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July 24, 2021
Quilt Reveal: Red and White Op Art Quilt from High Road Quilter

 

I present to you my mini quilt of the month. It is based on a class I took from the Dayton Art Institute about Op Art. I decided to translate it to cloth. I took red fabric and cut out the parts I wanted to be white.

I had tried to add blue underneath, and didn't really like the way it looked so I took out the blue. But since I quilted it days after I posted it on the blog, Tanya said she did like the blue.  I thought about it, and remembered that I did like the ...

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July 17, 2021
Sonora Slow from Cat Patches

Yesterday's slow-stitching time went to finishing up the rays of the sun on the Sonora Desert quilt. When the slow-stitching was finished, it looked like this. 



It's hard to see the detail in a photograph, and so I took another photo from an angle to show the texture.


From there, it was time for a binding. I chose a hand-dyed fabric purchased from Vicki Welsh quite some time ago. Originally, I planned to do this quilt using several of Vicki's fabrics, and then they sat in a box literally for years. This one is the only one ...

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Sonora Slow from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's slow-stitching time went to finishing up the rays of the sun on the Sonora Desert quilt. When the slow-stitching was finished, it looked like this. 



It's hard to see the detail in a photograph, and so I took another photo from an angle to show the texture.


From there, it was time for a binding. I chose a hand-dyed fabric purchased from Vicki Welsh quite some time ago. Originally, I planned to do this quilt using several of Vicki's fabrics, and then they sat in a box literally for years. This one is the only one ...

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July 7, 2021
Op Art Quilt from High Road Quilter

I recently told you about a recent class I took Dayton Art Institute where you made a drawing to replicate the style of Julian Stamczak.

I wanted to replicate this style in fabric. Just the simple one with straight vertical lines and curvy horizontal lines, or vice versa - and not the diagonal lines shown in the index card.

My original plan was to strip piece two sets of fabric, The strips of straight lines would need two sets of exact opposite colors. Then they could be cut and the wavy lines would be cut and sewn together the way I ...

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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.


I ...

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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 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
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 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 Update from Thread Head

This past month I finished a few projects that had been in the works for a long time!


This is a Baby Jane (small Dear Jane) quilt that I started in 2012. I made blocks here and there, and finally decided that there was enough to make a wall hanging (I never had the intention to make the full size quilt). The blocks are about 4" and the quilt is 33"x39".


It fits perfect with the wall quilts in the sewing room.


These are small art quilts that I made in 2013 (I challenged myself to make a small ...

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May 27, 2021
Morning Rush from ... Cat Patches

It would be nice if that title, "Morning Rush," referred to the rush of excitement one feels at the beginning of a day. But no. I'm referring to the fact that we need to rush off to the grocery store this morning. I foolishly scheduled my first pedicure in a full year for noon today. It's the second time in a week I've scheduled something at noon. Note to self: Stop doing that this instant! It wrecks the whole day. There's not enough time left in the afternoon to accomplish much, nor is there time to ...

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Morning Rush from Cat Patches

It would be nice if that title, "Morning Rush," referred to the rush of excitement one feels at the beginning of a day. But no. I'm referring to the fact that we need to rush off to the grocery store this morning. I foolishly scheduled my first pedicure in a full year for noon today. It's the second time in a week I've scheduled something at noon. Note to self: Stop doing that this instant! It wrecks the whole day. There's not enough time left in the afternoon to accomplish much, nor is there time to ...

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May 14, 2021
A Drive in the Country from ... Cat Patches

As expected, I was able to finish up the sixth plate for Pieces of the Past yesterday.


There are nine plates altogether. Here are the six I have so far.


And that meant I needed to trace out my next project. This will be the "short" project on my list. This pattern for "An Irish Blessing" is from Yvonne McKee of Belfast, Northern Ireland. I purchased it when I attended the International Quilt Festival in Galway, Ireland, back in 2012. I looked to link to the pattern, but I could find nothing about it. Yvonne McKee owned a quilt shop ...

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A Drive in the Country from Cat Patches

As expected, I was able to finish up the sixth plate for Pieces of the Past yesterday.


There are nine plates altogether. Here are the six I have so far.


And that meant I needed to trace out my next project. This will be the "short" project on my list. This pattern for "An Irish Blessing" is from Yvonne McKee of Belfast, Northern Ireland. I purchased it when I attended the International Quilt Festival in Galway, Ireland, back in 2012. I looked to link to the pattern, but I could find nothing about it. Yvonne McKee owned a quilt shop ...

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April 4, 2021
Quilt Reveal: Wild and Free from High Road Quilter

 
 Wild and Free, Just Like the Sea

 I wasn't going to participate in the Project Quilting challenge, but since it is the last one for the season, I wanted to help them finish out the year with a large turnout.

At the beginning, when I was making blocks for my Seaglass rooftops quilt, which will probably be officially called Amalfi Coast, I was only cutting the pieces for the blocks as I went along.  I didn't want to cut strings if I didn't need them. But then this week, I realized I could use leftover strings to ...

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