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November 22, 2021
Making a Mallard Duck Mini from Quilting & Learning

About a year and a half ago, I promised my son a third mini for his apartment entrance. My timing is off since he’s moving in a few weeks to another apartment. I really hope that he’ll have somewhere to hang up, or even use these as mug rugs.

Foundation Paper Piecing a Mallard Duck

I’ve used a few of "Made by Marney" foundation paper piecing patterns. I particularly like her Woodland Animals series. 

Mallard Duck mini - so far
I love this little guy. As you can see, I haven’t cropped it yet.

Since my Jag ...

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November 12, 2021
All for One from Quilting & Learning

In July, I wrote a post "Trying to get from fine to great!" This was about my embroidery of Chevy, my daughter and I doing our "All for One" move. It was bitter sweet doing another embroidery since we are missing Chevy so much, but I did want to get this second one done so that my daughter and I would each have one. 

All for One Embroidery

This is the original embroidered piece, after fixing it up. It was actually easy since the fabric is mounted on a canvas. All I did was tighten some of the loose stitches ...

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November 5, 2021
The November 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

It’s list time again! I finished two projects in October, Waugh Street Christmas and the BOM blocks. Once again I’m without a piecing project. When the list opens up I find it hard to pick what to work on next. Too many choices!

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 8 years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will not be listed, only active categories.

Original Design – I need to start sketching ...

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November 2, 2021
Lots of Cats from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's post revealing the recent challenge quilt was pre-written and pre-posted, and so I didn't actually post anything yesterday. It worked out because the Moderna booster I got on Saturday morning had me feeling pretty crummy all day on Sunday. I only mention this because there was nothing blog-worthy going on...not that anything is ever blog-worthy, but usually I have enough to take a stab at it. Sunday...nada. I spent most of the day sleeping. When I wasn't sleeping, I was sitting with my medicinal cat, working on my Kitty Cat Alphabet.


With Sadie's ...

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Lots of Cats from Cat Patches

Yesterday's post revealing the recent challenge quilt was pre-written and pre-posted, and so I didn't actually post anything yesterday. It worked out because the Moderna booster I got on Saturday morning had me feeling pretty crummy all day on Sunday. I only mention this because there was nothing blog-worthy going on...not that anything is ever blog-worthy, but usually I have enough to take a stab at it. Sunday...nada. I spent most of the day sleeping. When I wasn't sleeping, I was sitting with my medicinal cat, working on my Kitty Cat Alphabet.


With Sadie's ...

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October 29, 2021
October 2021 OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

Finishing Waugh Street Christmas was my OMG for October. I even put a label on it because the backing fabric was too busy to write on (the lazy girl’s label).

I bought the charm pack a couple years ago at the AQS show. The vintage look of the fabrics appealed to me. I made sure to use it in a way that kept the charm squares whole.

I’m done sewing Christmas now.

Make sure to visit Elm Street Quilts to see all the other October finishes.

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October 17, 2021
Sunday Stash October 17, 2021 from Quilt Paint Create

I took some much needed time off work this week and had a girls’ day out in Shipshewana, Indiana on Friday. My last visit to the Amish community was over ten years ago. It looked different enough that almost nothing seemed familiar.

I did buy a small cut of fabric for the block of the month project. I didn’t have enough of the fabric I wanted to use. I was able to match it pretty close.

I also finished Waugh Street Christmas with usage for the binding. I’ll post a picture of that when the One Monthly Goal ...

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October 4, 2021
The October 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

I finished two projects in September, the Winter Pines runner and Noel, and had one stitched piece framed. Other projects moved forward, making it a good month

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 8 years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will not be listed, only active categories.

Original Design – Open Dialogue may get attention in October. If not, November for sure.

Other – Waugh Street Christmas is almost quilted. This will be my ...

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September 28, 2021
September OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

The Winter Pines runner was my OMG for September. I needed some free motion quilting practice before tackling a larger quilt. This was a perfect practice piece.

It was fun to quilt and I love how it looks. I can’t wait to put it out in a few months.

I’m linking to the Elm Street Quilts September finish party.

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September 12, 2021
Sunday Stash September 12, 2021 from Quilt Paint Create

I finished the runner that served as a practice piece for the Waugh Street Christmas quilting design.

I enjoyed quilting this one and loved the design. It did exactly what I wanted it to do. Panels are such a great way to practice free motion quilting.

This project was my September OMG. I was determined to finish it over the long weekend rather than dragging it out.

No fabric in this week. I haven’t visited a quilt shop in months.

Fabric In: 7.125 yards

Fabric Out: 5.125 yards

Net Fabric In: 2 yards

How did you do ...

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September 4, 2021
The September 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

I finished two items in August, the circle challenge and the November BOM blocks. I just realized the BOM wasn’t on last month’s list. Sneaky how it cut to the front of the line.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 7 years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will not be listed, only active categories.

Original Design – I think about Open Dialogue often, but it probably won’t see the light ...

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August 29, 2021
Sunday Stash August 29, 2021 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers. It should really go without saying.

I sewed and trimmed all the HSTs this week for the Stars In The Night blocks.

I need to pick another name for this quilt. The original had a dark background, mine not so much. You definitely won’t be thinking night when you look at my quilt.

Maybe this week I can sew the blocks. Anything more complicated than sewing squares together seems to take me forever.

Fabric In: 7.125 yards

Fabric Out: 4.125 yards

Net Fabric In: 3 yards

How did you do this week ...

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August 27, 2021
August OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

I chose adding the borders and basting Waugh Street Christmas as my August OMG. I finished those tasks with plenty of time to spare.

Now I’m looking for a quilting design to fit the Christmas theme. There are several variations of the holly and berries design out there, but I’m not feeling it. This quilt is all about the fabric. The quilting design needs to play a supporting role.

I’m linking to Elm Street Quilts.

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August 16, 2021
A Pause in Activity from Cat Patches

Mike and I left fairly early yesterday to drive to the east side of town where Mike helped Matthew repair his garage door. It was our first time seeing his new digs. He's in a rental home that was built around 1906. It has all the charm and many of the problems one would expect in a home of that age, and it is perfect for him. He's in a charming old neighborhood and in easy walking distance to a nice park, walking/running trail, and lots of good restaurants. The garage door was fixed in about an ...

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A Pause in Activity from ... Cat Patches

Mike and I left fairly early yesterday to drive to the east side of town where Mike helped Matthew repair his garage door. It was our first time seeing his new digs. He's in a rental home that was built around 1906. It has all the charm and many of the problems one would expect in a home of that age, and it is perfect for him. He's in a charming old neighborhood and in easy walking distance to a nice park, walking/running trail, and lots of good restaurants. The garage door was fixed in about an ...

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August 5, 2021
The August 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

I didn’t finish anything in July. This may need to change to the Shorter List with fewer projects on it. No illusions of being a prolific quilter here.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 6+ years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will not be listed, only active categories.

Original Design – I’m quilting the group challenge with circles.

Other – Waugh Street Christmas is ready for borders.

Hand Work – Work continues on ...

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August 1, 2021
A Finished Quilt Top from ... Cat Patches

This is my second post of the day. Earlier in the week, I scheduled a "reveal" post for the latest art quilt for The Endeavourers. You can see my quilt for the prompt "Opposites Attract" right here. So, I might have taken a day off, except that I have a finished quilt top, and that is worth a celebratory post. Ella's Flower Garden is a finished flimsy now. It finishes up at 74 x 74 inches. If I'd done it the way it was pictured in the book, I would have added a border to it. I decided ...

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A Finished Quilt Top from Cat Patches

This is my second post of the day. Earlier in the week, I scheduled a "reveal" post for the latest art quilt for The Endeavourers. You can see my quilt for the prompt "Opposites Attract" right here. So, I might have taken a day off, except that I have a finished quilt top, and that is worth a celebratory post. Ella's Flower Garden is a finished flimsy now. It finishes up at 74 x 74 inches. If I'd done it the way it was pictured in the book, I would have added a border to it. I decided ...

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July 13, 2021
Two Finishes from ... Cat Patches


Today is my blogiversary! Imagine that! Eleven years of constant prattle about this and that...yammering on about every little thing...and here you are, my blogging friends. Thank you. It's been so much fun getting to know you. Just as an FYI, it's the last day to enter my giveaway. Head on over here and leave a comment to enter. Winner will be announced tomorrow.

It was a fairly busy day yesterday. I really wanted to finish up the bear quilt, and so I substituted Mr. Bear for my morning slow stitching. I'm still limiting myself ...

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Two Finishes from Cat Patches


Today is my blogiversary! Imagine that! Eleven years of constant prattle about this and that...yammering on about every little thing...and here you are, my blogging friends. Thank you. It's been so much fun getting to know you. Just as an FYI, it's the last day to enter my giveaway. Head on over here and leave a comment to enter. Winner will be announced tomorrow.

It was a fairly busy day yesterday. I really wanted to finish up the bear quilt, and so I substituted Mr. Bear for my morning slow stitching. I'm still limiting myself ...

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