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March 30, 2023
Free Patterns, Seed Packet Quilt Talk, Slow Stitching Updates from Canadian Needle Nana

Do you shop at the Bulk Barn or similar such store? 

 I went in there recently and was overwhelmed by the array of products. I had no idea they offered so many surprising items like teas, dog biscuits, vitamins, plus a full gluten free product section. I usually buy sunflower seeds for the birds there because there are no broken/empty shells in what they offer and when I saw some unique dog treats, bought those too. I find dog bones have become very expensive here.

Here is my capture of a White Breasted Nuthatch, one of the many that ...

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A Few Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I dropped off 17 more Compassion Quilts at the hospital today.  They were so well received!

The Blue/Brown rail fence quilts have been a big hit because they are gender neutral and can be given to anyone.  The quilts that have a hard time finding a home are quilts that have a theme to them. Thanks to that feedback, I will definitely be mindful of the quilts I design for this project.  I was told the first batch of 20 quilts were all distributed within weeks.  They are so appreciative of all the generous quilters taking part in this ...

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March 27, 2023
EPP Plus Quilt, Embroidery, Pizza, New Quilter Video, Barred Owl is Back from Canadian Needle Nana

This is what is left of my geranium plant that was so beautiful last fall when I brought it inside. It is alive but spring can't come fast enough to revitalize this one. Truthfully, being on the floor, I kind of neglected it a little and am lucky that geraniums are a hardy plant. 

It seems like I've watched Jacques Pepin, the French chef, all my life. Decades ago while living in Labrador, I would catch his show on PBS on Saturday afternoons, and loved it. I follow his ChefJacquesPepin Facebook page and recently Jacques shared how to ...

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March 21, 2023
Three Free Patterns, More EPP Pluses, Embroidered Snowy Scene, Muffins, A Show to Watch from Canadian Needle Nana

 My Jasmine Magnolia is bravely blooming a little. Photographed against a screen and that backyard bank of snow.

I'm a bit proud to have kept this one alive and kicking. And thanks Mary Anne, Magpie's Mumblings, for that tip about banana skin water being excellent for houseplants too. We eat a lot of bananas so I will definitely be adding it to the mixtures rather than straight to composting.

LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color's prompt this week was about favourite spring flowers. Think it will be a while before I'm seeing any flowers here. This ...

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August 19, 2022
Just In Time! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I finished my Mercyful Quilt just in the nick of time.  

The final link-up is on this Sunday over at Bernie's blog (Needle and Foot). I knew I needed to buckle down and I am pleased I actually met the deadline.

I started out making green blocks but quickly found out I did not have a bunch of large scraps.  I used the method Preeti shared on her blog.  So next I had to dig into my blue scraps.  I found the same problem there.

I dug into my purple bin and found enough scraps to finish the blocks ...

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August 14, 2022
Oh Scrap! : Mercyful Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am trying really hard to stay focused on finishing some of my projects.  So when I had some time this weekend, I put all of my Mercyful blocks up on the design wall and started playing with layouts.

I tried quite a few different layouts and decided that I liked this one best.  There are a couple dark blocks I might move out of the center but I think I am ready to start sewing this one up.  I already have a blue and green backing picked out so I am hoping to get this one finished up soon ...

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July 31, 2022
Oh Scrap! : Last Positivity Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 This was a busy week for me!

It didn't involve a lot of sewing, or even a lot of longarm quilting.  I spent the week processing my garden harvests.  I canned sweet relish, plum jam and bread & butter pickles.  Plus some beans, tomatoes and blueberries all went into the freezer.

And with the temperatures above 100 degrees, all my energy was sapped by the end of the day.

I did get the last seven blocks for my Positivity quilt finished.  I have been playing with the blocks up on my design wall trying to decide on a final layout ...

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July 24, 2022
Oh Scrap! : Finally Purple Scraps from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Here we are, almost the end of July and I just got out my bin of purple scrap for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

The first thing I did was to sort out some big chunks that were large enough for my Positivity  Quilt.  I sewed up these 12 blocks last week.

Yesterday I was able to finish another five.  I still need 7 more.  I have all the pieces cut; I just need to sew up the blocks. 

But I have sad news - my favorite Bernina 830 machine (Sparky) went in to be repaired.  He was starting to sound more ...

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July 22, 2022
Scrap Buster Blocks: Scrappy Plus from Blossom Heart Quilts

t’s time for the next quilt block tutorial of Scrap Buster Blocks! This series features a different scrap-friendly quilt block tutorial every month that will help you use up your scraps and make some fun quilts along the way.


Right here on my website, you’ll find the rotary cut instructions for making the 12″ quilt block (finished). If you have an AccuQuilt, you can find the AccuQuilt instructions on the AccuQuilt Australia blog to make the quilt blocks with any sized Qube set. Also on the AccuQuilt Australia blog, you will find a few ...

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July 18, 2022
Oh Scrap! : So Far Behind! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 What is the saying?  "The Busier I am, the more Behind I feel!" (Or something to that effect.)

It was another busy week and I don't have a lot of things to share today.

I did finish four more blocks for my Mercyful quilt.  I also have about 6 more blocks cut out and just waiting to be sewn in green and blue.

Here is my progress so far.  I STILL haven't gotten out my purple scraps but I am sure I will be able to find lots of large scraps in that color for more blocks.

I ...

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July 6, 2022
Finally! 2021 Positivity Quilt Finish from Needle and Foot

Someone said ‘every finish line is the start of a new race’ but for me it is the start of a new quilt. I am now allowed to work on 2022’s Positivity Quilt! As well as all of the other little distractions that pop up along the way.

This quilt doesn’t have nearly as many blocks as Preeti (Sew Preeti Quilts) called for but I decided it was a large enough quilt at this point. All of the pluses are either a shade of blue or yellow and with one exception, all backgrounds are various grays. The blue ...

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July 3, 2022
Oh Scrap! ; Donation Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 This week's scrap quilting was certainly all about sewing for future donation quilts.

I added a bunch of Positivity blocks to the design wall.  I think I shared some green blocks previously.  But now I have added some blue to the mix.  My plan is to make my quilt 7 x 8 blocks so I am halfway finished.  I need a few more blocks in blue - then I think I will add in some purple.

I need to do more digging and cutting in the next week.

A lot of the week was spent making these fabric slabs that ...

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June 26, 2022
Oh Scrap! : Catching up with the Blues from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 We have been having some very warm days so it has been a good time to stay in and sew.

It has been nice to get caught up on a few projects.

I have finished sewing together all of the Covered in Love blocks. That was my biggest accomplishment for the week. Now I just need to get them on the longarm and quilt them.

A few more blue Switchplate blocks were sewn.  These are made with five 1.5" x 3.5" strips.

I also finished up my blue Chaser blocks for June.

Looks like I need 14 more ...

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June 8, 2022
Making your Positivity Blocks Scrappy from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 When I shared my first Positivity Blocks last Sunday, I said I would share how I make my blocks look scrappy.  It is really easy to do.

You can go to the Sew Preeti Blog to get the cut sizes and the block assembly instructions.  

I am only making my background scrappy (but you could make all of it scrappy if you want -I was a bit worried it would chaotic.)

When you cut the light parts for your two blocks, make each piece a different low volume print (including the center square of ...

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June 5, 2022
Oh Scrap! : Finally some Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I finally found some time to get caught up on a few of my scrap projects. 

 In fact, I even started a new one!

I finished my last green letter B for my booth banner.  This was the RSC color for May.  Now I have THREE to make in Blue for June.  Yikes!!

(One lonely switchplate block was sewn this week too.  I need to cut some yellow centers for all the green strips I cut so I will just finish them this month.)

I finally got to my little pile of previously cut squares for my Bloom Mixology blocks ...

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June 2, 2022
Positivity Quiltalong 2022 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


In case you haven't heard yet, there is going to be another Positivity Quiltalong in 2022!

Pretti (Sew Pretti Quilts) and Bernie (Needle & Foot) are hosting this event and the quilts made will benefit Mercyful Quilt.  Pretti has put together a block tutorial that you can find here.

I plan on participating and will of course be making mine from the scrap bin in a rainbow of colors.

You can also participate by making and donating any quilt you desire.  But I will say the construction of the block Pretti came up with is very clever!

Sounds like there ...

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September 8, 2021
Positivity QAL - Winners from Sew Preeti Quilts

We have come to the end of our journey.  This is the final stop in the Positivity QAL 2021.

It took many emails, phone calls, scribbles and scrawls, and test blocks.  There were a couple of disappointments but many pleasant surprises. My hope was a dozen new quilts for the Mercyful Hospital. Bernie tells me that we have 19.  So far.

From Janine (Quilts from the Little House)

From Mary (Quilting is in my Blood)

I know Diann's quilt is in progress. Joy is working on (at least) two quilts and quilting one flimsy received from Astrid. Mari is ...

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July 25, 2021
The Positivity QAL - Finished Flimsy Winners from Sew Preeti Quilts

Bernie joins me in thanking all of you who completed the Positivity Flimsy and participated in the Linky Party.

We also thank all the designers who offered their patterns as prizes. See full announcement here

Here are the winners - Numbers 2, 9, 11, 13 and 19.

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July 19, 2021
The Positivity QAL - Finished Flimsy Linky Party from Sew Preeti Quilts

This blogpost is late but I have a very good reason for it...a very cute and furry reason :-)

Louie - our new fur baby

Meet Louie. We brought him home yesterday afternoon.  Louie's rescue dad is moving and could not take him along. We were only too happy to adopt him. The car ride was not fun for him and the thunderstorms did not help. He has been exploring his new environment and is a little skittish. We are getting to know him as he gets to know us. 

Why yes, I live with two handsome males


Of ...

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July 18, 2021
The Positivity QAL – Link Up Number Two from Needle and Foot

Hello Everyone! I am happy to be hosting the second link up for The Positivity Quilt Along, hosted by Preeti of Sew Preeti Quilts. As you probably know, many of the quilts made during the QAL are destined to be donated to Mercyful Quilts. We are so thankful to Preeti for hosting this event and to all of you who have made, or are making, quilts for Mercy. I realize some of you have chosen to donate your quilt to a different organization and that is also wonderful! Your creativity, time and effort are hugely appreciated!

If you haven’t ...

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