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October 5, 2022
That Perfect Border from From the Strawberry Patch...

I'm sure you've had that same feeling that I experienced recently; it's that victorious sense of accomplishing something great when you stumble upon that one, perfect, solution to a problem. I'd finished piecing the center of this quilt completely from my stash. I kept thinking, the whole time, "I'll find something to border this with when I need it." But, truth be told, I wasn't fully convinced

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That Perfect Border from From the Strawberry Patch...

I'm sure you've had that same feeling that I experienced recently; it's that victorious sense of accomplishing something great when you stumble upon that one, perfect, solution to a problem. I'd finished piecing the center of this quilt completely from my stash. I kept thinking, the whole time, "I'll find something to border this with when I need it." But, truth be told, I wasn't fully convinced

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September 23, 2022
Licorice Allsorts update from Wendy's Quilts and More

I've finished all the hand embroidered blocks for my Licorice Allsorts quilt, so now it's time to start machine piecing the other blocks.  


There's actually one more embroidered block in my cupboard, but how do you fit 10 photos in to a grid!

Here's the first machine pieced block that sits in the centre of the quilt:


It's only 6" finished which is smaller than I imagined.  But I do love these colour combos and am looking forward to making more blocks next week.  

Here's what the finished quilt will look like:


Licorice Allsorts ...

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September 14, 2022
Working on Wednesday from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Well its been a little over a week and San Marco,  a BOM from A Different Box of Crayons, is not done, and the table is no longer clear!  But I can show a few progress pics.  I do hope to have it finished today or tomorrow for some Fresh off the Frame picks on Friday.  I will have a finish!!!  I won't be denied!

look at the shimmer of the silk, I'll have better pics the end of the week.

and the rulers, why why why do I have to pull out so many rulers when I ...

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September 7, 2022
hand embroidery from Karen Ann Ruane

hand embroidery

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September 5, 2022
Stitching Kindness from From the Strawberry Patch...

Accepting the challenge that my small stitching group threw out there earlier this summer, last week I began setting together the blocks from Susan Ache's "Stitching Kindness" sew-along. As someone who has a deep love for all things red and white, this was an easy one for me to participate in.The block sub-unit looks much like the Swiss flag to me! This one goes together in rows rather than

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Stitching Kindness from From the Strawberry Patch...

Accepting the challenge that my small stitching group threw out there earlier this summer, last week I began setting together the blocks from Susan Ache's "Stitching Kindness" sew-along. As someone who has a deep love for all things red and white, this was an easy one for me to participate in.The block sub-unit looks much like the Swiss flag to me! This one goes together in rows rather than

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August 28, 2022
Slow Stitching Sunday from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Yep that's right, me not only slow stitching but loving it! I thought binding would be the easiest hand to do.  If I didn't like binding I wasn't going to like any hand work at all.  Oh was I wrong, I hated binding.  I started hand embroidery and I just feel in love with it.   I'm just learning so my stitches have a way to go, but I'm enjoying getting there.  Today I'm working on my Squash Squad by Sue Spargo.  Squash #4 almost done.  


I started this summer when we were on a ...

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August 13, 2022
overlay from Karen Ann Ruane

lace cloth, an overlay

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August 8, 2022
Appliqué Academy: Woodland Reverie—Owls and Wood Roses from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

It is that time of year again! The catalog of classes has now been published, and we can finally reveal what we will be teaching at the Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, Virginia in 2023. Check out that catalog of wonderful offerings, and you will have a difficult time deciding what classes to enjoy: there are so many amazing instructors with a wide variety of techniques and skills presented. We do hope you will keep scrolling all the way to the end (p. 58) to see our classes, but we will show you a bit of detail here, too. 

In ...

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April 14, 2022
Nesting Nuthatch from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

We are thrilled to have had such a great response to our Blue Jar Medley offering, Nesting Nuthatch! If you have followed us for any length of time, you will know that birds of all kinds are near and dear to our hearts. I (Kara) particularly love the nuthatch, as it was one of my Grandmother's favorite birds.


There are a few new techniques in this block—none of which are difficult, but we thought we would show some more detailed pictures for some of those techniques. Let's show you the nest according to your pattern directions. 

The ...

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March 27, 2022
Weekly Word: Written on Stone. Plus My Reading, Stitching and Gratitude This Week! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

 Hello There,     

Thank you for stopping by for a visit!  Here's a little blog housekeeping snafu I just discovered.  Perhaps it will help you as well.  I usually just delete all my SPAM messages, but tonight I went through them and found tons of comment emails there!  I'm sorry to those of you whose comments got lost in that file!  I am working on posting them as well as answering your kind comments.  Please, bloggers, learn from my mistake.  Check your SPAM file before you  press "delete all SPAM." 

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March 26, 2022
lemon and lace from Karen Ann Ruane

hand embroidery

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March 14, 2022
Weekly Word: God Sees YOU. Plus My Reading, Stitching and Gratitude This Week! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

 Hello There, 

Thank you for stopping in for a visit!  Pull up a chair and relax as you read!  I hope you leave encouraged and smiling!  
This week was busy!  I had one afternoon at home and the rest of this week was jam packed with doctor appointments in Las Cruces as well as in El Paso, playing with my grandchildren and one happy social event with a new friend.  I met some goals, pushed some goals back and am learning to wait patiently on the Lord.  It's a process, isn't it?     
Here's is an index should ...

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January 31, 2022
Quilt News! Orange Yellow Blue Infusion, Embroidered Little RagTag Art Quilt, Pacific NW Winter Garden/Color Photos from Crazy Victoriana

Piecing process, past quilt with orange, yellow, blue...

Another past quilt project with orange, yellow, blue....

I just finished RagTag small art quilt with embroidery, hand stitched.

Venice Beach, CA, graffiti in the local McDonalds, 3 yr.s ago.

My recent piecing, orange, yellow, blue..
Pac NW Towhee in winter garden, see the spots on its wing?


Japanese Maple in winter garden, close view in b/w to see contrast.


Japanese Maple in winter garden, see the colors?
 
Quilt top pieced 2 summers ago, orange, yellow, blue...

Another scrap medallion started, orange, yellow, bits of blue..

Small HSTs made from ...

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December 24, 2021
Happy Holidays! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


From our homes to yours, 
we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons!

Fun Fact: Did you know that the very center of the poinsettia is the actual flower,
 which is surrounded by red and green leaves? 
 

We will be taking a short blog break for our family celebrations, but we look forward to stitching with you in the new year! 

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December 14, 2021
Going Down the Organizing Rabbit Hole from Where Art & Life Meet

There are diversions and then there are DIVERSIONS!  Organizing can be one of those.  I finished the BIG piece I’ve been working on and instead of leaping into something new, I got sidetracked with organizing.  Organizing my work space, it’s pretty small so it takes some doing to spend more than a few hours on […]

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December 2, 2021
What is on Your Wishlist? from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Wishlist:


1. A place to just stitch for a time.
2. Learn a new stitching skill.
3. Relax with no chores to do.
4. Spend time with old friends.
5. Make new friends.
6. Have someone else cook my meals.
7. Be surrounded by like-minded stitchers.

Are any of these things on your wishlist for this year? If you need something to tell friends and family what they can get you that will make your wishlist come true, we have just the thing! Going to the Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, Virginia, or Baltimore on the Prairie in Nebraska City ...

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Finishing a Project is Like a Tiny Death from Where Art & Life Meet

I’m just about finished with my big improvisational stitching piece that I’ve been working on for the last 7 months or so, and it’s bittersweet.  It always feels like a tiny death.  There’s sadness and a kind of grieving that happens.  Sometimes I just leave it up on my design wall and look at it […]

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October 26, 2021
Interpretive Hand Stitching from Where Art & Life Meet

Yesterday I released a new Youtube Video with the same title. Go check it out! There are a few other key factors to interpretive hand stitching, improvisational hand stitching, expressionist hand stitching or whatever else you might want to call it.  I think all of these are good descriptors of my process when taking a […]

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