Patti's Blog

I’ll be adding information to this blog about my creative journey. I hope you’ll follow along and comment.

Let’s Talk Rotary Cutters–Which is your favorite?

If you’re like me, you’re using your rotary cutter a lot this time of year. I’m busy crafting for Christmas, and I find myself reaching for my trusty rotary cutter often! Like most people, when I started quilting, I didn’t know the difference among cutters, and I just bought something on sale. My first cutter was similar to this style: Later, I changed to a Fiskars cutter. I actually owned three of these before I finally figured out that I kept breaking them so it probably was not the best style for me! I have a terrible habit: I’m lazy.

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The holidays are here

Here at Sleeping Cat Creations, Christmas is here. Well, not really, but when you run a small business, you always need to be working ahead. Today, I released my 5 Quick Holiday Gifts promotion in the International Quilters’ Guild, and over the weekend, I started adding new products to my online store over at Sleeping Cat Creations for a promotion I plan to release November 1. Holidays also mean events. I’m getting ready for the Holly Days Craft and Vendor Show in Shippensburg on December 17, and teaching the Holiday Ornament class at the Council of the Arts on December

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Future Thinking

This morning, I was listening to some episodes of Quilty Biz Chat by Cheryl Sloboda (I recommend you support her over at Patreon if you run a quilt biz). The episodes talked about recent changes in the quilting industry. There has been a steady decline in the global birthrate since 1950, and it is expected to continue to decline: What does this mean for the quilting industry? According to a 2020 survey by Premier Needle Arts, “The average quilter is a retired woman in her 60’s” (https://craftindustryalliance.org/quilting-trends-survey-results-2020). Quilters are primarily Baby Boomers. Although younger (primarily) women do quilt, they tend

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Rolling with Life

Sometimes, life throws a curve and you just have to roll with it. I’ve been working on a new program that I hoped to launch this week, but I got a horrible cold last week (that’s still hanging on) and my progress slowed to almost nothing. But you know what? I’m being easy with myself. The deadline was a self-imposed one, so I worked to change my mindset and the date :). Then, today, life threw another curve. My 16-year-old cat, Monty, has a brain tumor. He was diagnosed about 3 years ago, and we didn’t expect him to live

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What I’m reading: “Show Your Work!”

“You’re only as good as your record collection.” DJ Spooky I’ve always been a reader. I can’t remember a time in my life that I wasn’t reading. Even while in school, when I had to read a lot of assigned material, I made time to read “for me.” My favorite genre has always been mysteries. But, I also love to read biographies/autobiographies and “real life” stories. A few years ago, I made a conscious decision to start reading more non-fiction. I aim to alternate non-fiction and fiction books, but I’ll admit that I don’t always make that goal (often, what

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Sedona Sky

I signed up for a year-long sew-along about 6 months after it started, and I’ve been working to get caught up. The quilt is “Sedona Sky” by Sew Kind of Wonderful. At the IQG retreat this past weekend, I bought some more green batiks and worked on my August blocks (no; I haven’t finished Jan-July!). This was a tough block to master, but I’m really pleased about how it turned out. Many of the blocks in the quilt use the Quick Curve Ruler – Mini, which is a great tool for cutting all sorts of curves. My colorway will vary

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