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October 22, 2020
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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How to Survive Retirement my new book on KINDLE and NOW in PRINT TOO 

The Quilt Ladies Book Collection  ONLY on Kindle and NOOK


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Autumn Landscape from Cat Patches

 As I came upstairs to write this post, I noticed the moody sunrise sky.


The sky looked like this yesterday morning as the sun came up. Eventually, the clouds burned off, and we had a nice sunny day. It was a little on the chilly side until around noon. I had in mind to do some yard work, but I wanted to wait for it to warm up a little. 

The day started with a Halloween mask using these two fabrics:


Sadie was glad I'd seen the light...or maybe I'd seen the dark. It's hard to ...

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Autumn Landscape from ... Cat Patches

 As I came upstairs to write this post, I noticed the moody sunrise sky.


The sky looked like this yesterday morning as the sun came up. Eventually, the clouds burned off, and we had a nice sunny day. It was a little on the chilly side until around noon. I had in mind to do some yard work, but I wanted to wait for it to warm up a little. 

The day started with a Halloween mask using these two fabrics:


Sadie was glad I'd seen the light...or maybe I'd seen the dark. It's hard to ...

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October 20, 2020
A break from the ordinary ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

 I sometimes need a break......a break from quilting cottons!  The silk fabric hoarder in me needed to take the dive and work up a quilt with those thrift store silk ties and scarves and blouses that had been languishing on the shelf  way too long.   Each piece was easy to improv  because of the size and shape of silk scrap.  After stabilizing each piece with an iron-on fusible,  I simply cut to maximize the fabric. 





What I discovered was that I would rather wear silk than work with it in a quilt!  The stitching is finished on this 40 ...

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Blue Bear Tracks Top Complete from Wedding Dress Blue

I am SO HAPPY with how this quilt looks so far.

It is a perfect scrappy pattern (I added the extra inner and outer border for size) and it looks so nice in blue.

My mother says it reminds her a little of the Starry Night paining by Picasso.

Maybe a little…

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Busy on Same Things from Quilts....etc.

Things just do not change do they when you are getting towards the end of projects many of us put other things aside and concentrate on finishes and that is what I am doing with mine. Alaska is very near the end now and this is the section I worked on last night – looks […]

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October 19, 2020
Which Witch is Which? from Made By Marney

I’ve just designed two new witch blocks just in time for Halloween…

WANDA THE WITCH

This is such an easy pattern…using a striped fabric for Wanda The Witch’s hair makes it look like it has lots of texture. Wanda has such a beautiful wonky nose! Very witchy indeed!

GOOFY WITCH

My Goofy Witch has 2 sparkling teeth and a giant wart on her nose. Wouldn’t it be fun to make potholders from these two lovely witches? Which witch is which????

Here are a few more adorable Halloween projects made from my paper pieced witch and cat ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: B O O K S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 

Since I've broken the news of my forthcoming book, A World So Fierce, I thought I'd take a look at the quilts that represent books. 



There are many bookshelf quilts. I knew that going in, but wow! I didn't expect to find so many more since the last time I pinned some to the "books" section of "heart, quilts." 



There are  over 150 pins on this board alone. I imagine there are a few duplicates, since it's difficult to remember them as I go along. 




Have you made or considered making a quilt with books? What ...

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October 18, 2020
Obsessive Sewing from ... Cat Patches

When I wrote yesterday, "if the day goes as expected," I should have known better. It was the death knell for the day to go as expected. As I published my post, I noticed something unusual on the blog. There was a Photobucket logo on a few of my images. It's a long story about this, but let's just say I didn't feel like paying yet another monthly fee to yet another online service that had been free in the past. Instead, I downloaded any photos from Photobucket onto my hard drive, and then waited to see ...

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Obsessive Sewing from Cat Patches

When I wrote yesterday, "if the day goes as expected," I should have known better. It was the death knell for the day to go as expected. As I published my post, I noticed something unusual on the blog. There was a Photobucket logo on a few of my images. It's a long story about this, but let's just say I didn't feel like paying yet another monthly fee to yet another online service that had been free in the past. Instead, I downloaded any photos from Photobucket onto my hard drive, and then waited to see ...

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October 17, 2020
A Little More Progress from ... Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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A Little More Progress from Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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October 16, 2020
A Little Progress from Cat Patches

It was a nice sunny day for most of the day yesterday, but breezy and cold. Smitty and Sadie dearly wanted to be outside, but their winter coats aren't thick enough yet to stand up to the cold. They were in-and-out cats for a couple of hours before we called a halt and shut the door for the day.

The bowl on my embroidery piece is stitched now, and I've made my way to the flags. In this election season, it makes me feel downright patriotic.


As I said yesterday, now that the bowl is stitched, I can ...

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A Little Progress from ... Cat Patches

It was a nice sunny day for most of the day yesterday, but breezy and cold. Smitty and Sadie dearly wanted to be outside, but their winter coats aren't thick enough yet to stand up to the cold. They were in-and-out cats for a couple of hours before we called a halt and shut the door for the day.

The bowl on my embroidery piece is stitched now, and I've made my way to the flags. In this election season, it makes me feel downright patriotic.


As I said yesterday, now that the bowl is stitched, I can ...

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October 15, 2020
I really didn't desert my blog ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

 But, I say, things just get in the way.   I was a happy camper this week, saying goodbye to ten little quilts made for community service.  They are out of the house and in the hands of those in need.  Some might have already been shared with you, but after quilting and binding, washing and drying all of them this past week, I thought I'd give one last glimpse of what can be done with a few scraps and left overs. 

Three of my favorites using Kaffe Fassett fat quarters to make large triangles. So easy to cut and ...

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Nothing But Sewing from ... Cat Patches

There was one housekeeping chore on yesterday's calendar, but then I realized I had several days coming up that were open. It gave me a little flexibility, and so I can rearrange my housekeeping calendar to accommodate my sewing. Not that I would ever hesitate, but you know...somehow it seems legal to put off until tomorrow what could easily be accomplished today. Sewing obviously takes priority over everything except dispensing kitty treats.

Speaking of kitties, Sadie still isn't happy with the pink striped binding on the Snow Globes quilt. We had quite a little discussion about it ...

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Nothing But Sewing from Cat Patches

There was one housekeeping chore on yesterday's calendar, but then I realized I had several days coming up that were open. It gave me a little flexibility, and so I can rearrange my housekeeping calendar to accommodate my sewing. Not that I would ever hesitate, but you know...somehow it seems legal to put off until tomorrow what could easily be accomplished today. Sewing obviously takes priority over everything except dispensing kitty treats.

Speaking of kitties, Sadie still isn't happy with the pink striped binding on the Snow Globes quilt. We had quite a little discussion about it ...

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October 14, 2020
Needling from ... Cat Patches

When I finished yesterday's post, I went downstairs to find Smitty crashed on Mike's lap. His photo shoot from the day before totally wiped him out.


He loves his fans, but honestly, his celebrity is exhausting sometimes.

As I mentioned, I had an appointment with my dermatologist yesterday. He biopsied two little spots I pointed out to him. One was on my nose. And just let me tell you that anything that requires a needle prick to the nose is very painful. I'm afraid that one is going to require more when the results are received, but ...

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