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August 12, 2019
Bohemian Bird Pattern from Alamosa Quilter

I made my first Bohemian Bird several years ago. Long before owning a quilt shop was even on my radar.

When I opened my shop I needed things to display and on a whim hung up my little Bohemian Birds. I only had two at the time. When I started carrying Sue Spargo merchandise I made a third. Then the requests for the pattern began.

I started working on a pattern a few months ago. I realized that in order to write a good pattern I needed to make another one. Here she is:


I have named them all thus ...

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May 4, 2019
Simple Embellishment (hand stitching) from France Nadeau

Simple Embellishment - hand stitching - francenadeau.com

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April 6, 2019
Pincushions with Butterfly Garden Fabric (sewing) from France Nadeau

Pincushions with Butterfly Fabric Garden (sewing) - francenadeau.com

Butterfly Garden fabrics

Butterfly Garden fabric in my SpoonflowerShop.

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March 17, 2019
Spring Mug Rug (cross stitch, hand stitching and quilt) from France Nadeau

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March 12, 2019
Hand Stitching, Slow Stitching, Moodling, Meditative Stitching from Bayou Quilts

Every so often, the benefits of hand stitching come to the fore again.  All of us who do hand stitching are aware of the peaceful effects of sitting quietly, making stitch after stitch, but it is good to be reminded of the benefits and to help others become aware of the satisfaction and comfort that hand stitching can provide. 

Years ago, I found this quote,  "imagination needs moodling--long inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering."  The quote was originally from a book written in the 1930's by Brenda Ueland:  If You Want to Write:  A Book about Art, Independence & Spirit ...

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March 8, 2019
Auditioning for a New Project from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

March begins and since I finished that huge quilt last week, I feel comfortable starting a new project which has been on my "bucket" list since the first moment I saw it on Instagram -- Marge Sampson-George's Mrs. Peach.  I've had the paper templates for this EPP project since August -- such self-control to wait for six months!?!
(HERE'S a link to my Pinterest board to see some examples.)

Do you follow any Australian quiltmakers via Instagram or Pinterest?
I find their use of print and color so different from my own and I've studied these photos intensively ...

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February 17, 2019
Hearts with Butterfly Garden Fabric (hand stitching) from France Nadeau

Hearts with Butterfly Garden Fabric (hand stitching) francenadeau.com
Butterfly Garden fabrics

Butterfly Garden fabric in my SpoonflowerShop.

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Tutorial on how to use the back fabric to make the binding.

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National Embroidery Month from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Happy National Embroidery Month! It seems quite fitting for the month of February, especially in Minnesota. It has been cold and snowy here all month. Since Punxsutawney Phil declared an early spring, Minnesota has been in revolt! I have been enjoying afternoon's stitching by the fireplace with Belvedere curled up next to me. While getting my Snow Globe quilt ready to be shipped off to the photographer for Marcus Fabrics,  I stitched up a special label. While I was doing this I thought that this extra little detail adds a lot of charm to a finished quilt and ...

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National Embroidery Month from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Happy National Embroidery Month! It seems quite fitting for the month of February, especially in Minnesota. It has been cold and snowy here all month. Since Punxsutawney Phil declared an early spring, Minnesota has been in revolt! I have been enjoying afternoon's stitching by the fireplace with Belvedere curled up next to me. While getting my Snow Globe quilt ready to be shipped off to the photographer for Marcus Fabrics,  I stitched up a special label. While I was doing this I thought that this extra little detail adds a lot of charm to a finished quilt and ...

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February 12, 2019
3 Quilts & the Journey Continues from Where Art & Life Meet

I think about art all the time: the process, the way life impacts it…  Wondering about how other people will see it, whether they will approve, like or dislike it, is the biggest buzz kill to creativity that I know of.  But, I find, silencing those worries often difficult.  The best steps I know to… Continue reading 3 Quilts & the Journey Continues

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January 30, 2019
Rainbow Nundle Dilly Bag Finish!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

I'm so pleased with my finished bag that I've already filled it with the next knitting project!!
I just have to finish the toe of the final Christmas sock and I can cast on this new cardigan for me!!
I showed you these rainbow bands of hexies last week on my way out the door to a weekend stitching retreat.  Many of the hexies were basted during the fall session of #100hexies100days2018 on Instagram with the intention of making myself Brigitte Giblin's Nundle Dilly Bag.
I made one for my knitting daughter and loved it so much ...

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January 23, 2019
My January UFO Assault Campaign from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

As 2019 began, I determined not to set lots of specific goals in the hope that it would give me more flexibility (and less guilt) to pursue new opportunities and ideas. 
I set one specific goal for January and one general goal.
My general goal was "to deal with 10 UFO's during January" -- I purposely did not say "finish" because that makes progress or elimination equally successful tactics!

This quilt adapted from a magazine pattern (my pieces are larger, I am machine piecing rather than EPP, and the quilt is smaller - crib/throw size) was very exciting when I ...

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January 9, 2019
Looking Forward from Creating Chaos

 I gave up writing new year targets and goals a few years ago and as it made no difference to the amount of creativity that happened during the year, so I see no reason to change!

My plans for the year so far are to take part in Contemporary Quilts Journal Quilt challenge, restart working daily in my sketchbook and complete a 'year of stitches', all of which are underway.

Journal Quilt

This year's challenge is a little different to the previous few years in that there are guidelines for each set of four months.   The first set (January ...

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December 18, 2018
Christmas Cards from Creating Chaos

Suddenly realised I'd not posted about my Christmas Card makes for this year and didn't want to do it after Christmas!

It's a bit of a cheat this year as I discovered I had a large stock of cards made in previous years that had been left over plus some I'd made to sell and never did.  I decided that I would used these up and just make some new ones this year for the special people in my life who I know really appreciate a handmade card.

I returned to my love of inchies and ...

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December 15, 2018
End of another year from Creating Chaos

This is probably my last chance to post this year as I can already see how busy it is going to be between now and 2019, so it's time to update my creations of the last few weeks.

More Ecoprinting

I had another go at ecoprinting making a slight change to my first try by soaking the fabric and paper in the iron solution instead of painting it.  I wanted to try 'cooking' it in the oven but was unable to find a brick to weigh it down so that will have to wait until next time.

I used ...

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November 27, 2018
Month 3 Recap of the Farmer's Wife Sew Along from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Hello Makers, 

The months are flying by and we are loving every second following the journey of @misterdomestic  and @sarai_hobbies in their creation of the EPIC Farmers's Wife Sew Along hosted by Angie from GnomeAngel. Throughout the sew along she will be creating blog posts of her block with tips and tricks to put together each block. If you still want to join in on the fun head to Paperpieces.com to order all you need to create this gorgeous EPP masterpiece using the jaw dropping colors from the AGF Color Master bundles

 

Today I wanted to showcase the ...

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November 10, 2018
Project Completed and Started from Creating Chaos

This week has seen projects completed and new ones begun and I seem to have fallen into a routine where I've worked on stitching in the afternoons and crochet in the evening.

I've been working for some weeks on a shawl for someone special but I won't say anymore about that as they still have to receive it.

Once again I have used Scheepjes Swirl which seems to be my 'go to' yarn when it comes to shawls as I just love the way the colours change. 
 



This shawl was designed by Lisa Cook and is called ...

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October 31, 2018
October Update from Creating Chaos

By the skin of my teeth, I have finally got round to a few updates of crafty makes in October.

First, I made a few additions to my Autumn display - conkers and a pumpkin!  The conkers were from a pattern by Coastal Crochet, one of my favourite designers.  You will have seen more of her designs on here in the past.  The pumpkin was a pattern on Pinterest which sadly did not credit anyone.


So the finished display now looks like this.


With only one more month to go I have been thinking about my winter display which will of ...

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October 18, 2018
Flowers for a Birthday (embroidery and paper craft) from France Nadeau

Flowers for a Birthday -embroidery and paper craft- francenadeau.com

Fallen Leaves Quilt and Squash - francenadeau.com

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October 3, 2018
Fabric Book from Creating Chaos





This is my latest creation, one I've been working on for some weeks but decided to wait until it was finished before I revealed it.

I've been drawn to hand made fabric books for some time so felt it was time I made one myself and as the sea and beaches play such a large part in in life, it was a no-brainer when it came to the subject.

So, what's inside .......


Starting with the sea, I layered various fabrics, lace and trimmings which were hand stitched to a background of indigo dyed fabric (fabric I have ...

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