Bleh, seriously failing

I just cannot get committed to posting here every day πŸ™‚ It is so much easier to just chat with you all on FaceBook. The SpamBots drive me bonkers. Guess this just goes to show I am not good at everything!

I can do this

Sometimes we get excited and bite off more than we can actually chew. I may have done that. is having a Blog Challenge. Nothing hard. Nothing scary. Just blog once a day for the month of December. (This is to help get back into the habit of not neglecting this poor little corner of my internet space.)
Do it every day for a month and it should become a habit. Or at least something easier to accomplish.
How hard can it be? Do one thing once a day, every day for a month.
Then I sat here and thought about things I actually do each and every day. The list isn’t long.
Aside from the basic stuff like get out of bed, shower, get dressed and brush my teeth 😊 Those don’t actually count because Momma was responsible for beating those habits into me. Sorry, Momma, I don’t even make my bed every day anymore.
So here is my list of things I actually do each and every day without fail.
Have my morning coffee
Read and answer my email
Walk the Little Boys
Interact with quilters on Facebook
Take my nap
Holy Smokes! Obviously, I am not an everyday kind of gal. I got nervous. Perhaps this really is more than I can take on. Then my eye caught my Day-Timer sitting here on my desk underneath the current pile of patches being cut out. Then I realized that a silly book actually gives me superpowers that I take for granted. I may not do the same things every day, but I do have a pretty set routine 😊 Just need to add the Blog into it. Oh, I feel so much better now!!!

Customer Login

You will now find a “Customer Login” button here on the blog and on the FatCat Patterns website. If you have made a purchase or ordered a download from me, this is your easy access to your personalized download page! When you click on the button it might ask you to verify your device. Please allow the system to set the cookie, or you will have to verify each time. Your download page will show ALL downloads you have ordered, including expired and duplicate patterns. If you wish to have your page “cleaned up” just message or email me and I can take care of that for you.
Here is a sample of what to expect.

See how it has each purchase listed? If you then click on “View Purchase” you will be able to download that particular file.

A Fresh Face!

I decided to make the jump from Blogger to hosting my own. I am not positive I can get the old posts migrated over here but will try πŸ™‚
Please bear with the mess while I get this under control.


October in Denver

So much has happened since I last sat down here to visit.
We sadly had to have my cat put to sleep πŸ™  That is an experience I choose not to dwell on. The only silver lining in the whole thing, was the Kids were able to bring Wally up here and give him back when they visited. So we are still a two pet household, just chihuahuas now.

 Changes keep getting made to the apartment also. I used heavy canvas drop cloths (from Home Depot) and made curtains for most of the windows. Used clip rings. And only had to make a quick hem on each. Total investment was under 100 dollars for three windows and a sliding door.  They really help with the morning sun and afternoon privacy πŸ™‚ I can open the blinds and still get an abundant amount of sunshine.

I am still working on what I have dubbed “The Colorado Beast”.
This is going to be a larger than king sized quilt for our queen size bed, lol. Jon wished to have enough drop on each side that neither would pull the cover off of the other. And long enough on top and bottom to tuck under the mattress at the foot, and go over his “pillow fort” at the head. I am having to make it in two sections then will join them by hand. My poor machine just can’t handle something this big. The kitchen island is just PERFECT for pin basting! The pictures shows one section. It was very nice NOT to have to crawl around on the floor. And there is a picture of one half laid across the bed. I will not be able to wash this here at the apartment either. Will have to find a laundromat.

The Move!

I have decided I am not very good at this Blogging stuff, lol.
There have been a lot of changes since my last post. Jon accepted a relocation to Colorado and we made the move in May. It will not be a permanent move, as Texas is home. We decided not to sell the house in Texas, instead our oldest and his wife moved into it. Jon and I downsized and have chosen to live in an apartment. I have to admit, it is nice not having to do yard work, and to be able to call maintenance when there is a problem. We moved with only the necessities. I gave a lot of my fabric stash to Jamie. And left many of my crafting supplies for the girls to do with as they wish. Three of my sewing machines made the move. Even though the movers managed to drop one of the 401’s out of its cabinet (!!!) all of them arrived safely.

My new sewing area is our bedroom πŸ™‚ Jon has been very supportive of this. So instead of dressers, one wall is taken up with my work bench and work station. Another wall is taken up with my full sized sewing table. Totes of fabric are hidden behind the bedroom door. One tote has been emptied, as I cut it ALL up into 2 1/2 inch strips for a jelly roll race quilt for the bed.
  You might have noticed a slight design flaw in our apartment floor plan. There is a direct line of sight from the bathroom to the bedroom window! As you can guess that was a very rude discovery πŸ™‚

The dining area has been turned into my office space and is housing the second 401 in its cabinet, along with my computer desk. Have I mentioned how very supportive Jon has been, lol! In a perfect world we would have chosen a two bedroom apartment. Unfortunately there is quite a housing shortage here in the Denver area. Prices are outrageous! All in all, we are very happy with the new digs. We are adapting well to seeing each other every day instead of just on weekends. I do miss the kids horribly. But I am very blessed in that they ALL call, text and video chat with me A LOT!


So what happened and where did I disappear to in 2015?
It was a tremendously hectic year here. Jon went in for a hernia repair on Jan 7th 2015, was suppose to be a day surgery. He finally came home 2 months later. It was May before all his various tubes, hoses and accessories were gone. In May I began building a paver stone patio to help work out my worries and frustrations. June brought the announcement that I was going to gain a new daughter in law in October. In July I began to have trouble with my gallbladder. August saw me in the hospital getting that removed. September I had recovered enough (in my mind) to expand the patio to accommodate the number of wedding guests expected. My Sister helped me acquire a new puppy. The October wedding was beautiful! We lost my Father the end of October. Add in a couple of road trips back and forth to Springfield Mo. Then the holidays hit me right in the face πŸ™‚ Despite that Jamie and I switched rooms and I set my sewing room up for a second time. In December for some reason I cannot remember now, I decided to make all immediate family members new Christmas stockings.

So here I am in 2016.
Gave away the Bad Cat that kept biting and attacking me. Sadly two weeks later we had to put Teddy (age 16) to sleep. For the first time in decades we are a one cat household. And I am STILL trying to housebreak the puppy. Keep your fingers crossed that this is a quieter year!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 10!

The lucky winners for the free copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 10 are;
From my Blog -Debbie of WoolenSails.
From FatCat’s Facebook – Debbie Elgart

Please contact me with your mailing address.

I was both surprised and delighted to be accepted into volume 10! You will find my block “Blessings” on page 24, block # 913. Please be sure to visit the Quiltmaker site for daily chances to win some cool prizes.

Here she is! I wanted a simple applique that could be used for both old and young alike. I can imagine Blessings on baby quilts, quilts for Angel enthusiast, or on a Prayer quilt for a friend coping with cancer.
Blessings was designed using Electric Quilt

I cannot say enough good about the program. It is a delight to use. I had a lot of fun playing around with different fabric choices. Of course my quilt isn’t completely finished yet, that won’t stop me from sharing a picture though. Please excuse my basting pins!