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March 24, 2021
Spring Bunny Table Runner Tutorial from The Crafty Quilter

To celebrate Spring and Easter, I have a Spring Bunny Table Runner Tutorial to share with you today! This project is the perfect combination of quilting and home décor. A mix of spring green fabrics and the cutest black and white gingham give this table runner a little country charm with modern style. I love how it turned out!

This Spring Bunny Table Runner tutorial is a quick and easy project from Julie @ The Crafty Quilter.  Simple applique and two pieced blocks make this a cute table runner for Spring and Easter!

The size of this table runner is approximately 13″ x 38″. If you’re looking for a quick project to make, this is it! There are only three blocks set on point that measure 9″ finished. The setting triangles are pieced ...

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March 15, 2021
Cozy Living with Soften The Volume Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Happy Friday, makers! 

The weekend is almost here and if you haven’t already, this is a friendly reminder to take a moment and breathe. Life can get a little crazy sometimes, and I believe it’s really important to find time for yourself and have some quality time with your sewing machine. Today, I’m excited to show you something new on the table, that brings me right into my happy place- low volume fabrics. If you’re not sure what that is, let me explain… they are usually white, cream, neutral fabrics that have subtle designs. You may ...

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February 28, 2021
Around The Block – Colorado Released… from Seams To Be Sew

As you all know I dislike posting on Sundays and rarely ever do it. However, I committed to this event and decided for a few...

The post Around The Block – Colorado Released… appeared first on .

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February 18, 2021
Mood Boosting Things During LockDown from Canadian Needle Nana

The high Arctic Polar Vortex chummy touched down here on its way through most of North America.  Instant frostier than usual temperatures. When it is -20 C straight temperature it doesn't take much of a breeze to have frigid wind chills.  But not alone with this as so many of you have emailed about your equally frigid temperatures much further south of us.

Low Winter Sun


On a bright note, the folks at the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre have noted the male American Goldfinches are already sporting brighter plumage. Though it may not feel like it just ...

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February 12, 2021
Sunday Stitching Along, Free Patterns, Great Book As Snow Falls from Canadian Needle Nana

Views from our bedroom windows this morning.

The black thing is my compost bin. Snow softly falling all morning.
This week has been productive with the reading, stitching, moving the body and feeding it too.  I hope the same can be said for the upcoming week. And here is Murphy's contribution to the wood getting. She always chooses one stick (or several) to have a good chew each morning. 
Do you know what a boxing band is on a pillow? I'd never heard of it till Rachel at Stitched in Color shared how she made her pretty Penny ...

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January 27, 2021
Valentine’s Day Free Sewing Projects from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, my fellow creators!

I am back with some exciting projects because I don’t know about you, but I will take any holiday as an excuse to start sewing! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I was really excited to put together some of my favorite free patterns that you can make just in time for the big. There is something for everyone here, whether you want to quilt for a loved one or smaller projects for friends, you’ll find it right here. 

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Featuring Everlasting by Sharon Holland

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Fusions Ballerina Pillows 1Marianne Pillows

Featuring Ballerina ...

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December 13, 2020
Links, Christmasy Fingernails, Nature Scene and A Favourite Bird from Canadian Needle Nana

We've had a good week here at the wooden house or as SIL says "in the pines". Got in enough exercise to feel vindicated in treating ourselves to dessert and got our Christmas gift list in order to name a couple of things. The cut off for delivery to Canada was midweek so that stopped the dithering and we got our decisions made and everything ordered. Not that there is that much because our family circle is tiny. 

So here is a little round up of the minute joys and tiny things that I am happy/thankful/grateful for ...

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December 4, 2020
My Favorite Quilty Patterns For The Holidays from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Welcome back to the blog, fabric lovers!

As you know, I love talking about the latest collections, their inspiration, and all the lovely projects made with them! Over the years, I’ve been really lucky to witness some amazing projects done with our fabrics, and I still remember the first lookbook ever, come together! Since then, I’ve seen over 70 lookbooks (wow has time flew by)! So, as I became more familiar with how to sew and dive deeper into the quilting world, I now have so much more appreciation for handmade things. 

There is always something happening here ...

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November 29, 2020
Ten Things on My Christmas To Do/ Bucket List from Canadian Needle Nana

 Our place was looking very Christmasy yesterday after all the fresh snow had fallen. 

And in the back yard.
And from my happy chair.
This will be our first Christmas during a pandemic and hopefully, our last. It seems folks are determined the conditions won't stop them from enjoying it; in fact, are going all out to make this a Christmas to remember for all the right reasons. With that in mind, even though it's a tad early, I thought I'd share a few of my thoughts about how to start our Christmas in November too. 

My ...

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November 23, 2020
Christmas Gifts, Cozy Walmart Buy, Thrift Store Find, Appliqued Fox and Others from Canadian Needle Nana

It's a dull weather day today as we brace for snowfall later this afternoon, the first real snow of the year. It is thanks to conditions far away...something called a Colorado low.  See how connected we are, my American friends.

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November 22, 2020
Whimsical Foxes, Applique, Christmas Quilting Tutorials, Netflix Viewing from Canadian Needle Nana

You know I like whimsical...especially involving mice, fox, deer, dogs, bunnies; well I guess any critters actually. I love the details in this scene below. 

Snug little fox with her knitting, cup of tea and pizza slice. And note the dream catcher on the wall and the tiny cowboy boots.  Does a scene like this make you feel cosy and snug too? As far as I can find out this illustration is from a children's book called Jezeva Kucica by Branko Copic.  Translation, The Hedgehog's House. If you know more about the artist, please let me know ...

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November 18, 2020
Autumn's Palette, Delicious Gifts, Embroidery, A Free BOM and QAL from Canadian Needle Nana

I bet you would not be able to guess which of the garden plants this little leaf came from. The strange weather this year- cold and then very warm again, seems to have made for interesting patterns in the fading leaves. This is from the old rose bush and the ground was covered yesterday with similarly patterned leaves. Such a pretty autumn palette. 

 I received a wonderful gift in the mail from Amazon beautifully wrapped in this organza bag. 
A total surprise from Hubby. I had no idea Amazon wraps gifts so beautifully. I will share more about this book ...

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November 17, 2020
Paper Piecing All Year Round from Made By Marney

My newest book, PAPER PIECING ALL YEAR ROUND, is ready for pre-sale from Amazon. I don’t even have a copy of it yet…that’s how new it is!

PAPER PIECING ALL YEAR ROUND

This book has something for everyone. I have designed 2 images for each month of the year… that means you will be getting 24 paper pieced block patterns, plus the patterns for 7 different projects. All blocks fit in all patterns in this book, as well as all of the projects in my previous 5 books.

TWO GNOMES

These 2 adorable Gnomes are the images ...

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November 16, 2020
Soup, Muffins, Wood Workout, Hand Quilting and Free Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

I'd put my chicken carcass on the stove to boil down to make a base for yesterday's chicken soup.  Half an hour later I thought what on earth is making that smell.  I went to the kitchen to investigate only to see it was my chicken broth bubbling happily away. Thankfully I always start with lots of water in the pot and a low heat.

 Totally forgot it-wiped from the brain and now I can see how old people can start fires in their houses, right under their noses. Hubby says it's because I'm always juggling ...

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November 10, 2020
Inspiration, Indoor Gardening and Outside Chores, Fans Quilt, Free Patterns, from Canadian Needle Nana

We've been blessed for a week now with unseasonably warm temperatures. Just wonderful for walking outside and doing more chores like gathering kindling and window washing. Here is a look into one half of my indoor garden. I use the 3 step ladder for the washing- too bad if the window is higher than that! I just can't risk going any higher these days. You can see my kitchen window in the background and just beside the top of my shoulder is my camera with the good zoom pretty much set up there permanently.

While out there, I ...

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November 9, 2020
Setting the Table for the Holidays - Handmade Makes and Decor from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

46 days until Christmas and I am rocking and rolling this year, taking my time finding the best handmade makes to fill my home and to fill the homes of family and friends. If you haven’t jumped on the holiday making bandwagon yet this blog post might get you to jot a few sewing projects on your to-sew list. So, get a pen and paper ready as I show you some great ideas to set your table for the holidays and fill your home with handmade holiday makes and decor. 

Xmas Holiday Ideas

Adorn your Tables with Table runners

A ...

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October 31, 2020
Medallion Quilt, A Quilty Finish, Jenny Wren, Free Patterns, from Canadian Needle Nana

 One of the things I love this week was getting a photo of a wren. I've often caught sight of them down by the pond because I think they like the heavy shrubbery on three sides. There is a meadow there as well and loads of grasshoppers which I know wrens are fond of. However, it was right in front of my kitchen window that I managed to grab two quick shots of this little guy while he was checking out the decaying plants.



 In the third shot I took he was a complete blur.

This was my redworked ...

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October 27, 2020
Pumpkin Soup, Auction Bidding, Binding Stitching, Christmas Quilts, Mouse Update from Canadian Needle Nana

 When in the work world, I often lamented not enough time for my hobbies. I used to think I would spend all morning reading for instance, when I retired and had nothing else to do. However, to sit around reading in the mornings still doesn't work for me. My days must still have busyness in them but, what do you know, there is no end it seems to the things to do. Filling the hours is not only not a problem, it is uncanny how busy we seem to be and this is even in a semi-lockdown situation.

Autumn ...

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October 14, 2020
Missing These Birds, Golden October, Halloween Quilting, Thanksgiving Free Pattern from Canadian Needle Nana

Right now I am missing these little birds. I'm missing their song and the way they fly through the air snatching flying insects and return to the same spot to perch like on my lamp light.   In fact, sat there enough that a cleaning of the lights is now in order.   Eastern Phoebes have nested here every year using the various sheds and building distinctive nests with mud and moss.                             I'm also missing the hummingbirds. Though silent, they were a constant fixture this summer flitting about the two feeders.  

  I have to take in their feeders and clean ...

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October 8, 2020
Halloween Patterns from Made By Marney

My newest book, PAPER PIECING ALL YEAR ROUND, has patterns for every month of the year. This book is hot off the press and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

Here are 2 October blocks from my book made into Mini Quilts…

Mini Quilts

These 2 blocks are some of my many Halloween patterns. Check out what my friends and customers have been creating with some of my other paper pieced Halloween patterns…

Toothy Witch, Glinda the Witch, Frankenstein, and Dracula

This adorable wall hanging was created by Bernadette.

I have lots of different Witch patterns!
Bewitched!

This adorable wall hanging ...

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