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February 25, 2020
Diary of the Wife of a Retired Husband from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’ma night owl who has learned to live fairly harmoniously with a morning guy. We go to bed at the same time . . usually after Vince saying “let’s go to bed!” at least five or six times and I’m saying “let me finish one more row”, “let me finish this email”, “let me pass...

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My Whirlwind Weekend from Jo's Country Junction

I had a really busy weekend Saturday was post office, tax day, errand day, company day and party day all rolled into one.

I was up early and got packages ready for the mail.  Our little post office is open Saturday mornings from 8 to 8:45am.  That’s when I try to get there if possible.  That way I can go on my own and don’t have to depend on the kids to help me get packages there.  The kids are helpful but as always, I hate asking.

It turns out just as I had the packages ready ...

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February 23, 2020
Lost Tooth from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Addie had only lost one tooth and it was on the bottom. At least one top tooth was loose when I was there at Christmas. She had so wanted it to fall out so she could sing All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth but that didn’t happen. When I was there,...

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Back to Napier for Art Deco Festival from Romany Quilting

After staying for a few days in rural Maraekakaho, south of Hastings, the next stop on our ICA rally was to Napier for the Art Deco Weekend.   The Art Deco Trust puts together a very full programme,  and as first time attendees, everything was new to us.  The highlight to us was the vintage car parade, with 300 pre-1946 cars registered.   We spent some time admiring these beauties as they awaited the start of the parade.  How did the passengers clamber up into those dickey seats and get settled while dressed to the nines, I wonder?

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Lovingly restored vintage cars ...

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February 20, 2020
Spending Time With Mom and Bowling from Quilting My Way

This morning I headed over to moms. We didn't do much, she wasn't in the mood to do the top and I really wasn't either. I should have taken my cross stitching. We ended up doing some computer stuff. I tried to get her FB page open and it wanted to be "secure." When I went through the secure part, it wanted her to contact 3 of 6 people and have them give her a code to get into her account. If we didn't do that (we didn't) then they wanted a drivers license, passport ...

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February 19, 2020
The Little Doggie Dress from Jo's Country Junction

Look what I picked up for Georgia at the thrift store….I’m in love with the little scotty dogs.Georgia is such a dog lover.


She adores Rosie.  Some of the big kids are afraid and squeal over Rosie.  Not Georgia.  She is like a magnet to Rosie….

She totally loves Puppycat.  Kelli says that when Puppycat walks around the house, Georgia crawls around after her.  I’m so glad Puppycat is a gently soul.  She seems to love Georgia too.


So…the dress with dogs seemed so appropriate….more than that, I reminded me a dress I wore ...

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Carver and White Nurses from Jo's Country Junction

Conversation at my kitchen table the other day with Carver went a little bit like this…


C: Telli (Kelli) ‘cha doing?
K: I’m doing some work on my computer so I can go to college again.
C: Telli, why you want to do college?
K:  I want to be a white nurse and work at the college.
C: You no want to be a teal nurse anymore?
K: No I want to be a white nurse and teach at the college.
C: My mommy a white nurse and a black nurse.

I’m sure you’re all wondering what ...

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February 17, 2020
How Crafting Got Me Through Postpartum Depression from The Ruthless Crafter

As a young mother I suffered from postpartum depression. I picked up knitting and crocheting again as a way to distract myself. Here's my story.

The post How Crafting Got Me Through Postpartum Depression appeared first on The Ruthless Crafter.

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February 14, 2020
Happy Valentine's Day! from ... Cat Patches

The sun came up without me this morning. The kitties started their usual rabble rousing before dawn, but the rabble refused to be roused. Eventually they gave up and went back to sleep. It was kind of nice to get up to a world bathed in sunlight for a change. The most exciting thing that happened yesterday was seeing Erik and Mae off. They should have made their way back to Portland by late yesterday evening. I believe they have the rest of the week off before returning to work on Monday.

Before breakfast, I had some time to stitch ...

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Happy Valentine's Day! from Cat Patches

The sun came up without me this morning. The kitties started their usual rabble rousing before dawn, but the rabble refused to be roused. Eventually they gave up and went back to sleep. It was kind of nice to get up to a world bathed in sunlight for a change. The most exciting thing that happened yesterday was seeing Erik and Mae off. They should have made their way back to Portland by late yesterday evening. I believe they have the rest of the week off before returning to work on Monday.

Before breakfast, I had some time to stitch ...

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February 13, 2020
A baby quilt for Benjamin from The Crafty Quilter

I just finished my latest quilt – a baby quilt for Benjamin, my grandson. I’ll be shipping it off tomorrow, so yesterday was a photo shoot day. Today, I’m giving it a gentle wash and dry, and then I’ll add a quilt label to the back.

My latest finish is an adorable baby quilt for Benjamin, my grandson.  The quilt pattern is Glacier Modern Quilt by QLT Studio.
Glacier Modern Quilt Pattern by QLT Studio

I’m super happy with the way it turned out! I used the Glacier Modern Quilt Pattern by Jenny Meakins of QLT Studio, and I followed her color scheme as well using various solid fabrics from my stash. It was really fast and easy to ...

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A Day for Slow from Cat Patches

We've seen the most beautiful sunrises here in Pahrump, and yesterday's was especially pretty.


Smitty looked the way I was feeling yesterday morning. I'd been three nights in a row with not enough sleep, and I could feel that weariness in my eyes. I vowed a nap right after breakfast.


We were waiting for Erik and Mae to join us for free waffles here in the park. In the meantime, I stitched up the day's inchy...a needle pulling thread. We'll be stitching the thread in the needle after we've made our way across ...

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A Day for Slow from ... Cat Patches

We've seen the most beautiful sunrises here in Pahrump, and yesterday's was especially pretty.


Smitty looked the way I was feeling yesterday morning. I'd been three nights in a row with not enough sleep, and I could feel that weariness in my eyes. I vowed a nap right after breakfast.


We were waiting for Erik and Mae to join us for free waffles here in the park. In the meantime, I stitched up the day's inchy...a needle pulling thread. We'll be stitching the thread in the needle after we've made our way across ...

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As I Sit Here from Quilting My Way

This morning I was up and out the door. Stopped at Faye's to drop off the quilt top that I finished over the weekend. Then I went to Starbucks and picked up some tea for mom and I.

Arrived at moms house. We got a few things done for her and then started in on the quilt top for Mike. It keeps changing.


From this to


this and then this to


We will put a red border around the eagle. Then I need to move a couple blocks that I see need changed, now that I'm looking at ...

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The Cold Cat from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Vince went out this afternoon. It wasn’t even dark but Cat was sitting under her light. The light was not on but when Vince got close, she began meowing. She wanted the heat turned on so Vince went back and turned it on. He came in and said “That darned cat demanded I turn on...

The post The Cold Cat appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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February 12, 2020
A Day of Rest from Cat Patches

We've been going full bore since the kids arrived from Portland. Yesterday was a day to slow down and pace ourselves a little better. We didn't get together until lunch time. After lunch, we visited the Corvette driving school Mike attended a couple of years ago and toured the facility. Then we had a couple of hours apart in the afternoon to rest up before dinner. I think it's always a good idea to rest up before one eats a big dinner, don't you? All that chewing and upper body work requires stamina.

In between there ...

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A Day of Rest from ... Cat Patches

We've been going full bore since the kids arrived from Portland. Yesterday was a day to slow down and pace ourselves a little better. We didn't get together until lunch time. After lunch, we visited the Corvette driving school Mike attended a couple of years ago and toured the facility. Then we had a couple of hours apart in the afternoon to rest up before dinner. I think it's always a good idea to rest up before one eats a big dinner, don't you? All that chewing and upper body work requires stamina.

In between there ...

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February 11, 2020
Return to Death Valley National Park from ... Cat Patches

There was a pretty sunrise to start our day yesterday.


There was some time to catch up on the inchies of the past two days. This was Sunday's inchy. It contained the dreaded cast-on stitch. The one Meg Hawkey pictured with the instructions was a full circle made with just one stitch. I tried to get mine symmetrical like the one she pictured, but mine ended up kind of one-sided. Oh well. Done is better than perfect.


This was Monday's inchy. Now I'm caught up except for the one posted this morning.


Erik and Mae joined us ...

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Return to Death Valley National Park from Cat Patches

There was a pretty sunrise to start our day yesterday.


There was some time to catch up on the inchies of the past two days. This was Sunday's inchy. It contained the dreaded cast-on stitch. The one Meg Hawkey pictured with the instructions was a full circle made with just one stitch. I tried to get mine symmetrical like the one she pictured, but mine ended up kind of one-sided. Oh well. Done is better than perfect.


This was Monday's inchy. Now I'm caught up except for the one posted this morning.


Erik and Mae joined us ...

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February 10, 2020
Quilt Retreat Weekend from Mama Spark's World

I went away for a quilt retreat this past weekend with my SIL and a good friend.   It was about 2 hours away from home.   We go every February and July.   It started out in July to celebrate my friends and my birthdays.   Then we decided once a year was not enough so we planned a February one.   I packed a lot of things but ended up workin on only one project.   I make and trimmed SO

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