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September 3, 2021
Quilts, Projects and a Fun App from Needle and Foot

The Mercyful Quilts continue to arrive! I have a large stack of quilts to deliver to the hospital and I know they will be thrilled to have them.

Lots of boxes to recycle as I open the beauties!

Pieced by Tina C from Delaware.

Most of the quilts are from the Positivity QAL, hosted by Sew Preeti Quilts. However I also received two quilts from Tina C in Delaware. Tina has contributed to Mercy before and she is a fantastic quilter. I really like this sampler in particular though.

Isn’t this the cutest?

Up at the top, there is ...

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July 19, 2021
Just One Charm Pack – Blog Hop! from Needle and Foot

Finally! Today is my day on the blog hop celebrating the release of Cheryl Brickey’s second quilt book, Just One Charm Pack. I have been waiting to play with this book for quite some time. I loved her first book Modern Plus Sign Quilts and knew this book would be at least as creative. Cheryl’s patterns are not new to me. I have made three so far (Postage Plus, Pike’s Peak and Flock of Geese.) Additionally, I have carried her patterns in my shop for a long while and they are very popular. (Note – all quilt patterns ...

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July 2, 2021
One Day at a Time from ... Cat Patches

My to-do list is long for the next couple of days. This morning is going to be a bad day for the kitties. We're packing them both up this morning and taking them to the vet for their annual exams, immunizations, and de-worming. Cats who dine on critters get dewormed. It's very empurrassing, and so we don't like to mention this at purrties. Smitty is mad I'm bringing it up just now.


We had our grocery shopping done early yesterday. I was in a hurry to get going on my Cherry Salsa. It's important to ...

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One Day at a Time from Cat Patches

My to-do list is long for the next couple of days. This morning is going to be a bad day for the kitties. We're packing them both up this morning and taking them to the vet for their annual exams, immunizations, and de-worming. Cats who dine on critters get dewormed. It's very empurrassing, and so we don't like to mention this at purrties. Smitty is mad I'm bringing it up just now.


We had our grocery shopping done early yesterday. I was in a hurry to get going on my Cherry Salsa. It's important to ...

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December 27, 2020
Sleepy Day from ... Cat Patches

It was another day of mostly sleeping yesterday. This time around, I had trouble getting to sleep last night. For one thing, I tried sleeping in the bed for the first time in more than three weeks. Smitty was so happy to have his snuggle buddy back...so happy...no really...so, so...way too happy...to have his snuggle buddy back. It made sleeping difficult with him purring in my ears, tickling me with his whiskers, and generally head-butting any part of my body he could come into contact with. After about four hours of that, I retired to ...

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Sleepy Day from Cat Patches

It was another day of mostly sleeping yesterday. This time around, I had trouble getting to sleep last night. For one thing, I tried sleeping in the bed for the first time in more than three weeks. Smitty was so happy to have his snuggle buddy back...so happy...no really...so, so...way too happy...to have his snuggle buddy back. It made sleeping difficult with him purring in my ears, tickling me with his whiskers, and generally head-butting any part of my body he could come into contact with. After about four hours of that, I retired to ...

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December 13, 2020
Slow Motion from ... Cat Patches

Another day of same old, same old. My mobility increases a tiny bit each day. I went without a sling all day yesterday, trying to keep my arm moving naturally. Eventually, I find myself holding my right hand with my left, and my shoulder raised. I’m trying to keep the shoulder down in a more natural position. I’m told gravity will help keep the splintered bones in place and help to settle them into a natural position. Having seen the CT scan, it makes sense. When I was at the emergency department the afternoon of the accident, I ...

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Slow Motion from Cat Patches

Another day of same old, same old. My mobility increases a tiny bit each day. I went without a sling all day yesterday, trying to keep my arm moving naturally. Eventually, I find myself holding my right hand with my left, and my shoulder raised. I’m trying to keep the shoulder down in a more natural position. I’m told gravity will help keep the splintered bones in place and help to settle them into a natural position. Having seen the CT scan, it makes sense. When I was at the emergency department the afternoon of the accident, I ...

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December 12, 2020
Healing Cats from Cat Patches

Can we all paws for just a moment to appurreciate the healing power of the furriest members of our family? I don’t think five minutes have passed since we arrived home last Friday evening that one cat or another hasn’t been by my side, on my lap, sniffing my food, or generally assisting me in some way. 


We drove into town yesterday. I wanted to get a velcro splint for my thumb. I’m getting more use of my thumb, and using it as much as I can tolerate it. Still, at some point, I need to immobilize ...

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Healing Cats from ... Cat Patches

Can we all paws for just a moment to appurreciate the healing power of the furriest members of our family? I don’t think five minutes have passed since we arrived home last Friday evening that one cat or another hasn’t been by my side, on my lap, sniffing my food, or generally assisting me in some way. 


We drove into town yesterday. I wanted to get a velcro splint for my thumb. I’m getting more use of my thumb, and using it as much as I can tolerate it. Still, at some point, I need to immobilize ...

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December 9, 2020
Aizenkobo Indigo Face Masks from The Ardent Thread

Here’s my fashion tip of the season: Wear a damn mask.

Yes, I’m being harsh. Why? Because I live in a region where masks are mandatory and I support that decision by our local government. If you want to debate the merits of going maskless, please don’t bother. I will remove your comment. I already know too many people who have had to deal with the long term effects of COVID-19 and several of my friends have lost family members to the virus.

There are three of us living in this big, old house and we each ...

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October 24, 2020
Kimonomomo Library List Part 1 from The Ardent Thread

Japanese clothing in historical context, including social and economic status and what they tell us about clothing

This is not meant to be a comprehensive bibliography but a sample of what I have on specific topics in my reference library. Click on the book covers or titles to preview and/or purchase the books online. I make a few pennies if you purchase a copy through the link, but I always encourage people to check your local library for resources.

Memories of Silk and Straw – A Self-Portrait of Small-Town Japan – by Dr. Junichi Saga, translated by Garry O. Evans

This ...

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October 17, 2020
A Little More Progress from ... Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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A Little More Progress from Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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October 9, 2020
Pinball Quilting from Cat Patches

Yesterday began the final stages of the Snow Globes quilting. The day was spent quilting straight lines I'm probably about halfway finished with it, but it's hard to tell. By day's end, I took it off the machine and laid it on the floor. Here's how it's looking so far:


That's not a great picture, but it's a large quilt and a small space on the floor.

I'm using my "Line Tamer" tool for this. It's the one template I'm still using after messing up my machine this past summer ...

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Pinball Quilting from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday began the final stages of the Snow Globes quilting. The day was spent quilting straight lines I'm probably about halfway finished with it, but it's hard to tell. By day's end, I took it off the machine and laid it on the floor. Here's how it's looking so far:


That's not a great picture, but it's a large quilt and a small space on the floor.

I'm using my "Line Tamer" tool for this. It's the one template I'm still using after messing up my machine this past summer ...

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October 8, 2020
Winning at Thread Chicken from ... Cat Patches

Well, I can imagine y'all have been waiting on tenterhooks to find out if I was able to finish the pebbling before running out of thread. Smitty and I placed our wagers on this as I was getting ready to start quilting yesterday. I was pretty sure I'd run out, but Smitty was betting against the thread.


Sadie doesn't go in for gambling, so she watched from atop the book case hutch on my desk.

Betting on thread is purrposterous.


So I stitched the first block, and so far so good.


Smitty got up close and personal ...

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Winning at Thread Chicken from Cat Patches

Well, I can imagine y'all have been waiting on tenterhooks to find out if I was able to finish the pebbling before running out of thread. Smitty and I placed our wagers on this as I was getting ready to start quilting yesterday. I was pretty sure I'd run out, but Smitty was betting against the thread.


Sadie doesn't go in for gambling, so she watched from atop the book case hutch on my desk.

Betting on thread is purrposterous.


So I stitched the first block, and so far so good.


Smitty got up close and personal ...

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October 2, 2020
Wonderfil Thread Review on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 


Okay, I'll admit it.  I'm getting obsessed...with thread.   Yes, there are more dangerous and worse things to get obsessed with but still, it's getting out of hand.  It all started when I saw that people were using bobbin thread to English Paper Piece.  Then I started looking at  new and different thread lines that have come out in the last 10 years.  Then I started ordering samples, trying them out, watching videos...etc etc....You get the picture.  Yes, I've gone  down that rabbit hole of THREAD.  

So what have I learned in my journeys ...

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August 31, 2020
Celebrate with me!! from Lily Pad Quilting

You may remember my posts about needing a stabilizer/foundation for backing my hand embroidery. I was commenting, er, lamenting, well, OK!!! I admit it!  I was whining!!

First, I found WhisperWeft and loved its drapeyability (yes, I just made up a word) and then realized that while it WAS a wonderful option, it was definitely not easy to source here in the Northern Hemisphere. (Grin)

When I went to a box store (that shall remain nameless) all I found was a stabilizer that seemed to resemble the stiffy-starched parchment paper I use in my baking. Certainly not what I ...

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