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March 29, 2020
A finished top ... and backing too! from Espritpatch

Last week, I finished all the blocks for the Threadology Quilt-Along from last year on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, so the next step was to put them all together.

Because I sew all the blocks from my scrap baskets with no thoughts on the colour arrangement or final layout. I started laying the blocks following the pattern set but my colours didn't work well together so I changed it to my liking

I digged deep into my stash to find some fabric for the borders. 
And the backing of the quilts is pieced too with the remaining big ...

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March 26, 2020
One Monthly Goal March-Complete from {The Sweetest Dreams}

This has been one heck of a month for reasons I don’t have to mention. Everyone’s finding comfort in things that make them happy. Quilting and knitting are keeping my hands busy and my mind occupied.

I was really happy to get this quilt top finished and I’m hoping to get it quilted within the next week. I’m just waiting for delivery of some batting since my LQS is closed for now. I really think they should have been considered an essential business.

This photo was taken before adding the last white border. The pattern called ...

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Smitten Quilt Update - OMG End-March 2020 from Samelia's Mum


Gosh, isn't she pretty? I honestly don't know how many photos I've taken of this quilt. The number is definitely in the hundreds.
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March 25, 2020
An Exit Strategy Finish at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks' link up for week 272. I'm thrilled to be celebrating a finish!

Presenting Exit Strategy 1 

Exit Strategy 1
Can you believe that all of these blocks started life as creations for the One Week Improv Challenge with Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side, and grew up to be this? (If you haven't been following along, see Related links below.)
Improv block
Improv block with added
embellishment













I shared with you most of my progress in last week's post. This week, the big change was adding quilting in the sashing, some ...

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March 17, 2020
A Do-Nothing Day from Cat Patches

It has rained for nearly two days straight. We've been cozy and warm in the RV. We stayed in yesterday, but we're still planning to go out this morning to see the last two gold rush towns. Hopefully, we won't run into flooding anywhere. The area we are in is akin to Texas's "hill country." It reminds us a lot of that area. There is a reservoir nearby, and the level is down significantly. I know the folks who depend on drinking and irrigation water from the reservoir are going to be happy about this rain ...

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A Do-Nothing Day from ... Cat Patches

It has rained for nearly two days straight. We've been cozy and warm in the RV. We stayed in yesterday, but we're still planning to go out this morning to see the last two gold rush towns. Hopefully, we won't run into flooding anywhere. The area we are in is akin to Texas's "hill country." It reminds us a lot of that area. There is a reservoir nearby, and the level is down significantly. I know the folks who depend on drinking and irrigation water from the reservoir are going to be happy about this rain ...

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March 9, 2020
Mixing it all up at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks' linkup (week 270). I finally have some free motion quilting (FMQ) to show you

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March 7, 2020
Parker, Arizona from ... Cat Patches

This is a test. This is only a test. We've arrived in Parker, Arizona, yesterday. When I got out of the truck to check-in at the office, this is what I could see:


That's the Colorado River there, my friends. The people working in the office have a lovely view, and there were some nice shady spots there, but not for us. We're out by the road, out of view of the water, and far from the park wi-fi. We have a weak cell signal, and so the test is whether I can upload pictures. So let ...

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Parker, Arizona from Cat Patches

This is a test. This is only a test. We've arrived in Parker, Arizona, yesterday. When I got out of the truck to check-in at the office, this is what I could see:


That's the Colorado River there, my friends. The people working in the office have a lovely view, and there were some nice shady spots there, but not for us. We're out by the road, out of view of the water, and far from the park wi-fi. We have a weak cell signal, and so the test is whether I can upload pictures. So let ...

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March 3, 2020
One Monthly Goal - March from {The Sweetest Dreams}

Weddings, babies, anniversaries. They’ll be keeping me busy for the next few months. My goal for this month is to turn this pile into a ribbon star quilt. It will be gifted in mid April so I really do need to finish it this month.


I’m linking up with Elm Street Quits and her One Monthly Goal challenge.
PS: I missed the link up for the February OMG complete project. So please go check out that post too! I did finish my OMG last month.

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March 1, 2020
OMG - March 2020 from Samelia's Mum

My one monthly goal this month is to make the EPP blocks to finish my Smitten Quilt. 



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February 25, 2020
Improv Curve Quilt from Samelia's Mum

My improv pieced curve quilt is finished. In my bid to practice sewing pieced curves, I got out a bunch of 5" squares that I had left over from a previous project and took to them with my rotary cutter. It was a little scary at the beginning, but I'm so glad that I made it... and finished it. 



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February 7, 2020
More Sewing from ... Cat Patches

The day was fairly routine yesterday...the kind of day we'd have if we were back home. Mike was working on his projects. His list started out with about 18 projects, and he's down to the final two. I told him he needed to add an item to his list: "Think of new projects to do." Part of the reason he started the trip with so many projects is that some of them required dry weather. We've joked that we'll have to drive south each year just so he can finish his projects. Imagine the quilts ...

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More Sewing from Cat Patches

The day was fairly routine yesterday...the kind of day we'd have if we were back home. Mike was working on his projects. His list started out with about 18 projects, and he's down to the final two. I told him he needed to add an item to his list: "Think of new projects to do." Part of the reason he started the trip with so many projects is that some of them required dry weather. We've joked that we'll have to drive south each year just so he can finish his projects. Imagine the quilts ...

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February 3, 2020
A Driving Day from Cat Patches

We drove from Hemet, California, to Pahrump, Nevada, yesterday. As far as distances go, it wasn't so far...about 260 miles. Traffic was light, and the weather was good. Still, somehow the day seemed very long. The scenery was boring most of the way. We had to get through Barstow before anything of interest showed itself. The area between Hemet and Barstow is brown, dry, and uninteresting. We stopped in Barstow for lunch, mainly because there was a Carl's, Jr., that advertised "RV Parking" on a very tall sign. And, hey...count us in when it comes to ...

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A Driving Day from ... Cat Patches

We drove from Hemet, California, to Pahrump, Nevada, yesterday. As far as distances go, it wasn't so far...about 260 miles. Traffic was light, and the weather was good. Still, somehow the day seemed very long. The scenery was boring most of the way. We had to get through Barstow before anything of interest showed itself. The area between Hemet and Barstow is brown, dry, and uninteresting. We stopped in Barstow for lunch, mainly because there was a Carl's, Jr., that advertised "RV Parking" on a very tall sign. And, hey...count us in when it comes to ...

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One Monthly Goal- February from {The Sweetest Dreams}

I stumbled across a great monthly challenge hosted by Elm Street Quilts. It's called One Monthly Goal or OMG for short. It's a great opportunity to make myself accountable for one thing, each month, with no great pressure. The OMG could be as simple as getting a binding sewn onto a quilt that's been waiting for one for 6 months. (not that I actually have one of those, but you get the idea)

My OMG for February is to quilt and bind this Meadowland baby quilt. The little one this is going to won't be arriving ...

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January 26, 2020
A Finish, and A Walk, and More Quilts from Cat Patches

It was another hot day in Hemet. The kitties enjoyed a morning sunbath.


When it got too hot for them later in the afternoon, they both melted like so much butter.


First thing, I finished hand sewing the binding on the Pumpkin Pie quilt. It finished up at 23 x 16 inches.


Here's how it looks from the back.


This is my goal for January's OMG, and so I'll be linking up to the finishing party there.


After that, we hung up a new hummingbird feeder on the back window of the RV. I've been envious ...

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A Finish, and A Walk, and More Quilts from ... Cat Patches

It was another hot day in Hemet. The kitties enjoyed a morning sunbath.


When it got too hot for them later in the afternoon, they both melted like so much butter.


First thing, I finished hand sewing the binding on the Pumpkin Pie quilt. It finished up at 23 x 16 inches.


Here's how it looks from the back.


This is my goal for January's OMG, and so I'll be linking up to the finishing party there.


After that, we hung up a new hummingbird feeder on the back window of the RV. I've been envious ...

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January 22, 2020
Some Slow Stitching from ... Cat Patches

It was a better day yesterday. Things fell into place more easily. I didn't get any sewing done, but I got a whole lot of slow-stitching accomplished. Also, a crew showed up to wash and wax the RV much earlier than we expected them, and they had the whole job finished in less than two hours. The RV is looking good now.

While they were working on that, I was finishing off the second snowflake. It's hard to get it pressed nice and flat with my travel iron, but here's how it looks:


I worried about ironing ...

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