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July 27, 2019
Yipes! Stripes! from Cat Patches

Holy Moly. I can get back to my life. The paper-pieced zebra quilt top is finished! Yahoo! And I even lived to tell about it. Even the people I live with lived to tell about it! Okay, but let's just back up. I'll keep you in suspense until the end. First, I was heading out for a walk with Sue, but I had just a little bit of time for slow-stitching. I'd finished my mystery project the day before, and so I was ready to start on the October heart for A Year of Hearts.

I'd ...

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July 21, 2019
Photography... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



My daily photos, as I walk through the yard

each day, are starting to pile up,

I thought I would share some with you...

enjoy!



Welcome......top of the driveway





Hosta......after the rain





Spider Web....by the barn gate





Poppy....after the rain









Sparky and the hens





Flower bed...back yard

I use metal bed frames as fencing.




Sparky and Goldene





Thunbergia Vine...aka Black Eyed Suzy Vine






Yearling Cattle...at the back yard fence





Guest House...in the back yard

This is where I store my quilts.




 Lemonade Stand





Grape Arbor

To the left, you can see the ...

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Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

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July 17, 2019
Bobbers from ... Cat Patches

We had a much nicer day of weather yesterday. Although we don't mind the rain, coming to the lake with a newly refurbished boat really had us wanting to get out on the water some more. When we left the camper to go down to the lake, the kitties were sharing the catio.


It was a completely different day from the day before...sunny and warm.


We motored out to the middle of the lake and then just bobbed there for a couple of hours.


We watched a pair of ospreys diving for fish in the lake.


The water ...

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Bobbers from Cat Patches

We had a much nicer day of weather yesterday. Although we don't mind the rain, coming to the lake with a newly refurbished boat really had us wanting to get out on the water some more. When we left the camper to go down to the lake, the kitties were sharing the catio.


It was a completely different day from the day before...sunny and warm.


We motored out to the middle of the lake and then just bobbed there for a couple of hours.


We watched a pair of ospreys diving for fish in the lake.


The water ...

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July 14, 2019
Week 28 of 2019: Stitching Stuff from Life In Pieces

It's been a busy week that went incredibly fast.  Unfortunately there was enough going on that getting into my sewing room didn't go so smoothly.  Finding 15 minutes to stitch each day was definitely a challenge. Hopefully your week was more productive on that front. 



Work came home one night, so it was hard to work in some stitching time while working to meet a deadline.  Consequently, it wasn't a perfect week on the sewing front. 

15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
15 minute days/July = 12/13 days
15 minute days/2019 = 170/194 days ...

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Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

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July 11, 2019
Week 27 of 2019: Stashing and Stitching from Life In Pieces

It's been a busy 4th of July weekend.  We've spent the holiday with family, which has been really relaxing and fun.  My niece has a new beau who hadn't been exposed to the whole family at once, we fixed that over the holiday. As far as I know, he survived. 

It's been a challenge to fit in some stitching time here and there, but it turned out to be a pretty good week in terms of getting in my 15 minutes of stitching time each day.  How did you do?



Here's my stats for the ...

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July 8, 2019
Hello Hydrangeas! from ... Cat Patches

The first thing I needed to do yesterday was to get out and water the flower pots and fill the bird feeders. Since my last visit to the garden, the hydrangeas have stolen the show. The variegated one has several blooms on it.

 
Its neighbor to the left was the first to bloom. The bush is small, but the flowers are big.


This pink one is on the same plant.


To its left is the largest bush, and it too is flowering now.


Sometimes it produces flowers that are half blue, half lavender, or half pink.


Around front, the darkest ...

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Hello Hydrangeas! from Cat Patches

The first thing I needed to do yesterday was to get out and water the flower pots and fill the bird feeders. Since my last visit to the garden, the hydrangeas have stolen the show. The variegated one has several blooms on it.

 
Its neighbor to the left was the first to bloom. The bush is small, but the flowers are big.


This pink one is on the same plant.


To its left is the largest bush, and it too is flowering now.


Sometimes it produces flowers that are half blue, half lavender, or half pink.


Around front, the darkest ...

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July 6, 2019
Beautiful Stormy Skies from Ann Quilts

We've had a super wet and cool spring and early summer here in Chicagoland.  Super duper wet and cool until just the last week or so.  Lots of rain and sometimes fog.  My ferns have been outright joyous!  Interesting mushrooms have sprouted.  


Sometimes, the rains have come as heavy but short bursts, moving on eastward, out over Lake Michigan.  The cloud formations have been gorgeous. 

When this happens in late afternoon and early evening, the sun peeks through the clearing skies to the west and lights up the view to the east in a most wonderful way.  The greenery ...

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July 1, 2019
Behind the Scenes-A Book Photo Shoot from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! When I read other blogs, one of my favorite things to read is the “Behind the Scenes” posts. So today, I’d like to share a few photos from my recent photography session with Martingale, held in my¬† Minnesota studio. The photography for my first two books, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 and…

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June 30, 2019
Oh My Darling, Clementine from ... Cat Patches

It took most of the day yesterday, but the Pawtrait of Clementine is finished. The hand-sewing for the binding was completed by late yesterday afternoon. Here she is:


Here's how she looks from the back.


When I started yesterday, there was still quite a bit to do. I used an 80/6 microtex needle and monofilament thread to stitch down all the edges of the applique pieces.


It's quite a job to do that, but it's also very forgiving. I'll be adding some "fuzz" in just a little bit, and so it's okay to travel ...

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Oh My Darling, Clementine from Cat Patches

It took most of the day yesterday, but the Pawtrait of Clementine is finished. The hand-sewing for the binding was completed by late yesterday afternoon. Here she is:


Here's how she looks from the back.


When I started yesterday, there was still quite a bit to do. I used an 80/6 microtex needle and monofilament thread to stitch down all the edges of the applique pieces.


It's quite a job to do that, but it's also very forgiving. I'll be adding some "fuzz" in just a little bit, and so it's okay to travel ...

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Week 26 of 2019: Stitching and Stashing from Life In Pieces

Summer is definitely here. It's not quite scorching out yet, but we are definitely getting there.  It was a good week to take refuge in the coolness of the sewing room. That made it easy to get in some good stretches of stitching time this week.  Did you have an easy time finding your way to your sewing room for some stitching time this week?



I didn't have to bring work home this week, which made for a productive week in the sewing room. 

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/June = 21/29 days ...

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June 23, 2019
Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

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June 22, 2019
Over the Hump from ... Cat Patches

It's rare for me to lose my sewing mo-jo, and sometimes I'm not sure what's holding me back. Recently, it was the top-stitching for the Garden Sunshine blocks. They had some applique with lots of curves, nooks, and crannies, and I wasn't feeling like doing all that top-stitching. But it's finished now, and so I'm back, Baby! After I've made the two June blocks for the Countdown to Christmas sew-along, I'll be ready to get on with Clementine's Pawtrait.

As for the Garden Sunshine blocks, I was kind of stuck on ...

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Over the Hump from Cat Patches

It's rare for me to lose my sewing mo-jo, and sometimes I'm not sure what's holding me back. Recently, it was the top-stitching for the Garden Sunshine blocks. They had some applique with lots of curves, nooks, and crannies, and I wasn't feeling like doing all that top-stitching. But it's finished now, and so I'm back, Baby! After I've made the two June blocks for the Countdown to Christmas sew-along, I'll be ready to get on with Clementine's Pawtrait.

As for the Garden Sunshine blocks, I was kind of stuck on ...

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June 17, 2019
Quilt On from ... Cat Patches

After our Father's Day brunch yesterday, it was a fairly easy afternoon. I got in a nap, which was nice. Last week and the week before seemed terribly busy, and so an opportunity to slow down was welcome. This whole week will move a little more slowly than last week, although Sadie has an appointment with the vet on Thursday...always a delightful chore (cough). There's nothing on my calendar for today, however, and so Monday is going to be NBS.

There was a little time for slow stitching yesterday morning, and I barely got a start on ...

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Quilt On from Cat Patches

After our Father's Day brunch yesterday, it was a fairly easy afternoon. I got in a nap, which was nice. Last week and the week before seemed terribly busy, and so an opportunity to slow down was welcome. This whole week will move a little more slowly than last week, although Sadie has an appointment with the vet on Thursday...always a delightful chore (cough). There's nothing on my calendar for today, however, and so Monday is going to be NBS.

There was a little time for slow stitching yesterday morning, and I barely got a start on ...

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