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July 11, 2019
Q3 2019 Finish Along Hopes and Dreams from 120 Blocks

Since I only had one finish last quarter, this list should be pretty easy to make. I think I will rearrange the items though. Gypsy Wife Quilt – This needs to be quilted and bound so it should be a … Continue reading

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January 1, 2019
2019 Quilty Resolutions from 120 Blocks

I feel so far behind in 2018 already! Aaaargh! Usually I have this post written and scheduled to go up by 9 am on the January 1, but this year is apparently a bit behind schedule. Sigh. Here goes! Last … Continue reading

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October 9, 2018
Loving the Retired life from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Two perfect days just following my muse and being fully in control of my owntime. Bliss!

Haven't had to run any errands, so other than a morning walk today, I am revelling in homebody mode.   Autumn is a little odd so far. Due to so much rain, leaves are mostly green  although there are pops of color here and there, and parts of the trail are drenched in small yellow leaves.  I await what I call golden week, when the forest floor across from our house is bathed in golden yellow leaves.  So many years I was on the ...

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August 31, 2018
Let's Change their Name to the Cat Days of Summer from Cats in the Quiltoriium

That's Clyde's opinion. The weather this week has been way too hot and sticky, and the poor guy is still missing his friend.  Truthfully, the weather makes me feel a bit sluggish, like Clyde in this photo.

Photo was shot in the low light of early morning, hence it's grainy, but you can get the idea of the overall mood of the household right now.

Nevertheless, I managed to make some progress today on the next to the last biggie rosette.

The last big pink hexagons in the next ring need to be pieced with the star ...

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August 21, 2018
I've got a little list from Cats in the Quiltoriium

I was getting that usual creepy feeling that arises when I try to keep track of too many pressing tasks in my head. So I made a little list yesterday, and crossed off one task yesterday. This evening I got the one freelance task on that list well underway--just needs proofreading and a consistency check in the morning before sending to client. Let's see how the rest of my week unfolds....

Here is where I am with the big rosette. Finished the next ring. Tomorrow morning I can print the rest of what I need to finish this biggie ...

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August 13, 2018
Best Hand Pieced award at Capital Quilters QUILTED Exhibition from Wendy's Quilts and More

Thank you for all the kind comments on my last post.  So many people said lovely things about my quilts over the weekend.  I'm all enthused to start something new now, but I'm also enthused to finish some of my WIPs - which is a very good thing.

The final quilt I won an award for at the Capital Quilters exhibition was la passacaglia.  I won the "Best Hand Pieced" award and was thrilled about that. 

If you'd like to read more about how I made this wonderful pattern by Willyne Hammerstein, you can click on the link ...

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August 10, 2018
New approach from Cats in the Quiltoriium

This picture shows the new approach I am using to piecing the star bands on La Passacaglia.
See the disconnected sections on the lower right.

The tradoff is this:  Less continuous piecing around corners, so more knots-
But it gives me less fiddling with set in seams.

I feel like my artwork is coming along, but watercolor is a difficult medium. For now, I just copy watercolors I find online.  Controlling the flow of the paint is hard, and I struggle with getting good saturation most of the time.

This one required a second round to saturate the colors, and ...

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July 16, 2018
Beginning to edge forward from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Life has returned somewhat to a new equilibrium.  Little Bonnie Cat is stable on two meds, which she will probably need permanently. She has a tiny bit of a wheeze still, but is more herself and not withdrawn anymore. We are grateful, and don't take her for granted, enjoying when she seeks us out for some attention.

I have made progress on several fronts.

Writing project well underway. Small compensation but it's a bit of process design, which was one part of my job that I enjoyed, and it's on a long deadline and totally done at ...

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June 18, 2018
The week is flying by from Cats in the Quiltoriium

So much to do, but I am starting to catch up before the next wave hits. Got a small writing gig to tend to as well. I don't want to let go of all my clients and it's still easy money if I can make the deadlines work.

I finished a rosette on Sunday, it's about my favorite hot beverage:

I decided to make the filler/joiner pentagons consistent with the diamonds in the star ring of this one. Hope that works out ok. I'm definitely of the "my quilt=my rules" school on Willyne's ...

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Progress slows from Cats in the Quiltoriium

A bit of a sewing slowdown due to life's other commitments. But I managed to get this far on my latest rosette this week.

Hosting a reunion of my spouse's cousins next week so it's really pedal to the metal in terms of all the long overdue cleaning and garden tasks. Whew, will I be glad when life quiets down after this. Also having a quiltorium kitty health scare. Took BonnieCat to the vet this morning as she's been withdrawn and off her food. Vet didn't find any cause and took some blood to see ...

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January 4, 2018
To England We Will Go! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As a child, I (Kara) lived in England for three years, and since then, I have always loved everything British. My parents bought a VW camper, and we explored the British Isles with enthusiasm. When my husband mentioned that he had to go to the UK for work, I immediately began to look for things to do in that particular area. Of course, my first search was for quilt shops, and I discovered Bee Crafty; a quilt shop just outside of Huntingdon. I navigated easily through their website and much to my delight, found a paper-piecing workshop held on one ...

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Feeling the Energy from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Some colors are very energizing. I'm on a high right now between Ringo Lake and La Passacaglia.  No additional progress on Ringo because I was at my bee today, stitching away, laughing and having fun with my quilting pals.  I finished the current ring of my second big rosette and just auditioned it next to what I have done. I am excited, and hope to knock out the outer star band in short order. I decided at the bee that I needed to replace one shape in that ring that wasn't working for me, but I just found ...

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December 29, 2017
Some folks are snowbirds.... from Cats in the Quiltoriium

But some of us just turn up the heat and sew more quilts.

Have had a relatively productive couple of days.  Finished clue 5, pulled out an old UFO to work on for a while, and started to scrapwrangle the left over strips and triangles from Ringo Lake.

Cut some 1.5" squares to use as leaders and enders. These will always work up into little four patches and nine patches that can be used in a variety of ways. The triangle shapes can be used in the wild and goosey blocks. There is a small pile of slivers now ...

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December 27, 2017
Late to the Linkup and a Color Dilemma from Cats in the Quiltoriium

After enjoying a quiet Christmas, I was able to get Clue 5 done. I hope we can start some assembly soon, as my little stacking box set is getting maxxed out and I will have to engage alternate clue storage soon.

The brown and neutral combo seems a little ho-hum, but I am sure it will play its role well against the other brighter colors we have been working with.

I had to give things a bit of a tidying up before it all begins again on with a new clue on Friday. 

Went to my bee yesterday and enjoyed ...

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December 21, 2017
Clue 4 is in the Bag from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Or the bin, actually.  These came together so well for me that I only had to trim a few of them where the points flew out to the side a bit too far.

And hey, remember this? My second big rosette for La Passacaglia?  I almost got another ring done at my bee this week.Love the brightness of these fabrics.

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November 26, 2017
Some Black Friday Sew-In Results from 120 Blocks

Here’s what I’ve been up to for the holiday weekend. Not pictured is my very anemic start to Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt. Hopefully there will be something to look at from that soon. First up, this is … Continue reading

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November 14, 2017
Project Update from 120 Blocks

I finished the wall hanging for the church auction. I am happy with the way it turned out and hope it does well at the auction. I am fairly certain that I am not a big fan of fusible appliqué, … Continue reading

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November 5, 2017
Auckland Festival of Quilts - 2017 from Wendy's Quilts and More

On Friday I went to the Auckland Festival of Quilts with my mum, Joy, and my friend from Wellington, Anne.  We had a good time and were very impressed with all the beautiful quilts on display.

Here are some of my favourites:

Firstly my mum, standing next to her la passacaglia.  It was entered as "Exhibition Only" because it was finished in 2016, so not eligible for prizes.  Mum couldn't enter it last year because it was away in Houston as part of the Quiltmania la passacaglia exhibition. Lots of people said it looked lovely, so that was very ...

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October 7, 2017
Spicy rosette is done from Cats in the Quiltoriium

I really hate the star ring. It worries me that I might lose interest in finishing because of those stars...

But here's what I finished today. I think the scale on the big peppers is too large, but I'll live with it.

And here's where it will go:
There are some filler pieces I need to put in, as the rosettes don't all mesh perfectly. I did one already in kona black. May stick with that to make everything pop.  

And here is the next one, which it just about kitted up to take to my ...

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October 5, 2017
Moving Right Along.... from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Yay, finished the big rosette.

Made the last starfleet shapes, assembled them with the joining diamonds and banged them in.

Ta Dah!
Need to border the big rosette with lots of heat, don't you think?

Here is what I started so far:

Colors aren't true for some reason. Probably a tad pinker than it shows up here. 

But the following one is more exciting and I can't wait to start stitching it tomorrow. Hot peppers, pepper seeds on black, then big bell peppers. Who knows where it will go from there?

I have some other great fussy ...

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