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January 21, 2021
Hopeful Flowers—Week One from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Our Hopeful Flowers Stitch Along is here!

We are thrilled to be able to share this free project with you over the course of the next two months. This wallhanging came about because we wanted to create something that focused on going beyond the blanket stitch for wool appliqué. The inspiration for the palette came from the amazing Tres Jolie lawns from French General that I (Kara) purchased this summer. We knew right from the start that this would be a great second project for our little Hopeful Bluebird Facebook Group. Little did we know that this small group would ...

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January 18, 2021
Purple Felfs from Becca's Crazy Projects

 
Last week I finished up this pair of felfs. I determined each of these felfs takes about 70 grams of yarn. That meant the two 50 gram balls of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in purple wasn't enough to make the pair. I worked through one of the balls and switched to the lighter, heathered yarn for the remainder. 
These felted up beautifully! 
Such a fun pair of felted slippers! The best way to fit a pair of felted slippers is to put them on when they are still damp. That way they can stretch to fit your ...

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January 17, 2021
Stash report January 17, 2021 from Making A Lather

 I have started a new rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. The full stop quilt that Angela is doing. It looks modern to me, and, I felt that I didn't have a background fabric with enough yardage that I wanted. I bought the polka dot for that. I bought 5 yards of it to make sure I would have enough. The red Christmas fabric came home in the bag with it.

Stash report  January 17, 2021

Fabric Used this week:  7 yards - pink flannel baby quilt

Fabric Used year to Date: 22 yards

Fabric Added this week: 7 yards ...

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January 10, 2021
Stash report January 10, 2021 from Making A Lather

The after Christmas sales are irresistable for someone who doesn't get out much. The top 2 pieces are flannel with cute gnomes on them. I am dipping my toes into the gnome craze.


 Stash report  January 10, 2021


Fabric Used this week:  12 yards - orange slice quilt finish

Fabric Used year to Date: 15 yards

Fabric Added this week: 6.25 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 12 yards

net fabric: 3 yards used more than bought

I stitched at least 15 minutes each day -pink flannel baby quilts have my attention

I started Mr. Scarecrow's pants, because ...

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January 3, 2021
stash report January 3, 2021 and new project from Making A Lather

 I miss watching my fabric totals for the year and working on a hand stitching project. I have decided to start that post again in 2021. 

I found some great before Christmas sales at Joann fabrics. I liked this Christmas fat quarter bundle and matching jelly rolls at 60% off sale price. I have a plan for an improv Christmas tree quilt. We will see if I remember it long enough to actually start it, before the fabric is absorbed into the stash.


Stash report  January 3, 2021


Fabric Used this week:  yards - 3 yards pillowcases

Fabric Used year to ...

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December 31, 2020
Happy New Year!! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

What a year!

Well, 2020 certainly had its challenges, but with those challenges came many opportunities—especially when it came to stitching goals! Here is a snapshot of but a few of the things we accomplished with our needles this year. And we are looking forward to the many projects we have planned for 2021.

What about you? What accomplishment from this past year gives you most pride? What are you most looking forward to in the new year? Do you have a favorite stitching goal you'd like to share in the comments? We'd love to hear from ...

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December 23, 2020
Happy Mail! from Quilting Stories

Yarn

Yarn

 Granny Square

At last a post delivery yesterday : my order from UK placed one month ago... 
After opening the parcel I started immediately my new crochet project : another giant granny square blanket inspired by the Netflix series The Crown! Pictures and explanations in my next post... 

So happy with my new yarns! The colors are faithful to the pictures of the site. I like as well the texture : soft but not heavy. There is always a kind of anxiety when ordering without seeing and touching the product, but in the present case I was not disappointed. I use a crochet number 4 ...

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December 19, 2020
rug border 2 from Making A Lather

I don't have a quilty finish today, but, I do have an exciting year long project finish.
I was really excited to turn the first corner on my snowman rug's border. 


And, then, I was ready to turn the last corner. I discovered a sweet message waiting for me.


And then it was done. I love the happy snowmen and happy colors. It is sitting under the Christmas tree at the moment making me very happy.

3 feet by 4 feet
More about my rug hooking project here and here and here
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December 16, 2020
Purple Felfs from Becca's Crazy Projects

Felfs in the making! This is really simple knitting. Worked flat on big needles. 
Then sewn up into a foot-like shape. These are made to be mirror images.
This is the basic shape once sewn up. I hope those lines show up nicely after felting. 
I wanted to show the size before and after felting. These are made with Sheep's Pride and felt up nicely, even if they do need a couple trips through the wash cycle to get down to a slipper size. I'm going to make some using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes next. I ...

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December 13, 2020
bits and pieces . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Right off the bat, let me put your minds to rest . . . 
This got finished, so this could happen . . .
Whew!  All is right with the (her) world again!

It's been a busy week, at work and home.  For the last eight years, we've gone to see The Nutcracker ballet every Christmas season.  This year they didn't do the ballet (go figure).  So instead, I've been putting together something fun to take its place . . .
We'll have a full-blown tea party with all the trimmings, and then watch the ballet on DVD!!  (I've got several versions, of ...

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December 10, 2020
Something's Coming, Something Good! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Could it be? Yes, it could
Something's coming, something good, if (you) can wait
Something's coming, (you) don't know what it is
But it is gonna be great

Are you the kind of person who translates everything into song? I (Teri) confess to that odd trait; no matter what I'm thinking about, somehow an obscure song gets stuck in my head as I'm processing. So this week, as I pondered this post, the song "Something's Coming," from West Side Story, replayed in my brain. Why, you may ask? Because Kara and I have been ...

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December 9, 2020
Colorful Felfs from Becca's Crazy Projects

Several years ago I purchased The Art of Felfs by Cat Bordhi
I pulled out some Lamb's Pride and knit up another pair. I also knit up a test square using a different yarn. If you have the pattern, this little square is how you make your felt swatch so you can calculate how many stitches you need for your slippers. It's brilliant, really. They look terribly large before they get felted.  
One trip thought the wash in a zippered bag and the test square is perfect but the slippers need another trip through the wash. Felting is ...

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December 8, 2020
to do: flower hooking from Making A Lather

I haven't been to rug hooking in a while. The pandemic, my hubby's retirement, and feeling behind has left me wanting to stay home. I had already decided, that, I didn't want to cart my big project (snowmen) out of the house any more. I picked a smaller, easier to carry project to take with me, when I go. I took a class last year for this project. And, I would like to see it move along..... I need to go to rug hooking.  And today is the day.

my work so far

the class sample

another ...

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December 3, 2020
Not Your Typical Free Ornament Pattern! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

It's that time of year when we start unpacking the Christmas decorations and pull out all our favorite ornaments to decorate the tree. I (Kara) know that our family has some special favorites, and most of our ornaments have come to us from loved ones. Many times, those beloved ornaments have had a theme that is unique to the person who received it. The ornament below came about because I wanted to make that type of personal ornament for a friend.

While I love pizza, we have a friend who has never met a pizza he didn't like ...

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November 21, 2020
Crochet Giant Granny Square Throw Progress from Quilting Stories

Crochet Giant Granny Square

Crochet Giant Granny Square

Crochet Giant Granny Square

Crochet Giant Granny Square

Crochet Giant Granny Square

Crochet Giant Granny Square

At the begining of this new lockdown I started searching my stash of yarns with the aim of creating a new multicolor giant granny square blanket.

I picked up all the colored yarns I found for needles or crochet number 4, keeping the brown, grey and beige for another project. 

Here I used the brand Fonty quality Ambiance 100 % superwash Woll superfine SW.

This is a very simple and pleasant project. It is never boring as you change colors. I love playing with varigated colors when I work on a project, that is quilting or knitting. 


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November 19, 2020
All the Stockings Were Hung... from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Both Teri and I (Kara) have been working on all things stocking lately. Our Cardinals Christmas Stocking was released earlier in the week, and now we would like to introduce our Floral Christmas Stocking!

This flannel and wool stocking is simple in its color scheme but is full of little details that give it a unique charm. All the simple embroidery is done with Weeks DyeWorks crewel wool, giving the stocking a lot of texture. We have a limited number of kits available that include the flannel, wool, ribbon hanger, and a whole skein of the Weeks crewel wool. All ...

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November 10, 2020
ebb and flow . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

So do you ever get in a place where you've been sticking to a good blogging regiment, and it's time to blog and you think, "I just can't." Not because of some emotional duress or physical stress. It's just not there.  That was me this weekend. I've been trying to post at least once a week—because I enjoy going back and reading my posts and seeing what I was doing—and any posts beyond that are just a bonus.  The months (and the years) when blog post offerings are slim make me sad (in ...

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to do: rug border 1 from Making A Lather

 I went to a drive through baby shower Saturday. Isn't that a hoot. This sweet lady and her husband have tried for 10 years to have a baby, and thanks to the pandemic ( not really) , they are having a baby girl in December I am so happy for them. We waited 5 long years for our first little treasure and, then, our second. I hated everyone's encouraging words of "just relax" but, in the end...... I wish I had.




I have had a long time rug hooking ufo project. It seems most of the year, without my guild ...

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November 5, 2020
A Poppy Pincushion and Pin! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

This is our last installment in our Hopeful Bluebird Sewing Smalls, and "hopefully" you have been joining in on the fun. This week we will be showcasing our Poppy Pincushion.


Hopeful Bluebird Poppy Pincushion

To start the pincushion, cut out the wool pieces and appliqué the poppy—the templates for the poppy can be found in our Hopeful Bluebird pattern (website link below). The first two petals are stitched down on one of the circles, and then the smaller petals are just tack stitched in the center. Once that is finished, it is time to add the embroidery to the ...

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November 1, 2020
rabbit, rabbit . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

And just like that, it's November.  WOW!

Thursday evening after work I headed to visit the grandgirls and spend the night.  On Friday we made our annual visit to Tate Farms . . .
It was hard to get a photo of everyone together!  We were full out in motion for our three hours there! But it was a fun day.  :)

Saturday was bright and beautiful!  What a fabulous day for Halloween ... and June Madelyn's birthday!
We got to facetime with her and sing her "Happy Birthday" and watch her open her presents!  June is eight!  I miss them all SO ...

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