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September 19, 2022
Best Birthday Gift, Garden Pinks, Tinned Fruit Talk, Hand Quilting Challenge, Majesty Adieu from Canadian Needle Nana

Another week and September is moving along. Early morning walks in noticeably cooler temperatures.  Darkness also closing in earlier in the evenings. I don't mind this and Ned says he loves it. I too love the changing of the seasons.

Autumn brings pinks and mauves to the garden...hardy sedum bearing heavy blooms these days.

A visitor snapped through the old sewing room screened window. Hydrangeas touched by colder temperatures turning pinkish.
And another taller variety of sedum...
I buy a lot of fresh fruit which I enjoy but it is quite expensive. I also rarely buy mango or ...

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August 30, 2022
Einkäufe / shopping from quilts und mehr

Natürlich habe ich in Birminham nicht nur Sightseeing gemacht und das Festival of Quilts besucht. Nein, ich habe auch eingekauft, obwohl ich ja nichts mehr brauche, aber bei dem Angebot kann man einfach nicht widerstehen.

Of course I didn't only make sightseeing and visiting the Festival of Quilts while in Birmingham. Of course I was also shopping, even I don't need anything because I have a lot of stuff at home but at this great supply I couldn't resist.


 

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July 26, 2022
Thursday's Three Free, Basket Case Hand Quilting, Favourite Kitchen Gadget, Critters from Canadian Needle Nana

We are still in the middle of a heat wave. Temperatures are reaching to the 30's every day and the heat alone without humidity doesn't bother me happily.  I'm just thankful we seem to be stuck at a tolerance level and not breaking records(yet!) like in England and parts of the U.S. 

The tiny peepers have given way to the green frogs and brown toads. I'm now hearing the distinctive rumble of a couple of bull frogs at the pond. 

This happens every year though I've yet to see either a peeper or ...

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July 1, 2022
Prettiest Quilt Shop, Crocheted Hexagon Blanket, Plaid Tilda Flimsy, Strawberry Season from Canadian Needle Nana

 Remember I shared with you I had taken a fall last month? It is mostly better; I still feel a twinge when I lie on my left side a certain way. I must have bruised a muscle there. I mention this again because it reminded me about a blog I used to follow faithfully, the Carolina Stitcher. Faye, back in 2019, took a very bad fall which broke her arm in two places and shattered her elbow. Her son gave several updates on her blog but then nothing. Just wonder what happened to her. Anybody know??  As for myself, I ...

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May 16, 2022
Make May Modern from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last Saturday the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild held their Make May Modern one day retreat. I didn't attend in person but they encouraged everyone to make a tote using the Ruby Star Society Reusable Shopping Tote pattern (free). Since I didn't attend I decided to at least sew along with part of my day and make the tote. This fabric has been in my collection for more than five years. I'm pretty sure it came to me as a mystery box of quilting cottons from Craftsy. Large prints almost always become totes or bags because I don ...

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April 27, 2022
Shopping Purchases, The Perfect Nanny, To Do List, More Panama Pyramid Blocks from Canadian Needle Nana

 I love the look of ivy trailing along a wooden shelf. The dining room back at the farm had almost floor to ceiling windows so lots of bright though indirect light. Above was my English Ivy also called Common Ivy -there are actually two plants there...the plant I have now is remnants of one of these.

My audio book this week is The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani.

 It was voted one of the top ten best books last year by the New York Times Book Review.  I am enjoying it too. Though a translation,  passages are beautifully written ...

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April 4, 2022
Tremendous and Trite Thursday Things From Me from Canadian Needle Nana

March Moon with planes flying again and UFO, LOL.

 Raining as I write, but Ned and I had a wonderful rain free walk early morning in the cool but invigorating fresh air. Saw three American Robins and two little Downy Woodpeckers while being seranaded by bird song all around. I sat on the skating shack steps, took time to breathe in the air and reminded myself of wonderful things I am very thankful for. 

                         I love that the Indiana Barred Owl live cam is back up and running. I've lost track of how many years I've watched.  She ...

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April 1, 2022
All Time Best Thrift Store Find, Scrappy Table Runner, Crocheted Olympic Bouquets, The Beautiful Butterfly's Ball from Canadian Needle Nana

 Time to share with you all (if I haven't done so already; my memory for past blog items is fuzzy) my very best bargain from a thrift store.  I was told the set had just been brought in from a farm house about to be sold. The sugar was still in the sugar bowl. This is Petit Point by Royal Albert, a pattern discontinued in 1997. 

 I paid $130 for the set and at the cash got a 10% reduction for spending over a hundred dollars there.  I examined the pieces well, checked the backstamps, etc. because it all ...

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March 24, 2022
Take care of your car! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I don't have time to blog this morning! It's not that I'm in a rush  -- I'm not -- everything is under control. The quilt for today is already on the long arm and a quarter of it is quilted. 

NO -- I'm reading a thriller audiobook, and I want to know what happens. I swear I've read this book before, but nothing is coming back to me as I read it, so it may have been similar. Where some of these authors get these twisted ideas is beyond me. And the problem with Goodreads or other ...

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March 14, 2022
Meeples and Monsters from Becca's Crazy Projects

In case you don't know, I love  a good board game Kickstarter. Meeples and Monsters from AEG is one of those board games. 
The finish on everything in this box is just awesome! Look at these bags. So many times everything in a Kickstarter project is great except they cheap-out on the bags for dice, or pieces. These are big enough to get your hand into easily. 
Printed meeples are necessary for this game but they add a little to the overall finish. Yes, some of those are just gray, which is intentional. We call those the drunken meeples ...

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March 7, 2022
Effortless Twin Pouch from Becca's Crazy Projects

Spencer Ogg recently posted a free tutorial to make the Effortless Twin Pouch. A friend of mine is a big fan of their patterns. I learned about this tutorial through the Facebook Spencer Ogg Bag Sewing Group. I popped over to the site and checked it out. 
These are my fabrics for the two pouches I made. 
Zippers are from ZipIt on Etsy. Excellent selection and service. My favorite source for zippers in an amazing array of colors and sizes. 
This is a great little project that uses about one fat quarter worth of fabric and a coordinating zipper. I ...

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February 23, 2022
Quilted Vest from Becca's Crazy Projects

I keep seeing people and their amazing quilt coats made from quilts. Sometimes the panels are designed and quilted instead of being cut from a quilt. Either way, the results really speak to me. Like all things creative there is some discomfort for some people about cutting up a serviceable quilt to make a coat. I'm sure people have their reasons. I'll point out an exchange I had with my darling husband to illustrate.

While discussing the issue, I said to a friend "They don't realize how many quilts I have."
 
"No one does." Added my husband ...

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Make a list! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yesterday was definitely a ying-yang kind of day. I did get some writing done, and I accomplished a lot of prepping for the upcoming weekend. I did an errand after lunch that required the car, and it started to rain while I was away, and you know what? I copped out of the afternoon walk! I haven't done that in a long time. I still walked 8.5 KM but missed my goal of 11.5 KM. And then guess what I did? I had a nap! Yep -- and I had no guilt about any of it -- well, just ...

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February 18, 2022
Split Decision Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

Finished my Split Decision Hat by Shanalines Designs (Ravelry link). I shared about this project a few weeks ago in this post from February 4th
This was a fun pattern with a different construction technique that was fun to learn. 
I'm sure I will make another. Maybe with more of a marled effect. I'll let you know how it works out. 

Yarn includes leftover sock yarn from Knit PicksUneek Sock, and Into the Whirled

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February 14, 2022
Free Patterns, Scrappy Appliqued Hearts, Book and Show and Art Too from Canadian Needle Nana

I transplanted the White Polka Dot plant into my old teapot which is now a planter. It is doing well in it so far but I need to read up on how to prevent it from becoming "leggy". And I got out my finally completely finished appliqued Scrappy Hearts runner for this week. Pattern of my own multi-year making; I didn't mean it to be that way.  I just kept second guessing all my choices which is what I do when I'm not following along with an expert who knows what they're doing. 

In spite of the ...

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February 6, 2022
Shopping A Bargain, Project Roundup, OMG, New Scrappy Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

I must mention how much I appreciated your marvelous comments and emails on the the Sliding Post. I heard from so many folks all over the world who shared their sledding memories, some so special with tales of brothers or sisters or the whole family hitting a town's local sliding hill.  It made me so happy (and sometimes gave me a tear) to read these wonderful little vignettes of childhood times well spent in fresh air and safe fun. Thank you all!

I know where the hills are definitely covered in snow and that is the whole Eastern Seabord ...

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February 4, 2022
Warm Knitting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I started a new hand knit project this week. It isn't much to look at now but it will become a delightful hat. This is the Split Decision Hat by Shanalines Designs (Ravelry link). I picked it up a while back and hadn't tried it yet. I saw one of their designs on Instagram and decided it was time to get knitting. I like designs that have unconventional construction techniques and this is one of those designs. I'm sure it will look more like a hat when you see it next. 

Yarn includes leftover sock yarn from ...

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January 10, 2022
Quilt Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

I pieced the binding, put it into an easy to apply accordion fold, and got stitching. I used machine-finished binding for this one to finish quickly. You can see how I do that in my tutorial.  
That makes my first quilt finish of 2022. I have many more quilts that need finishing so this is just one of many. Have you made a list of things you want to finish this year? 

A close-up of the quilting can be found in this post from December 2021.

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December 31, 2021
Sock Club from Becca's Crazy Projects

I was so pleased with my last Vesper Sock Yarn Club from Knitterly Things that I decided to sign up for the fall club. I went with the 'Classic Sock', a 80/20 Superwash Merino & Nylon 2ply, and the Mini Skein Option. I love the little skeins of coordinating yarn to work the heels and toes.
I wound up the skeins into balls and I'm ready to get cranking. I may need to buy another 
Monster Socks Yarn Kit from Knitterly Things because I may need another pair of monster socks. 

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December 22, 2021
Long Arm Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

This poor quilt kit spent forever wanting to become a quilt. This past week I got one step closer to fulfilling that dream. I loaded it up and got quilting. 
I used this great edge-to-edge design called variety from Anne Bright Designs
It had swirls and flowers much like the border fabric and I thought it was perfect. With so many options it is nice to find the perfect one for a quilt. Now to trim it and get the binding attached.  

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