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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Embroidery, Quilting, Sewing

Forest Friends Quilt Finished

My Forest Friends quilt was my May and then my June “A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal” and there were times in the last week that I wondered if it would end up being my July goal as well. Before starting to do the free motion quilting on it, I tested the tension and stitch setting on a practice sandwich.  …

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Embroidery, Stitchery Link Party

Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #12

Last week, on June 21st, the 2015 Row by Row Experience kicked off with hundreds of quilt shops across the US and Canada taking part.  The event runs from June 21st to September 8th. Each participating shop offers a free pattern for their row that they’ve designed to go with this year’s H2O theme. Most of the shops are also…

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Budget Savers, Embroidery, Quilting

WIP Wednesday – Turtle Finished, Sea Star Added

There’s been a new addition to my Under the Sea crazy quilt block since I last shared a photo of it. The sea star was inspired by a sneak peek Cori over at Creativity Amongst Chaos had given of the design she and Mdm Samm are working on for their July Paper Lady  (scroll down to see her sea star.) …

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Embroidery, Stitchery Link Party

Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #11

Sometimes on the way back from the farm where we buy our eggs, we’ll stop and pick some wildflowers that are growing in the ditch beside the road.  In keeping with their rustic origins, when I get them home, I like to arrange them in mason jar vases. Today’s Vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern would look lovely done up as white…

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Christmas on a Budget, Embroidery, Gift Ideas, Sewing

Zippered Pouch Stocking

I didn’t have a lot of time to sew this week because we spent more time over at the garden than we’d originally planned.  (I hope to have a garden update ready to post over the weekend.) But I did get some sewing in last night and can happily check another item off my 2015 Finish Along Q2 Goals list.…

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Budget Savers, Embroidery, Quilting

WIP Wednesday – Hand Quilting Finished

This morning, I finished hand quilting around the last of the Forest Friends.  I really like how quilting with #8 perle cotton makes whatever you’re quilting around stand out. The owl took the longest and was the most challenging as it’s in the center of the quilt. Here’s the squirrel: And here’s the raccoon: Both the raccoon and squirrel have…

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Embroidery, Stitchery Link Party

Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #10

I’ve been noticing a bit of a baby boom across some of the blogs I’ve been following.   There are lots of new parents and grandparents out there, so this week I thought I’d share this sweet cross stitch from vintage Workbasket pattern page #70. This pattern could quite easily be completed by someone who has never embroidered before because as…

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Christmas on a Budget, Embroidery, Gift Ideas, Sewing

One Checked off the List

When I looked at the calendar this morning and realized there were only 18 days left in June, I decided that if I wanted to get some things checked off my 2015 Finish Along Q2 Goals List, I’d better get a move on it. I chose one of the embroidered pieces that was in need of turning into something and…

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Winners of the Spring Bloom Thimble Pips

Yesterday I drew the numbers for the Spring Bloom Thimble Pip Giveaway.   For anyone new, here’s what I was giving away with the first one drawn to be given their color choice.     The first comment selected was: Congratulations Ellee!   #31 was Ellee’s second entry (she follows by e-mail) but in her comment just before that she mentioned that…

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Embroidery, Quilting

Making Progress On Forest Friends and Other Projects

My Forest Friends quilt has been hand basted and is ready to quilt. I’ll start by hand quilting around the squirrel, owl and raccoon in the same way that I did around the plum pudding and calendar on my Christmas Mouse Wall Hanging before I move on to doing the machine quilting. I’m also working on two embroidery projects. A…

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