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September 3, 2019
A Flat Day from ... Cat Patches

We got out early from La Grande yesterday morning, headed toward Heyburn, Idaho, and a park we've stayed at before. It's a nice park for just passing through on a journey to anywhere else. We stopped to fill up our fuel tank on the way out of La Grande. Mike noticed the tire pressure on one of the rear truck tires had gone down overnight, which seemed unusual. He noticed it back home too, and so he said to me, "I think one of our back tires has a slow leak." Famous last words, right? But on we ...

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A Flat Day from Cat Patches

We got out early from La Grande yesterday morning, headed toward Heyburn, Idaho, and a park we've stayed at before. It's a nice park for just passing through on a journey to anywhere else. We stopped to fill up our fuel tank on the way out of La Grande. Mike noticed the tire pressure on one of the rear truck tires had gone down overnight, which seemed unusual. He noticed it back home too, and so he said to me, "I think one of our back tires has a slow leak." Famous last words, right? But on we ...

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August 30, 2019
Laying Waste to Vegetables from ... Cat Patches

The only sewing I had time for yesterday was my morning slow stitching. I gave myself a little bit of extra time too because I knew the day ahead would be a busy one. It's almost time to move my hoop.


Most of the day was spent on my feet. I first did some housekeeping chores because they were sort of "optional." I knew if I waited, they wouldn't get done. After that, I headed off to the grocery store for a quick trip. Then back home where I tackled this week's share of CSA veggies. I ...

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Laying Waste to Vegetables from Cat Patches

The only sewing I had time for yesterday was my morning slow stitching. I gave myself a little bit of extra time too because I knew the day ahead would be a busy one. It's almost time to move my hoop.


Most of the day was spent on my feet. I first did some housekeeping chores because they were sort of "optional." I knew if I waited, they wouldn't get done. After that, I headed off to the grocery store for a quick trip. Then back home where I tackled this week's share of CSA veggies. I ...

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August 25, 2019
Too Many Tomatoes from ... Cat Patches

The day started out slow enough, but there was no time for slow-stitching. We were on a mission to pick up apples and tomatoes for this weekend's extravacanza. (Did you see what I did there?) It made sense to eat breakfast out. We first stopped off at the South Store Cafe, where Sue and I often eat oatmeal before our Friday morning walks.


When we found the line out the door and around the corner, we decided we weren't in the mood for oatmeal and moved along. We first picked up the tomatoes from the farmers...25 pounds ...

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Too Many Tomatoes from Cat Patches

The day started out slow enough, but there was no time for slow-stitching. We were on a mission to pick up apples and tomatoes for this weekend's extravacanza. (Did you see what I did there?) It made sense to eat breakfast out. We first stopped off at the South Store Cafe, where Sue and I often eat oatmeal before our Friday morning walks.


When we found the line out the door and around the corner, we decided we weren't in the mood for oatmeal and moved along. We first picked up the tomatoes from the farmers...25 pounds ...

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August 18, 2019
Heavy Lifting from ... Cat Patches

It was another busy day yesterday, although I was able to get more accomplished than expected. We've been planning for some time to create a bed for some peonies I have on order. You might recall we took out our neglected iris bed last spring. The plan was to plant peonies last fall, but then the order fell through when the merchant didn't deliver. It meant putting off planting until this year. In the meantime, we had some time to think about how to do this. The project started yesterday morning with a trip to our local Home ...

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Heavy Lifting from Cat Patches

It was another busy day yesterday, although I was able to get more accomplished than expected. We've been planning for some time to create a bed for some peonies I have on order. You might recall we took out our neglected iris bed last spring. The plan was to plant peonies last fall, but then the order fell through when the merchant didn't deliver. It meant putting off planting until this year. In the meantime, we had some time to think about how to do this. The project started yesterday morning with a trip to our local Home ...

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August 6, 2019
All Quilting, All the Time from ... Cat Patches

The day started as usual yesterday with a little slow stitching. I'm just getting started on December's heart.


After that I got to work finishing the quilting on the Quiltemala quilt. Of course, I need my furry furriends to help speed things up.


Walking on a quilt being free motion quilted is purrticularly helpful. Just keep those toes away from the needle, sir.


And with so much help, it seemed as if things dragged. After a couple of hours of solid stitching, I quilted to the southwest corner and off, and it was finished.


That went fast. I ...

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All Quilting, All the Time from Cat Patches

The day started as usual yesterday with a little slow stitching. I'm just getting started on December's heart.


After that I got to work finishing the quilting on the Quiltemala quilt. Of course, I need my furry furriends to help speed things up.


Walking on a quilt being free motion quilted is purrticularly helpful. Just keep those toes away from the needle, sir.


And with so much help, it seemed as if things dragged. After a couple of hours of solid stitching, I quilted to the southwest corner and off, and it was finished.


That went fast. I ...

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July 21, 2019
Distracted from ... Cat Patches

It was a no sewing day yesterday, mainly because I couldn't stay focused for all the fun unpacking and laundry I needed to do. There's still plenty of laundry to work on today. Yesterday's included one load of finished Solstice to Solstice quilt, and three loads of towels. And unpacking the camper could have been finished in about an hour, but I kept sitting down and scrolling mindlessly on different phone apps. Oh well...sometimes I think we all need a day to be unfocused and distracted. By day's end it was all finished, and so ...

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Distracted from Cat Patches

It was a no sewing day yesterday, mainly because I couldn't stay focused for all the fun unpacking and laundry I needed to do. There's still plenty of laundry to work on today. Yesterday's included one load of finished Solstice to Solstice quilt, and three loads of towels. And unpacking the camper could have been finished in about an hour, but I kept sitting down and scrolling mindlessly on different phone apps. Oh well...sometimes I think we all need a day to be unfocused and distracted. By day's end it was all finished, and so ...

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July 11, 2019
Quilting Marathon from ... Cat Patches

After three days of nearly non-stop quilting, I'm ready to sew the binding on the Solstice to Solstice quilt. On this last day of quilting, I got back to a more curvy "C," but honestly, looking at the quilt, I can't see where one day ended and the next day started. It all blends together when seen as a whole. This was the final block. It's the one I made for Earth Day:


When I get the whole thing finished, and I have someone (or maybe two people) to hold the quilt upright, I'll give you ...

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Quilting Marathon from Cat Patches

After three days of nearly non-stop quilting, I'm ready to sew the binding on the Solstice to Solstice quilt. On this last day of quilting, I got back to a more curvy "C," but honestly, looking at the quilt, I can't see where one day ended and the next day started. It all blends together when seen as a whole. This was the final block. It's the one I made for Earth Day:


When I get the whole thing finished, and I have someone (or maybe two people) to hold the quilt upright, I'll give you ...

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July 10, 2019
Seize the C's from ... Cat Patches

As suspected, it didn't take long to finish the hand-stitching on the Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs quilt block. This is where I left it yesterday. I was just getting started with the running stitch around the outside edge. 


This morning I expect to finish it off, and then I'll be on to my next hand-stitching project, I Believe in Snowmen. And so now, the race really is on to see if I'll be making more embroidery blocks, or finishing the quilting on Solstice. Which one will win the race to go camping? Stay tuned for the ...

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Seize the C's from Cat Patches

As suspected, it didn't take long to finish the hand-stitching on the Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs quilt block. This is where I left it yesterday. I was just getting started with the running stitch around the outside edge. 


This morning I expect to finish it off, and then I'll be on to my next hand-stitching project, I Believe in Snowmen. And so now, the race really is on to see if I'll be making more embroidery blocks, or finishing the quilting on Solstice. Which one will win the race to go camping? Stay tuned for the ...

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July 5, 2019
Pinky from ... Cat Patches

Most of the day yesterday was taken up baking a lemon meringue pie. Lemon meringue is my favorite. My grandmother always baked one when we visited. She knew I loved it, and now I can't bake my own pie without thinking of her. 


My luck with pies is kind of hit or miss, especially with the crust. Fortunately, lemon meringue has only a bottom crust and so all sins are hidden. Still, I'm trying my best for a flaky, and not soggy, crust. Also, I'm striving for custard that sets up perfectly, so it doesn't run ...

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Pinky from Cat Patches

Most of the day yesterday was taken up baking a lemon meringue pie. Lemon meringue is my favorite. My grandmother always baked one when we visited. She knew I loved it, and now I can't bake my own pie without thinking of her. 


My luck with pies is kind of hit or miss, especially with the crust. Fortunately, lemon meringue has only a bottom crust and so all sins are hidden. Still, I'm trying my best for a flaky, and not soggy, crust. Also, I'm striving for custard that sets up perfectly, so it doesn't run ...

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July 3, 2019
Two Tiny Finishes from ... Cat Patches

There were a lot of busy work things to do yesterday morning, and so I didn't make it into the sewing room until mid-afternoon. You might recall I've been trying to declutter in bits and pieces. Every other week, I spend 15 minutes deleting old photos, and old papers from grad school, and other old forgotten stuff off my computer's hard drive. Then on the off weeks from that, I spend 15 minutes getting rid of junk accumulated over about 30 years. Yesterday I took four boxes of "really good stuff" to Goodwill and threw out another ...

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Two Tiny Finishes from Cat Patches

There were a lot of busy work things to do yesterday morning, and so I didn't make it into the sewing room until mid-afternoon. You might recall I've been trying to declutter in bits and pieces. Every other week, I spend 15 minutes deleting old photos, and old papers from grad school, and other old forgotten stuff off my computer's hard drive. Then on the off weeks from that, I spend 15 minutes getting rid of junk accumulated over about 30 years. Yesterday I took four boxes of "really good stuff" to Goodwill and threw out another ...

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