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July 5, 2020
This Week's Projects from The Cozy Quilter

The neighbourhood is expanding!  I have 20 houses made now and lots of fabric set aside for more of them.  This will be an ongoing project for a few weeks.  

I also made the June and July blocks for the London Modern Quilt Guild HST block of the month mystery quilt.  There was one block for June and two for July so now I am all caught up until the next block pattern comes out in August.  Each month, we learn how to make HST's in a different way for our block that month. 

I started another knitted facecloth ...

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June 4, 2020
ONE SMALL FINISH from The Proficient Needle

I completed the small panel quilt first, doing simple free-motion quilting using my Bernina.
I spent the evening hand stitching the binding, and this morning asked DH to hold the finished quilt so I could take a picture for my records.

My next quilt in line is my "52 Blocks 52 Weeks" project from the Canadian Quilters Association in 2019.
This is a much larger project, so I am taking my time, working on it between other chores.  
 I managed to plant 2 more herbs, 2 perennials and some annuals for summer colour in my tiny garden areas in front ...

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May 16, 2020
Another Finished Quilt! from The Cozy Quilter

What a beautiful day today!  Last weekend, we had snow, but today, we were out gardening while wearing shorts and sandals.   I think I like this weather better, and so does Finn.


I finished off this quilt this week...quilted with my DSM and the walking foot.


The size of the quilt was limited by the amount of flower and bird print that I had in my stash.


The backing is the same gray as on the front--a lucky find at a local quilt store as I shopped by phone call and texted pictures of potential backing fabric.  I had ...

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May 11, 2020
Quilt Repair by Hand from From My Carolina Home

This repair has taken me weeks to finish.  Initially, the idea was to load it on the longarm and topstitch the patches needed because there were so many to do.  But when I got it, I realized that the machine repair would make a mess of it as the backing was larger than the top.  This would result in tucks and puckers all over the back, and possibly on the top too.  The quilt was tied instead of quilted, usually a problem in this regard too.  You can see that there are lots of patches completely worn away.  The owner ...

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May 9, 2020
Snowflakes in May from The Cozy Quilter

Yes.  You read that correctly.  Today, we had snow flurries.  In May!!!  I even wore my winter jacket, mitts and a hat this morning on my walk.  In May.   It can be cool here at this time of year but it has been many years since I remember having snow in May.

Speaking of snow, my snowflake quilt is done!


The quilting was done by Julie, a local long arm quilter and is a snowflake pantograph.


Finn assisted with the hand stitching of the binding...


Sometimes, he was not quite so helpful!


The backing fabric was purchased from the Quilt ...

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May 4, 2020
Scissors and Piecework Buttonhole Sampler from Collector with a Needle

Velma on my NEW project
I have a couple new projects to tell you about!
I have been heads down stitching - and enjoying every minute.

First, it seems to take longer as Velma wants to be in the center of it ALL!  Yes, that's an all white project...needless to say it is a bit fortified with cat hair.

That's OK.

See more details below.




Ad for one style of scissor

Second, I have a web article for Piecework magazine - just out today.
You can read it HERE.

What does my project and article have in common?

BUTTONHOLES ...

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April 21, 2020
a bookmark with purpose from Charm About You


Having already made my mum a similar bookmark, I decided to make one for myself. Given the current situation and the fact we are staying at home, it has made me focus on small things but also the bigger picture. I'm grateful for so much right now and have found it helpful to think about what I would like to achieve in this time. Not to 'hustle' or have unrealistic expectations of a million things I could do or learn or create. Rather what is important, can I prioritise the things I put off but really want to do ...

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March 23, 2020
WHY DO YOU QUILT? from That's Sew Kerry

A Question Often Asked




I've had this post rattling around in my head for a while, something has always stopped me writing it, I'm not sure what really but now in the midst of 'isewlation' due to this horrid Coronavirus outbreak it seems like a good time to finally get it out. For those of you that have read the dreaded 'C' word and immediately got put off - it is the only time it appears here.


What on earth are you doing? What's the point in cutting up perfectly good pieces of fabric into smaller ...

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March 22, 2020
National Quilting Day, plus some Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

To celebrate National Quilting Day, I started a new quilt!  The London Modern Guild Sewing day was cancelled today, for obvious reasons, but we were all encouraged to #sewcialdistance and work on our projects at home.  I have had my eye on this pattern for several months now and finally bought the Snowflake pattern online last week.  I was not sure which colour I would use for the scrappy background and after surveying my stash, decided on red.  Here are my first three blocks, completed on Friday. 


On Saturday, I made 4 more blocks, but only got a picture when ...

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March 20, 2020
Work Slowdown from The Snarky Quilter

The pace of the creative work I’m doing seems to match that of our economy right now. That’s because I’m doing hand sewing, not one of my stronger skills. A few weeks ago I showed you set in circle blocks … Continue reading

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March 13, 2020
Weekly Sewing Report from The Cozy Quilter

True Confessions:  I started a new project this week.  As I have been cleaning out my sewing storage area, I discovered that I have a large collection of batiks.  They had not all been stored together so I put them in their own (large) bin as I found them here and there around the room.  I decided that I needed to make a batik quilt or two in an effort to use them up.  Pulling out an assortment of blues, greens, golds, oranges, reds and purples, I decided to make Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Trips pattern.  Here is one of ...

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March 7, 2020
Knitting, Binding and Cross Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

I'm still stitching away on February's cross stitch ornament from Linen and Threads.  I will add some more stitches this weekend for slow Sunday stitching.  I need to buy some extra skeins of these colours so that I can use them for all 12 ornaments. I have a plan in my head for a project which will include all 12...


My friend, Pat, is teaching me to knit.  This week, I made the big leap from working on my red practice sampler to actually starting a real project using a pattern!  We went shopping yesterday at the local ...

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February 29, 2020
Slow and Fast Stitching This Week from The Cozy Quilter

I like to have a variety of projects to work on at any one time so that I don't get bored (no chance of that for a very long time, if not ever!) so this week, as usual, I have a few things to show you.   First up is my fall themed comfort quilt block for the Elgin Piecemakers guild.  I have had that leaf fabric lurking in my stash for several years and it worked perfectly for this block.  (I even have some left...)


I have been cleaning out my fabric storage area and keep finding blocks and ...

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February 27, 2020
traditional + modern epp curves from Charm About You


epp shapes and a spool of aurifil thread

Isn't it always fun to start sewing a new pattern or project? When I found out we were working with Paper Pieces for this months Aurifil Artisan challenge, which is English Paper Piecing, I was super happy. They have a huge range of paper shapes and you could spend a day browsing their website looking at all the possibilities, thinking up patterns and imagining blocks. As soon as I found the Joseph's Coat pieces I knew I had found my project. I have never made this traditional block and I enjoy sewing curves, it's also a pretty ...

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February 10, 2020
25 Million Stitches Big Stitch Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Big stitch hand quilting is a technique used by many quilters. However, I recently used this technique in an embroidery project!  A few weeks ago, I decided to make an embroidered panel for the 25 Million Stitches project and in this post, I’ve detailed the technique that I used.  I decided to make my panel [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post 25 Million Stitches Big Stitch Tutorial appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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February 9, 2020
Appliqué Chimneys and a New Project from The Cozy Quilter

A few weeks ago, I noticed that another one of the Slow Sunday Stitchers was starting a new counted cross stitch project through Linen and Threads--it runs a new part of the pattern each month for a larger sampler project and there is a bonus Christmas ornament pattern each month as well.  I have decided to make a few of the Christmas ornaments and started the January pattern this week. The pattern suggests using one colour for the entire design but since I did not want to follow the directions, I picked out three shades of gray and a ...

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January 17, 2020
Sewing This Week from The Cozy Quilter

Monday sewing days are very productive!  I had my spinning 4 patch top done to this point before I left home and managed to get both borders made and sewn on by shortly after lunch. 


I had limited blue fabric to work with so that dictated how wide the blue border would be.


I used some of the Kaffe Fassett "Millefiore" fabric that I had leftover from the spinning blocks to make the final border.


Next up, pin basting, and then quilting with my walking foot.  The backing fabric was in my stash.


I even used my bowl cozy at ...

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January 11, 2020
Slow Stitching and some Blocks from The Cozy Quilter

Since I finished my Tula Pink 100 Modern blocks sampler quilt top earlier this week, I needed to find something to sew this week. I am trying to work on my UFO's for a challenge for the Oxford Quilt Guild so I pulled out the UFO bin and chose my spinning 4 patches, made at least two years ago.  Earlier in the week, I posted some pictures of colour options for a checkerboard layout and several people voted for the blue fabric over the other choices.


I got looking at the gray and blue fabrics again, and decided to ...

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January 8, 2020
Sewing Day from The Cozy Quilter

I spent Monday at the weekly Oxford Guild sewing day.  I try to go every week, but was doing some volunteer work during November and December on Mondays, so have not been for a while.  It was fun to get back into sewing after the holidays.  I have been working on Tula Pink's 100 Modern Blocks sampler off and on since March 2019.  On Monday, I finished putting the top together...here is a peek at part of it.



I will be making the backing this week and then taking it to the long arm quilter's house.  I ...

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January 3, 2020
Slow Stitching During the Holidays from The Cozy Quilter

We had a quiet morning at our house yesterday.  Finn had a nap while my daughter read a book and I did some embroidery.  The Christmas tree lights were on--yes--it is still up but will come down soon. I have finally added some more colours to my embroidery project and I have learned some new stitches as well.  This one is called the buttonhole bar stitch. 


Here is the finished flower.


I finished the star stitches in the tree trunk.


Then, it was on to some of the lazy daisy leaves on the branches.


The other new stitch I tried ...

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