Thursday, November 19, 2020

I Like Thursday # 78 ~ Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

 Happy Thursday! 

This has been another distracting week here ion the Scrapatch.

I have been sewing in bits and pieces on a few projects,

 and have the small 

Golden Aster Charm Pack Quilt Started Here

This is a baby quilt and I found some stash fabrics that work well with this charm pack.

This is a baby girl quilt in requested colors.

One of the unexpected distractions has been the need to replace our water heater.

It has been cold showers in increasingly cold and windy weather.


I am so thankful to have hot water again.

I found this free printable @

Clean and Scentsible

 There are many seasonal printables and pretty decorating ideas.

 I love looking at the cozy decorating ideas on this site.

Do you like free printables?  

I would love to learn about your favorite sites. 

There are also Free Prinatbles @ Poppie Cotton

I love this one. It makes a nice folded gift card.

This little Gift Basket Printable is one of my favorites.

I have been stash spelunking for fabrics for the mystery quilt that I posted last week ...

Click Here for Grassy Creek Mystery Info

These are an older fabric line,

 Summer Blush from Down Grapevine Lane

There is a Free Printable Here inspired by this fabric line.


Do you like free printables?  

I would love to learn about your favorite sites. 


I am also considering this for my Grassy Creek Mystery.

I would have to find a good gray and more contrast fabrics, 

I think, for the mystery. 

These fabrics are 

Spiced Garden by Mary Jane Carey @ Holly Hill Fabrics

This fabric is from Henry Gsass fabrics and there is a

Spiced Garden Free Pattern Here

I do like the soft look of these fabrics and I think they would make a good "meadow" quilt.

The addition of the blue adds the "creek" to the meadow, I think. 

My ginger kitty is happy that it is ginger cookie season again.

For some reason Nutmeg, true to her name, loves small bits of treats with fall spices.

I like ginger spice cookies in the cold days of late fall ,,,

to warm me with a cup of tea or cocoa.

Happy Thursday to my friends 


May you have a safe and happy week! 

Friday, November 13, 2020

To Open ~ Or Not To Open?


To Open or Not To Open ?

That is the question.

Yesterday, I received this limited edition

 Jolly Box from the Fat Quarter Shop,

my annual Christmas Gift to Me.

It is sold out for the year. 

It arrived very early.

In the past I have been away or resisted and have not opened it until Christmas.

This year it is tempting me.

Will I open?

Did I open?

What do you think?


Thursday, November 12, 2020

I Like Thursday # 72 ~ Quilty Wisdom & Mystery


I like these Quilty Wisdoms

that I see daily at Quiltville on Instagram

This quote seems like a good mantra for the week.

Photo and Quote from Bonnie Hunter @ Quiltville

I am thinking this refers to her upcoming mystery quilt-along

as it is Mystery Season Here @ Quiltville.

"Jodi compiled her choices as:

Red = orange-red 20-12

Orange = orange 21-28

Gold = orange-yellow 23-29 

Green = Chartreuse 2-28

Gray = ?? Dark shade/tone of light violets?"

Click Here for Grassy Creek Mystery Info

I shall be patiently spending some time in Quiltville at the end of the month.

In the meantime I make be digging for fat quarters. 

It has been a quiet and balmy week here in the scrapatch.

I have spent a lot of time outdoors trying to capture the falling leaves

and bag them and send them to the city mulching effort. 

Click Here for Grassy Creek Intro Post and .pdf Requirements

My efforts and frequent breaks afforded me the chance to capture a photo 

from across the yard of this elusive pair,  young Mr and Mrs Cardinal, 

who are the first on my feeders in the gray early morning hours

 and the last in the waning evening light.

I am hoping they will grace my feeders all winter and bring a nest full of babies in the spring.

The colors in this photo would make a good photo for a chip sample for the mystery quilt. 

I have been well, but have been mostly staying away from social media,

except for the lovely, never ending virtual quilt show.

I like good smoked barbecue and finding good smoked barbecue in the northeast 

calls for patience and sampling a lot of bad barbecue in search for good barbecue.

This week we found it @

Bobby & Jacks Memphis Barbecue

in nearby Tewksbury, Massachusetts.  

We have found burnt ends ... those delectable, melt in your mouth barbecue goodness!

Smoked chicken good, beans good, southern style cornbread good, biscuits okay,

mac and cheese ... eh ... best left unsaid.

Looking forward to trying the ribs and brisket ... and more burnt ends!!

This week I also got my free starbucks cup 

and a yummy Pumpkin Spice Iced Latte ... mmmmm!

Happy Thursday to my friends 


May you have a safe and happy week! 


Friday, November 6, 2020

Coming Soon!


I am sew happy that I will soon be showing this project for which I showed a

This project was sewed as part of a quilt along.

Finished project coming now on November 18th.

This QAL has been postponed again by the host site. 

Coming (hopefully) soon! 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

I Like Thursday # 77 ~ Late Fall

Good Morning from my sunny living room!

Happy Thursday to the

I have tucked away my Halloween quilts and brought out my fall quilts.

This maple leaf one is old and shabby.

It is my first attempt at this block pattern and was made many years ago
when Mr Scrapatch was working as a consultant in Vermont and
we rented a motel room with a tiny kitchenette during the week and went home 
every weekend.  Our children were all young adults,
busy at college and starting their new jobs.
I packed and carried my new portable sewing machine in its box back and forth 
and set it up on the tiny two-person dining table during the day
so I would have something to do during the day when he was at work.

The fabrics in the maple leaf quilt are all from Walmart and Joann Fabrics
and are such a overwhelming color choice that I do not know what I was thinking.
It was a "learning" quilt.
I quilted it without the help a walking foot
 because I did not know what that was 
or that I had one in the bottom of the box.

The layout I devised after I found many of my blocks were odd sizes.
I matched up the ones that fit together in the center,
added borders and put four that were too large as cornerstones,
although I did not know what cornerstone blocks were at the time. 

I still love this quilt and all its flaws and shabbiness.

My new fall pillow covers are the same intense colors, 
although much better made.

I also set out my Fabric Pumpkin and "Oh, My Gourd!" Quilt.

It has been cold here this week, although today we are on a warming trend,
so I have made soup a few times.

This is adapted from
I left out the chicken broth and added water.
Mmmmmmm  ...tasty!

My song for the day comes from this pandemic duo,

Mat and Savanna Shaw

who started with this

Daddy Daughter Duet: "The Prayer"

to help people through these difficult times.

I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to this in the last few months.

It always heals me.

 Now they are a number one billboard act:

#1 Billboard Emerging Artist

#1 Billboard Classic Crossover Album 


The maple leaves are all gone from the trees.
It is late fall outside my back door,
though the sun is shining and it is warm enough to open my south facing windows.

May you and yours have a Happy Thursday!