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May 2, 2020
Feels Like Home ~ Stitch Maynia ~ Day 1 from Life in the Scrapatch

A New Cross Stitch Start

Blogged Here in April about my plans to participate in 

Part 1 was released today and I was ready!

(because I can see this ... sort of ... with my vision issues)
and the recommended DMC colors in the supply list. 

Maestro kept me company napping on "her new quilt" tonight
while I started stitching the tail feathers on the blue bird.

Not perfect, but I am happy ...

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April 21, 2020
Scraps ~ Before and After from Life in the Scrapatch

This what my sewing table looked like this morning. 

These are all scraps and cut-offs and left over fabric from piecing my quilt top.

There were several large pieced triangles that were cut away during the sewing
due to the piecing method and a small pile of strips.

This is my completed top for my 

Sew trimmed and I sewed the extra pieces together into scrap blocks.

This is my scraps after sewing ... the small pile in the upper right. 

I made a long strip of scrap blocks for making a pieced back to my quilt
and ...

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March 10, 2020
stitch ...stitch ...stitch ... from Life in the Scrapatch

... stitch ... stitch ... stitch ...

Is machine applique supposed to be a quick method?

Not when I am stitching it.

I set my machine to a crawl to get the curves right.

The top fabric is a woven.
I have never fused and appliqued a woven before this project.
I lengthened my side stitch and shortened my straight stitch
on my blanket stitch. 

Sew far ... Sew good ... Sew slow.

Tomorrow I will resume.

Sweet Stitching Dreams

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March 9, 2020
Applique Time from Life in the Scrapatch

Time to get my machine applique skills up to par.

I am working on a new pattern that is my March Blog Hop project.

Here is a sneak peek.

The two neutral fabrics are wovens. 
I have never appliqued the cut edge of a woven before,
but it seams to be working.

Looking forward to showing you this one soon!

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February 27, 2020
I Like Thursday #46 ~ Scrappy & Happy from Life in the Scrapatch

My mini tea rose is blooming on my sunny south facing kitchen windowsill.
I shared the story of this gift in my 

This is my first bloom of the year for 2020. 

It has been such a mild February that the buds are starting 
to get fat on my forsythia in my back yard.  
The ground is cracking where some of my bulbs are planted.
Spring is coming soon!

I have been taking this advice from a quilt to heart
and have been tending these thoughts.

I had three ...

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February 26, 2020
My Sweet Tea & Sashiko Stitches Pillow is Finished! from Life in the Scrapatch

My Jolly Bar Bakewell Pillow Cover is finished!

For the quilting, I did hand stitched Sashiko stitching.

I made this pillow with extra blocks from my 

I could not have done this stitching without this ...

You place it overt your thimble finger with the plate on your palm and 
push the long needle through the fabric
and then pull the needle and smooth the stitches.

More info on my method and tools may be found Here.
I stitched straight lines for the borders in these ...

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February 20, 2020
Color It Red Blog Hop ~ I Like Thursday # 45 from Life in the Scrapatch

I Like Red <3 
February has been a busy month of sewing and stitching red.

This Sweet Lily Block is a sample block I sewed for a pattern by

The pattern release is coming soon and I will post my finished project 
and link to the pattern at that time. 

These Sweet Tea blocks are also a sample quilt for a new 
pattern release that is coming this Saturday, February 22nd.

I have also been stitching it red this month.

This is my

This is as ...

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February 11, 2020
If Wishes Were Stitches from Life in the Scrapatch

My quilty kitties and I have been stitching.

Maestro is very "paws on"

Katniss has been inspecting her work very closely.

Together,  my kitties are making progress with their hand quilting.

Nutmeg is taking a nap somewhere.

Maybe I will just leave the stitching kitties to their work 
and go join Nutmeg,

Maybe the stitching will be all done for me when I wake up.


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February 9, 2020
Fabric Always Makes Me Smile from Life in the Scrapatch

Fabric pull for a new quilt project.

I cannot show more now because this is for my project for the

This is a really fun project.

See it in March in the hop.

This blog hop is hosted by

where the quilts are always fun and fabulous.

Happy Sewing! 

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February 8, 2020
Sewing Love and Comfort from Life in the Scrapatch

Today's sewing included these two blocks
 for two group Comfort Quilts
to wrap a little girl and boy in quilty hugs.

This pastel 6.5" Rail Fence block for the Girl Comfort Quilt is made from this ... 

This primary colored 8" block for the Boy Comfort Quilt is from

This and other fun and easy free quilt patterns may be found here


May you have a happy, scrappy, quilty weekend!

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February 7, 2020
I Like Thursday # 43 ~ Coffee, Cats, Groundhogs and Quilts from Life in the Scrapatch

"Is it Thursday Morning, Mommy?"
says the sleepy Nutmeg.

It is  lightly snowing here today. 

So ... as usual ... New England Weather is paying no attention to ...

who predicted an early spring last Sunday.

On Sunday Mr Scrapatch and I enjoyed watching the Super Bowl and
munching the goodies made by our oldest Scrapatch Hatchling.

This is my actual annual take on Groundhog Day ...

This always makes me smile.

My groundhogging is complete for the year until ...

... our local ground hogs
(photo taken last summer ...

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February 5, 2020
Love Letters Quilty Love from Life in the Scrapatch

I am matching my DMC colors to this

I have some very special plans for this cross stitch.

For  my

One Monthly Goal in February

I hope to finish the cross stitch part of this project.

Stitching is slow for me with my vision issues
so this part of the project is enough for me for one month.

<3 <3 <3 

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January 30, 2020
I Like Thursday Post # 42 ~ In the Midst of Winter from Life in the Scrapatch

This is a rosebud.

It is on the mini tea rose bush that one of my sons gave me last fall.

It sits on my south facing kitchen windowsill
which is sunny, but also very cold,
and bitterly cold at night.

When I saw this pretty little rosebush, my first thought was that it beautiful
and my son was thoughtful because he knows how much I love my rosebushes.

My second thought was, "How am I going to keep it alive this winter?"

I have not had much luck with this type of mini tea rose gift in the past ...

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January 29, 2020
Sewing the Red, White and Blue from Life in the Scrapatch

I pulled these fabrics today sew I would be ready for the 

Block Drive for 2020

The QOV National Sew Day is February 1st.

Since I am a "Stay at Home Quilter" 
I will be sewing blocks in my own quilty corner
on Saturday.

I registered via the 

The block drive is for easy 9 Patch Blocks this year

The block has very specific fabric, placement and pressing needs
 so that they will work well with all the other blocks ...

Will you be ...

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January 28, 2020
A Pawsome Quilty Idea from Life in the Scrapatch

I have this fabric.

I need to make a quilt with this awesome pawsome fabric.

In a Quilty Kitty FB group I belong to,
there is going to be a 

Me and My Kitty Row Robin this year.

Sew me and my quilty kitties and my pawsome fabric are joining in the fun

My Row Robin is going to be pawsome.

I just need to figure out a design and sew my row.

I have fabric,  but I have no clue what to sew.

Any ideas????

Blocks may be pieced or applique but must ...

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January 26, 2020
One Monthly Goal for January ~ Completed from Life in the Scrapatch

My January OMG is completed!

This goal oriented event is hosted monthly by

I started this project with this blank cloth and new thread spool
and posted this as 

These were my first Sashiko Stitches. 

I combined this goal with my Winter Blues Blog Hop project
which was to learn something new for this first month of the New Year.

I enjoyed this new journey very much and decided
to honor my first Sashiko stitches
by framing it in fabric and a simple white frame.
The small vase was a refrigerator ...

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January 25, 2020
It's a Sew Down ~ Aurifil 2020Challenge from Life in the Scrapatch

My new cone of Aurifil has arrived !

I am getting ready for the big Sew Down!

To help supply the thread you may need

It is good on all colors and all sizes for one week.

I am a blogger affiliate of Fat Quarter Shop
and if you shop in the product links on my blog 
or the button on my sidebar 
I receive a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you. 

For piecing, I use Aurifil ...

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January 23, 2020
I Like Thursday # 41 ~ Winter's Gifts from Life in the Scrapatch

Life has been kind. 
It has been snowy and then a very sunny week here.
It has been cold all week.
The snow has stayed and crunches underfoot.

On Sunday when it snowed, our heat went out three times 
before the repair guy got everything up and running  smoothly again. 
Thankfully it has been warm inside since then.

Last week I missed I Like Thursday 
as I was under the influence of a wintery malaise.
has gone a long way toward lifting my winter blues.

I have mostly spent my time indoors under my daylight ...

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January 19, 2020
On a Winter's Day from Life in the Scrapatch

Winter Blues Sneak Peek

Today it is sunny and cold and we are digging out from last night's snow storm.

We had a very bitter early morning as the temperatures plummeted.
 the icy winds blew,
and our heat went off in the wee hours of the night.

All is well and warm now here and I am looking forward 
to the beating the wintery blues with the 

Starts tomorrow! 

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A Good Night to Stay In and Stitch from Life in the Scrapatch

My Motif #1 ~ Top Row Center 
for my Quilty Love Cross Stitch is done!

I am really happy with how this one is working up.

I got to the center of this motif and decided o add a new color.
Green was not a part of the original plan.

I have decided I want to use these fabrics for inspiration and finishing 
and  I do not have a lot of DMC colors so I opened this package
of Cosmo Floss that was in my stash and used that.
The Cosmo floss feels different and I little thinner.,
but it works ...

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