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March 22, 2020
National Quilting Day, plus some Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

To celebrate National Quilting Day, I started a new quilt!  The London Modern Guild Sewing day was cancelled today, for obvious reasons, but we were all encouraged to #sewcialdistance and work on our projects at home.  I have had my eye on this pattern for several months now and finally bought the Snowflake pattern online last week.  I was not sure which colour I would use for the scrappy background and after surveying my stash, decided on red.  Here are my first three blocks, completed on Friday. 

On Saturday, I made 4 more blocks, but only got a picture when ...

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March 13, 2020
Weekly Sewing Report from The Cozy Quilter

True Confessions:  I started a new project this week.  As I have been cleaning out my sewing storage area, I discovered that I have a large collection of batiks.  They had not all been stored together so I put them in their own (large) bin as I found them here and there around the room.  I decided that I needed to make a batik quilt or two in an effort to use them up.  Pulling out an assortment of blues, greens, golds, oranges, reds and purples, I decided to make Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Trips pattern.  Here is one of ...

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March 8, 2020
stash report March 8, 2020 from Making A Lather

There were some sales.... and I didn't resist.

I have a weakness for the moda scrap bags, but, I haven't bought them in a long time. They were half price at green fairy quilts. I have not shopped there until, I bought these goodies.

Stash report 

Fabric Used this month 29.5 yards -sand castles and woven were finished
Fabric Used year to Date: 53.25 yards

Fabric Added this month: 10.25 yards - precuts
Fabric Added Year to Date: 45.25 yards
net fabric: 8 yards used more than bought

I sewed at least 15 minutes per ...

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March 7, 2020
Knitting, Binding and Cross Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

I'm still stitching away on February's cross stitch ornament from Linen and Threads.  I will add some more stitches this weekend for slow Sunday stitching.  I need to buy some extra skeins of these colours so that I can use them for all 12 ornaments. I have a plan in my head for a project which will include all 12...

My friend, Pat, is teaching me to knit.  This week, I made the big leap from working on my red practice sampler to actually starting a real project using a pattern!  We went shopping yesterday at the local ...

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February 29, 2020
Slow and Fast Stitching This Week from The Cozy Quilter

I like to have a variety of projects to work on at any one time so that I don't get bored (no chance of that for a very long time, if not ever!) so this week, as usual, I have a few things to show you.   First up is my fall themed comfort quilt block for the Elgin Piecemakers guild.  I have had that leaf fabric lurking in my stash for several years and it worked perfectly for this block.  (I even have some left...)

I have been cleaning out my fabric storage area and keep finding blocks and ...

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February 24, 2020
Slow Sunday Sashiko Stitching from Life in the Scrapatch

Today for my Slow Sunday Stitching 
I completed the sashiko quilting on my 

For the center I did some free form improv stitiching.

I did not marking.  I just let the blcok deisgn and the threads and my quilty muse decide

I used these beautiful 
I use fusible fleece on the back to hide my threads.
I do not mark lines.

 I can make nice straight lines and take multiple stitches at a time
with the Tulip Long Sashiko Needles from Fat Quater Shop

This long stitch quilting has ...

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February 16, 2020
Cross Stitch, a Knitting Lesson and Some Binding from The Cozy Quilter

First things first...I found the hoop for my embroidery project!  I had put it somewhere for "safe-keeping" and then had forgotten where that was...until this week, when I was doing some fabric cutting and I looked up...My hoop was on the shelf at eye level.

Now, I can get my embroidery framed and hanging on the wall.  I wondered if anyone has any ideas for finishing the back of the you cut off all the excess fabric and leave it that way or do you cover up the back?  I put a piece of white ...

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February 10, 2020
Slow Sunday Stitching Progress from Life in the Scrapatch

Tonight I did some slow stitching on my 

It may not look like much progress,
but I made two more design changes
and am very happy with how this is looking. 

Linking up today with the

Hope you had a nice stitching weekend.

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February 9, 2020
Appliqué Chimneys and a New Project from The Cozy Quilter

A few weeks ago, I noticed that another one of the Slow Sunday Stitchers was starting a new counted cross stitch project through Linen and Threads--it runs a new part of the pattern each month for a larger sampler project and there is a bonus Christmas ornament pattern each month as well.  I have decided to make a few of the Christmas ornaments and started the January pattern this week. The pattern suggests using one colour for the entire design but since I did not want to follow the directions, I picked out three shades of gray and a ...

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February 2, 2020
Embroidery Done and some HST blocks from The Cozy Quilter

I sat down with a cup of tea by my side and added more embroidery stitches to my project several times this past week.  Yesterday, I finished the last few stitches, and it is done!  As directed, I soaked it in warm water and the pink lines on the fabric magically disappeared. 

I had fun trying out some new stitches and when I find the hoop that came with the kit (I know I put it somewhere safe and now it is MIA), I will hang it in my sewing room.

I bought the kit at QuiltCon a year ago ...

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January 24, 2020
A Variety of Projects from The Cozy Quilter

I spent quite a bit of time this week working on my Modern Quilt Guild "Make a Mini, Make a Friend" swap quilt and I am very pleased to be finished.  It is ready to put into the mail to my swap partner in Texas.  I will be mailing it after the London Modern Guild meeting in February so that I can bring it for show and tell.  Here is a sneak peek of the backing and binding as well as some of the quilting which I did with my walking foot on my DSM.

On sewing day on Monday ...

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January 17, 2020
Sewing This Week from The Cozy Quilter

Monday sewing days are very productive!  I had my spinning 4 patch top done to this point before I left home and managed to get both borders made and sewn on by shortly after lunch. 

I had limited blue fabric to work with so that dictated how wide the blue border would be.

I used some of the Kaffe Fassett "Millefiore" fabric that I had leftover from the spinning blocks to make the final border.

Next up, pin basting, and then quilting with my walking foot.  The backing fabric was in my stash.

I even used my bowl cozy at ...

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January 13, 2020
Slow Sunday Sashiko Stitching from Life in the Scrapatch

I have been away from my machine and doing some slow stitching this weekend.
This is progress on my ...

This is very easy to carry along with me in these pretty sunflowers project bags.
I did not make these bags,
I have a similar pattern, but I do not enjoy sewing bags so I bought them from
someone who does  a very nice job of sewing them ... 

These pretty bags were made by

I am not affiliated in any way with this shop.
I am just a happy customer.

This ...

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January 11, 2020
Slow Stitching and some Blocks from The Cozy Quilter

Since I finished my Tula Pink 100 Modern blocks sampler quilt top earlier this week, I needed to find something to sew this week. I am trying to work on my UFO's for a challenge for the Oxford Quilt Guild so I pulled out the UFO bin and chose my spinning 4 patches, made at least two years ago.  Earlier in the week, I posted some pictures of colour options for a checkerboard layout and several people voted for the blue fabric over the other choices.

I got looking at the gray and blue fabrics again, and decided to ...

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January 8, 2020
Sewing Day from The Cozy Quilter

I spent Monday at the weekly Oxford Guild sewing day.  I try to go every week, but was doing some volunteer work during November and December on Mondays, so have not been for a while.  It was fun to get back into sewing after the holidays.  I have been working on Tula Pink's 100 Modern Blocks sampler off and on since March 2019.  On Monday, I finished putting the top is a peek at part of it.

I will be making the backing this week and then taking it to the long arm quilter's house.  I ...

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January 3, 2020
Slow Stitching During the Holidays from The Cozy Quilter

We had a quiet morning at our house yesterday.  Finn had a nap while my daughter read a book and I did some embroidery.  The Christmas tree lights were on--yes--it is still up but will come down soon. I have finally added some more colours to my embroidery project and I have learned some new stitches as well.  This one is called the buttonhole bar stitch. 

Here is the finished flower.

I finished the star stitches in the tree trunk.

Then, it was on to some of the lazy daisy leaves on the branches.

The other new stitch I tried ...

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December 28, 2019
The Handmade Gifts of Christmas from The Cozy Quilter

Several friends and family members received homemade gifts this year.  This is my favourite part of Christmas--figuring out what to make and then getting to work in the sewing room to get it all done.  I would rather sew than spend time at the mall shopping for gifts. 

I made this pillow for my brother. As long time readers know, our Dad passed away last year and I decided to make this pillow using his shirts.  The background fabric is Essex Linen in dark grey-my Dad often wore gray flannel pants so this seemed like the perfect background fabric.  My ...

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December 22, 2019
Embroidery and Gifts from The Cozy Quilter

I think I have finally wrapped up all of my Christmas sewing for 2019!  I can't reveal everything I made just yet, but the two recipients of these gifts don't read my blog.  Almost everyone I know has a zipper pouch (Pattern by Noodlehead) and here are the latest ones I made this week.

These are such handy little pouches!

There was some in the car embroidery done this week as well.

Hopefully, a second colour will be added by next week!

Finn and my daughter arrived today for the holidays.  Finn had a bath so he is ...

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December 14, 2019
Embroidery and Binding from The Cozy Quilter

This has been a busy week in the sewing department!  I have worked on three different hand stitching projects and finished a quilt.   Today, was the monthly meeting of the London Modern Guild and after our "business" meeting and show and tell, there was a delicious pot luck lunch and some Christmas crafts.  I decided to make an embroidered snowflake ornament. 

I traced the pattern onto the fabric with a pen that is almost the same colour as the thread I am using for the embroidery so you will have to look closely to see what is stitched already.  I ...

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December 8, 2019
A New Slow Stitching Project from The Cozy Quilter

Since I finished Frank last week, I needed a new slow stitching project.  I purchased this kit at QuiltCon last February and it has been waiting in the wings ever since then.  The pattern was already printed on the fabric and all of the threads, a needle, and a wooden hoop were included in the kit. 

There are lots of new to me stitches in this project but I started with some easy backstitch.  I did a running stitching the in curly bit where my thread is now and will do a running stitch back to the main stem, before ...

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