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Hello!  Another project closer to making our home even more comfy! Last Spring I started a King + sized quilt for our bedroom. Gudrun Erla created a pattern called Hope and used all proceeds of the pattern to give to her local charities helping those who were struggling without work due to Covid.  I gladfully paid for the pattern and started a LOOONG project during her quilt-a-long.  Here's her version of it.... (a smaller more doable size) This was a quilt along where she posted videos on how to do each step, and also gave us some wonderful tips to make the sewing easier. That day I completed 20ish blocks... I needed 120. Fast forward to January 2021, when I finally fished attaching all said blocks. Handed it off to my girlfriend at Aba Daba Quilts to long arm the quilting. And today finally finished sewing the binding on it. It is 93"x 110" with 120 finished 9" blocks set in an offset barn raising pattern.  It's Done!!!! Hugs everyone!

Happy Easter!

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 HI! I have a renewed energy today!   Spring, warmer weather, healthier eating and of course God has saved us all! I made this banner for my mom and sister a few weeks ago and they immediately put it up on their door... guess they liked it! The first week of February I followed along an online quilting summit with Rebecca Page.  She had many instructors and free videos to learn new techniques. This was a one day project with Janel Metsker and her pattern is called Bunny and Blooms.  I altered it a bit, as the original was meant to be more horizontal, and I knew I wanted it for the the door. I just used scraps that I had and a fat quarter for the backing.  

Busy, busy, gotta stay busy!

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 Hello! It's been a while since I bought myself new stamps, as I am phasing out of that to do more Quilting.  But I very happily offered to help a friend out with providing some cards for her business.  She sells Epicure.  I have NO food stamps except chocolate.  So I went to another friend, Wanda, that sells Stampin' Up!  and placed an order for these yummy stamps that I will use for quite a while.   Though I am phasing out stamping, I have too many supplies to not keep making cards when asked, and for our own purposes.  And I still enjoy it!   So here is my latest batch of playing with colour and style, just for you Trixi!  Hugs! Cindy

Happy Valentines Day!

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 Hi! It is so hard to keep happy these days.... Cold, locked in, worry, you name it! But it's Valentines Day... So Friday I went out and dropped off a little care packages to some girlfriends I've been missing.  Just a couple cookies and a card.  Sent one to my mom and sister too. I've been hording these chalk sprays for a while too.  So, primed them up with water and went outside for a few minutes to do some graffiti on the snow.... Try to keep doing things! Hugs! Cindy

Foxy Fun

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 Hello! Keeping busy?  I'm trying to.... I took out a kit I bought last year at Joanne's, before the the border locked down and I could go shopping in the US.  I had a coupon, Quiltologie had a few cute designs and this Fox Frolic came home with me!  This fox kit spoke to me and it's been waiting patiently for me to assemble since then. The fabrics are fun, and the instructions were pretty straight forward.  I assembled the top in a couple hours.  The next day I quilted it.  And the next night I attached the binding while watching tv.   A nice new, bright artwork for gloomy winter days... The final size is 17x19" Keep safe and happy! Cindy

Happy Creative New Year!

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 Hello! A little late, but happy New Year!  I hope 2021 is more creative and fulfilling for you! I plan it to be for me! To start off, I'll share some more cards I just created.  It's winter and snowing outside, so of course I'm making water and fish cards!!!  I miss swimming and being in the water, so I guess this is where my thoughts are. I keep all sorts of things to make into cards, including empty tissue boxes.  I had saved a few that were water themed and today we made them into 12 cards! So start with some cards using as much of the box to show off the patterns.... Then use a hexi punch to use as much of the leftovers as possible.... The Hexi punch and greeting are from Stampin' Up! All adding a stamped image that I coloured in.  The Koi is from the US company About Art Accents and the Octopus is unknown, I got him in an image swap.  Both ate coloured with Smooch paints that are in little nail polish type bottles with a built in brush.  I love the shimmery effect

Stich Along

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 Hello All! When Covid hit, I was needing something to distract myself, and a cousin has posted some Blackwork she was doing each week.  I had done cross stitch before, but not Blackwork.  I checked out Peppermint Purple {  Blackwork Patterns & Cross Stitch Patterns – Peppermint Purple   }and found I quite liked her designs.  So I started the 2020 Stitch along.  This is where she publishes a pattern each week, and we add to our growing piece.  Many followed exactly the colours, many did their own colour choices.  Some adapted for one reason or other. I miscounted my cloth needed and so I missed out on the last couple months of this one.  She did give me permission to publish this.  So here it is! This was a free weekly stitch along, and we needed to join her Facebook page to get the updates.   {   (20+) Peppermint Purple | Facebook  } And she's doing another one in 2021!  Also free!  Such a generous lady, who lives in the UK, I just figured out!  A lot of her patterns are downl