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December 10, 2018
Blog Tour: Free-motion Quilting from Ordinary to Extraordinary from Terificreations's Weblog

Free-motion Quilting from Ordinary to Extraordinary: 3 Steps to Joyful Machine Stitching in 21 DaysJenny K LyonC&T Publishing96 pages, 8 1/2 x 11softcover, $27.99; eBook, $22.99 Learning to free-motion quilt is daunting as there are a lot of moving parts, literally. In Free-motion Quilting From Ordinary to Extraordinary Jenny takes us through our awkward teenage… Continue reading Blog Tour: Free-motion Quilting from Ordinary to Extraordinary

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December 6, 2018
Quilting Cozy Series, Book Review & Giveaway from Needle and Foot

It has been quite a while since I have done a book review. When I saw an email from C&T Pubs in my in-box a couple of months ago, I was delighted.  I really enjoy working with them as they publish so many high quality books.  This set of books is a bit different though.

When I read that these books, the Quilting Cozy series, were described by the author, Carol Dean Jones, as a Cozy series of books, I didn’t know what that referred to.  Of course Wikipedia answered all my questions. Per Wikipedia, ‘Cozy mysteries, also ...

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November 29, 2018
November Reading List from Butterfly Threads

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Women in the Castle was an excellent read about the lives of a few women in Germany during the second world war. They were connected through the resistance work their husbands were involved it to try and defeat Hitler. While the book was immersed in the war, the characters were really just trying to survive in the best way they could. They each had very different stories and strategies and were all very easy to empathize with. I liked that they were real and had flaws. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories ...

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November 26, 2018
Teeny Tiny Little Blocks from ... Cat Patches

When I said I was going to finish off the latest Shop Hop names yesterday, I probably jumped the gun a little bit. By the end of the morning's slow-stitching session, I still had this much left.


Truly, I will finish them off this morning...no excuses.

A short trip to the grocery store was in order yesterday. The broccoli from our last CSA share had died in the crisper, and so I had no vegetable for dinner. Mike said he'd go to the grocery store with me if I went to the hardware store with him. Neither ...

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Teeny Tiny Little Blocks from Cat Patches

When I said I was going to finish off the latest Shop Hop names yesterday, I probably jumped the gun a little bit. By the end of the morning's slow-stitching session, I still had this much left.


Truly, I will finish them off this morning...no excuses.

A short trip to the grocery store was in order yesterday. The broccoli from our last CSA share had died in the crisper, and so I had no vegetable for dinner. Mike said he'd go to the grocery store with me if I went to the hardware store with him. Neither ...

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November 15, 2018
Blog Tour: Doll Dress Boutique by Erin Hentzel from Terificreations's Weblog

Doll Dress Boutique: a dress for every occasion = sew 40+ projects for 18” dolls Erin Hentzel of Avery Lane Sewing C&T Publishing 64 pages plus 16 page pattern pullout 8.5×11 Softcover: $22.95 e-book: $18.99 I met Erin in Salt Lake City at Spring International Quilt Market in 2014 where her first book, Sew in Style… Continue reading Blog Tour: Doll Dress Boutique by Erin Hentzel

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October 26, 2018
October Reading List from Butterfly Threads


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Backseat Saints is a typical Joshilyn Jackson book about a strong southern woman with just a touch of crazy. I love all of her books and so I wasn't surprised when this one drew me in. It is a woman who is dealing with a mother who abandoned her as a child, a husband who uses her for a punching bag on occasion and a sweet little old lady neighbor as her only friend, besides her faithful dog. So, needless to say, when she decides to take control of her life, the adventure begins. I ...

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October 21, 2018
A Mix of Old and New from Cat Patches

What's new with you?

Here's what's new here at the Three Cats Ranch. Yesterday Mike picked up the little compact dishwasher for the RV. It's practically the whole reason we bought the new RV...that, and all the other stuff. Originally, it was supposed to be a non-optional option in our rig...only then, non-optional became nonexistent when the manufacturer stopped installing them. We couldn't even get them to do it despite our ongoing and insistent begging. Not to worry...the Resident Engineer can take care of that, and so he's done his research ...

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A Mix of Old and New from ... Cat Patches

What's new with you?

Here's what's new here at the Three Cats Ranch. Yesterday Mike picked up the little compact dishwasher for the RV. It's practically the whole reason we bought the new RV...that, and all the other stuff. Originally, it was supposed to be a non-optional option in our rig...only then, non-optional became nonexistent when the manufacturer stopped installing them. We couldn't even get them to do it despite our ongoing and insistent begging. Not to worry...the Resident Engineer can take care of that, and so he's done his research ...

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October 3, 2018
Book Review Day: A Two-fer from Terificreations's Weblog

Today is a rare two-fer day I get to review two books, and give away a copy of one of the books. Celtic Woven Knots Raymond Houston 72 pages $18.99 availabe on Nacho Grandma’s Quilts link below. I first “met” Raymond Houston of Nacho Grandma’s Quilts on Alex Anderson’s first quilt show. He created a… Continue reading Book Review Day: A Two-fer

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September 29, 2018
Book Review Day: teeny-tiny Quilts from Terificreations's Weblog

teeny-tiny Quilts 35 miniature projects tips & techniques for success Donna Lynn Thomas 112 pages softcover $29.95 e-book $23.99 all photos courtesy C&T Publishing C&T Interview with Donna I can actually see this tip working on any sized quilt simply because it’s a brilliant tip: “Sometimes there’s no perfect pressing solution. In that case, if… Continue reading Book Review Day: teeny-tiny Quilts

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September 28, 2018
New! Let’s Tell and SHOW!!! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I have an exciting announcement!  Faye and Nora have set up a new Facebook Group for us:  Quilting with LKQ (Lori Kennedy Quilts)! Please join us right now and say hello! This is in addition to–not in … Continue reading

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September Reading List from Butterfly Threads

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This is a beautifully written book about a boy who struggles to unravel the mysteries of his own family. I like the main character, but never felt like I really got to know many of the other characters. It is so slow paced and focused on the telling rather than the actual story that I didn't finish it. I just wanted something to happen, and when it became clear is wasn't going to, I gave up. That being said, I think it might make a better movie than a book, and I never say ...

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September 3, 2018
Book Review Day: Quirky Little Quilts from Terificreations's Weblog

Quirky Little Quilts Patchwork from the Past, Projects for the Present Sheryl Johnson Temecula Quilt Company $25.99; $17.99 e-book soft cover 80 pages When reviewing books I always look for that thing that speaks deeply to my quilters soul. With Quirky Little Quilts it’s right there on the cover, quirky! Any book that promotes quilters and… Continue reading Book Review Day: Quirky Little Quilts

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September 1, 2018
I'd Rather be Reading from Ellyn's Place

In several of my quilty groups lately I have tossed out the question.... "if you're not quilting, what are you likely to be doing instead?" My answer? Reading! I'm a lifelong lover of books and reading. Some of my earliest memories involve loading up on books at the library.... first picture books with my Mom, later early readers and then chapter books. When Mom would chase us outside to play, I would usually sneak a book with me and curl up under a tree (or in the tree!) to read.

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading Anne ...

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August 31, 2018
August Reading List from Butterfly Threads

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I've loved every book written by Isabel Allende and this one is no exception. I read House of the Spirits in college, and I've been hooked ever since.

This is the story of woman and her colleague/landlord and the adventure that happens to them when a young woman in trouble is inserted into their lives. They have the best of intentions for helping her but things don't go as planned...think snowstorm, dead body, it get's complicated!

The characters are interesting and complicated and wonderful. The story is well paced and ...

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August 10, 2018
Kimono!, The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Symphony of Light, Kubota (5 of a series 80}

So I tend to use my time at Quilting by the Lake as an "Art Holiday" visiting any exhibits that are happening locally.  Well this year, I hit the jack pot!!  The Munson - Proctor -Williams Arts Institute in Utica, NY is hosting an amazing exhibit of the work of Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003).  Kubota is credited with reviving and modernizing the nearly forgotten 400 year old  textile technique of Tsujigahana. 

The exhibit includes 48 nearly 7 foot Kimonos.  Some of stand alone pieces.  Some are series that are meant to be shown ...

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August 7, 2018
Garden Bounty from Cat Patches

It was another day of canning yesterday. I'll be doing more today and tomorrow. As for yesterday, it was time to put those cherry tomatoes to work.


On yesterday's agenda was the Moroccan-Spiced Sweet and Hot Cherry Tomato Preserves. This took a lot longer than expected since it took nearly an hour and a half to cook it down to jam consistency. I was determined not to be impatient, however. One of my greatest cooking challenges is not to jump the gun and leave my salsas and jams undercooked. So, with that in mind, I stirred and waited ...

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Garden Bounty from ... Cat Patches

It was another day of canning yesterday. I'll be doing more today and tomorrow. As for yesterday, it was time to put those cherry tomatoes to work.


On yesterday's agenda was the Moroccan-Spiced Sweet and Hot Cherry Tomato Preserves. This took a lot longer than expected since it took nearly an hour and a half to cook it down to jam consistency. I was determined not to be impatient, however. One of my greatest cooking challenges is not to jump the gun and leave my salsas and jams undercooked. So, with that in mind, I stirred and waited ...

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August 5, 2018
Yes, I Can from Cat Patches

Yesterday's wanderings set me up for a few days of canning. Today I have zucchini relish on the agenda. I already had everything I needed for that with five zucchinis in my vegetable crisper and more coming on our plants. Even so, Erik and Mae tried to foist off some of their zucchini when I went to the farmer's market with them yesterday. I politely declined...at least I tried to be polite. But here's something...I was happy to take more than eight cups of cherry tomatoes off their hands. We picked them fresh from their ...

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