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February 14, 2019
Will You Be My Valentine? from From the Strawberry Patch...

Happy Valentine's Day from my heart to yours!

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Will You Be My Valentine? from From the Strawberry Patch...

Happy Valentine's Day from my heart to yours!

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February 8, 2019
A Final Walk "In the Garden" from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


I (Teri) thought it might be fun to take a walk together In the Garden and revisit each block. Below the block is a link to the original post, so you can review any special skills covered for that block. Enjoy!











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Stitching On The Seas from From the Strawberry Patch...

All those sea days spent sailing to and fro on the big boat were not spent with idle hands, far from it. Like I did two years ago, this past trip saw many hours on the ocean spent hand stitching these itty-bitty motifs onto Essex Linen. They will soon be set into a child-sized quilt. (Click here to read a similar post from 2017.)  This time, using the same awesome book: "S" Is For Stitch by

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Stitching On The Seas from From the Strawberry Patch...

All those sea days spent sailing to and fro on the big boat were not spent with idle hands, far from it. Like I did two years ago, this past trip saw many hours on the ocean spent hand stitching these itty-bitty motifs onto Essex Linen. They will soon be set into a child-sized quilt. (Click here to read a similar post from 2017.)  This time, using the same awesome book: "S" Is For Stitch by

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February 5, 2019
Too Quiet? from From the Strawberry Patch...

Have you missed me? I know that I entitled my last post "Keeping It Quiet", but you might have noticed that I have been very quiet over the last few weeks-- too quiet! The truth is that we have been gone, cruising the Pacific and enjoying the sunshine of the Hawaiian islands. Our flight back to the east coast was anything but quiet; flying from Los Angeles to Atlanta on Saturday was one rowdy

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Too Quiet? from From the Strawberry Patch...

Have you missed me? I know that I entitled my last post "Keeping It Quiet", but you might have noticed that I have been very quiet over the last few weeks-- too quiet! The truth is that we have been gone, cruising the Pacific and enjoying the sunshine of the Hawaiian islands. Our flight back to the east coast was anything but quiet; flying from Los Angeles to Atlanta on Saturday was one rowdy

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January 24, 2019
Hoppenings here in Bunnyville from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Hi friend! How's your week been so far? Mine is busy but good. I have been thinking about this little old blog again. There use to be a time when I looked at my stats and saw that around 1200 people read my posts. Now.... I'm lucky there are 100. Is blogging just dead? Has Facebook and all other forms of Social Media really taken over? Hmmmm.... we'll see. What do you think?

Anyway, I wanted to share some "hoppenings" going on around here.

I have a small problem... I'm totally addicted to these cookies!!! LOL ...

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January 22, 2019
Quilt Block Surgery: How To Change The Center Patch WITHOUT Taking the Block Apart. Also, I Just Remembered I Love Embroidery. from Cheeky Cognoscenti

You guys -- I am so excited about my Jingle BOM quilt right now that I'm GIDDY!  Thanks to all of you who reached out and shared your opinions about the crooked tree block and my idea about embroidering dates on the front of this quilt.  I especially liked the idea of putting my initials on the front of the quilt somewhere -- MONOGRAM!!  As for the tree -- ironically, it was Frog Quilter who said that I should leave the tree the way it is (rather than frog stitching it) because it "shows character and makes the quilt uniquely yours."  When ...

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January 8, 2019
INSPIRED FREE MOTION QUILTING Blog Hop Begins from Nestlings By Robin

I am excited to be a part of presenting 
this book to future fans!
Today kicks off the blog hop for Bill Volckening 
and Amanda Leins new book.
Follow along for chances to win a free ebook.

January 8: Amanda Murphy of Amanda Murphy Design, Kim Lapacek of http://www.kimlapacek.com/

and Stephanie Palmer of The Quilter's Planner   


January 9: Teri Lucas, Lynn Harris, Debby Brown of Debby Brown Quilts


January 10: Robin Koehler of NESTLINGS by Robin, Patty Murphy of Patty Murphy Handmade,

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January 7, 2019
Stuffed, Embellished Creatures from Denim Jeans for Sensory Stimulation! from Gefilte Quilt

My beautiful, artistic, Aunt Ruthie is 94, and although her mind is  sharp, she's both visually and hearing-impaired, and has severe arthritis in her hands. Last month, we flew to Arizona to visit her and her daughter, my cousin Nina. By accident, I brought her the perfect gift, which she's holding here: 
What the heck is that? Why, it's a hairy, sensory stimulation, two-humped camel, of course! 
The "hair" is 6-strand embroidery floss. Thread it through a large-eyed needle, tie a knot about two inches from the end, bury the needle, bring it out 1/2" away ...

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December 29, 2018
FINAL STASH REPORT FOR 2018 from The Proficient Needle

Stash reports have been hit and miss for me this year.  
Since this is the final full week in December,
I decided to close the books on 2018.

 Fabric used this week 4.625 yards
Fabric used year to date  124.125 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  62.125 yards
Net used 2018  62 yards

This is not my best report since I have been keeping track, 
but it is also not my worst!
I have continued to use more than I have added,
which was my goal.

This is my final finish ...

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December 27, 2018
FINAL FINISH FOR 2018 from The Proficient Needle


During the past 12 months, I've been downloading and stitching some lovely patterns from Jenny of ELEPHANTZ

She offered a free BOM in 2018, with a new pattern each month.










I love hand embroidery, and had recently organized all my leftover threads from past projects and kits into zip bags, with one for each colour. 
It was fun to hunt through the bags each month to find some threads.

When I finished the December block, DH and I headed to my favourite local quilt shop to look for 2 fabrics to complete the project.
  I was having a difficult ...

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December 18, 2018
Day 18: 2018 Review J-F-M from Nestlings By Robin

Time to look back a bit to where my year went. Here is a pic review and then some other posts to look back on.

Top row represents January into February.
I did so much appraisal shadowing these 2 months that I was very thankful to have time to go to St. Louis for a quilting retreat with friends from when I lived there.
This Blog Post discusses the retreat from a few years back when we were younger:)
Pics on top row are 1. View on the way to the airport to fly to St. Louis, 2. an aerial ...

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November 29, 2018
Of Thanksgiving Travel, Needlework Memories, Embroidery, and Applique from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hand Embroidered Pillows Made By My MIL circa 1959
Hello, my lovelies, and happy belated Thanksgiving to all of you in the States who were celebrating this week!  We've just returned from spending the holiday in Florida with my husband's family.  L-O-N-G drive, but well worth it.


More Needle Turn Leaves...
I shoved my Frankenwhiggish Rose needleturn applique project into my suitcase before we left and managed to get some leaves cut, prepped, and stitched down while visiting with Bernie's family, and couldn't help but notice striking similarities between my mother-in-law's throw pillows on the ...

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November 12, 2018
An Afterlife for Vintage Embroidery Mysteries from Gefilte Quilt

If you're a quilter, I bet we have a happy problem in common: People bring us fabric. On the one hand, I love it. On the other, I already have too much - if I stuff their offering into my stash, it may never come out!

This problem gets even better when people bring me interesting vintage textiles. So here's one solution: Enjoy processing it immediately, then give it right back, in a form they can use.

That's what a happened a couple of months ago when my friend Marian went to a store closing sale, where she ...

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November 5, 2018
This Little Light O' Mine... from From the Strawberry Patch...

This new, portable, light table is one of the most exciting and versatile tools to enter the sewing room in a long time. It is cordless, rechargeable, and super-lightweight. It is called the Cutterpillar Glow. I have had mine for a few months and have already used it a LOT! For applique placement it is amazing! I used it over and over again to re-position the leaves on the border sections of my

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This Little Light O' Mine... from From the Strawberry Patch...

This new, portable, light table is one of the most exciting and versatile tools to enter the sewing room in a long time. It is cordless, rechargeable, and super-lightweight. It is called the Cutterpillar Glow. I have had mine for a few months and have already used it a LOT! For applique placement it is amazing! I used it over and over again to re-position the leaves on the border sections of my

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October 11, 2018
Nora is Back…but not exactly in action…yet from The Inbox jaunt

Hi readers! Please pardon the prolonged pause in my updates. To say it has been a busy few months would be an understatement! In September, I attended Quilt Expo in Madison, we traveled to Door County (have you been? you … Continue reading

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October 7, 2018
Starry Bright Sky QAL - pattern 10 from TweLoQ Designs


It's time now to get to this month block of the Starry Bright Sky QAL!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Starry Bright Sky QAL page
This is a wonderful Skill Builder, because every month I will be featuring a different technique and we will have step by step instructions to walk you through the entire process, from cut to finishing.

Visit the QAL page to find all the information about the event rules, the quilt layout, all the future techniques and more.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via ...

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