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October 22, 2020
Surprise Visit from Cat Patches

Yesterday, I was only just getting started in the sewing room when the phone rang. We don't have a land line any more, and most of the calls that come in on my cell phone are telemarketers...or something. Who the heck knows why they're calling? Anyway...if they aren't in my contacts list, and the name doesn't display, and the call is coming from another state, as this one was, I don't bother answering. About five minutes later, the doorbell rang. I heard the bell, but Mike was upstairs and he answered. If it ...

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Surprise Visit from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday, I was only just getting started in the sewing room when the phone rang. We don't have a land line any more, and most of the calls that come in on my cell phone are telemarketers...or something. Who the heck knows why they're calling? Anyway...if they aren't in my contacts list, and the name doesn't display, and the call is coming from another state, as this one was, I don't bother answering. About five minutes later, the doorbell rang. I heard the bell, but Mike was upstairs and he answered. If it ...

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October 17, 2020
A Little More Progress from Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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A Little More Progress from ... Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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October 11, 2020
Busy Day from Cat Patches

We had such a nice visit with the family yesterday evening. For birthdays back in May, there was a question whether I could get a prime rib roast for our birthday feast. Erik and Mae scored a big one at Costco. It was practically the whole side of beef, and we ended up cutting it into four pieces, as I recall. Then, my own local grocery store came through with the one I'd ordered up, and so we had prime rib coming out of our ears. I'd frozen all the ones we didn't use, and so we ...

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Busy Day from ... Cat Patches

We had such a nice visit with the family yesterday evening. For birthdays back in May, there was a question whether I could get a prime rib roast for our birthday feast. Erik and Mae scored a big one at Costco. It was practically the whole side of beef, and we ended up cutting it into four pieces, as I recall. Then, my own local grocery store came through with the one I'd ordered up, and so we had prime rib coming out of our ears. I'd frozen all the ones we didn't use, and so we ...

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October 8, 2020
Winning at Thread Chicken from ... Cat Patches

Well, I can imagine y'all have been waiting on tenterhooks to find out if I was able to finish the pebbling before running out of thread. Smitty and I placed our wagers on this as I was getting ready to start quilting yesterday. I was pretty sure I'd run out, but Smitty was betting against the thread.


Sadie doesn't go in for gambling, so she watched from atop the book case hutch on my desk.

Betting on thread is purrposterous.


So I stitched the first block, and so far so good.


Smitty got up close and personal ...

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Winning at Thread Chicken from Cat Patches

Well, I can imagine y'all have been waiting on tenterhooks to find out if I was able to finish the pebbling before running out of thread. Smitty and I placed our wagers on this as I was getting ready to start quilting yesterday. I was pretty sure I'd run out, but Smitty was betting against the thread.


Sadie doesn't go in for gambling, so she watched from atop the book case hutch on my desk.

Betting on thread is purrposterous.


So I stitched the first block, and so far so good.


Smitty got up close and personal ...

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October 5, 2020
So Much Sewing from ... Cat Patches

All the pebbling on the Snow Globes quilt has me sewing all day with not much to show for it. Even my sewing cat Smitty is so bored with the pebbling that he didn't even come around yesterday.

 More pebbling? [Yawn.]


I'm with you, Smitty. Let me know if she starts quilting birds, though.

So that was my day. Around, and around, and around. It might seem tedious, but it's actually pretty relaxing. Still, it is time-consuming, and so there isn't much to show for all that sewing. 


After each block, I take a break and ...

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So Much Sewing from Cat Patches

All the pebbling on the Snow Globes quilt has me sewing all day with not much to show for it. Even my sewing cat Smitty is so bored with the pebbling that he didn't even come around yesterday.

 More pebbling? [Yawn.]


I'm with you, Smitty. Let me know if she starts quilting birds, though.

So that was my day. Around, and around, and around. It might seem tedious, but it's actually pretty relaxing. Still, it is time-consuming, and so there isn't much to show for all that sewing. 


After each block, I take a break and ...

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October 4, 2020
Snow in October from Cat Patches

We've never had snow in October...and we don't now. But quilt-wise, anything can happen. I'll say more in a minute. First...here's something we get in abundance in October: Wonderfully woven webs.


We get lots of big garden spiders this time of year, as I imagine most people do. The web above is about 18 inches in diameter. Fortunately, the spider is smaller. Here's another one...a little harder to see with the clematis in the background. 


I've been hoping for a photo of these, but there hasn't been enough moisture for ...

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Snow in October from ... Cat Patches

We've never had snow in October...and we don't now. But quilt-wise, anything can happen. I'll say more in a minute. First...here's something we get in abundance in October: Wonderfully woven webs.


We get lots of big garden spiders this time of year, as I imagine most people do. The web above is about 18 inches in diameter. Fortunately, the spider is smaller. Here's another one...a little harder to see with the clematis in the background. 


I've been hoping for a photo of these, but there hasn't been enough moisture for ...

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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
Sew Fourth and Sew On from Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing was finishing up the fourth block on two different projects. (And you thought I'd misspelled "fourth," didn't you?) So first...or fourth...was the fourth plate for Pieces of the Past. 


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


Next up on my embroidery dance card is this project, "In the Good Old Summertime," which will occupy the "short" slot. Short projects are intended to be projects that can be finished in a single go-round. But you can see this is a fairly large piece...table runner size...and so I ...

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Sew Fourth and Sew On from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing was finishing up the fourth block on two different projects. (And you thought I'd misspelled "fourth," didn't you?) So first...or fourth...was the fourth plate for Pieces of the Past. 


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


Next up on my embroidery dance card is this project, "In the Good Old Summertime," which will occupy the "short" slot. Short projects are intended to be projects that can be finished in a single go-round. But you can see this is a fairly large piece...table runner size...and so I ...

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September 26, 2020
Bag Ladies are In the Bag from Cat Patches

The bag ladies are not intoxicated...just to be clear. But they are finished. I had the most faithful assistants working with me to bring this to a close.

Sadie...I need you! I've been working on this quilt binding for hours, and I need some relief.


Okay, Smitty. Just let me know when you want me to take over. I'll be right here.


We're almost finished, Sadie. I'll just rest my nose right here. Pawssibly, I can hold on to the end.


When I'd turned the last corner and finished it off, I laid ...

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Bag Ladies are In the Bag from ... Cat Patches

The bag ladies are not intoxicated...just to be clear. But they are finished. I had the most faithful assistants working with me to bring this to a close.

Sadie...I need you! I've been working on this quilt binding for hours, and I need some relief.


Okay, Smitty. Just let me know when you want me to take over. I'll be right here.


We're almost finished, Sadie. I'll just rest my nose right here. Pawssibly, I can hold on to the end.


When I'd turned the last corner and finished it off, I laid ...

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September 23, 2020
Keeping Calm and Carrying On from Cat Patches

The past couple of weeks have been stressful. There's certainly enough in newspaper headlines to scare anyone. Add in a fire near one's home with an evacuation of several days' length, and you have a level of stress that requires a little recovery time. It was an exhausting effort to stay positive while we were evacuated. After yesterday's grocery shopping trip...pretty easy as those things go...my energy was tapped out, and I took a good long nap. By 2:00, grocery shopping was the only thing accomplished for the day. Eventually, I decided some slow-stitching ...

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Keeping Calm and Carrying On from ... Cat Patches

The past couple of weeks have been stressful. There's certainly enough in newspaper headlines to scare anyone. Add in a fire near one's home with an evacuation of several days' length, and you have a level of stress that requires a little recovery time. It was an exhausting effort to stay positive while we were evacuated. After yesterday's grocery shopping trip...pretty easy as those things go...my energy was tapped out, and I took a good long nap. By 2:00, grocery shopping was the only thing accomplished for the day. Eventually, I decided some slow-stitching ...

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