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June 7, 2021
Potential Projects from Wedding Dress Blue

A section of my shelving is devoted to Potential Projects. Most often these come as groups of scraps in hand-me-down bags, or even partially finished projects.

And I have a lot of them.

So many, in fact, that I am going to take one bag or pile each month and decide to either make it into a project, or put the fabric back into regular circulation, or even just get rid of it.

This is the first pile.

And this is the first idea of what to do with it. Hmm…should be interesting.

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June 6, 2021
Sew Fourth and Sew On from Cat Patches

When I said we weren't expecting rain yesterday, I spoke about five minutes too soon. Since I'm trying to get my hoeing days and my watering days separated, I had in mind to water the flower pots. But then I went downstairs to find it raining. Okay...so hoeing it is then. It was just a brief shower, and by the time I had my gardening duds on, it was finished. There was more rain later in the day, but it was dry while I was hoeing.

Okay, so I've been surprised at the lackluster performance of ...

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Sew Fourth and Sew On from ... Cat Patches

When I said we weren't expecting rain yesterday, I spoke about five minutes too soon. Since I'm trying to get my hoeing days and my watering days separated, I had in mind to water the flower pots. But then I went downstairs to find it raining. Okay...so hoeing it is then. It was just a brief shower, and by the time I had my gardening duds on, it was finished. There was more rain later in the day, but it was dry while I was hoeing.

Okay, so I've been surprised at the lackluster performance of ...

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June 5, 2021
Cool Down from ... Cat Patches

The past week has seen unseasonably warm temperatures. Generally, we don't see temperatures into the 80's until July and August. Fortunately, it won't continue. The weather has cooled significantly. We aren't expecting rain, but today's high won't get above 60 degrees. It's not great for the vegetable garden, but I think things are far enough along to continue sprouting and growing. Here are some images from yesterday's gardening activities. Let's just start with the flowers, shall we?

First up, the Fairy Princess peony is really putting on a show right now ...

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Cool Down from Cat Patches

The past week has seen unseasonably warm temperatures. Generally, we don't see temperatures into the 80's until July and August. Fortunately, it won't continue. The weather has cooled significantly. We aren't expecting rain, but today's high won't get above 60 degrees. It's not great for the vegetable garden, but I think things are far enough along to continue sprouting and growing. Here are some images from yesterday's gardening activities. Let's just start with the flowers, shall we?

First up, the Fairy Princess peony is really putting on a show right now ...

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June 4, 2021
Visitors and the Changi Quilt from Romany Quilting

Three friends came to visit the other day for afternoon tea, which gave me the chance to wear my recently completed blue jumper.  I was really spoilt as they had brought along a pretty pot plant and some home baking too.

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There was a pretty little card with the pot plant.  “We chose that one because we know you like blue”, I was informed, “and it’s about quilting too”.  And so it was, it showed one of the hand embroidered blocks from the famous Changi quilts.  I’ve seen this quilt in London, I told them.  The Changi quilts ...

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All Ahead Slow from Cat Patches

It would be nice to say I spent the day sewing yesterday, but I did not. It was another busy morning of hurrying through my outdoor chores, just so we could go to the grocery store. Do we know how to have a good time, or what? As we were leaving home, I mentioned to Mike that I need to get my flower-pot-watering days and my weed-hoeing days separated, so I don't have to do it all at once. But never mind all that busy-ness. I still managed to fit in my slow-stitching time. The day goes better for ...

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All Ahead Slow from ... Cat Patches

It would be nice to say I spent the day sewing yesterday, but I did not. It was another busy morning of hurrying through my outdoor chores, just so we could go to the grocery store. Do we know how to have a good time, or what? As we were leaving home, I mentioned to Mike that I need to get my flower-pot-watering days and my weed-hoeing days separated, so I don't have to do it all at once. But never mind all that busy-ness. I still managed to fit in my slow-stitching time. The day goes better for ...

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June 3, 2021
Journeys Month 9 – Corner Beam from If These Threads Could Talk

Welcome to Stitchin Heaven‘s Journeys BOM Month 9. You all have worked so hard. This month you will learn to use your Corner Beam tool. Sue Tucker & Naz are my helpers for Month 9.

You will be working with Print 1, 4 and 11 this month.

Cutting the Center Beams

Step 1 – Stack the 7” center beam squares up to 4 layers deep. Align the Center Beam Trim #1 line on your Corner Beam® tool and the 6” finished unit line (bottom edge of tool) with the raw edges of your stack of ...

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June 2, 2021
New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 06/01/2021 from Curlicue Creations

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Blue Pebbles Quilt fabric. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cut. Easy care, machine wash warm, tumble dry, remove promptly.

The design on this fabric features an all over small scale blue pebbles print. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Blue Berry Vine Quilt fabric. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cut. Easy care, machine wash warm, tumble dry, remove promptly.

The design on this fabric features a winding vine with small berries and ...

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Improv Houses ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

 Houses - improv - what a hoot?  I've been in the Freddy Moran quilters' fan club for many a year and seem never to tire of her spontaneity.  What fascinates me most is her unlikely fabric selection for each of her house quilts, yet each house lives beautifully in its neighborhood.  




So, having a bit of time and a lot of scraps, I set about emulating a neighborhood in an improvisational style.  House by house and tree by tree, until construction was complete. It's perfectly sized at 50" x 60" or so. 














Houses surrounded by trees.....how refreshing is that?




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All Dressed Up and No Place to Go from Cat Patches

Lucky me...no jury duty yesterday afternoon, and none today. Nevertheless, I remain ready, willing, and able to do my duty for my community. I'll need to call in tonight to see if I have to report tomorrow, but then one week will be finished. (There are no trials scheduled on Fridays.) Yay me...for doing absolutely nothing so far. Still, you've got to admit there's some heroics going on right here in my own living room. A legend in my own mind...that's me.

Also legendary...these cats. It was a hot day yesterday, and ...

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All Dressed Up and No Place to Go from ... Cat Patches

Lucky me...no jury duty yesterday afternoon, and none today. Nevertheless, I remain ready, willing, and able to do my duty for my community. I'll need to call in tonight to see if I have to report tomorrow, but then one week will be finished. (There are no trials scheduled on Fridays.) Yay me...for doing absolutely nothing so far. Still, you've got to admit there's some heroics going on right here in my own living room. A legend in my own mind...that's me.

Also legendary...these cats. It was a hot day yesterday, and ...

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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 31, 2021
Good Gardening from ... Cat Patches

There was a lot to catch up on outside yesterday. With all the rain the previous couple of weeks, there wasn't much to do outside. After a few dry days, it was time to do everything all at once. I watered the flower pots and hoed the whole vegetable garden. I don't have pictures of this yet, but I found lots of corn and beets sprouting. Also, several more green beans. The vegetables are getting at least a little less worrisome. I'm still heartsick about all my starts dying though. I've been in the process of ...

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Good Gardening from Cat Patches

There was a lot to catch up on outside yesterday. With all the rain the previous couple of weeks, there wasn't much to do outside. After a few dry days, it was time to do everything all at once. I watered the flower pots and hoed the whole vegetable garden. I don't have pictures of this yet, but I found lots of corn and beets sprouting. Also, several more green beans. The vegetables are getting at least a little less worrisome. I'm still heartsick about all my starts dying though. I've been in the process of ...

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May 30, 2021
Boro Inspired ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

 What fun!  Started in February, 2021, in the virtual QuiltCon workshop presented by Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade - Boro Inspired! A patchwork quilt with lots of hand stitching.  





Derived from the Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired, boro refers to the practice of reworking and repairing textiles (often clothes or bedding) through piecing, patching and stitching, in order to extend their use.



I cut into a thrift shop linen blouse.....a slither of a t-shirt.....a feed sack....an aqua linen skirt plus one of my cut apart acid green floral silk skirts to add just the right ...

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May 29, 2021
It's A Start from Cat Patches

When I finished writing yesterday's post, I made my way downstairs to see the poppies through the dining room window. They are so pretty right now, and there are two planters that look like this one. With so many of the flowers fading, it's nice to see these later bloomers picking up the blooming banner.


It seemed like a good time to check on the peonies. As I walked down the sidewalk, I spied this little red tree squirrel sitting on top of the venting pipe for our rain gutters. Seems like a good way to get stuck ...

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It's A Start from ... Cat Patches

When I finished writing yesterday's post, I made my way downstairs to see the poppies through the dining room window. They are so pretty right now, and there are two planters that look like this one. With so many of the flowers fading, it's nice to see these later bloomers picking up the blooming banner.


It seemed like a good time to check on the peonies. As I walked down the sidewalk, I spied this little red tree squirrel sitting on top of the venting pipe for our rain gutters. Seems like a good way to get stuck ...

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