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May 3, 2016
Planting and Piecing from ... Cat Patches

This morning I'm pretty well put back together after my four days away. Everything that needs watering has been watered. Everything that needs feeding has been fed. Everything that needs snuggling has been snuggled. I haven't done any embroidery since before I left, and I am Jonesing for it. That's next on my agenda after I write this post.

Yesterday, I had just a couple of hours for sewing after getting home from the grocery store, and so it didn't seem as if I accomplished much. Nevertheless, it's good to be sewing things together. Here ...

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Choosing Colors For Your Quilt from The Quilting Room with Mel

I'm often asked just how do I make my color choices.  And I wish I had a great flowery explanation for all you but I don't.  While I have written about using a color wheel 99.9% of the time I don't use a color wheel when choosing colors for a quilt.  So what do I use?  I use the world around me to help me make color choices.  It can be anything from the flowers in your yard, animals, insects, fashion, or even trash.  If something in the world around you catches your eye there is ...

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Susan’s Bridal Staircase from Prairie Moon Quilts

I love being a longarm quilter, but never more than when I get to finish a vintage quilt top for a customer. It does my heart good to know that a forgotten unfinished quilt top is finally getting its turn at becoming a finished quilt that can be used and loved.

I’ve done several recently, but one of my favorites belongs to customer Susan, and is a version of a traditional quilt called Bridal Staircase.

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Susan said that someone in her family made the quilt, but she’s not exactly sure who made it. It came to her, and ...

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Topper Is Done from Quilts....etc.

The Patriotic Table Topper – “Streamers” is washed, dried, crinkly and finished! This finished out at 28 x 48 inches and fits the table nicely – I used the Craftsy line called Boundless  – America the Brave for this and it worked out great.  Thank you Craftsy for asking me to take part in trying […]

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May 2, 2016
A Morning to Catch Up from Cat Patches

Home again, safe and sound. It was good to see Mike and the kitties. Today I'm excited to get some sewing done on the Adirondack Chairs, but I had to get myself organized before I can even think about that. There isn't a bit of food left in the house, and so I'm going to need to make a trip to the grocery store. Of course, that means planning a menu and creating a list.

Before I could do that, however, I needed to get things unpacked. It's the worst part of traveling, and this trip ...

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A Morning to Catch Up from ... Cat Patches

Home again, safe and sound. It was good to see Mike and the kitties. Today I'm excited to get some sewing done on the Adirondack Chairs, but I had to get myself organized before I can even think about that. There isn't a bit of food left in the house, and so I'm going to need to make a trip to the grocery store. Of course, that means planning a menu and creating a list.

Before I could do that, however, I needed to get things unpacked. It's the worst part of traveling, and this trip ...

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Design wall 5/2/16 Vintage shirting blocks complete from Always Quilts

My design wall this week has my finished top from the blog hop. It’s hard to believe that all 4 blocks are the same pattern. Each block looks so different just by changing the placement of the colors. You can find the tutorial to make my block here https://alwaysquilts.com/2016/04/22/vintage-shirting-blog-hop/ or go to Barb’s site http://barbsfavorites.com/its-blog-hop-time/ to find all the different blocks made from her line of vintage prints by Paintbrush Studio.

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For the sashings, I wanted to use up the leftover fabric, so I made them scrappy using a ...

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Quilt and Exercise Challenge One-Run for the Roses from The Inbox jaunt

    Good Morning, Quilters and Fitness Buffs! Let’s all start thinking of ourselves in new ways–as athletes or at least “Fitness Buffs“! It’s time to #LoseThoseFatQuarters!!! (Thank you, Ness for one of our hashtags in #theinboxjaunts exercise challenge) For … Continue reading

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Summer Classes 2016 from Bear Patch Quilting

We have been working on a whole new batch of samples for summer classes!  Enjoy our slideshow!

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You can view all the details, dates, times, fees, etc., over on our website page for classes.  Click on any of the individual classes to open the complete information.  You can email a registration using the form in the dropdown menu for Classes.  Or you can call it in at 651-429-1039.  Or you can come to the store to write down your class choices while viewing the samples up close and personal.  Next Saturday, May 7, will ...

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May 1, 2016
Quilts that inspire from All Things Family Friendly

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Quilts that inspire for a May Day from All Things Family Friendly

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May Goals and Progress Report from ... Cat Patches

April ended up being far sunnier and warmer than western Oregon has any right to expect. It felt like summer, even though we're barely into spring. It meant getting out for lots of walks and doing lots of gardening, and so it's a good thing I kept April's list relatively short. Let's see how I did.

1. Quilt and Bind the Sweet Tweet table runner, that was March's Let's Book It project. Complete!




2. Make a flimsy from the blocks for Cats of a Different Color. Complete!



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3. Finish up four more ...

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May Goals and Progress Report from Cat Patches

April ended up being far sunnier and warmer than western Oregon has any right to expect. It felt like summer, even though we're barely into spring. It meant getting out for lots of walks and doing lots of gardening, and so it's a good thing I kept April's list relatively short. Let's see how I did.

1. Quilt and Bind the Sweet Tweet table runner, that was March's Let's Book It project. Complete!




2. Make a flimsy from the blocks for Cats of a Different Color. Complete!



WIP's

3. Finish up four more ...

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finding autumn from block-a-day

feather of red

sewing

guinea house

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tea tray

kniyyinh

mumbulla

rooster

with tree

small stick

cobargo

maple
chicken tree

caravan

cloud

bucket

apricot

quilt

Since settling into Wombat Hill, our weekends have almost all been spent outside.  Long summery weekends full of sweaty work, hats and sunscreen.  Mostly building. There is a never ending list of building requirements.  Especially as more animals find their way here.  I could really enjoy some quiet, rainy indoor weekends but I think we’ve had less than 3 of those in 3 months.

Julian says he’s sick of building poultry housing (he wants to move onto fencing so he can get his weaners and suffolks) – and yet there always seems to be a need for more :-)  Last ...

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Fun with Fabric from ... Cat Patches

It was kind of exciting to wake up this morning and know I was going to be working with fabric at my class today. It's been quite a challenge to get this far. Don't you suppose I was feeling pretty smug setting up the little iron caddy in my motel room so that I could iron and sew strips this morning?


It worked great! Pfelicity was set up across the room on the desk, and I got to work sewing three strip sets of each of two fabrics.


Yesterday, Ann  was explaining to me how to do the ...

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Fun with Fabric from Cat Patches

It was kind of exciting to wake up this morning and know I was going to be working with fabric at my class today. It's been quite a challenge to get this far. Don't you suppose I was feeling pretty smug setting up the little iron caddy in my motel room so that I could iron and sew strips this morning?


It worked great! Pfelicity was set up across the room on the desk, and I got to work sewing three strip sets of each of two fabrics.


Yesterday, Ann  was explaining to me how to do the ...

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April 30, 2016
Quilts that inspire from All Things Family Friendly

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Many Hands Make… from Heart Desire Creations

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Many quilt blocks! At each retreat, each person receives pieces of fabric and a block pattern and has the opportunity to make a block that will go int0 a charity quilt. This year the fabric and pattern made two hourglass blocks. This activity is totally optional, but since there is a drawing for a great prize, everyone participates. I truly believe that even if there wasn’t the possibility of a prize, they would all sew a block. The generosity of quilters has no bounds!! There was enough of one color to make a child quilt. This top will go ...

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Patriotic Table Topper from Quilts....etc.

More on my Patriotic Table Topper  – Happy to report that last night I finished the machine quilting and all that is left is binding and washing/drying.  This project has taken me a little longer than I thought it would – instead of easy wavy lines or whatever I chose to customize it – what […]

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Catching On and Catching Up from Cat Patches

Thanks to all of you who wrote such supportive and kind comments after yesterday's debacle. It was a much better day today. The class gets off to a good start by beginning at the very civilized hour of 10:30 a.m., although Ann was there at 10:00 when the shop opened to answer any questions. I was there at 10:00 as well. It gave me time to eat a good breakfast and get out for a walk. There is a grocery store just down the street, and I walked past it, and then back again, stopping ...

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