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August 27, 2019
Whose the Best Quilty Kitty? from Life in the Scrapatch

"Mommy, " says Nutmeg, "Am I your best quilty kitty?"

"Here I am on the job swishing my tail in front of the needle 
while Maestro is just looking out the window at the birdies."

"Maestro, Mommy says I am the bestest quilty kitty helper!"

"You are not!" says Maestro, " I am the best quilty kitty helper, so there!"

"I will help, Mommy."

"Something does not feel right.  I am sad.
Helping Mommy sew without my bestest sister kitty is not fun."

"Nutmeg?  Where did you go, little sister kitty?"

"Found you.  Come here.  I love you, Nutmeg.
Mommy can keep ...

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August 26, 2019
A Sweet Shop Block from Life in the Scrapatch

A cup of Hot Chocolate with a Peppermint Stick
and frosted Christmas Cookies
and Candy Canes for my
Block 3 ~ Picture Window
for the

I am having a lot of fun fussy cutting these fun

Looking forward to the next block on Thursday.

Today was a family day here in the scrapatch.
It is very cool here tonight.
A cup of hot chocolate would be tasty right now.

May the new week be happy and quilty.

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August 25, 2019
Not Sew Saturday from Life in the Scrapatch

Maestro is watching and waiting.
It is Saturday and my quilty kitty is wondering why I am not sewing.
Behind her are the blocks I sewed for

I have pretty fabrics to sew.

Maestro is waiting.

Today was a cool breezy day and fall was in the air and we worked outside in the yard.
Here it was coffee break time on the deck ...

... and watch the goldfinches on the feeders.

While Maestro napped, waiting for me to come back in and sew ...

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August 24, 2019
Cats Catching Stitches As Cats and Catch Can from Life in the Scrapatch

Here is the layout, minus the sashing, for the batik quilt,

There have been some family commitments that have been keeping me away 
from my sewing machine for the past few days.

My quilty kitties have been trying to help ... 

sew we have gotten some of the dark blue sashing strips added.

We have also gotten several strips sewn together ...

... and trimmed.

I hope to have more time this weekend to sew. 

I also need to catch up on my Kinship Sampler Blocks.

May you have a happy quilty weekend.

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August 22, 2019
I Love Thursday Post #24 ~ A Single Rose from Life in the Scrapatch

Photo taken on a stormy day in my life in the scrapatch.

I am thankful for this day, 

for each and everyday,

for each and every bloom,

and all the moments that take my breath away.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away."

Sharing today with my friends at

I Like Thursday Quilters @ Not Afraid of Color

Happy Thursday!  

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Sewing the Next 50 Kinship Blocks from Life in the Scrapatch

Here is Day 52 ~ Block 52 for the


It was an empty the scrap jar block.

Here is yesterday's block which I forgot to post.

It was a cloudy and stormy day today and there is another band of heavy storms moving in.

Goodnight and be safe and happy, my friends.

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August 20, 2019
On My Sewing Table Today ~ Rhapsody! from Life in the Scrapatch

This gorgeous fabric is on my sewing table today!

This is a new start. 

This fabric is

The designer for this beautiful fabric is

has this lovely 

When I researching this fabric, I also found this 

I am using this pretty Fat Quarter Bundle and yardage 
and Kona Solid in Seaglass for the background
to sew this

which is fat quarter and fat eighth ...

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August 19, 2019
50 Blocks ~ Kinship Fusion Sampler Quilt from Life in the Scrapatch

The first 50 Blocks done!

5 rows of 10 blocks each
with Block 50 in the upper left 
and Block 1 on the lower right

I put these up on my design wall  to see how they play together.

I am very happy with these blocks for the


Here is Block 50.

I am still in the thought process for the setting
and will decide when all the blocks are finished.

I am really enjoying this quilty journey and playing with these pretty fabrics.

Happy Monday!

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Sew I Knew It Would Happen from Life in the Scrapatch

It's Beginner to look a lot like Christmas!

~ and ~ 

I knew it would happen.

I am actually looking forward to the moments like these.

My Girl and I are sewing along Christmas Quilts together.
My Girl and I are actually "online" quilt along friends right now as she is living in Texas
and I am rooted in Massachusetts.

Here is my daughter's Nine Patch Block.
sent via wonderful modern technology.

My Girl has been bitten by the quilt bug.
At one point she said it would never happen.
That was years after she had dabbled with making a ...

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August 18, 2019
Fussy Cutting Fabric Fun from Life in the Scrapatch

Day 48 ~  Block 48


Fussy cutting and sewing these 

which were a

I hope to have enough scraps from my quilt o make my version of this
large pillow that features the Bell Jar fabric... 

It would be such a nice accent to add to my quilt.

Looking forward to sewing this quilt top.

Almost halfway there! 

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August 17, 2019
More Blueberry Goodness + More Quilt Blocks from Life in the Scrapatch

More Blueberries = More Blueberry Goodness

I used up another two cups of blueberries from our picking adventure.

My hubby loves custard and he loves bread pudding and he loves blueberries
so I devised this recipe to combine the three
and use up some bread and eggs going out of date 
and some more of our yummy fresh picked blueberries.

Blueberry Custard Style Bread Pudding 

  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon rum extract (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground mace
  • 4 extra large eggs ...

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August 16, 2019
I Like Thursday Post # 23 ~ Blueberry Picking and Quilty Kitty Fun from Life in the Scrapatch

Maestro, say hello to my I like Thursday friends. 

Captioned thus:
Top left picture:  "Momma, you know I do not know what you are talking about." 
Top Right:  "Momma, you know I don't like it when you flash that thing in my face."
Bottom Left:  "Just peeking to see when you stop with the photo stuff."
 Bottom Right:  " I love you, Momma.  I will just wait.  This too will pass." 

It can challenging to photograph a black cat that really does not like the camera.

Katniss and Nutmeg are always more photo accommodating:

Photo Left: 
Quilty Kitty Stand-off
 Nutmeg ...

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August 15, 2019
Getting Ready For Sewing Along Today from Life in the Scrapatch

Early in the day I like to organize my sewing plans with my morning coffee. 

I was laying out my next batik blocks for my hubby when he wandered through 
with his morning cup, so I asked him for his input.
We played with the cut pieces and this is what he chose.
It is nice to be making a quilt with my hubby,
Usually he just says something like "you do well" when I ask his opinion
and leaves me to my own quilty designing.
Because this quilt is for him, he has been more proactive in the choices ...

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August 14, 2019
Merrily I Sew Along ~ Making More Plans To Sew Along from Life in the Scrapatch

I love this book!
I received it in the mail today because
I pre-ordered this book after seeing previews of it on 

There is going to be a 

It is about 5 minutes into the video replay.
▸ The sew along will start September 3rd, 2019. ▸ Supplies: 4” and 3” Triangles On A Roll paper,
two fat quarters,
five fat eighths,
and 4 yards of fabric for background fabric

and you need this book ... 

You only need two Triangles on the Roll papers ...

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August 13, 2019
I Quilt Because It Makes Me Happy from Life in the Scrapatch

Today I made ten more batik blocks using my

Layer Cake Cuts

These blocks are so bright and happy they make me smile.
I will leave them out on the table for my hubby to see 
when he comes in from work late tonight.

I also made my block of the day. 
Block 43 for the

When I get to the halfway mark of fifty blocks
I am going to put them up on my design wall 
and see how my quilt is growing. 

I saw this on Facebook and it made me ...

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August 12, 2019
Sunday ~ Funday from Life in the Scrapatch

Sunday was another glorious day in my quilty corner
so I took my Day 42 Kinship Block outside for the daily photo.

It was a good day to get more work done in the yard.
We planted one more rose bush on the other side of our new garden gate
and some other gardening tasks.
It was a great day for grilling, too.

Inside Nutmeg and I made more blocks for our

Nutmeg enjoyed playing with and pressing the blocks.

With such good quilty kitty help, 
I ...

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August 11, 2019
A One Block Day from Life in the Scrapatch

Day 41 ~ Block 41 for the

Today was a lovely day outside, full of sun and clouds and unexpected cloudbursts.
We spent most of it outside and went blueberry picking
and enjoyed the weather.

Sew it was a one block day in my quilty corner.

Blueberry muffins for breakfast tomorrow
... and hopefully more batik blocks. 

Hope you are having a happy weekend!

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August 10, 2019
Christmas Arrived Early ... from Life in the Scrapatch

... and this is the very best present!

This is My Girl's very first block for her quilt.

Although we are many miles apart, we are sewing along together with the

This is the fat quarter bundle My Girl chose for her blocks ...

Here is my Block 1

I am using this pretty stash stack of 

I am visiting My Girl later this year and hope 
to get photos of our quilts ...

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August 9, 2019
I Like Thursday # 23 ~ Family and Fabric from Life in the Scrapatch

I like fabrics.

I like buying them, fondling them,  folding them, sorting them, stashing them, 
taking them out and arranging and rearranging them,
designing quilts with them,
picking the right ones for the right quilt,
choosing the right ones for the right block,
washing, pressing, cutting, sewing,
making a quilt with them.

Most of all I like cuddling under them in their quilt
and stroking them and admiring their
pretty colors and designs.

Fabric is love.

This is my big beautiful stash closet.

I call it "stash spelunking" when I search through this closet 
because it is a dark cave ...

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August 8, 2019
Sewing Between the Storms from Life in the Scrapatch

I has been a day of thunderstorms off and on here
... and another is fast approaching.

I turn the power strip off on my machine and my computer
before the storms and leave them off until I am sure the
threat of lightning has passed.

Many years ago I recall a strike to a pole outside our house on the hill that 
sent a burst of energy through the line into our house and punched a three way hole in a lightbulb on a lamp that was left on.

I am not afraid of thunder, lightning or the dark.

I ...

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