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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

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

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

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

embroidery, an embroiderers cloth in progress

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

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

stitching and wrapping a notebook

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

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

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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January 6, 2020
A Ribbon Lanyard Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

This ribbon lanyard tutorial is great for using your ribbon, fun fabric and holding keys, name badges or whatever! Simple to follow and sew.

A lanyard is something that comes in handy so often.  

Whether you are networking at a function and need a place for your name and cards to go, hanging out with the kids a the pool and don’t want to lug around your purse, but need a place for your keys, kids going to summer camps and not loving the name badge system, or get pins and want to display them….a lanyard can fill ...

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A Ribbon Lanyard Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

This ribbon lanyard tutorial is great for using your ribbon, fun fabric and holding keys, name badges or whatever! Simple to follow and sew.

A lanyard is something that comes in handy so often.  

Whether you are networking at a function and need a place for your name and cards to go, hanging out with the kids a the pool and don’t want to lug around your purse, but need a place for your keys, kids going to summer camps and not loving the name badge system, or get pins and want to display them….a lanyard can fill ...

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December 20, 2019
A Creative Trial and Error from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

When Teri and I (Kara) began our In the Garden quilt, the plan was for Teri to make the whole quilt since she would be teaching it in the states, and I would make individual block projects and/or shop samples. The quilt is finished and you can read about it here, but I am slowly chipping away at the individual blocks. The most recent one that I have finished is the violet block.



Having just a block is not as attractive as a finished project when it is on display in a store, so I wanted to create a ...

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December 14, 2019
Christmas 2019: A TREE from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


I have not been doing much crafting. Or sewing. Or quilting. However, before leaving for Disney I made a couple of decorations for the tree. They are simply strings of large beads on a very thin wire. I added skinny ribbon to hang them on the branches. 

I really like them. They aren't showy like most ornaments, but they are pretty. I hung each one on a branch so that it dangles freely any time the tree moves, which is when the tykes are here. That's been a few days in the last two weeks.


At nap time ...

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November 22, 2019
Stitching a Tea Cozy Garden from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

A few months ago, I (Teri) joined the local chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America. Each month at the meetings, an embroidery project is offered; at my first meeting it was a cute little tea cozy, made with buttons. I love tea, and I have a vast collections of buttons, so I gathered some fun buttons and threads and set off on my new adventure. 

I love to challenge myself to learn new stitches or to make them with different threads or applications. For this project, I chose to focus on using Painters Threads and floss by Weeks Dye ...

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