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April 16, 2014
Wet Wednesday from ... Cat Patches

Our spring rains returned last night. It's not bad this time of the year. We generally get some nice sunny days interspersed with a few days of drizzle. The sun is supposed to return by Friday. Sue and I are walking that day, and I should have plenty of time to plant the annuals over the weekend before the rain returns again next week.

Yesterday I picked up the annuals:


As of June 1st, we will have been in this house for 12 years. In that time, I've pretty much learned what will grow, what won't, and ...

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Sunshine On A Cloudy Day Quilt Finish from Cactus Needle

 I've now finished the top of
Sunshine On A Cloudy Day
and it's ready to be sent off to
for the long arm quilting.
 If you look closely 
you can see all of this quilt is made up
of 
Half Square Triangles
Pattern Design by 
Emily Bailey (Aunt Em's Quilts)
 I love how the placement of the 
half square triangles make up
the center block to be a 
pinwheel surrounded by a star.
 Using 5 inch Half Square Triangle paper
made each HST so accurate
that ...

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Not Much Accomplished from Quilts....etc.

Tuesday was a headache day for me – allergies! major sinus headache.  I got little done.  I thought if I made some chocolate chip cookies it might help my headache for at least a little while and it did!   But then it came back.  I lazed about all day, reading, laying on the couch – […]

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a few of my favourite things from Itchin to get Stitchin


my favourite thread - DMC Machine Embroidery Thread
perfect for hand-sewing as it doesn't tangle and knot

my favourite pastime - hand stitching
Liberty half-inch hexagons appliqued onto 4" Liberty squares
some new classics
Liberty Lawn 

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Q2 FAL & AYOLF April – Finish #3 – Every Which Way from Pieced With Love

 

Finished my very first quilt with my own pattern and couldnt love it anymore. I wanted to take some great outdoor shots, but since weeks the weather is now just rainy, cloudy, windy or something else, thats not great for being outdoors with a new quilt. So I decided to take them later and just do some indoor pics in the kids room. Amelie already loves her quilt, even if its not yet gifted to her.   This quilt is listed here in the Q2 FAL List.

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Quilt Stats:

Measurements: 48” x 71”

Fabric: Lottie Da by Heather Bailey

Backing + Binding ...

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Brandenburg Flowers from L&R Designs Quilting

Stephanie Brandenburg Daydreams

When Sheila brought me this Stephanie Brandenburg quilt, I knew I would need lots of thread!  In fact, this is the reason I have a large thread collection!  I had great fun with thread play on this quilt and used eleven different So Fine! #50 colors.

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I  used double batting for this project, Quilter’s Dream Poly black and Hobb’s Heirloom wool.  Stephanie Brandenburg paints with color, I painted with thread!  Fair warning!  Lot’s of pictures!

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Thanks for looking!
:) Linda

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Free Motion Quilting: Ruler Work from Living Water Quilter

Seven months ago, I was pleasantly surprised to learn I could do free motion quilting “ruler work” with my Janome domestic sewing machine.

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So, I purchased Janome’s Convertible Free Motion Quilting Foot Set and Free Motion Frame Quilting Feet Set.  The frame set includes the preferred 1/4 inch ruler foot for safe quilting with rulers.

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Recently, through a blogger giveaway, I learned about rulers by  Accents in Design. So, I contacted Carol, at Accents in Design,  hoping she was looking for experienced free motion quilters with blogs to test and write about their experience with her rulers ...

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Layer Cake Rag Quilt from Heather Spence Designs

the truth is after the first two times i did rag quilts i wasn’t a huge fan. but, then again, i did use 2″ squares…on a twin size quilt. and i didn’t use the right scissors. seriously. what was i thinking?!? i’ll skip the long story between then and now but this is what i’ve come up with… isn’t it cute?? so here’s the tutorial […]

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Vintage Lone Star from Tim Quilts

Today’s Treasure is a vintage Lone Star quilt top.

I would date it to 1900 or there about.  It is well made and should be easy to quilt!  Often this pattern is a chore to get quilted because it bulges out in the center….here is an example of another one in my collection that lost the battle of the bulge.

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This is a rather extreme example of what can happen when you don’t keep accurate seam allowances when piecing.  I will need to totally re-make this or do some drastic cutting to get it flat.

Fortunately this ...

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April 15, 2014
Tuesday Archives from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I managed to waste the whole morning, and so I had no time for sewing. It's not entirely true that it was wasted. I wrote a blog post, started on my newest stitchery, did some housework, went to Zumba...so I did a lot. I suppose one could say that in my world, a day without sewing is a wasted day. Perhaps I could adopt that as my life's philosophy. But then, there are cats, so never mind.

Here's what I can tell you, however: It's time for the Tuesday Archives.

Val's Quilting Studio

Today's themes are ...

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A Quilt for Kayleigh from Marelize Ries

Kayleigh's little quilt is finished, and I LOVE IT!!  

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As I mentioned in last week's post my little girl is turning 3 on 18 April, and I wanted to capture a little something of her within the quilt.  I did not have anything specific to work with, she has no favorite colour yet, not one single toy that stands out, or one specific movie I could use as inspiration.  

But I really wanted to have something to remember her at 3 years old, so I decided on her hands.  Trapunto was the best technique to really make them ...

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48 Turns 100 Quilt and More from Cactus Needle

 A few more pictures of my favorite quilts 
from the
Art of Quilting Show
at the Gilbert Historical Museum
 48 Turns 100
by Susie Seckel
machine pieced
hand appliqued
hand quilted
 Susie's quilt was made in honor
of the Centennial Celebration for the State of Arizona
 The words of the 
Pledge of Allegiance
The lyrics of the song "Arizona"
and
the Arizona State Motto are all 
hand quilted into the sashing.
 Carpentry Star Variation
Shown by Doris Farnsworth:
"I copied this quilt from an old quilt top
that my mother found in the attic
of a home in Illinois ...

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UFO’s from Heather Spence Designs

for all those non-quilters out there… well, and maybe some of you quilters who just don’t know… UFO’s are Un-Finished Objects. they lurk in the back of your closet and brain silently calling your name in the middle of the night. they also have babies back there. i’m sure of it. three years ago i started keeping track of my UFO’s. made lists of what […]

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April 14, 2014
All the News That's Fit to Print from ... Cat Patches

It was an action-packed day yesterday from start to finish, so let's get started.

As we were making our way to the greenhouse, we stopped to admire our Bing cherry tree, which is looking really great. We planted two cherry trees somewhere around nine years ago, and this one is finally getting some real size.


It's blossoms are truly beautiful.



This Black Tartarian below has done less well. The first tree died, and this is the replacement. Last year, one half of this tree died, and we had to cut a good portion of it from the main ...

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More About the Serger Quilt from Inside Quilters Newsletter

I’m a bit of a freak about having things organized in my office so on Fridays, I try to spend some time working on sorting and arranging, just making things neat and tidy. This past Friday, I was working on a file drawer with lots of old quilting patterns. I found several machine quilting patterns from Hari Walner from the early 1990s. I was intrigued. I checked online and found she has a couple of books published by C&T Publishing.

025 2 More About the Serger Quilt

These Are the Patterns

Last week I talked about my serger quilt and how I was just going ...

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Hand Quilting from Quilts....etc.

As a lot of you bloggers know Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side has a quilt festival every year and it will be in about a month.  She just announced the categories this year and I was amazed to see that there is no hand quilting category this year!!!!  As  a hand quilter I am […]

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Design wall Monday 4/14/14 blue scraps from Always Quilts

Since devoting 10 minutes a day to my blue blocks, I have completed 3 more of them. I still have a long way to go but at least my design wall changed since last week! Woo Hoo! I now have 13 of 32 done.
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Check out more design walls at http://www.patchworktimes.com

Theresa


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Prep for hand quilting from Tim Quilts

I said i was going to finish the Basket of Lilies quilt before I started work on the next one….well I lied…I couldn’t wait.  Last night I spent 3 hours pressing the New York Beauty variation.

This is the quilt I wrote about here http://timquilts.com/2014/04/03/the-next-challenge/

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It is a top that I really like but it has some real issues with construction.  It is not square, or flat, and it has at some point in its life been machine washed which is never a good idea for an un-quilted top.  Washing causes ...

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It Was A Rainy Day from Quilts....etc.

Due to rain off and on all day yesterday and windy – I decided that the power washing could wait on the deck until late in the week when the temperatures will warm back up again!  I was lazy – for me that is – vacuumed the house and did laundry.  I wandered outside before […]

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The Art of Quilting Show from Cactus Needle

 This is the 9th year
for the 
Art of Quilting Show
which runs through May 31st
 at the Gilbert Arizona Museum
 My favorites were the
antique quilts on display.
As always, I love the stories
that accompany each quilt.
 Once Upon A Time
Redwork
Blocks signed in 1899
Owned by Joyce Johnson
"This charming friendship quilt appears to have been 
embroidered by several different ladies,
as several of the blocks have signatures of different handwriting."
Once owned by Martha Piper, 
a Civil War Veteran's Widow.
 Dresden Plate
Donated to the Gilbert Historical Museum
 Hand Pieced
Hand Quilted
 High On ...

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