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June 8, 2021
embroidery on silk dupion [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidery on silk dupion

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June 6, 2021
new [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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May 31, 2021
patterning from Karen Ann Ruane

patterning with hand embroidery embroidery

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May 29, 2021
Joy Quilt Block and Pattern from Curlicue Creations

This is the Joy quilt block.  It pairs with the Faith quilt block that I showed last week.
This is an update for a block pattern in my Etsy shop.  Here's how I made it:

I used a fusible applique method for this block,  Here's some of the leaf pieces laid out on the back of the green fabric.

These are the flower centers fused to the back of the yellow orange fabric.

Cutting out the fused patches.

Arranging leaves on the background square.

Arranging stems and flowers on the background square.

Adding more leaves.  At this point ...

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April 30, 2021
Assemble! from Becca's Crazy Projects

I bought this Marvel Avenger's panel several years ago. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with it but I knew I had to have it. Recently, Sam Hunter of Hunter's Design Studio released a pattern for making panels into bigger, throw-size quilts with paper pieced borders. I rushed to Hunter's Design Studio to buy my pdf copy. 
I was too impatient to use the included paper piecing patterns so I made a bunch of flying geese. I promise you I'm going to use those paper piecing patterns. Just not in this ...

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April 22, 2021
We're Back "In the Garden" Again: Cornflowers from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As Kara stated last week, we will be revisiting our time capsule of posts from a few years ago, and going back In the Garden. We will be using many of the stitches we learned in our Hopeful Flowers Stitch Along, and sharing tips in our Hopeful Stitchers Facebook group. Since this post was first published, the quilt has been assembled, quilted, bound, and taught in two year-long BOMs at Primitive Homespuns. We hope that you will enjoy our return visit In the Garden, and if you have already stitched some of the blocks, perhaps you might share some of ...

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April 12, 2021
More Masks from Becca's Crazy Projects

A friend asked for some more masks so I grabbed some fabrics and got cutting. Lining and outer pieces cut and ready to go. Now, where did I leave those adjustable ear bands? 
I searched and searched and couldn't find them. I ended up having to do some tidying to find them. They were somewhat buried in the piles of creativity I have on my cutting table. I didn't have to dig very deep after all. That cutting table is still a mess.
These masks are really easy to cut with quilting rulers and your rotary cutter. You ...

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Trifecta of Quilts! from Heart Desire Creations

It’s been a couple of weeks. Spring has really sprung here and I’ve been outside enjoying all the color and amazing nature. Uhhh, the pollen not so much! In absolute contrast, last week we went up to the Blue Ridge Mountains for a couple of days to celebrate my birthday and it snowed! It didn’t stick, was pretty to watch – the best kind.

And now for a fabulous delivery made to my home last week. Thank you to Dolores for three amazing quilts she has donated for Hospice. She is an excellent and long time quilter and ...

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April 8, 2021
Never Ending Sampler Panel 7 Band 7 from Kitty and Me Designs

 If you're working the Never Ending Sampler, here is the next installment:

This is Panel 7 Band 7 and you can find all the PDF files here:

If you want to see some gorgeous stitched pieces, please join Fans Of Kitty And Me Designs on Facebook.  Some of the ladies are working this design in a single color and others are working it in multiple colors.  They're all so beautiful!!!

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March 28, 2021
Mod Arrows quilt pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts

The Mod Arrows quilt pattern is now available! This is a fun and easy modern quilt pattern, and the best part is that the arrows are precut-friendly so you can dive into your stash or use a fat quarter bundle.

I never get tired of bright rainbows, but here are a few other color ideas!

Mod Arrows mockup by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |
Queen size
Mod Arrows mockup by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |
Full size
Mod Arrows mockup by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |
Lap size

The pattern was originally published in McCall’s Quilting under the name “Primarily Geese,” and I’ve updated and expanded it to include six sizes from crib to king!

Primarily Geese/Mod Arrows quilt detail by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |
Primarily Geese/Mod Arrows quilt detail by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying ...

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March 26, 2021
The Golden Hen Pincushion Pattern and Giveaway from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Golden Hen pincushion

I just finished updating one of the first three patterns I wrote. The Golden Hen pattern that I originally created as a baby rattle is now available as a pincushion. Oh my goodness, it feels so good to get something off of my list of things to do!! I love these hens and they are so much fun to make. I am literally smiling the whole time I make them because they are so stinking cute. Here at Casa de DEMOO, I am working on a flock of them. I will be listing them as finished goods in my Etsy ...

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March 23, 2021
The Never Ending Sampler Panel 7 Band 5 from Kitty and Me Designs

 Panel 7 Band 5 of The Never Ending Sampler. 


You can find the first 5 parts here:
Sorry it looks a little messy but I broke this section into 2 parts.
Happy Stitching!

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March 18, 2021
the second one from Karen Ann Ruane

hand embroidered flower on silk

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March 17, 2021
hand embroidered heart [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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hand embroidered heart

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March 8, 2021
Petrichor — New Rainbow Quilt Pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts

If you follow me over on Instagram, I shared this quilt design a couple of weeks ago as part of the IG hop celebrating Sassafras Lane’s new fabric collection “Favorite Things” for Windham Fabrics, where it got an enthusiastic reception. I’m excited to be able to release the quilt pattern today.

“Petrichor” is the smell of rain on parched earth, and I think it captures the general feeling of this quilt design quite nicely. (Much thanks to Rebecca L. for suggesting this name, and teaching me a new word in the process of naming this quilt!)

Swirled detail of Petrichor quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

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March 2, 2021
vintage sewing set ~ scissor fob from Charm About You

A satisfying and useful little make, combining things I love and using up what I have - this scissor fob is keeping my scissors safe!

I have been so enjoying a lot of hand stitching time recently and my cross stitch obsession is growing. Counted cross stitch is so relaxing, I have to concentrate enough so that my mind is not engulfed in worries or to do lists (as it often is) and the patterns mean that even though you are repeating the same stitch over and over it doesn't get boring. Also you can create little projects like this ...

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February 28, 2021
embroidery on silk, sampling [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidery on silk, sampling

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February 26, 2021
embroidered samples [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidered samples

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February 25, 2021
life is short you're capable from Charm About You

Life is short You're Capable hand embroidered on decorative pillow with tassels in the corners of the pillow and loose ribbon and thread spool next to it

I made a thing! The original plan was for this to be a pincushion but I like it too much to stick pins in it, so it's a decorative little pillow. I like just having it around, a nice reminder and message to myself.

I designed this embroidery pattern as a companion to my You're Capable cushion/mini quilt pattern, which was inspired by Gwen Stefani lyrics and created to give empowerment.

Life is short You're Capable embroidered on dot fabric with needle and thread still there and needle resting on a stork needle minder

It was a quick stitch, using couching with double strands and a single stand, and 3 strands for the back stitch with Aurifloss in # ???. It was ...

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February 19, 2021
sampling pattern and stitch [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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sampling pattern and stitch

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