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August 13, 2017
Snow in August from The Cozy Quilter



I have managed to get quite a bit of snow done on my counted cross stitch snowmen picture over the past couple of weeks.  There was lots of time for stitching in the car as my husband and I went away for the weekend last week.  Today, I did some more stitching in the car on our way home from visiting my MIL.  The blue and grey blob in the sky will be a blue jay once it has some outlining done. There are two birds on the ground between these two snowmen too. Maybe they will appear sometime over ...

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August 6, 2017
Definitely Sunday from Sew Slowly

Sometimes in the summer I find I lose track of which day it is - usual routines breaking down and all that stuff.  As a consequence I haven't done a Slow Sunday Stitching post for weeks, despite having the best of intentions.  Today, however, I am on the ball!

All at Sea is coming along nicely.  In fact, the end is in sight.  I'm still quilting, but now it's just those bits around the edges that didn't make it into the hoop.  I know this bit always takes longer than you'd think, but nonetheless there that ...

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July 30, 2017
CCS and Some Old Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter


I added some more cross stitches to my snowman project this week. The above picture shows how it looks now.  There was a fair bit of progress since I last posted about his project...


I will be working to the right of this section next.

Yesterday, my MIL and I went to a Canada 150 quilt show at the Lambton Heritage Museum near Grand Bend, Ontario.  They had quite a few quilts from Lambton County, all of which included a lot of hand stitching. I picked out a few to show today for Slow Sunday Stitching.  This first one was ...

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July 23, 2017
LFQG Summer Sewing Day from The Cozy Quilter

Today was our London Friendship Quilters Guild annual summer sewing day.  I had all of my projects, sewing machine and supplies packed up last night and ready to take out to the car this morning.  I brought along three things to sew today:


First up, I wanted to get this block quilted and made into a pillow.  I brought along some variegated thread that I thought would be perfect for the organic quilting that I had planned...I got about 2/3's done and then decided that I hated the variegated thread.

I spent the next hour and a ...

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July 16, 2017
Still quilting from Sew Slowly

I'm thinking it's about time for an update on All at Sea.I'm still quilting, though to be honest I'm going through one of those phases where I'm easily distracted.  There is progress though.  I'm maybe 2/3rds of the way through, possibly even a little more.  It feels like time to knuckle down a bit now.




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Snow in July from The Cozy Quilter



Busy week at my house with very little sewing time...  Last week, my counted cross stitch snowmen project looked like this (see above).  The four snowmen are done and now I am filling in the snow in between the snowmen.  This part is not as exciting as the snowmen!

Yesterday, there was some sewing time in the car.  The black and grey blob in the snow will be a bird once it is outlined!

You can see I managed to get a bit more done on the way home.  I love these long daylight hours in the evenings!  It means ...

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July 7, 2017
Slow Stitching in High Places from The Cozy Quilter

Last weekend, my husband and I spent the weekend with our daughter in Ottawa for Canada's 150th birthday party! I spent my time on the long drive working on my counted cross stitch snowman project. Here's where this project was when we were over half way to Ottawa:


I sewed for hours and hours in the car.  It kept me awake and I made lots of progress as we travelled along.

On Canada Day, we watched the fireworks from the 15th floor of an office building facing Parliament Hill.  We arrived early to get "window seats" and I ...

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June 25, 2017
The Cat Days of Summer from ... Cat Patches

When I started this post, I was trying to think of a creative title that would indicate it's been hot here, and of course, the "dog days of summer" came to mind.


Only then...you know how tangential I am...I started wondering about the origin of that phrase, and why it doesn't apply to cats as well. And you also know me well enough to expect that I'm just about to tell you. Well...here you go. According to dictionary.com:

Here's an article from National Geographic about it if you ...

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The Cat Days of Summer from Cat Patches

When I started this post, I was trying to think of a creative title that would indicate it's been hot here, and of course, the "dog days of summer" came to mind.


Only then...you know how tangential I am...I started wondering about the origin of that phrase, and why it doesn't apply to cats as well. And you also know me well enough to expect that I'm just about to tell you. Well...here you go. According to dictionary.com:

Here's an article from National Geographic about it if you ...

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Retracing my steps from Sew Slowly

I am making slow progress with my hand quilting.  A combination of hot weather (gone now) and the usual distractions of family life has meant I've lost that habit of doing a bit every day; my quilting times seem to have been used for other things. That's fine, and I'm probably halfway through this anyway, but I'd like to give it a bit more attention.  However, I think I'm about to take a break from piecing for a week, maybe two, so I'm hopeful that I will be able to catch up a bit ...

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Snowman #3 done, Starting #4. from The Cozy Quilter


I have been working on this snowman (number 3 of 4 in this project) for a few weeks now and today I finished all the cross stitching on him. The picture above shows where I was last weekend. '


Here he is this week, all done except for the outlining.  Saturday, after dinner, I started on the mitten of the next snowman, #4.



Once the snowmen are done, there are a few birds and all of the snow on the ground to do. The kit also came with some small beads to add for snow in the air.  I think it ...

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June 20, 2017
Some of This; Some of That from Quilting Reader's Garden

Destashing:  One back for isolette top, 2 RSC challenge blocks, 11 blocks to finish other baby quilt top = 1.3 yds out - giving me  53.38 yds YTD out of my stash.  I'm linking to quiltpaintcreate's Sunday Stash.  I'll be linking to a few other parties. See my tab under the header. Click on more.  Here are the RSC blocks (my BOMs Away for this week: These are blocks Pat Sloan is sharing

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Some of This; Some of That from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Destashing:  One back for isolette top, 2 RSC challenge blocks, 11 blocks to finish other baby quilt top = 1.3 yds out - giving me  53.38 yds YTD out of my stash.  I'm linking to quiltpaintcreate's Sunday Stash.  I'll be linking to a few other parties. See my tab under the header. Click on more.  Here are the RSC blocks (my BOMs Away for this week: These are blocks Pat Sloan is sharing

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June 18, 2017
Lots of Snowmen in the Gazebo from The Cozy Quilter


Pat came over this afternoon for a couple of hours of slow stitching in the gazebo.  We sipped iced tea and chatted as we stitched.  I worked on my cross stitch snowman...he now sports eyes, a carrot nose, a second arm and a completed hat as well as more white fill in stitches. The face adds a little more personality!

Last week, he looked like this...


He seemed to like chilling in the gazebo this afternoon...


This picture is coming along nicely.  I managed to sit and work on it three times this week.  I was ready for work ...

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June 11, 2017
Slow quilting, slow progress from Sew Slowly

Although things slow down a bit once the weather gets nice I am still quilting away, but this particular quilt seems hard to photograph.  Nonetheless, in the interests of record-keeping if nothing else, here are a couple of pictures.



Linking with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.

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Snowman Progress from The Cozy Quilter

For my hand sewing this week, I worked on two projects...  The first...I did the binding on a donation quilt.  You can see it on my previous post, here.  Yesterday and today, I worked on my counted cross stitch snowman project.  Here he is last week...


I filled in some of the white on his arm and body this week. 


I will be having company tomorrow so there may not be any stitching time but I will have time this week to add more stitches. I think I am going to work on the hat and face this week ...

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June 4, 2017
Holly and Berries and Snowmen from The Cozy Quilter



With this post's title, you might think we are in the depths of winter!  It was actually a beautiful sunny day today and most people were wearing shorts today when I was out.  Two of my current projects have a winter theme...


These are all the pieces for the Holly and Berries block for the Sew Fresh Holly Jolly Christmas quilt.  This is block number 10 of 15.

Here is the finished block. The berries on the edge of the block look a bit odd, but will be "rounder" when the block is sewn into the quilt.


My 10 ...

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May 28, 2017
Sitting and Stitching from Pamela Quilts

Today's project is to finish hand stitching the hearts for that baby quilt made with vintage embroidery blocks!  I have set a goal to get the rest of the blocks ready today so I can put together the top for quilting.

I like to hand applique with Aurifil 50 weight.  It really disappears into the fabric!

I am using freezer paper to trace my templates on, pressing it to the back of the fabric, then pressing the seam allowance down around the edge of the paper.  I leave a couple inch gap, pull the paper out, then complete the ...

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Reviving a UFO from The Cozy Quilter

I used to do a lot of counted cross stitch pictures.  Then, I got more interested in quilting and the cross stitch went by the wayside.  You may remember "Frank", the CCS picture I did in 2015 for slow Sunday Stitching.  This year, while looking for something in my sewing room, I came across a snowman picture that was started many years ago--the pattern is from 1997, but never finished. I decided to try to finish this picture.  I had to find a hoop and a CCS needle as well as getting the pattern enlarged because my eyes are not ...

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May 21, 2017
Canada Pillows and Cross Stitch from The Cozy Quilter

I made the Canada Flag pillow in my header photo for one of my nieces for Christmas.  She is off to university in the fall and this pillow will be used to decorate her dorm room.  My daughter and I both decided that we need Canada flag pillows to to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year. When Christine and I got together to sew this week, I worked on the pillows. This one is for my daughter.  I tried to pick fabrics that would mean something to her...she wears glasses and lives in a place where there ...

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