Another Thing to Do with Square Patches

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The cold I'd been trying to dodge for a few days (with Andy Paulson chasing me around the furniture, trying desperately to give me his sore throat and stuffed up nose) finally sacked me yesterday, and I wound up flopped on the sofa by the open windows for the afternoon, watching it rain. I brought some square patches (2 1/2" [63mm], the same size I used for the small-patch pillows) and some hexagon papers with me. When I got up to go get some (hearty, gross) juice, someone quickly scooped up my cozy seat.




"You know you always let me do exactly whatever I want."


"That is our unspoken agreement."


"Besides, what else do you have to do with your life other than take pictures of us pets?"

Nothing, that's what.

Except (now) make hexagons.

(Show you tomorrow.)


Can't wait to see the new project. Sewing hexagons, that's some dedication!

I know that pet scenario oh-so well. The minute I get up from my desk to fetch tea the kitty is there stealing the warmth, and the productivity because who can move pets when they have such adorable big eyes!

Your blog brings such a smile to my face every day. Thank you.

Oh...I had that 2 weeks ago. Knocked the wind right out of my sails. Our cats were more than glad to help me recover....lots of napping.
Hope you feel better.

"...(hearty, gross) juice." You're such a funny lady!

I'm sorry you're not feeling well. I've found that the apple cider vinegar tablets from Whole Foods always kick my colds in the rear. For some reason, they always put them in the weight loss section, but they're really good for anything from sore throats to headaches.

And hexagons! Yeesh, I don't envy your scissors having to cut all of those. Can't wait to see what you're making! <3

I hope you feel better soon! And by the way, I'm having a blog giveaway! Maybe it will cheer you up (and chase that cold away) to enter for your chance to win some crafty stuff!

I think she was just keeping it warm for you!

Looks like you're English Paper Piecing - that sure is addicting! Can't wait to see what it's going to become.

Oh, you have me in suspense for your hexagons, your dog seems so calm with its head on that lovely pillow.

Clover is too adorable. I wouldn't be able to ask her to move either after looking into those eyes. Can't wait to see what comes about with the hexagons and squares. :)


Cuteness has power, doesn't it??...Hope you're feeling better soon!

That is exactly what I'm doing right now (if I've assumed correctly about your hexagon project). I'm making something to celebrate a 6-year anniversary, using fabric from our wedding reception centerpieces. The expression you caught on your dog's face in the top photo is priceless! I hope the process of creating strengthens you and kicks some virus booty. Feel better.

Oh, doggies...

Hope you feel better soon!

Tell us about the juice - I'm curious about it's contents!

I hope you feel better soon, dear Alicia!
I've started reading your blog from the beginning. I'm up to September 2006. I think we were seperated at birth, but I'm a bit older...I'm having a lovely time, and avoiding the heat outside.

aww i wove your pup

Sorry to hear that you are under the weather. I love how pets steal your seat when you are not looking. They always manage to give you the "I'm just keeping it warm for you" look. Love your site. Currently looking to get a sewing machine and take some sewing classes. I'm only a beginner, but your site is so inspiring that I want to learn as much as I can. Thanks so much for sharing your story and offering all your helpful advice. Take care.

Can't wait to see the latest project. I've been having fun with patchwork pillows. The first two I made were too cute to give away, so they're on my couch. I used leftover squares from a quilt I made about 5 years ago. Now I have pillows to match!

I am wondering what hardy, gross juice is; it looks pretty good if that is it in the glass.

Your sofa is still really pretty. I remember when you first got it and you posted a picture of Clover sitting on it. She has grown since then; but she is still as lovely as ever.

Hope you feel better soon.

Oh, I just saw the Milkbone beside the pillow in the first picture of Clover.

My dogs take their Milkbones (or any treat) and hide in the most unusual places. Like behind a pillow, or in the crack of the sofa, or between the mattress and the wall. Sometimes they will try to bury them right in the open which looks odd. They will push the treat with their nose and pack it down really good. Then they will begin the process of "covering it" they push the air with their nose as if moving something over the top of the treat to hide it but there is nothing there to hide it with.

Dogs are great to have around. They can always cheer up any mood swing you may be going through.

Mine does the same thing! And then God forbid you request that they move- you get the insistent stare like it would physically and emotionally pain them to budge and inch. The joys of pet ownership :)

Oh, and feel better soon. I've been coming down with a similar cold and it's been miserable!

I'm glad to see that its not only my dog that steals my place on the sofa when I get up.
I LOVE the glass and the straw holder...where did you get it?

Can't wait to see what project you're making with the hexagons!

I hope you're feeling better. I have that cootie, too. Blah.

And I hope you're making a doggie bed...'cause I have a sack of fabric with my dog's name all over it! :-) I'm an ambitious new sewer who's still in the honeymoon period with her Singer, so I'm raring to go!

I met a corgi last week and I kept thinking of your sweet pup... they have so much personality!

Ugh. Feel better soon! I've been piecing together hexagons lately myself, though I've never done it before, so I'm not sure what to do once the quilt top is finished.

Kelly in Ohio

michele (maryland) says: August 12, 2009 at 01:57 PM

Alicia: so sorry you are not feeling well. It will soon pass. Would you please share with us some of the places you buy all of your calico fabric? please, pretty please..I have been looking all over for some and am coming up empty..Thanks girl.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at