we are comforting ...

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April 16, 2020
FREE MASK PATTERN: Mask Making 101 from Made By Marney

I have had requests to share a pattern for the masks I am donating. This pattern was originally found on the Craft Passion website. I give all the credit possible to this site for the original pattern. After making a bunch of the masks, I have tweeked the pattern to be a bit more fitted. Now I am super happy with the fit, and it is a very easy pattern to assemble.

I’ve already sewn over 150 face masks to give-away to friends and family. This is not a medical mask, but a mask to use for home, grocery ...

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April 11, 2020
Comforts During Isolation, Number 1 from Canadian Needle Nana

Google is playing me lovely violin music this morning and a ray of sunshine is trying to break through the clouds. I lost some sleep in the middle of the night worrying about all the wrong things so I'm going to soothe myself a bit just for now with the right things. Basic but comforting.

It's comforting to have all the folks heading this battle working together; our prime minister and the provincial premiers are sharing and offering each other all the help they can.
I especially like that the prime minister has twice now addressed the children ...

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March 31, 2020
Free Patterns, Quilting From the Past, Embroidering Flowers from Canadian Needle Nana

Week 3 of self- isolation and all's well.
 The season is striving to change. Raining heavily as I write but with all the freezing rain we get here, there are banks of hardened snow and ice that will resist.  We are still wearing our cleats as the trails, tramped down by us, are icy in patches.  That's the underfoot news. Above, we've been enjoying warmer temperatures for our walks, occasional sunny breaks that I insist we put our faces into. How good to be alive and feel the warmth out in the fresh air.

I have joined ...

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March 30, 2020
Links to Amuse, Hand Quilting, Hair Do Photo, Painted SnowBunny from Canadian Needle Nana

Well, I don't have to ask because I know the introverts and the stitchers especially are faring well with our imposed isolation. The sewing machines are being given quite the workout these days. Including mine.
But for today I'll show my hand stitching results.
Final look at my scrappy Log Cabin in the Woods piece which is all finished. This was a goal to finish as declared at Elm Street Quilts OMG for March. I hand quilted diamonds in the bottom using a masking tape guide and decided on a starry, starry night for the sky.

 A fun ...

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Day 4 of Shop At Home BH and More Gnomes With A Freebie Today from Seams To Be Sew

Today is the last day of the Shop At Home Blog Hop and it has been a wonderful experience to do something like this. I can honestly say I’d do it again in a heartbeat… It’s been wonderful to see all the new visitors to my blog and the kind comments you’ve made about the gnomes. I love them and am glad you’re enjoying them also. Today, we have the last of the ten shops on the list, I will also list the other 30 below today’s list in case you’re just getting started ...

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March 25, 2020
Carolina Lily Quilt Along update from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that the Carolina Lily Quilt Along is now live at Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber. Welcome to my stop on this Quilt Along!

Carolina Lily Quilt Along is hosted by Fat Quarter Shop's blog, The Jolly Jabber.  Julie Cefalu is a participating blogger and made this version of the free quilt block pattern.

I’m one of the participating bloggers and I loved making this sweet block. Fat Quarter Shop has a free pattern available here for the 14.5″ quilt block and a full pattern to purchase that includes four different sizes available for purchase here. You can also purchase a quilt kit for the 44.5″ square quilt featuring Bonnie & Camille’s At Home fabrics here.

If ...

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March 13, 2020
How to bind a quilt by machine that looks near to invisible from Quilt Social

The fabric’s been chosen, the quilt top’s sewn and the quilting is done. Now it’s time to add a binding to finish the Spring Blossoms for Mom lap quilt. I really don’t want to mess it up now and it’s all about the finishing touches that sometimes make or break a project. No FOB (fear of binding) allowed.

There’s a way, yes there is… to add a binding to a quilt by machine that does not look wonky, messy or unprofessional. Today, I’ll explain this process to you. You’ll need Gütermann invisible ...

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March 12, 2020
UNIQUE pattern tracing film helps to audition quilting options from Quilt Social

Sewing of the quilt top Spring Blossoms for Mom is complete. Quilting decisions can now take place. It’s important after all the work sewing the quilt, the quilting be considered carefully.

Quilting design factors

  • How much do I want the quilting to show on the front and the back.
  • What color of thread should be used.
  • Which fabrics need enhancing or showing off.
  • Scale of the quilt blocks and in this case appliques as well.
  • The use of the quilt. i.e. Quilt show worthy, art quilt to be hung, utilitarian?
  • How much washing may or may not take ...

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March 11, 2020
Gütermann cotton and invisible nylon threads for piecing and applique from Quilt Social

The last few days, I’ve discussed the materials needed and prepared the fabric for a really fresh Spring Blossoms for Mom lap quilt using HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive to make the tulip appliques. This quilt will be an awesome Mother’s Day gift this spring. I’m ahead of the curve and will have it made in advance. Today I get to sew with Gütermann cotton and nylon (invisible) thread. It’s sew time don’t you think?

Sew the background

  • Gather up the background strips and leave them in order from 1-5 as discussed yesterday.
  • Sew 7 strip ...

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