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February 19, 2019
Two Projects from Cat Patches

The quilting is half finished for Hocuspocusville now. I'm in a mad dash to get the binding sewn on by Thursday. We're taking a little weekend getaway, and hand-sewing the binding would make a good take-along project. If that is to happen, I need to quilt at least three of the remaining six blocks today. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

As for yesterday, the blocks I'm quilting are located on the most difficult part of the quilt for my machine. They are large blocks on the sides of the quilt ...

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Two Projects from ... Cat Patches

The quilting is half finished for Hocuspocusville now. I'm in a mad dash to get the binding sewn on by Thursday. We're taking a little weekend getaway, and hand-sewing the binding would make a good take-along project. If that is to happen, I need to quilt at least three of the remaining six blocks today. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

As for yesterday, the blocks I'm quilting are located on the most difficult part of the quilt for my machine. They are large blocks on the sides of the quilt ...

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February 18, 2019
Quintessence of Quilting from ... Cat Patches

Now that I've come up with some awesome alliteration for the title of this post, I can get on with my day. You'll never know how long it took for me to come up with that $5 word. So anyway...I had in mind to do some McTavishing for the backgrounds of the embroidered blocks for Hocuspocusville, and I found a very good video on YouTube that helped me get off to a good start. If you like what I'm about to show you, you can find the video right here.

McTavishing appealed to me because I ...

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Quintessence of Quilting from Cat Patches

Now that I've come up with some awesome alliteration for the title of this post, I can get on with my day. You'll never know how long it took for me to come up with that $5 word. So anyway...I had in mind to do some McTavishing for the backgrounds of the embroidered blocks for Hocuspocusville, and I found a very good video on YouTube that helped me get off to a good start. If you like what I'm about to show you, you can find the video right here.

McTavishing appealed to me because I ...

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February 15, 2019
Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog from ... Cat Patches

It was a spooky day of quilting for my Valentine's Day, and I'm happy to say that the entire center panel of Hocuspocusville is finished. Next I'll be moving to the embroidered blocks. The center panel was the hardest part for me, and so I'm glad to have it this far. The rest should be fairly easy.

So I alluded to my method yesterday, and I'll show you what I did right now. Here's the thing about quilting. It's hard for those of us who can't draw worth beans. And so I ...

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Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog from Cat Patches

It was a spooky day of quilting for my Valentine's Day, and I'm happy to say that the entire center panel of Hocuspocusville is finished. Next I'll be moving to the embroidered blocks. The center panel was the hardest part for me, and so I'm glad to have it this far. The rest should be fairly easy.

So I alluded to my method yesterday, and I'll show you what I did right now. Here's the thing about quilting. It's hard for those of us who can't draw worth beans. And so I ...

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February 14, 2019
Quilting the Wrong Holiday from Cat Patches

It isn't lost on me that I'm working on my scary Halloween quilting for Valentine's Day. It's poor planning on my part. But, hey, take a look at this range of pink thread that came in yesterday's mail, and see if that makes you feel any better.


Or how about these pink and red variegated threads?


Or this green...like the green leaves on the two dozen roses you'll get from your sweety. (Yeah, right.)


Actually, I only wanted this one color of thread, which I'm calling Smitty gray. But when I went ...

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Quilting the Wrong Holiday from ... Cat Patches

It isn't lost on me that I'm working on my scary Halloween quilting for Valentine's Day. It's poor planning on my part. But, hey, take a look at this range of pink thread that came in yesterday's mail, and see if that makes you feel any better.


Or how about these pink and red variegated threads?


Or this green...like the green leaves on the two dozen roses you'll get from your sweety. (Yeah, right.)


Actually, I only wanted this one color of thread, which I'm calling Smitty gray. But when I went ...

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February 13, 2019
Great Day in the Morning from Cat Patches

It's going to be a great day. Wanna know how I know? Well...two things: (1) It's an NBS day (Nothing But Sewing). But more importantly, (2) is the morning's inchy. It contained the dreaded bullion stitch and I DID IT. (Cue the band playing Stars and Stripes Forever!) So, do you wanna see it?


This could not have been accomplished without my very helpful stitching cat.


When I wrote yesterday's post, I hadn't yet done the inchy from yesterday, so here it is.


As I mentioned, I was heading out to the grocery store ...

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Great Day in the Morning from ... Cat Patches

It's going to be a great day. Wanna know how I know? Well...two things: (1) It's an NBS day (Nothing But Sewing). But more importantly, (2) is the morning's inchy. It contained the dreaded bullion stitch and I DID IT. (Cue the band playing Stars and Stripes Forever!) So, do you wanna see it?


This could not have been accomplished without my very helpful stitching cat.


When I wrote yesterday's post, I hadn't yet done the inchy from yesterday, so here it is.


As I mentioned, I was heading out to the grocery store ...

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February 12, 2019
Cats at Work from Cat Patches

If it weren't for cats, nothing would get done around here. Possibly I have snow sickness because all I want to do is wrap up in quilts and sleep. It wouldn't be fair to say I did nothing yesterday because I did some housework. You know it's bad, though, when quilting takes a back seat to housework. Sadie was there early to help out.

Pawssibly you need a black cat for your quilt?


Once I got started making more spiderwebs, my motivation increased.


I was having a frustrating problem with the top thread breaking every time I ...

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Cats at Work from ... Cat Patches

If it weren't for cats, nothing would get done around here. Possibly I have snow sickness because all I want to do is wrap up in quilts and sleep. It wouldn't be fair to say I did nothing yesterday because I did some housework. You know it's bad, though, when quilting takes a back seat to housework. Sadie was there early to help out.

Pawssibly you need a black cat for your quilt?


Once I got started making more spiderwebs, my motivation increased.


I was having a frustrating problem with the top thread breaking every time I ...

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February 11, 2019
Joint Venture with Karen Miller: Mystery Quilt Along – Part 4 from IVORY SPRING

Jan 7: Announcement post
Jan 21:  Planning, basting, batting, etc
Jan 28:  Stabilization quilting or just to catch up
***Feb 4, Feb 11: Inside center panel
Feb 25: Top and Bottom Rectangles
March 4: Top and Bottom Squares
March 11: Left and Right Side panels
Mach 18: Narrow Sashing
March 25: Outside (wider) Border
April 1: Binding & Hanging

***

Hello Friends, here we are again on our Quilt-Along Monday!  There’s not a new installment because Karen and I know the hustles and bustles of life all too well, and sometimes we just can’t get to quilting like we would ...

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February 10, 2019
Weather Watching from Cat Patches

It was kind of a lazy, do-nothing day yesterday. A big snowfall does that to us. We spent the day watching the weather...mostly from inside...and we were so enthralled by the whole thing that we sat around in gape mouthed wonder. It's not the best look for either of us. Someone wandering in might think we're both ready for the "home."

Right after finishing yesterday's post, I went outside to fill the bird feeders and take some pictures. I was glad I did because the sun came out while I was there, and it didn ...

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Weather Watching from ... Cat Patches

It was kind of a lazy, do-nothing day yesterday. A big snowfall does that to us. We spent the day watching the weather...mostly from inside...and we were so enthralled by the whole thing that we sat around in gape mouthed wonder. It's not the best look for either of us. Someone wandering in might think we're both ready for the "home."

Right after finishing yesterday's post, I went outside to fill the bird feeders and take some pictures. I was glad I did because the sun came out while I was there, and it didn ...

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February 4, 2019
Joint Venture with Karen Miller: Mystery Quilt Along – Part 3 from IVORY SPRING

 

Jan 7: Announcement post
Jan 21:  Planning, basting, batting, etc
Jan 28:  Stabilization quilting or just to catch up
***Feb 4, Feb 11: Inside center panel
Feb 25: Top and Bottom Rectangles
March 4: Top and Bottom Squares
March 11: Left and Right Side panels
Mach 18: Narrow Sashing
March 25: Outside (wider) Border
April 1: Binding & Hanging

***

Hello Friends, Happy Monday!  I hope your week got off a great start, and that those of you who lived in last week’s extreme cold have thawed out nicely, and are ready to do some quilting on your machine.

Now, some ...

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February 3, 2019
A Day for Stitching both Fast and Slow from ... Cat Patches

While I hadn't intended to spend the entire day sewing yesterday, I did anyway. Shoot. Missed getting my housework done a-GAIN! The first order of the day was to stitch the second inchy for the National Embroidery Month stitch-along. I realized that I'd colored the yellow flower center with the pink pencil, and so I satin-stitched over that. You won't tell, will you?


And then I got to work on the remainder of the Appalachian Memories quilt block. When I finished up for the day, only this little bit was left to stitch. It was tempting to ...

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A Day for Stitching both Fast and Slow from Cat Patches

While I hadn't intended to spend the entire day sewing yesterday, I did anyway. Shoot. Missed getting my housework done a-GAIN! The first order of the day was to stitch the second inchy for the National Embroidery Month stitch-along. I realized that I'd colored the yellow flower center with the pink pencil, and so I satin-stitched over that. You won't tell, will you?


And then I got to work on the remainder of the Appalachian Memories quilt block. When I finished up for the day, only this little bit was left to stitch. It was tempting to ...

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January 28, 2019
Joint Venture with Karen Miller: Mystery Quilt Along – Part 2 from IVORY SPRING

Jan 7: Announcement post
Jan 21:  Planning, basting, batting, etc
***Jan 28:  Stabilization quilting or just to catch up
Feb 4, Feb 11: Inside center panel
Feb 25: Top and Bottom Rectangles
March 4: Top and Bottom Squares
March 11: Left and Right Side panels
Mach 18: Narrow Sashing
March 25: Outside (wider) Border
April 1: Binding & Hanging

***

Hello Friends, I just spent a better of last week at Road to CA show.  It was a fun show making new friends, and sharing the love of domestic machine and feather quilting with my new friends!

I even met some who ...

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January 23, 2019
Loopy from ... Cat Patches

There was quite a bit accomplished yesterday...grocery shopping, catching up on housework, and quilting the Alley Cats Quilt Guild. That was kind of fun. Being a small quilt, it was easy enough to finish in just a few hours' time. I used a light gold in the bobbin. There was already a partial bobbin wound, and so it was an easy choice.


For my top thread, I chose this variegated thread with golds, tans, and light browns.


Here's the color number. I think these variegated threads came from Threadart.


Then I started in. Down the middle border, I ...

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