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November 17, 2018
Gray Day from ... Cat Patches

The clouds have moved on and we're expecting bright and cold weather for this weekend. Yesterday, the skies were gray and overcast, no doubt made worse by smoke from the California fires. It was hard to see any smoke against the gray skies, but my lungs were feeling it. Sue and I got out for our Friday morning walk. We were glad for dry weather, even if the skies were gray. Here are some things we saw along the way.

We first crossed paths with these two...honking furiously. They were not happy to see us.

Hey! You there ...

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Gray Day from Cat Patches

The clouds have moved on and we're expecting bright and cold weather for this weekend. Yesterday, the skies were gray and overcast, no doubt made worse by smoke from the California fires. It was hard to see any smoke against the gray skies, but my lungs were feeling it. Sue and I got out for our Friday morning walk. We were glad for dry weather, even if the skies were gray. Here are some things we saw along the way.

We first crossed paths with these two...honking furiously. They were not happy to see us.

Hey! You there ...

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embroidering a paper and silk surface [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

embroidering a paper and silk surface

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paper, silk and embroidery from Karen Ann Ruane

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November 16, 2018
Two down! from Quilting and More...

I’ve just finished my little embroidered quilt, and it’s hanging happily on the wall for the rest of the fall season. It’s only about 18.25″ x 18.25″, so it fits almost anywhere. I’m so glad I decided on purple as the accent fabric; I think it brightens up the overall theme.         […]

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Cat in the Lap from ... Cat Patches

It was a grocery shopping day yesterday, and the madness is only just getting started. I'm hoping to avoid the grocery store until after Thanksgiving, but I have a feeling I'll need to go back for eggs and bread before the week is over. Fortunately, there are plenty of kitty treats.

Kitties are sad to see summer go. They run outside each morning with as much enthusiasm as ever, but then they're back inside fairly quickly. Sadie knows how to stay cozy. She gets up on my lap, and then when I get up, I tuck her ...

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Cat in the Lap from Cat Patches

It was a grocery shopping day yesterday, and the madness is only just getting started. I'm hoping to avoid the grocery store until after Thanksgiving, but I have a feeling I'll need to go back for eggs and bread before the week is over. Fortunately, there are plenty of kitty treats.

Kitties are sad to see summer go. They run outside each morning with as much enthusiasm as ever, but then they're back inside fairly quickly. Sadie knows how to stay cozy. She gets up on my lap, and then when I get up, I tuck her ...

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Embroidering the Holidays from Becca's Crazy Projects

On Monday I shared my post about embroidering these felt place mats.

I got busy with the machine embroidery and stitched out a couple more. 
I think this one is going to work with me.
I'll hang it on my office door so everyone knows my opinion on the holidays. 
Here is the full set. Two red and two green. I think we'll hang them in the windows after Thanksgiving.

Machine embroidery designs by Urban Threads Embroidery.

Tools (affiliate links):
Magna-Glide bobbins
Fiskars Curved Craft Scissors

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Embracing It from Quilt Paint Create

I’ve given up on getting into the sewing room during the week. There is so much going on I can’t make it happen.
Instead I’ve decided to embrace hand work because it’s so much easier to fit in here and there.
I’m still on track to finish Autumn’s Call this month.
AC progressAfter this I might do some hand applique. I’ve done a lot of embroidery this year and it’s time to switch things up.
I’m sure I have a project or two tucked away somewhere.

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November 15, 2018
A Pig Grows in Oregon from Cat Patches

Yesterday I spent a little longer than usual on my morning slow stitching. I was close to finishing the Friendship's Garden block, and I was also close to finishing my audio book. Both were finished at approximately the same time.


Here are all the blocks I've done so far:


There are still three to go before I'm ready to sew this together, and so I'll just keep stitching away at it.

Speaking of finishing books, do you follow the Bibliophile Files on at Sarah Did It? She's published her monthly linky party this morning, and ...

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A Pig Grows in Oregon from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I spent a little longer than usual on my morning slow stitching. I was close to finishing the Friendship's Garden block, and I was also close to finishing my audio book. Both were finished at approximately the same time.


Here are all the blocks I've done so far:


There are still three to go before I'm ready to sew this together, and so I'll just keep stitching away at it.

Speaking of finishing books, do you follow the Bibliophile Files on at Sarah Did It? She's published her monthly linky party this morning, and ...

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Having fun! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

This morning, we woke up to temps. of -27C (or -16.6F) with the wind chill!  That is way too cold for this time of year.  Lordy, we are still in November!

Anyway, besides doing a few odd jobs around the house, I've been busy down in my studio keeping warm and keeping busy.

Now, let's see what I've been up to!  The left side of this hanging has the embroidery all done.  It looks a tad sparse or too much white in the bottom left corner.  When this is all done, I'll take another look ...

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November 14, 2018
Snap Tab Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been stitching up more than a few snap tab designs. This fun little floppy disk design is from Designs by Little Bee. See those little curved craft scissors? I bought those to make applique easier and I'm so glad I did. Each of those little labels is a piece of felt appliqued onto the tab. I am really pleased with the finish.
I made a couple more large hand sanitizer holders with the baseball design. I like how this one finishes up. The one with the teal outline is what happens when you trust your embroidery machine ...

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Almost there... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I am taking a short break from trimming the very last of the HSTs for Danielle's quilt.  Soooo pleased to have finally reached this point and that assembly can now begin.
I was a little delayed as I stitched up this quilt for someone we know who lost their house in a fire.  Kerry dropped it off to the LA quilter this morning.  A little big for me to handle these days.








It was made using two roll ups of Kaffe Fassett fabrics that I had in my stash - bought the 2nd one by accident, and is lovely and ...

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November 13, 2018
Stitching of All Kinds from Cat Patches

We made an unexpected trip into town yesterday. Mike decided he needed to have the fluids in one of the radiators exchanged. Since he needed to leave the car, I needed to follow him into town and drive him back home. As long as we were in town, we ran a few errands. And then, of course, we had to go back to town to retrieve the car when it was all done. Oh well. There was still plenty of time to sew.

Before we left, I stitched up what remained in the hoop for Friendship's Garden.


It's ...

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Stitching of All Kinds from ... Cat Patches

We made an unexpected trip into town yesterday. Mike decided he needed to have the fluids in one of the radiators exchanged. Since he needed to leave the car, I needed to follow him into town and drive him back home. As long as we were in town, we ran a few errands. And then, of course, we had to go back to town to retrieve the car when it was all done. Oh well. There was still plenty of time to sew.

Before we left, I stitched up what remained in the hoop for Friendship's Garden.


It's ...

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embroidery school [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

embroidery school

karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/

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A White History of Art - Art with Fabric Blog Hop from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the fall 2018 edition of the Art with Fabric blog hop. I'm thrilled to be participating again and would like to thank Alida for all of her hard work :-)

A White History of Art

A White History of Art
When Alida said that the theme would be colour, I'm not sure that I saw the "favourite" in front of it. For me colour is everything! I had a few ideas and when I mentioned them to my daughter, she suggested that I watch the BBC documentaries, History of Art in Three Colours. It was a great ...

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November 12, 2018
An Afterlife for Vintage Embroidery Mysteries from Gefilte Quilt

If you're a quilter, I bet we have a happy problem in common: People bring us fabric. On the one hand, I love it. On the other, I already have too much - if I stuff their offering into my stash, it may never come out!

This problem gets even better when people bring me interesting vintage textiles. So here's one solution: Enjoy processing it immediately, then give it right back, in a form they can use.

That's what a happened a couple of months ago when my friend Marian went to a store closing sale, where she ...

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Embroidering the Holidays from Becca's Crazy Projects

The last time we were at Target we saw these felt place mats. Darling Husband thought they would make great holiday decorations with the addition of some seasonal embroidery. I pulled up my collection of designs from Urban Threads Embroidery and got stitching.
I will be stitching out several designs, with no two being the same. When you collect designs you want to use them all.
These designs are big and take what seems like forever to stitch out. The results are great, though. I have two more to embroider.

Tools (affiliate links):
Magna-Glide bobbins
Fiskars Curved Craft Scissors

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