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November 17, 2018
soul rows from Making A Lather

Today for the rainbow scrap challenge, I have rows ready to assemble into a quilt for soul searching. This is the way I see it, but then it is rectangle the wrong way.


This is a more typical arrangement. I don't like it very much this way. sigh...


I have really enjoyed making this with the rainbow challenge. I used up a bit of 2 1/2 inch strips that had been hanging around for too long. I am even thinking, I might make a shirt plaid version next year. I would definitely have enough.
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November 10, 2018
Starting Line from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I finished the first hooping of Friendship's Garden.


This was Sadie's contribution. It was too chilly to be outside yesterday morning, and so she opted for the comfort of my quilt-covered lap.


Chilly or no, I got outside to empty the compost pail and fill the bird feeders. The seed feeders are good for about a week to 10 days this time of year, when we have fewer birds. The peanut feeder never lasts more than about an hour. Peanuts are kind of expensive, and so the blue jays have to wait between fillings. Once I've ...

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Starting Line from Cat Patches

Yesterday I finished the first hooping of Friendship's Garden.


This was Sadie's contribution. It was too chilly to be outside yesterday morning, and so she opted for the comfort of my quilt-covered lap.


Chilly or no, I got outside to empty the compost pail and fill the bird feeders. The seed feeders are good for about a week to 10 days this time of year, when we have fewer birds. The peanut feeder never lasts more than about an hour. Peanuts are kind of expensive, and so the blue jays have to wait between fillings. Once I've ...

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green squared away blocks from Making A Lather

The first thing I discovered making the October squared away block, was that 1- 2 1/2 in strip was not enough to do a whole block. So, it was back to the drawer and find something to finish what I already had cut.
The red squared away blocks have gone awol. But I am sure, like always, after a bit of clean up, I will find them.
It seems that there is a time determined in the universe of how long I can keep sewing without a proper cleaning, and I try to push it. I am afraid it ...

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Quilts of Valor, Veterans Day Awards from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


This morning, our guild awarded Quilts of Valor during a Veterans Day Program at the Civic Center.  My quilts were made using the Red and Blue Blocks, and a few of yellow/gold blocks,  from the 2018 Rainbow Challenge.  "Freedom Flyer" used four-patch/nine-patch blocks and framed double half square triangles.  Finished size appx. 59" X 77". (2018 Quilt of Valor #2; 2018 Rainbow Challenge #1)


Due to the response, I think next year I will be making Red/White/Blue Blocks all year long.  The nominated veterans receiving the quilts were so surprised....only their family knew of the ...

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November 8, 2018
A Little of Everything from Cat Patches

Yesterday ended up being a day for everything. When I went back downstairs to do some slow-stitching, the kitties were looking no more lively than they had an hour earlier. Smitty, at least, had roused himself to peer outside.


Sadie was still snuggled into her quilt.


There was about an hour to slow stitch before I needed to leave for my monthly pedicure. While I was out, I stopped off at Wholly Too Expensive Foods to see if I could score some chanterelle mushrooms. Chanterelles are a wild mushroom, and so they are only available at certain times of the ...

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A Little of Everything from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday ended up being a day for everything. When I went back downstairs to do some slow-stitching, the kitties were looking no more lively than they had an hour earlier. Smitty, at least, had roused himself to peer outside.


Sadie was still snuggled into her quilt.


There was about an hour to slow stitch before I needed to leave for my monthly pedicure. While I was out, I stopped off at Wholly Too Expensive Foods to see if I could score some chanterelle mushrooms. Chanterelles are a wild mushroom, and so they are only available at certain times of the ...

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November 7, 2018
Expletive! from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday ended up being more of a run-around day than anticipated. While I was getting my hair cut, I got a message that Big Bertha was ready to be picked up. I needed to make a stop at a specialty grocery along the way, and then I headed across town to pick up my sewing machine. When I got her home and set her up, she was looking pretty good. No error code on the screen, and the green light there, just left of center indicated she was raring to go.


So I got to work sewing together the strips ...

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Expletive! from Cat Patches

Yesterday ended up being more of a run-around day than anticipated. While I was getting my hair cut, I got a message that Big Bertha was ready to be picked up. I needed to make a stop at a specialty grocery along the way, and then I headed across town to pick up my sewing machine. When I got her home and set her up, she was looking pretty good. No error code on the screen, and the green light there, just left of center indicated she was raring to go.


So I got to work sewing together the strips ...

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November 6, 2018
Above the Clouds from ... Cat Patches

Sometimes you're in the clouds...sometimes you're above the clouds. That's the way it is here at the Three Cats Ranch. Look through the tree tops in the image below, and you'll notice there's fog in the valley below with just some hilltop islands poking above them. The lowlanders are in the fog. For us, it's a sunshiny morning.


By the way, you wouldn't have been able to see through there a few days ago. With the big tree gone, the view has opened up just a tad. We might be able to ...

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Above the Clouds from Cat Patches

Sometimes you're in the clouds...sometimes you're above the clouds. That's the way it is here at the Three Cats Ranch. Look through the tree tops in the image below, and you'll notice there's fog in the valley below with just some hilltop islands poking above them. The lowlanders are in the fog. For us, it's a sunshiny morning.


By the way, you wouldn't have been able to see through there a few days ago. With the big tree gone, the view has opened up just a tad. We might be able to ...

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November 5, 2018
Quiet Day from ... Cat Patches

It was an uncharacteristically quiet day here at the Three Cats Ranch yesterday. By "quiet," I mean that I caught up on my housework...which meant I wasn't jumping for joy, and thus, no screams of delight. Oh well. Every day can't be a sewing party. Nevertheless, I did some sewing in the morning.

My first priority was to finish the 6th of eight rows for the Shop Hop quilt. I've been trying to finish one row per month, and I'm fairly well on track. October's row slipped a little into November. That means November ...

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Quiet Day from Cat Patches

It was an uncharacteristically quiet day here at the Three Cats Ranch yesterday. By "quiet," I mean that I caught up on my housework...which meant I wasn't jumping for joy, and thus, no screams of delight. Oh well. Every day can't be a sewing party. Nevertheless, I did some sewing in the morning.

My first priority was to finish the 6th of eight rows for the Shop Hop quilt. I've been trying to finish one row per month, and I'm fairly well on track. October's row slipped a little into November. That means November ...

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November 4, 2018
Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Squared Away Isn't Yet from Life In Pieces

Weekends are so very necessary.  I was certainly glad to see Friday roll around this week.  It's performance review season at work.  We had a compressed schedule this year, two weeks to meet with personnel, complete performance summaries and write feedback.  The deadline was the 31st, I didn't get to bed till early morning on the first of November.  I'm so glad that's over for another year! 

Consequently, there hasn't been a great deal of stitching this week.  I'm still working on getting the final borders on the Inverted Star quilt.  However, the last ...

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old quilt rescue from Making A Lather

I found this quilt at a flea market. It was hand pieced, but machine quilted and not finished. It needed the binding. I felt like it needed rescued. I wonder how it was previously rescued and long armed but not bound. The colors and fabrics are fun, but they don't seem that old. Were quilters hand piecing in the 60s or 70s?


Quilting is always changing


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October 27, 2018
the last birch trees from Making A Lather

I made 2 dark green birch trees for the rainbow scrap challenge. I think it is time to start laying out the blocks and deciding on the color arrangement. I may have to take it to the library and use their tables.



And, I am already eyeing what rainbow quilts I might do next year. I found these two while cleaning a shelf. This is an Emily Herrick design that everybody was making awhile ago. I didn't get around to it, Better late than never. I like that it uses 2 1/2 inch strips.



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Rainbow Challenge, Dark Green/Sage Recap from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


A quick little post recapping the month of October's dark greens/sages.  All done and ready to start putting a year's worth of blocks into quilts.

Linking up with So Scrappy, 2018 Rainbow Challenge.

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October 21, 2018
Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Playing with Colors from Life In Pieces

It's Fall Break in our neck of the woods this week.  The Scientist in Training is home for the long weekend.  I expect she'll sleep in this morning as she didn't get the chance to yesterday as her car had to go in for service.  That meant an early departure for Tulsa yesterday morning. But she got some shopping and cheesecake out of that deal.  While she's sleeping in, I'm hoping to get caught up on email and my blog reading before heading out to the local quilt shop for the second Christmas Mystery Quilt ...

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October 20, 2018
1st row tokoyo quilt from Making A Lather

This quilt has really been a test of patience. I didn't realize it, until, I put the first row together and did a jig - well, what passes for an old lady jig. Doing just a little on a few blocks at a time, did not give me that special finish feeling. I didn't get to really see if it was going to look right either, I had to go on faith. But, now, I am really excited. woohoo.


My Granddaughters wanted to make a crochet necklace and when they discovered how fun the yarn winder was, they wanted ...

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Rainbow Challenge - Dark Green Stars from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Last stars of the year; with dark sage greens.  

Our guild also had our annual Jamboree earlier today, with each team responsible for sewing together a top from 6 1/2" HSTs donated by our members all year.  As a team leader, I chose one of my patterns, "Stars Over Scott", with my assigned colors of medium to dark greens with a few pinks. In about 2 1/2 hours we had a completed top - which also fits into our October Rainbow Challenge of dark/sage green.




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