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August 13, 2017
Snow in August from The Cozy Quilter



I have managed to get quite a bit of snow done on my counted cross stitch snowmen picture over the past couple of weeks.  There was lots of time for stitching in the car as my husband and I went away for the weekend last week.  Today, I did some more stitching in the car on our way home from visiting my MIL.  The blue and grey blob in the sky will be a blue jay once it has some outlining done. There are two birds on the ground between these two snowmen too. Maybe they will appear sometime over ...

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July 16, 2017
Snow in July from The Cozy Quilter



Busy week at my house with very little sewing time...  Last week, my counted cross stitch snowmen project looked like this (see above).  The four snowmen are done and now I am filling in the snow in between the snowmen.  This part is not as exciting as the snowmen!

Yesterday, there was some sewing time in the car.  The black and grey blob in the snow will be a bird once it is outlined!

You can see I managed to get a bit more done on the way home.  I love these long daylight hours in the evenings!  It means ...

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July 7, 2017
Slow Stitching in High Places from The Cozy Quilter

Last weekend, my husband and I spent the weekend with our daughter in Ottawa for Canada's 150th birthday party! I spent my time on the long drive working on my counted cross stitch snowman project. Here's where this project was when we were over half way to Ottawa:


I sewed for hours and hours in the car.  It kept me awake and I made lots of progress as we travelled along.

On Canada Day, we watched the fireworks from the 15th floor of an office building facing Parliament Hill.  We arrived early to get "window seats" and I ...

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June 6, 2017
Little Sewing from Samelia's Mum

This past week, I’ve been doing some “little” sewing. Taking the time to hand stitch little details to projects, add a little bit of lace, some embroidery or a button. Little extra bits which, I think, make a lovely difference overall.








Or… it could just be that my sewing room is so messy right now, that the thought of starting a new big project is just too much, so I take the “little” sewing with me to the other room.

What’s the state of your sewing space right now? 
Messy? 
Out of control? 
Neat and tidy? 
Super organised?





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May 28, 2017
Reviving a UFO from The Cozy Quilter

I used to do a lot of counted cross stitch pictures.  Then, I got more interested in quilting and the cross stitch went by the wayside.  You may remember "Frank", the CCS picture I did in 2015 for slow Sunday Stitching.  This year, while looking for something in my sewing room, I came across a snowman picture that was started many years ago--the pattern is from 1997, but never finished. I decided to try to finish this picture.  I had to find a hoop and a CCS needle as well as getting the pattern enlarged because my eyes are not ...

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April 24, 2017
Needle Turn Applique…Part 2 from The Sassy Quilter

Lets start stitching!
If you missed it…

Here is the Intro to Needle Turn Applique post to help you get ready to start stitching.

Here is where we left off….

Our block is pin basted and ready to start stitching the orange peel down.

You want to start by finger pressing along your drawn on line…

this helps your fabric go the way you want it to. Just give it a squeeze for a second and it will make the crease.

Once you thread your needle and knot the end, bring your needle up along the curved side of the ...

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April 3, 2017
#100daysofsilentsewing from Charm About You


I decided today that I am joining in with Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thompson for #the100dayproject. If you haven't heard of it you can find more info here but basically you chose do to something for 100 days and document it on instagram with a unique hashtag.

It felt quite difficult to chose an action, at first I thought there wasn't really anything and then I realised I really could do anything because obviously it doesn't have to be something I am good at! I had lots of thoughts, possibly drawings, designs, colours, fabric scraps? Then ...

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April 1, 2017
Upcoming Sashiko Classes for April 2017 from The Ardent Thread

Quick update – Two Sashiko for Beginners classes are coming up in April in Alameda, CA. Click through to see descriptions of the classes and order tickets online.

 Sashiko Boro – Japanese Traditional Patching with Scraps
Sunday, April 9 from 1pm to 4pm
at The ReCrafting Co.

Simply Sashiko – Japanese Traditional Stitching for Beginners
Sunday, April 23 from 1pm to 4pm
at The ReCrafting Co.

Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2 we will be at the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association show The Heart and Art of Quilts at the Santa Clara Convention Center. We hope you can join us.

I’ll be ...

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February 28, 2017
Hand Sewing Stitches Guide from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey hey! 

I hope you all found good use to the sewing machine stitches infographic I made last week! Today, I have another infographic for you to collect! This one is about hand sewing stitches. I know that most of you already know these terms and the use of each stitch, but I think having these little charts at hand is very helpful. For example if you have to help someone with a project, you can hand them this little "cheat sheet" to make things easier for them! Or let's say you're a little rusty on your hand ...

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January 26, 2017
happy discoveries ~ Martha ~ Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-Along from Charm About You


Today is my turn as a guest blogger for the Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt Sew-along with Fat Quarter Shop and Gnome Angel. I have made block #58 Martha.



I am hand sewing all my blocks, switching between hand piecing and English Paper Piecing. I do find hand piecing to be quicker but I still enjoy cutting up papers occasionally. Recently I saw a link on Miriam's instagram to a tutorial by The DIY Addict for a different kind of stitch and I really wanted to try it out. I know some of you are already using ...

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January 20, 2017
Airplane Projects from Quilting with Care

I always try to have an airplane quilt in the works. No, not this one…   My “airplane” quilt is my travel quilt. It is the quilt I take with me to work on when flying on an airplane, going on vacation, or going on a road trip when I don’t need to catch up […]

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January 12, 2017
Go-Go bowl and Sajou sewing supplies from Charm About You



Isn't this such a cute bowl?! I made it using Go-Go Kim's fantastic pattern 'Go-Go Bowl', available from Go-Go Kim Sews on Etsy or on Craftsy

I loved making it, the pattern is really well written with great instructions. The blanket stitching was so meditative and simple hand sewing during the evening is my favourite thing to do. This would look lovely in so many fabrics but I went with a retro / modern mix. 



Thread is a big passion of mine ...

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December 4, 2016
Gilmore Girls mug rug ☕ from Charm About You


Whether you are a fan of the show or not, this free pattern from Anorina at Samelia's Mum is adorable and you could easily add your own quote. I happen to love the show and the new series. I listen to the theme song Where You Lead by Carole King on every episode!


It was a lot of fun picking the fabrics. The soft Make Drafts, Maker by AGF Studio is a sweet cup and I tried to balance it with the bold Shadow Dot, Hadley by Denyse Schmidt, which also fits nicely with the coffee theme!


I enjoy ...

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November 23, 2016
Hand Binding Video Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

Today for the video I thought I would share with you how to hand bind your quilt.

It’s not the fastest binding on the planet….but it sure does make your quilt binding look nice.

What you don’t see in the video— how to make your binding.  If you are stuck at that point or interested in how that is done- visit the make your binding tutorial.

I tried to have the video show up super close to the binding, which is a little tricky when you are straddling the camera, so it jumps off at a few ...

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August 27, 2016
pencil ✏ pens and quilt labels from Charm About You




I may have mentioned it before but I have big love for stationery! Depending on my mood it's a close call between stationery and fabric as my favourite thing. There is joy in using quality pens and pencils, especially in my sewing projects. Today I am sharing some of the uni-ball range and showing you how I have been using them.


The Shalaku mechanical pencil is the most comfortable pencil to use with a really cool button on the side to easily adjust the lead, a nice grip and a clear fine line.


I have been using it for ...

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August 19, 2016
Sashi.co – Interview with Keiko Futatsuya from The Ardent Thread

I first stumbled onto Keiko Futatsuya’s work two years ago while searching for botanically-dyed sashiko thread. She was working with Hida Sashiko at the time, but has since moved on to produce her own work as an independent artist and designer.

The quality of her work is amazing, and has developed over time to reflect her passion and joy in handwork. Keiko’s boundless energy knocked me off my feet when I visited her earlier this year. She is in constant motion, darting from idea to to idea, rarely sitting still. While we sat in her tiny kitchen one ...

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August 5, 2016
VICTORY! FW1930s Block 88 "Prudence," Second-Try Success from Cheeky Cognoscenti

FW1930s Block 88, Prudence
Second time's the charm!  I am SO glad to be finished with the Pernicious Prudence block.  I set my first awful attempt aside, the one I was trying to save with EPP, and started over on this block.  I found several tutorials online from other quilters who had simplified the block construction by adding seams in various places, but I really wanted to challenge myself to make the block exactly as it appears in he book. 

This time around, I precut ALL of my shapes using the templates printed off the CD, but with seam ...

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May 8, 2016
Swoon x2 and one tiny raindrop. from Sew Simple Life


I made this little rain drop because I wanted to try hand quilting, and I figured while I was at it I would try hand sewing too. I did not touch my sewing machine at all while making this little quilt. Here is the binding being hand sewn on.


The finished quilt, if you can call it that, is 4 3/4" x 7".

Hand quilting!!! I am not sure I could hand quilt anything much larger than this.


Mini swoon which measures 9 3/4" x 9 3/4".


Swoon which measures 17" x 17".


That is what I ...

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September 23, 2014
Multi-Tasking, Thanks for Asking from Major Thoughts


This is not a pattern. These are shapes.
I am all over the place.  Depending on the outside temperature I find that during the shoulder season I need something to work on in different rooms of the house.  On cool days the upstairs sewing room is best. I'm cutting in to an old, hurt quilt and making a teddy bear.  I had to find a new pattern because while I saved the directions and the pattern envelope from my old (and I do mean old) pattern, the pattern itself went missing. I love a crisp, new pattern. I cut ...

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