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January 18, 2018
Free Block of the Month 5: Scabiosa Columbaria from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that we are well into 2018, but I hear it came in with a bang for all of you in the states. I (Kara) kept hearing things like cyclone bomb, arctic temperatures, and the like. Here in Germany, it has been unseasonably warm; my daughter and I were even able to go on a hike to a local castle ruin and waterfall.

Castle ruins at Bad Urach on an unseasonably, sunny day!


The wasserfall.
The view through a castle arrowslit.



But alas, it still is winter here, and the gloomy weather has ...

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January 16, 2018
Working With Wool is Snow Much Fun! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

I have discovered that working with wool is so much fun! As promised I have this month's block to show you all done in wool. I have been collecting wool here and there over the last couple of years. Many of you have heard me whine about my wonky stitches. Well I have learned that you can machine applique wool! Now this is a game changer for me. I don't know why I haven't discovered this sooner! I'm an instant gratification type of girl so machine appliqueing with wool is soooo awesome! Now don't get ...

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Working With Wool is Snow Much Fun! from Quilt Doodle Doodles

I have discovered that working with wool is so much fun! As promised I have this month's block to show you all done in wool. I have been collecting wool here and there over the last couple of years. Many of you have heard me whine about my wonky stitches. Well I have learned that you can machine applique wool! Now this is a game changer for me. I don't know why I haven't discovered this sooner! I'm an instant gratification type of girl so machine appliqueing with wool is soooo awesome! Now don't get ...

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January 15, 2018
Stitchin' Post Update from Humble Quilts

Jean Wells, owner of the Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon,  is retiring and along with handing the reins to her daughter Val. The store closed for a few days While they and updated their store look.  I was in Sisters on Saturday which was the day they reopened. 
It was bright and airy and it looked fantastic!

 I saw my online friends, Diane's book, displayed prominently. I love that!
 Saw this adorable display hanging. I thought it was one by Tonye but it isn't.  It reminded me of my long put aside house quilt. You can see it ...

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January 4, 2018
Let's Begin the 2018 BOM! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

January is finally here! Happy New year everyone! I am looking forward to showing you the first block to kick off the beginning of this year's BOM. But first there's a little prep work to do. If you haven't picked out your fabric yet, go run and raid your stash or run to your local quilt shop for some yummy flannels... if it's like sub-zero temperatures like it is here. With just a few clicks in my Etsy Shop, I will ship you a fabric kit for this years quilt. The info and links can be ...

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Let's Begin the 2018 BOM! from Quilt Doodle Doodles

January is finally here! Happy New year everyone! I am looking forward to showing you the first block to kick off the beginning of this year's BOM. But first there's a little prep work to do. If you haven't picked out your fabric yet, go run and raid your stash or run to your local quilt shop for some yummy flannels... if it's like sub-zero temperatures like it is here. With just a few clicks in my Etsy Shop, I will ship you a fabric kit for this years quilt. The info and links can be ...

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Welcome to Wonderland Woods! from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Happy New Year my friend! I'm so excited for this year! I don't know why, but I feel like it's going to be so much fun and filled with some really happy times. I'm traveling all over to teach my "Folk Art Fusion." I love meeting new people and I love inspiring creativity.

Speaking of inspiring creativity, I am delighted to welcome you to "Wonderland Woods!"



Once again, I was inspired by Jules' watercolor paintings. She is such a talented artist and one I am ever so lucky to call my friend! It was really fun ...

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December 29, 2017
Snow Much Fun BOM 2018 Fabric Info! from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Fabric kits are available in my Etsy shop for the 2018 Snow Much Fun BOM! The kit includes your border and block fabrics. This year's quilt is a flannel quilt that will be super warm and cozy when it's finished. I am also working with Just Another Button Company for some adorable buttons to embellish your quilt with. These buttons will also be available each month in my Etsy shop.
These are the colors that are in the fabric kit available in the Quilt Doodle Etsy shop.
Please note that substitutions may be made when some fabrics 'run ...

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Snow Much Fun BOM 2018 Fabric Info! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Fabric kits are available in my Etsy shop for the 2018 Snow Much Fun BOM! The kit includes your border and block fabrics. This year's quilt is a flannel quilt that will be super warm and cozy when it's finished. I am also working with Just Another Button Company for some adorable buttons to embellish your quilt with. These buttons will also be available each month in my Etsy shop.
These are the colors that are in the fabric kit available in the Quilt Doodle Etsy shop.
Please note that substitutions may be made when some fabrics 'run ...

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December 28, 2017
Challenges from Cookie's Creek

Oh my goodness, the 2018 UFO Challenge is almost upon us!  But wait, I haven’t finished the unfinished objects from 2017!

I got some finished, I’ve moved some to the 2018 list and I’ve decided to skip some of them for now. Notice that the 2018 list is typed… that’s because I’ve had my own challenge… a minor bit of hand surgery (to fix arthritis in a thumb joint) has limited my writing and my hand sewing as well as rotary cutting and scissor cutting.

Number 12 on the UFO list is a project that ...

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December 25, 2017
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.


Isaiah 'twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
Mary we behold it, the Virgin Mother kind.
To show God's love aright, she bore to us a Savior,
When half spent was the night.


The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by angels bright,
How Christ, the Lord of glory was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped ...

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December 21, 2017
I'm Dreaming of a White Solstice... from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

In the spirit of the holidays—and the first day of winter—we thought we would re-share the free snowflake pattern that we created last year. While it is a balmy 50-something degrees here in Maryland, there is snow in Germany. So yes, I (Teri) am a bit jealous of Kara's snowfall, but who am I to complain? At least I can create snow of the stitched kind! Take a peek at the snowflakes we made from the pattern.

Framed snowflake, appliquéd on linen

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Framed snowflake, appliquéd onto wool

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Wool snowflake, made as an ornament

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December 18, 2017
Wool embroidered lids from Pieced Brain


Christmas is just around the corner and I needed two more gifts. I saw these pincushion jar lids and could not resist them! The embroidery is simple - I am not too good at it yet but I think they turned out lovely!

Instead of using wool as a background as the pattern suggested, I used flannel so it would not be too difficult to close the lid once the work was done. Still, the lid does not close all the way but you can turn it once and keep treats safely inside.

This is the second one I made varying ...

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December 14, 2017
"In the Garden"—Violets from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Roses are red, 
Violets are blue.
God can make violets,
But so can YOU! 

At least you can, if you use ribbon! This month's Block of the Month in our In the Garden series will have you creating lovely violets out of wired ribbon. Are you ready? Here we go! I (Teri) will give you a quick pictorial tour of the methods used to create these life-like blooms, and  then you will be ready to start "planting." In our class this past weekend, I heard several "I can't make that" comments become "Wow! I CAN make this flower ...

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December 12, 2017
More In Bloom from Trends and Traditions

One of my Joyful Stitcher trunk shows came home the other day and I got a chance to take a few photos of one of the projects that I haven’t shared yet.

 

It’s yet another “In Bloom” runner.  I have now made 3, so scroll down to see the Christmas version if you missed it.   The prints were part of a kit that I found at Bear Patch Quilting Co. in White Bear Lake, MN.  The kit included a bunch of fat quarters that I never would have thought to put together, but just loved.  I bought the ...

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November 30, 2017
Free Block of the Month: Goldenrod from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

It's hard to believe that we are already up to block 4 of our Flora and Fauna of Germany, Stitch Along. While most of the flowers around here are gone, I still have fond memories of seeing the large bushes of goldenrod along our walking paths. They were almost as tall as me and loaded with golden spikes of flowers.


As I was planning this block, my initial instinct was to use French knots for the flowers because that is what goldenrod looks like from afar. The goldenrod was a common flower to stitch in Victorian crazy quilts and ...

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November 29, 2017
In Bloom Christmas Style from Trends and Traditions

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know I make a new quilted Christmas item each year.  This year, it’s already finished because I worked on this fall.  That doesn’t usually happen – last year’s project still isn’t done! (but I just pieced the backing and the top is done.)  I will hopefully be sharing that one soon.

 

But, back to this year’s project – It’s this runner, from my Joyful Stitcher book.

 

Aren’t these prints fun?  I love Basic Grey’s Christmas lines and I probably have made ...

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November 27, 2017
Snuggly Warm Ice Fishing! from Quilt Doodle Doodles

I am surrounded by boys, well, men. My boys are all grown up and they love to fish. Especially my oldest son, John. He will fish no matter what the weather or how cold it is outside! He pretty much fishes year round... I was encouraged when he told me, that designs a winner mom! It's not often that my boys comment on my quilt designs. So it made me smile knowing he likes my 'Let's Go Ice Fishing' applique pattern. I am slowly getting better with my wool applique. My blanket stitches are getting better and aren ...

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Snuggly Warm Ice Fishing! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

I am surrounded by boys, well, men. My boys are all grown up and they love to fish. Especially my oldest son, John. He will fish no matter what the weather or how cold it is outside! He pretty much fishes year round... I was encouraged when he told me, that designs a winner mom! It's not often that my boys comment on my quilt designs. So it made me smile knowing he likes my 'Let's Go Ice Fishing' applique pattern. I am slowly getting better with my wool applique. My blanket stitches are getting better and aren ...

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November 18, 2017
Working with Wool... Yes! Wool! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

I am in awe with some of my friends wool work. Their even blanket stitches, all hand done... well, I decided to give it a try, using one of my patterns. I have been secretly collecting wool squares here and there as I visit different shops over the last year. Well, I think I have enough now to start my project. Using my friends new book, Just A Little Something, as a reference I tackled my project. (Roseann's stitches are so beautiful!) So I gathered my Christmas Delivery pattern, some wool, pins, pearl cotton, freezer paper, pencil and my ...

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