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February 29, 2024
Some Leap Day Quilts. from Sunburnt Quilts

I had to write the date a couple of times today and it felt a bit different. Only another 4 years before I can do it again.

And Happy Birthday to all those Leap Year babies!!!

I have strayed from my blue quilts to make a collection of donation quilts – baby size.

I realised I have several sets of these panels and was able to make a start on some quilts.

The first one was easy. Just cut out the 4 panels, add sashing and a border.

With the next one, I started with the single panel, which is a ...

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February 28, 2024
Final Preparations from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We're on whatever counts as the opposite of the home stretch. Home stretch usually means the time before reaching the end. How does one turn that around and make it a stretch toward the beginning? Just now I checked in with The Google. The Google tells me I can substitute "opening chapter." Okay, so opening chapter it is. We're not quite to the first page, though. Think of this as the dedication.

We've had to reroute our trip already. As it turns out, it's going to snow like mad at the Siskiyou ...

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Final Preparations from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We're on whatever counts as the opposite of the home stretch. Home stretch usually means the time before reaching the end. How does one turn that around and make it a stretch toward the beginning? Just now I checked in with The Google. The Google tells me I can substitute "opening chapter." Okay, so opening chapter it is. We're not quite to the first page, though. Think of this as the dedication.

We've had to reroute our trip already. As it turns out, it's going to snow like mad at the Siskiyou ...

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February 25, 2024
Once and Future Cooking from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I have a few things to tell you, and then I'm back into spasmodic blogging at least until we get down the road some. We've been watching the weather very carefully. We had what we like to refer to as a "false spring" here in the Pacific Northwest. We had three lovely days of sunshine and warmth, but we're promised the return of cold and wet this week. It's still dry so far, but we could see more freezing temperatures before we leave. It makes it hard to prepare because we can ...

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Once and Future Cooking from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I have a few things to tell you, and then I'm back into spasmodic blogging at least until we get down the road some. We've been watching the weather very carefully. We had what we like to refer to as a "false spring" here in the Pacific Northwest. We had three lovely days of sunshine and warmth, but we're promised the return of cold and wet this week. It's still dry so far, but we could see more freezing temperatures before we leave. It makes it hard to prepare because we can ...

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February 24, 2024
Free Motion Quilting – Orange Peel Stars from I Patch and Quilt

This Orange Peel Stars design has several stitch paths to choose from. The first one is based on one of my tutorials from 2017.

Stitch path 1:

Stitch out an orange peel design first to stabilise your fabric. Best results are achieved by using a ruler, but I am known to free hand them if the shapes are small (blue lines in drawing below).

Once you have filled your block with Orange Peels, enter the space inside of the Orange Peel, starting from the left. Echo around that space in an inward spiral (green lines in the drawing below). Once ...

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February 23, 2024
Red/Neutral Quilts from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

You would think with all the red/neutral quilts that I have made over the years, that I would have experienced bleed out problems with the reds .... but no .... I've been lucky and I will share what I do to omit that issue.  This is my method and it works for me.

All my fabrics are washed once they get home from the fabric store, quilt guild, thrift shops.  They are washed in cold water using Tide soap.  I cut up a colour catcher sheet in strips and spread them out in the washing machine (I prefer a top ...

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February 22, 2024
Some Finishes from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It was a day for finishing yesterday. The only thing that wasn't finished was the day's Tiny Heart. The instructions for stitching the rest of this one will be posted today.


When that was finished, I stitched and stitched and stitched until I had the "Gather" block finished. 


That was Block 11 for the Joyful Journey quilt. Here are the 11 blocks I have for this quilt so far. Just one to go before I can sew it into a quilt top. As I'm writing this, I'm thinking I should figure out ...

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Some Finishes from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It was a day for finishing yesterday. The only thing that wasn't finished was the day's Tiny Heart. The instructions for stitching the rest of this one will be posted today.


When that was finished, I stitched and stitched and stitched until I had the "Gather" block finished. 


That was Block 11 for the Joyful Journey quilt. Here are the 11 blocks I have for this quilt so far. Just one to go before I can sew it into a quilt top. As I'm writing this, I'm thinking I should figure out ...

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A New Home for the Froggies from Romany Quilting

 Baby Jack has arrived - the first grandson of Robin's sister Kaye and her husband Jan.  That was certainly exciting news and we caught up with Kaye for lunch while she was staying with the new parents and baby to offer a helping hand.  Luckily I had a baby quilt  tucked away for a new arrival, wrapped it up and took it to our lunch date. 


What's in the parcel?

 Robin's younger brother Gary and his wife Debbie came along for lunch too, and Kaye was sitting inside at the table waiting for us.  So it was quite ...

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Sewing from Quilts....etc.

Yesterday another NYB block was done – 6 more to go! This block is called Pelican – there was another block something like this one but not quite the same On the wall next to a couple close by — linking to My Quilt Infatuation — And we all know a Pelican The next block […]

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Looks Like I Have The Blues, Again. from Sunburnt Quilts

More blue fabric. More blue quilts.

This is one where the top was finished last year, then my machine stopped working. It was added to the pile waiting for a turn to be quilted. I am nearly caught up!

This was another exercise in using fabric from my stash. I had enough to make the small post and rail blocks which I then turned into nine large blocks. I then used one of the fabrics to run sashing between them and also create a border. By that stage I had used all of those fabrics up.

I didn’t have ...

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February 21, 2024
Nearing a Finish from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's still dark outside as I write this, and so I can't tell what the weather is going to be like today. The forecast calls for rain, but the weatherman continues to insist that we'll get three warmer drier days starting tomorrow. Fingers crossed because I really want to get outside and do some weeding.

After writing yesterday's post, I stitched the Tiny Heart for Day 20 of our stitch-along. This one has chain stitch, straight stitch, and cross stitch.


The bird feeders were empty and so I went outside with the ...

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Nearing a Finish from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's still dark outside as I write this, and so I can't tell what the weather is going to be like today. The forecast calls for rain, but the weatherman continues to insist that we'll get three warmer drier days starting tomorrow. Fingers crossed because I really want to get outside and do some weeding.

After writing yesterday's post, I stitched the Tiny Heart for Day 20 of our stitch-along. This one has chain stitch, straight stitch, and cross stitch.


The bird feeders were empty and so I went outside with the ...

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February 20, 2024
Ready for Binding from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's a happy day because I finished quilting the Dot-to-Dot panel. The quilt-along was a very worthwhile effort, and I learned a lot. It gave me a new way to think about quilting designs. Also, it was a lot of practice, and that is never very much fun. Panels are a great way to practice and learn. I've done several for the exclusive purpose of practicing. You might remember the Dream Big quilts.


This one was finished on the road.


Those started out being fun too. Eventually, it becomes a chore trying to think ...

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Ready for Binding from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's a happy day because I finished quilting the Dot-to-Dot panel. The quilt-along was a very worthwhile effort, and I learned a lot. It gave me a new way to think about quilting designs. Also, it was a lot of practice, and that is never very much fun. Panels are a great way to practice and learn. I've done several for the exclusive purpose of practicing. You might remember the Dream Big quilts.


This one was finished on the road.


Those started out being fun too. Eventually, it becomes a chore trying to think ...

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Mini Jewel Box COMPLETE from Wedding Dress Blue

This quilt started out as a leader-ender in March 2022. You can read more about the process HERE.

In spite of the challenges, particularly it not being as large as I thought it would be, I am happy with the outcome.

It used so many scraps! And is that lovely mix of traditional and contemporary that I seem to lean towards.

Total pieces: 3456. Yardage (cut sizes) in top: 7-1/4 yards (more or less). Scraps are eternal, but they do add up fast. The top finished at 64″ x 72″. The small squares start at 1-1/2″.

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February 19, 2024
It Moose be Love! from Words & Stitches

I love February! For a lover of hearts and pink and all things Valentine’s, it’s a beautiful month even if the weather doesn’t agree! Often in the Pacific Northwest, it’s also the time of year we get what I like to call “False Spring.” We get a few days of very pretty, hopeful weather that gets all the gardening people excited…then it settles down to rain for weeks. One of the other things I love is making baby quilts and there are a whole bunch of new babies on the way this spring. I found ...

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2023 Year in Review - Quilts from Pointless Quilter

 I can't believe I didn't blog at all in 2023.  I'd love to say I'm just too busy but that wouldn't be the truth.  I easily could have found the time to update.  I will try to do better this year.  I'm going to split my updates between quilting and cross stitching and other crafting stuff plus life updates to keep the post from being too long or picture heavy. 

I did quilt some this past year, more than I thought I had.  Amazing when you have to go back to look to see ...

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February 16, 2024
A Little Finish from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's a grocery shopping day today, and so the morning isn't as good as it could be. On the other hand, I have some overnight oatmeal downstairs, awaiting my final touches of cinnamon, golden raisins, and a little bit of brown sugar. And, see? When you get old, oatmeal is cause for celebration! Young people, you have a lot to look forward to. Follow me for more glimpses into the future.

So let's see what was happening here at the Three Cats Ranch yesterday. We thought we might wake up to some snow ...

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