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January 17, 2019
down the homestretch rug hooking from Making A Lather

I am down the home stretch for my Cleveland rug. The left is the top of the rug and the right is the bottom of the rug and is already hooked. I hooked the year I started the rug and my initials in odd places as a way of marking time.


While resting ( aka watching TV) last night, I cut 2 1/2 inch tumblers out of a tub of scraps. Why? I ask myself. Because, I had a bunch of leftover tumblers from a tumbler quilt in 2017. And I couldn't decide what to do with them. I ...

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January 10, 2019
rug hooking and finish along from Making A Lather

I am joining in with the 2019 finish along at She can quilt. I have several goals for the quarter. Some I have already mentioned in my one monthly goal post, But this is for the quarter, and should include what I want to completely finish in the next 3 months.
I have it in my mind to get my Cleveland rug done. I think background goes quicker than the design, And I am making good progress.


For the quarter, I also want to finish the fish jar quilt


orca bay mystery quilt


celtic solstice


and a flannel rag ...

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January 8, 2019
In the Studio this week… January 2019 from Jacquelynne Steves

I have not done an "In the Studio" post for a long time! For this year, I would like to do a post every month to show you what's going on behind the scenes in both my business and my life.... so that is one of my goals for 2019!! This is January's post- hopefully this "resolution" won't flop come February!! Another 2019 goal- more "me" time! I was talking with designer friend Pat Sloan the other day, and we were talking about how we work too much- we made a pact for 2019 to do at ...

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January 4, 2019
Free Block of the Month 16—Pinecone from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

My, how time has flown! I (Kara) can't believe that it has been over a year since we started our Flora and Fauna of Germany stitch-along. It seems like just yesterday that I was walking the trails in our little German village for the first time, full of wonder at the natural beauty that I was seeing. Our first block was the Butterfly, back in August of 2017. 

Our first block!

We have stitched 15 blocks since then, and we have come to the end of the series. It's a little sad, as we have enjoyed putting these ...

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rug hooking background from Making A Lather

It's time to work on the background for my Cleveland rug. I wanted to use several different dark blues. Some of the wool , I "married" together to keep the variety. Marrying is the rug hooking term for put it into a pot and boil it together. I like a scrappy look even in my rug hooking. If it looks intentional, it can cover any mistakes. I used an accuquilt die that is a size 8 to cut my strips. An 8 will work quickly and give a more even background.


I like to throw everything into a container and ...

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December 27, 2018
Our Year in Review from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

We thought it would be fun to do a little year-in-review post this week, since it is almost time to say goodbye to 2018. What a year it has been! We have traveled to a few countries, enjoyed meeting many fellow stitchers in different parts of the world, and completed a lot of projects and patterns. Here is our year in pictures and posts. Just click on the caption, which is a link to the original post.

Birmingham Festival of Quilts


Birmingham Festival ...

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painters palette rug hooking from Making A Lather

Moving along with the painter's palette for my Cleveland rug. I am very close to finishing. well in rug time, not real time.


And a wonderful picture of my Grandchildren.



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December 20, 2018
Who Needs a Pattern? from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

'Tis the season for giving—and decorating! But as the weather chills and winter comes upon us, it is also a great season for stitching. This year, I (Teri) decided it might be fun to do some free-stitching and practice my spontaneous designing (not my forte), using some felted wool from old sweaters and whatever threads and beads I had on hand that made me happy. I tend to do better with a plan, but I allowed myself to play with various stitches and combinations, trying new threads and just having fun. Here are my results.


A gathered lace flower ...

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December 17, 2018
christmas ornament swap . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Greetings!! It's been so CRAZY!  I love this season so very much, but it is time consuming, ya' know?!?

Stephanie, over at The Enchanting Rose, hosted a sweet ornament exchange this year, and I participated in it!  I was gifted to by Deb, a non-blogger, who took some time to get to know me (via my blog) and really found the perfect little ornament for my tree . . .
Isn't that precious?!  A s'more snowman! Just perfect for me!  In addition, she added some fun little happies to go with the ornament:
What a happy package!

I had the ...

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December 13, 2018
Christmas Markets and a Free Pattern from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

It's been a busy holiday season here in Germany! Christmas markets, cookie decorating, and of course, stitching. Today's post will share a little bit of what's been going on over here, and we have a free ornament pattern as a bonus! 

Christmas markets are quintessentially German, and around here they are in full swing. Last week I did a marathon of four Christmas markets—three in the Black Forest and one locally. Every market is a little different as each town puts their own spin on it. Some are small with a few vendors and others are ...

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December 11, 2018
hooking and quilting from Making A Lather

Apparently, Cleveland is proud of it's night life. For me, I made sparkling grape juice for my Cleveland rug.


I wanted to share a sweet quilt made by a Friday group friend. She designed it herself. She started with a T shirt from her late husband and made the center. He was a vet as well, so she kept each border in that color scheme.  When asked if she was gifting it to someone, she said that she wanted to sleep under it. It is beautiful.  and a treasure.



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December 6, 2018
Dryer Balls from The Quilt Rat

I have been hearing about the use of dryer balls more and more lately and decided to try making a few to see how well they actually work.
If for some unknown reason you have not heard of these, they are suppose to replace the use of dryer sheets, reduce static cling, provide more airflow around your garments in the dryer which should result in less drying time.  Clearly lots of benefits
Of course, a quick Google or You Tube search will yield many tutorials on how to make them. I tried a couple of things, this is what worked ...

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a little wool music from Making A Lather

Just a little music for my cleveland rug



I have a perplexing customer quilt. Her mother made this quilt many years ago and she wants it finished.


It is hand stitched together, but it is not very well made.
And the fabric is not good quality. She deserves to have it done, but it will be very challenging. I do like rescuing old quilts, so... I am not sure what to use for binding. To match the fabric will be hard.


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November 29, 2018
rug hooking from Making A Lather

The bottom right of my Cleveland rug is done and I am finishing up the little bits on the bottom left.


And this string frenzy book came from walmart to live at my house. I ordered it online when the first 500 sold out at Quiltville, and I knew I would not make any of the "announcements" in time.



Two weeks ago, I taught a feather tree class and we had a finish. It is so cute in person. I was so proud of her.

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November 26, 2018
La Droguerie from Quilting Stories

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

A little trip to Paris last week. And for me, going to Paris means visiting and shopping at La Droguerie, my favorite haberdasher's shop. They have their own production and dyeing of great quality yarns. In this wonderful shop you can find quilting fabrics, Liberty fabrics, all sorts of threads, buttons, beads, ribbons... as well as catalogues with their great patterns for children or adults.

I remember when this shop was created in 1975, I was one of their first customer and so happy to find cashmere yarn, out of which I knitted a sweater for the one who ...

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November 25, 2018
Winter Stitching from Val's Quilting Studio

With Winter on our doorsteps and evenings starting earlier and earlier, I spent this morning inventorying my many hand stitching projects that are a WIP and those I'd like to finish by years end. For evening stitching, first up is to put the finishes stitches on my Anni Downs BOM:
This one has been so much fun to work on this past year. I'm admittedly beginning to look forward  to have it finished and hanging in our home.

Next up, is my Sunny Side of the Street wool applique:
I love the combination of cotton and wool. I ...

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November 15, 2018
rug hooking from Making A Lather

Next up on my Cleveland rug is the Westside market near downtown and in a great building. I am often fascinated by old buildings, and I worry that we aren't keeping them by tearing them down and building something new. They are part of our history, so I am thrilled they renewed this one for another purpose.



I taught a workshop for my rug hooking guild this week. We were making feather trees from wool strips.



I really like these women. They are creative and strong. I have learned so much from them over the years. My husband helped ...

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November 14, 2018
A Few Highlights from the International Quilt Market from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


A couple of years ago, Kara and I made our first trek to the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. It was an exciting one, as we had a quilt, our Fairy Tale Album, on exhibit in the show. You can read about the highlights of that trip by clicking here. Unfortunately, with Kara in Germany, it wasn't possible for us to attend together this year, so our good friend and official pattern-tester, Barb, joined me (Teri) for the trip. Enjoy this photo-journal of some highlights of our Market experience. 

We left before dawn and flew over Baltimore as ...

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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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More rug hooking water from Making A Lather

I had success at finishing the water and lower right side of my Cleveland rug. I have just a few attractions to do in the upper part and I can start on the night sky. I  hooked more water here and I hooked more water here. This is a big rug....


My friend Jan has finished her reindeer rug - so cute - great knobby knees haha.


And a quilting friend Sue has finished a turkey table runner          -gobble gobble.


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