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July 1, 2020
Last Minute July 4th Projects: Five fun, free and festive online ideas from Repro Quilt Lover

Are you inspired by the combination of red, white and blue and motivated to do some festive July 4th holiday creating? You don’t need to look any further than your internet browser to find an abundance of free and festive ideas. Since the safe thing to do these days is to stick close to home, I’ll be spending most of the holiday weekend cooking and quilting. And, since times are also a bit lean, I found five great FREE projects from generous and talented designers. Here are my suggestions, let me know if you wind up picking one ...

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June 10, 2020
Slow Stitching on a Rainy Day from ... Cat Patches

We're pretty tired of the rain here at the Three Cats Ranch. Even kitties have had enough. It gets in the way of their squirrel hunting adventures, don't you know. A rainy day is always a good day for sewing and cooking though, and that's how yesterday was spent.


The first order of business was to finish off the left side of the Appalachian Memories block.


Slow stitching is always done with the assistance of my little cat. She ensures that my lap stays warm and my heart stays full while I'm working on an embroidery ...

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Slow Stitching on a Rainy Day from Cat Patches

We're pretty tired of the rain here at the Three Cats Ranch. Even kitties have had enough. It gets in the way of their squirrel hunting adventures, don't you know. A rainy day is always a good day for sewing and cooking though, and that's how yesterday was spent.


The first order of business was to finish off the left side of the Appalachian Memories block.


Slow stitching is always done with the assistance of my little cat. She ensures that my lap stays warm and my heart stays full while I'm working on an embroidery ...

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June 9, 2020
Purple Has Its Day from ... Cat Patches

We're in the middle of a couple of weeks of rain. It looks as if summer will come in looking an awful lot like spring. It didn't stop the new clematis from unfurling its petals, however. I'm hoping the temperatures will warm a little and it will decide to open up all the way.



In the herb garden, I finally had enough sage blossoms to give the sage blossom vinegar a try. I'd picked as many as I could find a few days ago, and they were chilling in the fridge. Yesterday, I picked around twice ...

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Purple Has Its Day from Cat Patches

We're in the middle of a couple of weeks of rain. It looks as if summer will come in looking an awful lot like spring. It didn't stop the new clematis from unfurling its petals, however. I'm hoping the temperatures will warm a little and it will decide to open up all the way.



In the herb garden, I finally had enough sage blossoms to give the sage blossom vinegar a try. I'd picked as many as I could find a few days ago, and they were chilling in the fridge. Yesterday, I picked around twice ...

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June 8, 2020
Little Green Sprouts from ... Cat Patches

There were just a few sun breaks yesterday. Most of the day was spent inside. I did some housework, and then sewed the binding onto Hearts A-Plenty. And that's a finish!


It finished up at 24 x 34 inches. I haven't decided whether to keep it as a table runner or whether to hang it on the wall in my sewing room. If I decide to hang it, I'll need to add a hanging sleeve. That's the direction I'm leaning. Here's how it looks from the back.


The heart embroidery patterns were created by ...

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Little Green Sprouts from Cat Patches

There were just a few sun breaks yesterday. Most of the day was spent inside. I did some housework, and then sewed the binding onto Hearts A-Plenty. And that's a finish!


It finished up at 24 x 34 inches. I haven't decided whether to keep it as a table runner or whether to hang it on the wall in my sewing room. If I decide to hang it, I'll need to add a hanging sleeve. That's the direction I'm leaning. Here's how it looks from the back.


The heart embroidery patterns were created by ...

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June 7, 2020
So Much Sewing from Cat Patches

It rained most of the day yesterday, and so it was a stay-in-and-sew day. There was plenty to keep me busy. The first task was to finish off the binding for the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt. This is finished now, and working hard as a table topper for our breakfast bar.



Here's how it looks from the back.


I want to make a patriotic runner for our dining room table too. There is a pattern and embroidery floss waiting in my sewing room, but I will need to finish one of my other embroidery projects first.

Next, I ...

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So Much Sewing from ... Cat Patches

It rained most of the day yesterday, and so it was a stay-in-and-sew day. There was plenty to keep me busy. The first task was to finish off the binding for the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt. This is finished now, and working hard as a table topper for our breakfast bar.



Here's how it looks from the back.


I want to make a patriotic runner for our dining room table too. There is a pattern and embroidery floss waiting in my sewing room, but I will need to finish one of my other embroidery projects first.

Next, I ...

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June 5, 2020
Grand Opening from Cat Patches

Flower-wise, it was a pretty exciting day at the Three Cats Ranch. Sadie was completely worn out from all the thrills.



After breakfast, I walked outside to see what was going on with the peonies. I found Mr. Smithers on his catio. We noticed he has a bite mark on his cheek, no doubt delivered by a gopher he caught. We'll have to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get infected. Fortunately, he's up-to-date on his vaccines.


And outside...(insert the Hallalujah chorus right here) IT HAS BLOOMED!!! This isn't the one ...

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Grand Opening from ... Cat Patches

Flower-wise, it was a pretty exciting day at the Three Cats Ranch. Sadie was completely worn out from all the thrills.



After breakfast, I walked outside to see what was going on with the peonies. I found Mr. Smithers on his catio. We noticed he has a bite mark on his cheek, no doubt delivered by a gopher he caught. We'll have to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get infected. Fortunately, he's up-to-date on his vaccines.


And outside...(insert the Hallalujah chorus right here) IT HAS BLOOMED!!! This isn't the one ...

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March 2, 2020
Quilt Reveal: Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop from High Road Quilter

Hello! Welcome to Dust Off an Old Quilt Book Blog Hop!


Once upon a time, I went out to dinner with two other people. The restaurant was in a shopping center, and as we were walking back to the car, there was a thrift store in the center that pulled me in magnetically.  The others in my party had no choice but to follow me in.  The magnet drew me straight to the books section where I found this publication.  I was so thrilled with finding two publications with patterns I had not seen before. The other people in the ...

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February 22, 2020
More Red Quilts from High Road Quilter

The Color It Red blog hop is over now, but some of you may still want to see some more red quilts.  If you missed my red quilt, you can see it Red and White Portrait with Yo-Yo Trim.  Here are some red quilts I have made. They are all small quilts - too small to use as lap quilts. They are all taken with the same background - living room floor, so you may be able to estimate the size.

Lately, I have been enjoying seeing my quilts in different combinations - like a curator in a museum.


















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February 17, 2020
Clues to Future Posts from High Road Quilter


I have been stitching every day this week, but I can't show you what I am working on. I guess I could show you, but it is more fun for you to see the completed version.

I will be showing you my red quilt on the 20th for the Color It Red blog hop.  If you remember, my clue for that is that it uses yo-yos. It is already finished, so this week I worked on my mini quilt for March.

The March mini is also for the Dust Off an Old Book blog hop so I can only ...

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February 8, 2020
Quilt Reveal: Heart Quilt from High Road Quilter

When I learned that you could make a heart with squares and rectangles instead of triangles, and saw the sweet quilts that were made that way, I wanted to make that quilt.  But every February, when I saw a quilt that was made that way, I resisted.  I already have enough heart quilts. I need to work on some other holiday quilt, if I make a holiday quilt at all.

But then this month, I came across a quilt tutorial from Sew Can She. I was about to resist again, but then Project Quilting made it their challenge to make ...

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January 11, 2020
Quilt Reveal: Maximum Minimal from High Road Quilter

I am about to reveal my latest quilt to you.  It came together as a result of a confluence of factors.

1.  I decided to try to make a mini quilt a month again this year. There is a group of us who do this, as documented by Wendy at The Constant Quilter.  I made quite a few small quilts last year as a result of this group. You are welcome to join us.



2.  I looked through my library books for a pattern, and this book, Minimal Quiltmaking  by Gwen Marston, looked like it would give me a quick ...

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January 1, 2020
My 2019 Yearly Quilting Recap from High Road Quilter

2019 has been a good year for me, especially on the quilting front.  I joined the challenge to make a small quilt a month, and because of that, I have lots of finishes to show you. Let's charge right in, shall we?

January

In January, I made Vintage Holiday. The pattern is in a magazine, and I was smitten as soon as I saw it.  Since I took the picture, I took out the lace that is on that tree, lightly coffee-dyed it so it wouldn't stand out so much, and put it back in.


February


In February ...

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