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October 7, 2022
October 2022 Short List and OMG from Quilt Paint Create

The days are shorter, the air is cooler and Fall is here. That means more time for sewing and stitching, right?

I finished two projects last month, My Sewing Treasures and a project bag. Only one new project made the October list.

Project One: The Tiny Modernist Holiday 2022 SAL. I had a slow start and am way behind. The pattern has more stitching than I anticipated. I’m about 1/3 through the first month but have the patterns for the first two.

Project Two: The pinwheel charity quilt. I’m framing the pinwheel blocks to get them all ...

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October 5, 2022
Rescued Quilt, "Floor Basting" Tilda, OMG, 30 Pies, Neat Ikea Purchase, Garden Finale from Canadian Needle Nana

 On the wall now, sewn for a child perhaps...this hanging I bought at a thrift shop. I liked the maker's free style...three rows of mostly plain blocks with appliqued figures sewn over it. I thought the big eyed owls cute and the toadstool and mouse neat. Closer examination showed two pieces of fabric featuring horse backed riders in red coats. I like this primitive kind of improv style too and I'm glad I "rescued" it. Have you ever rescued a fellow stitcher's work too?

I have the fabric for the backing of my redworked birds ...

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October 2, 2022
Scrappy Projects, Autumn Bouquet, One Monthly Goal, QAL News, Muffins by Ina from Canadian Needle Nana

I don't make many indoor bouquets anymore even though that is something I enjoy having; I leave it for the bees and insects. But I couldn't resist the beautiful contrast of the purple Asters and the mustard yellow Goldenrod. There are three varieties of  autumn Asters here, pale blue and white as well as the purple New England Asters.

It felt like a quilt making day on Friday.  The walk early morning was one with a bracing wind in my face. 2C overnight but the wind definitely made it feel colder.  I was thankful I'd opted for ...

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September 30, 2022
Oglesby, Illinois from ... Cat Patches

It was a relatively short day of driving yesterday. We hated to have to move Sadie who was enjoying a morning nap on her window hammock.

But move her we did. We were just about 20 miles from the state line, and so we passed into Illinois just shortly after getting on the road.


Until the final few miles of our journey, we were traveling the interstates, and so there wasn’t a lot to see beyond zillions of trucks. We were near Chicago here, and there was lots of industry in the area, meaning lots of trucks too. 

Of ...

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Oglesby, Illinois from Cat Patches

It was a relatively short day of driving yesterday. We hated to have to move Sadie who was enjoying a morning nap on her window hammock.

But move her we did. We were just about 20 miles from the state line, and so we passed into Illinois just shortly after getting on the road.


Until the final few miles of our journey, we were traveling the interstates, and so there wasn’t a lot to see beyond zillions of trucks. We were near Chicago here, and there was lots of industry in the area, meaning lots of trucks too. 

Of ...

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September 29, 2022
September 2022 OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

My OMG for September was to complete my Art quilt Group’s improv challenge.

I started with white fabric and added glue as a resist.

Then I painted it.

Then I washed out the glue and added texture with paintstik over a rubbing plate.

Then I added more paint.

To make it useful, I turned it into a project bag.

Bag Front

I had a lot of fun returning to my surface design roots. The challenge is to do something with the fabrics. This time around I’m committed to using it as I create it.

Bag back

Visit Elm ...

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September 25, 2022
Sunday Stash September 25, 2022 from Quilt Paint Create

All kinds of changes in the numbers this week.

I finished the OMG piece for fabric out. I will post pictures early next week.

It seemed like every quilt shop near me had a sale going last week. After buying all that fabric at the Guild sale, I bought more. This pile I’m keeping.

I already started cutting up the black batik for the pinwheel quilt.

The blue pieces I bought at the Guild sale had chunks cut out of them. Those went in the charity fabric box, along with a bundle of neutrals from the shop sale that ...

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September 16, 2022
Resist, Phase Two from Quilt Paint Create

My OMG for September is an improv painted piece. I started with glue resist on white fabric.

Once the glue dried I added paint.

I painted splotches, thinned the paint, painted more splotches, thinned the paint, etc. The glue has been removed and the paint heat set.

Some of the shapes came out as intended, others not so much.

I think it needs touches of another color to liven it up. Stayed tuned for phase three.

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September 10, 2022
Free Day in Bayfield, Wisconsin from Cat Patches

There was nothing on today's agenda, which gave us a nice day to do whatever we felt like doing. Smitty felt like a morning nap on his catio...


Until his leash and harness were offered up. Other campers who were leaving had already left, and new folks had not come in yet. The campground was fairly quiet, and so it seemed like a good time for a walk to him too. Here, he's showing you his best side.


He spent a little time choosing his weed.


Eventually, he selected a few blades and had a sampling of some ...

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Free Day in Bayfield, Wisconsin from ... Cat Patches

There was nothing on today's agenda, which gave us a nice day to do whatever we felt like doing. Smitty felt like a morning nap on his catio...


Until his leash and harness were offered up. Other campers who were leaving had already left, and new folks had not come in yet. The campground was fairly quiet, and so it seemed like a good time for a walk to him too. Here, he's showing you his best side.


He spent a little time choosing his weed.


Eventually, he selected a few blades and had a sampling of some ...

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September 7, 2022
Three Free Patterns, Bluebird Nostalgia, Birthday Cake, Karnak Colour Play from Canadian Needle Nana

 I can make myself feel nostalgic with very little prompting. For instance, listening to Mandy Patinkin singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" always makes me feel a little sentimental. What a beautiful pure tenor voice he has!

It was my birthday last week and I marked another year gone by so quickly I hardly had time to blink. Thank goodness for this blog so I can at least look back and see how a goodly portion of my time was well spent.
 Daughter made me a birthday cake. 
It was white with lemon curd and she decorated it to look like ...

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September 5, 2022
September 2022 Short List and OMG from Quilt Paint Create

It’s hard to believe it’s September already. Fall is definitely in the air here. We’ll have more hot weather, but we haven’t seen much of that lately.

I didn’t finish anything last month. I have way too many projects going for my taste. I’m revising the list to change my focus.

Project One: I’m very close to finishing My Sewing Treasures by Bobby G Designs.

Project Two: I signed up for the Tiny Modernist Holiday 2022 SAL. The SAL runs for three months. Rough start with the white floss not showing up against ...

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September 2, 2022
Quilt Shop: Up North Quilt Shop; International Falls, Minnesota from Cat Patches

We were ready for a day off yesterday when the Google whispered in my ear that there was a quilt shop nearby. Although we'd talked about putting off our grocery shopping until the next stop, the quilt shop beckoned. It seemed like a perfectly good day for grocery shopping *and* fabric shopping. 

First though, all of the bewhiskered people went back to bed while I was writing yesterday's blog post.


It took us a while to get ourselves up, around, and showered, but eventually we took off to drive the 25 miles or so into International Falls where ...

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Quilt Shop: Up North Quilt Shop; International Falls, Minnesota from ... Cat Patches

We were ready for a day off yesterday when the Google whispered in my ear that there was a quilt shop nearby. Although we'd talked about putting off our grocery shopping until the next stop, the quilt shop beckoned. It seemed like a perfectly good day for grocery shopping *and* fabric shopping. 

First though, all of the bewhiskered people went back to bed while I was writing yesterday's blog post.


It took us a while to get ourselves up, around, and showered, but eventually we took off to drive the 25 miles or so into International Falls where ...

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August 31, 2022
August 2022 OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

My August OMG was to sew up the pinwheel blocks in the bag I picked up off the charity table at Guild. I sewed all the full blocks I could from what was in the bag, 51 blocks in total.

The blocks are four different sizes, and a whole lot of them are pink.

Once I come up with a plan I will likely need more blocks. If you have a favorite pinwheel pattern, leave the name in the comments. Suggestions are much appreciated!

I’m linking up with Elm Street Quilts.

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August 14, 2022
Sunday Stash August 14, 2022 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers this week.

It’s all pinwheels all the time, unless it’s stitching. The pinwheel pile keeps growing, but it doesn’t feel like the pieces pile gets any smaller.

Somebody had a serious pink infatuation going. I think this is more pink than I’ve sewed in my entire quilting journey. If need to add pinwheels from my stash, they will not be pink.

Fabric In: 0.5 yards

Fabric Out: 8.875 yards

Net Fabric Out: 8.375 yards

How did you do this week?

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party ...

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August 10, 2022
A New Day from Cat Patches

Today I'm determined to turn the page on the basement problem and focus on our upcoming trip. Slowly, I've been able to turn my bad attitude around with some cutesy animal photos I found on Facebook. This one...

and later, this one.


Our contractor has promised us he'll send a crew tomorrow to move our furniture back into the house. Also, Erik and Matthew have stepped up and offered to help on Friday if our lying contractor is still lying. It could go either way, but I'm telling myself the contractor wouldn't lie to us ...

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A New Day from ... Cat Patches

Today I'm determined to turn the page on the basement problem and focus on our upcoming trip. Slowly, I've been able to turn my bad attitude around with some cutesy animal photos I found on Facebook. This one...

and later, this one.


Our contractor has promised us he'll send a crew tomorrow to move our furniture back into the house. Also, Erik and Matthew have stepped up and offered to help on Friday if our lying contractor is still lying. It could go either way, but I'm telling myself the contractor wouldn't lie to us ...

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August 6, 2022
Redworked Birds- Flight of Fancy, Basket Case Finish, Quartet in Autumn, Petey Posing from Canadian Needle Nana

 I'd mentioned that I had to go out shopping.  That morning I stood in our closet completely stumped as to what to wear. I have a goodly amount of clothes so why it is such a chore sometimes to pick out a top and bottom is kind of ludicrous. I left and went to a window to look at the sky which told me nothing because I already knew it was very hot outside with the sun splitting the rocks, as we used to say at home. I decided to wear linen which is a difficult material but breezy ...

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August 5, 2022
August 2022 OMG and Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Another month down, another project finished. I met my goal last month of sewing a shirt. I’ve done well this year finishing my OMGs, which has kept my projects moving.

There are quite a few changes in the list this month.

Project One: I’m still stitching My Sewing Treasures by Bobby G Designs.

Project Two: I started working on a UFO I picked up off the charity table at Guild. Whoever started it including a picture of what the planned quilt would look like, but I’m not going there. I’ll sew up all the pinwheel pieces ...

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