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October 17, 2018
Just a Few More Trip Pictures… from a daily dose of fiber

Hope you’re not too hungry as the next batch of pictures includes a lot of food. Though we always enjoyed the shore excursions, as Peter said “We’re always about 15 minutes short ” of the time needed to sit down and have a snack. We did have time one morning. Here you see a lovely German latte and a poppy seed bun. Poppy seed bakery goods are very popular and I want to research some recipes. It seems in the US that we just sprinkle them on things.

And the bakery window where we bought it…. Doesn’t everything ...

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October 12, 2018
Whimsy Nostalgia: Little Clementine Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Is there a certain children's book that you absolutely loved as a kid?!

When I was a little girl, my mother or grandmother would lay in bed next to me with a book, and would read to me before I fell asleep, each night. As they read to me, I would let my imagination come to life, pretending that I was making friends with animals or mystical creatures in the story, and going on adventures to far off lands! Depending on the character in the book, my grandmother would change the tone of her voice as she read aloud ...

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October 11, 2018
A Cruise on the Danube! from a daily dose of fiber

On this rainy-windy-the-hurricane-is-blowing-through-us-day, I have decided to take a break from all my deadlines and write! Peter and I took another Viking River Cruise two weeks ago and enjoyed it very much! Despite the river being low and the fact that we had to change ships midway through, it was a lovely vacation. I’d like to share some pictures with you; some random ones. I do not take many cathedral or famous buildings shots because I know when I get home that I will not look at them. I like to take pictures of quirky things, that I found ...

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October 10, 2018
Under Construction from ... Cat Patches

As expected, I finished up the last block for the Home and Heart quilt. I keep calling it Heart and Home, but it is actually the other way round. This is Robin Kingsley's design from Birdbrain Designs.


Here are all the blocks for this quilt.


You might remember when I made another of her designs. This is "Love Me, Love My Cat."


It was entered in a special exhibit at the Road to California quilt show several years back. The exhibit was all redwork designs from Birdbrain Designs. This quilt was a winner, and I won a $50 gift ...

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Under Construction from Cat Patches

As expected, I finished up the last block for the Home and Heart quilt. I keep calling it Heart and Home, but it is actually the other way round. This is Robin Kingsley's design from Birdbrain Designs.


Here are all the blocks for this quilt.


You might remember when I made another of her designs. This is "Love Me, Love My Cat."


It was entered in a special exhibit at the Road to California quilt show several years back. The exhibit was all redwork designs from Birdbrain Designs. This quilt was a winner, and I won a $50 gift ...

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October 9, 2018
A Cat and A Coincidence from ... Cat Patches

It's something of a miracle that our road paving project started yesterday. Mike told me that half the road is paved now. Presumably it will be finished up today. I'll be able to see it for myself in a few hours because I really need to go out and do a little grocery shopping today..."little" being the operative word there because it's also a CSA pick-up day. One learns not to plan one's menu until one has seen what is in one's CSA share. And one is the wiser for it too. And when ...

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A Cat and A Coincidence from Cat Patches

It's something of a miracle that our road paving project started yesterday. Mike told me that half the road is paved now. Presumably it will be finished up today. I'll be able to see it for myself in a few hours because I really need to go out and do a little grocery shopping today..."little" being the operative word there because it's also a CSA pick-up day. One learns not to plan one's menu until one has seen what is in one's CSA share. And one is the wiser for it too. And when ...

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October 8, 2018
France - where we stayed and one restaurant sampling from caledonia quilter

If you are interested in where we stayed, use this link to Chateau D'Agel.  The place was too big for me to get a pic.  It's a castle built in the 1200's, and it is VERY large.
There were 9 of us on the tour, plus 1 chef, plus 1 tour organizer/guide, plus her 2 helpers.

This was our room, view to the right of the window.


This is the view to the left of the window.  Behind me is a dresser and a desk.

This is our bathroom.  Note the fireplace on the left. :-)  All ...

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October 5, 2018
Our Latest AGF Fusions: Rainforest + Trinkets from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers, 

With the holidays right around the corner, I know all of us are prepping or have already begun sewing gifts for our family, friends, colleagues and teachers. I think that as a maker, we're always trying to create gifts that are so personalized to the person we're giving it to, so if you haven't started sewing your gifts yet, don't worry! We just released TWO NEW FUSIONS that cater to two different themes that can turn into so many great gifts! 

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If you're new to AGF, our "Fusion Collections" are bite-size collections featuring ...

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October 4, 2018
Octobers Past and Present from Cat Patches

It's really starting to feel like fall here. Yesterday I went out fairly early to fill the bird feeders and take a little walk around the yard. Most of the trees are just now beginning to change color. The star of the show is the maple tree at the far end of the field. We planted it far away so that it could drop its leaves with wild abandon and we wouldn't feel a need to rake them up. I've been taking pictures of it from far away, but yesterday I walked down a little closer.


Probably ...

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Octobers Past and Present from ... Cat Patches

It's really starting to feel like fall here. Yesterday I went out fairly early to fill the bird feeders and take a little walk around the yard. Most of the trees are just now beginning to change color. The star of the show is the maple tree at the far end of the field. We planted it far away so that it could drop its leaves with wild abandon and we wouldn't feel a need to rake them up. I've been taking pictures of it from far away, but yesterday I walked down a little closer.


Probably ...

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September 24, 2018
Woo hoo - France from caledonia quilter

It took many, many hours to get here, but the Chef's Tour in France has arrived.  I'm at Chateau D'Agel for a week.  With a friend.  DH and dog stayed at home.
Here's the breakfast view...

The bad news:  Janice (my traveling companion) had her luggage delayed and the delivery wasn't going to arrive until Tuesday.  Like she could go for 4 days with no clean underwear.  Yeah, um, no.  And I left my cosmetics at home somewhere, so I'm in Europe with NO MASCARA.  Based on the amount of wine I drank yesterday ...

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September 22, 2018
War and Pieced from Thistle and Thicket Studio

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I'm back to share a little more of my trip to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska a couple of weeks ago. By far, the most amazing exhibit on display was "War and Pieced", a collection of quilts from the 1700 & 1800's made from the wool of military uniforms by men in the service. The term 'quilt' is used loosely as most of these textiles were not quilted, had no batting, and were almost never backed. Most were used as wall hangings, or sometimes table coverings, and others were used as game boards.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
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Fastest Needle in the West from ... Cat Patches

We had a wonderful week at Ft. Stevens State Park in Warranton, Oregon last week. There was a weak cell signal, and so no blogging for me. The signal was strong enough to tease, however. Occasionally, we could pick up our email, and I'd see tantalizing headlines, but no way to click on the link and read the story. Like this one: Chevy Chase: He's 74, sober, but no one will work with him. Really? Is that guy still alive? And sober? I didn't even know he wasn't sober...ever...and he wants to work? Geez ...

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Fastest Needle in the West from Cat Patches

We had a wonderful week at Ft. Stevens State Park in Warranton, Oregon last week. There was a weak cell signal, and so no blogging for me. The signal was strong enough to tease, however. Occasionally, we could pick up our email, and I'd see tantalizing headlines, but no way to click on the link and read the story. Like this one: Chevy Chase: He's 74, sober, but no one will work with him. Really? Is that guy still alive? And sober? I didn't even know he wasn't sober...ever...and he wants to work? Geez ...

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September 21, 2018
Travel Updates for 2019 from Butterfly Threads


I'm filling up my travel schedule for 2019. It's going to be an exciting year with a new book STRIP QUILT SECRETS and new WORKSHOPS so I am trying to make the most of my travel itinerary.

Here are the places I am scheduled to travel so far. I would love to tag a visit to your guild onto any of these trips before I buy the airfare. PLEASE let me know if your guild, group or shop would like for me to visit in conjunction with these visits.

2019 Calendar of Events:

January 24-27- Road to CA ...

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September 17, 2018
Checking In or Out from ... Cat Patches

We're heading over to Ft. Stevens State Park, and I don't know if I'll be blogging. It always depends on whether there is internet access, but I'll be here if I can. We've been to Ft. Stevens before, but  it was many years ago. Even though we'd lived in Oregon for a long time, we didn't realize the historical significance of Ft. Stevens. There is an actual fort there! Who knew? Apparently a lot of people...just not us.


There's actually a lot to see in this part of Oregon ...

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Checking In or Out from Cat Patches

We're heading over to Ft. Stevens State Park, and I don't know if I'll be blogging. It always depends on whether there is internet access, but I'll be here if I can. We've been to Ft. Stevens before, but  it was many years ago. Even though we'd lived in Oregon for a long time, we didn't realize the historical significance of Ft. Stevens. There is an actual fort there! Who knew? Apparently a lot of people...just not us.


There's actually a lot to see in this part of Oregon ...

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September 16, 2018
Two Little Finishes from ... Cat Patches

Fortunately, my shoulder pain subsided yesterday, and I was able to finish up most everything I had planned. The planning happened before the pain, and so there was a little more than I wanted to attempt. Still and all, I finished a good bit of it.

First, I finished the 9th of 12 of the Snow Globes blocks. This one is called "Cottage."


This being Sunday, I'll be linking up to


The lighting in my sewing room makes it hard to get very good pictures of these, but here are the nine I have finished so far.


After that ...

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Two Little Finishes from Cat Patches

Fortunately, my shoulder pain subsided yesterday, and I was able to finish up most everything I had planned. The planning happened before the pain, and so there was a little more than I wanted to attempt. Still and all, I finished a good bit of it.

First, I finished the 9th of 12 of the Snow Globes blocks. This one is called "Cottage."


This being Sunday, I'll be linking up to


The lighting in my sewing room makes it hard to get very good pictures of these, but here are the nine I have finished so far.


After that ...

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