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January 14, 2022
Mini Snowballs Quilt Pattern from A Quilting Life

Mini Snowballs Quilt Pattern featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends, and happy Friday! Today I’m sharing a fun Mini Snowballs Quilt Pattern. Not only does this pattern make a fun mini or table topper, but it’s also easily adaptable to use as a pillow top. And you can also use the fun block layouts to make smaller items like mug rugs or even […]

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January 2, 2022
Modern Meets Modern challenge quilt from Flying Parrot Quilts

The International Quilt Museum in Nebraska recently ran a “Modern Meets Modern” challenge where makers were invited to create a 16″ x 16″ mini quilt from several possible antique inspiration quilts. After initially thinking I wasn’t going to enter, I decided I wanted to make a mini after all, and Spaghetti Junction is the result, and my final finish for 2021!

This mini is based on the Carpenter’s Square inspiration quilt. As it happened, this is a design I’d already created after flipping through my quilt block encyclopedias earlier this fall. I’d been working on a ...

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December 16, 2021
Barely Started from ... Cat Patches

This morning, I'm barely awake. I couldn't get to sleep last night, and it was well after 2:00 a.m. before I finally gave up the ghost. Probably I spent too much time reading on my iPad. Sometimes the bright screen bothers me if I stay at it too long. It fills my ordinarily dim bulb of a brain with the light of a hundred thousand thoughts that keep swirling around like leaves in the wind. I thought about all sorts of things, but none of them bored me into slumber. It's going to be a ...

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Barely Started from Cat Patches

This morning, I'm barely awake. I couldn't get to sleep last night, and it was well after 2:00 a.m. before I finally gave up the ghost. Probably I spent too much time reading on my iPad. Sometimes the bright screen bothers me if I stay at it too long. It fills my ordinarily dim bulb of a brain with the light of a hundred thousand thoughts that keep swirling around like leaves in the wind. I thought about all sorts of things, but none of them bored me into slumber. It's going to be a ...

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December 15, 2021
A Kitchen Day (with recipes!) from Cat Patches

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I had a lot of things to do in the kitchen yesterday morning. Our dinner last night was prepared ahead, and so there was that. But I wanted to make another batch of biscotti too. I've been shying away from Christmas baking because I'm still on a quest to lose some weight. I don't know about you, but I find it impossible to resist Christmas candy. Still, I told myself I could bake a batch of gingerbread biscotti last month. Since I was able to resist it and keep my ...

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A Kitchen Day (with recipes!) from ... Cat Patches

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I had a lot of things to do in the kitchen yesterday morning. Our dinner last night was prepared ahead, and so there was that. But I wanted to make another batch of biscotti too. I've been shying away from Christmas baking because I'm still on a quest to lose some weight. I don't know about you, but I find it impossible to resist Christmas candy. Still, I told myself I could bake a batch of gingerbread biscotti last month. Since I was able to resist it and keep my ...

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November 19, 2021
FABRIC MINI QUILT CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS WITH HEATNBOND INTERFACING from Creatin' in the Sticks

 It's Christmas ornament week over at Thermoweb
and
I have a fun tutorial on their blog
to make


These fabric Christmas ornaments are so fun to create.  Once you find the right fabrics, they go together in a snap.


This idea will work with any of your favorite Christmas fabrics! 
 I chose Paintbrush Studio Fabric’s Handmaid Holiday collection to make these – they are perfect for these mini quilt ornaments.  

Use this idea and create enough ornaments for a tree and gifts for all your friends too!


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November 18, 2021
Hop-inspired Mug Rugs - No Ring November Blog Hop and Giveaway from Creatin' in the Sticks

  Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks 
and
my day - the final day for the No Ring November Mug Rug Blog Hop.

To all that participated or commented -
Thank you so much!

My head is swimming with all kinds of ideas
and I can't wait to try some new things.

But first, it's my day to show my
Hop-inspired Mug Rugs.


I enjoy hosting blog hop events so much!

Joan from Moosestash Quilting, Carol from Just Let Me Quilt
and I, Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks
take turns hosting the blog hops and themes/challenges.

We have been ...

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October 24, 2021
Sunday Slow from Cat Patches

It's a rain-drenched morning here at the Three Cats Ranch. I'm a little late with my blog post this morning...not that anyone is keeping track. I changed up my morning routine so that I could finish the hooping of the Kitty Cat Alphabet I'm working on. In the middle of all that, I made our Sunday morning blueberry oatmeal pancakes. So you can see...we're not exactly racing out of the starting gate this morning. 

As for the kitty cats, here's what I worked on this morning:


I'm going to guesstimate and say ...

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Sunday Slow from ... Cat Patches

It's a rain-drenched morning here at the Three Cats Ranch. I'm a little late with my blog post this morning...not that anyone is keeping track. I changed up my morning routine so that I could finish the hooping of the Kitty Cat Alphabet I'm working on. In the middle of all that, I made our Sunday morning blueberry oatmeal pancakes. So you can see...we're not exactly racing out of the starting gate this morning. 

As for the kitty cats, here's what I worked on this morning:


I'm going to guesstimate and say ...

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September 20, 2021
Welcome Fall - I'm Falling For You Blog Hop from Creatin' in the Sticks

  Welcome to the first day of the

I'm Falling For You
Blog Hop!

I'm happy to kick things off with
Welcome Fall


Joan at MooseStash Quilting presented bloggers with the challenge to make something for 
fall or fall-inspired.
Thank you, Joan, for inviting me to join this super fun blog hop!


Welcome Fall is a wall hanging that I designed with raw edge applique for my front door
and
is the perfect addition to my fall decor.
The leaves will be falling soon and I thought it would be fun to incorporate a basket of leaves.
I added ...

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August 28, 2021
Fall Stitching with Thermoweb from Creatin' in the Sticks

 It's time to start a little fall stitching.


This is my newest pattern and it's free over at Thermoweb.

It only takes a few things to make this fun

Happy Fall Gnome Mini Quilt.


and a little bit of fabric.



I also have a super quick free tutorial over on the 
Thermoweb Blog for these festive
Fall Coasters


These are so quick and easy.
You can make a set for yourself ...

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August 23, 2021
Coffee cup mug rugs from Flying Parrot Quilts

The coffee cup mug rug pattern is available in the Flying Parrot Quilts pattern shop!

I really needed some instant gratification, and in the quilting world, it doesn’t come more instant than mug rugs. So, not quite instant, but still not that long! I had been wanting to make some new versions of the paper pieced coffee cup mug rug I made for a swap ages ago. (Does that make this instant coffee? I digress.)

So, because they went so quickly I whipped up five in an afternoon! (The bindings took several episodes of Star Trek to get through ...

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July 7, 2021
Beginning the Miniature Fan Quilt from From My Carolina Home

So I have a bee in my bonnet to make another tiny quilt. I gave a preview of the book I’ll be using on a previous post, and this past weekend, I got started. I’ll admit it took a few days of stand and stare to decide on a colorway. Originally I was thinking about my usual fall palette, but ultimately decided it would do better with some brighter colors left over from my Pachanga quilt. The fans of the pattern will look a lot like a flower, and I found a black background with leaves for contrast ...

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May 14, 2021
Not Your Grandmother's Garden from Wendy's Quilts and More

The Great New Zealand Quilt Show opened today in Rotorua, and I can finally show you my entries in the Aotearoa Quilters Lime Challenge.  

First up is "Not Your Grandmother's Garden".  

12" wide x 16" high


At first glance you might think these are hexagons, but they're not! Hence the name, and the fact I'd just bought some new jeans from Not Your Daughter's Jeans. 

I love experimenting with geometric shapes, and I wanted to try the Fiesta Gitana pattern in Millefiori Quilts 4 by Willyne Hammerstein. 


I hand pieced this mini quilt, and then I ...

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March 20, 2021
Another Little Finish from ... Cat Patches


Good morning, and Happy Spring, my friends! And Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!! While y'all are celebrating today, I'll be doing housework. If you must know, there is still nothing accomplished on the housework front. Absolutely, I must do some today. Erik and Mae are coming tomorrow to meet up and visit a winery. I can't have my oldest child seeing us living in a house that hasn't been cleaned since November, now can I? What kind of parents would we be?

For some reason I woke up tired yesterday. I slept well, and for a good ...

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Another Little Finish from Cat Patches


Good morning, and Happy Spring, my friends! And Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!! While y'all are celebrating today, I'll be doing housework. If you must know, there is still nothing accomplished on the housework front. Absolutely, I must do some today. Erik and Mae are coming tomorrow to meet up and visit a winery. I can't have my oldest child seeing us living in a house that hasn't been cleaned since November, now can I? What kind of parents would we be?

For some reason I woke up tired yesterday. I slept well, and for a good ...

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March 18, 2021
Going with the Flow from ... Cat Patches

As of yesterday, all the projects I started while traveling are caught up to where they are ready to be quilted. That's been the focus of my sewing room time since we got home. There is a month-to-month agenda in my sewing room. For 2021, the focus is on finishing the many quilt tops that are ready for quilting. My goal is to quilt two small quilts and one large quilt per month. As of yesterday, there were 17 on the list. That would be in addition to the 6 embroidery projects and 5 WIPs...the ones where I ...

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Going with the Flow from Cat Patches

As of yesterday, all the projects I started while traveling are caught up to where they are ready to be quilted. That's been the focus of my sewing room time since we got home. There is a month-to-month agenda in my sewing room. For 2021, the focus is on finishing the many quilt tops that are ready for quilting. My goal is to quilt two small quilts and one large quilt per month. As of yesterday, there were 17 on the list. That would be in addition to the 6 embroidery projects and 5 WIPs...the ones where I ...

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March 5, 2021
Pin Crazy - Project Quilting Season 12, Challenge 5 from Creatin' in the Sticks

  This is the fifth challenge of Season 12 of Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in the challenge -  You're Crazy

My entry:
Pin Crazy



this is the 9th year I'm participating.
Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules in this challenge are that the project must be inspired by the late 1800's "crazy quilt" movement. It must include either applique, piecing, or have 3 layers ...

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