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October 4, 2021
titivations [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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titivations

I have been creating little embellishments, small pieces of embroidery and patchwork using paper and cloth.
Having a collection of these pieces to hand is essential when I create a new artist book. They fill pages, they are extra adornment
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September 6, 2021
hand embroidered ribbon and applique [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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hand embroidered ribbon and applique

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June 22, 2021
two pinned pieces [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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two pinned pieces

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June 16, 2021
Get Well Soon and Love Messages in a Quilt from Pieced Brain

Get Well Soon and Love Messages in a Quilt

Send Get Well Soon and Love Messages in a Quilt: this beautiful free project honors those going through ovarian cancer. Say “I mean it” with a quilt!

Inspiration Quilt #1 for Blank Quilting.

People, I just finished classes and can finally write again on this blog! Phew! And, although this fabric collection (Inspiration by Blank Quilting) won’t be available until September, I must write about this now as I have a dear friend who could use the messages I hid into this quilt design: “Get Well Soon” and “Love”. There is so much we want to say, but I ...

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May 20, 2021
"In the Garden" Again: Rose from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Both Kara and I (Teri) have June birthdays, so it is no surprise that we enjoy creating roses. You will see them in many of our designs—in fabric, ribbon, and embroidery. And thus, we knew we would dedicate a block In the Garden to our June flower, the Rose. We layered the petals and accentuated them with stitching and a sprinkle of beaded dewdrops. As you'll see, there are other ways to interpret the pattern. How will your rose bloom?


We love when stitchers make the patterns their own:
one student shared her dimensional rose, created with a ...

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May 4, 2021
Award Quilt Block from Expect Moore

This month’s free quilt block theme is graduation. One of my favorite things about graduation was always the awards that were given out – highest score, most improved, achievements, athletics, and more. So I designed this award ribbon quilt block. You can use the negative space to the left of the ribbon to include the […]

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April 2, 2021
hand embroidered needlecase [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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hand embroidered needlecase

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March 4, 2021
binding edges [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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binding edges

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binding raw edges from Karen Ann Ruane

binding raw edges

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February 25, 2021
life is short you're capable from Charm About You

Life is short You're Capable hand embroidered on decorative pillow with tassels in the corners of the pillow and loose ribbon and thread spool next to it

I made a thing! The original plan was for this to be a pincushion but I like it too much to stick pins in it, so it's a decorative little pillow. I like just having it around, a nice reminder and message to myself.

I designed this embroidery pattern as a companion to my You're Capable cushion/mini quilt pattern, which was inspired by Gwen Stefani lyrics and created to give empowerment.

Life is short You're Capable embroidered on dot fabric with needle and thread still there and needle resting on a stork needle minder

It was a quick stitch, using couching with double strands and a single stand, and 3 strands for the back stitch with Aurifloss in # ???. It was ...

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December 29, 2020
Wee Billow Bag from Charm About You


I have long been a fan of Sweet Cinnamon Roses and her pattern the Wee Billow Bag is utterly fabulous! It was the most fun choosing fabrics and making something for myself with all the brown and florals and leopard - all beautiful Anna Maria Horner prints. Recently I have been USING my favourite fabrics and it's really lovely to be able to see them all around me rather than stored away in a cupboard or basket. Especially for every day items like this bag, it's happy inducing. Mine is a pouch version but you can see Laura's ...

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December 14, 2020
white, lemon, silk, embroidery [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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white, lemon, silk, embroidery

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July 20, 2020
dotti denim pouch from Charm About You


More making adventures with #justjudecollaborates! This past week we have been making Judith's pattern, the Dotti Denim Pouch. Of course from the name you can tell that the original design was made using denim, I do have some regular denim but I decided to use a fun mix of fabrics and some printed lightweight Japanese denim.


This pouch is for me so there were no worries about whether someone else would like the fabric and this is the result of my stash dive - the brown papercuts print and white text one I hadn't yet used so it was ...

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June 20, 2020
flower silks, squishy buttons and a little half circle pocket [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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flower silks, squishy buttons and a little half circle pocket

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June 11, 2020
What's Happening Through Our Needles' Eyes from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Kara and I (Teri) have been keeping pretty busy, even though all of our teaching venues in the spring were cancelled. Things tend to work themselves out for the good, and the extra stitching time has been a bonus for us. We thought we'd give you an update of what's happening through our needles' eyes.





Woolen Oak Mystery Stitch-A-Long

If you haven't checked this out yet, run—don't walk—and see what the fuss is all about! We are in Week #2, and the response has been overwhelming! The Woolen Oak Facebook group has over 5500 ...

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June 10, 2020
embroidery, an embroiderers cloth in progress [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidery, an embroiderers cloth in progress

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March 26, 2020
stitching and wrapping a notebook [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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stitching and wrapping a notebook

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March 14, 2020
embroidered cloth sample [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidered cloth sample

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February 6, 2020
Stitching a Sampler and More! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

This time of year for Teri and me (Kara) is a little crazy. We are getting prepped and ready for our Academy of Appliqué class, and this year we have two new teaching venues, all around the same time. Needless to say we are stitching, cutting, and typing our little hearts out!



Our first class will be our Academy class, and we are teaching the first two blocks from our Woodland Reverie Quilt. We are excited about these two dimensional blocks, and we hope our students are, too! There are a few seats left in the class, so if you ...

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January 22, 2020
More slow stitching, meditation style from Quilting & Learning

I've been doing some more slow stitching. This time with a little meditative quiet time added in.

Slow stitching, meditation style

In the October/November edition of the Quilting Arts magazine, I read an article that spoke to me. The article, Stitch Meditation, by Liz Kettle talked about meditating while stitching, since she found that regular meditation didn't really work for her. Wow! I've been trying to meditate and find it one of the most painful things to do. Quieting the mind is really difficult, except when I'm immersed in my quilting, or playing with code ...

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