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May 11, 2020
A Week of Gluttony from ... Cat Patches

The first week-and-a-half of May is always murder on our diets. I'll admit that I'm probably the biggest part of the problem. I love baking, and I love dessert. With three birthdays and Mother's Day in the mix, what are you going to do? So anyway...back to business. No more overeating. No more sweet stuff, and no more baking (she says, as she feeds her sourdough starter, readying it for baking).

The morning got off to a slow start. I could not get to sleep last night and found myself wide awake well after 2:00 ...

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A Week of Gluttony from Cat Patches

The first week-and-a-half of May is always murder on our diets. I'll admit that I'm probably the biggest part of the problem. I love baking, and I love dessert. With three birthdays and Mother's Day in the mix, what are you going to do? So anyway...back to business. No more overeating. No more sweet stuff, and no more baking (she says, as she feeds her sourdough starter, readying it for baking).

The morning got off to a slow start. I could not get to sleep last night and found myself wide awake well after 2:00 ...

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April 16, 2020
Another Trashy Quilt from ... Cat Patches

Our weather never really turned yesterday, and it was overcast well into the evening. Smitty and I got out for a walk around anyway. He's been so good about coming in that we walked without a leash. He stays right beside me, and we took about half an hour walking all the way around the house. Of course, his first love is the grass, which needs mowing badly. Smitty hopes we'll leave a patch for him to graze.


Along our way, we noticed some more of the tulips are opening. These were only just barely showing their colors ...

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Another Trashy Quilt from Cat Patches

Our weather never really turned yesterday, and it was overcast well into the evening. Smitty and I got out for a walk around anyway. He's been so good about coming in that we walked without a leash. He stays right beside me, and we took about half an hour walking all the way around the house. Of course, his first love is the grass, which needs mowing badly. Smitty hopes we'll leave a patch for him to graze.


Along our way, we noticed some more of the tulips are opening. These were only just barely showing their colors ...

read more
April 14, 2020
Pansy Quilting from Cat Patches

Most of yesterday was devoted to quilting the Pansy Mosaic quilt. Earlier, I'd been in the garden. We were all outside, and so we decided to let the kitties roam around for a while. They were excited to get outside together, and then came in when requested. It was a good outing for all.

Mike has been feeling good enough to be outside and spraying weeds. My goal was to weed a patch where the calla lily bulb was planted. It was originally purchased post-bloom in the grocery store for $1. We planted the bulb and were surprised when ...

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Pansy Quilting from ... Cat Patches

Most of yesterday was devoted to quilting the Pansy Mosaic quilt. Earlier, I'd been in the garden. We were all outside, and so we decided to let the kitties roam around for a while. They were excited to get outside together, and then came in when requested. It was a good outing for all.

Mike has been feeling good enough to be outside and spraying weeds. My goal was to weed a patch where the calla lily bulb was planted. It was originally purchased post-bloom in the grocery store for $1. We planted the bulb and were surprised when ...

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April 11, 2020
Turning Trash to Treasure from Cat Patches

It was a busy day yesterday. I was up early and on the move all day. My first stop was for slow-stitching. There isn't always time for slow-stitching in the morning, but it's a rare morning that I don't do at least a little bit. I've been working away at hand-quilting Mulligan Stew. As of yesterday morning, I made a commitment to myself to keep working on it a little at a time until it's finished. For slow-stitching dessert, I'll work simultaneously on an embroidery project. For the time being, I'm continuing with ...

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Turning Trash to Treasure from ... Cat Patches

It was a busy day yesterday. I was up early and on the move all day. My first stop was for slow-stitching. There isn't always time for slow-stitching in the morning, but it's a rare morning that I don't do at least a little bit. I've been working away at hand-quilting Mulligan Stew. As of yesterday morning, I made a commitment to myself to keep working on it a little at a time until it's finished. For slow-stitching dessert, I'll work simultaneously on an embroidery project. For the time being, I'm continuing with ...

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April 10, 2020
Barely Scrapping By from ... Cat Patches

You'll be happy to know that my fellow shoppers were all alive and well when I left the grocery store yesterday. Our store recently instituted a "half capacity" limit on the number of people allowed inside at any given time. I worried it would mean a line to get in, but I found the coast clear yesterday, and a nicely uncrowded store. Also, I found everything I wanted, except yeast. The paper products were fairly well stocked, and so I bought my limit of toilet paper and paper towels. I'm probably set now for a while. Hopefully, by ...

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Barely Scrapping By from Cat Patches

You'll be happy to know that my fellow shoppers were all alive and well when I left the grocery store yesterday. Our store recently instituted a "half capacity" limit on the number of people allowed inside at any given time. I worried it would mean a line to get in, but I found the coast clear yesterday, and a nicely uncrowded store. Also, I found everything I wanted, except yeast. The paper products were fairly well stocked, and so I bought my limit of toilet paper and paper towels. I'm probably set now for a while. Hopefully, by ...

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April 8, 2020
Purrmuda Triangle from Cat Patches

The sixth block for the Dancing Chickens & Flying Pigs quilt is finished now. There wasn't much hand embroidery to do, and so it finished up in just a few days.


Here are the six blocks I have for this quilt so far.


From there I did some housework and then picked a bucket of weeds. It takes about 45 minutes to fill my bucket. As I went, I deadheaded the hydrangeas too. There's still plenty of weeding to do. I expect to be at this all summer long. When my chores were done, I headed back into the ...

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Purrmuda Triangle from ... Cat Patches

The sixth block for the Dancing Chickens & Flying Pigs quilt is finished now. There wasn't much hand embroidery to do, and so it finished up in just a few days.


Here are the six blocks I have for this quilt so far.


From there I did some housework and then picked a bucket of weeds. It takes about 45 minutes to fill my bucket. As I went, I deadheaded the hydrangeas too. There's still plenty of weeding to do. I expect to be at this all summer long. When my chores were done, I headed back into the ...

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April 7, 2020
More Triangulating from ... Cat Patches

You're not *still* sewing triangles together, are you?


If you want me to help you, you're going to have to purrogress to something less meownotonous.


That's how my day went yesterday. Cats can be so mouthy. Smitty was so disgusted, he roped Mike into taking him out for a sit. Sometimes he goes out for a walk, but yesterday's walk turned into a sit as he surveyed his kingdom.


Later he came in and used his very specialized tool to point out any cutting errors I might have made.


All of these pinks and whites have ...

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More Triangulating from Cat Patches

You're not *still* sewing triangles together, are you?


If you want me to help you, you're going to have to purrogress to something less meownotonous.


That's how my day went yesterday. Cats can be so mouthy. Smitty was so disgusted, he roped Mike into taking him out for a sit. Sometimes he goes out for a walk, but yesterday's walk turned into a sit as he surveyed his kingdom.


Later he came in and used his very specialized tool to point out any cutting errors I might have made.


All of these pinks and whites have ...

read more
April 6, 2020
Making a Dent from ... Cat Patches

There was quite a bit to do yesterday, although hands-on work was at a minimum. Mainly, my day was spent setting timers and then responding when they went off. By day's end, we had a yummy turkey dinner. But first...slow stitching, of course.

As I mentioned, there isn't much hand embroidery on the Dancing Chickens & Flying Pigs block. Already, I have most of it finished:


Also, I've signed up to make four pay-it-forward gifts over the next year. This one is for a friend from high school who doesn't read my blog. I'll be ...

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Making a Dent from Cat Patches

There was quite a bit to do yesterday, although hands-on work was at a minimum. Mainly, my day was spent setting timers and then responding when they went off. By day's end, we had a yummy turkey dinner. But first...slow stitching, of course.

As I mentioned, there isn't much hand embroidery on the Dancing Chickens & Flying Pigs block. Already, I have most of it finished:


Also, I've signed up to make four pay-it-forward gifts over the next year. This one is for a friend from high school who doesn't read my blog. I'll be ...

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March 30, 2020
A New Scrappy from Cat Patches

It was a quiet day here yesterday. Self-quarantining hasn't really caused me to break stride at all. My days are pretty much as they've always been, with the addition of Mike sitting in the chair across from me. He was working up until we left on our trip south this past December. Now he's home...hopefully, for good. My biggest concern is my weekly (or so) trips to the grocery store and worry about what will be there (or not be there) when I arrive. Grocery shopping has always been the biggest annoyance in my life, and ...

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A New Scrappy from ... Cat Patches

It was a quiet day here yesterday. Self-quarantining hasn't really caused me to break stride at all. My days are pretty much as they've always been, with the addition of Mike sitting in the chair across from me. He was working up until we left on our trip south this past December. Now he's home...hopefully, for good. My biggest concern is my weekly (or so) trips to the grocery store and worry about what will be there (or not be there) when I arrive. Grocery shopping has always been the biggest annoyance in my life, and ...

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March 27, 2020
Cats and Stars from ... Cat Patches

My kitty consultants were hard at work yesterday. It seems kitties have very strong opinions about color value. I was working on the next two blocks for the Charm Stars quilt. The stars are made from a combination of light and dark color values as well as neutrals. Sadie was not happy with my choices at all.

You've chosen a lavender, where you really should have chosen a light purrple.



She read over the instructions and looked at the diagram several times. We couldn't agree on the color choices or placement.

Pawsibly you need new glasses, because I ...

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Cats and Stars from Cat Patches

My kitty consultants were hard at work yesterday. It seems kitties have very strong opinions about color value. I was working on the next two blocks for the Charm Stars quilt. The stars are made from a combination of light and dark color values as well as neutrals. Sadie was not happy with my choices at all.

You've chosen a lavender, where you really should have chosen a light purrple.



She read over the instructions and looked at the diagram several times. We couldn't agree on the color choices or placement.

Pawsibly you need new glasses, because I ...

read more
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