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May 26, 2023
Making More Clothes from Thread Head

I definitely go on spurts of doing one thing for a while, before I switch to something else. Recently I have been having fun sewing clothes (I am trying to use my fabric stash, and some of these are from deep stash).

Here are some of the things I have made in the past few weeks-

A pair of pyjamas from some flannel from a friend.
A top in rayon (this is the yoke & sleeves of the Sydney Dress by Style Arc, extended to make a top, with elastic on the bottom edge).
Another Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet ...

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April 24, 2023
Stained Glass & Pets from Thread Head

This week I made a piece of stained glass for over the kitchen sink-

Inspired by pieces on Pinterest (I am trying to use up glass). It is about 6.5"x38".

We had another snowstorm this week, Molly was enjoying herself.
She hears voles under the snow.
Maggie keeping an eye out.
Afternoon walk.
Doing her best to avoid puddles.

All the best!♥︎

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August 24, 2022
Tour de Fleece Results and More from Thread Head

Tour de Fleece was last month and these are my results -

I spun everyday for 24 days. 
I spun 784g of fibre and ended up with 2,506m of yarn

I am currently knitting a Nightshift with some of the yarn.

I recently finished #9 of 12 handspun socks for the year.

I also finished knitting another Easy (my 4th - love these).

Photos from Around - 

The garden is doing well - canning and freezing season is well under way.
Honey is also flowing- we are up to 27 litres of honey so far and expecting one more harvest before settling the ...

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June 14, 2022
A New Flimsy from Thread Head

I finished sewing all the half square triangle blocks (625 total) for the new quilt-

I laid the blocks out randomly. Once I started switching a few around and quickly realized that there would always be similar fabrics close together, so just left them as is.
I stacked the blocks to sew into strips.
The blocks are 4" finished (4+1/2" trimmed), with a 25x25 block layout.
All the pieces are now sewn together (just waiting for batting and backing).

I also finished stitching the little cross stitch picture -

I laced it on to a piece of cardboard to ...

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September 17, 2020
Please Pray With Me from From the Strawberry Patch...

This is me with my friend Janis, the photo was taken four years ago when we visited her and her husband at their ranch in Oklahoma. Janis and I were next door neighbors here in North Carolina back in the day, we raised our families together and our lives overlapped every day in all the very best ways. I got a phone call from her daughter last week and even before I answered my heart dropped into

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Please Pray With Me from From the Strawberry Patch...

This is me with my friend Janis, the photo was taken four years ago when we visited her and her husband at their ranch in Oklahoma. Janis and I were next door neighbors here in North Carolina back in the day, we raised our families together and our lives overlapped every day in all the very best ways. I got a phone call from her daughter last week and even before I answered my heart dropped into

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July 8, 2020
Wait. What? July 7th from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Already? The last week has flown by. I'm not really sure when I slept. 

I'm kidding, of course.  There has just been so much going on. First, my very sad news is that our sweet little Cottontop, who has been my constant companion for over 17 years, went to puppy heaven last Wednesday. It's extremely sad to miss him so much, but he was getting in pretty bad shape, blindness from glaucoma, painful hips, confusion. I am happy that he is no longer suffering. Seventeen years is old and we have been expecting it for a long ...

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May 20, 2020
Playing with Projects and a Flimsy from Indigo Threads

Well, I finally have a "first finish"!  This quilt top is now a flimsy. This is the Rail Fence pattern from Sujata Shah's book "Cultural Fusion Quilts".

Rail Fence quilt
56 inches square
I started this quilt way back in April of 2016.   You can read about it here.  This project got put on the back burner a few times since 2016, but I finally decided it's time was now and got it put together.  The i-sew-lation is at least good for getting some projects done.  I am very happy to get it to this stage.

one block ...

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April 1, 2020
More Tea Towels from Thread Head

I finished another set of tea towels.

This is from another kit from Jane Stafford Textiles - Sassy Brassy Tea Towels, made from organic cottolin (a 60/40 cotton/linen blend). These were for me to learn about log cabin weaving, and it turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be.
The kit made seven towels with plenty of extra yarn. Each towel is different (more details can be found on my Ravelry page).

These are how they looked fresh off the loom - about 7 yards. I still have a small section of fabric leftover, just have ...

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February 29, 2020
Better Late Than Never? from Indigo Threads

I've had the flu for most of the month of February and haven't felt well enough to do any sewing to speak of.  The flu has just sapped me of any energy or ambition, and I'm having a hard time getting back to normal.  I go into my quilt studio and just sit and look at everything I want to do or should be doing.  The Dr. said it takes 2 weeks to recover from 1 week of being sick.  So I should feel better in about 2 months.  I sure hope it's sooner!  There are ...

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January 29, 2020
Quilted! from Thread Head

I am pleased the the Flowering Snowball quilt is all quilted.

Just the binding left.

Photos from around -

 Another frosty day.
 Molly has learned to sit while a vehicle goes by on the highway behind our home.
A sliver of the moon at sunset.

All the best!♥︎

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January 27, 2020
Seems to Be Working from Thread Head

When I sat down at the sewing machine to quilt this morning I had an idea of how I wanted to start quilting the scrappy print sections of the Flowering Snowball quilt. I wanted something simple and started with an Orange Peel design (curved corner to corner lines around the shapes, about 1/4" from the edge to mimic hand quilting). Then I just echoed that design, about 1/2 away from the first line.

I am happy with how it is turning out.

Half of the squares are done.

Photos from around -

 Foggy this morning.
Molly struggling with another ...

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January 25, 2020
Finally from Thread Head

I finally got around to pinning the quilt I was hoping to start quilting last week.

It is a Flowering Snowball quilt I cut using a GO! die, and started about 5 years ago. 

Photos from around- 

 Molly finally managed to get her big stick home.
 She had a hard time maneuvering through her track, but she made it.
 The ice on the rink is so thick.
Luckily there is one tree by the rink, so we can stash our boots away from a puppy who likes to run away with them.
 A couple of coyotes caught on the trail ...

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January 24, 2020
More Tiling from Thread Head

Today was another tiling day. This time in our other bathroom. It is a tiny room at the back door (you can tell it is a farm house - it is so practical at the back door).

I tiled the backsplash around the sink,

and a row of tiles around the shower stall, to hide the edge of the shower. My men were a bit worried about how this would work, none of the walls are straight - the tiles did a good job of hiding the problems. Just the grouting left, but that can wait until next week.

Photos from around ...

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January 23, 2020
Holey Watermelon Wallhanging from Thread Head

I finished up the bright wall hanging today.

It is 21" x 25". The pattern is from a tutorial from Mary & Patch (she has some great patterns and tutorials on her blog, and an amazing portfolio of quilts).

Here is what I did-

I pieced the two layers with different size strips ranging in cut sizes from 1+1/4" to 2+1/2". Since I wanted the wallhanging to be a rectangle, the strips for each layer are different. For the bottom layer I pressed the seams all in one direction and for the top layer I pressed the ...

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January 20, 2020
Another Quilt! from Thread Head

This year I wanted to try to get back into blogging - it's been wonderful. I am remembering all the things I like about blogs, and why I got started. The one thing I forgot was how inspirational they are. I thought this year I wouldn't start any new quilting projects, but reading blogs and seeing so many beautiful things, I just couldn't resist!

This is the start of a wall hanging that I saw on a blog tutorial. Should just be a quick project and then I will get back to my other works-in-progress.... Squirrel!

Photos from ...

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January 10, 2020
Quilting and Pets from Thread Head

Free motion quilting on my Mother's quilt is going well.

I think I am finished with the centre, now I have to figure out what to quilt in the border.

Our pets-
 Miss Maggie
Miss Molly

All the best!♥︎

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January 6, 2020
Photos from Today from Thread Head

 This is probably Molly's favourite part of her walk, because there are so many sticks to find.
So much energy.
 High winds have blown snow off the field.
 Such interesting patterns in the ice.
The high winds and blowing snow polished the rink.

All the best!♥︎

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January 3, 2020
Puppy Treat Bags from Thread Head

This is the first time we have ever had a puppy, so we have been watching lots of dog training videos. One YouTuber said that he had to be more interesting to his dogs than anything else - he wore a vest with lots of pockets with dog treats, his dogs followed him everywhere. So today I made a couple of treat bags to wear.

Before making anything fancy I made some trial ones out of plain cotton and some ribbon (I did add some machine embroidery to one, just because).

I bought two large spools of ribbon for about 35 ...

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December 25, 2019
Growing Puppy from Thread Head

Little Miss Molly sure is growing. Here she is yesterday-

And almost three weeks ago (the day she came to live with us)-

Last week she started dropping her ball at the top of any slope, watching it roll down and then chasing after it.
Here she is at the top of a snow bank-

dropping her ball
watching it roll down
chasing after her ball
We have been enjoying the skating rink. We had our family Christmas party on the weekend and it was perfect skating weather.
Here are my boys skating yesterday-

Season's Greetings, and all the ...

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