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November 27, 2021
more full stop blocks from Making A Lather

I have a few period blocks for the full stop quilt that Angela is doing for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I am not joining them, until, I start assembling the top. I am still missing one row, but, I am not sure which one. I would like to see if I can keep going on this one instead of putting it in the ufo closet. But, rhododendron mystery at quiltville has officially started and I will turn some attention to that. I still want to keep going on my 5 quilt project, so, we will see.


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November 23, 2021
From Miamas with Love from Sew Preeti Quilts

I have a new finish, a giveaway and an announcement. But first I must tell you about this book - "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell you She is Sorry" by Frederik Backman.

My favorite!!!


Full of heart, hope and more...

Elsa, who is seven, (almost eight) had a bad day at school.  Three older girls tore her Gryffindor scarf and threw it in the toilet. The very same day, Elsa's Granny breaks into a zoo and throws turds at the police when approached.  The following conversation happens.

“I didn’t want you to remember this day because of the ...

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November 20, 2021
aqua question mark from Making A Lather

It's going to be a beautiful fall day here- Blue sky and sunshine but 32 degrees. We have no real commitments and can stay home and do some work. We had three doctor appointments last week -all is well.

I worked on the full stop quilt that Angela is doing for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

I procrastinated the question mark block since the color was aqua. I finally have them made and ready to go. They weren't as difficult as I was afraid they would be for me. I think I am missing the dots ...

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November 13, 2021
Mermaid Rides the Elephant from Sew Preeti Quilts

I have a new finish to share but would you, could you wait till I share some news? Pretty, please.


I am in a magazine...well, my work is.

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Diptee Raut of Quilt Stories, asking if I'd consider contributing to India's first quilting magazine.  I was so slammed at that time that I told Diptee - Take a look at my blog and use whatever you like. Diptee chose the tutorial for the Picket Star Quilt Block and here is the link to the magazine


Courage uses the Picket ...

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More RSC Stitching from Romany Quilting

 

I’m having a break from working on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge project, that pesky boat quilt which needs to be beaten into submission.  So I’ve dug deep into my big bag of batiks (yet another RSC project) and I’ve been stitching more Cobblestone blocks. I don’t have all the colours of the rainbow in these batiks, just shades of purple, aqua, green, blue, pink and cream, so I do hope the blocks all go together nicely.

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More blocks made

What I really need to do is lay all the blocks out on the bed and see ...

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November 6, 2021
dashing from Making A Lather

I did orange dashes for the full stop quilt that Angela is doing. I need to do the question mark, and I think I am missing another one. This is part of the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I can't figure out a way to get the whole row in a picture.... yet. It would help if I had more empty flat spaces.



Yesterday at Friday group, we had some impressive quilts getting close to a finish.

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RSC Stitching and our Anniversary from Romany Quilting

After a little “time out” for the boat quilt which was misbehaving while I was trying to machine quilt it, I decided to go with Plan B.  Instead of wavy lines across the quilt which resulted in puckers, I’m using the Serpentine stitch instead across the seams of the boats.  And smoothing the quilt out before pinning each quilting line to death.  Sure, its slow work, but the quilt is behaving itself this time.

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Machine quilting the boats

I’d almost forgotten about another Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt I’m doing, my batik cobblestones.  Out of sight, out of ...

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November 5, 2021
Another RSC Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Usually in my quilt making process, the sewing together of blocks is my bottleneck.  But lately, the biggest stack has been those projects waiting for their bindings!



Today I am ready to share another Rainbow Scrap Challenge finish.  This one was made using 2" strips of varying lengths.  I trimmed up each block to 12" square.

When I placed the blocks, I turned them 90 degrees from the last so that I didn't have to match many seams.  I really love the look.



When I pulled the scraps for each block, I also tried to group color hues to ...

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November 3, 2021
Shiftless from ... Cat Patches

It was a lazy day yesterday. My sewing mojo has left me for the past couple of days. Only time will tell if it is returning to the scene today. It's not like me to not fill most of the day with productivity. Life is short, you know, and it feels as if I have to keep moving sometimes so that I don't run out of time. Some days, I have a hard time dragging myself off the couch where I'm snuggled up under a flannel quilt with my Warmie. So, I guess I'm blaming it ...

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Shiftless from Cat Patches

It was a lazy day yesterday. My sewing mojo has left me for the past couple of days. Only time will tell if it is returning to the scene today. It's not like me to not fill most of the day with productivity. Life is short, you know, and it feels as if I have to keep moving sometimes so that I don't run out of time. Some days, I have a hard time dragging myself off the couch where I'm snuggled up under a flannel quilt with my Warmie. So, I guess I'm blaming it ...

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November 2, 2021
Lots of Cats from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's post revealing the recent challenge quilt was pre-written and pre-posted, and so I didn't actually post anything yesterday. It worked out because the Moderna booster I got on Saturday morning had me feeling pretty crummy all day on Sunday. I only mention this because there was nothing blog-worthy going on...not that anything is ever blog-worthy, but usually I have enough to take a stab at it. Sunday...nada. I spent most of the day sleeping. When I wasn't sleeping, I was sitting with my medicinal cat, working on my Kitty Cat Alphabet.


With Sadie's ...

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Lots of Cats from Cat Patches

Yesterday's post revealing the recent challenge quilt was pre-written and pre-posted, and so I didn't actually post anything yesterday. It worked out because the Moderna booster I got on Saturday morning had me feeling pretty crummy all day on Sunday. I only mention this because there was nothing blog-worthy going on...not that anything is ever blog-worthy, but usually I have enough to take a stab at it. Sunday...nada. I spent most of the day sleeping. When I wasn't sleeping, I was sitting with my medicinal cat, working on my Kitty Cat Alphabet.


With Sadie's ...

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October 31, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Some New Starts from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Even though the end of the year is still a couple months away, I am starting to evaluate my scraps to determine what type of scraps I want to focus on next year.  My biggest scrap peeve right now is my bins are full of tiny bits (or crumbs).

So 2022 is going to be all about purging those from my scrap bins.

I decided to go ahead and start this month with my gray scraps.




Once I pulled all the small bits from my scrap bin, I realized that a few crumb blocks a month were not going to ...

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October 30, 2021
RSC - One Step Forward from Romany Quilting

It’s been one step forward and two steps back this week while I’ve been working on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects.  Firstly, I layered and lightly pinned my boy’s boat donation quilt on the floor, carefully picking it up and spreading it on the glass table out in the patio.  There I sat and put even more pins in it.  Sitting at the table was easier on my back instead of kneeling on the floor inside, as I had first started.  Even so, I still needed a little time out stretched out on the bed to rest ...

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October 28, 2021
So Many Sandwiches from ... Cat Patches

Hip Hip Hooray!!! Those quilt tops that have stacked up for the past year or so have been turned into quilt sandwiches. Eventually (and I hope I live long enough), they'll be finished quilts. Having dreaded the task for months, it sure feels good to have them all done. When I was ready to get started, I left Smitty warming Mike's lap.



Sadie is no lap-warming slouch either. 


She put in her time after Smitty went off to find adventure in the basement. You just never know when a stray mouse might be lurking. 

That reminds me to ...

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So Many Sandwiches from Cat Patches

Hip Hip Hooray!!! Those quilt tops that have stacked up for the past year or so have been turned into quilt sandwiches. Eventually (and I hope I live long enough), they'll be finished quilts. Having dreaded the task for months, it sure feels good to have them all done. When I was ready to get started, I left Smitty warming Mike's lap.



Sadie is no lap-warming slouch either. 


She put in her time after Smitty went off to find adventure in the basement. You just never know when a stray mouse might be lurking. 

That reminds me to ...

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October 27, 2021
A Half Dozen Sandwiches from Cat Patches

 Yesterday and the next two days were set aside for sandwiching quilts. I made more progress on Day 1 than expected, and I should be able to finish them up today. It'll feel like a win to have all those quilt sandwiches piled up for quilting. I decided to start with the largest among them, and then work my way down in size. That means today's effort will be easier than yesterday's.

The largest quilt was Ella's Flower Garden at 74 x 74 inches:


I really love the backing fabric for this one:


Next up was ...

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A Half Dozen Sandwiches from ... Cat Patches

 Yesterday and the next two days were set aside for sandwiching quilts. I made more progress on Day 1 than expected, and I should be able to finish them up today. It'll feel like a win to have all those quilt sandwiches piled up for quilting. I decided to start with the largest among them, and then work my way down in size. That means today's effort will be easier than yesterday's.

The largest quilt was Ella's Flower Garden at 74 x 74 inches:


I really love the backing fabric for this one:


Next up was ...

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October 22, 2021
rainbow quilt finish from Making A Lather

 I took 2 years of sewing with the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy to make the pieces for this single  Irish chain by melissa correy. I made the 4 patches in 2019, and the sashings in 2020 according to the color of the month. The top was a top in  November 2020. It was an easy, unstressful pattern, and then, it was a great quilt.




I used a light gray sheet for the back, and natural white thread. I made a scrappy binding and attached it by machine. I used a paisley pantograph for the quilting. It's 84 ...

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Pretty Pinwheels from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Another week - Another finish!

I love when you find yourself in a finishing mode.  Some months you feel like you are making no progress and then all of a sudden, blocks are going together into quilt tops and you have a stack of quilts to sew the binding on.



This week I finished up my RSC pinwheel quilt. These pinwheels were all made using the trimmed triangles from two of my RSC Well Suited quilts I made this year. 




The sashing and cornerstones all came out of the scrap bin too.  I used a narrow sashing in the blocks and ...

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