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September 6, 2019
On UFO Friday ... Recipes + good Reads from Pat Sloan's Blog

I LOVE this UFO (un-finished object) and doing a status, do you?

Today I'm writing this on the rood as we head home .. with a recipe, some good reads that are suggested for us and a bit more! 

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UFO (UnFinished Object) Friday

Status

With this heavy travel schedule I've not done much on my UFOs but I have a plan to get a bit done before the next event. AND I did sew one Hexie block this past week! The hexie is more of an 'on going' rather than a true UFO ... that's my story and I ...

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August 21, 2019
QUILTY MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

I have never been good at goodbyes, finding the right words to express how I feel in the final moments of goodbye are so hard for me. Filled with emotion, sometimes I find myself speechless if only people could read minds. The past five years and four months working at Art Gallery Fabrics have been filled with amazing memories, life-changing experiences, and relationships that will last a lifetime. 

After 8 years of living in Florida, I am returning to my home state of Minnesota! After the passing of my Dad this past March I realize my heart and presence belongs ...

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July 31, 2019
A Few Blocks from ... Cat Patches

Continuing on with my "Projects of Mystery" series, I decided to trace out a new embroidery project that you can't see. I will show you peeks from time to time...like this one:


Since it doesn't appear I can get the zebra finished to take along on our weekend jaunt, I decided to trace out another short embroidery project. Embroidery really is the best take-along project. It takes up almost no room, and it fits in my lap with no spill-overs. So there's that.

As I mentioned yesterday, I was interspersing sewing with housekeeping chores yesterday. A ...

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A Few Blocks from Cat Patches

Continuing on with my "Projects of Mystery" series, I decided to trace out a new embroidery project that you can't see. I will show you peeks from time to time...like this one:


Since it doesn't appear I can get the zebra finished to take along on our weekend jaunt, I decided to trace out another short embroidery project. Embroidery really is the best take-along project. It takes up almost no room, and it fits in my lap with no spill-overs. So there's that.

As I mentioned yesterday, I was interspersing sewing with housekeeping chores yesterday. A ...

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July - An Island Batik Month from Creatin' in the Sticks

I had so much fun this month as an
Island Batik Ambassador.

I wanted to do a recap of the month
because the projects are some of my favorite to date.


The beginning of July brought the


Island Batik was super generous and provided the fabrics
from the new
Freedom fabrics collection designed by Kathy Engle
for my


I've always wanted to participate in the 
and this was the month I finally did it.
That post can be found by clicking HERE.

One of the biggest challenges for July was a video ...

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July 16, 2019
Catching Fireflies - Summer Fun Sew Along from Creatin' in the Sticks

Oh, how I love summer.
So many fun things to do and enjoy the outdoors.
Today, we are celebrating
sweet summertime with a sew along.

I'm so excited to join the 
talented Thermoweb designers
 for the
Summer Fun Sew Along.


Today I am sharing this quilt block:

There are 4 quilt blocks and the patterns are all free.


The fabrics I'm using are from
Island Batik
and the thread I used to stitch around the applique is
Aurifil thread:  50wt #2620


I'm using
to print the patterns right on the fusible adhesive to ...

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July 7, 2019
Almost All Applique from ... Cat Patches

The Solstice to Solstice quilt is still waiting its turn. It's going to have to wait another day, I think, because I got involved in prep work for next week's camping trip. Of course, the day always starts with a little slow stitching. I finished off the flowers and grass below the barn and then moved my hoop to the left, encompassing the rest of the piece.



My next stop in yesterday's sewing binge was to finish off the applique on the Garden Sunshine BOM. There were two identical blocks, each with different fabrics. I've been ...

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Almost All Applique from Cat Patches

The Solstice to Solstice quilt is still waiting its turn. It's going to have to wait another day, I think, because I got involved in prep work for next week's camping trip. Of course, the day always starts with a little slow stitching. I finished off the flowers and grass below the barn and then moved my hoop to the left, encompassing the rest of the piece.



My next stop in yesterday's sewing binge was to finish off the applique on the Garden Sunshine BOM. There were two identical blocks, each with different fabrics. I've been ...

read more
July 6, 2019
Pink Pizzazz from ... Cat Patches

It was a slow and lazy day yesterday. The only thing accomplished was sewing-related. Since there are leftovers for the next three night's worth of dinners, I expect the remainder of the weekend will be spent similarly slothfully.

First, I stitched up the front of the latest barn.


Now I've moved the hoop a little lower to capture some grass and flowers at the bottom. Those should stitch up pretty quickly, and then I'll be ready to move to the left to capture the remainder of the barn. This one isn't as densely stitched as some ...

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Pink Pizzazz from Cat Patches

It was a slow and lazy day yesterday. The only thing accomplished was sewing-related. Since there are leftovers for the next three night's worth of dinners, I expect the remainder of the weekend will be spent similarly slothfully.

First, I stitched up the front of the latest barn.


Now I've moved the hoop a little lower to capture some grass and flowers at the bottom. Those should stitch up pretty quickly, and then I'll be ready to move to the left to capture the remainder of the barn. This one isn't as densely stitched as some ...

read more
June 24, 2019
Swing and a Miss from ... Cat Patches

It was a slow day yesterday. I did my usual slow stitching. Sometimes while I'm slow-stitching, I get so sleepy. The same thing happens when I'm reading. When Mike left to make a trip to the hardware store, it was easy to just slide down on the couch and take a morning nap. Things didn't really get under way until around noon.

My first sewing room task was to make the second block for June's CTC sew-along. This block is called "Christmas Logs," and it was created by Pam Mildren. The instructions for the block are ...

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Swing and a Miss from Cat Patches

It was a slow day yesterday. I did my usual slow stitching. Sometimes while I'm slow-stitching, I get so sleepy. The same thing happens when I'm reading. When Mike left to make a trip to the hardware store, it was easy to just slide down on the couch and take a morning nap. Things didn't really get under way until around noon.

My first sewing room task was to make the second block for June's CTC sew-along. This block is called "Christmas Logs," and it was created by Pam Mildren. The instructions for the block are ...

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June 23, 2019
A Horse with No Tail from ... Cat Patches

On the first part of the journey...

An ear worm has infected me. You have to be "vintage" to appreciate it. I blame this block made yesterday from the CTC Sew-along. It was created by Nicola Dodd and it's called "Dala Horse." You can find the instructions right here.


These are the Countdown to Christmas blocks, and originally, they were intended to be done in red and white. Mine are in blues and greens. I couldn't figure out a good way to use that color combination for this block, and so my fabric choice for the horse included ...

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A Horse with No Tail from Cat Patches

On the first part of the journey...

An ear worm has infected me. You have to be "vintage" to appreciate it. I blame this block made yesterday from the CTC Sew-along. It was created by Nicola Dodd and it's called "Dala Horse." You can find the instructions right here.


These are the Countdown to Christmas blocks, and originally, they were intended to be done in red and white. Mine are in blues and greens. I couldn't figure out a good way to use that color combination for this block, and so my fabric choice for the horse included ...

read more
June 22, 2019
Over the Hump from ... Cat Patches

It's rare for me to lose my sewing mo-jo, and sometimes I'm not sure what's holding me back. Recently, it was the top-stitching for the Garden Sunshine blocks. They had some applique with lots of curves, nooks, and crannies, and I wasn't feeling like doing all that top-stitching. But it's finished now, and so I'm back, Baby! After I've made the two June blocks for the Countdown to Christmas sew-along, I'll be ready to get on with Clementine's Pawtrait.

As for the Garden Sunshine blocks, I was kind of stuck on ...

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Over the Hump from Cat Patches

It's rare for me to lose my sewing mo-jo, and sometimes I'm not sure what's holding me back. Recently, it was the top-stitching for the Garden Sunshine blocks. They had some applique with lots of curves, nooks, and crannies, and I wasn't feeling like doing all that top-stitching. But it's finished now, and so I'm back, Baby! After I've made the two June blocks for the Countdown to Christmas sew-along, I'll be ready to get on with Clementine's Pawtrait.

As for the Garden Sunshine blocks, I was kind of stuck on ...

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June 21, 2019
Summer's Here! from ... Cat Patches

It's the best time of the year here in the Pacific Northwest. The rain seems to have let up a little earlier this summer. We usually say that summer doesn't arrive until after the 4th of July, but we've had several very warm days already, and watering the annuals has become a morning ritual.

There was a little time yesterday morning to spend slow-stitching. You might recall I was getting ready to stitch these English Daisies. They turned out so pretty.


As I mentioned in yesterday's post, these start with the addition of a little bit ...

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Summer's Here! from Cat Patches

It's the best time of the year here in the Pacific Northwest. The rain seems to have let up a little earlier this summer. We usually say that summer doesn't arrive until after the 4th of July, but we've had several very warm days already, and watering the annuals has become a morning ritual.

There was a little time yesterday morning to spend slow-stitching. You might recall I was getting ready to stitch these English Daisies. They turned out so pretty.


As I mentioned in yesterday's post, these start with the addition of a little bit ...

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May 20, 2019
The Worst Day of the Year from ... Cat Patches

It's the day I go to the dentist. (Sigh.) Who doesn't hate going to the dentist? I'm just going in for a check-up and cleaning...I hope. One never knows with the dentist. I think we should just dispel the notion that going to the dentist is ever good news. One can only be let down from the moment one walks in the door. It can be a "Look Ma! No cavities!" kind of day, and I suppose there's some relief in that. You still have to sit through the cleaning. I'm certain some of ...

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The Worst Day of the Year from Cat Patches

It's the day I go to the dentist. (Sigh.) Who doesn't hate going to the dentist? I'm just going in for a check-up and cleaning...I hope. One never knows with the dentist. I think we should just dispel the notion that going to the dentist is ever good news. One can only be let down from the moment one walks in the door. It can be a "Look Ma! No cavities!" kind of day, and I suppose there's some relief in that. You still have to sit through the cleaning. I'm certain some of ...

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