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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Quilting, Sewing

WIP Wednesday – July Shop Hop Blocks & Bolster Cover

My heart is sad today.  Our oldest and her partner left Monday afternoon to spend the rest of their vacation with his family. I guess I was too busy yesterday to think about not seeing her again for another whole year. I spent yesterday washing sheets and towels and straightening the house. I’d forgotten how much laundry and housework 5…

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Stitchery Link Party

Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #16

Just a quick update… we had a wonderful family weekend with everyone here. Our two daughters and I even got in some mother/daughters time visiting local fabric stores on Saturday. The rest of the time was a blur of making as many of our favorite family meals as we could fit into the time they were here. Now it time…

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Budget Savers

One Good Chair from Two Broken Ones

A few weeks ago, while out for my morning walk, I found two wooden chairs sitting on the curb awaiting garbage pick up. The base of each chair was still perfectly fine but the backs of both had spindles missing and/or broken. I’ve been wanting a chair for our bedroom for Dave to hang his clothes on at night so…

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Embroidery, Quilting, Sewing

WIP Wednesday – Quilting the Seeds of Friendship Bolster Cover

Just a quick post today while I take a break from quilting my Seeds of Friendship Bolster Cover. I want to have this finished and on the bed in the guest bedroom before our oldest daughter and future son-in-law get here.  The original plan had them arriving here Thursday but their flight out of Shanghai was delayed a few hours…

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Recipes, Tips & Tricks Tuesday

Tip & Tricks Tuesday – Cook Bacon in the Oven

I have always hated cooking bacon because of the mess of frying it.  It doesn’t seem to matter how careful you are or what temperature you try frying bacon on, you end up with grease splatters.   In fact, I hated it so much that years ago Dave took over making bacon and eggs on Sunday mornings. I’d heard of cooking…

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Stitchery Link Party

Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #15

We’ve moved in to the hottest weeks of summer here in the northern hemisphere.  Some things in the gardens are ready to start harvesting.  Or if you don’t have a garden, the farmers’ markets and u-picks are in full swing providing lots of opportunities to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. For the next several weeks, I’m going to be sharing…

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Quilting

July Shop Hopping & Row by Rowing

I hadn’t really planned to do our regional July Shop Hop, first because of the distance and driving involved to get to 15 shops spread out all over Southwestern Ontario and second because I have sooooo many other projects that I want to finish this quarter that starting a new one would slow down progress on those.  But last week,…

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Sewing, Thrifting

Just Call Me Scarlett!

Last week, when I posted the photos of the pj pants and shorts I made for our middle daughter, Debra commented that it was like Scarlett O’Hara making a dress from curtains.  So this week when I started cutting out a new housecoat for myself, I couldn’t help but smile the whole time because rather than using vintage sheets as…

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Embroidery, Quilting, Sewing

DP9 Progress and Sewing for Me

I’ve finished hand basting my Disappearing Nine Patch and it’s ready to quilt. For the DP9 blocks I’ve decided to free motion quilt them alternating between dragonflies and butterflies.  So I’ve been doodling some dragonflies. As you can see… some of my dragonflies are pretty strange looking but the doodling helped me to figure out how I could fmq in…

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Budget Savers, Tips & Tricks Tuesday

Tips & Tricks Tuesday – Rescuing a Shower Puff

I’ve decided to add a fun new feature to the blog called Tips & Tricks Tuesday.  It may evolve into a weekly tip or trick or it may just end up being an occasional thing.  I’ll see how it goes.  And it could be about anything that I think might prove useful to someone… from sewing tips to cleaning tricks…

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