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February 9, 2019
When the World is a Snow Globe from Cat Patches

Well, you Midwest people can stop your snickering now. We got some serious snow last night. When I looked out this morning, this is what I saw. About five inches fell overnight.


It's been falling off and on all morning. If you believe the forecasters, this is only the beginning, and we're in for some serious snow this week. It isn't often we see even this much, let alone what is predicted.


The kitties have been out.


They always greet the snow with a mixture of confusion and curiosity.


Smitty thinks it's best viewed from his ...

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When the World is a Snow Globe from ... Cat Patches

Well, you Midwest people can stop your snickering now. We got some serious snow last night. When I looked out this morning, this is what I saw. About five inches fell overnight.


It's been falling off and on all morning. If you believe the forecasters, this is only the beginning, and we're in for some serious snow this week. It isn't often we see even this much, let alone what is predicted.


The kitties have been out.


They always greet the snow with a mixture of confusion and curiosity.


Smitty thinks it's best viewed from his ...

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February 7, 2019
Frosty Morning from ... Cat Patches

When I came upstairs to write this post, I checked the temperature outside. It's a chilly 26°F. And I imagine that won't impress you Midwest people, but it's about as cold as we get here in the Pacific Northwest. I've seen it colder. Only once have I seen it dip into the single digits, and that was back in the late 1980's when I waited at a bus stop in weather that was a cool 6°F. To be clear, it isn't an experience I wish to repeat.

It was after noon by ...

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Frosty Morning from Cat Patches

When I came upstairs to write this post, I checked the temperature outside. It's a chilly 26°F. And I imagine that won't impress you Midwest people, but it's about as cold as we get here in the Pacific Northwest. I've seen it colder. Only once have I seen it dip into the single digits, and that was back in the late 1980's when I waited at a bus stop in weather that was a cool 6°F. To be clear, it isn't an experience I wish to repeat.

It was after noon by ...

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February 6, 2019
Yellow Fever from ... Cat Patches

Nothing like a good snow day to kick you in high gear for a day of sewing. I spent most of the day in the sewing room yesterday making blocks for my two Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts for 2019. The day before, I'd cut the pieces for the Charm Stars blocks. First this one:


And then this one:


Here are the blocks I have for this so far:


After that, I made four yellow blocks for the Paintbox Pizzazz quilt.


And these are all the blocks I have so far.


On Saturday, I'll link up to


Also, I ...

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Yellow Fever from Cat Patches

Nothing like a good snow day to kick you in high gear for a day of sewing. I spent most of the day in the sewing room yesterday making blocks for my two Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts for 2019. The day before, I'd cut the pieces for the Charm Stars blocks. First this one:


And then this one:


Here are the blocks I have for this so far:


After that, I made four yellow blocks for the Paintbox Pizzazz quilt.


And these are all the blocks I have so far.


On Saturday, I'll link up to


Also, I ...

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February 4, 2019
February OMG Unteraegeri Log Cabin Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

The project I selected for February’s One Monthly Goal (OMG) challenge is this Unteraegeri Log Cabin quilt. I want to finish the quilting then bind it. This UFO has to be about 25 years old! The pattern is from a Quilt Sitters’ Circle group at Hearthside Quilters Nook in Hales Corner, WI. That shop has been closed for years but I still have a few UFOs from them. This log cabin quilt variation, designed by Mary Ellen Hopkins, was inspired by a trip she took to Unteraegeri, Sweden. We were a test group for this particular pattern but I ...

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February 2, 2019
February 2019 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

It’s that time again.
Last month I finished both the Old and New projects.
I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk. I’m not sure how that will impact what I get done this month. I find February and March to be difficult months, when all the gray and cold drag me down. I can see the appeal of wintering in the south.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, and creative play/design. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories ...

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Newsy from ... Cat Patches

It seems like it was a lazy Friday, but there's still plenty to tell you this morning. It was the first day of National Embroidery Month. Yeah...who knew? Well, I only knew because Meg Hawkey from Crabapple Hill Studios announced it with a stitch-along that started yesterday. We're stitching an "inchy" sampler. The first one was easy enough to stitch in about 15 minutes, including the time it took me to wind the skein of floss onto its floss bobbin.


Today's will be the one to the left of the first one, and I'll get ...

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Newsy from Cat Patches

It seems like it was a lazy Friday, but there's still plenty to tell you this morning. It was the first day of National Embroidery Month. Yeah...who knew? Well, I only knew because Meg Hawkey from Crabapple Hill Studios announced it with a stitch-along that started yesterday. We're stitching an "inchy" sampler. The first one was easy enough to stitch in about 15 minutes, including the time it took me to wind the skein of floss onto its floss bobbin.


Today's will be the one to the left of the first one, and I'll get ...

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Friday Fun... from Pamela Quilts

Today I took a day to relax, since tomorrow I work all day at the quilt shop and I've been working hard all week!  I had so much fun making Jen's Color challenge block for January that I decided to get ahead of the game and get the block done for February right away.  Some lovely pinks from my Island Batik stash!



Then I made a pink ribbon block to mail to a friend  (more Island Batik fabric):

I also added the pieced side borders to the Brothers and Sisters quilt I am working on.  Those borders are ...

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February 1, 2019
February OMG (One Monthly Goal) from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.




Well I did great for January.  I got the charity quilt pieced AND quilted AND the binding has been stitched to the front AND I have started to work on stitching it down on the back.


So now it is on to February.  Even though February is a short month I have three simple projects that I think are easily accomplished:


Crocheted Baby Afghan


This project has a time limit of it's own as it is so it needs doing more sooner than later.


I have been working on this at lunch during the week and on Sundays so ...

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OMG January Finish from Patchwork Sampler Blog

It was much harder than it should have been, but with ONE hour to spare I finished my January OMG project, Chip off the Old Block. Last week, my longarm died so I quilted this on my Juki. It has been years since I quilted on a DSM and had to start the learning curve all over again.  After quite a bit of trial and error, I found a combination of top thread, bobbin thread and needle that would work without shredding, breaking (needles and thread!), skipping stitches or all three. I’m always up for a challenge and I ...

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Shoe Box Quilting, Strings, and Finishes from Canadian Needle Nana

Whenever one of us laments the doing of nothing and the passing of a morning with not an iota of work to show for it, the other will remind him/her this is what retirement is about. I didn't know Hubby in his work life, but I can tell he was focused and hard working. He has earned the right to sit back and let time run away some mornings. And he is less than half a year away from 80 which probably earns him extra resting rights. ☺

No Guilt-Just Quilt

Snow and more snow. I'm reading blogs ...

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January 30, 2019
YAHOO!!! (January OMG and 2019 FAL) from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.




I did it!  I finished the quilt top AND quilting on a charity quilt.  Yay Me!


This project was my OMG for January and on my list for the 2019 FAL and it is my first charity quilt of the year.



Here is a photo when I still had the quilt on the frame:


I am happy to say that I finished the last of the quilting last night while "watching" Married at First Sight and the after show.


But I was definitely sweating out that last row of blocks. . . . somehow my measurements must have been off because I ended ...

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January 28, 2019
Last Monday Check In: One Monthly Goal, PHD, and 2019 Strategy Progress from Life In Pieces

It's the last Monday in January, seems like a good time to see how my sewing room strategies for 2019 are working.  I really want to move some UFOs off the list this year.  


First up, the January One Monthly Goal was to get Inverted Star sent out for quilting.  


All that got done and the box actually made it to the post office.  It should come back in a couple of weeks.  Fingers crossed this one gets finished before the end of February. 

With Inverted Star sent off, I moved on to the second quilt on this year ...

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January 24, 2019
January 2019 OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

The 9 patch leader and ender blocks are now a finished top.
9patch topSewing the top together was my OMG for the month.
I’m not a fan of big borders, but I didn’t have any more of the floral fabrics. The outside border is actually a pale green. I want to donate the quilt and it had to meet minimum size requirements.
Cuddles has no shame. She never met a quilt she didn’t like.
I’m linking to Elm Street Quilts.

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January 14, 2019
A few mini art quilts to make from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to my first post of 2019!

One Monthly Goal (OMG) for January

I'm not sure what happened at the last Out of the Box Fibre Artists Group meeting in November...I know I wasn't drunk because I was driving (lol)...but somehow I got over-excited and ambitious and put my name down for another two mini art quilts. That's above the other two that I signed up for in September - that makes four! They may be mini, but that doesn't mean that they're easy or quick to make.

So that's what I need ...

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January 11, 2019
Planning 2019 and finishing Charlotte's quilt from Quilting & Learning

In a few hours, 2019 will be upon us....and I sure hope it's a good one :-) Thank you so much Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl for hosting this annual party!

#2019 Planning Party

I've been thinking a lot about what I want for 2019 and it's a lot like my planning for 2018. My goal is to keep learning and creating, and to minimize the stress. Easier said than done, but last year was better than 2017 and with any luck, other than January, I will be able to keep this in mind.


After posting my ...

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January 6, 2019
OMG: A Finished Flimsy from ... Cat Patches

We're barely into the new year, and I can say I have the first finished quilt top under my belt. With the not insignificant help of my furry furriend, the borders were sewn on yesterday, and It's Raining Cats and Dogs has taken its place on the quilts-to-be-sandwiched pile.


Smitty was at the ready to help. He was a little worried about all the woofies on the quilt, but gave his purrmission for me to continue.


The outer border fabric was much to his liking, and he helped me hold the fabric down while I cut the strips ...

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