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June 16, 2021
Christmas in June and More from The Modern Diary

Finally got outside early one morning (to avoid the heat--which has now finally left us) to get a good picture of Wild and Goosey.  Thinking it might be big enough but...
I got started on some Christmas presents and made a tool belt for Bear, Hazel and some other little one.
Made several fun frogs and gave one to Jay since he admired it.  Will be giving one to Colton and one to Lily and one to who knows who.
On Monday my best friend Monica and her hubby came to visit (they went to a Brewer game Sunday and ...

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June 12, 2021
June is for Purple! from The Modern Diary

I finally had an easy time with this block now that I am on number six and have written tips on the pattern (start at the bottom for example).  I ordered another aqua fabric which hopefully works with this one since I do not have anything of similar shade in my entire stash.  I never knew there were so many aquas!  I do not have enough for framing each block so I thought if I did half in another aqua and put it all together it would look decent.  Linking up with SoScrappy!

I organize my strings each month too ...

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January 6, 2021
quilty gifts from Making A Lather

I had some great Christmas gifts from my hubby. Probably a big favorite is my new mister for spray starch. He also bought a gallon of best press. I really like how it works. At our last sew in, the hostess made home made spray starch with vodka. It worked great too, but, I wouldn't know my way around a liquor store. I plan on starching everything. haha


best press and mister

I asked for these go dies. I own the studio and usually stick to studio dies, but these were a good deal. And I want to try ...

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December 27, 2020
The Gifts of Christmas from The Cozy Quilter

Our daughter has been very busy over the last few months, working on gifts for us and her grandmother. I knew about the bee picture for her grandmother, but had no idea she was making something for us as well.  "Home for the Holidays" was a stitch-along at the Barmy Fox on Instagram.  Each day for 3 1/2 weeks, there were new stitches to learn and add to her picture. It looks great on our mantle with my little gnome. She learned several new stitches including the whipped backstitch, the feather stitch, the open and closed fly stitch, padded ...

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December 20, 2020
Santa's Helper from The Cozy Quilter

Last week, I mentioned that I had made a surprise gift for a friend.  This block was one of 12 free blocks --part of the Quiltmas Spectacular Block sampler that is available for free until the end of December 2020.  I have printed all the blocks, hoping to make several over the next year or so --somehow incorporating them into gifts for next year.  This block is called "Santa's Helper". 


 My quilty friend, Sandra, posted the picture below on Instagram recently, and once I saw this block pattern, I knew that I had to make it for her. 


I ...

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December 13, 2020
More Christmas Gifts from The Cozy Quilter

We are one week closer to Christmas and my gift making is just about done.  I finished off this knitted face cloth this week and it has been gifted to a friend.  For me, one of the best parts of Christmas is making gifts for family and friends.  Since I learned to knit this year, all of my friends received a little knitted something in their Christmas parcels.  I delivered my friends' gifts this week.  

I started one more facecloth this week, just because I had the yarn to make it and I like to keep myself busy, especially when ...

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December 6, 2020
Gift Making from The Cozy Quilter

This has been a busy week with not very much time spent in my sewing room.  I did manage to make a zippered pouch as a gift for a swap with one of my guilds. I need to get this in the mail this week so it had a deadline!  The pattern is from Noodlehead...I have made several of these pouches as gifts over the last few years.  I don't even need to look at the instructions anymore!  



 I have a stash of zippers in various colours for these pouches so I am always ready to make a ...

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December 4, 2020
Christmas Thread Set Gifties from Sew Karen-ly Created...

 Last year, looking for quick and unique gifts, I stitched up this cute little poinsettia mat using Aurifil 12 weight thread. It was fun to do, and I ended up making several of them.

I printed the pattern and instructions, and put together little Aurifil thread kits, perfect for Christmas stitching and gifting. Last year these were the Christmas special at the various pop-up shops and venues where I was vending, but this year being what it is, they are now available from the website.  
These pieces have all been stitched on my regular domestic sewing machine, set up for ...

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November 5, 2020
Kimberly’s Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

‘Tis the season to be jolly! That means decking the halls and spending time with loved ones, which means it’s now time to take care of your gift list, so you can enjoy more of the first two things! If you still need ideas for your fabulous quilter friends (Kimberly’s Stitch Squad, I’m looking at you), I have compiled some of my favorite gift-worthy items to help you with your holiday shopping.  Share this post with your besties because, you know, sharing is caring!

I hope you enjoy “window shopping” this Quilting Holiday Gift Guide, and if ...

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November 4, 2020
Kimberly’s Holiday Gift Guide for Cross Stitchers from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year, but in the run up to Christmas it’s really time to panic (just a little) about the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas seems to creep up earlier and earlier each year, and if you have gifts for your family and friends all sorted, kudos! But if you (or your partner, hint hint) could use some help with gifts for your crafty crew, I’ve got you. These gift ideas for cross stitchers will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy (and calm!) this holiday season.

Here is my ...

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July 13, 2020
Give Love | Gift Gorgeous Quilts from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

You know the saying, “One who sleeps under a quilt is comforted by love?” When you give a quilt, you aren’t just giving a quilt. You’re giving love, inspiration, wonder, joy, peace, comfort, and so much more. Fueled by love, we are inspired to create for those we hold dear and a handmade quilt is a perfect representation of that love. This year, give handmade for the holidays.

Give Love || T-Shirt Quilt

Give love during the holidays with a T-Shirt Quilt. Make a graduate a quilt filled with sports memorabilia, create a treasure using grand-dads button ups, make ...

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Give Love | Easy Gift Ideas from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Nothing says holidays like homemade. Instead of spending all of your time this year trying to figure out what to buy for that special someone in your life, harness all of that creative energy into a unique crafty gift! Handcrafted gifts come from the heart, each stitch placed carefully with love.

Remember that when it comes to handmade gifts, Jenny always says “finished is better than perfect.” Wrap up any fears you have about creating a homemade gift and show off your craftsmanship with an easy gift idea that will be adored this holiday season! Give love this holiday season ...

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July 10, 2020
Get this free quilting pattern for a Christmas wall hanging from Pieced Brain

Get this free quilting pattern for a Christmas wall hanging

Download today this free quilting pattern that I designed for Moda Fabrics and begin making a beautiful and easy Christmas quilt for the perfect Holiday home decor! It will look fantastic by the mantel or as a table topper – you decide!

Starry Eve

“Starry Eve” measures 59-1/2″ x 59-1/2″, the blocks finish at 20-1/2″, and the center block is machine appliqued. The gorgeous fabrics are from the Poinsettias and Pine Metallic collection by Moda Fabrics. It has all our favorite traditional holiday colors, with aqua for added brightness.

This Christmas quilt pattern is ideal to display all ...

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June 19, 2020
Christmas quilt patterns for the wall and lap from Pieced Brain

Christmas quilt patterns for the wall and lap

Let’s get ahead of the game and pull out our red and green fabrics to use with these two fun Christmas quilt patterns! Choose one (or both) and get it ready over the weekend. They have just been published in the Christmas Quilting book by Annie’s Quilting.

Photograph by Annie’s Quilting. Used with permission.

Holiday Stars on page 25 measures 51″ x 67″ and the blocks are 16″. I used fabrics from the Holiday Decadence collection by Hoffman Fabrics. The prints are beautiful with pine cones, robins, seasonal words… all wrapped in lots of gold trim.

This ...

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January 4, 2020
The Mandalorian from StitchinGirlMary's Blog

Our oldest son Ed is a huge Star Wars fan. When the Disney Plus channel first announced, I was annoyed that they were pulling all their movies/shows off the entertainment platforms we already had. Eddie was excited because he had heard about some of the new shows they were coming out with. I said I wasn’t purchasing another entertainment platform. He bought a subscription for the family. ❤ One of the many pleasures of having adult children still home.

Eddie watched the first Mandalorian episode and told his father and I that we would love it. Ed, the child ...

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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 17, 2019
Christmas Stockings from Mama Spark's World

I know I said I wouldn't be back but I wanted to share the Christmas stockings I made this year.   My daughter's best friend had twin girls and this will be their first Christmas.   I made stockings for their mom and dad when they got married (my shower gift)  and I bought enough fabric to make stockings for future kids.   I really loved doing this and did the same for a few other close

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November 8, 2019
Bringing Home the Tree Cross Stitch Along from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Lori Holt’s latest cross stitch pattern, Bringing Home the Tree, commemorates a wonderful holiday pastime. Do you remember piling into the car and heading out on your annual Christmas tree farm trip? The whole family got together to pick just the right tree that you would all later gather around and decorate for the Holidays. Let’s relive this fun tradition with the Bringing Home the Tree Cross Stitch Along!

Because we know you’re going to want one of these in time for the holidays, Kimberly is kicking off the cross stitch along with the Bringing Home the ...

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