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May 6, 2021
Long View from ... Cat Patches

It was a lovely and relaxing day yesterday. Cinco de Mayo is my birthday, and I spent it doing things I wanted to do. We ended the day with a celebratory dinner out. It seems there is much to celebrate right now. Even feeling comfortable going into a restaurant feels celebratory. But let's back up to the beginning, shall we? 

No day gets off to a good start without a little slow stitching. I took the first stitches on Plate #6 from Pieces of the Past. Yesterday, I was mainly using leftover floss bits from the last time I ...

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Long View from Cat Patches

It was a lovely and relaxing day yesterday. Cinco de Mayo is my birthday, and I spent it doing things I wanted to do. We ended the day with a celebratory dinner out. It seems there is much to celebrate right now. Even feeling comfortable going into a restaurant feels celebratory. But let's back up to the beginning, shall we? 

No day gets off to a good start without a little slow stitching. I took the first stitches on Plate #6 from Pieces of the Past. Yesterday, I was mainly using leftover floss bits from the last time I ...

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Journeys Month 8 – Uneven Chains 2 from If These Threads Could Talk

Welcome to Stitchin Heaven’s Journeys Block of the Month 8 – Uneven Chains 2. I know you all worked so hard last month on your Liberty Stars. You learned how to make Uneven Chains in month 1, so this month should be a breeze. We will again be using the Four Patch Square Up tool.

This month we will be using prints 6, 10 & 11

Piecing Instructions

Step 1 – Stitch your strips together into Strip Set A, Strip Set B, and Strip Sets C. Position two strips right sides together and align the long ...

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May 5, 2021
Unplanned Day from Cat Patches

Yesterday morning, I thought I knew how the day would go...slow-stitching, then more quilting. I spent way more time on my slow stitching than expected, but I was determined to finish off Block 2 for Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage. 


As I've mentioned before, this very large piece is made up from Blocks 2, 3, and 4 of the quilt pattern, and it spans nearly the entire width of the quilt. It takes up approximately 1/3 the height of the quilt as well. Block 2 is probably the most densely stitched of the three blocks. 


From the get-go ...

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Unplanned Day from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday morning, I thought I knew how the day would go...slow-stitching, then more quilting. I spent way more time on my slow stitching than expected, but I was determined to finish off Block 2 for Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage. 


As I've mentioned before, this very large piece is made up from Blocks 2, 3, and 4 of the quilt pattern, and it spans nearly the entire width of the quilt. It takes up approximately 1/3 the height of the quilt as well. Block 2 is probably the most densely stitched of the three blocks. 


From the get-go ...

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May 4, 2021
Poppy Quilting from ... Cat Patches

When I finished yesterday's post, I went downstairs to be greeted by this guy, uh, girl, uh...who knows?

I have an idea this is a pregnant female. We usually get at least one litter of kits each year. They are awfully cute when they emerge from their hole and start running around. 

As I mentioned, Big Bertha came home from the spa yesterday, and Pfelicity took her place. It's nice to have her back. Pfelicity does a good job, but she doesn't have the knee lift that Big Bertha has, and I really miss that...especially ...

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Poppy Quilting from Cat Patches

When I finished yesterday's post, I went downstairs to be greeted by this guy, uh, girl, uh...who knows?

I have an idea this is a pregnant female. We usually get at least one litter of kits each year. They are awfully cute when they emerge from their hole and start running around. 

As I mentioned, Big Bertha came home from the spa yesterday, and Pfelicity took her place. It's nice to have her back. Pfelicity does a good job, but she doesn't have the knee lift that Big Bertha has, and I really miss that...especially ...

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Back To Black And White from Wedding Dress Blue

I have settled on a layout for the scrappy black and white blocks made a couple of weeks ago.

It will be throw sized, about 54″ x 72″.

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May 3, 2021
.....and for the past two months from Marty's Fiber Musings

 I've been busily enjoying myself, my husband, my home and garden.....but especially my time in the stillness of hand stitching.

Confession time:  I have a problem.  The problem is not necessarily a good one nor a bad one.  It's just a problem I have of needing to finish what I start - whether a movie, a book or a quilt!  I've learned through the years to walk out of theaters when the movie isn't giving me pleasure.  I can even shut a book and return it to the library unfinished.  Yet, I haven't been able ...

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Improv Round Robin from Ellyn's Place

 My fantastic Improv small group (we call ourselves the Comedy Club Quilters) has done speedy improv round robins at the retreat center twice before. You can read about those here, and here. It's a fun event we always look forward to. But, like it has done to so many things, the global pandemic caused us to rethink our process this year. In the end, we pulled off our round robin with car swaps, porch drops, and maybe more than one quilt shop meet up (fully masked of course!).

I started out with this fun block, made up of a ...

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May 2, 2021
Slowly I Turn from ... Cat Patches

Everything moved in slow motion for me yesterday. I'm not sure why I was so lazy, but I was. It isn't as if I wasn't accomplishing anything, but getting dressed was at the bottom of the list. Just before lunch, I was about to make myself presentable, but then...lunch. Heck, I could put off getting dressed just a little longer, couldn't I? And that's how the day went. Sometimes one just needs a day of sloth, I think.

Each morning, I turn on the grow light for the seedlings. Yesterday, I was happy to ...

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Slowly I Turn from Cat Patches

Everything moved in slow motion for me yesterday. I'm not sure why I was so lazy, but I was. It isn't as if I wasn't accomplishing anything, but getting dressed was at the bottom of the list. Just before lunch, I was about to make myself presentable, but then...lunch. Heck, I could put off getting dressed just a little longer, couldn't I? And that's how the day went. Sometimes one just needs a day of sloth, I think.

Each morning, I turn on the grow light for the seedlings. Yesterday, I was happy to ...

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A Colourful Finish. from Sunburnt Quilts

My finishes have been few and far between lately. Same with posts. And now they will all probably arrive in a rush. That’s the way it often works.

I have completed my colourful, woolly flower quilt. Blocks together and binding done.

It has been a pleasure to work with the wool for this quilt. It is so soft and stitches easily.

The backing is a black and white print.

And the binding is a black and white text print.

Not lot of quilting was needed so I kept to simple meandering.

Cornerstones in wool.

After all that work I ...

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This is 60! from Ellyn's Place

When you celebrate a milestone birthday during a global pandemic, what do you do to celebrate? Well, if you are me, you recruit your friends to help you make a joyful quilt!
This is 60 is my last quilt with the Solid Seven bee. I asked my beemates to make me blocks that included at least one triangle (I love triangles, weird, I know) in my prescribed color palette of bright, bright, bright! As always, they did not disappoint!

I added the black/neon borders on two sides and finished off my quilt with faux piped binding (I wrote a ...

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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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Economy Block Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

It was fun to turn the scraps into a top.

But even more fun to turn the top into a finish. And use more of the prepared scrappy bindings Sparkle Jane and I created and set aside.

Even small finishes are so satisfying. This adds to my growing stack of baby quilts to be gifted or donated by the end of the year.

More babies needed!

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April 30, 2021
Gardening Hard from Cat Patches

Yesterday was one of the warmer days we've seen this spring. Mike and I had to do our grocery shopping first. We got there early and were home by 10:30 a.m. Another cup of coffee, and we were off to do our worst in the garden.

First, we were confronted by this rat bastard. I gave him (or her) an extra shake of my fist before we went to work doing other things.


Our goal for the day was to weed and tame the culinary herb garden. This garden has been in the ground for around 15 ...

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Gardening Hard from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday was one of the warmer days we've seen this spring. Mike and I had to do our grocery shopping first. We got there early and were home by 10:30 a.m. Another cup of coffee, and we were off to do our worst in the garden.

First, we were confronted by this rat bastard. I gave him (or her) an extra shake of my fist before we went to work doing other things.


Our goal for the day was to weed and tame the culinary herb garden. This garden has been in the ground for around 15 ...

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April 29, 2021
Shouldering On from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday afternoon, I returned for a PT appointment, after about a 10-day absence. We were at the beach, and then I rescheduled my Monday appointment for Wednesday, figuring accurately that the COVID vaccine would make me sick. It did, and so I was glad I'd changed my appointment. Anyway...it was a "re-evaluation" day, and so he took some measurements. Improvement was noted in all directions on my range of motion, but I still have a ways to go. I'm happy to say I'm making good progress, and my pain level has decreased to the point that ...

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