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March 21, 2022
Slow Stitching Sunday ~ More Crochet Squares from Life in the Scrapatch


This is the layout idea for my 

20 Plus Crochet Squares Sampler

After making for of these cute 5 inch blocks from the

Granny Flower Granny Square Free Pattern @ Lullaby Lodge

I had these four blocks made with the small balls of yarn left from my 12" blocks.

These blocks look relatively square and the same size,
I still pinned them to my blocking board and sprayed them with water.
The uniform sides and sharp corners will be much better for joining later.

My crochet kitty inspector has approved this plan.
We will use the light gray yarn to add ...

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February 28, 2022
Slow Sunday Stitching ~ Wave Stitch Crochet Square from Life in the Scrapatch


It has been a cold and snowy weekend, 
a good time to stay in and stitch with a cuddly lap cat. 

We had 8-9 inches of snow on Friday and it has not melted much
 due to freezing temperatures.
 Outside right now we are having a "snow squall." If you are from a warm climate and do not know what this is, it means that there will not be much snow but it is falling fast and furiously and the wind is blowing it around so that visibility is very low. If we were driving, it would be best to ...

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January 17, 2022
Slow Stitching Crochet Blocks from Life in the Scrapatch


I am slowly working on Basketweave Block #2 for my 

 Squares Sampler Afghan ~ Started Here

I have not made much progress with the second block as I am having a day when my health issues are troubling and I have been resting when I have not been sitting with Mr Scrapatch. and watching the football playoffs.  I will get it done when I get it done.  This is a no-stress activity for me.

I do have one of my previous squares on the blocking board. This block was definitely smaller than the first of its kind.  I do have a ...

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December 26, 2021
Stitching Stuff: Week 52 of 2021 from Life In Pieces

We had temperatures in the 80's for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it certainly didn't feel like a typical Xmas holiday.  Hope your holiday was full of family and fun. Ours certainly was.  

It's week 52 of 2021, so this will be the last stitching stuff post for the year.  I like to close out my stitching year on December 31st, so I'll have the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 in next week's post.  My stitching week didn't go so well. I spent all of last weekend working on company ...

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October 18, 2021
Stitching Weekend ~ Day 2 from Life in the Scrapatch


Stitchy Weekend ~ Part 2

This weekend I have been able to stitch the daily block and one of the blocks that I need to complete to catch up with the daily posts for the 

 October Halloween Stitch Along @ Pine Needles

I am really enjoying this stitch along.

Today's block was this 

Ghastly ~ Day 17

I decided to add black cross stitch eyes to the ghost

and add a few stars to the sky to add some sparkle to the blank space.

Today I also stitched the 

Boo ~ Day 9

where I decided not to extend the witch's broom ...

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October 11, 2021
A Slow Stitch October Weekend from Life in the Scrapatch


The calendar grid is done for my 

 October Halloween Stitch Along @ Pine Needles

This has been a time consuming design change for me

as I am a slow stitcher but I am very happy with how this is working up.

I have figured out how to add the word "October" 

in the extra space in the bottom row

and am stitching that now.

I will probably fill in this space with a few more spooky stitches. 

I have gotten a few days behind on the cute little daily blocks

but they are quick and fun so I am hoping I ...

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September 27, 2021
Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Binding My Bats & Boos Quilt from Life in the Scrapatch


My Bats & Boos Quilt, clipped and ready to bind. 

Today I added this bright check binding to my quilt and am slowly hand stitching the binding to the back of the quilt.

As always, Katniss is my faithful quilty kitty inspector for this part of the process.

This is one of my favorite parts of making a quilt.

I love sitting and hand stitching.

My favorite moment is taking that last stitch on the back and turning over my beautiful finished quilt. 

Hopefully, that will be sometime tomorrow.

Linking up tonight with 

Slow Stitching Sunday @ Kathy's Quilts

where there ...

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August 16, 2021
Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Fall Leaves Time of Year from Life in the Scrapatch

Every year at this time, we add some fall mums to our garden 

and I pull out this quilt and do some very slow stitching.

Here is this quilt on August 15, 2020

This is the quilt before I started the embroidered leaves:

There are 64 background squares in this Schnibbles quilt top
completed Here in August, 2012. 
I have been slowly embroidering free form leaves since then.
I add a few more embroidered leaves every year.

Linking up again this year with 

One year I will be finished.

Perhaps this will be the ...

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June 26, 2021
The Cycle of Comfort Part 3. Reading, Stitching, and Gratitude! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer


Hello There, 

Thank you so much for visiting my weekly blog!  We are reflecting on Matthew West's song, "Truth Be Told", books I'm reading and going on my weekly Gratitude Journey.  I hope you enjoy your visit!  

The Cycle of Comfort Part 3:  Come as you are


Lie #3:

"There's a sign on the door, says, "Come as you are" but I doubt it
'Cause if we lived like it was true, every Sunday morning pew would be crowded
But didn't you say the church should look more like a hospital
A ...

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May 15, 2021
A Week of Jesus, Stitching, Reading, and Crocheting. and "Likes"! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Hello There,

This past week has had a few more challenges than usual. I know I'm not the only blogger who faces challenges in life, but wow!  I sure admire those of you who can blog consistently despite life's curve balls!  My hat is off to all you!

However, I must make changes to meet these unpredictable challenges.  After much thought, I've decided to write one post a week and continue linking up to all my usual parties.  

Another change is I will be posting daily on my Instagram account (user name:  miaismine22).  This account is private ...

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February 28, 2021
Stitching Time: Week 9 of 2021 from Life In Pieces

This week went really quickly.  All of last week's meetings got moved to this week, so I didn't do much else this week. If I wasn't in a meeting, I was getting ready for a meeting. That also meant we were late getting home a few nights this week.  I just barely managed my 15 minutes of stitching time a couple of evenings.

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Feb = 27/27 days
  • 15 minute days/2021 = 56/58 days
  • Success rate = 96.55%
Still I managed to fit in some sewing room ...

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February 22, 2021
Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Binding My Quilt from Life in the Scrapatch


Today, I am slowly stitching my binding to the back of my quilt. 

Of course, I have a lot of kitty help with this.

Katniss is snoopervising.

Nutmeg thought my beewax thread conditioner was a toy 

so I put it tried to put it away in the little tin. 

Nutmeg is helping me by taking it back out. 

With such good help, I hope to be done soon.

Linking up tonight with 

Slow Stitching Sunday @ Kathy's Quilts

Are you Slow Stitching Today? 

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December 13, 2020
Stitching Stuff: Week 50 of 2020 from Life In Pieces

Week 50 of 2020?  Just two more weeks (and a few days) left in 2020.  That's not a lot of time to finish or start all those projects that were on our to do lists for the year.  It gets even harder to work on those to do lists when you have those extra holiday chores, like present wrapping and baking pop up as well.  Sometimes even just 15 minutes of stitching time is just not going to happen. 

This was another of those weeks where holiday preparations and family time trumped my stitching time. 

  • 15 minute days/week ...

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November 8, 2020
Stitching Stuff: Week 45 of 2020 from Life In Pieces

It's been a week with a lot of uncertainty on both the public and private fronts in our house.  So it was a stressful week on a couple of fronts. The family stuff got sorted out yesterday to a good ending. So at least that stress is gone. So it wasn't the best week for stitching.  When it gets really stressful, a good book is a better distraction and spending even just 15 minutes in the sewing room just doesn't appeal.  How did you fare this week in finding both the time and motivation to stitch?  

When ...

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October 18, 2020
Stitching Stuff: Week 42 of 2020 from Life In Pieces

 The work week wasn't horrible, but getting back to the office on Monday after a few days of vacation wasn't fun.  Thankfully, only one late night to play catch up.  So it didn't greatly affect my ability to work in my 15 minutes every day this week. How did you do at finding a few minutes to stitch each day this week?

It was a good week for stitching, there was about an hour of stitching most nights. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/October = 17/17 days
  • 15 minute days/2020 = 261 ...

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October 11, 2020
Stitching Stuff: Week 41 of 2020 from Life In Pieces

 We spent this last week hiking and just hanging out together.  We both had vacation that needed to be used, so we rented a cottage in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and socially distanced somewhere else for a few days. That may seem risky, but at least Eureka Springs has mandatory mask rules. We don't have that here at home.  I took plenty of hand stitching to work on while we were away. It wasn't hard to find at least 15 minutes to make a bit of progress on that front.  How did you do at finding at least 15 ...

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September 8, 2020
Saturday's Song: The Cross Has The Final Word. Slow Stitching: An Ornament & A Tea Towel. Stash Report. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

 Saturday’s Song: The Cross Has The Final Word

Goodness gracious, how this song blessed me!  My dears!  Focus on Him and His grace!  You are saved! All is nailed to the cross that you might be free!

That is why Jesus died on the cross - for our freedom!

Accept Him, serve Him, love Him, trust Him!  Live out your freedom as you follow Him!  Oh!  I am so grateful that He's taken my pain, my past, my sin, my life and has replaced it with love, forgiveness and freedom!

My prayer for you is that you will receive ...

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August 30, 2020
Saturday's Song: Giants Fall. Slow Stitching: The Set is Finished! Stash Report. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday’s Song: Giants Fall.
Remember the story about David facing the giant, Goliath? He killed him with a step in faith and a stone. Are we facing giants today? We sure are! Fires. Floods. Pandemics. Illnesses. Strife. The list goes on and on. 

With God, we need not be shaken!
But so do the promises of God!
They are innumerable!
When we pay attention to His promises, giants fall! Fear fades! Faith Grows!
Perhaps you would like to find some promises? Here is a list to get you started!
I pray this song by Francesca Battistelli and the story ...

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August 24, 2020
Saturday's Song: You Got This. Slow Stitching: Tea Towel. Stash Report. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday’s Song:  You Got This by Love and The Outcome

I was so happy to hear this upbeat praise song!  It reminded me when a dear friend of ours shared an encouraging Word.  He said that the LORD had told him (paraphrased), "Don't worry, I got this."

Let us share this message:  The LORD is capable, He has us in the palm of His hand!  He's got us!

Slow Stitching

Here is the Friday’s Tea Towel all stitched up! I changed things up a bit by using the Stem Stitch on this one.  I believe this ...

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August 16, 2020
Saturday’s Song: Known. Slow Stitching: Pressing Matters . Stash Report. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

 Saturday’s Song:  Known


He knows us, warts and all, but still loves and pursues us.  

The lyrics of this entire song blew me away.  After all, how many people fully know us, warts and all, and truly love us.  Also, how many people do we fully know and truly love?  Ouch.  Right?
God's grace became even more apparent to me as I listened to this song with my spirit.  This part of the lyrics served to magnify God in my life even more:
"It's hard truth and ridiculous grace
To be known fully known and loved by ...

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