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January 1, 2022
Quilt Reveal: Get Well Wishes for the World from High Road Quilter

 I almost didn't make this quilt. 

This quilt started as a block for the Postage Stamp quilt. I had cut some pink squares. I thought it would be interesting to make a rogue block for the Postage Stamp quilt - one that had patterned fabric instead of a solid as a constant. So I started making it, but soon realized that I hadn't counted how many squares I had cut and didn't have nearly enough. I knew I could find another pink and make it a rogue rogue block. One with two constants as well as a patterned ...

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December 29, 2021
Quilt Reveal: October Holiday House from High Road Quilter





It's not October yet, but here October Holiday House is way ahead of the pack, ready for the new year.

I told you the story of when I bought the kit a couple of weeks ago.

 I started making the kit at the end of October 2021. I have been trying to make one small quilt a month. Using the kit which has marinated long enough was a good option.

I put this quilt away to get ready for the October birthday gathering, and kept it away for the week we met with the customers.

I brought it out ...

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December 18, 2021
All Sewing, All the Time from ... Cat Patches

Well, I had big ideas about things I was going to do yesterday, including making a lasagna for our visit with California friends. There was at least one housekeeping chore on yesterday's agenda too. Did I do any of that? Are you kidding? Well...the answer is no. I was close to finishing my quilt, and nothing was going to stand in my way. Unless you include my cat. He stands in my way a lot when I'm quilting.


When he sees me quilting, he thinks it's time to call in reinforcements: Him.


Okay, but just moving ...

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All Sewing, All the Time from Cat Patches

Well, I had big ideas about things I was going to do yesterday, including making a lasagna for our visit with California friends. There was at least one housekeeping chore on yesterday's agenda too. Did I do any of that? Are you kidding? Well...the answer is no. I was close to finishing my quilt, and nothing was going to stand in my way. Unless you include my cat. He stands in my way a lot when I'm quilting.


When he sees me quilting, he thinks it's time to call in reinforcements: Him.


Okay, but just moving ...

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December 17, 2021
Free easy quilt patterns for the kitchen from Pieced Brain

Free easy quilt patterns for the kitchen

Check out these free easy quilt patterns for the kitchen for you to download and make for your home or give as gifts throughout the year!

If you are looking for some last-minute ideas for handmade gifts to make for your family and friends, consider these patterns I designed for Blank Quilting. Download the patterns right now, make the gifts, and then, come January – when the fabrics are shipping to stores – get the fabrics to make them just for you!

All these projects (there is a table runner set below!) are fast to make. I love them with the Fruit ...

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December 13, 2021
A Sewing Day from ... Cat Patches

It was nice to have a day at home with nothing on the agenda except to sew. For now, my morning slow-stitching consists of the quilt binding for Appalachian Memories. I turned the third corner yesterday.

I don't know if I can finish this today since I'm taking off relatively early. Probably it will take another day. Still, it's important to be prepared. I don't want a stitching emergency, and so I traced and colored the 9th of nine plates for the Pieces of the Past quilt.

In a stitching emergency, there should be no delays ...

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A Sewing Day from Cat Patches

It was nice to have a day at home with nothing on the agenda except to sew. For now, my morning slow-stitching consists of the quilt binding for Appalachian Memories. I turned the third corner yesterday.

I don't know if I can finish this today since I'm taking off relatively early. Probably it will take another day. Still, it's important to be prepared. I don't want a stitching emergency, and so I traced and colored the 9th of nine plates for the Pieces of the Past quilt.

In a stitching emergency, there should be no delays ...

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November 28, 2021
Lots of Sewing from Cat Patches

There was plenty of time for sewing yesterday. I had a couple of small housekeeping chores on my calendar, but I ignored those and spent the day working on my projects. First, I spent an extra long time on my morning slow-stitching and finished up this section of the tree and leaves:


This morning, I'll link up to 


From there, I headed into the sewing room to quilt the snack mat sized Bee Brave quilt. There wasn't much room for quilting on this little piece, and so I stitched a flower on the right and left side of ...

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Lots of Sewing from ... Cat Patches

There was plenty of time for sewing yesterday. I had a couple of small housekeeping chores on my calendar, but I ignored those and spent the day working on my projects. First, I spent an extra long time on my morning slow-stitching and finished up this section of the tree and leaves:


This morning, I'll link up to 


From there, I headed into the sewing room to quilt the snack mat sized Bee Brave quilt. There wasn't much room for quilting on this little piece, and so I stitched a flower on the right and left side of ...

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November 27, 2021
Lots of Cats from Cat Patches

Despite my claim that yesterday would be an NBS day, it wasn't. I'd forgotten we needed to make a trip into town. There's a sale that happens on an item we use regularly, and it happens on the last weekend of each month. Yesterday was the best day to go, and so we went. We ran a few more errands while we were out as well, which is to say, we didn't arrive home until after noon. Okay, so a HDS it was (Half Day Sewing). Try to keep up with these acronyms as we go ...

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Lots of Cats from ... Cat Patches

Despite my claim that yesterday would be an NBS day, it wasn't. I'd forgotten we needed to make a trip into town. There's a sale that happens on an item we use regularly, and it happens on the last weekend of each month. Yesterday was the best day to go, and so we went. We ran a few more errands while we were out as well, which is to say, we didn't arrive home until after noon. Okay, so a HDS it was (Half Day Sewing). Try to keep up with these acronyms as we go ...

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November 26, 2021
Turkey Coma from Cat Patches

Everything took longer than expected yesterday, and so it was pretty much a no sewing day. I'll make up for it today by giving myself an NBS day (Nothing But Sewing.) When I say it was "pretty much" no sewing, it's because I had time in the morning to take the first stitches on the newest Heartland Barns block.


I put off starting this quilt for many years because I dreaded satin stitching all the leaves. Now I find it's my favorite part of this. They only take a few stitches to cover, and the result is ...

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Turkey Coma from ... Cat Patches

Everything took longer than expected yesterday, and so it was pretty much a no sewing day. I'll make up for it today by giving myself an NBS day (Nothing But Sewing.) When I say it was "pretty much" no sewing, it's because I had time in the morning to take the first stitches on the newest Heartland Barns block.


I put off starting this quilt for many years because I dreaded satin stitching all the leaves. Now I find it's my favorite part of this. They only take a few stitches to cover, and the result is ...

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November 24, 2021
Short on Time, Long on Stitching from Cat Patches

We had to make a run into town yesterday. Someone of the male gender inadvertently used a check from a closed checking account to pay our property taxes. In a panic, we drove to the county courthouse to set things right. As long as we were out, we stopped off at the post office to pick up some flat-rate boxes for mailing, and then went to pick up a few items at the grocery store. Yes, you read that right...the grocery store. Two days before Thanksgiving, we set foot inside an actual grocery store.

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Short on Time, Long on Stitching from ... Cat Patches

We had to make a run into town yesterday. Someone of the male gender inadvertently used a check from a closed checking account to pay our property taxes. In a panic, we drove to the county courthouse to set things right. As long as we were out, we stopped off at the post office to pick up some flat-rate boxes for mailing, and then went to pick up a few items at the grocery store. Yes, you read that right...the grocery store. Two days before Thanksgiving, we set foot inside an actual grocery store.

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November 23, 2021
Cats by the Dozen from ... Cat Patches

It's a cruel finish I have for you this morning...cruel because this is all you get (and all I get) until February 1st. It seems forever away, but you know how time flies. We'll be on the road again by then, and so at least I'll be posting from warmer climes. 

I sat and stitched up the binding during my slow-stitching time yesterday.


Okay, and I guess I can show you the back too. That won't give anything away.


Okay, that's the last tease until February. (Drums fingers on table waiting for February to ...

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Cats by the Dozen from Cat Patches

It's a cruel finish I have for you this morning...cruel because this is all you get (and all I get) until February 1st. It seems forever away, but you know how time flies. We'll be on the road again by then, and so at least I'll be posting from warmer climes. 

I sat and stitched up the binding during my slow-stitching time yesterday.


Okay, and I guess I can show you the back too. That won't give anything away.


Okay, that's the last tease until February. (Drums fingers on table waiting for February to ...

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November 6, 2021
Rain Respite from Cat Patches

We had a break in the deluge yesterday. Not to worry...it's back today. I'm hoping we'll see at least a little sunshine, but not really counting on it. I used the opportunity to get outside and bask in the sunshine. I filled the bird feeders and pulled a few weeds. In my wanderings, I noticed these cute little ruffly mushrooms. The largest among them is about the diameter of a quarter. The rest are adorably small.



The kitties were happy to get outside too. In the rain, they've only set two paws outside before changing ...

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Rain Respite from ... Cat Patches

We had a break in the deluge yesterday. Not to worry...it's back today. I'm hoping we'll see at least a little sunshine, but not really counting on it. I used the opportunity to get outside and bask in the sunshine. I filled the bird feeders and pulled a few weeds. In my wanderings, I noticed these cute little ruffly mushrooms. The largest among them is about the diameter of a quarter. The rest are adorably small.



The kitties were happy to get outside too. In the rain, they've only set two paws outside before changing ...

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November 5, 2021
Another Little Kitty Quilt from ... Cat Patches

It must be my month for cat quilts because it seems that's all I'm working on right now. Before heading off to the grocery store yesterday, I hung the Kitty Cat Alphabet in one of the few remaining open spots in the downstairs Mewseum.


There are still a few spots left for very small quilts, but anything larger will need to move to the upstairs portion of the Mewseum.

It was late in the day by the time I was able to head into the sewing room. The first order of business was to sew the nurse's ...

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