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December 11, 2019
Easy-Going Day from Cat Patches

Ignoring the one housekeeping chore on yesterday's to-do list made yesterday's comings and goings pretty darned nice. The past several weeks have felt pressured and hurried, what with Thanksgiving and finishing up Semper Fi. It was nice to take a little breather. I did some slow-stitching in the morning, and then moved into the sewing room. I made the next block for the Tiny Tree project. This one is a tiny bow tie block.


After that, I cut out and fused the applique pieces to the background fabric for the next Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs block. After ...

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Easy-Going Day from ... Cat Patches

Ignoring the one housekeeping chore on yesterday's to-do list made yesterday's comings and goings pretty darned nice. The past several weeks have felt pressured and hurried, what with Thanksgiving and finishing up Semper Fi. It was nice to take a little breather. I did some slow-stitching in the morning, and then moved into the sewing room. I made the next block for the Tiny Tree project. This one is a tiny bow tie block.


After that, I cut out and fused the applique pieces to the background fabric for the next Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs block. After ...

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December 10, 2019
Free Embroidery Pattern- Comfort & Joy Christmas Stocking! from Jacquelynne Steves

It’s time for a little cozy stitching! This Free Comfort & Joy Christmas Stocking Embroidery Pattern is perfect for this time of year- because I find sitting & working on my hand embroidery in the evenings both comforting and joyful! What about you? It would be cute on a little mug rug or table topper mini quilt- what about making it for a gift and including a few tea bags, hot cocoa mix & home made cookies? Maybe you could even include an inexpensive mug as well!

Click here to download the free PDF pattern.

Getting creative with a pattern is something ...

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Stitching, Snail Mail, Reading from Bayou Quilts


Stitching.  I began working on a second panel for 25 Million Stitches as soon as I finished the first one. 


Silly.  I don't know why, but feeding the worms is much more amusing than feeding the cats.  Another smoothie should keep them happy for a while.  
 Sometimes I just put a Ritz cracker topped with a lettuce leaf from the garden and a banana slice because it makes me laugh at the idea of the worms feasting.

Mail.  I really like this envelope, simple and lovely.  Jacque makes the most beautiful cards and her Christmas card below is one ...

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December 9, 2019
In a Bind from Cat Patches

This morning's post finds me in a bind[ing] mood. After wrestling with Semper Fi for weeks, the quilt is finally to the hand-stitching-only stage. I was determined to see it finished before the weekend was over, and it fought me every step of the way. My friend Lyndsey reminded me that being in The Outer Limits was causing my thread problems. (Smacks hand to forehead.) Of course! It only makes sense.

Toward the end of the day on Saturday, I'd walked away from the quilting in frustration over ongoing problems with thread breakage. It's no exaggeration ...

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In a Bind from ... Cat Patches

This morning's post finds me in a bind[ing] mood. After wrestling with Semper Fi for weeks, the quilt is finally to the hand-stitching-only stage. I was determined to see it finished before the weekend was over, and it fought me every step of the way. My friend Lyndsey reminded me that being in The Outer Limits was causing my thread problems. (Smacks hand to forehead.) Of course! It only makes sense.

Toward the end of the day on Saturday, I'd walked away from the quilting in frustration over ongoing problems with thread breakage. It's no exaggeration ...

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December 8, 2019
One More Time Around from Cat Patches

Are you getting dizzy going around and around Semper Fi? I wish dizziness was the only thing holding me back from this finish. There was a lot on the to-do list yesterday, and so I didn't get into the quilting room until after lunch. Now I'm on the last border with three sides left.


One whole side is done, and I was just getting started on side two when I quit for the day. Really, I needed to walk away from it because I was tearing my hair out with frustration from thread breakages. (And, honestly, I can ...

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One More Time Around from ... Cat Patches

Are you getting dizzy going around and around Semper Fi? I wish dizziness was the only thing holding me back from this finish. There was a lot on the to-do list yesterday, and so I didn't get into the quilting room until after lunch. Now I'm on the last border with three sides left.


One whole side is done, and I was just getting started on side two when I quit for the day. Really, I needed to walk away from it because I was tearing my hair out with frustration from thread breakages. (And, honestly, I can ...

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picking up the pace . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

There really wasn't a whole lot of stitching this past week.  I did the bare minimum on my Snow Sampler . . .
To be honest, Todd and I both kind of relapsed and I was good for not much. Finally Friday afternoon I started feeling better; Todd is still struggling a little.  So Saturday, I headed to Early Works with the grandgirls . . .
We had a really fun time!  Edith especially made herself at home.
You probably don't realize the hilariousness of this here, so check out this pic:
Yeah.  She traded her ballet shoes for Paddinton's red boots.  LOL ...

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A New Slow Stitching Project from The Cozy Quilter

Since I finished Frank last week, I needed a new slow stitching project.  I purchased this kit at QuiltCon last February and it has been waiting in the wings ever since then.  The pattern was already printed on the fabric and all of the threads, a needle, and a wooden hoop were included in the kit. 



There are lots of new to me stitches in this project but I started with some easy backstitch.  I did a running stitching the in curly bit where my thread is now and will do a running stitch back to the main stem, before ...

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December 7, 2019
25 Million Stitches and Snail Mail from Bayou Quilts

I finished this panel ad put it in the mail to 25 Million Stitches.
I have another panel started.



Incoming Mail

 This beautiful card from Erin, 
while she and the grands were in Colorado
over Thanksgiving.

Outgoing
I'm not sure what happened to my Halloween postcard to Suzi, but it evidently went for a long journey.  I mailed it on Oct. 22, and she received it on Nov. 29.  It should have been in New Orleans in 3 or 4 days, but who knows what adventures it had along the way.  She was pleased to get a Halloween postcard ...

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Updated finishing tips for the Gingerbread Village (Dec 2019) from Wendy's Quilts and More

I know a lot of people are keen to make their own Gingerbread Villages, but are put off by the need to convert their precious embroidery into a 3D object.

I'm here to reassure you that if you have the right equipment, and take it slowly, you can create beautiful 3D ornaments.

All of these patterns are by Thea Dueck of The Victoria Sampler.



When I made my first Gingerbread House back in 2012, I had never done any finishing before.  I followed the detailed instructions in the pattern, took it slowly, and I did it.  Naturally my finishing ...

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Sew Many Projects from Cat Patches

A single day with so many projects. It's like being in a candy store...or maybe a visit to the Cheesecake Factory. (Point of clarification: I have never been to the Cheesecake Factory. I know...hard to believe, but true.)

My days always start with some slow-stitching, and yesterday, I filled the next hoop of the Appalachian Memories block:


Moving the hoop to the left and looking at this, I thought I could finish up the rest of it this morning.


After spending quite a bit of my morning thus far on it, it is a finished quilt block ...

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Sew Many Projects from ... Cat Patches

A single day with so many projects. It's like being in a candy store...or maybe a visit to the Cheesecake Factory. (Point of clarification: I have never been to the Cheesecake Factory. I know...hard to believe, but true.)

My days always start with some slow-stitching, and yesterday, I filled the next hoop of the Appalachian Memories block:


Moving the hoop to the left and looking at this, I thought I could finish up the rest of it this morning.


After spending quite a bit of my morning thus far on it, it is a finished quilt block ...

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stitched books [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

stitched books

karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/

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December 6, 2019
Smoyg (and the Peacock Party) from Wendy's Quilts and More

I've been busy preparing a couple of bumper recap blog posts about all the different things I've worked on this year.  I stumbled across some photos of my smoyg embroidery and thought I should give you an update.


I started this piece back in March 2019 - you can read all the background in that first post here.

I made a fair amount of progress and I took it show the designer, Yvette Stanton, at the QuiltNSW Sydney Quilt Show in June 2019.



Unfortunately I haven't done any more on it since then and I now know why ...

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December 5, 2019
white and lace [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

white and lace

karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/

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December 2019 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

I finished one project on the list last month. I debated adding a fifth category, Mindless Piecing, but decided against it. I can only focus on a couple projects at a time and make decent progress. Adding a fifth category wouldn’t have served a purpose. I’ll have to work mindless piecing into the other categories.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, and creative play/design. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories as my interests change.
Something Old – I’m plugging away ...

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December 4, 2019
Busy Day from ... Cat Patches

There was no time for quilting yesterday. There might have been time had I not fallen down on the couch, not to get up again until I'd taken a good long nap. Being out and about is exhausting, especially at this time of the year. I got my hair cut and colored. Then I filled my gas tank and headed for the grocery store. While there, I scored this year's Christmas tree. You might remember our tree from last year. We didn't win the award for the Charlie Browniest tree ever (point of clarification...there is no ...

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Busy Day from Cat Patches

There was no time for quilting yesterday. There might have been time had I not fallen down on the couch, not to get up again until I'd taken a good long nap. Being out and about is exhausting, especially at this time of the year. I got my hair cut and colored. Then I filled my gas tank and headed for the grocery store. While there, I scored this year's Christmas tree. You might remember our tree from last year. We didn't win the award for the Charlie Browniest tree ever (point of clarification...there is no ...

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