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November 20, 2017
Thanksgiving Preparations 1 from Katy Did Art

The clock showed 5:00 and I was wide awake and ready to get started on all the things that need to be done this week. I already had a head start, since I went shopping last evening instead of waiting for today. A little over an hour of shopping and $230.00 later and I think I have everything I’ll need for this weekend!! Whew!

So the goal today is to get the guest rooms all ready for company. Dusting, vacuuming, washing sheets and towels, giving the bathroom a thorough cleaning – all in addition to the regular office ...

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November 19, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving Quilters! from Butterfly Threads


Happy Thanksgiving week friends! I am so thankful that these boys made it home safely Friday night. It is music to my ears to hear their voices and laughter. I love seeing them share their stories with each other and especially love just seeing how happy they are.


Also thankful that I have yet another quilt finished for the next book. Deadlines just got moved up a month and I am NOT panicking. 


Thankful that I have a fun gig with Craftsy and get to write little tutorials for them. I enjoy making cool stuff and sharing it.


Thankful I ...

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Picking Satsumas from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Dad has quite a few citrus trees. I really miss being able to grow oranges and lemons . . and green grass! This year two of Dad’s trees are producing the sweetest satsumas ever. We ran by there yesterday to pick some of them to bring home with us. Addie loves my dad. We walked...

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Special Weekend Edition from Katy Did Art

I don’t usually do a post on the weekend, mostly because I have plenty of other things to do. But I’m making an exception today because my upcoming week is going to be very busy AND I don’t have DH with me.

He’s off to hunting camp for a glorious week of hunting and sitting around the fire swapping tall tales.

Meanwhile, I get to stay home and get ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Yippee!!

This year, I have a preliminary count of 26 people that will be coming for dinner with six of those people staying ...

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Family and Friends from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

My aunt’s memorial service was yesterday and it was a beautiful service and a beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady who has been a great partner to my uncle for many years. They did so much together and enjoyed all their time together. He is going to have a tough time adjusting to life without...

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What A Saturday! from Quilting My Way

This morning I woke coughing. My allergies decided to get started early this morning. I was up and playing on the tablet while Patrick slept. Katt was already up as she gets up around 4 am every morning.

She came up about a half hour after I was up and started making blueberry muffins. After all that, Patrick and I went to the casino. Katt and Harley stayed behind. Katt wasn't in the mood to go along. So, we didn't do very good. Guess our luck has ran out. No worries, still ahead for the time being.


The ...

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The Kids from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Look at these beautiful kids. All dressed up in their nice clothes for my aunt’s funeral. We were already inside when my parents walked in and we were standing in the path and they kept looking at us like . . are you people going to move. They didn’t recognize Chad or Nicole and I...

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November 18, 2017
A Good Day! from Quilting My Way

This morning I was up and at Cherrill's early. Then ended up helping with her computer and chatting. Thought I ad plenty of time. When I left her, it was already 10 am.

I went to the Dollar store before going to mom's. The had some more of the box "houses" that work great on the Christmas gifts. I bought some for the bowlers, thought that would be a cool gift box. Then I was off to moms arriving around 10:45 am.

She had a good group there. There wasn't room for me to sit but ...

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Traveling from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I never realized how different folks can be when traveling. I get in the car and drive. I stop when I have to stop and I make it quick. Chad, Nicole and Addie . . oh, my . . a 9 hour drive took 12 hours. First, Chad knows I cannot drive on scary, curvy...

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November 17, 2017
Old Yearbooks from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Last night Nicole was looking for something and came across all of her old yearbooks and all of Chad’s old yearbooks. We spent quite a bit of time going through them all. Pictures of Nicole growing up that I had never seen and pictures of Chad growing up Nicole had never seen. Addie was so...

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Winter Friends Christmas Stockings from Needle and Foot

While visiting my son, daughter in law, and grand baby in Vermont last month we talked about the holidays.  This is the first Christmas we will be apart.  My daughter in law is working her second year of her residency as a radiologist.  Apparently the second year residents don’t have the best work schedule.  She is working over Thanksgiving and Christmas both.  So the three of them will be celebrating holidays in between her shifts at the hospital.  Such is the life of a new doctor.

Always ones to look at the bright side, my son and DIL are ...

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November 16, 2017
Pin It Weekly #222 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Dry-brining is a foolproof method that gives you tender, flavorful turkey every time. This recipe, infused with the flavors of garlic, lemon and thyme, is guaranteed to get raves as the centerpiece on your holiday table.Happy Pin It Weekly. Have you begun your countdown to Thanksgiving? What about your countdown to Christmas? I've started preparing for Thanksgiving because the entire Marcotte clan will be here for lunch. Our boys and their wives and children. The in-laws and their other son. Perhaps even a nephew and his family.


In other words I'll be prepping and cooking for a couple of days. Oh, did I mention that my oven doesn't work? It doesn't. It doesn't turn on. Or heat up. Or cook. Or anything else, except store things. It might work as ...

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Breakfast from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The nice thing about my recent travels is that I’ve had a couple of breakfasts not cooked by me!  Roger fixed sweet potato pancakes when I stayed with them. Chad fixed breakfast this morning. Grits, eggs, bacon and toast from homemade bread. The only bad thing about Chad’s breakfast is that he made a mess...

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Good News, Bad News from The Root Connection

Life is full of all kinds of news. We must navigate through times, both good and bad and somehow make it on the other side. I don't know how many times I have reminded myself with "This too shall pass".. it always does.

Early this year my husband lost his job due to a big buy out of his company. His department was shut down and you get the picture.

The change happened just before we went to India and Thailand. The trips were planned well in advance and we thought a little vacation doesn't hurt anyone. And ...

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Eat, Sleep, Knit T-shirts from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’m probably wrong about all of this but I think it was 2014 when Eat, Sleep, Knit did their first yarnathon that had four teams with names. There were the roboknitters, stitchasaurs, octopurls and fibermonkeys. I could be wrong about some of those but I believe stitchasaurs and octopurls are correct for sure. I was a...

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November 15, 2017
Doggie Memories from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Vince is one of those rough and tough kind of guys. When you first meet him, you think he’s hard and uncaring but he’s really quite tenderhearted. Last night we were talking on the phone and he was telling me how much he misses Speck. I had asked how Rita was doing and said “It...

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November 14, 2017
Christmas Jacob's Ladder from TheEclecticAbuela

I made this Christmas quilt for my son and daughter-in-law. I gave it to them early, so they could enjoy it this Holiday season.

Christmas Jacob's Ladder







The Jacob's Ladder block is not complicated.

Jacob's Ladder Block


I used a constant neutral throughout and combined it with many different Christmas prints.

Fabrics (detail)





Fabrics (detail)




Fabrics (detail)




Right in the center (you can just see it in the picture directly above--lower right corner) is a very light block that is made with leftover scraps from a Christmas shirt I made for my son--over 30 years ago! 


Because ...

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November 13, 2017
Lap Dog from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Even though Rita doesn’t like sitting and being held, she’s what I consider a lap dog. Chad’s Speck  . . not what I consider a lap dog but no one ever told Speck. Honestly . . that is where that dog thinks he’s supposed to be. If Chad is sitting, Speck wants to be on...

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November 12, 2017
HAPPY VETERANS DAY! from Quilting My Way

Today, I'm going to do something different. Today my life doesn't matter for what I did. Today it's about the Veterans in my life and family.

So, THANK YOU, to my friends and family who have served this country.


Great grandfather - John Wineland - Civil War Veteran.


He was injured in the Civil War and was in a wheel chair most of his life.


Great grandfather, James M. Hodge. Civil War Veteran.


Family member - WWII soldier.


Emma Study - WWII.


Another family Veteran (thinking Matheson).


Ed Study and friend - WWI or WWII. (don't have my records handy)


Great ...

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November 11, 2017
Good and Bad from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

There are so many good things about Nevada, MO. There are just a few bad things and even though they aren’t BAD, they’re things that bother us enough that I know we’ll never move back here. Most of the bad are just personal preferences and not the fault of the town. I don’t think we’ll...

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