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Saturday, June 25, 2011

An ode to Alfalfa

My DH was able to catch our 18 pound cat resting. Wish I could come up with some great captions!

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News from the Chicken Coop

I have a weeping cherry tree that is at times a real burden. It is about 20 years old and has almost out grown it's location. The spring show of blossoms has kept me from cutting it down! This spring had an added bonus when I found the chickens feasting on the dropped petals. This is Esmeralda, my light Brahma. The petals are like snow. I was able to photograph one of the new flocks of chicks. The hen was last year's hatching and suffered a accident that caused a limping gate. I affectionately call her Gimpy! Gimpy and her chicks June 2011

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Crazy Quilt Garden Baggie Swap

Crazy Quilting International is one of the yahoo groups I enjoy participating in round robins, challenges and swaps. The last swap I received was a garden swap. I was running close to the deadline so did not get any pictures of the baggies I sent to our hostess Debbie. The photos show the lovely crazy quilt supplies I received from Debbie, Lorrie, Susie and Lynn.

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It's not a Swap or a RR , it's a Challenge

Sue is our host for the Asian Challenge on CQ4Newbies. Each participant creates a block to keep and embellish. The challenge is over the next six weeks( each week) one or two stitches will be posted for use as a seam treatment or motif. Later this summer there will be voting and prizes awarded!!! This is my naked block for the challenge.

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Underwater Round Robin on CQ4Newbies

A New round robin has begun on CQ4Newbies. The theme is underwater, ocean, under the sea. This is my block that I am sending around for the ladies to stitch on.

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Only Pink Round Robin

I have been participating in a round robin on the CQ4Newbies yahoo group. Pink is the selected color. Fabric and all embellishments are to be some shade/tone of pink!! Here's my 'naked' block. And below is Jenni's block, the first one I have stitched on. This one belongs to CathyL I have not quite finished my work.

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Lil' Pillow Swap

Have you a hanging pillow on a cupboard door knob? I do have one I picked up at a thrift store but now since I joined the Lil' Pillow Swap on Stitchmap yahoo group I have three more!!The 3 dimensional flower came from Gayle in MO The honey bee garden was created by Connie from CO The clamshell decorated with a crotchet flower came from Amber in OH. The following are the little cushions I sent to Connie, to Gayle and to Susie

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Half and half round robin continues

Jenni's block is the first one that came to me. I had just acquired a new to me book. It's The New Ribbon Embroidery by Victoria Adams Brown. My inspiration is found on page 88. The center ribbon motif was inspired by the author and book. This is my naked block I sent around. Will post the finished block soon. Amber's block after I stitched a few things. I was the last in the rotation and mailed it home to Amber.

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Pincushion Swap Part 2

So I recently received my pincushion from Wendy herself. Wendy made sure I received a treasure of a pincushion. And what a cute pincushion it is!! I love it. This pincushion held extra surprises because inside were some crazy quilting goodies. AND because she is such a very sweet lady Wendy included more crazy quilting goodies in the package. I am over whelmed!! Thank you Wendy!!

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Pincushion Swap

I joined a pincushion swap at Wendy's blog . These are photos of the pincushion I made from a yard sale shoe. I thought it was providence that they only had one shoe and the lady gave it to me. The velvet with embellishment is from a skirt. The side 'buttons' are earrings. I hoped to be able to add to the beading but found it beyond my skill !!

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