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August 30, 2015
A Morning of Stitching from ... Cat Patches

It's been a busy morning in the sewing room already today. I'm looking forward to a near-full day of NBS (nothing but sewing). Only "near" full because I'll be making some new appetizer recipes for dinner tonight. Sometimes we have a dinner of nothing but appetizers...kind of fun.

As for my morning of stitching, I finished up the 4th of nine blocks for the Gingerbread Square quilt.


Someone asked me about the color in this piece yesterday. In case you're wondering, the color is added with good old Crayola crayon after I trace out the ...

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A Morning of Stitching from Cat Patches

It's been a busy morning in the sewing room already today. I'm looking forward to a near-full day of NBS (nothing but sewing). Only "near" full because I'll be making some new appetizer recipes for dinner tonight. Sometimes we have a dinner of nothing but appetizers...kind of fun.

As for my morning of stitching, I finished up the 4th of nine blocks for the Gingerbread Square quilt.


Someone asked me about the color in this piece yesterday. In case you're wondering, the color is added with good old Crayola crayon after I trace out the ...

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Quilt Exhibits & Fair FUN! from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

Today was too nice not to go to the fair!  Of course, we weren't the only ones thinking that!  Not sure...but I think over 115,000 were in attendance!  It was crazy crowded!  We did manage to spend some time checking out the exhibits!  I LOVE looking at all the amazing entries from quilting to canning!  This year did not disappoint!  The displays were stunning & quality was amazing!  Just wish I could get more/better pics...  Everything is enclosed, so it's very hard to get decent pics!  Here are a few for you to enjoy!  We really ...

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August 29, 2015
A Guilt Trip with the City of Salem from Cat Patches

We had quite a storm last night. We were awakened at around 3:00 a.m. by a serious thunder storm. It was directly overhead judging from the loud CRACK! of lightning followed immediately by the rumble of thunder. We haven't heard a storm that close since leaving Phoenix in 1978. After that, it poured rain for quite a while. Even though we were glad for the rain, I wasn't able to get back to sleep, and so it's been kind of a heavy-lidded day for me. I did manage a short morning nap, but as I ...

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A Guilt Trip with the City of Salem from ... Cat Patches

We had quite a storm last night. We were awakened at around 3:00 a.m. by a serious thunder storm. It was directly overhead judging from the loud CRACK! of lightning followed immediately by the rumble of thunder. We haven't heard a storm that close since leaving Phoenix in 1978. After that, it poured rain for quite a while. Even though we were glad for the rain, I wasn't able to get back to sleep, and so it's been kind of a heavy-lidded day for me. I did manage a short morning nap, but as I ...

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steeples from Ellyn's Place

My sister, Diane, takes some beautiful pictures of church steeples she sees. Here is one I borrowed (with her permission)...
 You can see more in her Flickr group, taken by her and others (I even took a couple of them) Her pictures were the inspiration for my latest mini quilt. 

After I made my Imagine quilt for the Riley Blake Challenge, earlier this year, I decided I should work backwards and make a quilt for each of my words of the year. Grace was my word in 2014. 

This quilt is 18 x 20 inches and made with two shades ...

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blue quilt update from April Sewing Journal

It has definitely been a long and stressful summer, much good, some bad. I forgot what it was like to be 16 years old and 21 years old, but this summer I re-experienced it. The road to adulthood is sometimes a bumpy ride. In any case, two weeks ago we cleaned out my sewing room to make room for my son. He has set up the space nicely. I have a large pile of materials in the basement to sort through yet. If I can manage to store it all, I will. However, I am getting rid of some things ...

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Kaffe Fassett Finish and Creative Space Tag from Pink Doxies

  

"Anything I've ever done
that ultimately was worthwhile...
initiallly scared me to death."
--Betty Bender




I have to come clean with you. Longarming is hysterically fun, sometimes makes me cry happy tears, but still scares the life out of me everytime I start.


We don't have much time in our day for t.v. here, and watch about one show an evening on Netflix before we're both asleep. Right now we're keen on "Grey's Anatomy." I typically do not like hospital shows, but there was an element with the show that hooked me from the ...

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Another Slow Day from Quilts....etc.

We had another beautiful day yesterday that meant more time sitting on the porch then sewing.  I did get done with some things though. I put on some Netflix this morning – I’m watching all 10 or 11 seasons of NCIS – I don’t remember how many seasons were available – I’m to season 8.   […]

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Pet Project Show #35 from Pink Doxies





Classroom Quilt


Amy Stauffer-McNutt is a passionate teacher with a special interest in butterflies, and self-dedicated to saving the Monarchs. She started this butterly quilt project last year in her classroom, and I promised to quilt it for her. She'll use it as a visual aid, and I'm sure it will hang in her regular classroom when it's not travelling.

I'm a bit flighty on the details, but the individual blocks were each made by her students, and then several with a little more sewing experience made it into a quilt top. They've done a ...

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My Supervisor from Tim Quilts

The time flies when there is so much to do!  The garden has been taking time because I am thinning and transplanting.

Teddy has been supervising transplanting.

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He has to stay in the fenced yard while I go and dig up the plants…he can watch from the deck.

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I (we) moved a few more shrubs today and several perennials.

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here are a few pictures from the studio window.

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speaking of the studio  here it is….I already need to clean up but love the space

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The garden has taken up a lot of time so I haven’t finished ...

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August 28, 2015
Oregon State Fair 2015 from Cat Patches

Today was Day One of the Oregon State Fair. Sue and I headed out this morning to see it. The day started out a little rough when I was issued a traffic citation for turning left at this right turn only intersection. Bummer.


Without going into all the details, I'll just say that I did not see the sign. I so didn't see the sign that we went back to look after we left the fair. Sure enough...there it is. In my defense I'll say that I'm not familiar with the roads in Salem. As ...

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Oregon State Fair 2015 from ... Cat Patches

Today was Day One of the Oregon State Fair. Sue and I headed out this morning to see it. The day started out a little rough when I was issued a traffic citation for turning left at this right turn only intersection. Bummer.


Without going into all the details, I'll just say that I did not see the sign. I so didn't see the sign that we went back to look after we left the fair. Sure enough...there it is. In my defense I'll say that I'm not familiar with the roads in Salem. As ...

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in the middle quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This quilt, called "In the Middle", has been completed since late last year, but I only recently received it back home. I've been anxious to share it....I really like this one!
The pieces were cut out using a Tri-Recs ruler, which is NOT a 60 degree ruler, but it has a similar visual effect. It's nice to actually USE those tools that you pick up on a random shopping trip. (What a novel idea, huh?) I originally cut out the background from various white triangles, but somewhere in the process I ...

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River Squares from Quilting by the River

The batiks in this quilt make me realize fall is just around the corner. Our weather has been perfect the last couple of days......it sounds like we have some 90 degree days coming up though.I just finished up this quilt for a special order. This is a lap quilt for a woman in a wheelchair. It is made with all batik fabrics and the size is 36 x 48.

Lap quilt made with batik fabrics
I used my River Squares pattern for this quilt and added one more row to make it a little longer. This pattern goes together fast and easy.....my favorite ...

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Finishing My WIPs from Stitch Quilt Knit

Finish #1 Carpenter Star Quilt


Fabric: Honey Sweet Layer Cake
Size: 79" x 79"
FMQed by me






Back of the quilt.


This quilt is for my SIL's 50th :))
Have to do the label now!

Finish #2 Lantern of Light



This is what its looked like a few weeks ago, I don't have a design-wall and I lay them out on the floor to arrange the blocks. This is what happens when I don't shut the doors to the sewing/games room. Our 2 little dogs like to walk/run over my ...

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August 27, 2015
Tis the Season blocks from Sew Quilt

This week, Sandy, my quilting buddy from Henderson Nevada, came for a short visit. Sandy and I took a 2 day machine embroidery class with Claudia Dinnell held at the Bernina Connection. The class project was Claudia's beautiful Christmas redwork style quilt called Tis the Season. I am not very experienced with machine embroidery and I was excited to learn Claudia's perfect placement multi-hooping technique.

Tuesday, I stitched the Teddy Bear block which is 25 1/2" by 13 1/2" and required 3 hoopings with the Bernina Maxi hoop to complete the design.
Teddy Bear block

Wednesday, I stitched the ...

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Sneak-a-Peek-a Thursday with Kaffe Fassett from Pink Doxies


Kaffe Fassett 

Perhaps no other fabric designer has ever struck me so gloriously than Kaffe Fassett. The depth, color pathways, and texture the fabrics evoke make me feel extraordinarily happy. Now imagine your sister-in-law saying, "Take this, and quilt it however you want."

Seriously? Uh, I ran with it! 

It was an amazing experience to play on this with my long arm. I parsed it out for 3 days like good chocolate. It was over too soon, and Axel already has another loaded. I'll bind it this afternoon, and show you my Fassett Friday Finish tomorrow. 


 That has to ...

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A finish – Escalator Quilt from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

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I wanted to make a quilt using 2 1/2″ strips in a combination of low volume background prints and my favourite colours – turquoise, red and navy. What could be more perfect than a FQ bundle of Daysail by Bonnie and Camille for Moda? It was sitting in my Moda Shrine (cupboard I keep all my Moda pre-cuts) calling out to me, “use me, use me”.

I have not been able to do much sewing of late. Too many exciting projects going on which fill my days (more on that later). I really needed to sew and get this baby ...

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A Finish! from Quilts....etc.

After busily working on the binding off and on for 5 days or so I got the Star Garden complete and washed and dried.  No purple bleeding – in fact the color catchers the first time came out kind of a light green color which surprised me – the second wash they came out white.  […]

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