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December 13, 2019
Sit and Sew aftermath from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Oh boy - what a day! I just love our Sit n Sew days and wouldn't trade them for the world. There were ten of us toiling away and boy  - did we get work done! I'm so happy with what I accomplished - well - wait for it.

Diane arrived nice and early and we got to work putting the mitered border on her HUGE quilt. The top is done and I noticed that the quilt (and the backing) stayed behind to be quilted by me! That's OK - we'd already made that arrangement.

Then she got to work on ...

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November 25, 2019
Art is Long and Life is Short from Canadian Needle Nana

Margaret Atwood celebrated her 80th birthday recently. She clearly has not lost her mind because she just recently won the Booker for the sequel to Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments. She is equally as adept writing nonfiction and poetry which makes her a rare literary triple threat.
                                                          Image result for margaret atwood the testaments
This is one of her quotes taken from the Blind Assassin.
"As you ramble on through life, Brother, Whatever be your goal, Keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole." She also has a slick sense of humour.

C'est fini!
I tried very hard not to rush the final ...

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November 12, 2019
Links, Free Pattern, Projects, Critters, Poppies from Canadian Needle Nana

I just poured myself a cup of green tea (how good I'm being because I'd really rather a second cup of coffee) and read through some of your blogs. Such great reading...so many quilts being finished! I need to find more folks who are not finishing things. Just kidding; I love to see your finishes and I'm that one in the crowd who claps the loudest for you and keeps clapping after others have stopped.  Yes, I've done that embarrassing thing in real life too!
With the weather taking a turn cooler, we do not ...

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November 9, 2019
Twas The Night B19 and B20 Are Released… Nifty Novelties Winners Announced… from Seams To Be Sew

You know, I’m not a fan of posting on weekends, but because I want to get the TTNBC blocks out to you, I’m posting today. So it’s that time again for the next block release… I forgot how long these take me to finish once they come back from the tester, but I am still determined to finish them by the end of the year and hopefully before that. Don’t be surprised if I release a set during 12 Days as I want to finish them. Block 19 and Block 20 were uploaded this weekend to ...

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November 4, 2019
Vintage Halloween, Maple Leaves, Chocolate Cake from Canadian Needle Nana

I will admit I felt my heart do a little pitter- patter when the headline appeared in my email that The French Needle had opened their Christmas Boutique.  The offerings are all beautiful.  I spend ages looking through this site on a regular basis.
                                             The French Needle Embroidery Shop
It is time for our regular SAL report hosted by Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea.
Here are the other participants sharing their updates on a wide array of  stitching projects.
 ClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, MaryMargaretReneeJennyCarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnie ...

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November 3, 2019
a stitch in time . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I've really been caught up in hand embroidery of late.  Not sure what has me so enthralled, but I *like* it!  I thought I'd share a few finishes and progress.

I finished the stitching on this little secret project . . .
I'll fill you in later.  Hahaha!

I started and finished this acorn . . .
Stitched by me; pattern from Kathy Schmitz, One Stitch at a Time Embroidery Club
I love this cosmos variegated floss; it's so soft and pretty! I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to do with this stitchery, but I'll figure out something ...

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November 2, 2019
Cakes and Costumes from Canadian Needle Nana

 I love dressing up in costumes. Most of the schools I taught in allowed the teachers to dress up for Halloween and I loved it.  I always wore a costume to hand out candy on Halloween night and did the thing so many of you did, sewed Halloween costumes for the family. Maybe why is because I have such happy memories of loving Halloween so much as a kid.

 Littler grandson had his birthday party with his friends and I got to dress up for it.  It was fun to wear a long black and silver wig and help corral ...

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October 31, 2019
One Adorable Pumpkin from Needle and Foot

Happy Halloween!! Your recent two weeks of family time in Vermont were wonderful. The goal was to hang out with our son and his wife and spend as much time as possible with our grand daughter. 

Grandpa was her favorite during our visit!

While there my grand daughter came down with a miserable virus and had terrible croup. Poor little girl was sick for a long stretch and toward the end of it, my husband came down with it.  Not a fun bug at all!  The two days before we left, my son and his wife were starting to come ...

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October 30, 2019
happy busy . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This is going to be another photo-heavy post; I've had lots going on!  We can only carry over 40 hours of vacation time into the new year, and I realized here it was late in October, and I had over 80 hours--I needed to burn some time!  And since we get two weeks over the Christmas holiday, I don't need it for then.  So I took Monday and Tuesday and enjoyed another five day weekend.  Bliss!

I did so much I'm going to have to split it over a couple of posts.  Don't laugh. Sunday was ...

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Autumn Jubilee – One More Day of Fun from From My Carolina Home

Today is the last day of Autumn Jubilee, and I still haven’t been able to show all the things in my head. Plus, there are some great deals and specials going with the Autumn Jubilee sponsors, check out the list at the bottom.  Halloween is tomorrow, so I have just enough time to show you a Halloween tablescape to cap off this month long event.   Starting with the centerpiece, this little ceramic jack-0-lantern is really special to me.  My mother and I both had one.  We got them while shopping at a special store all decked out for fall ...

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October 29, 2019
Make-A-List Monday - Crunch Time! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Wow, last week really flew by, didn't it?  And we are now officially into fall and the busy season - Halloween is this week and then stuff starts happening fast and furious!  I've been setting up Christmas parties this week, getting them on everyone's "save the date" list. But all the regular stuff goes on at the same time, so let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Quilt and bind the t-shirt commission quilt.
Done!  More pictures soon...


2.  Paint a backdrop for my Trunk or Treat display.
Done!  And I have lots ...

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Nifty Novelties Blog Hop - Halloween Version from Quilted Delights



Welcome to the last day of the Nifty Novelties Blog Hop hosted by Seams To Be Sew!  This hop is all about using novelty prints.  They are super cute to buy (I should know, I have a shelf full) but sometimes you might not know what to make with them and this hop can help.  Today I am happy to show off my Spooktacular project and hopefully pass on some inspiration.



This pattern is called Chain Link by Amy Smart.  It is perfect for 5 inch novelty squares.



I've had some of these prints for years and used them ...

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October 28, 2019
sewing Saturday...snowballs in brown and Halloween from Not Afraid of Color

Welcome to the sewing round-up for this week!
I've had a grand time in the studio sewing on my rainbow scrap challenge snowball blocks and this year's Halloween quilt.
Hey! Stop looking at that wall and look at me!
First the snowball blocks... in brown not my favorite color but they are really attractive together, no?
 I included some multi-color on black background fabrics as neutrals.
I have making them down to a science! I wonder if there will be any more colors suggested this year? This is only 10.
The Halloween quilt was so much fun to ...

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Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop from Quilted Delights

Welcome to the opening day of the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.
I am happy to help start the week!

For this hop I focused on making small fabric decorative items.  One was done in less than an hour and the last one I split up in three days.



First up I have some small treat totes to show off.  I have made these before and even for a previous Halloween hop years ago, but I love them and had new ones to show off, so here they are again.  They are super ...

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October 25, 2019
Haunted Sampler Linky from Road Home Quilting


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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October 24, 2019
Haunted Sampler Finish from Road Home Quilting

A HAUNTED SAMPLER mystery quilt top finishes today! Thanks for quilting along:):)

Sashing:

(8) white 2 ½” squares
(8) orange 2 ½” x 16 ½” strips

Join (2) orange strips with a white square in the center.  Create 4.

Sew one sashing unit to each side of blocks set.
Add white squares to the ends of remaining (2) sashing sets.
Sew final sashings to top and bottom of block set.

Borders:

(8) orange 2 ½” squares
(4) white 2 ½” squares
(4) black 2 ½” quares
(16) orange/black HST
(4) black 4 ½” x 34 ½” borders

Combine orange ...

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October 23, 2019
sewing Saturday chandeliers and halloween from Not Afraid of Color

hand sewing these hexie stars!
welcome to Sewing Saturdays.... I guess I divide my creative time between sewing, painting and writing with a bit of beading thrown in for measure. The above hexie star represents the hand work I do in the car or watching tv.
The Rainbow scrap challenge color of the month is brown/black, so here's some chandelier blocks in both. For black I used my black with multi colors scraps.
See the gray? it's my design wall, back in use since I got the lattice blocks all sewn together into three big sections, and ...

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October 22, 2019
What’s all the stink about?! Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Voodoo stink lily colour board at Clever Chameleon

There’s no gilding this Lily!

I don’t, as a general rule, do Halloween. Except for this! This is a Dracunculus vulgaris, a Stink Lily. Also known as a Voodoo lily or Dragon Lily. It grows green and lush in winter from a fascinatingly hideous tuber thing, and has the most amazingly beautiful leaves and dappled stalks. And then it flowers in Spring with huge purple lilies in mid-late October. Just in time for a naturally stunning Halloween display of offensively stinky flowers before it dies back down to avoid the Australian summer.

Don’t let appearances fool you ...

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October 20, 2019
Happy Halloween! from StitchinGirlMary's Blog

Those of you who know me know how much I love this time of year. With the cooler weather and the leaves starting to change – I know I am not alone in my contentment. And of course every October we all celebrate the macabre. There’s an acceptance of all things dark and scary that is fascinating– I mean, come on – don’t y’all find it bizarre that you can buy tombstones and human remains at Michaels?

Part of the joy I find in celebrating this time of year is how well our home lends itself to the season ...

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October 19, 2019
Halloween and Nature Patterns, Glorious Colours from Canadian Needle Nana

Too many things to count is the way I think about my weekly likes for this Thursday post. I've picked out these to share today.
I love how a close up of this Eastern Yellowjacket revealed an interesting pattern. Nature never disappoints.

And I loved holding this little guy in my hand; one of the small Painted turtles in the pond. He's got interesting patterning in orange and yellow too.
From looking down to looking up.
It is all about the leaves these days.
We are enjoying the spectacular colours around the property. Contrasting blue skies highlight the ...

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