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March 17, 2019
Coming Home and Frank from The Cozy Quilter

After admiring several quilters' "Down The Rabbit Hole" quilts over the past year or so, I decided to sign up for this year's Sarah Fielke BOM project, "Coming Home".  For a long time now, I have wanted to make an appliqué project. I have taken several appliqué classes through the London Friendship Guild and have completed several small class projects in the process.  The fee includes the instructions for each step, paper templates which I print out myself each month and video instruction by Sarah each month.  Since Sarah lives in Australia, this is my best chance to take ...

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March 3, 2019
Stitching to Nashville and Back Again from The Cozy Quilter

If you read my previous post, you will know that I attended QuiltCon in Nashville last week.  From where I live, it is a day and a half of driving to get to Nashville.   Christine and I and our husbands made the journey in our car.  My husband did the driving and Christine and I sat in the back seat cross stitching (me),  knitting and embroidering (Christine).

Near the beginning of our trip, this is what my Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch picture looked like:

I was soon rounding the corner...

And working on the last corner...

Christine made a ...

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February 16, 2019
Halfway There from The Cozy Quilter

I have been adding stitches to my Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch project this week and I am now about halfway finished this window.  Here is how it looked last week:

I often stitch  in the car as we travel to visit my MIL.  This week there was some car stitching as well as some evening stitching as I watched "Call the Midwife" on Netflix.  I am now working on the bottom half of the picture, which is a mirror image of the top part. 

This project is very easy to do in the car as I don't have ...

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February 14, 2019
stitching progress + epp giveaway! from Charm About You

**Giveaway now closed**

cross stitch - Kindness & Fortitude: A Quaker Sampler from Modern Folk Embroidery by Lucy Brennan

Those quiet moments in the evening, a few stitches on my lunch break, this pick up and put down project is slowly coming to life. It is a soothing, mindful way to relax and all the colours together look very peaceful and calming to me. 

cross stitch - Kindness & Fortitude:  A Quaker Sampler from Modern Folk Embroidery by Lucy Brennan

I knew that the Kindness & Fortitude: A Quaker Sampler from Modern Folk Embroidery was going to be the first project I started in 2019. It was no coincidence that my word for the year is FORTITUDE, I did chose this pattern partly for that reason but also because it appealed to me ...

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February 5, 2019
Geo Diamond block from Charm About You

Geo Diamond quilt block made with Art Gallery Fabrics by Charm About You

As I was going through my stash to make this block inspiration struck. Isn't it funny how memories and things can suddenly come to mind and influence you. This wasn't my original direction but I am so pleased with how this came together!

Geo Diamond quilt block made with Art Gallery Fabrics

The block is called Geo Diamond and designer Naomi Clarke has just launched the Geo Diamond English Paper Piecing Sewalong! Click the link to get all the details, parcels start shipping in March and there are lots of options available.

It's a 12" block, so a great size! There are loads of layout possibilities ...

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January 16, 2019
SQUIRREL!! Needle-Turn Applique Tangent Delays Completion of Jingle BOM Quilt Top from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  Yes, I'm aware that it's afternoon, but I'm running sluggish this morning even after my second high-test espresso beverage, so it's still Monday Morning Mode for me.

I've been having so much fun working on this needle-turn applique block from the workshop I took two weekends ago, taught by Christa Smith of Cottonberry Quilts.  I deliberately chose wild and wacky fabrics for my block to give myself a break from the monotony of the soft, traditional color palette of my Frankenwhiggish Rose needle-turn applique WIPFAE (Work In Progress Forever And Ever), and I ...

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January 13, 2019
Frank, Prague and a new BOM from The Cozy Quilter

As you can see, my daughter has made a lot of progress this week on her Prague cityscape counted cross stitch picture.  I'm told that the blue parts are all water of some sort...I wonder what colour she will stitch next?  It will be interesting to see the buildings...

I have been working on my new cross stitch picture---this one is the office window in Frank Lloyd Wright's studio in Oak Park, IL.  Unlike the last picture I just completed, this one is only three colours plus the outlining.  I will be stitching in the car again ...

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January 6, 2019
A New FLW Project from The Cozy Quilter

I started a new Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch picture today.  This one depicts the stained glass window in the ceiling of his office at his home in Oak Park, Illinois.  Our family toured FLW's home in Oak Park in 2013 when we were visiting Chicago.  I remember seeing this window in his office when were on the tour.

This is about 6" by 11" when finished so it should not take as long as the Fountain Glass Window to complete.

There are only three colours in this window and I am hoping I have enough of each colour ...

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January 2, 2019
The First Finish of 2019 from The Cozy Quilter

Technically, this finish should have been done in 2018...but it took a little longer than I thought it would to complete this project.  I also did not have a pattern, just an idea in my head that I wanted to try, which lengthened the amount to time I spent working on it.

My friend, Cathy, and her husband are avid campers so I decided to make a camper themed sewing machine cover for her for Christmas.  I finished off the last of the hand stitching today and wrapped it up for delivery this least she received it ...

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December 27, 2018
Farmer's Wife Sewing Along Recap Month 4 from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Hello Makers, 

Happy 2019! With a new year in our midst  we are filled with different emotions. Some of us are feeling accomplished and grateful for the year they had and excited for what 2019 will bring. You may also be feeling overwhelmed of the idea that maybe you didn't succeed in everything you set out to do in 2018 and a little discouraged to start 2019. What ever you may be feeling, let it all go, breathe deep and and remember to be present. Live each day for today and enjoy each process of your life one day ...

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December 16, 2018
Frank Lloyd Wright and Prague from The Cozy Quilter

My daughter has started another counted cross stitch city---this time it is Prague.  She visited Prague earlier this year with a group of friends when they toured Eastern Europe.  She has decided to stitch only cities where she has been to visit.  This time, she is doing one colour at a time so it doesn't have any recognizable buildings yet.  

I continue to work on the silver metallic thread outlining on Frank...I spent some time in the car today and did some stitching.  There is more car time scheduled for tomorrow and I should be able to finish ...

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December 10, 2018
catch up and from Charm About You


to save you some time, scroll down to the bottom if you're only interested in the giveaway

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December 7, 2018
Christmas Sewing from The Cozy Quilter

This hexagonal table topper is a Christmas gift for my MIL.  The pattern is called "Picnic" by Jaybird Quilts. My MIL has a small round table in her kitchen and this is the perfect size for it.  This topper looks a little more wintery than the flowery one she has there currently!  She loves to put the quilted gifts I have made for her out each season.  Her Christmas runner from a couple of years ago is currently on her dining room table.  (if you know my MIL, please do not spill the beans!)

I just finished hand stitching the ...

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December 2, 2018
Pincushions, NYC, Frank and Some Binding from The Cozy Quilter

Christine and I have been making some pincushions recently.  I had to buy more stuffing for mine so even though I made them a couple of weeks ago, they did not get stuffed and the openings sewn up until this week. The top 5 are mine and the two in the bottom of the picture are Christine's.  I would like to make a few more and, goodness knows, I have lots of scraps to use to make them!

My daughter recently finished her New York City counted cross stitch picture.  The background is white, like the other ones that ...

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October 25, 2018
A Little Quilt Done from The Cozy Quilter

I had an evening with Christine last night in my sewing room.  I spent my time quilting my little quilt that I showed in my last blogpost. I used green Aurifil thread about the colour of the green square at the right side of the picture above to do straight line quilting with my walking foot.  The bobbin thread was white to match the backing.

I found the white with black polka dots in my stash.  I started the hand stitching on the binding last night and finished it tonight.  I tried out a few bright colours for the binding ...

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October 7, 2018
Time to get it Done... from The Cozy Quilter

Sometimes, when you are tidying up, you find things, unfinished things...  This wool appliqué project has been in hiding for at least a couple of years, but it has seen the light of day now and will not be going away again! It needs to be finished and out on display THIS Fall. The wool appliqué is done.  I have hand quilted around everything.  I just need to quilt the background and have decided just to do a crosshatch design there.  It should not take too long and I hope to get at it this weekend sometime.  

My daughter and ...

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September 29, 2018
Needle Felting, FLW and Dear Jane from The Cozy Quilter

The Elgin Piecemakers met this past week for the first time since June.  There was lots of catching up to do!  Pat P has been doing a lot of needle felting over the summer and decided to teach all of us how to do this too.  We were each given a small piece of felt, a block of foam and the barbed needle tool as well as our choice of colours of the wool roving used in this craft. You can see my small creation above before it was trimmed.

The back is quite fuzzy!  Here is my square after ...

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September 24, 2018
The Farmer's Wife 1920's Sampler Quilt Sew Along- Month 1 Recap from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Hey Makers,

Have you heard about the EPIC EPP sew along? Who doesn’t love a good sew along? It’s a excellent way to brush up on a certain sewing skill and get to know people who share the same passions as you. It’s a great way to connect with people from all over and to share your knowledge and experience with others. If you haven’t heard about The Farmer's Wife 1920's Sampler Quilt  Sew Along or you are still on the fence about joining don’t worry it’s not to late.

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All you ...

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Foothills Blocks DONE and more FLW from The Cozy Quilter

A few stitches here and a few stitches there, and progress is made towards the finish line. I just have a few more borders to do at the bottom of my Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch picture and then on to the outlining. With any luck, the cross stitching will be done in the next week or two.  When I get this close to the end, all I want to do is finish it! When this picture is done, I will have three completed pictures to take to the framing store to have them stretched and framed.  It would be ...

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September 9, 2018
Sashiko and Double Gauze – the Ripple Effect from The Ardent Thread

Sashiko doesn’t have to involve a lot of fancy stitches. Sometimes you can achieve delightful visual and tactile effects with a simple straight stitch. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using double gauze cotton fabrics.

What is double gauze? It’s exactly what the name implies: two layers of cotton gauze fabric, lightly tacked together. Popular in Japan for making light, breathable clothes for humid summers, soft clothes and blankets for newborn babies, and lightweight scarves for winter, double gauze suits all seasons and ages.

Before double gauze, layers of plain homespun cotton were used ...

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