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September 19, 2020
Wet World from ... Cat Patches

Just take a look at this wonderfully wet world.


We got more than an inch of rain in less than 24 hours. I thought there might be more today, but it looks like the chance of that is slim. It's fine though. There's more forecast for later in the week. In the meantime, I have corn to harvest! And some weeds to pull! It's perfect weeding weather.

The kitties are lapping it up (pun totally intended). When I came upstairs to write this post, I left Smitty snuggled into Mike's lap.


Sadie was sitting on me ...

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Wet World from Cat Patches

Just take a look at this wonderfully wet world.


We got more than an inch of rain in less than 24 hours. I thought there might be more today, but it looks like the chance of that is slim. It's fine though. There's more forecast for later in the week. In the meantime, I have corn to harvest! And some weeds to pull! It's perfect weeding weather.

The kitties are lapping it up (pun totally intended). When I came upstairs to write this post, I left Smitty snuggled into Mike's lap.


Sadie was sitting on me ...

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August 17, 2020
Playing Chicken from Cat Patches

Ever since returning from our short camping trip, I've felt a little off-kilter. One would think I'd be used to the feeling after so many years, but I'm not. Even feeling off-kilter can feel off sometimes. And I only bring this up to say that my days have often gone not as I planned at all. Yesterday was such a day. It was nearly 11:00 a.m. by the time I got an "early start" in the garden. Fortunately, there wasn't much to do there. I was picking the beans that were getting large enough ...

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Playing Chicken from ... Cat Patches

Ever since returning from our short camping trip, I've felt a little off-kilter. One would think I'd be used to the feeling after so many years, but I'm not. Even feeling off-kilter can feel off sometimes. And I only bring this up to say that my days have often gone not as I planned at all. Yesterday was such a day. It was nearly 11:00 a.m. by the time I got an "early start" in the garden. Fortunately, there wasn't much to do there. I was picking the beans that were getting large enough ...

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August 2, 2020
Added Extras from The Quilt Quine

Throwing caution to the wind, I “allowed” myself time to complete the Virtual log cabin quilt at the start of the week. I decided to do it all using the quilt computer so started with some tight spirals then quilted a large Warli pattern over the top of that with bold, yellow cotton thread. I bound it and put it straight onto our scruffy, family sofa, upon which pets are welcome to perch. I have not liked a quilt quite so much for ages. Firstly, it is getting seen every day and I love all of the random fabrics surrounding ...

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July 30, 2020
Fiction with a Quilting Theme from From My Carolina Home

With all this extra time on our hands, reading has been a nice way to spend a morning.  This past month and a half, I’ve gathered several new books and devoured them all with quilting as a theme.  Two were sent to me by C&T Publishing specifically for this post, and two by their authors.  I did not promise good reviews to anyone, but the great thing is they are all recommended.   Affiliate links to C&T Publishing and Amazon are provided.  You can click on the links to see the publisher’s synopsis of the plot.

Quilt Theme Fiction at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Just ...

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July 3, 2020
Flossie Teacakes' Guide to English Paper Piecing on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Summer time has finally hit the banks of Lake Erie.  With that, we are having a mini heatwave, where it's more fun to stay inside and stitch than go outside in a mask.  And really where would they let us go anyways???  So, I've been spending time in my air conditioned bedroom suite working on my English Paper Pieced  Pinwheels quilt and listening to audio books.  There is something really soothing about making a one patch quilt into something interesting and beautiful.  But still....I thought maybe you could EPP something more complicated.

And with that thought....down ...

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June 24, 2020
Love Your Creative Space Blog Tour from Terificreations's Weblog

I first wrote about Lilo’s book here. Because of something else we ended up talking on the phone for about an hour while I was in a furniture store pondering sofa’s, recliners, side tables, and color. Lilo reminded me that this area has lots of shops with secondhand furniture that might be redone or repurposed.… Continue reading Love Your Creative Space Blog Tour

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March 29, 2020
Here's What's Cooking from ... Cat Patches

Smitty has developed a strategic plan to deal with his free-loading housecatmate. Their morning routine has always been to wake up the people, chomp on the morning treats conveniently dispensed by the now-awake people, beg to be let into the clubhouse (that's their space between the basement and main levels of the house), take a morning nap in the clubhouse, come back upstairs and beg for more treats. Only, since we've been home, Smitty has worked out a new plan. He first begs for the clubhouse to be opened and lures Sadie down there too. Once Sadie is ...

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Here's What's Cooking from Cat Patches

Smitty has developed a strategic plan to deal with his free-loading housecatmate. Their morning routine has always been to wake up the people, chomp on the morning treats conveniently dispensed by the now-awake people, beg to be let into the clubhouse (that's their space between the basement and main levels of the house), take a morning nap in the clubhouse, come back upstairs and beg for more treats. Only, since we've been home, Smitty has worked out a new plan. He first begs for the clubhouse to be opened and lures Sadie down there too. Once Sadie is ...

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March 9, 2020
Canyon Creek Quilt AND Pillow Talk from Alamosa Quilter

Another shop sample finished now that my long arm quilter is back from her break. This one is called Canyon Creek.


It features a new fabric line called Terrain from Windham fabrics. The pattern is fairly easy and is strip pieced. There are two different but very similar blocks. The hardest part is staying organized!

And we also got the new Pillow Talk book by Edyta Sitar.


I pulled some of our ombre fabrics and whipped up this pillow cover from the book.


The ombre fabrics made it really easy to get the subtle color changes instead of picking several ...

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February 25, 2020
Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes Book Review from Blossom Heart Quilts

There are some designers out there that have a wonderful eye for modern quilt design that make me a tad envious of their aesthetic… They design the kind of art I would love to have in my house as wall art, or on a mug, or as wrapping paper! And the quilts in Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes by Heather Black and Daisy Aschehoug is exactly that.

Quilt Modern Curves and Bold Stripes book

Heather from Quiltachusetts and Daisy from Warm Folk teamed up to design and write an inspired book all about making curves and stripes with a modern difference. Ain’t nothing drunkard about these ...

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February 15, 2020
Digital Fiber Art, A Review on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



You would think looking at my bookcases that I have enough art, quilt, surface design books.. Apparently not.  This week, I finally gave in to my wishlist and bought, Wen Redmond's Digital Fiber Art. I've been wanting it forever but hadn't had the right project where I really needed it.

Boy, so glad I did!  I've watched Wen's classes, seen her work and basically love the whole mix media vibe, but was too afraid to stick my toe in.  Reading through book, not only do you stick your toe in but she manages to throw ...

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January 3, 2020
San Luis NWR and Merced NWR from ... Cat Patches

It's been a slow morning here at the Traveling Three Cats Ranch. We spent yesterday evening at the local emergency department. The positive-thinking-head-in-the-sand approach to curing my asthma problem failed dismally. By day's end yesterday, I admitted defeat and we took off for the hospital for my first-ever nebulizer treatment. I'll say more about that toward the end of the post (if I don't forget), but I'll tell you now that even without positive thinking, I'm feeling much, much better today. I'm still coughing some, but the cough has turned more productive, a ...

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San Luis NWR and Merced NWR from Cat Patches

It's been a slow morning here at the Traveling Three Cats Ranch. We spent yesterday evening at the local emergency department. The positive-thinking-head-in-the-sand approach to curing my asthma problem failed dismally. By day's end yesterday, I admitted defeat and we took off for the hospital for my first-ever nebulizer treatment. I'll say more about that toward the end of the post (if I don't forget), but I'll tell you now that even without positive thinking, I'm feeling much, much better today. I'm still coughing some, but the cough has turned more productive, a ...

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November 8, 2019
Blog Tour: Me & My 18” Doll by Erin Hentzel from Terificreations's Weblog

Me & My 18” Doll Sew 20+ Matching Outfits, Accessories & Quilts for the Girl in Your LifeErin Hentzel Avery Lane SewingPublished by C&T 8.5″ x 11″ 64 pages  Softcover, $24.95; Ebook, $19.99 If memory serves I met Erin on a shuttle from Pittsburgh Quilt Market to the airport on my way home. She’d just… Continue reading Blog Tour: Me & My 18” Doll by Erin Hentzel

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November 6, 2019
Oatmeal Raisin : Perfect 5 Quilt Along from Samelia's Mum

Welcome to my stop on the Perfect 5 Quilt Along featuring the new book 'Perfect 5 Quilts' by It's Sew Emma and the 5" Creative Grids Ruler.




The Perfect 5 Quilts book is filled with 16 quilt patterns, all based on the humble 5" charm square. Charm Packs were one of the first specialty precuts to appear in quilting stores. Charm packs deliver a variety of fabric prints/colours usually within a fabric collection. They're versatile, great for making quick projects and I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't resist adding a charm ...

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October 23, 2019
Pin It Weekly #295 -- A Review of Doctor Zhivago from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

First, Doctor Zhivago is dead! Oh, spoiler alert. He really does die, finally. It's a great book. No, better than great--worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize in literature--but long and difficult. And I'm a good reader. Honestly I'm not bragging, I just am, having read well over 100 books (here's a list of the ones I remember). 

Despite being a good reader, I needed two full weeks to read the book of only 560 pages. Yes, I worked on it, but I did just as much reading looking up Russian terms, history, maps. All of it ...

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October 22, 2019
Book Review Day: step-by-step Texture Quilting Christina Cameli from Terificreations's Weblog

step-by-step Texture Quilting 65 NEW Free-motion & Walking-Foot DesignsChristina Cameli stash books $24.95, softcover; $19.99 eBook Christina happened to wander through the Northcott booth at Spring Quilt Market and we had a few minutes to chat. She gave me a copy of her book, I set it down at the table where I was working,… Continue reading Book Review Day: step-by-step Texture Quilting Christina Cameli

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July 16, 2017
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman from Sew French

★★★★★ This unique culinary history of America offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how we eat. The United States boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population which makes for … Continue reading

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