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December 11, 2021
Pumpkin Divas from Appalachian Quilts

Remember the Quilt Diva UFO I got quilted earlier this year?  This quilt was designed by the same designer.  It's called Pumpkin Divas.  This was another quilt that we had just as much fun picking out the fabrics as we did making it.  (Look at the 'stars in their eyes' fabric in the glasses.)  Adding the buttons and turning a couple of them into spiders - well that just added to the whimsy of the quilt.  It's been hanging in the shop as a flimsy for quite a while.  I pulled it down off the wall to get it ...

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November 21, 2021
all the things . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

What a great weekend! Thursday evening kicked it off (I am so grateful that our office is closed on Fridays) with our monthly guild meeting.  We had a good turnout.
Our program featured our Comfy Quilts Committee, along with one of the services that receives our quilts.  There was also a nicely stocked free to a good home table.  I dropped off a stack of magazines and grabbed some pretty fabrics that caught my eye!

Speaking of fabric, Diann of Little Penguin Quilts had shared a cute stitchery she was working on, and it was framed with the cutest pumpkin ...

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November 2, 2021
grand ol' time . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

So with a crew far away in California, and a crew kinda doing their own thing this year, Todd and I just chilled (on the boat on the lake) and let the pictures of the good times roll in! First, I had delivered the placemats for the local crew . . .
I got a good one of the girls (well, two of them ... Evey had a headache that evening, poor dear) and a good one of the placemats.  So you get to see them both. 

Before I get too far into the Halloween antics, let me also remark that first and foremostly ...

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October 27, 2021
finally caught up . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

What a weekend! Friday afternoon we headed out to make things ready for the 5th annual Pastor & Wife Appreciation banquet and retreat.We had about 36 pastors and their wives.  It was a great evening with fabulous food, worship and fellowship—not to mention a terrific speaker who spoke great words of encouragement.  We had about nine couples who were able to spend the night.  There was a fabulous breakfast that morning, and then we broke out into groups, for some more encouragement.  I think it was a success!

But I was itching to get home, because I knew what ...

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October 3, 2021
Sew Thankful Sunday, October 2021 from The Crafty Quilter

{I love the idea of “paying it forward”. I think the world would be a better place if we could spread some joy and acknowledgement of good deeds done by others. I try to do that once a month for my Sew Thankful Sunday posts. I highlight some great content that I’ve found on other people’s blogs that I hope will inspire you and reward the originator by bringing traffic to their site. If your blog has been mentioned without your consent, please let me know and I will take you off the current list of featured bloggers ...

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August 16, 2021
August in the Garden from From My Carolina Home

Hot and humid has been the norm this month. Usually July is the hottest month of the year here, but it seems like the heat is lasting longer this year. The plants love it though, with lots of flowers both ornamental and on the veggies. My purple petunias continue to provide colorful displays. I saw a hummingbird stop by them this week, but didn’t get a picture of it.

Petunias are one of the best flowers to attract hummingbirds, and much less expensive than the torenias that I’ve used before. In the hanging pots the pansies gave out ...

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December 2, 2020
Feeling like Cinderella! from Appalachian Quilts

 I do have to admit, as a kid I loved the story Cinderella.  I wonder if that is where my affinity for pumpkins came from.  I doubt it, but I do love me some pumpkins.  I love pumpkin anything - except don't even think about messing up a perfectly good cup of coffee with some flavored creamer.  That's just me.  (Understand that I don't even like for my food to touch on my plate, nor do I like things swirled in with my plain old ice cream, nor do I have any appreciation for my cake to touch ...

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October 21, 2020
halloween hoppin day three . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's the last day *and* my day, YAY! 

When I first read the criteria of this hop — I’m going to make this really simple this year, I’d love to see a project with “Purple” in it, but seriously I’ll be happy also if it doesn’t …What’s Halloween tho without a bit of purple? You are free to make something new, or show a past project you’ve created — I knew this was a hop for ME!  Anyone that knows me, knows I love purple! All you have to do is look at a few ...

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October 19, 2020
time out . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Hey, hey!  What a glorious, long weekend for me!  Our big meeting was Tuesday, and then the office was closed through Monday!  The weather's been just glorious for a five-day weekend!

Tuesday evening, Evey came home with me and had a sleepover.  We had lots of fun exploring, watching movies, and making cookies!!
She was very serious about her sprinkling duties!

While Evey and I were checking out the turtle sanctuary, I noticed a couple of water lily buds.  Sure enough, when I came out on Thursday to look, we had one in full bloom . . . 
Isn't it beautiful ...

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October 11, 2020
birthday weekend . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It was a pretty crazy week at work, getting ready for our big annual meeting next week.  But that didn't stop me from getting some evening stitch time in . . .
Work progresses on this sweet little "Give Thanks" stitchery. It's nice to have something relaxing to look forward to at the end of the day!

I came home to some sweet snail mail happies this week, too.  This was a win from Life in Pieces as she celebrated her 13th blogiversary!
Isn't that fun?!? I love the stiletto! ♥

And this was an Instagram win from Kathy Schmitz!
I ...

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September 18, 2020
Bumper Crop from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Leaves are turning colours in our neck of the woods here in Northern Ontario, Canada.  Temperatures are starting to dip and there is a nip in the air in the mornings.  Time to start pulling out warmer clothes.

So glad that this wall hanging is done and done in time for fall (even though fall is officially not here yet)!

I love fall quilts and pumpkin quilts and can add another one to the mix.

Here is a bit of eye candy!  Enjoy!

We have been getting frost advisories lately and we have been covering up some of the plants ...

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September 2, 2020
Close! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

The trees around town and on our hill are starting to change colours.  It is that time of year.

I have a pumpkin quilt that needs binding and with the nights and days starting to cool down, this is the perfect time to tackle that mountain of quilts waiting for binding.

As I was sewing on binding, I was thinking and looking at what was left to do.  Will I have enough or does it need another strip of fabric to be cut.

How close is this?

After careful measuring and sewing the two ends together, this is what was ...

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September 1, 2020
achy breaky head . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

So.  This was the first morning in sixteen days (sixteen looooong days) that I've woken up without a nagging headache. Bliss! I was so relieved that I didn't even mind going in to work!  LOL! Happy September!!

It's been a long time since I've had a headache that persistent. No one (by that I mean no doctor), has every been able to figure out why I get them, and short of prescribing something that knocks me flat out, no one (see above note) has ever been able to treat them successfully. So yeah, I was really ...

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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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November 3, 2019
a stitch in time . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I've really been caught up in hand embroidery of late.  Not sure what has me so enthralled, but I *like* it!  I thought I'd share a few finishes and progress.

I finished the stitching on this little secret project . . .
I'll fill you in later.  Hahaha!

I started and finished this acorn . . .
Stitched by me; pattern from Kathy Schmitz, One Stitch at a Time Embroidery Club
I love this cosmos variegated floss; it's so soft and pretty! I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to do with this stitchery, but I'll figure out something ...

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October 22, 2019
time well spent . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

The association I work for had its 182nd Annual Meeting last Tuesday.  It's a big deal for me and a lot of prep work and a long day . . . but we get the Wednesday and Thursday following the meeting off, giving me a long, five-day weekend.

And I made good use of that time!

Wednesday, I met Joc and the girls at Tate Farms for my annual pilgrimage to the pumpkin patch.  I didn't bring home a single pumpkin (can you believe it?!), but we spent an hour or so hanging out in the corn crib!
We all ...

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October 13, 2019
WINTERKIN is Here from Nestlings By Robin
AQS' amazing new cover! 
Thank You again for choosing "Winterkin"!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love pumpkins! 
I love looking at them, decorating with them, and 
eating them (savory or sweet), so, it goes without 
saying that I love to design with them as well.
You can find more HERE.
White pumpkins have been a designer trend for
 a few years now and although they are cute, 
I still really liked orange until....
One day I realized that I could use them as 
a transition design with my poinsettias and 
holly that also really get my design juices ...

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October 12, 2019
Pumpkin time! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Finally, my newest pumpkin quilt:  "A Taste of Autumn".  So perfect for this time of year and I'm so thrilled with it!

Quilt Details:
Block size:  10" x 12" finished
Quilt Size:  57-1/4" x 78-3/4" (top size before quilting, washing and drying: 60-1/4" x 81-3/4")
Top Started:  Nov. 2018
Top Finished:  Nov. 2018
Quilt Finished:  Sept. 2019
Pattern Source:  based on quilt by Thimblecreek Quilts called "Rotogravure"
Batting:  Hobbs polyester
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

This quilt was made as a sew-along with my friend, Mary, from Toronto.  When I showed her my finished ...

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