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October 28, 2020
Barn Quilts from Cat Patches

The only sewing I did yesterday was to hand sew the binding for Wyatt's World. Ms. Ears was my assistant for this endeavor.



We were planning to head out for a drive. There was a wine shipment to pick up, and we were going to take a Sunday drive on Tuesday to enjoy what might be the last of the sunshine we'll see in 2020. When we were ready to leave, I'd turned two corners, and was bearing down on the third.


Things are looking very "autumn" in our part of the world. We passed by a ...

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Barn Quilts from ... Cat Patches

The only sewing I did yesterday was to hand sew the binding for Wyatt's World. Ms. Ears was my assistant for this endeavor.



We were planning to head out for a drive. There was a wine shipment to pick up, and we were going to take a Sunday drive on Tuesday to enjoy what might be the last of the sunshine we'll see in 2020. When we were ready to leave, I'd turned two corners, and was bearing down on the third.


Things are looking very "autumn" in our part of the world. We passed by a ...

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October 27, 2020
Quilt In A Day from ... Cat Patches

When I finally sat down to quilt yesterday, I knew it wouldn't take long. I was working on little Wyatt's quilt. It took a couple of hours and lots of decisions. Mainly, I was just outlining the road and the structures in Wyatt's World. The quilting was mainly functional, and also intended to give it a little texture.


I outlined the structures and the sidewalks.


Also both sides of all the roads.


Uh-oh...there's a two-paw pile-up ahead. 


Nothing I can do now except to love up the cat. We paused for nuzzling.


When we'd ...

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Quilt In A Day from Cat Patches

When I finally sat down to quilt yesterday, I knew it wouldn't take long. I was working on little Wyatt's quilt. It took a couple of hours and lots of decisions. Mainly, I was just outlining the road and the structures in Wyatt's World. The quilting was mainly functional, and also intended to give it a little texture.


I outlined the structures and the sidewalks.


Also both sides of all the roads.


Uh-oh...there's a two-paw pile-up ahead. 


Nothing I can do now except to love up the cat. We paused for nuzzling.


When we'd ...

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Sweet Scrappy Saturday from Wedding Dress Blue

Sparkle Jane (Daughter) has started a scrappy sewing group that meets at her shop once a month and makes items for donation.

The favorite project these days is the Welcome Home blocks (tutorial coming sometime soon) that are assembled to make large couch or twin sized quilts (60″ x 80″).

Sparkle Jane herself did the assembly work on my “new” Featherweight. It sews straight and true.

And in the end we had one completed top and only 6 blocks short of second. YAY! Next day scheduled for November 21.

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October 26, 2020
Sandwiches Half Made from Cat Patches

Some people might think of sandwiches that are half made as open-faced. Mine are more sad-faced. I was sad to discover I didn't have as much basting spray as I thought. There was only a partial can, plus one more, and I knew it wouldn't be enough to get through eleven quilt sandwiches. Oh well...the best laid plans. We went ahead and set up the sawhorse and plywood tables anyway. I decided to work my way through the smallest ones first, trying to get as many as possible finished. More basting spray is on the way, but ...

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Sandwiches Half Made from ... Cat Patches

Some people might think of sandwiches that are half made as open-faced. Mine are more sad-faced. I was sad to discover I didn't have as much basting spray as I thought. There was only a partial can, plus one more, and I knew it wouldn't be enough to get through eleven quilt sandwiches. Oh well...the best laid plans. We went ahead and set up the sawhorse and plywood tables anyway. I decided to work my way through the smallest ones first, trying to get as many as possible finished. More basting spray is on the way, but ...

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October 25, 2020
Details, Details from Cat Patches

My morning was slow yesterday, and so I spent a luxuriously long time with my slow stitching, filling in the current hoops-worth.


There's just a little left to do on the lower right.


I don't expect to finish this today, but maybe by tomorrow. Here's all that's left to stitch.


This is Sunday, so I'll be linking up to



With that finished, I briefly considered going out for a walk. By brief, I mean, about the length of time it takes me to stand up. And after standing up, I was too exhausted to consider ...

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Details, Details from ... Cat Patches

My morning was slow yesterday, and so I spent a luxuriously long time with my slow stitching, filling in the current hoops-worth.


There's just a little left to do on the lower right.


I don't expect to finish this today, but maybe by tomorrow. Here's all that's left to stitch.


This is Sunday, so I'll be linking up to



With that finished, I briefly considered going out for a walk. By brief, I mean, about the length of time it takes me to stand up. And after standing up, I was too exhausted to consider ...

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Lucy is Done from Quilts....etc.

After 14-16 months or so Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is done and in the “To be quilted” box – I will get her on the frame next year after Morning Glory is done which has been waiting longer – right now I am quilting them in order of how long they have been […]

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October 24, 2020
My Midcentury Modern Quilt from Ellyn's Place


Eek! This is a big finish for me. Well, not literally. It's actually not a huge quilt, about 46"x48", but the whole process of the making was fun and new.

Somehow, a couple of months ago, I became intrigued by midcentury modern graphics. At some point I decided to try drafting some into quilt blocks. It began with color selection. Even this part took several days, as I auditioned different colors from my stash, let them sit, switched some out, etc etc. These are all Moda Bella and Kona cottons

Then the designing and assembly began! Some blocks ...

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How to Build a Cat from Cat Patches

You'll need a cat for this:

Cats make excellent color consultants.

The first step is to create the face. The nose is three-dimensional.

Every well-dressed cat sports a bow tie, and so you'll want to add that next:


When that is finished, you can proceed with the chest, a paw, and the tip of the tail.

Optional accessories might include the blue bird of happiness:

Finally, you'll want to add the business-end of the cat. It will give the bird a place to perch.

This part of the cat will take an entire day of fiddling. When ...

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How to Build a Cat from ... Cat Patches

You'll need a cat for this:

Cats make excellent color consultants.

The first step is to create the face. The nose is three-dimensional.

Every well-dressed cat sports a bow tie, and so you'll want to add that next:


When that is finished, you can proceed with the chest, a paw, and the tip of the tail.

Optional accessories might include the blue bird of happiness:

Finally, you'll want to add the business-end of the cat. It will give the bird a place to perch.

This part of the cat will take an entire day of fiddling. When ...

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October 23, 2020
wieder zu Hause / back home again from quilts und mehr

Seit gut einer Woche ist dieser Quilt wieder bei mir zu Hause nachdem im April 2016 die unvergessliche Vernissage der Color Improvisation 2 in Neumünster stattfand. Unter anderem wurde auch er in Konstanz gezeigt, unvergesslich dabei die Modeschau, wo wir Quilterinnen die Mannequins waren. Ein super Event. Danach reiste der Quilt in die USA und Kanada.

Since more than a week this quilt is back home again after in April 2016 the opening of the Color Improvisation 2 was in Neumünster Germany. It also was shown in Konstanz Germany and unforgettable was the fashion show where we quilters have been ...

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Lots of Sewing from ... Cat Patches

We got through our grocery shopping trip without too much trouble yesterday. I'll never forgive my grocery store...one of those mega marts...for moving the cat food to the far end of the store. It's their way of forcing pet owners to walk through the whole store, presumably picking up non-list items along the way, before they can finish their grocery shopping. Walmart does this too, and that's only one reason I dislike Walmart. Anyway...we didn't need cat food yesterday, and so our mileage was less. And this begs the question...why move the ...

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Lots of Sewing from Cat Patches

We got through our grocery shopping trip without too much trouble yesterday. I'll never forgive my grocery store...one of those mega marts...for moving the cat food to the far end of the store. It's their way of forcing pet owners to walk through the whole store, presumably picking up non-list items along the way, before they can finish their grocery shopping. Walmart does this too, and that's only one reason I dislike Walmart. Anyway...we didn't need cat food yesterday, and so our mileage was less. And this begs the question...why move the ...

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October 22, 2020
Reflection – OBW #79 from If These Threads Could Talk

I don’t know about your fabric stash, but sometimes mine has years to mellow. Some of you may know that I am undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Before chemo started I went to my One Block Wonder Stash to choose fabrics to cut. I thought even if I don’t feel well most of the time, surely if I have my equilateral triangles cut out I should be able to do some sewing.

English Countryside

In 2008 I purchased English Countryside by Sue Beevers in two color ways, green and purple.

I made this One Block Wonder for my ...

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Surprise Visit from Cat Patches

Yesterday, I was only just getting started in the sewing room when the phone rang. We don't have a land line any more, and most of the calls that come in on my cell phone are telemarketers...or something. Who the heck knows why they're calling? Anyway...if they aren't in my contacts list, and the name doesn't display, and the call is coming from another state, as this one was, I don't bother answering. About five minutes later, the doorbell rang. I heard the bell, but Mike was upstairs and he answered. If it ...

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Surprise Visit from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday, I was only just getting started in the sewing room when the phone rang. We don't have a land line any more, and most of the calls that come in on my cell phone are telemarketers...or something. Who the heck knows why they're calling? Anyway...if they aren't in my contacts list, and the name doesn't display, and the call is coming from another state, as this one was, I don't bother answering. About five minutes later, the doorbell rang. I heard the bell, but Mike was upstairs and he answered. If it ...

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October 21, 2020
» The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

Hope you are having a great weekend. 
I love long Sunday afternoons. 
One of my little quilts 

Cheaters Cloth, Fall Back with a Little Quilt by The Quilt Ladies

Hand applique from cheaters cloth, machine pieced and hand quilted.

Fall Back with a Little Quilt by The Quilt Ladies

Each blocks is 3" x 3" and
Finished quilt is 8" x 8"

From Cheaters Cloth, Fall Back with a Little Quilt by The Quilt Ladies







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The Quilt Ladies Book Collection  ONLY on Kindle and NOOK


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