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December 29, 2021
The Best of 2021 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Every year, Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs, hosts her "Best of " linky party.  I have joined in the fun for quite a few years now. 

 I like that it makes me look back on the year and enjoy the quilts I finished.  

This year was all about scrap quilts.  An early quilt I made was this blue and brown courthouse steps quilt.  I was initially thinking my sister might want it once she finishes building her new house.  But one day my neighbor came over and wanted it for her newly refurbished livingroom.  I couldn't argue - it looks ...

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May 14, 2021
More Scrappy Love from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I decided to donate one more quilt from the stack of finished quilts to Covered in Love.

Remember this RSC quilt I finished last year?  Well it has been kicking around the house just waiting for a new home.  As I was sending off a box to Covered In Love for the Hands2Help quilt challenge, I decided to stuff this one in as well.

The blocks for this quilt were super simple and all of the fabric for the quilt top came out of the scrap bins.  Turning my scraps into donation quilts just seems to make sense to me ...

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April 22, 2021
UFOs No More from Kat & Cat Quilts

I've been on a roll finishing tops recently.  Thanks to H2H for helping to bring in quilts while I take a break from block drives.  This quilt top came from Barb C., she calls it Scrappy Blue Clamshell Tessellation and said the pattern came from Royal Quilt Designs.

This next quilt with the Kaffe fabrics also came from Barb but it couldn't be more different.  Both of these have been gifted to parents who lost their adult son.  

Barb called this one the Kaffe Fassett Garden Quilt. The 9 Patch & Hourglass pattern came from Missouri Quilt Co. 

These ...

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April 9, 2021
The Last CIL Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Today I will be sharing the last of the Covered In Love quilts I finished up for Kat.  It is always fun to see all the great fabrics others use.  

The last two quilts I finished up came from the sunflower blocks that were part of the Nov/Dec block drive.  I think Kat sent me the last of the blocks that had not been turned into quilts.  The initial plan was to turn these blocks into two quilts - but I decided with some careful planning, I could make three.

I dug through my stash and found a brown and ...

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April 2, 2021
The First Sunflower Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am almost finished with all of the quilts I am working on for Kat over at Covered In Love.

The last blocks I tackled were the Sunflower blocks.  These were from the Nov/Dec block drive.  I think Kat sent me all of the blocks that were donated.  For this first quilt, I decided to piece them together so they form a bunch of sunflowers.

No borders - just 30 blocks sewn together to make a 60 x 72" quilt.

For the quilting, I decided to continue with the sunflower design and quilted chains of flowers at the block intersections ...

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March 26, 2021
Two More Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I was quite productive this week and finished sewing on the binding for two more Covered In Love Quilts.

This is the second Red, White and Blue quilt I have shared.  You can see the first one here.  I believe these blocks were all made last summer.  I think Kat mentioned that these were the last of the blocks from that block drive.

A bright red backing and bright blue binding finished everything off nicely.  

Here is another finish.  I think this one is my favorite.  I love the mix of different sized stars with the framed blocks.  The colors ...

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March 19, 2021
The CIL Finishes Keep Coming from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have been continuing to work on completing the Covered In Love quilts that so many of you donated blocks for.

This is the second set of blocks in this design.  For more information on this block drive, you can go here.

I really enjoy seeing all the fun fabrics in everyone's blocks.

I was initially going to alternate the direction of the blocks but I just really like this all vertical layout.  It works so well with the horizontal quilting.

Kat sent a starry sky fabric which I used for the backing.  I was a bit surprised to ...

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March 12, 2021
Covered in Love Second Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I know I thought I was going to be sharing the second FiddleSticks quilt this week, but I didn't get all of the binding completed.  But I will share the first of the red, white and blue quilts I am working on for Covered in Love.

This quilt is made with 12.5" star blocks of all different designs.  For this first quilt, I used all the star blocks that had a white background to them.

There wasn't quite enough white blocks for the entire quilt so I added in some more colorful blocks in the center of ...

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March 4, 2021
First Strings of the Year from Kat & Cat Quilts

I decided to go ahead and get working on the string blocks during our snow storm.  These are the string blocks foundation pieced onto batting that CiL did for our Jan/Feb drive.   You can see my tutorial on how I am assembling and "quilting" them here

I'm having a lot of fun picking our color groups and playing with  patterns. The top quilt is pink, purple, and yellow moving in a diagonal across the quilt.  

Next is blue, aqua, and green color blocks.  I've decided it looks best when I have all the stripes slanting the same ...

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February 28, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Loose Ends from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 With the end of February coming up fast, I spent the last week cleaning up some of my scrap projects and making sure I had all my yellow blocks completed.

I did get my little blocks completed for the RSC Full Stop sampler quilt.  I am not sure yet how I am going to put all the blocks together so I only made a few of these.

I also sewed together the next set of blocks for Covered in Love.  I plan on loading it next on my longarm.  Now I will start to sew together all the red, white ...

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February 26, 2021
Fiddlesticks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am happy to share the first quilt finish of the Covered in Love blocks sent to me by Kat over at Kat and Cat Quilts.

Kat called this block Fiddlesticks.  I really love how these blocks look all together.

Do you see your blocks?  I have to say everyone's blocks were so beautifully done.

Or maybe your blocks are over here...

I still have another stack of blocks to make a second quilt.  
I divided up the blocks into two stacks - 

red block for block for you.

Turquoise and yellow were the most popular block ...

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February 18, 2021
Assembling Foundation Pieced Batting from Kat & Cat Quilts

I know a lot of people have been curious about how the Jan/Feb string blocks that are foundation pieced onto batting will be put together.  I took advantage of the snow days to start putting some together so you can see.

I sorted out red and orange blocks for my first quilt.  Step one is to put right sides together and sew with a fat quarter inch seam through all the layers.

Step 2 is to finish the seam. I've done this before by finger pressing the seams open and stitching over them with a triple zigzag (visible ...

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February 3, 2021
Oh The Goodness! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 There was a giant box of goodness that landed on my doorstep this afternoon...

Kat contacted me to see if I could help out again getting some Covered in Love blocks turned into some quilts.  She remembered I got really bored making a bunch of the same quilts last time so in the box I found enough red, white and blue blocks to make three quilts.

I always love to see all the different star blocks in these quilts so I am excited about getting these put together and petting all the lovely blocks..

There was also a giant stack ...

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January 21, 2021
Scrappy Scrappy from Kat & Cat Quilts

Happy Scrappy Weekend, quilters! These 3 quilt tops were sent in by Erin and quilted by me this week.

They are all ready to be taken up to the hospital with the next delivery for Covered in Love, which will be a big one!

apologies for the incredibly blurry photo!

Erin has sent in some beautiful tops to CiL before and I especially love her scrappy ones. 

Covid is still raging here and our chaplains are providing quilts to as many of the families as we can.  Infection precautions and the sheer number of deaths unfortunately makes it difficult. 

In ...

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January 15, 2021
Fiddlesticks & Sunflowers Preview from Kat & Cat Quilts

Linda has been a busy bee last year! For the last few drives she finished and sent in completed quilts that I wanted to show you.  This first one is her version of the Fiddlesticks drive, completed with microstippling. 

I find this kind of quilting so impressive! I know I could never have the patience, but I love the texture it produces. 


I really love the backing fabric she found to use with for the quilt as well. I haven't started working on the Fiddlesticks block drive quilts yet, still getting the red, white, and blue ones done. But ...

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January 13, 2021
Opening 2021 with Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts

Here we are in 2021 at last.  My neighbors brought in the year with a huge amount of artillery! (The kitties were not impressed.) It remains to be seen if this year will be much better than last, but we can hope!

At the very least we can start the year off with some beautiful quilts. This batik tumbler was sent in by Jan O. and quilted by Meloney with loops.

This fantastic top was sent in by Kelly C. and also quilted by Meloney.  It's far to big to hold for a picture of the entire thing!  Kudos ...

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January 1, 2021
Quilts and 2020 Retrospective from Kat & Cat Quilts

Happy New Year!  We're plugging right along with block drive finishes. These six Spring Pinwheel quilts bring us to 18 from the March/April block drive.

All six of these were assembled and quilted by me with my trademark easy stipple.

I have to give huge props to Gail, Nicki, and Holly who sent in prepped bindings which really helped mew with finishing these quilts.

I love these little Boston Terrier faces!

I really liked this particular backing fabric.

There are still about 7 more of these pinwheel quilts to come.  I love how happy the colors are , definitely ...

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December 25, 2020
Merry Christmas, Have Some Quilts! from Kat & Cat Quilts

Merry Christmas quilters! This is my faaaaavorite holdiday; I love the whole Christmas season.  I am now working on a Covid unit and volunteered to work the holiday so my family celebrated on Wednesday.

These first two quilts were assembled and quilted by Linda D. from blocks sent in by Mina during the July/August block drive.

There's another star quilt that Mina sent in in this post, so that's a total of three from her for the summer stars drive! 

As many of you know, these patriotic star quilts are some of the most popular ones that ...

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December 18, 2020
Strings 2020 Wrap Up from Kat & Cat Quilts

Yes, just short of a year from it's kick off the 2020 string block drive is wrapping up. Thanks to the many of you who participated in this drive, like Beth T. who made the top above and Kathy C. who quilted it!

I love the gingerbread man backing this quilt! The rest of these were assembled by a combination of Pam M. and me and quilted by me.

The seven quilts here plus those previously posted bring us to a total of 23 out of an expected 24 from this drive. There is still one out in the ...

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December 12, 2020
A Homemade Quilt from Kat & Cat Quilts

Welcome to the weekend, quilters, and happy holiday season! Just one quilt to show today. Officially, this is the first finish from this summer's red, white and blue block drive.  It's a "bonus quilt" I decided to finish with the patriotic batch since it matched so well. (Thank you to Alycia who commented to let me know this pattern came from a mystery quilt "A8" she ran in 2018!)

Christy sent in the top a while back. There are a mix of shirtings and quilting fabrics in it and it measures a generous 66"x78" or there abouts ...

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