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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas, Sewing

Middle Daughter’s Handmade Gifts

This year Christmas gifts were small, mostly handmade due to the expense of our move and with the exception of this first gift that I’m going to show you, they were made from fabric I had on hand. I usually start by sharing the gifts I make for our oldest daughter but her package won’t arrive in Shanghai for a…

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Vintage Embroidery Monday – Folk Art Flowers

If you’re looking for a change of pace now that Christmas is over and we prepare for the New Year these folk art flowers could be embroidered in satin stitch in bright colors onto a dark background. The pattern could also be printed onto a plastic sheet and used to create stencils. This pattern is available as a pdf to…

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Gift Ideas, Quilting, Sewing

Santa Sack Swap – My Gifts to Terry

As I mentioned in my post yesterday each participant in the Santa Sack Swap, hosted by Cheryll over at Gone Stitch’, was allowed to choose whether their swap partner made them a sack, a stocking or a tote.  In our e-mails back and forth, my swap partner Terry mentioned that she would like a tote this year.  And since she…

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Embroidery, Gift Ideas, Sewing

Santa Sack Swap 2014 – My Gifts from Terry

I signed up again this year for the Santa Sack Swap hosted by Cheryll over at Gone Stitchin. We were to make a sack, stocking or tote for our partner and then fill it with 5 gifts, most of which were to be handmade.  As this wasn’t a secret swap, each partner got to choose whether they wanted a sack,…

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Vintage Embroidery Monday – Bells

Whenever I see bells it reminds me of the church bells that would ring out each Sunday morning when we were posted to Germany (1984 to 88.)  Each village’s churches would be ringing their bells and you could hear them for miles around.  The sound was so beautiful!   It was especially so at Christmas time. The pattern for the bells…

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Christmas on a Budget

Christmas Eve Traditions

Long time readers will know that for many years we were a military family (my husband Dave served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 25 years before retiring in August 2000.) We were often posted far away from our extended families. Rarely was it possible for us to have the traditional Christmas of spending the day with grandparents, aunts, uncles…

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Christmas on a Budget, Sewing

Two Super Quick Gifts

Since finishing the Trellis Quilt, my new office/sewing room has been turned into Santa’s workshop. I can’t show you the gifts I’ve made for our children until after Christmas because they each read my blog. But I checked with our oldest daughter and future son-in-law only reads it if she shows him a post, so I’m safe sharing a photo…

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Quilting, Sewing

A Really Satisfying Finish!

Today’s finish has been a long time coming and is all the more satisfying because of that. I started this quilt back in April of 2009 as part of a quilt-a-long hosted by Amanda Jean over at crazy mom quilts. The idea was to sew one nine-patch block per day. By July, I’d completed the 70 nine patches needed for…

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