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September 1, 2023
Suddenly September from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty happy to have reached the month when Fall starts. We've had a good summer here with just a few hot days. We've been delighted by a nice soaking rain from yesterday. It rained most of the day, and by the time we went to bed, we had a half-inch accumulation. Many of you have suffered through brutal heat, and so I feel fairly certain you're going to be happy to see the end of summer. And for those of you in the ...

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Suddenly September from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty happy to have reached the month when Fall starts. We've had a good summer here with just a few hot days. We've been delighted by a nice soaking rain from yesterday. It rained most of the day, and by the time we went to bed, we had a half-inch accumulation. Many of you have suffered through brutal heat, and so I feel fairly certain you're going to be happy to see the end of summer. And for those of you in the ...

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August 23, 2023
Easy-Going Day from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. Our air quality was much improved yesterday, but it appears more hazy again today. Oh well. Things could be so much worse, and so we're not complaining. When I came upstairs to write this post, I found Smitty taking up prime quilt real estate on Mike's lap.


That was okay with Sadie. She purrfurs her studio apartment on the catio.


Smitty is feeling better every day. He's not sneezing as much as he was, and his breathing sounds less congested. Yesterday, he used the poppy foliage to scratch his sniffly nose.


He's ...

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Easy-Going Day from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. Our air quality was much improved yesterday, but it appears more hazy again today. Oh well. Things could be so much worse, and so we're not complaining. When I came upstairs to write this post, I found Smitty taking up prime quilt real estate on Mike's lap.


That was okay with Sadie. She purrfurs her studio apartment on the catio.


Smitty is feeling better every day. He's not sneezing as much as he was, and his breathing sounds less congested. Yesterday, he used the poppy foliage to scratch his sniffly nose.


He's ...

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August 16, 2023
Another Warm One from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We're expecting another hot day today, but then cooling fairly quickly overnight. I'll be happy to turn off the A/C, if we can. I was out early yesterday to water the flower pots and harvest vegetables. While I was out, I found Sadie sleeping in the house on her catio.


Back inside, I went to work on my slow stitching. I finished off the next "book spine" for the Shop Hop quilt


And then I took the first stitches on the Chat to Friends block for The Story of My Day. These are ...

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Another Warm One from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We're expecting another hot day today, but then cooling fairly quickly overnight. I'll be happy to turn off the A/C, if we can. I was out early yesterday to water the flower pots and harvest vegetables. While I was out, I found Sadie sleeping in the house on her catio.


Back inside, I went to work on my slow stitching. I finished off the next "book spine" for the Shop Hop quilt


And then I took the first stitches on the Chat to Friends block for The Story of My Day. These are ...

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August 13, 2023
Approaching a Finish from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. How's your Sunday morning going so far? I won all my word games this morning, and so I'm feeling pretty peppy. Don't worry, though. I'll settle down when the hot weather arrives tomorrow. We're expecting several days in the triple digits. I know a lot of you have been dealing with that for most of the summer. We really can't complain. Our weather has been fairly mild so far this summer.

Knowing it was going to get warm in the afternoon, I went to work first thing to finish up ...

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Approaching a Finish from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. How's your Sunday morning going so far? I won all my word games this morning, and so I'm feeling pretty peppy. Don't worry, though. I'll settle down when the hot weather arrives tomorrow. We're expecting several days in the triple digits. I know a lot of you have been dealing with that for most of the summer. We really can't complain. Our weather has been fairly mild so far this summer.

Knowing it was going to get warm in the afternoon, I went to work first thing to finish up ...

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August 10, 2023
A Finish and a Start from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. There was quite a bit of progress made yesterday on both the sewing and kitchen fronts. My slow-stitching was devoted to hand-stitching the binding on the challenge piece. It took about an hour, and then it was finished. Here's your peek.


Here's how it looks from the back.


And here's your last look at it until the reveal on November 1st. It ended up at 22 x 22 inches.


I'd committed my morning to slaying some more zucchini. When the binding was finished, I went to work first thing trying to cull ...

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A Finish and a Start from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. There was quite a bit of progress made yesterday on both the sewing and kitchen fronts. My slow-stitching was devoted to hand-stitching the binding on the challenge piece. It took about an hour, and then it was finished. Here's your peek.


Here's how it looks from the back.


And here's your last look at it until the reveal on November 1st. It ended up at 22 x 22 inches.


I'd committed my morning to slaying some more zucchini. When the binding was finished, I went to work first thing trying to cull ...

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August 9, 2023
A Run Around Day from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. With a drive into town yesterday, I didn't expect to accomplish much. It turned out to be a more productive day than anticipated, and so it was a good day. I expect today will be a good day too...mainly because I'm not going anywhere. 

Of course, no day can be completely successful without some slow stitching. There was just a little bit left to do on this section of my hoop.


This morning, I'll start on the left side of the piece. The right side is finished. Oops...just as I looked ...

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A Run Around Day from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. With a drive into town yesterday, I didn't expect to accomplish much. It turned out to be a more productive day than anticipated, and so it was a good day. I expect today will be a good day too...mainly because I'm not going anywhere. 

Of course, no day can be completely successful without some slow stitching. There was just a little bit left to do on this section of my hoop.


This morning, I'll start on the left side of the piece. The right side is finished. Oops...just as I looked ...

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August 6, 2023
Planning Ahead from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'll probably get interrupted as I write. Mike volunteered to make waffles, and I hear him moving around downstairs. I'll just type fast.

The farmer's market outing was successful yesterday. I was on the hunt for beets and fresh dill heads. When I mentioned the dill heads, Erik and Mae offered up some from their garden. I'll get to the beets later on this week, but I came straight home with those lovely dill heads and made some refrigerator pickles. I'd accumulated enough pickling cucumbers to fill a quart jar. Mike ...

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Planning Ahead from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'll probably get interrupted as I write. Mike volunteered to make waffles, and I hear him moving around downstairs. I'll just type fast.

The farmer's market outing was successful yesterday. I was on the hunt for beets and fresh dill heads. When I mentioned the dill heads, Erik and Mae offered up some from their garden. I'll get to the beets later on this week, but I came straight home with those lovely dill heads and made some refrigerator pickles. I'd accumulated enough pickling cucumbers to fill a quart jar. Mike ...

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June 26, 2023
Mostly Sewing from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We've arrived back at Monday again. I hope everyone had a good weekend. Our weekend was very nice. We had warm weather, but not too hot. 

My day yesterday started with the first stitches on Block 7 for The Story of My Day quilt.


So...what does this mean anyway? I wasn't exactly sure what the word "soldiers" was referring to, although there was a hint in the pattern that it referred to "toast." And keeping in mind this pattern was designed by Anni Downs in Australia, I figured it was a regional expression ...

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Mostly Sewing from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We've arrived back at Monday again. I hope everyone had a good weekend. Our weekend was very nice. We had warm weather, but not too hot. 

My day yesterday started with the first stitches on Block 7 for The Story of My Day quilt.


So...what does this mean anyway? I wasn't exactly sure what the word "soldiers" was referring to, although there was a hint in the pattern that it referred to "toast." And keeping in mind this pattern was designed by Anni Downs in Australia, I figured it was a regional expression ...

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June 20, 2023
Monday's Movements from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's the last day of spring. Summer moves in tomorrow. Yahoo! I know some of you are already experiencing too-hot weather. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it's still on the coolish side. The vegetables are barely grown above seed stage, and so some sunshine and warmth will be welcome.

Yesterday was my day to rest up and relax from all the cooking the day before. Also, it has rained the past couple of days, and so there was no need to do anything in the garden. I think I might have gone the whole ...

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Monday's Movements from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's the last day of spring. Summer moves in tomorrow. Yahoo! I know some of you are already experiencing too-hot weather. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it's still on the coolish side. The vegetables are barely grown above seed stage, and so some sunshine and warmth will be welcome.

Yesterday was my day to rest up and relax from all the cooking the day before. Also, it has rained the past couple of days, and so there was no need to do anything in the garden. I think I might have gone the whole ...

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June 10, 2023
Lazy and Rainy from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. The rainy day made us lazy yesterday. I've noticed that sometimes when we reach the end of a day, Mike and I will independently use the same word to describe it. Both of us were slow to move yesterday, and so there wasn't much accomplished. We've already moved into summer mode. With a drizzling rain for much of the day, the outdoor plans we had for ourselves were dashed. And, honestly, what? No weeding? How will we survive a day without weeding? I'm kidding, of course.

So the morning slipped away, and ...

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Lazy and Rainy from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. The rainy day made us lazy yesterday. I've noticed that sometimes when we reach the end of a day, Mike and I will independently use the same word to describe it. Both of us were slow to move yesterday, and so there wasn't much accomplished. We've already moved into summer mode. With a drizzling rain for much of the day, the outdoor plans we had for ourselves were dashed. And, honestly, what? No weeding? How will we survive a day without weeding? I'm kidding, of course.

So the morning slipped away, and ...

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