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June 3, 2020
OMG: A Finished Flimsy from Cat Patches


There was a little time spent in the garden yesterday, but mainly just hoeing down weeds and checking for sprouts. None yet. The rest of the day was spent in the sewing room, sewing the nine hand-embroidered Friendship's Garden blocks into a finished flimsy. The blocks were already framed in green, and the next step was to add the sashings and cornerstones, and then start sewing them together. I usually do this block by block. The first row looked like this:


This project might have gone faster except that I got confused about which side of the block needed ...

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OMG: A Finished Flimsy from ... Cat Patches


There was a little time spent in the garden yesterday, but mainly just hoeing down weeds and checking for sprouts. None yet. The rest of the day was spent in the sewing room, sewing the nine hand-embroidered Friendship's Garden blocks into a finished flimsy. The blocks were already framed in green, and the next step was to add the sashings and cornerstones, and then start sewing them together. I usually do this block by block. The first row looked like this:


This project might have gone faster except that I got confused about which side of the block needed ...

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Anticipation from If These Threads Could Talk

Brittany & Jonathon, this is for you in celebration & “anticipation” of the arrival of your daughter!

This is a Hunter Star Quilt from Deb Tucker’s Book “Hidden Treasures”.

Hidden Treasures offers over 30 projects to choose from.  Finished quilts are a generous lap size.  All the projects in this book are made using the Rapid Fire Hunter Star Petite tool.  This book is intended to be a design play book.  All the quilts are made using the 7” block size option, and the simplest two color variation where half the pieces are dark value and half are light value pieces ...

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June 2, 2020
Sunny and Warm from ... Cat Patches

It was such a beautiful day yesterday, I wanted to get outside and do the last of the planting. The garden is coming along. I spent some time weeding, and checking, but nothing is coming up yet. It's too soon, but we should see some little sprouts within the next couple of days. We're expecting warm weather through the week...good for sprouting seeds. Mike has been working hard at getting the fencing repaired and up. Yesterday, he finished the work on setting up the automatic sprinklers. This involved a significant investment in hoses, timers, splitters, and I ...

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Sunny and Warm from Cat Patches

It was such a beautiful day yesterday, I wanted to get outside and do the last of the planting. The garden is coming along. I spent some time weeding, and checking, but nothing is coming up yet. It's too soon, but we should see some little sprouts within the next couple of days. We're expecting warm weather through the week...good for sprouting seeds. Mike has been working hard at getting the fencing repaired and up. Yesterday, he finished the work on setting up the automatic sprinklers. This involved a significant investment in hoses, timers, splitters, and I ...

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My Pattern Design Business Experience - Part Six! from Quilting Affection



Welcome back to my blog series on starting and running a quilt pattern business. If you have missed any of this series, be sure to check out Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4, Part 5.

Last week, I started to highlight a few of the unexpected benefits of starting and running a business and focusing on building.  Showing how my self-confidence has grown from facing the challenges of running a business. This week, I want to focus on a few of the challenges and how I have dealt with them.

There are a lot of challenges to running ...

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Rabbit, Rabbit from ... Cat Patches

When I was attending Palomar College in San Marcos, California, several decades ago, I worked for a woman named Louise Diener in the college's job placement office. She told me that if one remembered to say "rabbit, rabbit" before saying anything else on the first day of a month, it would bring good luck for the remainder of the month. This morning, I checked in with my friend, The Google, to see if it knew anything about this. Lo and behold, it did. You can read about "rabbit, rabbit" right here. In these many years since I worked for ...

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Rabbit, Rabbit from Cat Patches

When I was attending Palomar College in San Marcos, California, several decades ago, I worked for a woman named Louise Diener in the college's job placement office. She told me that if one remembered to say "rabbit, rabbit" before saying anything else on the first day of a month, it would bring good luck for the remainder of the month. This morning, I checked in with my friend, The Google, to see if it knew anything about this. Lo and behold, it did. You can read about "rabbit, rabbit" right here. In these many years since I worked for ...

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June 1, 2020
Reading and quilt-Making ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings



What a life!  The sun is shining on a new day and I just finished another book and I cried.  Yes, I feel strongly that animals talk and also have feelings.  They are sensitive to our needs and to the needs of their fellow-kind.  I've seen pictures of a chicken nurturing kittens or a cow allowing a lamb to suckle.   It's us human kind that are most insensitive to our fellow man that is so often bothersome to me. 

















Speaking of chronicles....the quilt tops continue to roll out  after watching  Sarah Bond's Scrappy Triangle  MQG webinar ...

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Ruca the Technicolor Cat – OBW #77 from If These Threads Could Talk

Last January I had the great joy of meeting my half sister Marti for the first time. I also acquired many new family members.

When I saw this panel by Chong-A Hwang for Timeless Treasures, I knew I had to make a One Block Wonder for my Great Niece Alexa. Alexa has a wonderful cat named “Ruca”, whom she has had since she was in college. I met Ruca, a very special cat.

Even though this panel states it measures 24″ by 44″, by the time I cut apart the panels and squared it up, it was more like 23 ...

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Wedding Quilt #3 For 2020 from Wedding Dress Blue

This is the third wedding quilt I have completed for 2020.  What makes this the year of weddings?

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It isn’t fancy, but I hope the new family will enjoy cuddling on the couch.  When I don’t know people super well, and I want to surprise them, a couch quilt is better than a bed quilt.

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Scrappy of course.  Using THIS tutorial (Thanks, Cluck Cluck Sew).

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It is for a third grade teacher from my school.  May it bring them joy!

 

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May 31, 2020
Raindrops on Roses from ... Cat Patches

It rained a good part of the day yesterday. It would have been a good day to catch up on housework, but I didn't. Today, I simply must do some...not that I want to...and it's another gray day in any case. 


It seems there was time for a little of everything else, however. My fondest desire for the day was to finish off the snowflake embroidery. I first needed to finish the outside line of silver stitching.


When that was finished, I needed to sew on the beads.


Oh, but it still wasn't finished. I ...

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Raindrops on Roses from Cat Patches

It rained a good part of the day yesterday. It would have been a good day to catch up on housework, but I didn't. Today, I simply must do some...not that I want to...and it's another gray day in any case. 


It seems there was time for a little of everything else, however. My fondest desire for the day was to finish off the snowflake embroidery. I first needed to finish the outside line of silver stitching.


When that was finished, I needed to sew on the beads.


Oh, but it still wasn't finished. I ...

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Binding Time from Romany Quilting

Today I’ve been enjoying some slow stitching time, hand stitching the binding down on my neutral strings  donation quilt.  This is always a very pleasant task, one which I quite enjoy.

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Of course, before I got to this stage, I had to sit and machine quilt it.  Once I removed Gemma from the chair by my sewing machine – with the quilt to be worked on draped over the back.  It’s obviously nice and cozy there for her.

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My turn on the chair now, Gemma

I kept the quilting simple, in the ditch around the sashing,serpentine stitch through ...

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herbstlich / autumn from quilts und mehr

Nun ist mein kleiner Quilt bereits auf dem Weg nach Amerika für die SAQA Benefit Auction, welche im September stattfinden wird.

Now my little work is on its way to the USA for the SAQA Benefit Auction which will be held in September.

12 x 12" / 30 x 30 cm 2020
 

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May 30, 2020
Vina’s Star Quilt Pattern from The Cloth Parcel

Our final pattern release for Spring 2020 is Vina’s Star. This is a lonestar quilt that we have wanted to do for years. Diane’s mom, Vina, owned an antique quilt that was very similar to this, but all we have left of it are these photos. We have no idea what happened to the original, […]

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A Sewing Day from Cat Patches

While I managed to get through the grocery store without killing myself or anyone else, it was a rather taxing outing. For one thing, I gave Mike the morning off. Really, I wanted him to spend his time working on getting the sprinklers set up in the garden. Besides, my list was fairly short, which was the only saving grace for my trip. The store was way busier on a Friday morning than it usually is when I go on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Still, I made it through and I was home around 10:30 a.m. The ...

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A Sewing Day from ... Cat Patches

While I managed to get through the grocery store without killing myself or anyone else, it was a rather taxing outing. For one thing, I gave Mike the morning off. Really, I wanted him to spend his time working on getting the sprinklers set up in the garden. Besides, my list was fairly short, which was the only saving grace for my trip. The store was way busier on a Friday morning than it usually is when I go on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Still, I made it through and I was home around 10:30 a.m. The ...

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Morning Glory from Prairie Moon Quilts

I am so happy to write this post today, because showing you this finished quilt means that . . .

My oldest UFO is FINISHED!!!! Woohoo!!!

I started this quilt back in the late 1980s or early 90s — it’s so old I can’t remember. Can you tell by the colors and fabrics? (Which, by the way, are actually back in style these days!)

I think this is the second quilt that I actually purchased all the fabric for. Up until this quilt (and one appliqué quilt I did right before this one), I had made only scrap quilts from my stash ...

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Pin It Weekly #338 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Welcome back to PIW! My sister has returned home from our impromptu visit. What started as a couple of days, added the Memorial Day weekend and then, well, a doctor's appointment that I had already committed to, so why not stay a few more days? 

We had a good visit, especially since we were able to visit with two of her kids and a grandson. It's always a blast when a one-year old comes by, right?

Back to PIW #338! These are a few quilts that I pinned to "heart, quilts" during the few minutes when C was ...

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