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The Stitch Up
Northern Virginia
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A lot of the projects I worked on in 2021 were on the time consuming side. The only one I'm carrying into 2022, however is the Spanish Quilt project, which I'll hopefully be able to wrap up early this year.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2022 at The Stitch Up
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My last Christmas craft for the season. I finally managed to put the finishing work on some fabric I bought in Paris years ago to use it as a tablecloth. This is one of those projects that I pull out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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My friend and I were finally able to do our Christmas craft exchange. I always love seeing our different takes on the craft for the year. This time we chose Christmas Angel tree toppers and as always it was a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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I've been busy with Christmas crafts already. The main project I've been working is a tree topper angel which I'll brag all about once I know my friend has received it in the mail. Just in case my friend stops... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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I finally finished the Bergama shoulder bag to various levels of success. On the one hand, I was able to finish putting it all together: I like the way the liner looks with the needlepoint, and I also like the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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I am really close to finishing up the needlework bag kit I've been working on for the past four years off and on. I finished the needlepoint of the two panels and now I'm ready to sew in a lining... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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I get ideas in my head that I want to stitch and create but I know I don't have the time to start a new project and often I also need to play around with the idea a bit before... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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I wanted to pass on a little something I've been reading about lately. I try to dedicate time for a short meditation in the morning but I'm always looking for ways to incorporate a little more mindfulness into my day.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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I had a little break for travel last month and then some busy days at work so I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked on my ongoing project. For the Spanish Quilt blocks, part of my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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Progress on WIPs! It always feels good to be able to say that I've actually knocked out a project here or there and that I'm progressing on others. I managed to finish up my "travel" project - the Cowgirl Boots.... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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February and March have been a little more eventful than usual around here. We actually took a little trip. (Head to my Flickr page if you'd like to see some Vegas pics!) Despite that, I've finished a couple of items... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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Within the mix of textiles I think about as being part of the Southwest frontier include the brightly embroidered shawls, blouses and quilts that originated from Mexico and its Spanish origins. In doing a little research, the majority of what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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Hand & Lock had an article this week listing 12 ways that embroidery can boost your mental health. Some of the benefits listed include alleviating stress, reducing anxiety, lowering blood pressure and being mindful. I definitely feel many of those... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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I've already mentioned how January is the month where my Type A personality really gets to shine and I fully indulge in organization projects, making lists and reorganizing. But on the flip side, it's also the time of year that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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I love January. I love making New Year resolutions and goals, starting a new planner for the year, making lists and getting organized. My first project of the season is a combination of my desire to get organized, recycle and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at The Stitch Up
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I didn't get as many Christmas crafts done as I had hoped this year however, my friend Teresa and I did do another Christmas themed craft exchange since last years Elf exchange went so well. This year we decided on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at The Stitch Up
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Growing up in California, my family took a lot of vacations around the southwest of the U.S. One of my favorite parts of these trips was stopping at souvenir stands outside places like Four Corners or National parks and talking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2020 at The Stitch Up
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I finally finished what I'm calling my "art quilt" project. I learned a lot with this one. I knew that I wanted the background to be a crazy quilt style, but because there were some additional pieces I decided to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at The Stitch Up
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I vastly underestimated how long it would take me to finish my Spring projects. Either that or I underestimated how much life in general would get in the way of my important crafting deadlines. Since we are well into Summer,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at The Stitch Up
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The end of Spring was officially June 20th but I am still working on most of my crafts for the Spring. The one thing that I was able to wrap up this week is the patched jeans project. I started... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2020 at The Stitch Up
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I like the tradition of changing up decor around the house each season. Spring has meant much more to me since moving to DC then it did in California. It feels so good to see gladiolas and tulips start to... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2020 at The Stitch Up
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Time to move on to a new round of WIPs! It's Spring and we've been doing some weeding and planting and trying to get outside as much as possible, but after a really nice week of warm weather it's been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at The Stitch Up
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I took a little break between seasonal WIP efforts to make some masks for family and friends (and myself!) At this point, in my state, it's still optional to wear masks but people are encouraged to wear them when out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at The Stitch Up
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I finally finished up my final two projects from my list of Winter WIPs - the patchwork bag and the lacy crochet scarf. The bag was ultimately a really quick project once I got started. I used a charm pack... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2020 at The Stitch Up
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I've been doing a lot of reading about women settling in the West and had focused on some articles about the importance of quilting bees to women settlers. The fact that we are somewhat isolated from each other right now... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at The Stitch Up