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January 16, 2021
Sleepy Kitty from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Poor Boots. He was so used to having his own schedule with few interruptions. I knitted in the sewing room a lot during the daytime because I could listen to music in there but by dark, I was back in the house and he as free to do whatever he wanted. The last few nights...

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January 14, 2021
He Thinks He Owns The Place from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Boots has completely taken over the house as his own. I do believe he’s done a great job of adjusting. At first when he started having the run of the house, he would go back downstairs to sleep in the sewing room after visiting with us a while. Then, he found a comfy spot on...

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Proud Mom moment from Quilting with Kimberly

I have to share our son Andrew’s super-cool accomplishment. Andrew is a senior at Liberty University working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media. But this past summer while he was sheltering at home with us during the early stages of the pandemic, he decided (all on his own, I might add) he wanted to make a quilt large enough to fit his bed. Andrew is a tech nerd and loves Star Wars. So, I purchased a fat quarter bundle of Star Wars print fabrics online and told him I was here to help but he should just ...

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January 13, 2021
Boots and the Outside from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

A reader mentioned that it’s about time to let Boots out . . that he should know where “home” is now. We live very near a road with quite a bit of traffic and there’s no way I’d let him out here. I do struggle with whether it’s “fair” to keep a cat inside all...

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January 12, 2021
Cast Iron Enthusiast from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

It’s funny to see Chad loving things I never thought he’d be interested in but he loves old cast iron cookware. He sent me this picture of a Griswold skillet he recently found. He told me to look them up on ebay so I asked him how much he paid for it. He told me...

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January 11, 2021
Rita & Boots from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Boot is way more interested in Rita than Rita is in Boots. He spends a lot of time sitting at the edge of the “fence” looking at her. Every now and then, she’ll come over to the the fence and they sniff each other but he doesn’t hiss and she doesn’t growl. They might would...

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Some Christmas makes from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

I call them Christmas makes, but they're more like "just because" makes...

...because I didn't start them until after Christmas.

Not to run on about how much I wasn't able to make last year, but I didn't make anyone a thing for Christmas. I made a hot pad in early December and took absolutely no joy in it. So now we have a new hot pad (well, I still have to sew down the loop), and while I would normally feel a tremendous amount of guilt for NOT making Christmas gifts (for my kids), this past ...

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January 10, 2021
Boots’ Sleeping Habits from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

First, when I was so worried about Vince and my parents, it was very hard for me to write. I’d sit down to write a blog post . . and I couldn’t think of anything to write. That’s when I know I’m stressed beyond my limits . . when I can’t write. No matter what...

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January 9, 2021
Signing Off for a Few from Cat Patches

Okay, well I almost signed off yesterday, but you know how yappy I am, and I just knew something exciting would happen and I'd have to tell y'all about it. And then I'd say something like, "really, now I'm really signing off." And then something else happens, and I have to use more "reallys" in my sentences, and it really just gets to be too much to keep track of. (Speaking to myself: Did I use one "really" in that last post, or two? Or was it three?) And you know I'm too old for ...

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Signing Off for a Few from ... Cat Patches

Okay, well I almost signed off yesterday, but you know how yappy I am, and I just knew something exciting would happen and I'd have to tell y'all about it. And then I'd say something like, "really, now I'm really signing off." And then something else happens, and I have to use more "reallys" in my sentences, and it really just gets to be too much to keep track of. (Speaking to myself: Did I use one "really" in that last post, or two? Or was it three?) And you know I'm too old for ...

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January 7, 2021
The Rest of the Covid Story from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I haven’t told the entire story here because Vince didn’t want me to share it until he felt sure he was going to be ok. As I mentioned already, Mom tested positive on December 26. Then Dad tested positive on December 27. You know how close daughters are to dads . . when I talked...

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A little more to add to the story….. from Quilting with Kimberly

Thank you all for your lovely comments about my last blog post. Reading all your comments and feeling the love in your words means so much to me. Truly! (If you didn’t read my last post, you can read it by CLICKING HERE.

There’s a little more to the Christmas gifting story I’d like to share. 

I wanted to do something special for Tim at Christmas and also for his sweet granddaughter, Maddie, who I met briefly at Bill’s Memorial Service last year. You see, Maddie and Bill were very close and she even spoke at ...

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January 5, 2021
Touched by kindness from Quilting with Kimberly

Our Christmas decorations are almost all put away for another year, but I wanted to share one of the most lovely, thoughtful and meaningful gifts I have ever received. 

Tim and Bill

You may or may not remember that my oldest brother, Bill, passed away from cancer in November 2019. After his death his husband, Tim, and I reconnected in an amazing way and have since become quite close. Tim is incredibly talented, creative, and a jewelry designer, among many other things. But I was caught by complete surprise with the gift he sent me for Christmas.

Do you remember ...

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January 4, 2021
Present from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

 As in:

  • Here and accounted for; 
  • Being in the moment; 
  • A gift.

“Present” will be my word for 2021.

I’m not much for doing the latest thing and it seems the “word of the year” may have become passé or swallowed up in COVID posts. But this word popped in my head this morning along with the above definitions, and I thought, “Why not?”

Because I wasn’t present for the bulk of 2020.

A lot of that is due to the pandemic, but I need to take ownership of part of it due to my own struggles. I ...

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Perth Visit from Addicted to Quilts

With no COVID community transmission cases in Victoria for nearly two months and the border to Western Australia open after being closed for most of the year, we felt it was safe to visit our nephews in Perth.


Unfortunately after we had been in Perth for four days there was a community transmission in Victoria, and Western Australia put all Victorian visitors that had left Victoria after the 21st of December into fourteen day self quarantine.

Given that we would be allowed out of quarantine on the day we were scheduled to fly home, we didn't see the point ...

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January 3, 2021
No, Kitty, No! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This morning I noticed Boots sitting in front of the door. He was looking up at the transom window and I know he was calculating in his little head if (1) he could jump that high and (2) if the ledge was side enough for his big butt to sit up there. I’m thankful he...

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Something New from ... Cat Patches

There was a time last night when I thought we might wash away. Oh my goodness...rain and wind, and what a storm! It made sleeping difficult. But here we are, still alive, and ready to start the first full week of the new year. Let's make it a good year, okay?

For starters, I made another pieced snowflake for the Snowflakes quilt.

The trimming was difficult. I have a new blade in my rotary cutter, but cutting through four layers where the seams come together was difficult. My arm was hurting after doing the trimming, and so I ...

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Something New from Cat Patches

There was a time last night when I thought we might wash away. Oh my goodness...rain and wind, and what a storm! It made sleeping difficult. But here we are, still alive, and ready to start the first full week of the new year. Let's make it a good year, okay?

For starters, I made another pieced snowflake for the Snowflakes quilt.

The trimming was difficult. I have a new blade in my rotary cutter, but cutting through four layers where the seams come together was difficult. My arm was hurting after doing the trimming, and so I ...

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Night #2 with Boots from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Boots did much better last night. He slept right at the end of the bed, on top of a towel that I had put down for him. If he moved during the night, I didn’t notice. This morning, I called Vince before I got out of bed and Boots got up. I knew he hadn’t...

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Talking to Vince on the Phone from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

With Vince in Texas, last night we were on the phone before we went to bed and when I hung up, I thought . . this kinda reminds me of when we dating. You know we met on the internet, talked on the phone for months and months before we met in person, then it...

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