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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  


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! 


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.


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

Happy Birthday to Me!

I am celebrating my 66th 
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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March 29, 2018
My New (Old) Machine! from Life in the Scrapatch

Meet Minnie!

My New (Old) Machine!

Minnie  is a wonderful vintage Singer Featherweight. 

This is a 1951 Centennial machine, 221 model, 
manufactured in 1950 according to the serial number.

Included with the machine was the original case, foot control, 
accessories and original manual.

The gold decals are perfect
and the the top coat has only a few minor scratches from use. 
A little dust from the case cleaned right off with a soft cloth.

After a few drops of oil, 
she stitches like a dream!

I have wanted a vintage Featherweight for a long time.

I learned to sew on ...

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