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April 27, 2021
New Releases - Crazy Ornaments from Kitty and Me Designs

 Here's some fun new cross stitch ornaments for Summer!!



Crazy Apples, Crazy Pears and Crazy Watermelons!!  Designed for 14 count Perforated Paper but can be stitched on 14 count Aida.  No fractional stitches!!

Pretty little ornaments, bookmarks or magnets!

Find them in my Etsy store!

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December 29, 2020
December, 2020. from Sunburnt Quilts

2020. Certainly a year that will not be forgotten in a hurry.

Here in Victoria, Australia we are having a lovely December. After our total lock down we have experienced 60 days without community transmission. That has been a wonderful achievement and well worth all those stay at home days.

With our new found freedom and a lot of sunny weather a lot of time has been spent outside. The garden is loving the attention. But the other side is that very little sewing has been done. There are a few bits to share. Even when I did have a ...

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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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December 24, 2020
Merry Christmas! from Where Art & Life Meet

When I was young, on December 24th we had a special Christmas eve dinner and then we would open our Christmas presents under the Christmas tree. If we were visiting my grandmother at her house in Colorado, we did the same. The only difference was that she had live candles on her tree and no… Continue reading Merry Christmas!

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December 18, 2020
Holiday Crafting from The Snarky Quilter

My hope that I will create cute and charming crafted items springs eternal at this time of year, Covid or no Covid. Over the years I have learned that simpler is better, I should double any time estimate for creation, … Continue reading

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December 2, 2020
Make Quick & Easy Snowflake Ornaments with Your Cricut from Craftcore

With my free cut file download, you’ll be making these layered snowflake ornaments in no time at all! All you’ll need is 3 colours of cardstock (thicker is better for stability), a thin ribbon, scissors, and double sided tape – and your Cricut cutting machine, of course! Assembly is simple for this cute project. Enjoyable for kids to assemble too!

Watch the Assembly Tutorial

Download the Snowflake Template

I’ve ...

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November 24, 2020
Live EPP Class on Zoom! from Seaside Stitches

Have some fabric scraps, needle and thread? Join me for a Live EPP Ornament class next Wednesday! I'll be doing live demos, providing step-by-step instruction and answering your questions throughout the 2 hour class. Beginners are welcome, even if you didn't already know that EPP stands for English Paper Piecing.
 

 

You will need to print the templates onto a sheet of cover stock before class starts, so please plan accordingly. (I've heard that not everyone has a printer and a supply of card stock at home.)
 
You do not need to have your own Zoom account to ...

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February 11, 2020
Early Stockings? from Sunburnt Quilts

Maybe early, maybe late – depending on which Christmas you are aiming for. These stockings had no deadline, so I am saying early.

This is a set of four stockings made from a panel, from a long time ago. I can’t remember the manufacturer.

The design was lovely and only needed some outline stitching.

My machine has a setting that gives a hand stitched look to the outlining.

I am happy to now store these away with the rest of the Christmas goodies to wait their turn until December.

I am also keeping my Christmas theme going with completing felt ...

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January 26, 2020
A Lovely Long Weekend. from Sunburnt Quilts

Australia Day. It is a lovely time to have a long weekend and celebrate our nation.

January always ends up being a very busy time in the garden.

I love seeing these happy sunflowers.

We have been keeping up with berry picking.

And jam making.

Fresh corn is being picked also.

Apricots have been harvested. Lots of these have been preserved or jammed.

Some sewing bits and pieces have been done in between all of this. Some little Christmas decorations were finished. These are a pattern from many years ago from BHG.

These extra snowmen are from Trish Harriman of ...

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January 19, 2020
New Cross Stitch Pattern Releases from Kitty and Me Designs

Have I ever mentioned that I really don't like January?  It's like the month that never ends!

I've kept myself quite busy designing some new cross stitch patterns. 

First is another set of ornament design in the Crazy Ornaments series:

Crazy Easter Eggs can be worked on Perforated Paper or on 14 count Aida.  Don't you love how I sneak some Crazy Quilting in my Cross Stitch designs!!

I've also added some new cats to my Colorful Cats series:



There will be more.  I come up with the names first and then I do the ...

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January 8, 2020
Happy 2020. from Sunburnt Quilts

Time to get back into sewing and blogging for 2020. Decorations are packed away for another year. And I have scared the daylights out of myself by collecting together all the projects needing a finish.

I have returned to working on Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. I looked back at my posts and realised I have not touched it since March last year. That was around the time the building started here. Lots was put aside around then. So here are blocks 3 and 4.

Glad to be back to it and seeing progress.

This is the centre of a ...

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January 3, 2020
Pin It Weekly #301 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 Geez, I'm struggling. This bout of depression is really sticking to me, but I'm determined to just wait it out until it gets out. In the meantime, I have managed two minutes in the studio, some babysitting, and some pinning. Yes, I know, but there's been quite a bit of waiting in doctors' offices, so ....




 What have I been pinning you ask? Well, I'm not quite over Christmas. I know others have put away their trees and packed up their pretties, but I'm just not ready. I want to wait and enjoy them when the ...

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January 2, 2020
2020 Goals and projects from Pointless Quilter

So for 2020 our friendship group is having a similar WIP challenge as a popular quilt magazine.  You list 10 items on your WIPs list and assign a month to it.  Your goal is to at least work on that quilt during that month.  You don't have to finish the quilt - just make some progress.  We also have a second challenge to use a ruler, template or tool that you bought and have never used and to include text somehow. 

Here is my quilt list for 2020.  a

1.  Finish the 9 pillow sleeves I started 2 years ago ...

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January 1, 2020
2019 Quilt and Cross Stitch Parade from Pointless Quilter

Even with this being the crappiest year, I have surprised myself on how much I did get done.  I had 13 items on my 2019 Goals list and I was able to finish 8 of them.  (Orange Jamestown Landing, Good Fortune BH Mystery) Black/Tan Idol quilt, Guild mystery, Moda Blockhead, Consignment Blue quilt, Trick or Treat, Material Girl Challenge-curved leaves) 

Cross Stitching has been added to my hobby list which was a blessing to have since I spent a lot of time sitting in a hospital and rehab with my dad.  So without any further ado...

The Quilts...




The ...

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December 29, 2019
Christmas continues... from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I finally got into the studio today. I didn't know what to do, except clean house, but what fun is that? So, as we say in French comme ├ža va (as it goes), I decided to start a new project. New projects generally create messes, so as we also say comme de fait (as it does) I made the already big mess beaucoup plus much bigger. 


But the mess is worth it! Because look what I pulled off. Today. I know. It is after Christmas. That's okay. I just had an itch. It's been weeks, WEEKS I ...

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December 20, 2019
Follow Up Requests. from Sunburnt Quilts

This is a quick post to answer a couple of questions and follow up on some requests.

Jenny and Susan asked for close up pics of the trees with the snow hearts. These are the felt ones.

And these are the fabric and felt hearts.

These were made with a free pattern from Bunny Hill designs. They have been remade this year as an ornament. Follow this link to the patterns which are still available. Also go to the blog for a lot of other free patterns.

Susan, you also mentioned the tray of embroideries.

These are a set of ...

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December 17, 2019
Merry December. from Sunburnt Quilts

December seems to be running away very quickly. I thought I had better write a post before it disappears completely.

Summer has been a long time coming. The weather has been quite mild except for the rare hot day. But of course that is about to change. We have some very hot days coming this week.

Sewing has been happening in bits and pieces. Lots of projects half finished that may have to wait until after Christmas. But there are a few little bits completed.

The one large and three small trees are a Kris Kringle gift at one of ...

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December 14, 2019
Christmas 2019: A TREE from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


I have not been doing much crafting. Or sewing. Or quilting. However, before leaving for Disney I made a couple of decorations for the tree. They are simply strings of large beads on a very thin wire. I added skinny ribbon to hang them on the branches. 

I really like them. They aren't showy like most ornaments, but they are pretty. I hung each one on a branch so that it dangles freely any time the tree moves, which is when the tykes are here. That's been a few days in the last two weeks.


At nap time ...

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December 8, 2019
Fabric Star Ornaments from Creatin' in the Sticks

Today was a fun day for me.

I was invited to demonstrate a quick project at my local quilt shop,

Fabric Star Ornaments fit the bill.


You can't get much quicker than these ornaments.
It's a simple fold over and sew method with HeatNBond Lite.


We made kits for the shop and they were a hit.
If you would like to try the pattern, it's free to you, my readers
for the next week.
Click HERE for the free PDF Pattern ...

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December 1, 2019
Crazy Trees from Kitty and Me Designs

I thought I'd take a break from Crazy Quilting and do some cross stitch.  I always loved cross stitching and my latest ornament designs have been calling me!

I picked up some Perforated Paper and stitched up one of my Crazy Tree ornaments:

I plan to do another one or two of these but had to order a couple of the Mill Hill Crystal Treasure stars.

When I finally can buy a house, I plan to glue felt to the back and add a magnet.  I won't be putting up a big tree anymore so these will be ...

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