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November 15, 2018
What I Found from Canadian Needle Nana

I spent three hours in the sewing room and had very little stitching to show for that time.  I wound up sorting my cardboard collection (yes, I have one) and throwing a bunch of it in recycling.  I collect those little stiff cards you get in the mail from realtors and the like and use them for templates.  We get quite a few and some of the cards are thicker stock than others.  All the flimsier stuff went out.

This spree was prompted by a particularly horrible episode of Hoarders I had on the laptop.  Who knows how this hoarding ...

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November 14, 2018
Snap Tab Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been stitching up more than a few snap tab designs. This fun little floppy disk design is from Designs by Little Bee. See those little curved craft scissors? I bought those to make applique easier and I'm so glad I did. Each of those little labels is a piece of felt appliqued onto the tab. I am really pleased with the finish.
I made a couple more large hand sanitizer holders with the baseball design. I like how this one finishes up. The one with the teal outline is what happens when you trust your embroidery machine ...

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November 8, 2018
Fabric Shopping, Good News Stories from Canadian Needle Nana

Hello from the land of Flying Leaves! 

This is Portsmouth by Minick and Simpson for Moda.  I bought a fat quarter bundle on special at The Fat Quarter Shop and I just love the quality and colours. Some of the pieces have a very chintzy look that I like.  Perhaps for the Dear Daughter Quilt; btw that block of the month is still continuing at Sentimental Stitches and you can download 4 patterns a month for free.  Or perhaps the mighty Caswell Quilt...I have the patterns for that as well...Daughter gave me the set last Christmas.  Dreaming here ...

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November 2, 2018
Quilting Pumpkins, Reclaiming Books and November Loves from Canadian Needle Nana

Happy November All!
This is the November block of Kathy Schmitz's A Patchwork Year...suitably a cornucopia to signify the American month of Thanksgiving. I loved stitching these.

It was a wet Halloween night but that didn't stop this little hunter from trick or treating at my door.  His costume came with a stuffed duck and raccoon. So thankful for grandsons!

You remember I love my floor lamp that is an Ott Lite.  I admit it is rather ugly -it was bought for function not beauty.

At the time I didn't realize they have several versions of ...

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October 26, 2018
Shopping Loot, Stitching, Coffee- The Usual from Canadian Needle Nana

I'd just read an article about why our ears and nose look bigger the older we get.  So it's not my imagination or some form of dysmorphia I'm experiencing! My nose really is bigger and this realization provided one of those moments where I thought oh fudge! because really who of us have ever thought, can't wait till I'm older and this too small nose of mine will grow bigger. According to this article,  Our Nose and Ears Continue to Grow as long as we live. Sadly, it's true but back to the gratefulness ...

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October 22, 2018
My Sewing Room, October 2018 from Canadian Needle Nana

This week I moved my sewing room and am now situated at the back of the house a little removed from the main area I have shown you a couple of times.  The move was more taxing than I realized mainly because I had poked a lot of stuff in that relatively small space. Hubby helped and provided me with one of those wheelie carts.
  But I kind of didn't want him around all the time...he just might see how much sewing/stitching/knitting stuff I've accumulated. Can't have that, LOL.

I put my work table ...

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October 20, 2018
Gratefulness, Pumpkins, and a Lap Ap(?) from Canadian Needle Nana

One of my Netherlands blogging friends made the point that though we have already reached a good age, her and I, was I like her and still wanted more days.  Are we selfish to wish this though so many did not get what we have gotten, she wondered. Yes, I agree, most definitely we do want more.

 I immediately thought about the friend who played the organ at my first wedding and has been gone over twenty years now.  She was so mature, talented, and remarkable in many, many ways...a true inspiration to me, and sadly did not get ...

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October 14, 2018
Autumn, Tea Buns, and Quilt Blocks from Canadian Needle Nana

A bit of gorgeousness in the midst of gloomy and somewhat humid days.  So happy to see some stints of sun yesterday however back to rain today.

But a bonus of the wet weather is all the mushrooms sprouting. I've counted 9 different kinds and was thrilled when Hubby spied this in a dark part of the woods...a fairy ring on our walk one day. It has since all but disappeared!

My autumn hanging I made in 2016 is up on the wall again. A good thing about looking at this is realizing how much my skills have ...

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October 5, 2018
Of Borders and Babies {Shopping Spree} from Little Bunny Quilts

It's the last quarter of the year, and that means it's time to focus on finishes, finishes, and more finishes so that there just might be the possibility that I could end the year with less than 15 WIPs. I'm also itching to get some quilts out of my house, either by gift or by sale, so I have fewer to move when we manage to buy a house.

So the logical thing for me to do was to go fabric shopping, right? Right -- because everything I bought (well, nearly everything) has been for finishing projects!

I ...

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October 3, 2018
Springtime Small Fan Crochet Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the Small Fans Shawl, a free chart available on Ravelry. This is the second time (at least) I've made this pattern. It's easy to memorize and a good travel project if you can sit quietly to count. Not so great if you're looking for mindless crochet because you do need to keep track of what you're doing.

This is the pre-blocked shawl. I wanted to capture the difference between before and after blocking. While is it perfectly acceptable not to block your work, it can change how the work looks. It depends on what ...

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October 1, 2018
Little Bit Halloween from Becca's Crazy Projects

Today is the first day of Halloween.

I picked up the Relaxed Raglan pattern from Patterns for Pirates along with the  Raglan Add-on pack to make some raglan shirts. I picked this pattern because it had several options - sleeves, hemline, and length - and the add-on includes hoods and pockets.

I went to the local big-box store to pick up some knit. These are all from Joann Fabrics. The Halloween prints were on sale for 50% off. Seemed like a good deal. I over-purchased what I needed because this fabric is 100% cotton. I bought a yard of each of them ...

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September 24, 2018
Large Format Printing from Becca's Crazy Projects

I recently ordered large format printing for a pattern I ordered online. In the past, I've done the print on my printer using letter sized paper and taped it all together. Many independent designers also offer their patterns as A0 size. That means you can print most of their patterns on three or four large sheets, very minimal or no taping required.
After doing a little bit of homework, I decided to go with PDF Plotting. I discovered they have super-quick service (they printed my pattern the day after I ordered it and shipped it the same day). Even ...

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September 16, 2018
Road Trip from Ravelly1

The other day the "wackies" went on a road trip to Waxahachie, Texas to Common Threads. It's one of our favorite quilt shops. Of course we had a great time and managed to purchase some, ahem, fabrics.  After that it was time for lunch. The Dove's Nest was our next stop. The sandwiches and soups there are to die for and the blackberry bread pudding........well, I have no words.
If you are ever in the area, drop by to both places.

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September 12, 2018
The Best Tools: Brother 10-Needle from Becca's Crazy Projects

A fellow member of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild wanted to sell her Brother 10-Needle embroidery machine. I've wanted a multi-needle embroidery machine since I started using my Pfaff Creative Performance more often. A single needle machine is fine if you do designs with few colors, but if you want to make more than one of a thing, or designs with several colors, changing threads can be a full-time job. There are tricks you can use when creating, or combining designs, but you still have to change the thread for every color change. This was a deal I couldn ...

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August 29, 2018
Travel Knitting: Holey Chevrons from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I did some traveling for work.

Like usual, I prepared a project to start at the airport while waiting for my departure flight. I paired some fingering yarn I dyed a couple months ago with Stephen West's Holey Chevrons pattern.
From such humble beginnings. This is how many shawls begin, just a simple garter tab. The pattern is designed to be done in alternating stripes, but I wanted to use my long color-change yarn. Easy enough change. 
I made pretty good progress waiting for my departure flight. 
By the time I had reached my destination I was ...

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August 20, 2018
New Ball Winder from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this plastic ball winder from Knit Picks (affiliate link) for a few years now. I wanted one (along with the beautiful swift from Knit Picks (affiliate link)) since I borrowed the tools from a friend to wind up some hanks of yarn. The plastic ball winder had started to give me some issues and I was frustrated by it more often than not.
It seems it had slipped some internal gear and wasn't winding correctly. Here is one of the resulting winding sessions. I even took it apart a time or two and just couldn't ...

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August 17, 2018
Ocean City Maryland from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since our last trip to Ocean City Maryland was rained out, we decided to take a day during the week to go and people watch. I grabbed my current crochet project for the drive. This is a free design on Ravelry called Small Fans Shawl. It is really just a chart, not a pattern. If you are comfortable with charts, then you should check it out. Easy to memorize and quick to work with a great finish. 
Last time we were there we discovered that if you park at the Park and Ride near the outlet mall in Ocean City ...

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August 1, 2018
Shopping Totes from Becca's Crazy Projects

On a rainy afternoon I dropped by Spring Water Designs to share my Get It Done UFO Challenge Quilt and to do a little shopping. I do try not to buy a bunch of fabric throughout the year because I really do have enough fabric. But... I've been wanting to try out one of the Dream Big panels by Hoffman Fabric. So I picked on out. Then, of course I needed some backing fabric.
And, this fun cat print on black was back with the sale fabrics so I had to buy the almost 2 yards they had left ...

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July 30, 2018
Bubblegum Pink Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

During the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this year I picked up entirely too much yarn. I'm constantly looking for new projects to use some of that yarn. This project uses the two sock blanks you see above, from Flat Feet.
I grabbed two cakes of yarn, my crochet hook, and did a couple test pieces to decide which fabric I liked better. In the end, the one on the bottom won.
I used that sample to get started on a new shawl. I crocheted in the car.
I crocheted at breakfast.
I tested out edging and ripped it ...

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July 28, 2018
Middle of the Night Shopping from Canadian Needle Nana

With the internet comes a new advantage/concern...the ability to shop in the wee hours of the morning.  I woke this morning and thought, I think I ordered something during the night and checked -sure enough, at 3:20 am I ordered this little kit from Alicia at Posie Gets Cozy. I'm rather impressed that I remembered my Paypal password at that hour but I guess where there is a will, there is a way. Lol
It's Alicia's pattern for Summer, part of her seasonal series.  Pretty, heh.

                         Summer Storm Cross Stitch Sampler Kit

Well, I have another free Quilt Along for ...

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