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August 13, 2021
Judging At The Fair from Quilting My Way

 This morning I headed over to moms. We then picked up Nancy and headed to the fair grounds. We arrived in time to get started. We were judging quilts by 9 am. There were quiet a few. 

This was my first time judging quilting. I found it went pretty good. I didn't have many that were "perfect" but at least 3 or 4 each division. Mom was lucky to get the hand quilted quilts to judge. I would have loved to have had those. I found a couple that were red ribbons but most I gave a blue. I ...

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August 11, 2021
TAKING A CHALLENGE from Kwilty Pleasures


I like a challenge.
I like to try new things.

When my friend Kim Hensley and I decided to make a 
sewcial distance quilt top, my friend Shirley Haller
jumped on the sewing wagon and invited her quilty friends
to give it a try as well.

The block was a 4-patch slice.
I selected WONDER fabrics by Kate & Birdie
and a Spotted GRUNGE for the background.


My pattern was 4-patch slice by Inspiring Creations.

Here is my finished top...same block but my pattern used
a wider stirp and I selected a more modern layout ...

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August 10, 2021
Threads of Success, Quilting, Accountability Post from Terificreations's Weblog

Threads of Success When the email arrived letting those of us who are scheduled to teach know that for 2021 Threads of Success is postponed to Quilt Market 2022 I was surprised but not surprised. Twenty twenty was a lot, while things are shifting and changing some of twenty twenty has carried over into twenty… Continue reading Threads of Success, Quilting, Accountability Post

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August 4, 2021
FoQ is Back in 2021! from The Quilt Quine

Nella and I drove down to Birmingham last Friday in Freya’s VW Beetle and it was probably the longest that trip has ever taken. There were roadworks, hold-ups for an accident and a ridiculous volume of traffic since many British holiday makers are staycationing in the UK. We made it in the end, picked Freya up from the train station and heated soup using the microwave that I took for Nella to be able to cope with the food situation. The girls explored Birmingham and visited the show, which they enjoyed.

It was a very different FOQ to normal ...

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FOLDING IT UP! from Kwilty Pleasures

I was a guest demonstrator at the 
St. Boniface Quilters Show
on July 10, 2021

"Folding Quilts on the Diagonal"


I didn't invent this method, don't know who did...but
If you want to eliminate those deep batting folds.
THIS is the METHOD!
Just google it....lots of videos out there!

My other tip was to store your quilts on the vertical
or side by side vs one on top the other.
This eliminates the extra weight piled into a stack
and possibly gives you more space on a shelve to stack 
and or display your quilts.

Here ...

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July 31, 2021
A SHOW TO BEHOLD from Kwilty Pleasures

I was recently involved with a lovely quilt show.
My BFF, Shirley Haller, lives in Evansville, IN and
for the lasts 2 years she planned, coordinated and executed the show.
ALL THAT during COVID and battling BREAST CANCER !

It wasn’t JUST a quilt show!
The St. Boniface Parish Quilters in Evansville
have members from the 3 Catholic Churches.
This show was held at Sacred Heart Parish.


A highlight of the show was a Quilts of Valor with a
special ceremony to present Veterans of War Recipients.
The quilters did a lovely job making, presenting 
honoring local recipients.


Every pew ...

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March 27, 2021
Hairrands from ... Cat Patches

Yeah...I just made up a word. "Hairrands" is when you get your hair cut and permed, and then run some errands before you head for home. Those Webster's people have nothing on me. So my hair is done, and I made a couple of stops. One stop I've been meaning to make since seeing an article while we were still traveling. I have certain "Google alerts" set up so that I see articles from all over the world on certain topics. Lo and behold, one of my quilting alerts was from my home town of Newberg about ...

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Hairrands from Cat Patches

Yeah...I just made up a word. "Hairrands" is when you get your hair cut and permed, and then run some errands before you head for home. Those Webster's people have nothing on me. So my hair is done, and I made a couple of stops. One stop I've been meaning to make since seeing an article while we were still traveling. I have certain "Google alerts" set up so that I see articles from all over the world on certain topics. Lo and behold, one of my quilting alerts was from my home town of Newberg about ...

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February 23, 2021
Virtual Quilt Market March 2021 from Terificreations's Weblog

Here in Texas last weeks deep freeze delayed the start of Quilt Market Registration as many of the staff experienced near zero temps, power outages, burst pipes and are still in the process of recovering. Now that they have heat, internet, and a drink of water they’re ready to dig into Quilt Market registration. Virtual… Continue reading Virtual Quilt Market March 2021

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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 11, 2020
A Virtual Quilt Show from The Snarky Quilter

As I wrote earlier, I had two quilts accepted to this year’s virtual Houston International Quilt Festival, so I decided I should attend virtually. I bought the cheapskates’ package, which was admission and one free lecture. There were many class … Continue reading

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December 7, 2020
Artistic Endeavors Roundup from The Snarky Quilter

This edition of Artistic Endeavors features lots of videos, not surprising in our time of virtual exhibits. Most of the work is fiber, though I’ve ventured into another medium. Warning: this is a picture heavy post. I wasn’t aware of … Continue reading

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December 6, 2020
Sarah’s Machine Quilting Forum II video–ends Dec. 12 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Now Registered participants ONLY can SEE it … CLEARLY!

If you were enrolled in the Virtual Quilt Festival’s second Machine Quilting Forum on Saturday, you know there were serious transmission issues with my presentation that made the video just yucky. TOTAL BUMMERS, but now TOTAL JOY! Thanks to the hard working folks in the Education Department (who should have been taking today off) you can SEE the video through December 12th. After that, like Cinderella’s pumpkin, it disappears. To access it, follow the following steps:

Registered participants ONLY can follow these instructions – 

—Go to My Schedule (be sure to ...

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November 27, 2020
A Bit of Self Promotion from The Snarky Quilter

First, I hope your Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that holiday, was as good as can be expected in this miserable year. It certainly helped me double down on my carbohydrate intake. Second, though I try to keep this blog bragging … Continue reading

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November 25, 2020
Teaching at Virtual Quilt Festival, the IQF answer to COVID!!!! from Art and Quilting in Camden

I’ll be one of the five panelists in the Machine Quilting Forum on Saturday, December 5. You can still sign up! Here’s a link to the “Saturday” page. If we weren’t able to go to Houston this year, this is a spiffy alternative! There is a link at the top of the page to enroll. The price for forums, lectures and classes is astonishingly reasonable…. I’ve signed up to be a student too!

I do believe Quilts Inc, the folks that bring you the International Quilt Festival every year (except this one due to COVID) have ...

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September 24, 2020
Lots of Sewing from ... Cat Patches

With rain falling for most of the day, it was very nearly sewing all day long. I was brave and did a little housework too. It allowed me to sew without guilt. The morning's slow stitching had me getting a start on the next plate for Pieces of the Past. 


It's a small piece, and so I expect it won't take long to finish it. When I was ready, I did my housekeeping chore, and then rewarded myself with some slow stitching around the binding for the Bag Ladies. I've turned the second corner now.


And ...

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Lots of Sewing from Cat Patches

With rain falling for most of the day, it was very nearly sewing all day long. I was brave and did a little housework too. It allowed me to sew without guilt. The morning's slow stitching had me getting a start on the next plate for Pieces of the Past. 


It's a small piece, and so I expect it won't take long to finish it. When I was ready, I did my housekeeping chore, and then rewarded myself with some slow stitching around the binding for the Bag Ladies. I've turned the second corner now.


And ...

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July 22, 2020
Getting to the Sale from Professional Quilter

Early in my career as quiltmaker, I sold my work.

I took commissions, I did juried craft shows, and I was the only quilter in a fine arts co-op with a storefront.

I saw my share of objections to sales. I still see them today. And, today, with the coronavirus changing our sales process, you might even see more objections.

The price is too high. I need to talk to my spouse first. I can’t make a decision today. I need to look at other items. I need to touch the fabric or see it in person. I’m ...

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July 11, 2020
Signing Off for a Few from ... Cat Patches

We're heading out tomorrow, and that means all day yesterday and all day today have and will be spent getting ready. Yesterday I focused on food. A few things were prepared ahead and packed. All but a few last-minute items are loaded. Today I'll focus on clothes and personal belongings. Mike has been busy getting the camper and the boat ready to go, and we were both tired pups last night. 


We talked about how much we enjoy this trip each summer. We've been going to Lake Mayfield, near Mt. Rainier, for decades. We were camping there ...

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