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August 3, 2019
Tippy Canoe and Broccoli, Too from Nita Dances

Dear Vi, I thought you might like to hear a bit of what I’ve been doing.In case you can’t tell from the picture, I planted a garden!Actually, I created a garden completely from scratch.I purchased bags of soil, plants, and … Continue reading

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July 6, 2019
Slow Stitching Report from The Cozy Quilter

Frank Lloyd Wright continues to have more stitches added this week--both outlining and cross stitches. 


My daughter has also spent quite a bit of time this week working on her cityscape while Finn napped.  The sun in the sky makes me think this is a warm place... Hmmm....


Finn likes to keep an eye on my daughter and if she leaves the room, he follows her. 


My Prickly Pear Cactus is blooming this week.  It is such a pretty shade of yellow.


My husband and I saw this butterfly when we were out for a walk one evening this week ...

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June 30, 2019
A Cityscape and Frank from The Cozy Quilter

Saturday afternoon, my husband and I spent some time in the gazebo...he read a book and I worked on my Frank Lloyd Wright counted cross stitch picture.  You can see below that I have added more outlining in this corner as well as some more cross stitches in red and blue. It is easier to see the waterlilies once the outlining is done. 


My daughter has been busy at work lately, but hopes to find some time this weekend to continue working on her most recent cityscape.  I am still not sure which city she is doing this time ...

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June 23, 2019
Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

Today is the 7th anniversary of Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Link up!  She has been inspiring me and many others to slow down and work on a handwork project with each and every link up!  Kathy has asked us to share our favourite handwork project on our blogs today ---But first, I want to show you my slow progress on the Waterlilies Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch I have been working on.  I added some more outlining this past week as well as some more cross stitching in the upper right corner. 


When we went to Nashville for QuiltCon ...

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June 18, 2019
Accidental Boxes from The Cozy Quilter


I finished binding this quilt that I made from a Bali Pop jelly roll on the weekend.  As you may remember, I started this quilt several years ago and made the triangles...then it got put away and I did not touch it again until this past spring when I took the triangles to an Elgin Piecemakers sewing day to see if I could make something with them.  I had long ago lost the original pattern that I was trying to follow.  I laid the triangles out on the floor and started to play with arranging them.  By the end ...

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June 16, 2019
Binding and FLW from The Cozy Quilter


The outlining of the Waterlilies window cross stitch project continues.  With all of these Frank Lloyd Wright patterns, the outlining brings cohesiveness and meaning to the "blobs" of colour.  I will be working on this again tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching.


I made another 40 swap blocks this week...The picture above shows some blocks in progress--I did not take a picture of the finished blocks.  They will be swapped in July and August (June was already completed).  Just for fun, I calculated that it takes 3/4 of a yard of fabric to make 40 blocks...


We spent more ...

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June 9, 2019
This Week's Projects from The Cozy Quilter

This week's theme is home. I spent most of my sewing time this week working on houses for the next border of "Coming Home".  You can see that I fussy cut some bunnies for the middle of my liberated star house.  I had paper pieced 24 roofs for the houses a couple of weeks ago in preparation for house construction. 


Here is my first of four rows of houses in process.  The green tape on each house has a number on it to help keep things in the right order.  Doors and windows will be added by hand applique ...

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May 31, 2019
Stitching and Knitting in the Gazebo from The Cozy Quilter

I knew something was up when the garage door would not open when I got home from work yesterday...  The power was out and Christine was coming over for an evening of sewing.  I called her and let her know the power was out and that she should bring a hand work project as well as her regular sewing projects just in case we could not use the sewing machines.  I cooked my supper on the BBQ and went for a walk.  Still no power.  Christine arrived and we headed out to the gazebo to cross stitch (me) and knit ...

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May 24, 2019
10 More Blocks from The Cozy Quilter


Since I had my fabrics out for this project, I decided to make a few more blocks this week.  Most days, I had a chance to sew for at least 30 minutes so I was able to get 10 more done.


Some blocks take a lot longer to make with lots of pieces to cut and sew together.


I am actually running out of some of the fabrics in my black and white stash which is great because some of them have been in there for a long time and needed to get used up.


I have now completed 77 ...

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May 19, 2019
Slow Stitching this Week from The Cozy Quilter

I had to move the hoop up this week on my Waterlilies Cross Stitch project...this project has very little cross stitching and tons of outlining to do. I'm loving the colours on this picture. 


I finally took my 4 finished cross stitch pictures in to be framed this week.  The snowmen are going to have red matting and a rustic white frame.  Two of the Frank Lloyd Wright pictures's frames were easy to pick but the third one is giving me trouble...


I think the black frame is too stark but I'm not sure about the ...

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May 10, 2019
Coming Home is Coming Along. from The Cozy Quilter

I (finally!) finished appliquéing my last two tulip blocks for my Coming Home BOM project this week. It was fun picking out fabrics for each flower and the leaves. 





All four blocks...done!


The points got easier with each tulip I stitched.


I put this together last night and put it up on the design wall for a picture.  I stressed a lot about colour choices for this part of the quilt.  It will be a queen sized quilt so there are 9 more months of blocks and borders to make.  The next border consists of little houses, some of ...

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April 28, 2019
Tulips! from The Cozy Quilter

I have been working on hand appliquéing my tulip blocks for my Sarah Fielke Coming Home BOM this week.  The two magenta tulip blocks are completely done and I am now working on the top right turquoise block.  The stem is done and I am just starting the leaves...


I'm getting better at those inside points and the curves with each leaf and tulip...


Christine was at my house for sewing night one evening this past week so I made the 12 house blocks included in last month's instructions.  The next step will be out on Tuesday so ...

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January 30, 2019
Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens from From My Carolina Home

Last summer, when we went to Florida to visit friends, they took us to the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange.  Knowing that we enjoy walking in nature, this was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  While I work on secret sewing projects, and it is bitterly cold outside, I thought it would be nice to take a look at this garden delight.

Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens at FromMyCarolinaHome

It was warm on this day last summer, but there was plenty of shade along the gravel trails through the park.

Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens at FromMyCarolinaHome

A small Japanese garden with a jinriki, a man made object, as a means ...

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November 4, 2018
Slow Stitching Report from The Cozy Quilter


I managed to work on the outlining of my Frank Lloyd Wright Fountain Glass pictures every day this past week.  My goal was at least one length of thread per day and some days, I even did two or three! The outlining in this part of the picture really makes the details pop!


The picture above shows where I was last week...

Some days, I stitched before going off to work and other days, the evenings were spent stitching.

I also managed to get the backing of my Foothills Quilt pieced.  I forgot to take a picture before giving it ...

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October 11, 2018
Spring time from Wendy's Quilts and More

It's Spring time in Wellington and I enjoyed a lovely walk at Oriental Bay this week.  We're very lucky to have a sheltered beach within walking distance of Wellington city. There's no surf at Oriental Bay because it's within the harbour, but it's a very popular with swimmers and families in the summer.




  There are lots of lovely Spring flowers in my garden.

Camelia

Vireya rhododendron or Azelea 

Echium

Flowering Cherry tree


My mum sent me a photo of the wisteria growing on her fence.  It looks gorgeous too.

Wisteria 

All these flowers remind me ...

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July 22, 2018
Slow Stitching on a Rainy Day from The Cozy Quilter

I've done some more stitching in the car and gazebo this week. I am just about done the top half of this picture and will soon have to move on to the second and final page of the pattern. I am soon going to be out of DMC #318 again.  If anyone has an old skein of this colour, please let me know.  The new skeins at the store are a much lighter gray and do not match my older thread that I have been using.  


My husband and I went on a garden tour in Goderich yesterday and ...

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July 15, 2018
Frank and some flowers. from The Cozy Quilter


Today, I went to the monthly London Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  After the business part of the meeting and show and tell, we had a few hours of sewing time.  I did not want to drag my sewing machine and supplies with me to the meeting so I brought my counted cross stitch project with me.  As you can see, I managed to get quite a bit done again this week. The lighting was a lot better for pictures this week...last week's pictures were a bit dull.


I managed to get one more block done for the Foothills ...

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July 8, 2018
Cross Stitching in the Car and a Comfort Quilt Block from The Cozy Quilter

I made lots of progress on my Fountain Glass Window cross stitch project this week.  A few longer car rides and some evening stitching in the gazebo helped!  I am just about finished with the upper left corner of the picture. 


Today, I finished off the DMC#318 thread that was on my skein and started using the skein that was sent to me by Paige at Quilted Blooms.  It is a perfect match!  I can't tell where my thread ends and her thread starts.  Can you?


I will keep working away at this corner until all the cross ...

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June 22, 2018
June in the Garden from From My Carolina Home

It has just been so frazzling hot here, with humidity at 68% early in the morning, it is hard to get out and get some weeding done.  I started early one morning, and had to come in after only an hour, in desperate need of a shower.   Even though the temperature was only 70°F, combined with that humidity was miserable.   The flowers seem to like it for the most part, and I shared the garden with a number of large honey bees that morning too.  Picture heavy post coming today.

June in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The white lily gave us two blooms this year ...

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June 3, 2018
Kensington Palace from From My Carolina Home

The votes are in, and the number one pick to share from our England trip was Kensington Palace and Gardens.  So, today we return to London for a tour.  Today we’ll see the palace and some spectacular jewels, and I’ll show you the garden tomorrow.  Kinsington Palace is quite unassuming compared to other historic buildings in London.  It began as a residence, and was expanded when William and Mary decided to use it as a country home.  They wanted to get away from the trials of living in the city of London proper, and hired St. Paul architect ...

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