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November 8, 2018
New Pattern—A Cottage Christmas Stocking from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Christmas will be here before we know it! The stores everywhere (on this continent and across the pond) are laden with all sorts of holiday items.  We thought we'd join them with a new pattern that you can make to grace your Christmas fireplace mantel.  

Introducing our Cottage Christmas Stocking!



This stocking pattern came about as I (Kara) found out that my guild, the Black Forest Quilt Guild, has a yearly stocking exchange. The Christmas style here in Germany tends to be a little bit more subdued, so I decided to make a stocking out of wool and in ...

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November 2, 2018
Snow Much Fun! It's November from Quilt Doodle Doodles...



Did you get a bunch of trick or treaters? We got quite a few and Belvedere enjoyed greeting them all. The weather here was perfect for the kids, not too cold and clear. If Halloween would have fallen on a Friday or Saturday then it would have been perfect. But last night was pretty darn close! My favorite costume for the evening was a blow up tyrannosaurus rex. The costume stood about six feet tall and was pretty awesome for the little kid that flopped around the neighborhood in it! shhhh…. he got a little extra candy for the great ...

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Snow Much Fun! It's November from Quilt Doodle Doodles



Did you get a bunch of trick or treaters? We got quite a few and Belvedere enjoyed greeting them all. The weather here was perfect for the kids, not too cold and clear. If Halloween would have fallen on a Friday or Saturday then it would have been perfect. But last night was pretty darn close! My favorite costume for the evening was a blow up tyrannosaurus rex. The costume stood about six feet tall and was pretty awesome for the little kid that flopped around the neighborhood in it! shhhh…. he got a little extra candy for the great ...

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November 1, 2018
Free Block of the Month 14—Apple from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

What a spectacular autumn we have had here in Germany—warm temperatures, sunny skies, and loaded apple trees! Although we haven't had much rain, the orchard we walk in was full of every shape, size, and color of apple that I have ever seen. 



The dogs and I walk in this area every single day rain or shine. One time, a kind gentleman gave me a bag of apples from his tree. It was a little challenging getting home with two, large dogs and about 5lbs of apples, but it was worth it. There was no question that the ...

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October 18, 2018
"In the Garden"—Wheelbarrow of Flowers from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Well, we have made it to the final block in our In the Garden Block of the Month Series! Our final block is a wheelbarrow full of flowers. Several years ago, I (Teri) had an old rusted wheelbarrow that I used as a planter to hide an ugly corner of our home's foundation. That year, I planted it with coleus and sweet potato vines. But this wheelbarrow was to be filled with a variety of favorite flowers we had not yet stitched.

My garden wheelbarrow
We had such a fun time in our class this past weekend at Primitive ...

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October 17, 2018
Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along from From My Carolina Home

The Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along will finish up today with the addition of embellishments and mounting.  If you missed the first post with the pattern, click on Wool Stitch Along Part 1.  So, we left off with the pumpkin done and the leaves left to stitch.   Place one leaf on top of the pumpkin, and the other two slightly above and to the sides.  Using two strands of DMC floss, stitch the leaves in place.

Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Stitch veins on the leaves for texture and definition.

Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Gather some beads and buttons to play with.

Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Over the top of the pumpkin and ...

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October 7, 2018
Time to get it Done... from The Cozy Quilter

Sometimes, when you are tidying up, you find things, unfinished things...  This wool appliqué project has been in hiding for at least a couple of years, but it has seen the light of day now and will not be going away again! It needs to be finished and out on display THIS Fall. The wool appliqué is done.  I have hand quilted around everything.  I just need to quilt the background and have decided just to do a crosshatch design there.  It should not take too long and I hope to get at it this weekend sometime.  


My daughter and ...

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October 3, 2018
Wool Stitch Along and Making Wool Felt from From My Carolina Home

Our first project for Autumn Jubilee begins today with a stitch along using wool felt.  I thought you’d like to see how to use found wool fabrics, like in garments from the thrift store or yardage from a shop.  Some time ago I got these lovely wool fabrics at a local shop with the intention of using them in applique.  They have finished the aging process (you know, where things sit on a shelf for at least a year before being used!) and I was finally ready to prep them for a wool project for Autumn Jubilee.  If you ...

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September 27, 2018
Marcia's Flowers: A Thursday Throwback from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

So it's one of those weeks. Kara just got home from traveling to a family wedding and is dealing with jet lag, and I (Teri) am preparing to travel to Long Island to lecture and teach for a guild. So when we touched base this morning about what we should write, we thought it might be a perfect week to do a throwback to our most popular post. That post would be Marcia's Flowers—by far! 

This was our very first pattern, and it continues to be a popular one. We are still teaching the class, and even ...

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September 20, 2018
Free Block of the Month 12—Thistle from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

We have come to one year of our Flora and Fauna of Germany blocks. Originally, the plan was to stop at a year, but we are going to continue for a little while longer because the blocks are so much fun! 

This month's block is a bit prickly but beautiful in its own way and is actually a member of the sunflower family. In Celtic symbolism, the thistle represents bravery, devotion, and determination; however, in Victorian times, the thistle was a sign of meddling or intrusion. 

In Scotland, there is a legend that Viking invaders came to the Scottish ...

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September 13, 2018
"In the Garden"—Garden Gate from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Because of my trip to Europe in August, we took a hiatus from our Block of the Month, but we are back to finish this quilt! On Sunday, I (Teri) taught the class on our newest block, Garden Gate, at Primitive Homespuns Wool & Needleworks in Frederick, MD. As always, we had lots of fun as we reviewed the techniques used to create this block. And the shop has just moved into a larger building, so we enjoyed a bit more room in which to stitch! A happy respite from our rainy day. 

Following are a few highlights for creating the ...

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September 6, 2018
I See Appliqué from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

I (Kara) am not sure how it happened, but it's September, and I feel like I blinked and the summer was gone. It may have had something to do with the fact that we had a non-stop stream of people visiting us, and there are still people filling our guest rooms as I write! It is fun having visitors, as we get to take them to some wonderful places and see some amazing things. While our guests see beautiful vistas and history, I see appliqué. My phone is full of painted shutters, wooden carvings, and more—all of which ...

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September 2, 2018
Hello September - The Most Wonderful Month of the Year! from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Hello dear friend! Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!

I hope this first day of September finds you well. I absolutely, positively LOVE September! Every year, this month feels like the "kickoff" to the season of festivities! Plus, it is the month that starts my most favorite season of all, Fall! In addition, September marks my 11th year writing this blog. Thank you for following along on all my adventures.

Let's catch up shall we?

There is something about our Carolina blue skies. This is an "unedited" view of Bayfield Cottage when I returned from my morning walk. What a beautiful way ...

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August 21, 2018
Out and About from Humble Quilts

I met up with my sister and we had a little road trip to McCall Idaho where she has a small condo. This is our second year of getting together there (Just her and I ) and we decided we needed to make it a yearly event.

This little town has at least 2 quilt stores, (If there is a 3rd, we couldn't find it) My sis is traveling overseas in a couple of weeks and wanted a small hand project to bring with her. Of course, the quilt shop had just the project! 
This is designed by Sue Spargo ...

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July 27, 2018
"FREE" Peppermint Sticks Wool Bundle, Chrsitmas in July Online Event, Specials & NEW Offerings from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

Hello!  Today our "Christmas in July" Online Event starts!  For the next 4 days we will be sharing many new offerings for the Holiday Season!  Here is a sneak peek!  Head over to our website for all the details!















Hop over to our website and enjoy!

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Christmas In July Blog Hop from Life in the Scrapatch


Merry Christmas in July Blog Hop! 

I have been having a very wonderful month of July.
It feels like Christmas ... except maybe for the hot summer sun.

I have been swapping gifts:


I made this clowder of kitties for a
Christmas Kitty in July Swap
with a group of online quilty friends.


Here are the kitty swap blocks I  recently received in return.

This cat block pattern is from

The Cat's Meow by Janet Kime


These blocks were hand delivered to me by my friends,
Cherie, Debbieann and Vanessa,
at the Quilt Odyssey show in Pennsylvania
where I went ...

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July 3, 2018
Pure and Simple Things from Pieced Brain


Photograph by Brent Kane and Adam Albright for Martingale. Used with permission.
I woke up and immediately found myself in a contemplative state, pondering my numerous blessings, sending prayers to friends who are going through an arduous journey of sickness, and getting energized for my day. In the end, I realized as the beautiful artwork above depicts, that life is really good.

And so, I give thanks for the many freedoms I enjoy, to the opportunity to learn new things (I am a learning junky), and for being able to use my talents in the service of the highest good ...

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June 23, 2018
New Block of the Month Blocks, New Patterns, Kits, Wool & Fabric! from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

Hello! Hope you gals are ready for some awesome projects that would be great to sit & stitch out on your deck, patio or porch!  These new ones keep getting cuter & cuter!  First off… our weekly Summer Block of the Week is a MUST for anyone who has wall space or a sewing room!  This week we are starting the 2nd row which will spell out the work “SEW”!  This row will feature vintage sewing items!  This weeks block has an adorable wooden scissor holder that our mothers or grandmothers had back in the day!  It is CUTE! 

Next up, we ...

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June 21, 2018
Free Block of the Month 10—Sweet Pea from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

It's hard to believe that we are already on Block 10 of this series! My husband and I (Kara) just passed our one year anniversary of being in Germany; however,  since we didn't move into our house until July, I am still discovering new flora and fauna on our walks. One of my latest finds were sweet peas growing wild.











At first, I just saw one patch and thought that maybe they were a bit of someone's garden that the birds or wind brought by, but then I started seeing them everywhere. They have a lovely fragrance ...

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June 18, 2018
Guess Who's One! from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Well, we had a special birthday over the weekend. Someone special turned one years old. Our sweet Belvedere is now one... I even baked him a birthday pup cake. My hubby just shook his head and smiled. Yes, I have turned into the crazy dog lady in my neighborhood... I admit it. Belvedere has me totally wrapped around his little paw, and he knows it.  Now I didn't have the full blown puppy birthday party with puppy party hats... so I'm not totally off the edge or lost the cheese off my cracker... I have to admit it ...

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