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January 22, 2021
Found my Sew-Jo! from The Cozy Quilter

 I have had a productive week in the sewing room!  I think those scrappy colour blocks that I was making last week got me going again and this week I was on a roll.  First, I quilted and bound my January Colour Blocks quilt.  I considered a cross hatch but ended up with diagonal lines of quilting using light gray thread. 


Green solid fabric was used for the binding. 


I will add a label shortly.  

I made a pink block for my Rainbow Scrap Quilt for this year. 


I noticed after it was on the design wall that I made ...

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January 17, 2021
Settling In from Cat Patches

It was a welcome day of slow yesterday: slow getting up, slow getting dressed, slow getting around, slow stitching.... You get the idea. We'd planned a grocery shopping trip, but then realized that on a Saturday, the place would be extra busy. We just picked up a few items from the produce section for dinner last night, and decided to get the rest on a week day when there would be fewer customers inside the store. That's the theory anyway...and you'll have to admit, it's a genius way to get out of grocery shopping for ...

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Settling In from ... Cat Patches

It was a welcome day of slow yesterday: slow getting up, slow getting dressed, slow getting around, slow stitching.... You get the idea. We'd planned a grocery shopping trip, but then realized that on a Saturday, the place would be extra busy. We just picked up a few items from the produce section for dinner last night, and decided to get the rest on a week day when there would be fewer customers inside the store. That's the theory anyway...and you'll have to admit, it's a genius way to get out of grocery shopping for ...

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January 16, 2021
Baby Quilt Top and some Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter


My friend, Christine, and I used to get together once a week to sew, usually at my house.  Due to COVID-19, we now get together on FaceTime once or twice a week to sew or knit.  This week, we were both at our machines, both working on baby quilts.  As I said last week, I signed up for the Colour Block QAL. This week, I made 11 more blocks and put them together into a baby quilt top.  I did not use any of the fabrics more than once.  Many of the fabrics are novelty prints but many other fabrics ...

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January 9, 2021
A New Project and Some Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

 While on my computer this week, I discovered a Sew Along being hosted by Debby Brown using colour blocks--16 patches using 2.5" squares from the scrap bins.  Since the Rainbow Scrap Challenge  colour of the month is pink, I made my first block using my pink scraps.  I have never been much of a pink person so had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to get enough squares for 2 or three blocks. Here is my first block:


To increase the variety of fabrics in my scrap bins and since I intend to make a baby quilt or ...

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January 3, 2021
Something New from ... Cat Patches

There was a time last night when I thought we might wash away. Oh my goodness...rain and wind, and what a storm! It made sleeping difficult. But here we are, still alive, and ready to start the first full week of the new year. Let's make it a good year, okay?

For starters, I made another pieced snowflake for the Snowflakes quilt.

The trimming was difficult. I have a new blade in my rotary cutter, but cutting through four layers where the seams come together was difficult. My arm was hurting after doing the trimming, and so I ...

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Something New from Cat Patches

There was a time last night when I thought we might wash away. Oh my goodness...rain and wind, and what a storm! It made sleeping difficult. But here we are, still alive, and ready to start the first full week of the new year. Let's make it a good year, okay?

For starters, I made another pieced snowflake for the Snowflakes quilt.

The trimming was difficult. I have a new blade in my rotary cutter, but cutting through four layers where the seams come together was difficult. My arm was hurting after doing the trimming, and so I ...

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A Week of Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

 My daughter and I have logged many hours working on our embroidery/cross stitch projects this past week.  We are staying home and enjoying several slow activities including puzzles, board games and reading. Finn, her dog, loves having everyone together in one place and can often be found curled up on someone's lap or beside them on the couch. Sometimes, he decides it is time to play rather than stitch. 



This counted cross stitch picture, "Love Birds",  is a wedding gift for a friend's daughter and her husband.  I hope to have it done in time for their ...

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December 30, 2020
Best of 2020 from The Cozy Quilter

The end of 2020 is fast approaching and it's time to look back to what I have accomplished this year.  Cheryl is hosting her annual "Best of" party and I decided to do a post to link up with her blog. 


Since I spent a lot of time at home this year due to the pandemic, I did a lot of sewing, knitting, cross stitch and embroidery. I looked back over my blog posts to pick out the top 5 I would like to share today.  

1. My blogpost with the most views in 2020 was posted on August ...

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December 27, 2020
Sleepy Day from ... Cat Patches

It was another day of mostly sleeping yesterday. This time around, I had trouble getting to sleep last night. For one thing, I tried sleeping in the bed for the first time in more than three weeks. Smitty was so happy to have his snuggle buddy back...so happy...no really...so, so...way too happy...to have his snuggle buddy back. It made sleeping difficult with him purring in my ears, tickling me with his whiskers, and generally head-butting any part of my body he could come into contact with. After about four hours of that, I retired to ...

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Sleepy Day from Cat Patches

It was another day of mostly sleeping yesterday. This time around, I had trouble getting to sleep last night. For one thing, I tried sleeping in the bed for the first time in more than three weeks. Smitty was so happy to have his snuggle buddy back...so happy...no really...so, so...way too happy...to have his snuggle buddy back. It made sleeping difficult with him purring in my ears, tickling me with his whiskers, and generally head-butting any part of my body he could come into contact with. After about four hours of that, I retired to ...

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December 20, 2020
Santa's Helper from The Cozy Quilter

Last week, I mentioned that I had made a surprise gift for a friend.  This block was one of 12 free blocks --part of the Quiltmas Spectacular Block sampler that is available for free until the end of December 2020.  I have printed all the blocks, hoping to make several over the next year or so --somehow incorporating them into gifts for next year.  This block is called "Santa's Helper". 


 My quilty friend, Sandra, posted the picture below on Instagram recently, and once I saw this block pattern, I knew that I had to make it for her. 


I ...

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December 13, 2020
Slow Motion from ... Cat Patches

Another day of same old, same old. My mobility increases a tiny bit each day. I went without a sling all day yesterday, trying to keep my arm moving naturally. Eventually, I find myself holding my right hand with my left, and my shoulder raised. I’m trying to keep the shoulder down in a more natural position. I’m told gravity will help keep the splintered bones in place and help to settle them into a natural position. Having seen the CT scan, it makes sense. When I was at the emergency department the afternoon of the accident, I ...

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Slow Motion from Cat Patches

Another day of same old, same old. My mobility increases a tiny bit each day. I went without a sling all day yesterday, trying to keep my arm moving naturally. Eventually, I find myself holding my right hand with my left, and my shoulder raised. I’m trying to keep the shoulder down in a more natural position. I’m told gravity will help keep the splintered bones in place and help to settle them into a natural position. Having seen the CT scan, it makes sense. When I was at the emergency department the afternoon of the accident, I ...

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November 29, 2020
Binding and More Binding! from The Cozy Quilter

I took two comfort quilts to Julie, the long arm quilter around the corner and fellow Elgin Piecemaker member last week, expecting that they would not be done for a couple of weeks. I had just started to figure out which UFO I was going to tackle next, when I received a text from Julie to say that both quilts were done and ready for binding!  I picked them up the next day and got to work making the binding and machine sewing it to the quilts.  


 My hand sewing this week involved getting both quilts finished and ready to ...

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November 22, 2020
Comfort Quilts, Blackwork DONE, and some Knitting. from The Cozy Quilter

 Do any of you set goals for yourselves each week?  I have found that making myself a list of things I want to do each week helps me to stay on track and motivated during this time when I am mostly spending my time at home. My goals for this past week included getting two Elgin Piecemakers comfort quilts off to the long arm quilter. The first top was completed so all I had to do was wash the backing fabric, press it, sew one seam and it was ready to go.  I did not get a picture of the ...

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November 15, 2020
Saturday Sewing from Cat Patches

It was an easy-going day yesterday. I'm still taking it slow since my Mohs procedure, although it's healing well. The pain has nearly gone away completely, and the swelling is likewise nearly gone. I had sincere thoughts about getting some housework done, but then decided to rearrange the calendar so I could avoid it until after we get back from our camping trip. We're not expecting visitors...ever. So, what the heck? After lunch, I took a long nap. The stress of the past couple of weeks has left me exhausted, it seems, no matter how much ...

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Saturday Sewing from ... Cat Patches

It was an easy-going day yesterday. I'm still taking it slow since my Mohs procedure, although it's healing well. The pain has nearly gone away completely, and the swelling is likewise nearly gone. I had sincere thoughts about getting some housework done, but then decided to rearrange the calendar so I could avoid it until after we get back from our camping trip. We're not expecting visitors...ever. So, what the heck? After lunch, I took a long nap. The stress of the past couple of weeks has left me exhausted, it seems, no matter how much ...

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November 8, 2020
Oh, Happy Day! from Cat Patches

When my furry alarm clock went off this morning, I jumped out of bed, lighter on my feet than I've been in about four years. Man, it's good to be alive, isn't it? The future looks bright! 

We had a bit of a snafu here at the Three Cats Ranch yesterday morning, totally unrelated to cats. (Surprising, I know.)

Since retiring, Mike has been going with me to the grocery store. Truth be told, I think he's trying to keep me out of jail for murdering someone. After all, who would cook if I ended up ...

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Oh, Happy Day! from ... Cat Patches

When my furry alarm clock went off this morning, I jumped out of bed, lighter on my feet than I've been in about four years. Man, it's good to be alive, isn't it? The future looks bright! 

We had a bit of a snafu here at the Three Cats Ranch yesterday morning, totally unrelated to cats. (Surprising, I know.)

Since retiring, Mike has been going with me to the grocery store. Truth be told, I think he's trying to keep me out of jail for murdering someone. After all, who would cook if I ended up ...

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