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January 10, 2021
Just ONE Monthly Goal for January: Complete Four More Blocks for My Retro Building Blocks Sampler Quilt from Cheeky Cognoscenti


 Y'all, I am hangin my head in shame over this one.  Here I am, gleefully ordering fabric for my son Anders' high school graduation quilt, when all the while the quilt that I started for him back when he was in MIDDLE SCHOOL is still languishing on my design wall.  Where did the last 5 years go?!

13 Blocks Completed, but 35 Remain

I told you about my plan for his high school graduation quilt in yesterday's post, and yes, that will need to be a priority in 2021.  Hopefully, Anders will get to participate in the quilt ...

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January 8, 2021
OMG: A Finished Flimsy from Cat Patches

Never let it be said that a broken shoulder can stand between a woman and her quilting...not permanently, anyway. I'm happy to say that the Snowflakes quilt top is now a finished flimsy. Ta-Da!!!


It's as if I hit the stash jackpot with the fabrics. Except for the backing (shown below), all of the fabrics for this quilt came from my stash. Even the embroidered snowflake background fabric was first used in the Snow Globes quilt. 

After sewing on the third border, I had just one more seam left to sew to make a back for it ...

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OMG: A Finished Flimsy from ... Cat Patches

Never let it be said that a broken shoulder can stand between a woman and her quilting...not permanently, anyway. I'm happy to say that the Snowflakes quilt top is now a finished flimsy. Ta-Da!!!


It's as if I hit the stash jackpot with the fabrics. Except for the backing (shown below), all of the fabrics for this quilt came from my stash. Even the embroidered snowflake background fabric was first used in the Snow Globes quilt. 

After sewing on the third border, I had just one more seam left to sew to make a back for it ...

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January 2, 2021
January Goal from Sew Some Sunshine

It's the new year, so I'm going to jump in with Elm Street Quilts for the January One Monthly Goal.  A personal goal of mine is to be more intentional with my sewing this year.  So much has happened this past year with the pandemic and the year before was very busy for me with graduate school.  Now that school is over I am hopeful I'll be getting back on track in 2021.  I'm also hoping to share some finished projects that I did do these past few years that never made it to social media ...

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January 1, 2021
Some Sewing from ... Cat Patches

It was a pretty quiet New Year’s Eve celebration at the Three Cats Ranch. We did what we do even when neither of us has a broken arm...went to bed early and slept through any fireworks. Speaking of going to bed, I slept in the bed for the second time since this all happened. Oh yes, and let’s mark this dubious distinction of the 4-week anniversary of my accident. I’m doing better than I thought I would be at this point...less pain, sleeping in a bed (twice!), and back to sewing with a few limitations ...

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Some Sewing from Cat Patches

It was a pretty quiet New Year’s Eve celebration at the Three Cats Ranch. We did what we do even when neither of us has a broken arm...went to bed early and slept through any fireworks. Speaking of going to bed, I slept in the bed for the second time since this all happened. Oh yes, and let’s mark this dubious distinction of the 4-week anniversary of my accident. I’m doing better than I thought I would be at this point...less pain, sleeping in a bed (twice!), and back to sewing with a few limitations ...

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January 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

New year, new projects, new approach.

I had a productive December with both a UFO and a garment finish. That means new additions to the list.

In 2021 I will keep the list shorter. In looking at finishes in comparison to 2020 goals, it was clear my goals were too ambitious. That pushed me to get a lot of projects done, but I don’t want to feel overwhelmed.

I also realized I need to limit the active sewing projects to two. I have a small cluttered sewing room, and if the projects exceed two I have to move everything ...

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December 24, 2020
December OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

The last stitches went into Tribes this morning.

This quilt was a round robin from 2007 that sat in the UFO bin way too long. Everyone made a strip, and I couldn’t figure out how to make them all work together. The design wall was the key to figuring it out. I ended up slightly trimming two strips and adding length to two others. The most I changed any of them was adding a couple inches to my own strip. I also added the lime green on the sides.

Thanks to Beth, Denise, Gail and Sharon for contributing to ...

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December 5, 2020
Progress on my son's quilt from Quilting & Learning

Some of you may have seen this quilt a few times - mostly when I was setting objectives, and not so much in progress

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December 2020 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

November was a fast month. Not sure how going to work and the grocery store and nowhere else eats up the days so quickly, but there you have it.

I finished the zigzag quilt in November and decided on a UFO to finish.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, stitchery, framing, charity and other. I’ve used some form of this system for 6 years to keep me focused. I change the categories as my goals and interests change.

If I have nothing in process in a category I will leave it off the list. The list ...

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December 4, 2020
Moody, Memories, Christmas To Do, Table Runner Finish, December OMG from Canadian Needle Nana

I've been reading about how long it might take for a vaccine to get around to us. Present thought is September 2021. Well now. Surely that's got to be the direst of predictions. Of course, who knows what the reality will be but it's given me pause to think there might be many more months of this ahead for us especially as our numbers keep rising.
 As you know, I have more than enough to keep me busy in the house and around the property but I do think I'm suffering some by not spending the ...

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November 13, 2020
November OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

Another quilt made it to the finished list.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. The quilt will go to Safehouse, a battered women’s shelter in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Many women come in with their children, and the facility likes to have kids quilts in stock for them.

I will link to Elm Street Quilts later this month.

That’s my last large project for the year. With the holidays coming up I plan to keep to smaller projects. The holidays tend to be a project in themselves.

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November 6, 2020
November 2020 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Time again to update the list for another month as we head into the holiday season. The weeks pass so fast. I always thought time would pass slower as I aged, but that’s not the case.

I finished Birds last month and another project that wasn’t on the list. With too many choices, I find it challenging to choose what to work on next.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, stitchery, framing, charity and other. I’ve used some form of this system for 6 years to keep me focused. I change the categories as ...

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November 4, 2020
A Plan Comes Together from ... Cat Patches

It was a good sewing day yesterday, and I'm happy to report the Appalachian Memories quilt came together beautifully. It's hard to say, but I think I might like the new layout better than the original plan I had for the blocks. Let me just go through the steps and you can decide for yourself.

First, I put a little border around the quilt cornerstones. I had an idea about how to do this that will become clear when you see the whole quilt.


Next, I sewed two borders to either side of the quilt.


Sadie was my ...

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A Plan Comes Together from Cat Patches

It was a good sewing day yesterday, and I'm happy to report the Appalachian Memories quilt came together beautifully. It's hard to say, but I think I might like the new layout better than the original plan I had for the blocks. Let me just go through the steps and you can decide for yourself.

First, I put a little border around the quilt cornerstones. I had an idea about how to do this that will become clear when you see the whole quilt.


Next, I sewed two borders to either side of the quilt.


Sadie was my ...

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October 31, 2020
Block Talk from ... Cat Patches

Happy Halloween! And happy last day of October! And happy "fall back" day! There's so much to be happy about today! For instance, I can look out my office window and see this tree in its fall foliage:


and that makes me happy! 

So let's just talk about this quilt block, shall we? I was ready to decide on the final layout for the 12 Appalachian Memories blocks, and I was gnashing my teeth over the math. This first part was easy. Fussy cut a little quilt block from the larger fabric. I'll need 20 of these ...

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Block Talk from Cat Patches

Happy Halloween! And happy last day of October! And happy "fall back" day! There's so much to be happy about today! For instance, I can look out my office window and see this tree in its fall foliage:


and that makes me happy! 

So let's just talk about this quilt block, shall we? I was ready to decide on the final layout for the 12 Appalachian Memories blocks, and I was gnashing my teeth over the math. This first part was easy. Fussy cut a little quilt block from the larger fabric. I'll need 20 of these ...

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October 15, 2020
Nothing But Sewing from ... Cat Patches

There was one housekeeping chore on yesterday's calendar, but then I realized I had several days coming up that were open. It gave me a little flexibility, and so I can rearrange my housekeeping calendar to accommodate my sewing. Not that I would ever hesitate, but you know...somehow it seems legal to put off until tomorrow what could easily be accomplished today. Sewing obviously takes priority over everything except dispensing kitty treats.

Speaking of kitties, Sadie still isn't happy with the pink striped binding on the Snow Globes quilt. We had quite a little discussion about it ...

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Nothing But Sewing from Cat Patches

There was one housekeeping chore on yesterday's calendar, but then I realized I had several days coming up that were open. It gave me a little flexibility, and so I can rearrange my housekeeping calendar to accommodate my sewing. Not that I would ever hesitate, but you know...somehow it seems legal to put off until tomorrow what could easily be accomplished today. Sewing obviously takes priority over everything except dispensing kitty treats.

Speaking of kitties, Sadie still isn't happy with the pink striped binding on the Snow Globes quilt. We had quite a little discussion about it ...

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October 10, 2020
October OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

I finished Birds last night.

The quilt is an adaption of the pattern Blue Sky Birds from the book Tile Quilt Revival by Carol Gilham Jones. All the applique is by hand.

I started this quilt back in 2017. I didn’t get very far before I had to set it aside to pull fabrics together for a class. The class was a weekend trip, and I never did get back to Birds. I pulled it out earlier this year and switched out all the fabrics. I liked the new choices so much better, which made working on this quilt ...

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