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November 4, 2020
A Plan Comes Together from ... Cat Patches

It was a good sewing day yesterday, and I'm happy to report the Appalachian Memories quilt came together beautifully. It's hard to say, but I think I might like the new layout better than the original plan I had for the blocks. Let me just go through the steps and you can decide for yourself.

First, I put a little border around the quilt cornerstones. I had an idea about how to do this that will become clear when you see the whole quilt.


Next, I sewed two borders to either side of the quilt.


Sadie was my ...

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A Plan Comes Together from Cat Patches

It was a good sewing day yesterday, and I'm happy to report the Appalachian Memories quilt came together beautifully. It's hard to say, but I think I might like the new layout better than the original plan I had for the blocks. Let me just go through the steps and you can decide for yourself.

First, I put a little border around the quilt cornerstones. I had an idea about how to do this that will become clear when you see the whole quilt.


Next, I sewed two borders to either side of the quilt.


Sadie was my ...

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November 3, 2020
Fabric Therapy from ... Cat Patches

There's nothing like a trip to the fabric store to drown your sorrows. Thank you for all your suggestions about how to continue with my quilt. They were all good suggestions, and they all required delaying this finish. I'm really wanting to move on, and so a fabric famine can't stand in my way. Besides...it's election day. Time to be decisive. Decisive, not divisive. Lets sew with decision, not division. (Hm...I wonder how many more of these I can come up with.) Jump in the boat, and vote! Put on your coat. Bring your ...

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Fabric Therapy from Cat Patches

There's nothing like a trip to the fabric store to drown your sorrows. Thank you for all your suggestions about how to continue with my quilt. They were all good suggestions, and they all required delaying this finish. I'm really wanting to move on, and so a fabric famine can't stand in my way. Besides...it's election day. Time to be decisive. Decisive, not divisive. Lets sew with decision, not division. (Hm...I wonder how many more of these I can come up with.) Jump in the boat, and vote! Put on your coat. Bring your ...

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November 2, 2020
Lessons from The Count from ... Cat Patches

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? I always think it's best to start with the good news, otherwise I'll be so bummed at the bad news that I won't fully appreciate the good news. Also, the good news can sort of cushion the blow, right? Well, none of it changes anything, so let's just start with the good news.

First of all...autumn leaves. With every new season, I proclaim it as my favorite. And, this being fall, it's my favorite season of the year. Winter kind of takes a ...

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Lessons from The Count from Cat Patches

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? I always think it's best to start with the good news, otherwise I'll be so bummed at the bad news that I won't fully appreciate the good news. Also, the good news can sort of cushion the blow, right? Well, none of it changes anything, so let's just start with the good news.

First of all...autumn leaves. With every new season, I proclaim it as my favorite. And, this being fall, it's my favorite season of the year. Winter kind of takes a ...

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October 31, 2020
Block Talk from ... Cat Patches

Happy Halloween! And happy last day of October! And happy "fall back" day! There's so much to be happy about today! For instance, I can look out my office window and see this tree in its fall foliage:


and that makes me happy! 

So let's just talk about this quilt block, shall we? I was ready to decide on the final layout for the 12 Appalachian Memories blocks, and I was gnashing my teeth over the math. This first part was easy. Fussy cut a little quilt block from the larger fabric. I'll need 20 of these ...

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Block Talk from Cat Patches

Happy Halloween! And happy last day of October! And happy "fall back" day! There's so much to be happy about today! For instance, I can look out my office window and see this tree in its fall foliage:


and that makes me happy! 

So let's just talk about this quilt block, shall we? I was ready to decide on the final layout for the 12 Appalachian Memories blocks, and I was gnashing my teeth over the math. This first part was easy. Fussy cut a little quilt block from the larger fabric. I'll need 20 of these ...

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October 29, 2020
Washington County Quilt Barn Trail from ... Cat Patches

What a glorious day of weather we had yesterday. It was 66°F and nice enough to be out without a jacket...more and more of a rarity these days. Mike went to some extra effort before we left to map out a route. The barn quilts, as listed on the website for the trail, seem to be listed in the order they were hung, and so one could do a lot of driving if they were driven in the order they appear on the map. Mike tried to get them in some order. There were a few listed that ...

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Washington County Quilt Barn Trail from Cat Patches

What a glorious day of weather we had yesterday. It was 66°F and nice enough to be out without a jacket...more and more of a rarity these days. Mike went to some extra effort before we left to map out a route. The barn quilts, as listed on the website for the trail, seem to be listed in the order they were hung, and so one could do a lot of driving if they were driven in the order they appear on the map. Mike tried to get them in some order. There were a few listed that ...

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October 28, 2020
Barn Quilts from Cat Patches

The only sewing I did yesterday was to hand sew the binding for Wyatt's World. Ms. Ears was my assistant for this endeavor.



We were planning to head out for a drive. There was a wine shipment to pick up, and we were going to take a Sunday drive on Tuesday to enjoy what might be the last of the sunshine we'll see in 2020. When we were ready to leave, I'd turned two corners, and was bearing down on the third.


Things are looking very "autumn" in our part of the world. We passed by a ...

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Barn Quilts from ... Cat Patches

The only sewing I did yesterday was to hand sew the binding for Wyatt's World. Ms. Ears was my assistant for this endeavor.



We were planning to head out for a drive. There was a wine shipment to pick up, and we were going to take a Sunday drive on Tuesday to enjoy what might be the last of the sunshine we'll see in 2020. When we were ready to leave, I'd turned two corners, and was bearing down on the third.


Things are looking very "autumn" in our part of the world. We passed by a ...

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October 3, 2020
Winchester Bay, Oregon from Cat Patches

We're back from our little getaway. We left Tuesday morning with our truck camper and ATV's and a sincere wish for an uneventful trip.


We were badly in need of some relaxation, and we definitely got that. When we arrive at a new place, the kitties always run to the windows to see where we are. Sadie spied some people and some woofies.


Smitty, do you think they can see us in here?


Maybe I should keep a low profile. What do you think?


Come look over here, Sadie. Birds!!!


Yes, indeed. This seagull was very interested in ...

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Winchester Bay, Oregon from ... Cat Patches

We're back from our little getaway. We left Tuesday morning with our truck camper and ATV's and a sincere wish for an uneventful trip.


We were badly in need of some relaxation, and we definitely got that. When we arrive at a new place, the kitties always run to the windows to see where we are. Sadie spied some people and some woofies.


Smitty, do you think they can see us in here?


Maybe I should keep a low profile. What do you think?


Come look over here, Sadie. Birds!!!


Yes, indeed. This seagull was very interested in ...

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September 28, 2020
Barn Raising III from Gray Barn Designs

Since I’m working on my barn quilt blocks, I thought I’d share some photos of barns in Ohio and New York. Here in Ohio, there are many barns that proudly display Ohio’s Bicentennial logo for the celebration in 2003.

The barn below is a bit weathered but we can still see it was part of the celebration.

Below are links to some other beautiful barns in Ohio and New York.

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/ohio/old-beautiful-barns-in-oh/

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/new-york/beautiful-barns-ny/

Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t include the “official” gray barn ...

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June 19, 2020
Mask Mojo from ... Cat Patches

The weather has turned terrific. It has been so nice getting outside and working in the garden. Mike mowed the field yesterday, much to the consternation of the kitties. Here, Smitty can be seen praying for an end to the noise. It scares the squirrels away, and his mission in life is thwarted.



Sadie just wants to go back inside. That white smudge near her shoulder would indicate she's been rolling around where there is medicated body powder. The body powder was a hint I picked up from one of my friends (I forget who, but thank you) to ...

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Mask Mojo from Cat Patches

The weather has turned terrific. It has been so nice getting outside and working in the garden. Mike mowed the field yesterday, much to the consternation of the kitties. Here, Smitty can be seen praying for an end to the noise. It scares the squirrels away, and his mission in life is thwarted.



Sadie just wants to go back inside. That white smudge near her shoulder would indicate she's been rolling around where there is medicated body powder. The body powder was a hint I picked up from one of my friends (I forget who, but thank you) to ...

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April 17, 2020
Sunday Drive on a Thursday from ... Cat Patches

There was no machine sewing yesterday. It was the first day I'd missed in about a month. The weather was too lovely to spend down in my basement sewing room. We had some things to do...grocery shopping, for one, which went off without a hitch. We were in and out pretty quickly. We visited the garden section of our local megamart while there, and found it well stocked with annuals and tomato cages. I needed the tomato cages for the peonies since I'm not a staking kind of gal. Now I'm kind of excited to get ...

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Sunday Drive on a Thursday from Cat Patches

There was no machine sewing yesterday. It was the first day I'd missed in about a month. The weather was too lovely to spend down in my basement sewing room. We had some things to do...grocery shopping, for one, which went off without a hitch. We were in and out pretty quickly. We visited the garden section of our local megamart while there, and found it well stocked with annuals and tomato cages. I needed the tomato cages for the peonies since I'm not a staking kind of gal. Now I'm kind of excited to get ...

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March 17, 2020
Redding, California from ... Cat Patches

When I signed off yesterday, I didn't realize we were going to be well north of our location this morning. Here's what happened. Well...as you know, the weather was just terrible. It was even snowing. We were intrepid Oregonians though. We were going to see those last two gold rush towns if it killed us. And we were really brave, bold, and adventurous...until we got out on the road and realized the snow was coming down a little more threateningly than our stomachs could handle. Within one mile of the RV, we said in unison, "We ...

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