MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

 Don't forget - I'm having a sale on my landscapes and you can find out more in the post previous to this!

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The work on the advent calendars continues with the buttons being sewn on that will hold the cross stitched ornaments.  Next comes figuring out what to use for the binding and then create the pockets that will go on the back to keep track of the ornaments.  These are nearing completion!



Once again, horrible pictures and I do apologize!

This one has gold buttons to hold the ornaments and, although the stars in the quilting are the same as the second advent, the quilting beneath the tree is presents.  And of course the backing is different.





 This one has red buttons, the same quilted stars, but the quilting beneath the tree is a row of stars...and a different backing.


Next 'up' is the binding and at this point I'm rather hoping my stash will yield enough gold for the upper version and red for this one.  We'll see what I can unearth!




- If you're a fan of the 'Outlander' books or tv series AND happen to be a knitter, perhaps you'd find THIS of great interest.  And while you're there, have a look at her selection of free patterns (HERE)

- She also has a great article (and pattern links) to making some interesting temperature blankets HERE.  

- There are several free quilt designs HERE.  

- There's another involuntary awwwww to be found HERE.  

Today's quote..."A nation that forgets its past has no future.  Understand that learning about your history is not about making any one person or people group feel guilty.  You cannot be guilty of actions that took place before you were born"

18 comments:

  1. Love those Outlander shawls --thanks for the link..
    Your Advent pieces are really neat...
    Hugs from the heating pad Julierose ;000

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    1. I'm not a shawl person but I certainly like the ways some of those looked.

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  2. About history: you can be guilty of failing to take account of the advantages you personally may have gained through historical repression of people who look different from you.

    I think it's a moral imperative to try to understand that and right the balance however we can. It needs effort to recognize privilege in ourselves. Our personal bit may be tiny but we need to do it.

    I'm guessing your readers are squarely on the path of fairness and equity for everyone, so I'm not really saying what they hadn't thought of!

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    1. Well said Liz! I'm afraid I'm taken aback by the current trend towards defacing (and ultimate outright removal) of statues. Yes, maybe the people depicted in them weren't 'correct' by today's standards but they still are a part of our historical makeup....good or bad.

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  3. Then the advent pieces. What a marvelous work! These will be treasured.

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    1. I hope they will be! I'm hoping they will be handed down to our great grandchildren at some point.

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  4. You are an amazing artist! Your pictures are good but to really see them would be such fun. I look forward to seeing the third calendar.

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    1. Thank you Mary - kind words from you indeed! I'm looking forward to the third calendar too, if only because it will be a somewhat different colorway.

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  5. What wonderful heirlooms you're creating.

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    1. I hope they'll be kept as heirlooms but it won't be up to me what becomes of them. For the time being our boys will enjoy them anyway.

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  6. I do love the way you're finishing those with the multiple stitches and threads. It gives them such a great finished professional look.

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    1. I think it's my experience with crazy quilting that's causing all the multiple additions....don't know when to stop!

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  7. The calendars are looking great Mary Anne! Hugs Christine xx

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    1. Thanks Christine - they've been fun to do, for sure.

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  8. Sherry http://www.createology.blogspot.com7:06 PM

    I love your advent calendars and they will become a wonderful tradition for your families for generations to come. I am devastated by our current “Cancel Culture”. Our younger generations will have no way to learn from America’s past.

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    1. I hope the advents will become traditions but even if they don't, I've had fun making them. 'Cancel Culture' is a good term.

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  9. OMGoodness, these are going to look amazing when you're finished! How can they not be treasured family advents?!

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    1. awwww - thank you! I hope they will be well loved.

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