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October 13, 2018
Painted Cows and a small purchase from Romany Quilting

Just what I hoped for – an early morning view of Mt Ruapehu without any cloud cover, as we drove along the Desert Road.  Such a fabulous sight, and one I never tire of.

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Mt Ruapehu

We were traveling on to Hamilton to get the annual service done on our caravan.  We were out for the day, taking the car, and Gemma, returning back later in the afternoon for the van when the service is completed.  Getting ready rather reminded me of those long ago days when young Mums had to pack a nappy bag full for a day out with ...

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September 24, 2018
Quilt Classes & Retreat Weekend from A Quilting Life

quilt classes & retreat weekend

Hello and happy Monday! Yesterday I traveled home from a wonderful weekend teaching at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe in Wilsonville, Oregon (just outside of Portland).  I was able to travel with and teach with my daughter, and we had a fabulous time!  There are always many thoughts and ideas and new things learned at these types […]

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September 16, 2018
Two Little Finishes from Cat Patches

Fortunately, my shoulder pain subsided yesterday, and I was able to finish up most everything I had planned. The planning happened before the pain, and so there was a little more than I wanted to attempt. Still and all, I finished a good bit of it.

First, I finished the 9th of 12 of the Snow Globes blocks. This one is called "Cottage."


This being Sunday, I'll be linking up to


The lighting in my sewing room makes it hard to get very good pictures of these, but here are the nine I have finished so far.


After that ...

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Two Little Finishes from ... Cat Patches

Fortunately, my shoulder pain subsided yesterday, and I was able to finish up most everything I had planned. The planning happened before the pain, and so there was a little more than I wanted to attempt. Still and all, I finished a good bit of it.

First, I finished the 9th of 12 of the Snow Globes blocks. This one is called "Cottage."


This being Sunday, I'll be linking up to


The lighting in my sewing room makes it hard to get very good pictures of these, but here are the nine I have finished so far.


After that ...

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August 29, 2018
Customer Service! from From the Strawberry Patch...

We've only recently returned from yet another epic road trip-- this one was loaded with adventures and firsts for me; but that's another post for another day.  Today I want to focus on customer service; you know, that concept that we all want to experience on the positive end but usually don't respond to unless it is negative. Sadly, there are many too many bad customer service experiences

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Customer Service! from From the Strawberry Patch...

We've only recently returned from yet another epic road trip-- this one was loaded with adventures and firsts for me; but that's another post for another day.  Today I want to focus on customer service; you know, that concept that we all want to experience on the positive end but usually don't respond to unless it is negative. Sadly, there are many too many bad customer service experiences

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August 21, 2018
Out and About from Humble Quilts

I met up with my sister and we had a little road trip to McCall Idaho where she has a small condo. This is our second year of getting together there (Just her and I ) and we decided we needed to make it a yearly event.

This little town has at least 2 quilt stores, (If there is a 3rd, we couldn't find it) My sis is traveling overseas in a couple of weeks and wanted a small hand project to bring with her. Of course, the quilt shop had just the project! 
This is designed by Sue Spargo ...

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August 14, 2018
Fifth Friday Funday at Tiny Stitches from Butterfly Threads



Tiny Stitches August 5th Friday Fun Day!
August 31st, 2018
9:30 am – 9 pm
Teacher: Diane Knott
Supply List

Book Scrap Quilt Secrets (project on page 44)
Creative Grids Kaleidoscope Ruler
Glow Line Ruler Tape
Fabric: fat quarters or half yard bundles available
Sewing machine
Basic sewing supplies
Rotary cutter


The Project
We will make the quilt shown above that is currently on display in the shop. There will be 2 samples using different fabrics, but choose any fabric line or color scheme to celebrate any occasion you wish.

Learn how to make triangles from strips, turn ...

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August 6, 2018
The Quilted Owl from Butterfly Threads



My friend Angie who writes Quilting on the Crescent, told me about a cute little quilt shop where she likes to shop called The Quilted Owl. It was on my agenda for my day in New Orleans and I would like to share a little about this marvelous little shop.





It is situated in an adorable old home that I knew was going to hold some treasures before I even opened the door! This little house has fabric crammed in every little nook and cranny. It is amazing how much goodness is squished into this place.





There was also a ...

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August 3, 2018
Gray Day from ... Cat Patches

It was cool and overcast yesterday...a nice change from the record-setting heat of just a few days ago. After spending some time with my slow stitching, I got to work canning carrots. We get so many carrots in our CSA shares, it can be hard to keep up with them. These are spicy dilled carrot spears, and they get eaten fast.


If we get more carrots (and I know we will), I'll make another batch of the carrot cake jam I made last year because that stuff is seriously delicious.

After that, I went back to work on ...

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Gray Day from Cat Patches

It was cool and overcast yesterday...a nice change from the record-setting heat of just a few days ago. After spending some time with my slow stitching, I got to work canning carrots. We get so many carrots in our CSA shares, it can be hard to keep up with them. These are spicy dilled carrot spears, and they get eaten fast.


If we get more carrots (and I know we will), I'll make another batch of the carrot cake jam I made last year because that stuff is seriously delicious.

After that, I went back to work on ...

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August 2, 2018
Busy Morning, Slow Afternoon from Cat Patches

When I last wrote, I was headed into the kitchen to pickle some beets. They don't take very long, but after they boil, they need a few minutes to cool enough that I can handle them. Once they've been skinned and chunked up, they're pretty quick to load into jars and process. When they were finished, I had four pints...as expected.


You can see in the jar on the right there are some chioggia beets in the mix. If you've never seen a chioggia beet, they look like this:


When they ...

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Busy Morning, Slow Afternoon from ... Cat Patches

When I last wrote, I was headed into the kitchen to pickle some beets. They don't take very long, but after they boil, they need a few minutes to cool enough that I can handle them. Once they've been skinned and chunked up, they're pretty quick to load into jars and process. When they were finished, I had four pints...as expected.


You can see in the jar on the right there are some chioggia beets in the mix. If you've never seen a chioggia beet, they look like this:


When they ...

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July 9, 2018
Where to buy........Acorn Precision Piecing Products from Daphne Greig

I've had lots of inquiries about these new products I reviewed recently (Blog Post here).

Reminder of the products:

Seam Align Glue

Easy Press Solution and Pen

I received this list from a local distributor who sells the 
Acorn Precision Piecing Products to quilt shops:


British Columbia
The Cloth Shop - Vancouver
Stitch and Bobbin - North Vancouver
​Quilted Treasures - Coquitlam
Tom's Sewing - Surrey
Hamel's Fabrics - Chilliwack
Quiltworx North - Rosedale
Serge & Sew - Nanaimo
Island Cloth Castle - Victoria
Kismet Quilts - Port Alberni
Carola's - Gibson's
Heather's Fabric Shelf - Kamloops
Katja's Quilt Shop - Kamloops
The Quilted Quail - Kelowna ...

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July 1, 2018
Ripe for Picking from ... Cat Patches

It was a jubilant day for cherry picking yesterday, but there was other business to take care of first. My slow stitching has suffered over the past busy week, and I expect next week will be busy as well. The Fourth falls on Wednesday, and our family tradition is to set up a base camp on the east bank of the Willamette River to wait for the evening's fireworks. Here's an image of Erik from last year.


Always a great day. Oh yes, and did anyone notice his beloved OSU Beavers won the College World Series of Baseball ...

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Ripe for Picking from Cat Patches

It was a jubilant day for cherry picking yesterday, but there was other business to take care of first. My slow stitching has suffered over the past busy week, and I expect next week will be busy as well. The Fourth falls on Wednesday, and our family tradition is to set up a base camp on the east bank of the Willamette River to wait for the evening's fireworks. Here's an image of Erik from last year.


Always a great day. Oh yes, and did anyone notice his beloved OSU Beavers won the College World Series of Baseball ...

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June 28, 2018
Garden Newcomers from ... Cat Patches

Everything needed watering yesterday morning, and so I spent some time outside before leaving to drive downtown. The first flowers are appearing on the butterfly bush, and they are just beginning to open.


Two more flowers have appeared on the zucchini. Of the three plants, only this one has bloomed so far. I'm hoping the other two will get with the program soon.


And look who finally opened! It's the star lily. This poor thing has been in a pot, neglected for at least three years. Anything that can take that kind of neglect and come back punching ...

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Garden Newcomers from Cat Patches

Everything needed watering yesterday morning, and so I spent some time outside before leaving to drive downtown. The first flowers are appearing on the butterfly bush, and they are just beginning to open.


Two more flowers have appeared on the zucchini. Of the three plants, only this one has bloomed so far. I'm hoping the other two will get with the program soon.


And look who finally opened! It's the star lily. This poor thing has been in a pot, neglected for at least three years. Anything that can take that kind of neglect and come back punching ...

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June 21, 2018
Colorado Springs Quilters from Butterfly Threads


I flew to Colorado Springs Wednesday night because there were no flights on Thursday that arrived in time for me to present to the quilt guild. So Thursday morning (guild meeting wasn't until evening) I got a phone call from this sweet lady named Anne. She volunteered to be my hostess for the day and she was so delightful!

Our first stop was at Nana's Quilt Cottage in Old Colorado City. It is a tiny shop packed full of wonderful goodies. I found a few small treasures to bring home (but suitcase space is limited so I had ...

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June 6, 2018
Quilt Shop: Cedar Ridge Quilts, Oregon City, Oregon from Cat Patches

Maybe I was too embarrassed about adding yet more fabric to my stash to mention that I'd visited a quilt shop over the weekend. But, yes, I did indulge in my other hobby...fabric acquisition...while we were in Oregon City. I blame Molly the cat. She told me about the shop, although I already knew about it. Still, it's Molly's fault for putting the idea in my head.

So after I took the Boat Captain back to the launch to pick up his truck and trailer, I headed over to Cedar Ridge Quilts.


Initially, I drove ...

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