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April 23, 2017
Thirty Year Sampler from Fret Not Yourself

What can I say that you don't already know? We've all heard the adage "the longest journey begins with the first step," but starting wasn't the problem. Consistency was.

All are traditional blocks for which I drafted and cut plastic templates. Then I pieced each by hand. In 1989. After that it seemed logical to hand quilt. Elaborate feathers were planned but I took this on a data shoot to work on in the evenings. Since the light was bad I just stippled everywhere. Now that seems like a lost opportunity. And I also lost interest.

I ...

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April 21, 2017
Hand quilting designs from Wendy's Quilts and More

Welcome back. This is the third post in this little series about hand quilting. The first was here, where I gave my thoughts on keeping hand quilting alive in the 21st century.  The second was here, where I explained the threads, needles and thimbles I use,

Today is the third post and it's about the designs I choose to hand quilt on my quilts.

1.  This is one of the very first quilts I hand quilted.  I used masking tape to mark diagonal lines across the squares and hand quilted in black cotton.  It was a good place to ...

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April 19, 2017
Color Calamity from ... Cat Patches

There was no sewing yesterday. I plum wore myself out running around. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, there were five planned stops, and then I added one more unplanned stop at Joann's. It was the only fabric store close to where my travels would take me. Add to that the fact that I had to resist killing a woman at the post office (long story), and it made for one tiring day. When I got home, I took a long nap. Okay, so here's my sad tale...or if you're a cat (Molly), it's ...

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Color Calamity from Cat Patches

There was no sewing yesterday. I plum wore myself out running around. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, there were five planned stops, and then I added one more unplanned stop at Joann's. It was the only fabric store close to where my travels would take me. Add to that the fact that I had to resist killing a woman at the post office (long story), and it made for one tiring day. When I got home, I took a long nap. Okay, so here's my sad tale...or if you're a cat (Molly), it's ...

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April 16, 2017
Food Processing from ... Cat Patches

It turned out to be a gorgeous day yesterday. There was a little bit of a breeze blowing, which made it sweater weather, but oh my gosh. How great to see the sun! It was a perfect day to head off to the Beaverton Farmers Market with Mae. We looked at one another in disbelief when we realized it had been a full year since we'd attended the Farmers Market. Erik, Mae, and I love going together, but Erik's work schedule has made it hard for us to settle on a day when we can all go. I ...

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Food Processing from Cat Patches

It turned out to be a gorgeous day yesterday. There was a little bit of a breeze blowing, which made it sweater weather, but oh my gosh. How great to see the sun! It was a perfect day to head off to the Beaverton Farmers Market with Mae. We looked at one another in disbelief when we realized it had been a full year since we'd attended the Farmers Market. Erik, Mae, and I love going together, but Erik's work schedule has made it hard for us to settle on a day when we can all go. I ...

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April 13, 2017
Seeding for Sun from ... Cat Patches

It's been a cold and wet spring here at the Three Cats Ranch. I've looked at some old blog posts from years past, and it isn't just my imagination that we're seeing a lot fewer flowers this year. They'll come eventually, but the darkness and rain is getting tiresome...literally. When I got home yesterday, I sat down in our recliner and fell asleep. My battery is solar powered, and with days like this, it's hard to feel very energetic. When I looked out yesterday, I saw this.


Minutes earlier, our farmers posted this ...

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Seeding for Sun from Cat Patches

It's been a cold and wet spring here at the Three Cats Ranch. I've looked at some old blog posts from years past, and it isn't just my imagination that we're seeing a lot fewer flowers this year. They'll come eventually, but the darkness and rain is getting tiresome...literally. When I got home yesterday, I sat down in our recliner and fell asleep. My battery is solar powered, and with days like this, it's hard to feel very energetic. When I looked out yesterday, I saw this.


Minutes earlier, our farmers posted this ...

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April 12, 2017
Little Bunnies from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday was Smitty's day to go see his friendly veterinarian. You'd wouldn't believe the volume of howling he did all the way there and all the way back (not to mention the trembling he did while he was there). By the skin of his teeth, he managed to survived his five-minute visit. He weighed 14.8 pounds, so he's grown into a big, solid boy. Amazingly, he isn't fat...just a bundle of macho kitty muscle.

Speaking of cats, wanna see what a bad cat looks like?


Don't let that seductive pose fool you ...

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Little Bunnies from Cat Patches

Yesterday was Smitty's day to go see his friendly veterinarian. You'd wouldn't believe the volume of howling he did all the way there and all the way back (not to mention the trembling he did while he was there). By the skin of his teeth, he managed to survived his five-minute visit. He weighed 14.8 pounds, so he's grown into a big, solid boy. Amazingly, he isn't fat...just a bundle of macho kitty muscle.

Speaking of cats, wanna see what a bad cat looks like?


Don't let that seductive pose fool you ...

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April 11, 2017
Hand quilting threads from Wendy's Quilts and More

Wow! There's been a lot of reaction to my last post on Celebrating Hand Quilting - thank you everyone who left a comment, blogged about their own hand quilting or joined the Celebrate Hand Quilting Facebook group.  I guess I've made a small contribution towards keeping hand quilting current in the 21st century.


If you're itching to give hand quilting a go, and don't know where to start, I highly recommend this video by Sarah Fielke - it's how I learnt.  I watched it again and again until I was happy with my own technique.

I going ...

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April 8, 2017
Celebrate Hand Quilting from Wendy's Quilts and More

I belong to a large Facebook group called Celebrate Hand Quilting.  In fact I've recently become an administrator of the group.  That doesn't mean I'm an expert at hand quilting, it just means I know my way around Facebook and can admit new members if they demonstrate an interest in quilting.  There are almost 15,000 members of the group, and they are all interested in hand quilting.

DMC Perle 8

There have been some interesting discussions lately about how to keep hand quilting alive in a quilting scene increasingly dominated by long arm quilting.

Some of ...

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April 7, 2017
Train Ride from Tokyo Finish from Pink Doxies





A Hand Quilted Finish


At this very moment I am covered by this same quilt, feet up, and lap top engaged. My cup of coffee is within reach. I've worked a year to make it, and yet it gets used so casually. I wonder if I'd feel this way if I wasn't the maker. But I want to know how a quilt feels and wears with use. I like to record which batting I used, and there is a significant difference in the drape and warmth. There truly are battings better suited for different seasons, and may ...

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April 6, 2017
French Boutis Scissor Case from Averyclaire

French Boutis is an ancient form of French quilted needlework. Traditionally it is all white on white, but I adore the bright Provencal colors and created this SCISSOR CASE to entice people to learn this art. It is done with a small running stitch and a back stitch on two pieces of batiste, then yarn is drawn through the channels to give it a raised relief. I am working VERY hard to bring this art to the USA. I teach classes for a minimal fee and sell beginner kits on my ETSY AVERYCLAIRE page. The kit is available in a ...

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March 28, 2017
Kentucky Stars from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

It has been a while since I last worked on this project.  The hand quilting was 3/4 done.  So, a few weeks ago out it came and I've been busy working on it since.  Before I knew it the quilt was done! Then a bout of stomach flu got in the way and so it sat for five days.  Once I recovered from that, the binding was done a little bit at a time. When I got tired and needed to stop and rest (

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March 15, 2017
Area Day & Welsh Quilts from Joy of Quilting

I went to a lovely Quilters Guild Area Day yesterday in Llandybie  (Region 12 South and Mid Wales).
The organiser Gill had put together a fabulous day of Quilting treats for us including a cawl lunch.

Some old Welsh Quilts were shown in the morning. Some hand stitched some machine stitched. 

As you may know my love is hand quilted Welsh Quilts, so much so that I have a Joyofwelshquilting blog.

But it was interesting to see the old machine stitched ones too.
They were simply machine stitched in zig zag or chevron lines,
as seen in the dark blue ...

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March 4, 2017
A Hand-Quilted Finish from Quilting Studio Adventures

 Usually I am happy to finish a quilt and see its completion.  This Glam Clam quilt?  I'm sorry it's done.  I began hand-piecing the clams in August after my guild hosted a workshop by Latifah Saafir
and her Glam Clam technique.  As guildsters started posting pictures of their progress, I knew this design was one I wanted to do.  My hand-piecing was just for evenings when I was on the first floor of my house and not in the studio.  By December the quilt top was together.  I ordered a wool batting and a fabric for the back ...

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February 23, 2017
Green jacket from Quilting Stories

Green jacket

Green jacket

Green jacket
  
Green jacket

Hexie half

Log Cabin Baby Quilt

Log Cabin Baby Quilt

Yarn

Writing this post from my bed, where I have to remain lying for two months! 
This is my misadventure :

Two weeks ago I was so happy to prepare the house for the arrival of my third son D. with his wife and his 3 1/2 years old and 16 months' old sons. The first morning of their staying here, as my 3 1/2 years old grandson M. ran downstairs to jump into my arms to kiss me, I lost my balance and fell backwards on the tiled floor with him in the arms... result : a broken lumbar vertebra ...

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February 16, 2017
Always a Fight Getting Back Into the Groove from Quilty Folk

I was finally able to vacate the back office except for the routine, daily stuff. So nice to be able to see my desk again too. Thinking 'Yay! Gonna have lots of quilting time now' and then well, life happened. We had a houseful of teenagers over a long, busy weekend and lots of comings and goings.

Flowering Snowballs in the hoop
So great to see the teenagers have fun preparing for a Valentines formal, looking all spiffy, and then hear later that the guys bailed as soon as things wrapped up. Basketball is so much more entertaining than wearing ...

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February 15, 2017
Be Mine, Quilted Valentine! from Pink Doxies




Be Mine!


To be quite honest, I'm not a big fan of sappy Valentine's Day things. We don't exchange anything extravagant--or anything at all most years. A simple, "I love you," suffices. A special dinner at home may be the extent of it for the Mister.


But this year I wanted something special to give my mom. (Gosh, have I ever said she doesn't like quilts? They are not her thing, and imagine me a quilter. On the other hand, she does like pretty things, and like me sews every day.) My mom is a one ...

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