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May 7, 2021
Hanging Kitchen Towel Easy Tutorial from Pieced Brain

Hanging Kitchen Towel Easy Tutorial

Check out this Hanging Kitchen Towel Easy Tutorial and make a few in one afternoon. Jazz up your kitchen decor or gift them to family and friends!

I love kitchen towels made with flour sacks – they are very absorbent, easy to clean, and very durable. Some of the ones I use have been in my kitchen for decades! I have a bunch of these sacks just waiting to be made into cute towels and yesterday I spent a couple of hours making this one. Do you like it or do you love it?

I took some photos as I went ...

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April 26, 2021
Progress on UFO's during the Lockdown from Grandma's Red Needle

It's Monday again! How did that happen?! Hope you all had a great week. Lockdown continues (to be eased, phase #2, as from May 1, 2021) and the week has been wet, wet, wet! Lots of rain which caused flooding in the South-eastern part of the island. It has been raining in our area too, but that's nothing compared to the South-East. No venture out except twice a week (lockdown restrictions) and the rain! Thank goodness for fabric and notions, stay inside and stay dry! 

I've taken a break from the pineapple blocks. I am going to ...

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April 18, 2021
New pattern: Buffalo Check Table Topper from Carried Away Quilting

Last year you all shared a lot of love for my new buffalo check patterns, which included two bed quilts (Buffalo Check Winter and Buffalo Check Autumn) and the Buffalo Check Christmas Runner. I also heard from some of you that while you like table runners, you really prefer table toppers! Well, I aim to please, so I came up with a new pattern, my Buffalo Check Table Topper, which is really two patterns in one. Yes, this pattern will provide instructions to make either a Halloween or Christmas table topper for your home!

 


The Buffalo Check Table Topper finishes ...

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March 8, 2021
sparkle Christmas from Making A Lather

I cracked open the sparkle box and started sewing the blocks. I had already cut this out a few years ago. It seemed an easy project to tackle. I am using this UFO for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. Green is the color for March and a good Christmas quilt has plenty of green. I played round and round with chain piecing the squares in a square. 


 This project has been hiding in the ufo closet, so, it was fun to revisit the fabrics. It will be a fun " to go" project since all the thinking is ...

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February 18, 2021
A Lot Of Years In This One! from Sunburnt Quilts

It seems like this quilt has been a long time in the making. I think I bought the pattern and quilt kit over 10 years ago. I didn’t get around to starting it until 7 years later. A long wait. Then when I started making it I was only pulling it out once a month when I went to a Christmas sewing group. And then Covid put a stop to that so I had to get myself organised to work on it at home. I finally managed to finish last year but then had to wait for a while ...

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February 14, 2021
Some “Joyful” from Heart Desire Creations

“No new Works in Progress this year until a few more of existing ones are complete” is what I told myself over and over again at the end of 2020. Well, inspiration hit and a quilter’s gotta do what a quilter’s gotta do! It all happened because while rummaging through a bin, I came upon some long forgotten Robert Kaufman Christmas fabrics. They are so pretty! “Joyful” was born.

Never having done a sixteen patch, but having admired them for such a long time, I decided to do one with this batch of fabric. It’s a fast ...

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January 24, 2021
Fitbit Facts, Quilt Finish, Hawk Run Cross Stitching, Red Comet from Canadian Needle Nana

One of my Christmas gifts was a fitbit. I was especially curious about my sleeping patterns which this records nightly.  You may remember me complaining about insomnia and the general feeling I have that I don't sleep well.  

I've discovered with Ms Fitbit that my amount of sleep averages 7 hours most nights, an occasional night it is 8 and also occasionally it is as few as 6.  So it seems, overall, I'm doing okay in the sleep department but it could be improved. The fitbit clocks the restful sleep too and that is what I've ...

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January 15, 2021
Nearly There. from Sunburnt Quilts

Two more blocks finished for the Dancing Chickens. Flying Pigs top. Only one more to go so I am nearly there. They are such fun blocks. I will be sorry to get to the end but I do have the Christmas one waiting for me from Hatched and Patched, so won’t be concerned for too long.

The blocks have to be eventually trimmed down and a running stitch border has to be added to each one.

Not a lot of other sewing has been done as we have had a few days away at the beach with our family ...

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January 10, 2021
How I Spent My Christmas Vacation from Canadian Needle Nana

 I have enjoyed my little unintended hiatus/sabbatical from the internet very much. I thought of taking Christmas week to read more and write some and that time was so enjoyable, it stretched out. I also stitched a bit and enjoyed making the most of our quiet Christmas time together. 

So since last talking to you I did these things.

Ate a lot of cookies! This was definitely the Christmas of the cookies for us as friends and family dropped off an array of yummy treats.

Continued to enjoy this arrangement from the First Wife's family and so grateful ...

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Christmas Ribbons from Appalachian Quilts

I have blogged before about quilts I have made over the years - some of them I love, some, well, not so much.  As a shop owner, you are tasked with making samples.  Samples of new patterns, samples of new fabric lines and samples for classes are all necessary to help customers envision what the fabric/pattern would look like.  Not everyone has the same taste as you, so you have to stretch yourself.  Sometimes you end up liking something way out of your comfort zone, so I never really minded much.

When I made this Christmas Ribbons quilt, I absolutely ...

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January 9, 2021
I got ROYAL mail.............. from Exuberant Color


I feel so special!  I got Royal Mail!  My friend Lesley from the UK sent me this Christmas card on the 12/14 and I got it 2 days ago.  She has sent me many postcards from her travels around the UK too.  I visited my daughter's family when they lived over there so I know a little bit about the country but Lesley has filled me in on so much more of the history.



Back to playing with blocks.  I decided to try an on point setting because I have never used that with a 16 patch before ...

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January 7, 2021
A little more to add to the story….. from Quilting with Kimberly

Thank you all for your lovely comments about my last blog post. Reading all your comments and feeling the love in your words means so much to me. Truly! (If you didn’t read my last post, you can read it by CLICKING HERE.

There’s a little more to the Christmas gifting story I’d like to share. 

I wanted to do something special for Tim at Christmas and also for his sweet granddaughter, Maddie, who I met briefly at Bill’s Memorial Service last year. You see, Maddie and Bill were very close and she even spoke at ...

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January 6, 2021
Packing Up from Romany Quilting

Gemma let her feelings known, Christmas is over and it’s time to pack it all away, she thinks.  Why else would she be taking a swipe at Santa and knock him over?  She does look a little guilty, doesn’t she?

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Poor Santa

So the last day or two I’ve been packing the Christmas  things away, and putting the normal things back in place.  The brass needed a bit of attention, so I sat outside on the patio, rubber gloves on, cleaner and cloths to the ready, and started a little polishing.  These jugs usually reside on the ...

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December 29, 2020
Red and Green Quilted 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

Love it!

Love this one too!

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December 28, 2020
Weekly update: hiking, feasting, quilting, reading from With Strings Attached

 Thursday evening:   the first Christmas Eve service I've attended with my sewing machine.  That was so we could watch the Lessons and Carols on our church's YouTube channel.   We fervently hope that this was a one-and-only and that next year we can worship in person.  We dimmed the lights and lit candles for  Silent Night.  







Christmas dinner: roast beef, acorn squash, braised parsnips. Pear/spinach salad.  Cranberry-pumpkin upside down cake.  The vintage tablecloth just covered the table. (The table is mid-19th century and not a standard size.)   And when was the last time you used a pickle fork ...

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December 27, 2020
2020 Recap and 2021 goals (maybe) from Pointless Quilter

 Here is my 2020 Goal list of quilt.  I updated in red.  It was not a good quilting year for me.

ow sleeves I started 2 years ago.  (February)

1.  Finish the remaining 9 of the 12  pillow sleeves I started 2 years ago for the boutique. Nope - didn't even touch them.
2.  Orca Bay (Started about 3 or 4 years ago)  Top finished in November.
3.  Straits of Mackinac (Green & White)   Haven't touched it since the class in the summer of 2019.
4.  Summer Swoon 16  - Finished.
5.  Boutique Items - Due to Covid, our boutique was cancelled ...

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Creativity Abounds from From the Strawberry Patch...

We spent Christmas Eve day with our daughter and her family in the Capital City. Lucy Ann was eager to take me upstairs to their finished, converted attic space which has become her (and her brother's) play room. They do allow their father a secluded corner of the space for his work-from-home office.

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Creativity Abounds from From the Strawberry Patch...

We spent Christmas Eve day with our daughter and her family in the Capital City. Lucy Ann was eager to take me upstairs to their finished, converted attic space which has become her (and her brother's) play room. They do allow their father a secluded corner of the space for his work-from-home office.

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December 26, 2020
Smarter Than Me! from From the Strawberry Patch...

And, just like that, Christmas is a memory; a most happy one for us thanks to these four.Santa brought a new television for my sewing room. That purchase necessitated the removal of this big, hulking, heavy television out of it's custom-made cubby where it's been living, happily, for many years; it was blissfully unaware that technology advancements were rocketing by, (as was its owner) leaving

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Smarter Than Me! from From the Strawberry Patch...

And, just like that, Christmas is a memory; a most happy one for us thanks to these four.Santa brought a new television for my sewing room. That purchase necessitated the removal of this big, hulking, heavy television out of it's custom-made cubby where it's been living, happily, for many years; it was blissfully unaware that technology advancements were rocketing by, (as was its owner) leaving

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