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July 2, 2020
Looking at Luna from ... Cat Patches

The day didn't go exactly as I thought it would yesterday. I've been on the hunt for some new slippers since discovering the sole coming loose on the right toe of mine. It's only a matter of time before I fall flat on my face and knock out my front teeth. We looked while we were grocery shopping on Tuesday, but found pretty slim pickings at our local megamart. Mike was on his way out yesterday morning when I decided to go with him.


You might remember the fancy pet door he created for the catio window ...

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July 1, 2020
Bluprint Update from Quilts....etc.

I’m sure a lot of you got the recent update on what will happen with our Bluprint classes/patterns – if you haven’t here is a copy of a letter I got today: “Dear Valued Member of the Bluprint Community: We are excited to announce that your access to your subscription services and individually purchased classes […]

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July Already from Cat Patches

Does it feel as if the year hasn't really gotten off the ground yet? Sheesh...this will literally be a year for the history books. Of course, they all are. I've found myself interested in the times 100 years ago, which were so similar to where we find ourselves today. I read The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry,. It started out a little dry, discussing the state of medical schools and medical education at the time. When I got past the beginning, though, and started reading about the times and the flu itself, it was fascinating. So ...

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July Already from ... Cat Patches

Does it feel as if the year hasn't really gotten off the ground yet? Sheesh...this will literally be a year for the history books. Of course, they all are. I've found myself interested in the times 100 years ago, which were so similar to where we find ourselves today. I read The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry,. It started out a little dry, discussing the state of medical schools and medical education at the time. When I got past the beginning, though, and started reading about the times and the flu itself, it was fascinating. So ...

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Pebble Quilt Finished (Wedding Quilt #4) from Wedding Dress Blue

It just feels like pebbles.  Well, really big pebbles.  And I have never seen blue and green pebbles…Anyway, I call it Pebbles because that is its name.

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And it is finished. Mainly because it was rainy here this morning and I was able to justify a binding blitz!

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I LOVE the back.  It was such a lucky find.

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And the quilting went well.  Just a pantograph called Zest.

It will be sent to the bride and groom soon.

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No special pattern here, just 4-/2″ squares and a four patch of 2-1/2″ squares.  But I love the look ...

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June 30, 2020
Following the Flowers from ... Cat Patches

There wasn't much time for sewing yesterday. I spent a little extra time on the hand quilting, and then I spent quite a bit of time outside in the garden. Sunday was supposed to bring rain, and then didn't. So the watering and weeding was off by a day. I needed to do some catch-up on things, and so the bulk of my time was spent there. Here's what's going on in the garden right now.


First, I'm getting so excited for the cherries. Fingers crossed we get to harvest some this year. 


The first ...

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Following the Flowers from Cat Patches

There wasn't much time for sewing yesterday. I spent a little extra time on the hand quilting, and then I spent quite a bit of time outside in the garden. Sunday was supposed to bring rain, and then didn't. So the watering and weeding was off by a day. I needed to do some catch-up on things, and so the bulk of my time was spent there. Here's what's going on in the garden right now.


First, I'm getting so excited for the cherries. Fingers crossed we get to harvest some this year. 


The first ...

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June 29, 2020
Paintbox Pizzazz Panache from Cat Patches

Paintbox Pizzazz is officially ready for quilting. Who knows when that will happen? It won't be any time soon. Nevertheless, it feels good to have it this far. This was one of two projects I started for the 2019 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.



You can't say it isn't bright enough. Here's a close-up of the two borders. I used a narrow black stop border before adding the paintbox fabric. I love that paintbox fabric. I used almost all of the one yard I purchased. Kind of wish there was more.


I laid the binding fabric along the ...

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Paintbox Pizzazz Panache from ... Cat Patches

Paintbox Pizzazz is officially ready for quilting. Who knows when that will happen? It won't be any time soon. Nevertheless, it feels good to have it this far. This was one of two projects I started for the 2019 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.



You can't say it isn't bright enough. Here's a close-up of the two borders. I used a narrow black stop border before adding the paintbox fabric. I love that paintbox fabric. I used almost all of the one yard I purchased. Kind of wish there was more.


I laid the binding fabric along the ...

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Alaska from Quilts....etc.

The quilt is now loaded on the frame and I started to draw the stencil design on the border – here it is in process of getting on the frame – the top goes on the back rail first  – then the backing goes on the middle rail – you pin all the way across […]

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June 28, 2020
Cheery for Cherries from Cat Patches

All this talk of cherries ripening had me going. I got a bee in my bonnet first thing yesterday to try adapting my mother's cherry cobbler recipe into a dessert for two. Her cherry cobbler was probably my favorite dessert growing up, and I was smart enough to get her recipe before she passed away in 1997. It made enough cobbler to feed a small army. It was baked in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. I made it just once for a potluck, and it was as delicious as I remembered it. But sheesh...such a big ...

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Cheery for Cherries from ... Cat Patches

All this talk of cherries ripening had me going. I got a bee in my bonnet first thing yesterday to try adapting my mother's cherry cobbler recipe into a dessert for two. Her cherry cobbler was probably my favorite dessert growing up, and I was smart enough to get her recipe before she passed away in 1997. It made enough cobbler to feed a small army. It was baked in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. I made it just once for a potluck, and it was as delicious as I remembered it. But sheesh...such a big ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Kiddos from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I really started out thinking about the sewing camp that I had last week, but honestly, it's almost impossible to find quilts that children have made. Maybe I'm using the wrong search terms. Anyway, I did find more, yes more!, quilts specifically made for little ones. So let's go with that, okay?



Just for fun and because I generally begin with pictures of my inspiration idea, these are my own grandies. Well, the younger ones anyway.




Don't they inspire? Okay, then let's look at a few quilts for kids...
Baby Beluga Baby Quilt

Sparks Baby Quilt tutorial by Alissa Haight-Carlton from Handmade by Alissa. This is such a modern baby quilt!

Fresh Dew Drops: June - 12 minis in 12 months 2018 - Mini Charm Fun with Nest

Scattered Squares Pillow « Moda Bake Shop

Modern patchwork quilt with fairies | hand quilted girl lap quilt in pink | handmade baby quilt | fairy fabric | girl crib quilt


And lastly, quirky monsters seem to ...

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Half Way. from Sunburnt Quilts

It is odd to think that in a couple of days we will be half way through 2020. Time flies regardless of the way the year is unfolding. That is the limit of my navel gazing. On to the craft projects!

I am keeping on with my 2019 Gail Pan BOM. July is completed.

Now I am at the stage where I need to decide how big to make the quilt using these stitcheries. And select which stitcheries to use if I limit the size. A bit of thinking needed here.

I am deciding on a new crochet project and ...

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June 27, 2020
Urban Emergence from Ellyn's Place


I am just now beginning to be able to tell a story with my quilts. Until recently, often my story was "I wanted to play with triangles" or "these are the colors in my bedroom". Sometimes my story would come to me after a quilt was finished (or someone else would tell a story from my quilt!) This latest finish definitely has a story to tell!

It started months ago when I decided to ask my Solid Seven beemates to make me small, improv minimalist blocks with the prompts urban and architecture. I requested that they use any medium to ...

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Outdoor Weather from ... Cat Patches

It's coolish this morning, and we're expecting some rain by tomorrow. Yesterday's weather was perfect, however, and so most of the day was spent outside. Let's take a little tour, shall we? I haven't shown you what's going on in the vegetable garden for a while. These are some of the green beans.



I planted three seeds around the bottoms of the poles. Most came up...certainly enough to feed our little family. Assuming we get some beans to harvest, I'll cook them up fresh or can them as straight green beans. I ...

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Outdoor Weather from Cat Patches

It's coolish this morning, and we're expecting some rain by tomorrow. Yesterday's weather was perfect, however, and so most of the day was spent outside. Let's take a little tour, shall we? I haven't shown you what's going on in the vegetable garden for a while. These are some of the green beans.



I planted three seeds around the bottoms of the poles. Most came up...certainly enough to feed our little family. Assuming we get some beans to harvest, I'll cook them up fresh or can them as straight green beans. I ...

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June 26, 2020
A Bigger Mystery from Wedding Dress Blue

Step 8 of the mystery quilt was revealed today. While I love the blocks, I was wanting a slightly larger quilt.

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So I’m trying out an idea to see what happens.

I might be getting ahead of myself, as she says borders are coming, but here I go anyways…

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The Road to OZ – OBW #78 from If These Threads Could Talk

I love the Wizard of Oz! I know it is a very controversial movie, either you love it or hate it! In 2008 Quilting Treasures came out with the Wizard of Oz fabric line. The first fabrics were in sepia tones. I have made many, many Wizard of Oz quilts from my extensive Wizard of Oz fabric stash. This Road to Oz is for me!

I used Studio 180 Design’s Star 60 Tool to enhance my One Block Wonder. Aside from cutting the equilateral triangles I will share how to cut Whole Hexagons, Half Hexagons and make a Half ...

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A Finished Flimsy from Cat Patches

It was a mostly sewing day yesterday, and I surprised myself by finishing up the Fancy Cats quilt top. The first step was to sew the component parts into rows.



And then to sew the rows together into the quilt center.


It was about that time Inspector Smitty showed up. He was only partly interested in the quilt. Mainly, he was wondering what happened to the open-door policy. I'd been sewing for a while, and so it seemed like a good time to take a break and see what was happening outside.


The first thing I noticed were these ...

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