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June 9, 2021
Snippet Exchange from Quilting & Learning

Exchanging Snippets
In mid-February I exchanged the background of my snippet with Dorothy, another member of the Out of the Box (OOTB) Fibre textile group. We had until May 17th to finish embellishing our partner's snippet background and exchange them for the final reveal during our monthly virtual meeting.

Snippet background

A snippet is a small piece of something. You've probably heard of a snippet of music or video. If you Google "snippet roll" you will find that they are generally narrow lengths of embellished fabric that are often rolled around a piece of wood, such as a ...

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June 7, 2021
In a Bind from Cat Patches

No jury duty for me this morning. So far, my month-long commitment of jury duty is going swimmingly. I haven't had to report even once. Probably by even saying that, I've jinxed myself, but I'm saying it anyway. It was cool and cloudy yesterday with a few rain showers thrown in, and that made it a good day for slow stitching. As anyone can tell you, slow stitching is best done with a cat on one's lap.


My first stop on the slow-stitching train was to finish off this section of the Heartland Barns block.


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In a Bind from ... Cat Patches

No jury duty for me this morning. So far, my month-long commitment of jury duty is going swimmingly. I haven't had to report even once. Probably by even saying that, I've jinxed myself, but I'm saying it anyway. It was cool and cloudy yesterday with a few rain showers thrown in, and that made it a good day for slow stitching. As anyone can tell you, slow stitching is best done with a cat on one's lap.


My first stop on the slow-stitching train was to finish off this section of the Heartland Barns block.


I ...

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June 2, 2021
May's OMG and Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I didn't manage to sandwich the quilt, but when I read my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for May, it stated " My OMG for May is to finish piecing Version 2.0 of my Mother's Quilt to my Son". So thank you Patty for keeping us motivated! My OMG for May was achieved!

Piecing Version 2.0

There isn't much to tell except that when I came to prepare the back I found that I didn't have enough fabric

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The June 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Another month come and gone and another list of projects to finish. I completed the Crazy Quilting Course (but didn’t frame it) and the Bonus Bunnies quilt in May. It feels good to be back at the sewing machine playing with fabric.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 6+ years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will not be listed, only active categories.

Original Design – Open Dialogue has moved to the sewing ...

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June 1, 2021
Little Green Sprouts from Cat Patches

Everything is going to move fast this morning. It's my first day of jury duty. In our county, we call in a day ahead to see if we're going to need to report the next day. (The orientation session was canceled, thank goodness.) When I called in yesterday, I received a rather cryptic message: There were two check-in times for jurors with numbers lower than mine. When they got to my group, it said to report at 1:00 p.m., but that I should call at 11:45 a.m. to see if I'm still needed ...

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Little Green Sprouts from ... Cat Patches

Everything is going to move fast this morning. It's my first day of jury duty. In our county, we call in a day ahead to see if we're going to need to report the next day. (The orientation session was canceled, thank goodness.) When I called in yesterday, I received a rather cryptic message: There were two check-in times for jurors with numbers lower than mine. When they got to my group, it said to report at 1:00 p.m., but that I should call at 11:45 a.m. to see if I'm still needed ...

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May 27, 2021
May OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

I finished the Bonus Bunnies quilt, my May OMG.

I made the quilt from the leftover scraps from this table runner.

I didn’t want any of the cute bunny fabric to spend years in the scrap bin. There was no pattern for the quilt. I just started piecing with what I had.

To see all the other OMG finishes, visit Elm Street Quilts.

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May 23, 2021
Sunday Stash May 23, 2021 from Quilt Paint Create

I actually felt like sewing this week! It took a few days to shift out of hand stitch mode, and then I quilted Bonus Bunnies and made the binding.

I’m counting the fabric out because I’ll finish it today. Once I get a top quilted I never let it sit. I know some quilters have stacks of tops that need binding, but that will never be me. I like sewing the binding.

I think this quilt was my May OMG????? Why does the beginning of May feel like such a long time ago?

Fabric In: 2 yards

Fabric ...

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May 14, 2021
Virtual Fibre Art Show and OMG from Quilting & Learning

I hope that May is treating you well. It's still cold and rainy in Ottawa but then it is only May

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May 9, 2021
All Ahead Slow from Cat Patches

The day got off to a good start yesterday. I started with a little slow stitching, working on making my way around the binding for the Poppy Mosaic. Before I needed to leave, I turned the first corner, and was closing in on the second.



Before I go on, I want to address this email subscriber issue one more time. I'm hoping this is the last I'll need to say about it. So, the Follow.it emails seem to be arriving. They are in my email inbox, at least. I hope they are in yours too, if you ...

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All Ahead Slow from ... Cat Patches

The day got off to a good start yesterday. I started with a little slow stitching, working on making my way around the binding for the Poppy Mosaic. Before I needed to leave, I turned the first corner, and was closing in on the second.



Before I go on, I want to address this email subscriber issue one more time. I'm hoping this is the last I'll need to say about it. So, the Follow.it emails seem to be arriving. They are in my email inbox, at least. I hope they are in yours too, if you ...

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May 1, 2021
Double Dose from Cat Patches

Originally, I wasn't planning to blog a second time today. I wrote my reveal post several weeks ago, and didn't know I'd be finishing a quilt top today. So...obviously, that can't go unnoted. I wasn't sure I could get all three borders sewn to the "I Believe in Snowmen" quilt, but the proof is in the pudding. Here it is:


Of course, it still needs quilting and binding. I'll be making a quilt back for it today. It finishes up at 56 x 64 inches. Smitty was my helper cat yesterday. When I ...

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Double Dose from ... Cat Patches

Originally, I wasn't planning to blog a second time today. I wrote my reveal post several weeks ago, and didn't know I'd be finishing a quilt top today. So...obviously, that can't go unnoted. I wasn't sure I could get all three borders sewn to the "I Believe in Snowmen" quilt, but the proof is in the pudding. Here it is:


Of course, it still needs quilting and binding. I'll be making a quilt back for it today. It finishes up at 56 x 64 inches. Smitty was my helper cat yesterday. When I ...

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April 19, 2021
Signing Off with a Finish from ... Cat Patches

The packing is all finished. This morning I just need to fill the bird feeders and water all the pots. And since I have so many seeds in pots right now, watering the pots is a significant investment in time. We're expecting warm weather all week, though, and so all those little green things needs them a drink before we go. 

Before I got after the packing yesterday, I turned the final corner on the binding for the Sundress quilt.


And that makes a finish. It ends up at 74 x 74 inches. I started this quilt on September ...

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Signing Off with a Finish from Cat Patches

The packing is all finished. This morning I just need to fill the bird feeders and water all the pots. And since I have so many seeds in pots right now, watering the pots is a significant investment in time. We're expecting warm weather all week, though, and so all those little green things needs them a drink before we go. 

Before I got after the packing yesterday, I turned the final corner on the binding for the Sundress quilt.


And that makes a finish. It ends up at 74 x 74 inches. I started this quilt on September ...

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April 7, 2021
Eliza Gets her Day from Cat Patches

It's been quite a while since I've attempted any quilting on my mid-arm machine. As you know, I saw the hand specialist in the morning, but I was home in plenty of time to get a start on April's OMG...to quilt and bind the Sundress quilt. As for the hand specialist, he didn't offer up any magic for my thumb. Time and patience will be the watchwords there. His only option was to fuse the joint permanently, and I'm nowhere near ready to make that move. On a positive note, it does seem to ...

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Eliza Gets her Day from ... Cat Patches

It's been quite a while since I've attempted any quilting on my mid-arm machine. As you know, I saw the hand specialist in the morning, but I was home in plenty of time to get a start on April's OMG...to quilt and bind the Sundress quilt. As for the hand specialist, he didn't offer up any magic for my thumb. Time and patience will be the watchwords there. His only option was to fuse the joint permanently, and I'm nowhere near ready to make that move. On a positive note, it does seem to ...

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April 5, 2021
April 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

I finished the bunny runner last month, which was my OMG. It felt good to finally get one done. I also finished the star blocks (January OMG).

I have a couple more projects close to done and one small start. I’d be thrilled to get all three of those finished in April.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 6+ years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will not be listed, only active ...

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April 1, 2021
Hello April from Cat Patches

It's a pretty sunrise for April Fools this morning. Probably best if those sailors stay out of the Suez Canal this morning, don't you think?


It took a while for warmer temperatures to arrive yesterday morning. Sadie was all over it, flattening her tummy against the warm concrete before taking a good dust bath.


Smitty decided to wait until later in the day to take his dust bath. In the morning, there was work to be done helping out in the sewing room. He was there by my side as we cut 80 more 2 x 2-inch squares ...

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