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December 2, 2021
I Like Thursday #117 ~ Sharing the Season from Life in the Scrapatch

Getting ready for Christmas!

I have been making Christmas Stockings since 2012:

Free Christmas Stocking Tutorial Here

I added names and made this one for Everly's First Christmas

and have welcomed new members to the family with their own special stocking. 

I am posting past projects today as I always find I have very little time for sewing and stitching in the busy weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

This is a time for family and celebrating all the gifts we receive everyday of the year. 

I do enjoy all the festive sewing and stitching online.

Here are some free ...

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November 19, 2021
I Like Thursday # 116 ~ Seasonal Spice is Nice from Life in the Scrapatch


"G"  is for Gingerbread!

Welcome to I Like Thursday on Friday again.

On Thursday, my I like Thursday blogging friends

get together to share the things in life that make us smile:

I Like Thursday @ Not Afraid of Color

It has been a busy week. 

I have been happy this week stitching this fun new pattern from 

They have two other gingerbread patterns in their etsy shop:

Stitching With The Housewives

and I may have to stitch them all. 

I purchased the 

Gingerbread Cookies Cross Stitch Here at Fat Quarter Shop

There are some other cute Christmas cross stitch patterns ...

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November 4, 2021
I Like Thursday #115 ~ Welcome November! from Life in the Scrapatch

Welcome to  I Like Thursday,

I Like Thursday @ Not Afraid of Color

This is the last rose of summer. 

This last pink rose on the climber on my garden arch is bravely opening to the sun today even though we had our first nip of frost last night.  This beauty was protected by a nearby fence.  Many of our more exposed annuals were shriveled up this morning. Some of our hardy mums are still blooming.

Most of the leaves on the maples have dropped and the oaks are falling, too.

The colors of late fall are dark and vibrant, nature ...

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October 28, 2021
I Like Thursday # 114 ~ Small Things Make Me Smile from Life in the Scrapatch

Happy Thursday! 

 This is my progress on my 

 October Halloween Stitch Along @ Pine Needles

Click on this link to find the free daily blocks.

I am happy each morning to wake to this colorful stitch project.

Yesterday's "catch-up" block was the 

Block 25 Pattern ~ Giant Sunflower

I nudged the sunflower over a little and added my little Nutmeg kitty to the block.

Nutmeg has a very sunny disposition so it seemed a good place for her to appear in my cross stitch calendar.

I am waiting for today's block while I type.

I have one more daily block ...

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October 21, 2021
I Like Thursday # 113 ~ Black Cat Cross Stitching from Life in the Scrapatch

Happy Thursday! 

Linking up today with my thankful friends at 

where there are always smiles to be shared. 

I have been happily stitching on my

I added a little black cat to my blocks for Maestro.

 The kitties have been most helpful.

I will looking to add my other two kitties, Nutmeg and Katniss,

 somewhere on this cross stitch.

I have not been getting much sewing done.

That is okay. My sewing machine will be waiting for me.

While I have been stitching, I am thinking ...

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October 14, 2021
I Like Thursday # 112 ~ Mail Call from Life in the Scrapatch

 It has been a fun week for mail call ... for email and real mail.

This is my favorite new fabric! 

This is 

Bookish by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery

I really like this fabric collection.

There are a lot of fun ideas for this fabric in the Look Book.

There is also a

 Fabric Book Covers Video Tutorial by Sharon Holland

that looks like sun, but I am not sure what I want to make 

with these beautiful fabrics. 

I do love books.  

This is my favorite "new to me" book that arrived in the mail.

Since I am enjoying ...

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October 7, 2021
I Like Thursday # 111 ~ Fall Stitching, Snacking and Christmas Shopping from Life in the Scrapatch

Welcome to "I Like Thursday" in the Scrapatch.

Today I need to play catch-up on my 

 October Halloween Stitch Along @ Pine Needles

I was busy with other things and am planning to make a variation from yesterday's little devil block.  Devils are not to my personal taste.

I love today's leaf wreath, though! 

Once a week I Like to join my friends, the

I Like Thursday Bloggers @ Not Afraid of Color

to share what has brought smiles to our faces this week. 

The biggest smile is having my Janome humming happily along again

after her In Home Spa ...

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October 1, 2021
I Like Thursday #110 ~ Happy October! from Life in the Scrapatch

Welcome to "I Like Thursday" on Friday.

Better a day late than a week wait. 

I am posting my Bats & Boos Quilt one last time because I am participating in the 

WIPS -B Gone 2021 Challenge @ Devoted Quilter

Details in the link above.

This quilt arrived in its new home yesterday and my daughter sent me a few photos.

I decided to post the one of my grand-pup, Sierra, who loves my quilts.

Sierra is looking older and grayer around her face.

Sierra with her soulful eyes looks to be saying, 

"My turn on the Grammy quilt, please." 

We have ...

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September 23, 2021
I Like Thursday # 109 ~ Happy Fall! from Life in the Scrapatch

Good Morning and Happy Fall! 

The changing colors and harvest goodies 
makes fall one of my favorite times of the year.
I love everything about fall.

I love fall colors and quilts. 

 I love quilting fall quilts. 

I love the tastes of fall ... 

warm homemade soups and sourdough bread and croutons ...

... apple crisp made with fresh picked apples.

Happy Fall to all my blogging friends!

Linking up today with the lovely

I Like Thursday Bloggers @ Not Afraid of Color

May your days be happy and full of friendship and fun.

Have a Happy Thursday! 

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September 2, 2021
I Like Thursday # 108 ~ Pumpkin Time! from Life in the Scrapatch


Welcome to "I Like Thursday" where once a week 

 I share the small joys in life with my friends, the

I Like Thursday Bloggers @ Not Afraid of Color

Yesterday was a day of deluge and flash flood warnings.

Today the storm has moved up the northeast coast and the sun is shining. 

All is well, though very soggy, in my scrapatch.

It is time to take out the pumpkins and pumpkin quilts.

These are among of my old favorites ...

... my Oh, My Gourd! quilt ... 

... and my Tilda Pumpkin.

I am pulling the fall quilts out of my closets and cupboards ...

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August 19, 2021
I Like Thursday #107 ~ Rainy Day Smiles from Life in the Scrapatch

 Welcome to I Like Thursday.

It is a rainy day today in the scrapatch 

which always makes this song play in my head ... 

"It's a Rainy Day Song @ Sesame Street, 1980

My oldest son loved Sesame Street and the kiddos sang this all the time. 

I really do not mind the rain as it has been hot and dry the last few days

and the gardens and trees need it. 

My roses are thriving this year and I am enjoying late blooms popping up in the green foliage. 

As it is Thursday, I am sharing the small joys in ...

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August 12, 2021
I Like Thursday # 106 ~ Making It Up As I Go from Life in the Scrapatch

Welcome to I Like Thursday, where each week my friends, the

I Like Thursday Bloggers @ Not Afraid of Color

share the smiles and small joys of life. 

One of the things that has made me smile this week

 is making the improv blocks for the 

30 Days of Improv Blocks QAL

This week is all about improv stripes.

Cutting free style (no rulers) can be very freeing indeed.

This week I did not use the lines on my cutting mat to cut my strips.

Today's prompt called for embracing the wonk and sewing seams

 together in the same direction ...

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August 5, 2021
I Like Thursday # 105 ~ Just Another Week in the Scrapatch from Life in the Scrapatch


Welcome to my "I Like Thursday" post this week.

My  Rosa America, the "bicentennial" rose, is blooming again.

I can see this outside my open back door and it always makes me smile.

It is afternoon so I am late in posting today, because I was busy  playing with these improv squares and sewing this morning.

There are 5 day's of prompts for this  30 Days of Improv  

that are sent out on Sunday, so I got an early start.

This large block is for the 5th day, 

which called for sewing a large block 

from the squares we ...

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July 29, 2021
I Like Thursday# 104 ~ Words To Live By from Life in the Scrapatch


This is one of the fabric pulls that I am considering for the 

30 Days of Improv QAL ~ Posted Here

This fabric is

Words To Live By by Gingiber

This newly released Layer Cake just arrived to brighten my mailbox.

I love the colors and designs in this fabric line.

Combined with the fabrics from my stash I should have much more than the 3 yards suggested for the top.  I have two other stacks of fabric that I am considering for this sew along. I have until Monday to decide. 

I will post the others soon.


Today is a ...

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July 22, 2021
I Like Thursday # 103 ~ Just Another Week In The Scrapatch from Life in the Scrapatch


I have always liked receiving these surprise packages.

Today my Sew Samplers are packing up and moving on.

I have been cleaning my quilting room.

These boxes take up a lot of space.  Some of these boxes are almost empty as I sewed the projects or used the fabric for other purposes. Receiving these boxes brought much sewing happiness to my life.  After many years of enjoying these monthly boxes, I canceled my subscription.

Subscriptions are open , if your are interested.

 Sew Sampler Subscription ~ Sign Up Here

 I am sorting through these boxes and packing up items I plan sell ...

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July 15, 2021
I Like Thursday # 102 ~ 15 Minutes of Play from Life in the Scrapatch


Busy day today so I am just sitting down to to write my Thursday post now.

I have only had 15 minutes to play with the fabric today,

so I made this little block with my cut-off HSTs and scraps from my 

Summer in the Garden  blocks.

I love making these little blocks that have no name.

They always make me smile. 

I have found much to smile about this week. like this yummy treat:

For our 40th Anniversary I made a special dessert, No Bake Cheesecake

I followed this recipe here... 

No Bake Cheesecake @ Live Well Bake Often

and ...

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July 8, 2021
I Like Thursday # 101 ~ Back To Sewing in My Happy Place. from Life in the Scrapatch

Happy Thursday!

I am back to playing with the fabrics in my happy place.
Mr. Scrapatch is still recovering but he is back to work.
Today he is at a regular appointment with his heart doctor before going in.
Yesterday he had physical therapy. Tomorrow he has physical therapy.
On the weekend, he will have a honey-do list of small tasks to catch up on.
Above are the fabrics that I am considering for my 

Macaron Mystery Quilt

Fabrics A-D and Background 1 are pretty much set.
I am debating the second background which features a larger role according to ...

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June 24, 2021
I Like Thursday # 100 ~ Summer's Gifts from Life in the Scrapatch


It is Summer in the Scrapatch!

Mr. Scrapatch is feeling somewhat better and his doctor says he is okay to return to work next week.  He will be continuing with physical therapy for some time.  The good news is no surgery is needed. 

Thanks to all who have sent good wishes.

I am back to sewing and blogging!

Yesterday I  sewed and posted this block for the 

Summer in the Garden QAL @ Moda Bake Shop

I have the fabrics laid out for the bonus Zinnia Block 

and hope to make this later today.

After antibiotics, sick kitty is also feeling ...

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June 10, 2021
I Like Thursday # 99 ~"A Few of My Favorite Things" from Life in the Scrapatch


Good Morning from my secret garden!

Thankful 13                                     

It is Thursday so I linking up today with my blogging friends, 

I Like Thursday Bloggers @ Not Afraid of Color

to share the small joys of life. 

My garden is not really a secret and the gate is open.

My favorite rose, New Dawn, is blooming.

The scent is so light and sweet.

These roses are only two years old, 

as the gate was first featured in my

 I Like Thursday # 17 in June 2019.

This spring, we added the patio blocks and the small white table on the left.

Mr. Scrapatch ...

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June 3, 2021
I Like Thursday # 98 ~ Sitting and Stitching from Life in the Scrapatch


Life is telling me to take it slow and easy today.

I am sitting inside and stitching.

After the weekend long rains, I overdid it outside on Tuesday

while trying to catch up with my gardens.

I did get some of my window boxes and hanging baskets planted,

but then my knee said, "Slow down."

So I sat on my swing and was visited by this baby mockingbird on my garden gate.

The yellow diamond in the background is the "Go Slow" sign on the street light pole 

at the end of my driveway. 

Here is the view of my ...

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