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January 17, 2019
Do You Want To Sew A Snowman Quilt? from Life in the Scrapatch





This free quilt tutorial and sew along 
can be found year round 
in the green toolbar at the top on my blog.

I am working today on the finishing touches for my blog post
for the upcoming




coming soon at



This favorite black and white quilt 
is warming my walls in my cold New England home.


Sew do you want to sew a snowman? 

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January 16, 2019
The Importance of Being Accurate from Life in the Scrapatch


Nine Patch Tracks
12" Block, Finished
Jelly Roll Friendly


Yesterday a new  quilting friend in an online sewing group was struggling 
with the math and the 1/4" seam allowance
while making a 12.5" block unfinished.

It started a discussion in the group and
sent me to my machine
to illustrate my comments.
I am a hands on person
so I designed this simple block.



Start with 2.5" scrap strips

The question was how to make a block from jelly roll strips 
and what size would the units be after sewing.

It could be called a Nine Patch ...

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January 15, 2019
I am a Quilt Book Bibliophile from Life in the Scrapatch




This the book I have dusted off for the 






It was published in 1999.
I have no idea how long it has been on my shelf,
but I cannot recall ever sewing a pattern from this book. 


Like many of my quilt books I found it on 
a white elephant table at a quilt show
for a fraction of its original cost.

I love quilt books!

I usually have a stack near me and I browse and read 
all the time for ideas and just for fun.

Do you love quilt books?

Then ...

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Fabric Finding Purpose from Life in the Scrapatch




Wee Wovens Brights by Moda Fabrics

This bright beautiful bundle has been in my stash 
for a very long time ...
waiting for just the right purpose.

The time is coming soon to cut and sew! 

I have shopped my stash for sewing along this year for the ...


The fabric requirements and all info is up for this wonderful
charity Quilt Along with


This year their charity is the 



This year’s charity quilt along will benefit Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas
The FQS is offering all of the patterns 
to make this quilt for free, 
they just ...

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January 14, 2019
Is there a Secret Fabric Homing Instinct? from Life in the Scrapatch



“Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct 
in books that brings them to their perfect readers. 
How delightful if that were true.” 
... Juliet to Dawsey
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society



I like to think this true of fabric, too.

This half yard bundle jumped into my stash 
when I was looking for fabrics
to fussy cut for my POTC Obsession.

I had not read the book 
or watched the movie at that time.  
In fact, I had never heard of it.


I just fell in love with this focus floral!

It is ...

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January 12, 2019
Saturday Morning ~ Coffee & Cake Break from Life in the Scrapatch



Last night at midnight I was just putting this cake 
into the oven.

My hubby works odd hours and would not be home until the middle of the night.

It was very cold and windy here.

I could not sleep and my eyes were too tired for sewing and stitching
so I baked and cuddled with the kitties under the quilts and
watched Netflix movies on my tablet.

This is my favorite Netflix movie
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I have watched it many times.


The book is even better.

For fabric fun check out
Brenda Riddle's ...

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When you want to sew ... from Life in the Scrapatch


... and the cat says ... 


 "... Play with me!" 

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January 11, 2019
Pretty Kitty Fabric , Blocks and Cats, Oh My! from Life in the Scrapatch


More kitty fabric blocks! 

These are for a monthly sew along I am participating in
on the same FB group for which I sewed the Birthady Swap block. 


Here are the cutting instructions that were posted.

We may make the 12" or the 6" block or both.

Although we are a swap group,
we are sewing and keeping these blocks to make a quilt for our own use. 


Here are my fabric choices

I am sewing from my kitty fabric stash ... 


I am using the blue, raspberry, pink and black fabrics in my stash 
for my sew along ...

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January 10, 2019
The "Katitude" Block from Life in the Scrapatch


I am calling this block "Katitude." 

This block is inspired my my Nutmeg.


I am sure you can tell which one of the three is Nutmeg.

Nutmeg has lots of personality.

This little kitty has large ears and likes to turn them forward,
and a long, quirky tail,
and sometimes sits on her back paws with her tail up,
which you cannot see in this photo.
I need to catch that in action.

I think I have this block the way I want it now.

I am designing this 12" finished block for a year long 
birthday swap block 
for ...

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January 9, 2019
Kitty Block ~ New Design from Life in the Scrapatch


I am working on a new variation of my


which I designed for this quilt ...



Not sure I have the block the way I want it yet.

Hmmmmm.

Your thoughts are welcome ... :-) 

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January 7, 2019
One Monthly Goal ~ January from Life in the Scrapatch


I am joining in the


hosted by


My January goal is ...


... to complete all the cross stitching on my 


Too often I put aside a holiday or seasonal project once the day and time has passed.

I am back in my sewing room which was Christmas Planning Central
for a month and my machine is uncovered 
and I have projects to sew.

I need to take a few minutes a day and get this cross stitch done this month.
I do enjoy sitting and slow stitching.
This ...

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Crazy Cat Lady & Fabric from Life in the Scrapatch


Yes, I am a crazy cat lady and I have the fabric to prove it ... ;) 

I need to make a swap block, a sew along block,

and other quilty kitty projects.

Katniss is, of course, is helping choose the fabric. 

Are you a crazy cat fabric stasher, too?

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January 6, 2019
Choose Your Own Qwazy from Life in the Scrapatch





"This year, the theme is, choose your own Qwazy… Have you made a  project that just turned out plain crazy? Perhaps your currently making your crazy project. It can be a quilt, a wallhanging, even a pair of potholders. Perhaps it’s a project that you created that didn’t turn out quite right… Let’s have some fun and see what you’ve done." ... Marian @ Seams To Be Sew


I know just what project I am going to feature. 

This blog hop is hosted by


Hope to see you ...

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January 4, 2019
Black and White from Life in the Scrapatch


Life is never really black and white.


The blog hop this month is.

Maybe.



"Black & White should be your inspiration.
Interpret it any way you like."

So we shall see what is black and white ... or not. 

I am really looking forward to this hop.

Thought for the day:

from my


is this ...


Not so black and white ... :-) 

Time to sew! 

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Live, Love, Bake ... and Stitch! from Life in the Scrapatch



It is that time of the year to plan and make goals

Live ... love ... bake ... and stitch ... works for me.

I had overripe bananas today.  
That day when you must deciede to make banana bread, 
peel them and freeze them to make banana bread later or toss them.

In the "use it up" frame of mind that has found me lately,
I opted to bake.

Mmmmmm ... warm, delicious Banana Bread ... yum!

My go-to Banana Bread recipe is 
from Simply Recipes and can be found HERE

I need to plan tn bake more banana bread.


Yes, I have a shiny new ...

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