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March 27, 2020
Quarantine Quilting – Quilt Top Done from Needle and Foot

Well all this time at home is certainly allowing for lots of time in the sewing room. Last June I started sewing these charm squares I had accumulated into blocks. The charm squares are from a variety of sample packs from Benartex. Simple, prints in soothing colors that wanted to be made into something rather than live on the shelf in the closet (where they had been for at least two years or so).

I saw this idea on Julie’s blog, Me and My Quilts, around that time. She was making something similar and I absolutely copied her!! I ...

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February 20, 2020
Return to Cathedral Gorge from ... Cat Patches

It was a pretty relaxed day yesterday...no long drives, and not a lot of sight-seeing. Heck, we even went out for breakfast. When we're in a small town, we like to visit the local "watering hole," have a meal (preferably breakfast), and eavesdrop on the conversations around us. It's a good way to learn how people spend their days in a town like this one.

So we visited this restaurant that serves up three meals per day, 7 days per week. To the right of the image below is the bar associated with the restaurant. It's ...

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Return to Cathedral Gorge from Cat Patches

It was a pretty relaxed day yesterday...no long drives, and not a lot of sight-seeing. Heck, we even went out for breakfast. When we're in a small town, we like to visit the local "watering hole," have a meal (preferably breakfast), and eavesdrop on the conversations around us. It's a good way to learn how people spend their days in a town like this one.

So we visited this restaurant that serves up three meals per day, 7 days per week. To the right of the image below is the bar associated with the restaurant. It's ...

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February 16, 2020
Slow Stitching Outside from Romany Quilting

It’s been nice to relax outside finishing off some slow stitching.  Our weather has been quite warm, too hot sometimes to sit out on the patio, so then I take myself off to the back of the house, where it is cooler and shady.  Much better to be in the shade on a really hot day, and I’ve been sitting down stitching the binding on  my Autumn Wall-hanging.

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A seat in the cool of the shade

Our cat Gemma often joins me outside too.  On a hot day she heads straight to the rhubarb garden – it’s just ...

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February 15, 2020
Last Day in Pahrump from ... Cat Patches

We had a nice, quiet day yesterday. After finishing off my blog post, I stitched up the day's inchy. This one was kind of fun. The flower center is done with closely-spaced buttonhole stitches. The pink "arms" radiating out are pistil stitch, which is just a French knot with a long neck. The border is backstitched, and then another length of floss is woven in and out of the stitches to make a "laced" backstitch.


After that, we got Smitty out for another roll in the dirt. He likes going out. He hates wearing his harness, and he's ...

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Last Day in Pahrump from Cat Patches

We had a nice, quiet day yesterday. After finishing off my blog post, I stitched up the day's inchy. This one was kind of fun. The flower center is done with closely-spaced buttonhole stitches. The pink "arms" radiating out are pistil stitch, which is just a French knot with a long neck. The border is backstitched, and then another length of floss is woven in and out of the stitches to make a "laced" backstitch.


After that, we got Smitty out for another roll in the dirt. He likes going out. He hates wearing his harness, and he's ...

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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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A finished quilt from Luna Lovequilts

Project #4 on my list for this quarter is finished ! The pattern is Diaspora designed by Pachy of @psbquilts that I had the chance to test last Spring. You can see the top and in progress pictures in this previous post.

Le projet #4 de ma liste pour ce trimestre est terminé ! Le modèle est Dispora dessiné par Pachy de @psbquilts que j'ai eu la chance de tester au printemps dernier. Vous pouvez voir le top et quelques photos en cours de réalisation dans cet article précédent.

Luna Lovequilts - A finished quilt - Diaspora pattern designed by psbquilts - Snap to Grid collection by Kimberly Kight

The design is more classic than what I usually make but I ...

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Cartwheel progress from Wendy's Quilts and More

I'm very nearly finished my Cartwheel quilt from Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Grandeur book, and I love it. I haven't put the binding on yet, but I wanted to get a photo after I finished the hand quilting.



The last stitches going in.

 I started this quilt on a rainy day in August 2018.  I remember it well, because I wasn't going to start anything new, but winter was getting me down, and the bright colours in this quilt looked so appealing. 



Foundation paper piecing the spokes in the cartwheels took a few months, but by November ...

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February 11, 2020
If Wishes Were Stitches from Life in the Scrapatch


My quilty kitties and I have been stitching.


Maestro is very "paws on"


Katniss has been inspecting her work very closely.

Together,  my kitties are making progress with their hand quilting.

Nutmeg is taking a nap somewhere.

Maybe I will just leave the stitching kitties to their work 
and go join Nutmeg,

Maybe the stitching will be all done for me when I wake up.

:-) 


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February 10, 2020
25 Million Stitches Big Stitch Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Big stitch hand quilting is a technique used by many quilters. However, I recently used this technique in an embroidery project!  A few weeks ago, I decided to make an embroidered panel for the 25 Million Stitches project and in this post, I’ve detailed the technique that I used.  I decided to make my panel [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post 25 Million Stitches Big Stitch Tutorial appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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February 8, 2020
More blue from Granny Maud's Girl

I started this cushion last March. It happened because I was neatly folding my Liberty stash. We could say that Marie Kondo prompted this cushion. I was admiring the pretty blue fabrics as I folded them and was inspired to start cutting out hexagons. A cushion would not take long, I thought.

Blue Liberty hexagon cushion

I used all of my blue and bluish Liberty prints in this cushion.

Machine piecing the 2-inch hexagons was easy and did, indeed, not take long, but finding the time to hand quilt the cushion front was another matter. I had a plan and had chosen the quilting ...

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February 3, 2020
Four Patch Baby Quilt from Quilting Stories

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Four Patch Quilt

Four Patch Quilt

Four Patch Quilt

Among my unfinished tops I picked what I called the Gypsy Four Patch top. I found it too messy to become a double size bed cover, definitely I did not like it. Sometimes I wonder why I insist when in doubt...  I remember that from the very beginning I was not sure of myself and instead of stopping I went on adding other fabric lines, as a consequence that the more I was advancing with this project, trying to improve it, the less I was satisfied. Final result : an abandoned top.

Wondering what to do with this top, it came ...

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February 1, 2020
Wine and Friends from Cat Patches

We had beautiful weather for a day in Temecula Wine Country yesterday. We were meeting up with our friends Debi and Jim for a day of visiting and sipping. Debi and Jim were coming from an appointment, and so we arrived at Cougar Vineyard & Winery a few minutes before they did.


While we waited for them to arrive, we walked around the vineyard a little, taking pictures of every blooming thing.



I've seen these little knee-high shrubs all over while we've been in Hemet. They look a lot like rosemary, but I don't think they are. In ...

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Wine and Friends from ... Cat Patches

We had beautiful weather for a day in Temecula Wine Country yesterday. We were meeting up with our friends Debi and Jim for a day of visiting and sipping. Debi and Jim were coming from an appointment, and so we arrived at Cougar Vineyard & Winery a few minutes before they did.


While we waited for them to arrive, we walked around the vineyard a little, taking pictures of every blooming thing.



I've seen these little knee-high shrubs all over while we've been in Hemet. They look a lot like rosemary, but I don't think they are. In ...

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January 29, 2020
Sunny Sewing from ... Cat Patches

My day was filled with sewing yesterday...sewing of one kind or another. I started out filling my hoop with big stitch quilting.


When I work on it this morning, I'll be starting here:


So far, I've quilted the middle two rows of blocks and portions of the rows above and below.

After that, I got busy with some machine sewing. I think I've worked out the best way to set things up. There is a lot more counter space than in the old RV. In the old RV, the sewing machine and cutting mat had to ...

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Sunny Sewing from Cat Patches

My day was filled with sewing yesterday...sewing of one kind or another. I started out filling my hoop with big stitch quilting.


When I work on it this morning, I'll be starting here:


So far, I've quilted the middle two rows of blocks and portions of the rows above and below.

After that, I got busy with some machine sewing. I think I've worked out the best way to set things up. There is a lot more counter space than in the old RV. In the old RV, the sewing machine and cutting mat had to ...

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January 27, 2020
Baby Quilts: Get Happy! and Two Little Koalas and Bright and Sunny from Quilting Studio Adventures




Baby quilts are one of my favorite things to do.  They are small, fairly easy to quilt, and - most importantly - keep me focused on possibilities of the future. My nephew Chris and his wife are having a little girl pretty soon.  Pink was the color of choice.  Guildmate and current Chicago Modern Quilt Guilt president Laura McDowell Hopper posted this quilt, "Get Happy!" on the We All Sew website.  There's a second Get Happy! quilt in the works for my niece who is having her baby a month later!




Two Koalas, an Elizabeth Hartman pattern, is complete.  I struggled ...

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January 26, 2020
Big Stitch Quilting and Mail from Romany Quilting

This is “slow stitching” alright with the emphasis on slow………  Probably because this project only gets picked up and worked on every now and again.  But I’m OK with that, it will be done when it’s done.  And now I’ve completed big stitch quilting block number eight (of nine),  the New Zealand Clematis.

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NZ Clematis block

All the lovely designs in my  New Zealand Botanical blocks were designed by Jenny Hunter as applique blocks, but I traced them out to do as stitcheries.   As the white flowers in this block tended to merge into my pale green ...

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