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May 14, 2021
Not Your Grandmother's Garden from Wendy's Quilts and More

The Great New Zealand Quilt Show opened today in Rotorua, and I can finally show you my entries in the Aotearoa Quilters Lime Challenge.  

First up is "Not Your Grandmother's Garden".  

12" wide x 16" high


At first glance you might think these are hexagons, but they're not! Hence the name, and the fact I'd just bought some new jeans from Not Your Daughter's Jeans. 

I love experimenting with geometric shapes, and I wanted to try the Fiesta Gitana pattern in Millefiori Quilts 4 by Willyne Hammerstein. 


I hand pieced this mini quilt, and then I ...

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March 20, 2021
Another Little Finish from ... Cat Patches


Good morning, and Happy Spring, my friends! And Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!! While y'all are celebrating today, I'll be doing housework. If you must know, there is still nothing accomplished on the housework front. Absolutely, I must do some today. Erik and Mae are coming tomorrow to meet up and visit a winery. I can't have my oldest child seeing us living in a house that hasn't been cleaned since November, now can I? What kind of parents would we be?

For some reason I woke up tired yesterday. I slept well, and for a good ...

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Another Little Finish from Cat Patches


Good morning, and Happy Spring, my friends! And Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!! While y'all are celebrating today, I'll be doing housework. If you must know, there is still nothing accomplished on the housework front. Absolutely, I must do some today. Erik and Mae are coming tomorrow to meet up and visit a winery. I can't have my oldest child seeing us living in a house that hasn't been cleaned since November, now can I? What kind of parents would we be?

For some reason I woke up tired yesterday. I slept well, and for a good ...

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March 18, 2021
Going with the Flow from ... Cat Patches

As of yesterday, all the projects I started while traveling are caught up to where they are ready to be quilted. That's been the focus of my sewing room time since we got home. There is a month-to-month agenda in my sewing room. For 2021, the focus is on finishing the many quilt tops that are ready for quilting. My goal is to quilt two small quilts and one large quilt per month. As of yesterday, there were 17 on the list. That would be in addition to the 6 embroidery projects and 5 WIPs...the ones where I ...

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Going with the Flow from Cat Patches

As of yesterday, all the projects I started while traveling are caught up to where they are ready to be quilted. That's been the focus of my sewing room time since we got home. There is a month-to-month agenda in my sewing room. For 2021, the focus is on finishing the many quilt tops that are ready for quilting. My goal is to quilt two small quilts and one large quilt per month. As of yesterday, there were 17 on the list. That would be in addition to the 6 embroidery projects and 5 WIPs...the ones where I ...

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March 5, 2021
Pin Crazy - Project Quilting Season 12, Challenge 5 from Creatin' in the Sticks

  This is the fifth challenge of Season 12 of Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in the challenge -  You're Crazy

My entry:
Pin Crazy



this is the 9th year I'm participating.
Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules in this challenge are that the project must be inspired by the late 1800's "crazy quilt" movement. It must include either applique, piecing, or have 3 layers ...

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March 1, 2021
The best quilting tip EVER from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

Happy Birthday, M!!!!  It's hard to believe that my little kiddo is 25 today!!! I have to say that I'm quite proud of her. She's fiercely independent, although she's still just a kid - at least to me. She'll always be a kid! That way, I never age! 

She was born around 2:30 AM, and it's bizarre because I woke up at 2:30 last night. I NEVER do that. Perhaps I was reliving the moment 25 years ago. Have a great day today!!!! Love you lots!!! 

Yesterday was our Virtual Retreat, and oh ...

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February 20, 2021
Pink Trail - Project Quilting Quilting Season 12, Challenge 4 from Creatin' in the Sticks

  This is the fourth challenge of Season 12 of Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in the challenge -  Snail's Trail

My entry:
Pink Trail





this is the 9th year I'm participating.
Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules in this challenge are that the project must be inspired by the snail's trail quilt block. It must include either applique, piecing, or have 3 layers ...

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February 7, 2021
Just keep walking from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I'm feeling pretty accomplished these days. I still have a lot to do, but I'm making progress in all areas, which feels good. I have the time to work on things that are not urgent, and well, things are under control. However, I did forget that I had a meeting yesterday. Oh - it was in my calendar, and well, I was so focused sewing in the afternoon that POOF - the thought never occurred to me. 

I must get better about reviewing the day's events in the morning so that the items stick in my head!!

The good ...

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February 6, 2021
Stick a Pin in Me - Project Quilting Quilting Season 12, Challenge 3 from Creatin' in the Sticks

  This is the third challenge of Season 12 of Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in the challenge -  Virtual Vacation

My entry:
Stick a Pin in Me - I'm DONE!



this is the 9th year I'm participating.
Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules in this challenge are that the project must be inspired by the theme of vacation. It must include either applique, piecing, or have ...

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January 29, 2021
A Little Finish from ... Cat Patches

 Smitty was all over my sewing effort yesterday. Finally, something a quilting cat can understand. So, here's my little sewing machine set-up. I have windows to my left and behind me, so there's very good light.


Are we finally going to do some sewing? I thought you'd *never* get out your sewing machine!


Sheesh! My chin has been itching for weeks. Thank goodness I can give it a good scratch.


He needed to keep an eye on what was going on outside...bunnies running around and everything...and so he used his prehensile tail in yesterday's ...

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A Little Finish from Cat Patches

 Smitty was all over my sewing effort yesterday. Finally, something a quilting cat can understand. So, here's my little sewing machine set-up. I have windows to my left and behind me, so there's very good light.


Are we finally going to do some sewing? I thought you'd *never* get out your sewing machine!


Sheesh! My chin has been itching for weeks. Thank goodness I can give it a good scratch.


He needed to keep an eye on what was going on outside...bunnies running around and everything...and so he used his prehensile tail in yesterday's ...

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January 24, 2021
Fussy Words - Project Quilting Quilting Season 12, Challenge 2 from Creatin' in the Sticks

  This is the second challenge of Season 12 of Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in the challenge -  Fussy Cut
My entry:
Fussy Words



this is the 9th year I'm participating.
Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules in this challenge are that the project must feature a fussy cut of some beloved fabrics and feature the best parts. It must include either applique, piecing, or have ...

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January 14, 2021
Quilted Love Keychain - Free Pattern from Creatin' in the Sticks

  Valentine's Day is one of my favorite reasons to make little gifts.

I love stitching Valentines too!

Today I have a free tutorial and pattern to share.


My Quilted Love Keychain is a feature over at
today.

It's a fun take on the key to your love.


The Quilted Love Keychain is a quick patchwork and applique project.
It finishes at 2" x 7" so your love will be able to find those keys easily.

Make it with a few of my favorite HeatnBond products:

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January 10, 2021
Practically Luminous - Project Quilting Quilting Season 12, Challenge 1 from Creatin' in the Sticks

 This is the first challenge of Season 12 of Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in the challenge -  Illuminating + Ultimate Gray

My entry:
Practically Luminous



this is the 9th year I'm participating.
Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules in this challenge are that the project must feature Pantone’s Color of the Year 2021 – which is actually two colors: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating ...

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January 8, 2021
OMG: A Finished Flimsy from Cat Patches

Never let it be said that a broken shoulder can stand between a woman and her quilting...not permanently, anyway. I'm happy to say that the Snowflakes quilt top is now a finished flimsy. Ta-Da!!!


It's as if I hit the stash jackpot with the fabrics. Except for the backing (shown below), all of the fabrics for this quilt came from my stash. Even the embroidered snowflake background fabric was first used in the Snow Globes quilt. 

After sewing on the third border, I had just one more seam left to sew to make a back for it ...

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OMG: A Finished Flimsy from ... Cat Patches

Never let it be said that a broken shoulder can stand between a woman and her quilting...not permanently, anyway. I'm happy to say that the Snowflakes quilt top is now a finished flimsy. Ta-Da!!!


It's as if I hit the stash jackpot with the fabrics. Except for the backing (shown below), all of the fabrics for this quilt came from my stash. Even the embroidered snowflake background fabric was first used in the Snow Globes quilt. 

After sewing on the third border, I had just one more seam left to sew to make a back for it ...

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January 6, 2021
All Together Now from ... Cat Patches

This morning's post is late. I'll just say I've been watching the news with rapt fascination at what's happening in our nation's capital this morning. I was a teenager in the 60's during protests of the Vietnam war, but I've never seen anything to equal what we're witnessing today. That's all I'm going to say about it because politics is not what we're about here. Still, these are historic times. It makes me wish I could be alive 50 years from now to read what will be written about ...

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All Together Now from Cat Patches

This morning's post is late. I'll just say I've been watching the news with rapt fascination at what's happening in our nation's capital this morning. I was a teenager in the 60's during protests of the Vietnam war, but I've never seen anything to equal what we're witnessing today. That's all I'm going to say about it because politics is not what we're about here. Still, these are historic times. It makes me wish I could be alive 50 years from now to read what will be written about ...

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December 26, 2020
Every little thing equals progress from Sew Sunshine


I made 5 mini quilts! Yes I did...slow and steady like. These came about because my BEE mate Jen asked for quilted cards. I loved this idea though thought it would be daunting to make something so small. 
I am only supposed to tackle sewing projects in little bits of time, mainly because the posture (as you all know) in sewing can be very muscle fatiguing. 
I would guess about 5 minutes at a time I worked my way through the minis. They are all about 4.25" x 5ish" 
Of course I had a black and white theme ...

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