It's Been a Long Time....

Posted by Catherine McClendon on

It's been quite a while since my last blog post. I promise I will try to do better! Between 2 bouts of COVID (my husband and me), as well as family members with COVID who needed help, and other major life events, this small business owner was swamped with life!

Hopefully you and yours are well and healthy in these...unusual times. There has been a lot going on with the shop as well!

I've been having great fun with the Riley Blake 2022 Quilt Block Challenge. Each week (except the last week of the month), a different Riley Blake designer releases their contribution to this sampler quilt. Today, block 10 was released, designed by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. Click here for more information if you'd like to participate.

I've been 'coloring' the blocks with a fabric line that is yet to be released--Prairie by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet for Riley Blake Designs. Here's a picture of my guess at how the final quilt will be laid out (it's a mystery right now). This shows blocks 1-10:

I recreated the blocks using Electric Quilt 8. I love this software program because you can import fabric lines so you can preview fabric in your quilt before you ever make a cut!

Would you like to see this quilt 'kitted' (is that a word?) once all the blocks are released? I'd love to hear from you. Let me know at

We'll be releasing some new curated fat quarter, half-yard, and one-yard bundles soon. These will be 'short stacks'--bundles with fewer pieces for those who just want to add to their fabric stashes without breaking the bank. There will be plenty of 3-yard bundles to go along with the 3-Yard Quilts series of books that we've started carrying. You can see the books here.

I just finished a 3-day class with Handi Quilter, adding to my longarm skill set. I will soon be offering a quilting service (when the new studio is completed). I really love taking a finished quilt off the longarm. There's something so satisfying about seeing the beautiful stitching setting off lovely piecework. Then all that's left is the binding--and I'm one of those who actually ENJOYS binding. No, for real.

In case you haven't seen, we have two new fabric lines, both by Lewis and Irene: Enchanted and Wintertide. These fabrics are gorgeous, with metallic hints woven throughout. Here's the Morris Medley pattern designed by Marilyn Foreman of Quilt Moments, using the Wintertide fabric line:

Let me know if you're interested in this pattern in this or another fabric line on the site, and I can quote you a custom price. The pattern offers two sizes--65" square and 101" square. While it looks complex, it uses basic piecing techniques--no Y seams, paper piecing or complicated shapes.

We've been very active on Instagram lately, so be sure to follow us: @catscutsdotcom. And be sure to tag us when you post pictures of your creations you made with fabrics from Cat's Cuts!

Finally, we'd like to thank you for supporting this small mom and pop post-COVID-we-both-lost-our-jobs kind of business. You are all such a blessing!

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  • Enjoyed your post. Looking forward to more.

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