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August 22, 2019
I Love Thursday Post #24 ~ A Single Rose from Life in the Scrapatch


Photo taken on a stormy day in my life in the scrapatch.

I am thankful for this day, 

for each and everyday,

for each and every bloom,

and all the moments that take my breath away.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away."


Sharing today with my friends at

I Like Thursday Quilters @ Not Afraid of Color

Happy Thursday!  

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August 17, 2019
More Blueberry Goodness + More Quilt Blocks from Life in the Scrapatch



More Blueberries = More Blueberry Goodness

I used up another two cups of blueberries from our picking adventure.

My hubby loves custard and he loves bread pudding and he loves blueberries
so I devised this recipe to combine the three
and use up some bread and eggs going out of date 
and some more of our yummy fresh picked blueberries.

Blueberry Custard Style Bread Pudding 

  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon rum extract (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground mace
  • 4 extra large eggs ...

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July 14, 2019
Just Keep Sewing from Life in the Scrapatch


Kinship Quilt Progress ~ Day 13

I am really happy with this quilt in the making.

It is one of the few quilty things I have been able to accomplish this week.

Life has been happening.
One of my adult children was in the hospital for several days.
It proved not to be a life threat.
Nonetheless, as a mother, it was very upsetting.
Enough said.
Thanks to all who have seen hugs and prayers.

So getting this one block a day done has been an accomplishment for me.


This is my first 12 blocks with the fabric I am thinking ...

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June 28, 2019
Long-Armed and Ready to Load from Life in the Scrapatch


My quilty kitties and I have had a good quilty day.


The backing is pieced.

Top and Backing are pressed.



 My Pineapple Rain Quilt

is ready to be loaded for quilting tomorrow.

It has been a very warm day here.

Summer has found the northeast.

I hope the window fans cool down the house tonight.

Time for bed, Kitties.

Sweet quilty dreams, everyone!



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June 6, 2019
I Like Thursday ~ Post # 15 ~ I Like Coffee from Life in the Scrapatch


I  like to greet every morning early with a good cup of coffee.


Harley likes to enjoy it with me.


Harley is our friendly local ground hog.

This photo was taken earlier in the week when it was actually sunny.
Not today.
Today it has been raining off and on all night and right now it is deluging.


This is not keeping Harley, the Squirrels and the Birds away
from the feeder under the trees.
The hog is hogging here.
The squirrels will not come down when he is there.
They must be in awe of the bigger rodent.
The ...

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June 5, 2019
My Cutting Table Today ~ Embracing the Brace from Life in the Scrapatch



After an afternoon and evening of rest 
and a night of wearing the wrist brace, 
my hand is feeling better 

sew  ...

nn my cutting table today!


This lovely fabric ...


As you can see in the background, my quilty kitties are hard at work helping me.


Maestro is (almost) in the basket on the archway.
When she curls up she fits. 
There is a lot of Maestro to love ... ;) 


Katniss is comfy on the quilt on the back of the sofa
 where she can monitor the bird activity outside. 


Nutmeg has snagged the coveted red sewing ...

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June 3, 2019
Happy New Quilty Week from Life in the Scrapatch


There is quilting  again on This Quilt at last.

It was a mixed Sunday filled with


enjoying the flowers outside,


hoping in the car and heading off to a family get-together,


coming home to find storm clouds moving in.


This is a storm sky in the northeast, coming down the river from the north
and bringing rain, wind and lightening, 
the type that can bring damage 
but last night the closest lightning strike was over a mile away in that direction.

All we had to do was put away a few seedlings,
close up the house
and turn of the ...

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May 27, 2019
No Sew Slow Sunday from Life in the Scrapatch


It was a day to play outside with the pretty flowers.


Gerbera Daisies in the big pot we placed on the stump of the old maple
we had cut down a few years ago because it interfered with the power lines.
Gerbera daisies  and I do not always respond well to my less than green thumbs
according to This Planting Guide
they should do well in this very sunny corner of the front yard.
Time will tell.

Maybe I will sew a few little blacks together before sleep,
maybe not.

May you be enjoying a slow Sunday, too.

Sweet quilty ...

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May 25, 2019
Stitch I Will! from Life in the Scrapatch


I am ready ... so stitch I will. 

There is a new Stitch Along coming in June to the happy cross stitch along group


All you really need is the 




You could use whatever cross stitch cloth and floss you have or prefer.

At the FQS, Kimberly Jolly always encourages her listeners to
" Just To Do You"
to find what works for you and makes you happy.

After much thought about how I wanted to do this pattern and
considering whether I could make the sewing machine look like my ...

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May 23, 2019
I Like Thursdays ~ Post # 13 ~ A New Roof Over the Scrapatch from Life in the Scrapatch


I like sitting outside stitching in the early morning sun.

7:00am found me sitting on our covered deck slowly stitching on my 




I bought my pattern in pdf form directly from the designer 



I like that the work crew showed up today and the sun is shining
and the roof over my happy place is getting fixed.
The Scrapatch really needed a new roof.

There was a bit of drama with us telling them to get off our friendly neighbor's driveway
when ...

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May 7, 2019
My Quilting Adventures ~ Day 1 ~ Happy, Happy from Life in the Scrapatch


My quilty day started early while the sky was still gray.
My quilting room windows face west so they get afternoon sun.


My 1st stitches on my new Amara 20.
Little pebbles for the center of my flower.

I did not do a "practice piece" of plain fabric.

I jumped right in to my first real quilt. 

I chose this 


This is also my first "whole cloth" quilting.

I do not have a computerized Pro-Stither.

I have the basic regulated stitch touch screen panel
and will be doing hand-guided, free motion quilting on all ...

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May 6, 2019
My Quilting Adventures ~ Up and Running from Life in the Scrapatch

There she is!

My new beauty is up and running.

We actually had to move the rest of the shelf units out of the room.
Some will go back in,
 but as you can see the 8 foot frame and 20 inch machine, carriage, table and frame
take up most of the floor space in this small bedroom.

I did load a practice piece on the frame.

Then it was time for dinner and a rest.

When I went back to the room two hours later here is what popped up 
when I turned on the light ...


Maestro says, " Hi ...

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April 27, 2019
The Right Katitude from Life in the Scrapatch


Four Katitide Blocks for four birthday friends.

I cut a few of these and put the in baggies and then follow my own

Katitude Block Tutorial

My personal katitude is a gray today.
It is raining and cold.
The windows are closed.
The heat is on.

I am still waiting for my long arm.



Katniss looks confused and is saying, 
"What is happening here in our favorite room?"

While I am waiting I am packing up and moving out everything in the old sewing room
so there is room to set up my new baby.
This photo was taken late ...

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April 23, 2019
Homemade Wool Pressing Board from Life in the Scrapatch



This is my new Homemade Wool Pressing Board
It is 51" by 17" 



Recovering my home made pressing board was part of my sewing space renovations.
I made this board several years ago and posted it
 DIY Ironing Board Here
It was longer, then.
I cut the boards down to fit the space between my computer desk
and the outer wall of my dining room
when I moved my sewing space to that corner.


I bought this 
This one is 20" by 54"  and  1/8" thick. 
and it was the least expensive one I ...

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April 20, 2019
I Like Thursday # 8 ~ I Like New Adventures from Life in the Scrapatch



My Quilty Kitties say it is time to take a leap into our new quilty adventures.

Many of you have been very encouraging following  



and 



I really appreciate the supportive words.  

Yesterday I was at a standstill, because the next step is to dismantle my cutting table
and the recommissioned desktop is much too heavy for me to move by myself.
My hubby had an appointment today before work.
Tomorrow may not be much better,
It may have to wait for Friday or Saturday.
That is okay.


Maestro said ...

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April 18, 2019
It is a Tula Pinkerville Spring in the Scrapatch from Life in the Scrapatch


This is 


I found my


I rarely sew Tula Pink, although I love her colors and creativity.

I could not pass up this line with its unicorns and owl eyes.

There is something here that speaks to me of spring and rebirth. 

This is the birth of a new quilt.

Reveal will be next month. 

Happy Spring! 



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April 16, 2019
My Quilting Adventures ~ Making Room ~ Day 1 from Life in the Scrapatch


Maestro says, "What is Happening Here?" 


Me: " I know, Maestro. There is something big going on.
We have to make room for the big new addition to our tiny little home.
Do not worry.  
Your humans are not going anywhere .
No new cats are moving in.
No cats will be left behind.
Life is good." 


Maestro:  "But, Mommy, where is my favorite ironing board nappy place?"

Me: I moved it to the dining room again." 


Maestro: " Mommy, where is the sewing machine?
I want to play with the bobbins." 

Me:  " In the dining room again." 


Maestro: "Mommy, there is stuff ...

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April 15, 2019
MQX New England Adventures ~ Part 3 ~ The Happy Ending from Life in the Scrapatch


For those of you who have been following 



Here is the real purpose of my visits there this year.

 I played with most of the quilting machines

... and ...

drumroll, please! 

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I picked out my dream quilting machine!


The vendor at the show is
my favorite Local Quilt Shop,


Set-up, lessons and extra goodies included
from people that I know and have been doing business with for years.

A quilters dream come true.

My new baby will arrive shortly after Easter.

I have my first quilt top ...

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March 19, 2019
Sew Sad from Life in the Scrapatch


My Nomi is sick ... :(

Going to have to take take her to the doctor.

Going to have to set up my backup machine
and get her up to speed.

Sewing plans for the day are temporarily on hold.  

May my beautiful girl be feeling better soon.

<3 

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September 6, 2018
A Quilty Birthday! from Life in the Scrapatch


Happy Birthday to Me!

I am celebrating my 66th 
and
I am officially retired today. 

This nifty quilty gifty arrived a few days ago from my BFF online quilty friend,


and I saved it to open today with my morning coffee. 

Dorian knows me so well ... that I love vintages sewing machines,
butterflies and pretty colors like these lovely hand dyes. 


This panel is sew sweet!

It features four different antique sewing machines.

It is from the 





There is a free pdf. pattern for this fabric line ...

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