Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sneak Peak!

These fabulous fabrics are 

"On the Wing" by Abi Hall for

and have been in waiting in my stash for the "right" project to come along.

I am sew happy to say that project arrived this month!

Master Quilty Kitty Katniss
has approved this fabric selection!

Time to sew!

Apprentice Quilty Kitty Maestro 
has a lot to learn.
These little kitty feet were trying to catch the fabric going under 
my presser foot.  
Sew I had to take a break from sewing.

Baby kitty has gone to take a nap.

Time to sew!

I am loving this WIP!

Right now it is as hush hush as mama's machine 
when it is time for baby quilty kitty to take her nap.

Looking forward to sharing more photos soon!


Monday, July 31, 2017

July Surprises

July has brought many surprises,

like this wonderful "Vintage Chic"

and ...

 ... this little shadow ...

Now who can this be? 

As you know,
crossed the rainbow bridge in March.
Not a day goes by I do not think of her.
We have all have been very sad.
Although I will always miss her,
it was time to find a new kitty to love.

So my hubby and I went to the 

in nearby Salem, NH,
where there were many pretty kitties to play with ... 

and this little cutie,
just three months old,
who conducted her way right into my hubby's arms
and our hearts.

We could not leave without this baby kitty.

Meet The Maestro!

Maestro is dressed to the nines in a black tuxedo and white cravat.

Maestro settled in right away in her new home

and is very busy 
learning to be a quilty kitty.

Maestro is a natural when it comes to 
inspection and testing.

How does The Katniss feel about her new buddy?

Katniss is very purry and happy and playful again.

Maestro is very cuddly and her
favorite place to sleep is curled up against my arm
in the same spot that Butterfly always slept for so many years.

It is a little uncanny how many expressions, mannerisms, habits and haunts
that were always Butterfly's own
that Maestro has adopted.

I know Butterfly is smiling.

So am I.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fiction and Fun and the Summer of '61

Back in March I joined a reading group

organized by

Above is the book and the wonderful fabric goodies that I received from

Melody in NY. 

as you may know from my previous post,
so these fabrics were a great addition to my stash,
especially the book print on the top as I did not have any of this pretty. 

I was in Washington visiting my daughter when 
the book was received by my guys here in Massachusetts
so I got a late start on reading the book.

It was a fun and easy read.

When it was time to pass on the book to the next person in the book group,
I found that the book was only going as far as Connecticut to

so Nancy and I decided to add to the fun ...

... by meeting up at the 

where Nancy was a vendor.

While I was there I could not resist this cute pattern from Nancy's shop.
Nancy made the fabric bag to give to customers at her booth.
How cute is that!

Here is a close up of ...

... the fabric goodies I gave to Nancy,

I also added some cute buttons.

The gifts are chosen to relate to the story.

You will have to read the book to see why.

The only hint I will give is that 
the main characters in book are 9 years old in 1961.,
which is the summer I turned 9 myself.

Parts of this book really brought me back to those days.

It was a very enjoyable summer read.

Thanks, Bernie, for including me in this Fiction and Fabric Fun!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Back to Sew

I am going Literary for the

My fabrics are from my treasured stash of

of which I am

Literary (ly) Paper Obsessed. 

For the background I am going dark.

This is a leap in faith for me.

I am making it a free fall by adding the large border print fabric 
on the right into the challenge.

I will have to figure out how this story ends as I go along.

I have been taking a hiatus from blogging and from sewing for the last month.

I had a fun trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit my daughter and grand-darling
while my son in law was in the field and when I got back I did not even open my computer
except to check email for the past two weeks.

I have mostly been gardening, reading, and enjoying summer.

I did hand stitch a couple of Patchwork of the Cross blocks.
I will post about that later.

Hope all is well with my quilty blogging friends.

Til next time ... piece out .... :-)  Pat

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pack and Go

Then kits for my June blocks from

for my 30's POTC BOM  have arrived!'

Just in time for me to pack them as I am heading west to visit
my grand-darling!

This hand work shall keep me busy while traveling and during quiet times.

Be back at the end of June.

Happy Stitching! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Mmmmmm ... warm sweet cornbread!

Scrapatch Sweet Cornbread 

It is a cool and misty Memorial Day here.

A good day to bake a favorite comfort food.

This is my go-to recipe: 

4 eggs, separated
3/4 cup melted butter, cooled
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup sour cream 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 cups flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 and 1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I use a seasoned stoneware sheet pan and I do not grease it.

Melt butter and set to cool.

Combine dry ingredients and set aside for adding later.

Separate egg yolks and whites.  

Beat the whites until stiff peaks form.

In large separate bowl, using same beater, 
mix eggs, vanilla, milk and sour cream until frothy.
Mix in cooled melted butter.

In two additions, mix in dry ingredients just until combined.
Do not over mix.

Fold in beaten egg whites. 

Spread evenly in baking pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until tests done.

Serve warm with soft butter or honey.


This recipe is very sweet.
Reduce sugar if you do not like your cornbread as sweet as I do. 


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

30's POTC Block 14

 POTC Block 14 done!

After several days of lovely sunshine,
it has been cool and rainy here today.

A good day to stay in and sew.

I tired a new piecing method that a friend shared online for this block.

My friend likes to sew the corners into "wings" and then sew them to the center.

This method did not feel comfortable to me.
The block felt too large and awkward when I was sewing the corners on.
I also had to set more "anchors" at the intersecting points to keep the pieces aligned.

Back to the method that is fast becoming "tried and true" for me ...

I usually sew the center,
then add the next four.
then sew the pairs,
then sew the pairs around the center,
as I did in this earlier block.

I think that everyone who sews these blocks must find a method and a rhythm
that works best for them.

I do like to try new ideas though.

Do you have a preferred way of sewing these blocks?

I love to try new things.

Katniss helped and checked my work.

I think Katniss would rather have been outside sewing again today, though.

Maybe tomorrow, Katniss.

We have to make some more connecting units and start the corner units.

More soon!

Sweet quilty dreams!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sew Sampling

My May Sew Sampler Box has arrived!!

Warning:  Spoiler Photos Below!

If you have subscribed 

and have not received your box yet,

click off this post now

so you can enjoy 

all the fun surprises inside

when your box arrives.

This happened to me last month when I opened 

Instagram and

without warning

the photo at the top of my feed

showed all the goodies

in the April box.

I tried closing my eyes.

It mostly worked.

My box arrived later that day.




I like surprises.



This spring I decided to treat my quilty addiction.

One box a month.

I have signed up for the monthly









Here is is!

Hello, May Box!

I really enjoy slowly opening and unpacking

all the lovely surprises

in this cute little box. 

A box full of quilty happiness!

That lovely little  bundle of color is

The pattern is just right for this bundle.

All I need to add is background fabric to create the flimsy.

It even includes the  small specialty ruler to help sew the blocks.

I love it!!

Looking forward to next month's box already.


Friday, May 19, 2017

13 POTC Blocks

Block 13 done
for my

This is layout choice D in the previous post,
which was the most popular pick.

Three of these are kit fabrics,
although the plaid was in another block kit.

The lambs are from my 10" squares stash.

Time for more slow stitching this weekend.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Have a happy, quilty one.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

12 Patchwork of the Crosses Blocks Done!

Block 12 for my 30's POTC BOM done!

Time to go play with the fabrics to layout a new block.

I am trying to layout the blocks one at a time as I go along now,
so I do not have too many blocks laid out ahead of me.

Here are the choices ...





Since they both have the fussy cut lamb fabric,
this a  "companion block" for ...

Block 6

So,  I am leaning toward

Layout C

as it is the most different.

I think I like Layout D the best.

Hmmmmm ...

Decisions ... decisions.

I am always interested in reader's opinions though.

 I learn a lot about design that way .

So thanks for your help ... :-)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Slowly Stitching ~ Another Block Done!

Block 11 for my 

Block 12 begun!

It has been a slow, slow stitching week.

Hope to make more quilty progress soon.

May all of you have a lovely weekend!


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Another Block Done and One More Begun!

Here is Block 10
for my 

Here is the layout for the next block.

I love slow stitching these blocks!

I have not had as much time lately as the yard needs work
and I am also machine piecing a quilt.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Linking up with 

What are you working on this weekend?

Happy Sunday!