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October 4, 2020
happy october . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Hello October, I'm so happy that you're here!  It's *birthday* month and it's blog hop month, too!  :)

I finished stitching up Mr. Jack O'Lantern!  
He's such fun.  But I felt he needed something a little more than a hoop or mug rug finish. I think I found (or rather, made) the perfect solution . . .
Yay!  It's a slipcover for a Christmas pillow I've had for ages. I may go back and quilt the face of it later.  Maybe.  Right now, I'm liking is just as it is, where it is!

I got ...

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August 5, 2020
Prayer for revival of the heart from Quilt in Piece

Heavenly Father, pour out Your Holy Spirit like a mighty flood into the hearts of all Your people, those who are called by Your name. May our hearts be washed by the water of the Word and may the purifying light of the Holy Spirit cleanse the thoughts, wash the hearts and purify the minds of those who are part of the church, which is Your Body. Lord, we pray that You would purify the hearts and minds of all Your people so that our thoughts are ever turned toward the Lord Jesus. May we as individual members and also ...

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May 4, 2020
Painting Rocks from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple years ago I picked up a bag of rocks and some craft paints. I painted a few rocks and then nothing for a while. Saturday I decided to watch a couple YouTube videos and dab paint onto rocks.
I had to mix a couple colors because I don't have a great selection. I do have the primary colors and black and white. I mixed up that pink. 
That somewhat heart-shaped one wasn't really the direction I wanted to go but that's what I ended up with. Once I get a coat or two of lacquer ...

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February 23, 2020
eclectic collection . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a busy week, which means I wasn't able to get in as much stitching as I would have liked, but I got some in nevertheless. I did make some progress on my heart:
But put it down to work on the Peppermint Purple SAL. 
Week 8 was made available on Wednesday, and I had it finished on Thursday, along with a good majority of the box outlines for the entire stitchery!
It's easy, soothing stitching and I'm enjoying it very much.  

Thursday was guild, and I struggled to go, because by the end of ...

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February 16, 2020
bits and more bits . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a lovely weekend so far.  Todd surprised me with a "gourmet dining experience" on Valentine's Day.  
It was a privately catered event and the food was excellent!  The chef classified his style as 'sophisticated southern.' We were served a four course meal which included a deconstructed Southern Greek salad, seared scallops, braised short ribs, and for dessert . . . 
Red velvet cake with a cheesecake center, topped with white chocolate ganache.  YUM!

Backing up a bit, I spent Thursday evening with the grandgirls and gifted them with their Valentines.
Edith was particularly enthralled with hers and went through ...

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February 12, 2020
Valentine’s Washcloth Project from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Valentine's washcloth project Tutorial

With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, I thought I would send out some love into the world. I put together this quick and easy Valentine’s project. It is the perfect way to use some of my Riley Blake Designs scraps, practice skills and make something that you can use. What is it? It’s a washcloth. A tiny detail that is often overlooked. The heart I used in this project is a paper pieced pattern by The Tattooed Quilter called Big Hearted. Click here to get the free download. He created an adorable project putting this heart ...

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February 5, 2020
Log Cabin Heart Quilt from Expect Moore

Who doesn’t love a simple heart quilt? And if you ask me, a scrappy heart quilt is even better! This Log Cabin Heart Quilt is quick to stitch up with the help of the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool to get those fabulous curved-looking top blocks! All you need is the ruler, 3/4 yard of […]

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February 2, 2020
always changing . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Not a whole lot going on to show here today. I managed to change up the design of my class quilt (again) . . . 
Here's my EQ layout. It's a respectable 60" by 60" now, so I think I'm done changing things!  I added the four corner blocks (which are just a tad different) and increased the width of the sashing and borders.
The blocks (laid out here in the order I planned to stitch them together) are now sashed and ready to have the borders stitched on.  I'd like to have that done before class on Tuesday ...

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Have a Heart for Safelight from From My Carolina Home

Making small gifts for Safelight this month along with stamping a couple of cards for very special friends kept me busy at the stamping bench. If you are not a stamper, please read on for an update on this year’s Safelight Project.   Isn’t this stamp adorable?  It is called Darby Love, and is also available from Impression Obsession without the heart, called Darby (affiliate links).

Have A Heart at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I stamped him in red and mounted the image on red card stock.  Then I added the sentiment.

Have A Heart at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Pretty paper on part of the base creates interest with the image offset to the ...

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January 29, 2020
french knots and hearts . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's only appropriate that the embroidery that I put together for our road trip weekend . . .
Was finished just as we entered the last mile into the camp!
Full circle (full heart?), I'd call that!  Here it is in better lighting . . .
I still need to spray out my markings and decide what to do with it now that the stitching is finished.  Heh.

Several of you have asked about where I found my pattern.  It was a vintage freebie from French Knots.  If you've never visited their website and you're an embroidery enthusiast, oh yeah, you really ...

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January 28, 2020
You + Me = Love from Samelia's Mum

You + Me is one of the sweet new Valentines Day inspired blocks/projects, designed by Nadra of Ellis & Higgs.

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January 26, 2020
weekend goings . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Todd and I got on the road yesterday afternoon and headed to Tuscaloosa for a missions conference.  We stayed overnight at the Bama B&B!

It's a really pretty place and I'll share more about that later.

I finished up granddaughter Olivia's patchwork doll quilt . . .
Just a simple finish.  It's sweet! I'll get this out in the mail to her on Monday.

I also finished block 20 of my Grandmother's Choice BOM.
I had trouble with the points on this one.  I may (*may*) go back and fiddle with it. I also may not ...

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January 19, 2020
productivity . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a productive week and I've gotten in some quality time towards my crafts (and I use that word in the highest sense of its definition) almost every day, thanks to some lunch time stitching.  In the class I'm taking we started to put together our first block, which I was able to finish:
It's a small class this go around, which is nice ... everyone gets the one-on-one if they need it. I'm learning some new things, too, which is awesome!

I decided to go ahead and make a fabric spreadsheet, to help me ...

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November 5, 2019
Safe Harbour Seahorses: Island Batik Blog Hop from Clever Chameleon

Blue Sea colour board at Clever Chameleon

Finally! The Blue Sea quilt reveal is here!

And with it, your gateway to a month of eye candy and lots of chances to win luscious latest release batiks from Island Batik. Welcome to Colour & Inspiration Tuesday meets the “A Piece Of….” blog hop!

Island Batik blog hop logo

November is blog hop month for half the Island Batik Ambassadors (specifically, the half who did not hop in August). Our theme this time is “A Piece Of…..”, open to any interpretation we wish. The instructions given were to make a quilt, lap size or larger, showcasing as many fabrics as possible from our allocated collection ...

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September 12, 2019
Textile Art: Textural Heart from madebychrissied

Textural Heart by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Who doesn't love hearts?
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