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I used a Buttermilk Basin for the spring wool mat.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Small Projects and Special Gifts

First of all.  I changed the header picture to "Twelve Days of Christmas" made from a pattern by Cheri.  I promise you that the quilt is not as crooked as it looks in the picture.

I have been busy on small projects.  I have May and June sheep blankets done.  The June one with the blackbird and strawberries is my favorite thus far.



I made a wool cardinal ornament from Kaaren's freebie design.  Looking at the picture, I need to move the button eye to a little better placement.

I have more small projects in the works but will save those for the next post.

I received an Annie doll this fall from a special friend and had not shared a picture of it.  The doll smells so good.  Sort of like cotton candy.  I have had it on top of a quilt cabinet until moving it for a picture and you can get a whiff of the good smell when you pass by it.  She is prim cute.


Another gift came in the mail a few days ago.  A very talented blog friend sent me a punch needle piece with polka dot chickens.  She is aware that I like polka dot chickens.  I have a chicken cookie jar that is black with white polka dots, a ceramic tea pot, etc.



I plan on learning to do needle punch in the New Year.  I have tried in the past but was not successful.  I needed more guidance on how to do it.  I purchased a book with instructions and designs, watched three videos all by different people, and also purchased a better hoop.  I need to purchase some weaver's cloth for future use and I am looking online for an easy design in kit form.

That's all for today.  I am working on a stitchery Nativity project and plan on sewing the blocks together today.  I am heading to the sewing room in a few minutes.

Karen

28 comments:

  1. Cute! Cute! Cute! I love your header quilt--and the sweet doll. (LOL pun intended) ;-) I like the strawberry sheep blanket best too, although both are very cute. And I love cardinals! Looks like you are keeping busy! Merry Christmas!!

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  2. All cute projects but those polka dot chickens are super fun! I have a red kitchen with chickens but none with polka dots. I'll be on the look out for them now. Too cool!

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  3. Karen
    I love all your little projects you've been working on. That polkadot chicken is just the cutest, enjoy it that's so special. Merry Christmas!

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  4. You have some great finished projects and have some great projects planned for the new year

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  5. Lovely gifts and projects. Wished I'd know you were interested in needle punch. I just got rid of my supplies and would have loved to share them with you.

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  6. Your header is so neat! I spent the afternoon cleaning Helga and prepping her for quilting my Sleigh Bells and Georgie P. --took me about 2 hours total. As you know, I am very machine challenged and a total fraidy cat--but directions were good and I got it all back together with no "spare" parts hanging around lol love all your little projects. I've never tried Needlepunch--I think Missie @ Hallbrook Designs has some nice ones.... hugs, Julierose

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  7. Where did my comment go?! ARGH!!! Will email!!!

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  8. I'm with you..that blackbird and strawberries mat is lovely!
    I'm still stitching some Christmas presents and some quilts for co-workers.
    I've been tempted by needlepunch but I better catch up the quilting I have at hand before I give in to it :-)

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  9. Beautiful pieces, always love things made with wool, just has such a warm look to them.
    I have an ugly raggedy pattern, someday I will make her.

    Debbie

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  10. LOVE your Annie! and your applique projects are always wonderful. I was at my sewing group earlier today and learned some applique tips. I'm going to try to start a new project after Christmas. Your talent is always so inspirational. Merry Christmas.

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  11. I really like your "crow" sheep's blanket, too. I saw Kaaren's pattern--can't believe you have made it already!
    Oh, those polka dot chickens are the best!! : )
    I'm anxious to see your Nativity piece.

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  12. Enjoying reading both your blogs and have started to follow you. Think I am going to be coming back many times to read about what you are making.

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  13. la cabecera es muy especial!!!
    las mantas mayo y junio las dos me gustan,
    aunque el mirlo es muy divertido
    los regalos preciosos los dos
    espero ver ese edredón navidad impaciente
    saludos

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  14. Your projects may be small, but carry a big CUTE! Your header is a perfect size to include all those days of Christmas.

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  15. Love your wool applique pieces!! I thought the bird of Kaaren's looked kind of hard and mine would end up looking like it had been hit by a car! lol

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  16. Love these! They just keep getting better and better.:) Really cute polka dot chicken too.:)

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  17. Love your header :-D

    As always Very cute projects and I really love those polka dote chickens .

    Merry Christmas !

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  18. Merry Christmas, Karen!! Love your prim dollie! And of course all your sheep blankets...and did your sheep and sheep pen come in? Dang that home owners association!

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  19. I think the crow with strawberries is my fave too. The punch needle chickens are adorable--what a great gift!

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  20. Hi Karen!
    The polka dot chickens are adorable. My Raggedy Old Anne smelled like vanilla and coffee. Happy stitching and happy holidays. :-D

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  21. Your cardinal is wonderful, Karen. Great job!!! The eye is actually just within the masked area if you're thinking of moving it. It works up quickly, doesn't it?

    I was stressing about punch needle till I tried it about a month ago. It's actually very easy when you have the "proper" tools. Did you see the little sheep pattern that I have on my blog post? It's pretty basic to start with as a beginner's project.

    The polka dot chickens are too cute. I love everything you make!

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  22. Fun gifts you've received Karen - aren't quilty friends the best? I have a kit to make the quilt in your header - all the pieces are marked and cut out already. If I start now maybe I can have it done for NEXT year? LOL

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  23. Love all your projects. I just taught a class on needle punch and a good hoop is essential! Threads that Bind has good kits.

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  24. Beautiful works, I love. Wool colours are very nice, congratulations. Merry Christmas!

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  25. Sweet little Annie doll and the chickens are too cute. As always love seeing your work.

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  26. All of your projects are beautiful, as usual, Karen. Kaaren (Painted Quilt) always has nice designs, I love her work.

    I've never tried punch needle but I have been looking at it for quite some time. I am impressed with Rose at Three Sheep Studio. She has great designs and I think she may offer of beginner's kit in her Etsy shop (not sure). Here is the link to her blog: http://threesheepstudio.blogspot.com/

    Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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  27. What a sweet dolly you received. Your sheep blankets turned out wonderfully as always. I really like the strawberry basket and bird :)
    Cute needle punch. I haven't done it in a while, maybe in 2015 I will. the chicken are a hoot - or a cluck cluck

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  28. I don't know which I love more the Doll or the punchneedle chickens. They are so cute.
    Lucky you. Merry Christmas.

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