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August 4, 2019
Words that End in "Pid" from ... Cat Patches

You'll need to let me know if we were intrepid or stupid this weekend. It was a short couple of days, but we packed a lot in. As I mentioned in my last post, we headed over to Neskowin, Oregon, to see the Neskowin Ghost Forest...an item that has been a long-time resident on my bucket list. And you know how it is when you travel with me...you see a lot of barns. Only, this time, not so many because the first barn caused me great frustration. This is how it is trying to photograph ...

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Words that End in "Pid" from Cat Patches

You'll need to let me know if we were intrepid or stupid this weekend. It was a short couple of days, but we packed a lot in. As I mentioned in my last post, we headed over to Neskowin, Oregon, to see the Neskowin Ghost Forest...an item that has been a long-time resident on my bucket list. And you know how it is when you travel with me...you see a lot of barns. Only, this time, not so many because the first barn caused me great frustration. This is how it is trying to photograph ...

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August 1, 2019
One Monthly Goal - August 2019 from Samelia's Mum

A new month means a new goal to work towards finishing. I am really enjoying this OMG challenge hosted by Elm Street Quilts. It gives me something to work towards completing rather than letting it just sit around without urgency (if that makes sense)?




This month, I have a few secret projects which I can't share with you just yet. I've picked up a few commissions for upcoming magazines which will take priority. 


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July 30, 2019
Stars Around the Garden July OMG Finish from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Stars Around the Garden is a big quilt but somehow I managed to finish it this month. The One Monthly Goal challenge really motivates me to finish something every month. There is no penalty if you don’t meet your goal, but it’s so nice when you do!

No wonder this was a UFO for so long. I had no idea how to quilt it. It also had a lot of parts: slab borders, pieced borders, pieced blocks and an applique center. I really wanted to just quilt and edge to edge pantograph, but in the end, decided it ...

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July 21, 2019
Back to Business from ... Cat Patches

Hey, good morning! We're back home at the stationary Three Cats Ranch, and it's time to get busy. No more loafing. And if we're getting back to business, then the first order of business is to choose a winner in the Nine is Fine Giveaway. Thanks to all who entered and left such nice comments. Spinning the dial on Mr. Random, I came up with...


Looking down the list, that brings me to...

Sher S!

Sher is a long-time follower, so congratulations, Sher! I've sent you an email, so check your inbox.

In other news, I ...

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Back to Business from Cat Patches

Hey, good morning! We're back home at the stationary Three Cats Ranch, and it's time to get busy. No more loafing. And if we're getting back to business, then the first order of business is to choose a winner in the Nine is Fine Giveaway. Thanks to all who entered and left such nice comments. Spinning the dial on Mr. Random, I came up with...


Looking down the list, that brings me to...

Sher S!

Sher is a long-time follower, so congratulations, Sher! I've sent you an email, so check your inbox.

In other news, I ...

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July 4, 2019
July OMG Stars Around the Garden from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Stars Around the Garden is another UFO that has aged in the bin for quite awhile. It was a block of the month from the Patchwork Sampler brick and mortar shop. I like the quilt but like so many others, never got around to quilting it. I’m never sure how to quilt the tops that have both piecing and applique. This quilt really isn’t worth custom quilting but I don’t like to go over applique with edge to edge designs. I watched some quilting videos and am now ready to jump in and quilt! Done is better ...

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July 3, 2019
Gaïa's Garden from Quilting & Learning

If you're interested, Gaïa's Garden is now on display at the Mississippi Mills Textile Museum as part of the Out of the Box (OOTB) artists group's Summer Fibrations Art Show.

Gaïa's Garden

It's been a long time coming. I've been thinking of this piece for about a year, wondering how I would make it.

Gaïa's Garden art quilt
I played with the placement of the fabric, one section at a time, until I liked what I saw. Some parts were easy while others were a real struggle. I'm not sure why. It ...

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July 1, 2019
Countdown to Chaos from ... Cat Patches

While I was writing yesterday's blog post, I happened to look over at Eliza (who has a window seat in my office) where the Solstice to Solstice quilt is draped over the sewing machine and my sewing chair. It's been folded at the bottom of my quilts-to-be-quilted pile for months. When I'm getting ready to quilt something, I give it a week or so to relax and enjoy itself before going under the needle. So, I glance over, and I notice Sadie has made a lovely little sitting place for herself.


Well, Smitty can't have that ...

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Countdown to Chaos from Cat Patches

While I was writing yesterday's blog post, I happened to look over at Eliza (who has a window seat in my office) where the Solstice to Solstice quilt is draped over the sewing machine and my sewing chair. It's been folded at the bottom of my quilts-to-be-quilted pile for months. When I'm getting ready to quilt something, I give it a week or so to relax and enjoy itself before going under the needle. So, I glance over, and I notice Sadie has made a lovely little sitting place for herself.


Well, Smitty can't have that ...

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June 28, 2019
June 2019 OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

I chose the hoop art challenge project for my June OMG. I didn’t finish it in time for the guild meeting, but I did finish it.
hoop artI’d like to do something with the hoop rather than leave it plain wood, but I’m not sure what. I don’t want to paint it. Maybe I can cover it with something.
I’ll hang it up and see what comes to mind.
I’m linking with Elm Street Quilts.

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June 13, 2019
OMG: A Finished Flimsy! from ... Cat Patches

It was another busy day yesterday, and it was HOT! It was up to 95°F. by day's end, which is the warmest day so far this year. We turned on the air-conditioning for the first time too. It cooled off enough after dark that we were able to turn it off and open the windows. I don't know about you, but I like sleeping with the window open. Better to hear the howling coyotes, don't you know. Still no word from Coyote Man, but I'm going to call him if I don't hear from ...

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OMG: A Finished Flimsy! from Cat Patches

It was another busy day yesterday, and it was HOT! It was up to 95°F. by day's end, which is the warmest day so far this year. We turned on the air-conditioning for the first time too. It cooled off enough after dark that we were able to turn it off and open the windows. I don't know about you, but I like sleeping with the window open. Better to hear the howling coyotes, don't you know. Still no word from Coyote Man, but I'm going to call him if I don't hear from ...

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June 4, 2019
One Monthly Goal - June 2019 from Samelia's Mum



We're back home where winter has well and truly arrived. It rained last night (for the first time in what feels like months) and the cold southerly winds sweeping straight up from Antarctica have certainly made the temperatures drop dramatically.
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June 3, 2019
June OMG Pie In The Sky Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

My sewing machine has been idle for months. In January, I returned from a trip to visit my daughter to find my mid-arm Voyager had died. I’ve had this machine for about 14 years and it’s worked very well for my purposes. Most of the quilting I do now is for charity so I can’t justify paying to send them out to be quilted. I tried quilting on my Juki, but it is more effort than I am willing to do to give quilts away. I stopped piecing because I didn’t want to create any more ...

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June 1, 2019
Mostly Blues Happy Post from Canadian Needle Nana

I've spent more time outside lately it seems than in. I've been raking, scrubbing, sweeping and replanting. It feels good to be moving and though I have a slightly sore shoulder and scratches on my hands, I'm thankful to have the strength to do these things.  As well as admire these pretty common dog violets that have crept into the flower beds and are in bloom now. I've let them be which may be a mistake as there are many more around than last year.  But they are so pretty.

And a favourite perennial of mine ...

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Fried on Friday 2.0 from ... Cat Patches

It has been a busy week, and I was feeling it in my bones (literally) yesterday. There was something to do away from home every day this week. Since I'm something of a homebody, it wears on me after a few days of that. Sue and I walked yesterday morning, but my rear-end was dragging by the time I got home, and there was still plenty to do. But first, here is every blooming thing we saw along the way.



These daisies were interesting. Can you see they are a pale shade of blue? I've never seen wild ...

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Fried on Friday 2.0 from Cat Patches

It has been a busy week, and I was feeling it in my bones (literally) yesterday. There was something to do away from home every day this week. Since I'm something of a homebody, it wears on me after a few days of that. Sue and I walked yesterday morning, but my rear-end was dragging by the time I got home, and there was still plenty to do. But first, here is every blooming thing we saw along the way.



These daisies were interesting. Can you see they are a pale shade of blue? I've never seen wild ...

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May 17, 2019
May OMG: A Finished Flimsy from ... Cat Patches

It was a busy and enjoyable day yesterday. My first stop was to check on the poppy. Do you think it will ever open? I'm betting a day of warmth and sunshine will get it to spread its wings.


Okay, so no poppies yet. It was time to finish off the Snow Globes. I needed to sew together the bottom two rows of blocks...


And then I sewed them to the top half of the quilt, and I had myself a finished flimsy. Ta-Da!


The white snowflake fabric doesn't photograph well, and so the pink fabric, which is ...

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May OMG: A Finished Flimsy from Cat Patches

It was a busy and enjoyable day yesterday. My first stop was to check on the poppy. Do you think it will ever open? I'm betting a day of warmth and sunshine will get it to spread its wings.


Okay, so no poppies yet. It was time to finish off the Snow Globes. I needed to sew together the bottom two rows of blocks...


And then I sewed them to the top half of the quilt, and I had myself a finished flimsy. Ta-Da!


The white snowflake fabric doesn't photograph well, and so the pink fabric, which is ...

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