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A Love Note from Johnny to June

One of my favorite love stories is that of Johnny Cash and June Carter. Certainly not without it’s tragedies, their love stood the test of time. Here’s a love note Johnny wrote:

Hey June,

That’s really nice. You’ve got a way with words and a way

with me as well.

The fire and excitement may be gone now

that we don’t go out there and sing them

anymore, but the ring of fire still burns

around you and I, keeping our love hotter

than a pepper sprout.

Love John

Love Notes Mini Wool Applique features three little hearts on a soft vine music note. It hangs from small metal key.

Love Notes Mini Heart Quilt is shown here on a soft layer of snow with Love Notes Mini Punch Needle.

Share your love this Valentine’s Day and know that you are loved.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

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Love Notes Punch Needle

Here’s a little punch needle embroidery love note for you!

Love Notes Punch Needle

I love to collect tiny picture frames and lockets, and any unusual findings for my punch needle projects. For this project, I took a tiny frame I found at Micheal’,s, traced the inside shape onto my cloth, drew my design and started punching. This is a fast project, easily done in one evening.

Stay tuned for the Love Notes mini quilt and Love Notes mini wool applique!

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Where, oh, where is my little black kitty?

Punch yourself a little black kitty with punch needle embroidery.

Where, oh, where could he be?

It’s Halloween night and our little black kitty is missing. His name is Mungojerrie.

Black Kitty Punch Needle by Karla Kiefner

Black Kitty Punch Needle
by Karla Kiefner

He and his sister, Rumpleteazer (our vet loves us), were named after the notorious couple of cats in the Broadway musical, Cats.

Mungojerrie is known to be on “WalkAbout” for several days at a time, but I always like to keep him near on Halloween night. There’s just something about black cats. He is small with a bobbed tail (he was born that way and it seems to affect his balance when he’s circling around to lay down).

The black cat in this punch needle is looking at the full, harvest moon.

Deep into the darkness peering,

long I stood there, wondering

fearing,

Doubting, dreaming dreams

no moral ever dared to dream before.       Edgar Allan Poe

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Through the Chicken Wire…

Look through the chicken wire at the local fair for quilts and punch needle.

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Vintage Fun Cross-stitch by Nancy Kester, Quilted by Karla Kiefner

There are county fairs all over our beautiful country each year–this one just happens to be in the Show-Me state.

The district fair is where you can show off your talent for growing plants, making quilts, raising livestock, crashing cars, grooming little ones (baby contests), singing, creating recipes, rooster crowing, showing livestock, hen clucking, antique-tractor pulling, barrel racing, juggling, doing magic tricks, and eating of things which are fried!

Not all things shown at the fair are kept out of reach, but many small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and poultry, as well as hand-made items like small quilts, embroidery, tatting, and crochet, are kept from wandering hands by the prolific use of chicken wire.

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Sunflower Tile Punch Needle Embroidery

For over 155 years, people have gathered at this fair to eat, socialize, and kick back, and share the product of their skills. There are concerts and contests almost every night.  We (and our faithful friends and family) have spent many a year cheering our hearts out at the Heartland Idol contest in which our daughter was determined to compete. Plus, there’s the Little Miss SEMO Karaoke contest, pageants, mother/daughter look-alike contests, and a field full of carnival rides and games.

The fair kicks off with a parade through town, ending at the fairgrounds and even the local schools often schedule half-days during the fair so the kids can enjoy the fun.

One of my favorite places at the SEMO District Fair is inside the Arena building where the quilts and other hand-work are displayed, along with a touching display which honor our local men and women of our military who gave their all, along-side our guild’s display of  Quilts of Valor. My second fave is the Trinity Men’s Club stand where many of our church members work diligently each year, including my friend, Nancy, who stitched the Vintage Fun quilt shown above.

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My Bella Piastrella takes a blue ribbon.

Of course, its always fun to win a little something–a ribbon from the fair makes the effort more fun and the promise of a smidgen of cash ($23 this year) to come in the mail makes it all the more sweet.

So next time a fair opens up near your town, take the time to check it out. Check out the barrel races or the strolling magician and treat yourself to a good ole fried turkey leg–and remember, go see what you can see…through the chicken wire.

 

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It’s a Bear Out There!

Learn about our bear visit and the quilt  and punch needle embroidery it inspired!

Ever wonder why you can see a certain quilt or pattern over and over and it just does nothing for you? Then, all of a sudden, something happens and you’re thinking, “I’ve got to make that quilt!”.

Our neighborhood has suddenly become a flurry of excitement. We don’t live in the country, really. We certainly don’t live in bear country! I didn’t think so, anyway. But after pondering a these odd markings on our cedar play set, we aren’t so sure anymore.

Bear markings?

Now the neighbors and I are sharing our experiences and findings each day, visiting each other’s yards to look at “evidence”, learning the lingo (did not know what “scat” was before this) and getting to know each other a little better through the clues left by our new guest. The experts won’t say for certain it’s a black bear but they did say it’s either a black bear or a large dog, but they “wouldn’t know why a dog would make these markings”.  So my husband commandeered a GameCam from deer camp and we are just waiting for our friend to return so we can snap his or her picture. The markings are near our crabapple tree so we “experts” are waiting for the fruit to ripen and our bear to be caught–well, red-pawed?

 

More scratches!

I’ve always wanted to paint a barn quilt. What does this have to do with a possible bear in our yard? Well, my neighbor across the street, Merle, is a quilter, too. After visiting with her, we looked out from her porch and I remarked that a barn quilt would go real well out there on our old shed (which my husband thought we were going to tear down). She agreed. Sometimes it takes my brain a while to fully wrap around an idea. By the next morning, I got it: I should paint a Bear Paw quilt pattern for that shed! Of course, that has me thumbing through my quilt books (which was a task because I had to get past my 7 currents projects to get to the bookshelf). So now, in addition to painting a barn quilt, I MUST make a bear paw quilt, I’ve admired the pattern before-all the rustic, cabin styles with pine trees and all, but I’ve never related to them before. I rarely make a quilt that doesn’t have some special meaning for me or the person getting it.

So here is my first partial block. Of course, my bear likes Kaffe!

Bear Paw by the Pool

While I’m at it, I might as well make a little punch needle bear paw.

Bear Paw Mini Punch Needle

It’s going to take me a bit longer to make that barn quilt—maybe we should get a picture of the guy to make sure he’s not a giant raccoon or something!

You know it makes sense, really. Creative Bee…quilting bee…bees make honey…in a Kevin Bacon kind of way, we really should have a bear living here!

Want a great treat recipe called Bear Droppings? Find it here:  One Sweet Retreat

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How to Put a Little Punch in Your Summer

Here’s a beachy punch needle design:

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A Bit of Summer

Punch, in this case, is not a drink generally served at wedding and baby showers. I’m talking about sweet little punch needle-ette (new word)–tiny punch needle you can wear.

Small projects like this can be punched in one warm summer’s evening. Sit on the deck, the front porch swing, or in the coolest seat in your home and punch yourself a sweet little treat.

I wear my punched design as a necklace but you can also make key fobs or rings–even earrings. I have found various hardware at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s in the jewelry-making sections. There are even greater hardware options online.

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Re-purposing Hardware for Punch Needle

The most important tip I have is to measure the inside diameter of your holder carefully and be sure your weaver’s cloth is secure and taut before you draw the outer perimeter onto your cloth.

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The stretched diameter was larger than the pattern. Always hoop first, then draw on your design.

 

See this little bee? I drew the outer circle the correct size to fit its holder, but when I tightened my cloth in my hoop, the circle grew. I didn’t realize my mistake until I had completed the punch and realized it was too large for my holder. This little bee is now waiting for a new hive to come along.

 

For general instructions and a punch needle supply list, see my Punch Needle page.

Happy summer punching!

 

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Check out Pensacola Dreamin…  and Am I the Only Quilter on this Island?  and How to Put a Little Punch In Your Summer for some fun beach quilts, punch needle, and pondering.

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