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May 17, 2021
Welcome Neddy, Vintage Tumbling Blocks Quilt, Bird Watching from Canadian Needle Nana

Our spring started with a bang warm enough to wear shorts for the shorts wearing crowd. Then it fizzled into these late weeks of weak almost nonexistent sun, low temperatures and chill bearing winds. It is just weather, though sad for us that it doesn't help to brighten our gloomy news on that other front. It seems our strict lockdown might have to continue into June. 

One morning the mallard on the pond was feeling the cold and kept tucking his neck in. From my great distance, I couldn't tell exactly what this was.

Another morning the mallards ...

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May 16, 2021
Stitching Time: Week 20 of 2021 from Life In Pieces


It's been a very busy week. I've spent so much time at work on the computer that there has been no desire to even turn on my personal computer. Consequently, I'm massively behind on email responses and blog reading.  The long work hours haven't helped my stitching mojo either.  This is what my tracking spreadsheet shows for this week. 


 So the weekly metrics look pretty dismal. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 0/7 days
  • 15 minute days/May = 5/7 days
  • 15 minutes days 2021 = 115/135 days
  • Success rate = 85.19% 
My goal for the year ...

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Black and White Colour Blocks and More Placemats from The Cozy Quilter

This week, I had to cut a few extra black and white squares to finish these blocks but all 25 are done now. I have these blocks up on my design wall while I contemplate sashing/border options.  I used up all sorts of small bits and pieces in my black and white stash so now my variety in these fabrics is depleted a bit.  I will not be buying more for the time being.   


Much of our time this week was spent outside, cleaning up gardens, weeding, spitting perennials, moving plants, etc.  Sunday morning, we hope to be outside ...

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May 9, 2021
Placemat Production from The Cozy Quilter

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, aunts, grandmothers and others who nurture their friends and families!  

I have been working hard this week to finish off my 12 placemats for Meals on Wheels.  I used up some of my batting scraps strips, zigzagged together for this project--the bin is still full...sigh. I fear that all of my scrap bins are bottomless, somewhat like Mary Poppin's duffle bag. The scraps for these three placemats are leftovers from a quilt I made for my aunt a couple of years ago.  The placemats are about 12” by 18”. 


 I ...

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May 2, 2021
Stitching Time: Week 18 of 2021 from Life In Pieces


It was definitely Spring this week.  No more freezing temperatures in the mornings, I only needed a light sweater to head out the door to work.  So the weather has been nice, but work hasn't been.  There were several late nights last week and that definitely affected my stitching time for the week.

  • 15 minute days/week = 4/7 days
  • 15 minute days/April = 23/30 days
  • 15 minute days/May = 1/1 days
  • 15 minute days/2021 = 111/121
  • Success rate = 91.74%  
April hasn't been a good month for stitching time, I didn't hit 7 ...

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Spring Sewing from The Cozy Quilter

Well, winter did not rear its head this week, thankfully, even though it was a bit chilly for a couple of days.  

I managed a few hours in the sewing room this week and completed two more placemats for Meals on Wheels.  I have three more tops made and they will be quilted and bound this coming week.  I have fabric picked out for the rest of the dozen placemats I will be making and hope to finish them soon as well.  I am the type of person who likes to get things done ahead of time so I don ...

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April 30, 2021
Bee Food, Mini Quilt Finish and Cross Stitch Start, Take Out Treat from Canadian Needle Nana

Sure sign of spring. Happy to spy this lone dandelion down by the pond...first food for the bees.

Snow yesterday and very cold today but spring is trying its best to take over. Robins are all over the place.

This nuthatch made many trips to the ground which was unusual as they normally stay on tree trunks. I think it may have been gathering material for a nest.  Our nuthatch numbers keep rising so I'm thinking they are nesting nearby.
 
I have a plan to sew table toppers for the smaller pieces of furniture I have around the ...

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April 25, 2021
Stitching Time: Week 17 of 2021 from Life In Pieces



The week was mostly wet and cold, with a dusting of snow on Tuesday.  So it wasn't a nice week for getting out, going to work and coming home.  Friday, I ended up leaving work early with a killer headache and a low grade fever.  Thankfully I felt much better on Saturday after making a very early night of it on Friday. The headache wasn't very conductive to stitching time, so I'm a day short this week. 
  • 15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Apr = 20/24 days
  • 15 minute days/2021 = 107/114 ...

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Spring to Winter and Back to Spring Again from The Cozy Quilter

We had weird weather this week...Spring and then Winter and then Spring again!  Finn not too keen to go outside on Wednesday morning but did eventually do what he needed to do.  Then he stuck his face in the snow before coming back inside to snuggle with me on the couch while I hand stitched some binding on the placemats I made for Meals on Wheels. 


 




It melted right away on the driveway and sidewalks so at least we did not have to shovel it!  By Friday, it had all melted and we were in our spring jackets again ...

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April 21, 2021
Feeding Cattle and the Popcorn Tree... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Peek -A- Boo 


The Old White Cow

peeked her head out of the barn 

as we were driving by






We are checking on the heifers and their calves

this morning @ the lower barn...






This is Golden Girl's sister,

Goldie and her first calf






Althea smells the new bale of hay

the cowboy just put in the barn for the heifers...




The Flowering Cherry Trees

in the front yard are putting on a show:


When the white buds begin to bloom

they remind me of popcorn popping





I call them the....Popcorn Trees






Spring arrived early in Western Oregon

this ...

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April 20, 2021
So Much More! from From the Strawberry Patch...

This is the chancel in our new church home. A few weeks ago, when we were moving in and preparing for Holy Week services and the like it became obvious that there wasn't enough space on the altar for the addition of altar flowers. In our congregation, members sign up for particular Sundays to donate and bring in altar flowers to the glory of God for the worship service. I mentioned to Mr.

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So Much More! from From the Strawberry Patch...

This is the chancel in our new church home. A few weeks ago, when we were moving in and preparing for Holy Week services and the like it became obvious that there wasn't enough space on the altar for the addition of altar flowers. In our congregation, members sign up for particular Sundays to donate and bring in altar flowers to the glory of God for the worship service. I mentioned to Mr.

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April 19, 2021
Cakes and Puppies, Quilted Stars and Flowers in Blues from Canadian Needle Nana

 Hello all. A sincere thank you for the emails we are still receiving. All read, all appreciated and put a smile on my face.

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April 18, 2021
Stitching Time: Week 16 of 2021 from Life In Pieces


Life is good when you can take Friday off and you have the house to yourself.  It meant a full day of stitching to kick off the weekend. I was definitely ready for a day off after the madness that has been work the last couple of weeks.  I was doing so well till we were late getting home one night (4:30 PM phone calls with the West Coast tend to not end at 5 PM CT). 

  • 15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Apr = 14/17 days
  • 15 minute days/2021 = 101/107 days
Not ...

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April 17, 2021
Sewing My Scraps and some Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

The colours for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month are light and medium/bright blue so I made two more blocks for my RSC challenge quilt for 2021. I used 17 different blues in each block. 




Here are the five blocks I have made so far this year.  


 One of the guilds I belong to, the Elgin Piecemakers, has taken on a new charity project this year.  We have 20 members and we have each agreed to make 12 placemats before November to be distributed to all of the Meals on Wheels recipients in our county.  I got started on ...

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April 10, 2021
Easter from From the Strawberry Patch...

Another Easter has come and gone; and, in this week following, spring has got a full grip on the weather, the pollen has begun to descend in thick, yellow waves, covering everything in its sight. We celebrated Jesus' Resurrection with worship in our new church last Sunday; there was a large crowd (highest attendance ever for our little mission church) of faithful folks in attendance, it was an

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Easter from From the Strawberry Patch...

Another Easter has come and gone; and, in this week following, spring has got a full grip on the weather, the pollen has begun to descend in thick, yellow waves, covering everything in its sight. We celebrated Jesus' Resurrection with worship in our new church last Sunday; there was a large crowd (highest attendance ever for our little mission church) of faithful folks in attendance, it was an

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April 8, 2021
What's Happening? from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

 

Spring has officially hit the state of Maryland, and I (Teri) have been enjoying some beautiful long walks, enjoying all the flowers in bloom. There is nothing that inspires us more than nature, with all its bountiful beauty. I guess it's no surprise that we stitch so many flowers!

Even as the world is starting to slowly open up again, at least here in the US, we are staying quite busy with new designs for online stitching programs. Participating in several stitch alongs this past year has been such a fun way to "meet" new stitching friends, while we ...

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April 1, 2021
Springtime Inspiration and Happy Easter! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

This time of year is so beautiful here in Germany. After a long, cold, winter, each flower that pops out is a welcome feast for these eyes that have seen nothing but grey. Those blooms provide so much inspiration for the type of stitching we do, and each year, both Teri and I (Kara) take a plethora of pictures as reference for future projects. Here is a little bit of our German inspiration.







Spring isn't the only source of inspiration over here. Since we will be leaving Germany in May, I have been actively trying to purchase some European ...

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March 23, 2021
Spring in the Mountains and in the Garden from From My Carolina Home

Spring has sprung in the mountains! On our property, our cherry is starting to bloom. I’m not sure what variety this is, I think it is a Japanese cherry, but I really don’t know. I’ve never seen any fruit on it. Or else the birds and bears are eating them before I notice any. Still, the pretty pink blooms on the edge of the meadow say spring is here. I just hope we don’t get a late freeze.

As we drove over to the vaccination clinic last week, I noticed that the weeping cherries were blooming ...

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