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December 12, 2019
I Like Thursday # 36 ~ Home Sweet Home from Life in the Scrapatch



I like to be Home.

I have been home since late Sunday night and have been doing lots of snuggling 
under the quilts with the kitties. 


Katniss, who is older and whom we have had the longest,
met us at the door with her big eyes.
Katniss takes these things in stride.

My Boys  alternate house sitting, coming and going and feeding and petting them.

All My Kitties love My Boys. 


My kitties are happy we are home.

Nutmeg has strong memories of a traumatic life in shelters
or being abandoned by someone she loved.
When we came in she ...

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Sitting at Home and Christmas Stitching from Life in the Scrapatch


I am making progress with my Vintage Christmas Cross Stitching.

I started this project last December and after much thought ... 
I decided to use the blue Aida 11 that had been in my closet for years.


The pattern is 

This year when it came time to stitch the motifs,
I decided to limit my color palette to white, red, green, golden yellow
 and gingerbread brown.

My motifs are a variation of those in the pattern.
Some of the changes are intentional,
some are a "design option" created by a counting miscue,
like the left ...

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December 11, 2019
Pieced Backing ~ Jelly Glazed Hearts Table Runner from Life in the Scrapatch


I have had a reader request as to how I pieced the backing





I cut one  Home Oat Quilt Panel  
into four of these double units
which measure 12.5" by 8.5" 
and used three and saved this one for another project.


I sewed the three panel pieces together into a long strip and 


 from a half yard of Home Oat Script Fabric
I cut four pieces,
each measuring 30.5" by 6" 
then I sewed them into two long strips 
and sewed one on the top and one on the bottom ...

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Jelly Glazed Hearts ~ Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong from Life in the Scrapatch


At last I can show this lovely tablerunner.

This is a free pattern!



Click Here for Free Pattern PDF from FQS



Free Video Tutorial From FQS Here





This is a long runner and will be a good size for my dining table 
at home. Here it is on my daughter's table for four
 in her bright dining nook. 


It is a two sided table runner.


For the backing I cut This Panel from the




Home Collection by Kathy Schmitz for Moda Fabrics.
This Home Jelly Roll may be found ...

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December 9, 2019
Freezer Paper Quilting Method ~ Jelly Glazed Hearts from Life in the Scrapatch


Freezer Paper Quilting Templates

I have been using this technique for years to add uniform size motifs to my machine
quilting on my regular sewing machine.

Tips about using Freezer Paper Quilt Templates:

(1) These templates may be temporarily adhered to your quilt top by
pressing with a dry iron on a medium setting.
Paper side up.  
Plastic side down.
The warm plastic makes the temporary hold.
Do not touch the plastic side with your hot iron.  

(2) Press from the center out to the edges by lifting and setting your dry iron
on the next section. 

(3) Do Not ...

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December 8, 2019
Our Texas Day is Done from Life in the Scrapatch


The sun is setting on our Texas holiday.

See you back home soon <3 


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Grammy ~ Grampy Christmas 2019 from Life in the Scrapatch


Christmas cookies for Grammy/Grampy Christmas.

These are our family favorites.
Recipe in the link below ...



My daughter made the cookies
and I made the icing
and my Grand-darling helped clean up the icing drips.


Little Miss is wearing her new Little Mermaid dress-up dress 
for our Grammy/Grampy Christmas celebration.

May you and yours have a happy weekend together, too.
 <3 <3 <3 

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December 6, 2019
Security Quilt ~ Secured from Life in the Scrapatch


This is my oldest "in use" bed quilt.

This is also my grand-darling's security quilt.

I made this twin size bed quilt as "practice"
 when I was teaching myself to quilt
about 14 years ago when my nest was emptying.


It was made with the scraps from this quilt,
which was made from two packs of fat quarters 
that my daughter picked out on an excursion to JoAnn fabrics
when I also bought a magazine that promised me I could
"Learn to Quilt in 10 Lessons."

My Girl was 18  and I wanted to make her a quilt to ...

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December 5, 2019
Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop 2019 from Life in the Scrapatch



Our Texas Christmas Tree 2019.
Two Christmas Trees is now a family tradition for us.
Mr Scrapatch and I visit our daughter for Thanksgiving 
and she sets up her Christmas Tree so we can then celebrate 
"Grammy - Grampy Christmas" with our grand-darling.
Gathering and decorating The Tree 
is my favorite Christmas Tradition.
So two trees is even better than one.

Cookie baking is another one of our favorite Christmas traditions.
Usually I start early in December and make plates of cookies
for gifting. 


Here is a recipe card I have had in one of my old file boxes for many ...

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December 3, 2019
Winter Blues Blog Hop Sign-Ups Open from Life in the Scrapatch



I love blue and white quilts and 
I have a stash of blue and white snowflake fabric
to sew something for this hop.

This blog hop is hosted by the lovely


Hope to see you joining in the fun! 

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December 2, 2019
Christmas Virtual Cookie Exchange 2019 from Life in the Scrapatch

My favorite Blog Hop of the Year starts today!

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Slow Stitch Sunday in Texas from Life in the Scrapatch


Row 1 is done!

It was a beautiful sunny day today.
I spent much of the day slow stitching.
Mostly outside or in a sunny window.
This photo was taken at the end of the day
after darkness fell and the soft lights were on inside.


Mr Scrapatch added the tent roof to the tower
and the Little Miss enjoyed the sunshade.
He also added the monkey bars but I forgot to take photos today.


I like the gingerbread house in the Christmas colors I have chosen.
I will add the button details after all the stitching is done.

This ...

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November 30, 2019
A Rainy Day in Texas from Life in the Scrapatch


It is raining today,
a good day to stay in and stitch with the grand-kitty.


This is baby Pepper in July 2012
on my my favorite blue and yellow bed quilt
when my daughter brought here for a visit.


Quilty Kitty Buddies
This is one of the first photos I have of Katniss and Pepper together.
We adopted Katniss from the shelter where Pepper was found.
Katniss had been picked up as a stray at about two years old.


I love having my quilty kitty and doggie buddies keeping me company
while I stay in out of the rain and ...

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Hill Country Pumpkin Pie from Life in the Scrapatch


Mmmmm ... Pumpkin Pie <3 

This is the pie my daughter made for our Thanksgiving feast.
It is now crumbs.
Time to make another pie.


My daughter made our traditional pumpkin pie with 
and I posted that  I always use One-Pie Pumpkin for Maine
or cooked fresh pumpkin.


Here is Texas we found a very good canned pumpkin,

HEB has it's own recipe 


Yummy, yummy pumpkin pie.



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November 28, 2019
Stitching in Texas from Life in the Scrapatch


For hand stitching here in Texas, I packed the
Vintage Christmas Cross Stitch
which I started last December.


I started this project Here
by stitching the white border and grid.
Now I am adding the cute Christmas motifs in the squares.


I have learned to "stitch in hand"
without a frame, this year and it makes my project more portable.

After seeing one of these online on the
that had a limited palate that I really liked,
I have decided to also limit mine.
I am using mostly the aurifloss that I bought last year ...

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November 27, 2019
Under the Texas Skies from Life in the Scrapatch


Grampy is building a better swing set
as our grand-darling outgrew the small one we purchased for her
when she was younger.


Many pieces and time taking.


Everly is helping as she is very interested
and can see how much fun it shall be.

Hope to have the climbing tower ready for play soon!

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November 26, 2019
Sitting and Stitching in Texas from Life in the Scrapatch


The skies are beautiful in Texas.

This photo was taken at daybreak in the back yard while I sipped my morning coffee. 


Hand stitching the binding to the back of my quilt.

The back is pieced from a panel and fabrics 


I decided not to use the black panel.


Since I am not home and found I forgot to back my favorite binding needles I am using one the Sashiko ones
that I packed for a small hand project.


My quilty kitty helper in Texas is my grandkitty, Pepper.

Kitty ...

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Binding Day is Done from Life in the Scrapatch


The binding is done!

I love this project and cannot wait to show it to you
but it is the back of a new pattern release.
Reveal coming soon!


Here is the evening sky.

Tomorrow may be cloudy.

I will be working on a new project.

Happy stitching ... :) 


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November 22, 2019
Quilts and Fur Babies from Life in the Scrapatch


Visiting with my furry grandbabies ... :) 

The quilt on her guestroom bed this year
is one I made in June 2012 and posted it ...




I made pillowcases and toss pillows ... 


and mug rugs and  table quilt and curtain tie backs 
with the extra fabrics.


I am happy to snuggle under this well loved quilt while I am here
and pet my furry grandbabies

:-)  


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November 21, 2019
Be Back Soon from Life in the Scrapatch


Flying south today.
Soon to be sewing with this sweet girl and her mommy
on that cute Janome Jem.

Happy Sewing, Y'all! 

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