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April 22, 2019
An Overdue Milestone from ... Cat Patches

It could have been a little warmer yesterday, but at least it didn't rain. The cooler temperatures made it easier to clean out the greenhouse, however. Now it's ready for a new generation of seeds. Mike dumped that half bag of potting soil into its bin after I took that picture. Today I'll get out and plant some seeds. It always feels like a fresh start to the year when we get last year's dead stuff pulled out.


So, it always seems like a big job when we look at the mess, but we had this ...

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An Overdue Milestone from Cat Patches

It could have been a little warmer yesterday, but at least it didn't rain. The cooler temperatures made it easier to clean out the greenhouse, however. Now it's ready for a new generation of seeds. Mike dumped that half bag of potting soil into its bin after I took that picture. Today I'll get out and plant some seeds. It always feels like a fresh start to the year when we get last year's dead stuff pulled out.


So, it always seems like a big job when we look at the mess, but we had this ...

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April 21, 2019
A Do-Nothing Day from ... Cat Patches

We're both still recovering from a day of weeding and other yard work, and so we were feeling too lazy to clean out the greenhouse yesterday. Today it's happening. For sure. It can't go another week, because I really need to get some seeds started. So, it was an easy decision to head into town when I decided I urgently needed to visit an office supply store. After picking up some envelopes, we had lunch in town and then headed for home. The kitties were sitting together on the catio when we drove up.


When someone tapped ...

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A Do-Nothing Day from Cat Patches

We're both still recovering from a day of weeding and other yard work, and so we were feeling too lazy to clean out the greenhouse yesterday. Today it's happening. For sure. It can't go another week, because I really need to get some seeds started. So, it was an easy decision to head into town when I decided I urgently needed to visit an office supply store. After picking up some envelopes, we had lunch in town and then headed for home. The kitties were sitting together on the catio when we drove up.


When someone tapped ...

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April 20, 2019
Something Old, Something New from ... Cat Patches

We were back to our usual Oregon gloom yesterday, and so I spent the day inside. I was in the process of making the first row of blocks from my newest project called "Jenny's Flower Garden." Eventually I'll give it a different name. The 49-patch blocks were finished, but I needed to make the "blanks." Smitty was very helpful in that regard.


He first helped with fabric selection, and then again with layout of the blocks.


This is a triple Irish chain, and I wasn't sure how all those randomly placed scrappy colors were going to look ...

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Something Old, Something New from Cat Patches

We were back to our usual Oregon gloom yesterday, and so I spent the day inside. I was in the process of making the first row of blocks from my newest project called "Jenny's Flower Garden." Eventually I'll give it a different name. The 49-patch blocks were finished, but I needed to make the "blanks." Smitty was very helpful in that regard.


He first helped with fabric selection, and then again with layout of the blocks.


This is a triple Irish chain, and I wasn't sure how all those randomly placed scrappy colors were going to look ...

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April 19, 2019
Saturday on Thursday from ... Cat Patches

Every lawn mower on our hill could be heard running yesterday. It was a single dry day in a month of rain. We and all of our neighbors were itching to get outside and beat back the weeds. Mike stayed home to spray and mow, and so it felt like Saturday. My goals for the day were to weed and clean-up my culinary herb garden (check), deadhead the hydrangeas (check), and to weed any areas that Mike couldn't hit with his spray (mostly check). It was a knee-killer of a day, and it caused me to weenie out on ...

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Saturday on Thursday from Cat Patches

Every lawn mower on our hill could be heard running yesterday. It was a single dry day in a month of rain. We and all of our neighbors were itching to get outside and beat back the weeds. Mike stayed home to spray and mow, and so it felt like Saturday. My goals for the day were to weed and clean-up my culinary herb garden (check), deadhead the hydrangeas (check), and to weed any areas that Mike couldn't hit with his spray (mostly check). It was a knee-killer of a day, and it caused me to weenie out on ...

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April 18, 2019
A Sunny Day and a Winner from ... Cat Patches


Purrhaps I should choose a winner for my birthday purrty giveaway. Purrmit me to spin the dial. The winner is:

#36 Connie H

Congratulations, Connie! I've sent you an email so check your inbox. And thank you to all who wrote to wish Smitty a happy birthday and to share your pet stories. I really enjoyed reading them.

Yesterday was spent mainly sitting in my hairdresser's chair getting my hair permed. I had a few errands to run afterward, but arrived home just after noon. The kitties were itching to get outside by the time I arrived, and ...

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A Sunny Day and a Winner from Cat Patches


Purrhaps I should choose a winner for my birthday purrty giveaway. Purrmit me to spin the dial. The winner is:

#36 Connie H

Congratulations, Connie! I've sent you an email so check your inbox. And thank you to all who wrote to wish Smitty a happy birthday and to share your pet stories. I really enjoyed reading them.

Yesterday was spent mainly sitting in my hairdresser's chair getting my hair permed. I had a few errands to run afterward, but arrived home just after noon. The kitties were itching to get outside by the time I arrived, and ...

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April 17, 2019
All New from ... Cat Patches

All new, except for this one last block from an old project. The last of the Sundress blocks is finished.


Probably I won't get around to sewing this one together until the end of the year since I have six quilts ahead of it, but having the embroidery done is a big step toward a finish.

Recently, I've been finishing up a lot of my piecing and embroidery WIPS..."finishing" being a relative term. None of them are sewn together, but they've reached the next stage of the process. And all of that to say that I ...

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All New from Cat Patches

All new, except for this one last block from an old project. The last of the Sundress blocks is finished.


Probably I won't get around to sewing this one together until the end of the year since I have six quilts ahead of it, but having the embroidery done is a big step toward a finish.

Recently, I've been finishing up a lot of my piecing and embroidery WIPS..."finishing" being a relative term. None of them are sewn together, but they've reached the next stage of the process. And all of that to say that I ...

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April 15, 2019
Getting my Goat from ... Cat Patches

As I was thinking about the title for this post, I remembered that song from A Sound of Music...

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

and on and on. And now it's stuck in my head. And now it'll be stuck in your head too. Misery loves company, you know. You're welcome. 

So what is all this talk of goats, you ask? Well, I made one yesterday. It's the final section ...

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Getting my Goat from Cat Patches

As I was thinking about the title for this post, I remembered that song from A Sound of Music...

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

and on and on. And now it's stuck in my head. And now it'll be stuck in your head too. Misery loves company, you know. You're welcome. 

So what is all this talk of goats, you ask? Well, I made one yesterday. It's the final section ...

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April 13, 2019
A Day of Many Gifts from ... Cat Patches

What a beautiful day yesterday. There were a couple of rain showers in the afternoon, but it was sunny and relatively warm most of the day. It was a perfect day for a reunion walk with Sue. We haven't walked together for about six weeks since both of us have been off gallivanting around the southland. And so that was the first gift of the day...walking with my friend in the sunshine!

Also, I have a shiny new camera...the next iteration of my favorite Nikon Coolpix. It was an early birthday present from Mike. (My birthday isn ...

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A Day of Many Gifts from Cat Patches

What a beautiful day yesterday. There were a couple of rain showers in the afternoon, but it was sunny and relatively warm most of the day. It was a perfect day for a reunion walk with Sue. We haven't walked together for about six weeks since both of us have been off gallivanting around the southland. And so that was the first gift of the day...walking with my friend in the sunshine!

Also, I have a shiny new camera...the next iteration of my favorite Nikon Coolpix. It was an early birthday present from Mike. (My birthday isn ...

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April 12, 2019
Mostly Slow Stitching from ... Cat Patches

Since I was waiting for a delivery that required a signature, I stayed mostly on the main level of the house yesterday, and that meant plenty of slow stitching. First, I finished off the first block for the Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs quilt. This block is called "Flying Pigs and Other Things."


You might recall I was a little worried about stitching the outer running stitch without a hoop, but it worked out just fine. The Kona solid background fabric wants to fray a little. By keeping the edge I was stitching closest too me, I avoided dragging it ...

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Mostly Slow Stitching from Cat Patches

Since I was waiting for a delivery that required a signature, I stayed mostly on the main level of the house yesterday, and that meant plenty of slow stitching. First, I finished off the first block for the Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs quilt. This block is called "Flying Pigs and Other Things."


You might recall I was a little worried about stitching the outer running stitch without a hoop, but it worked out just fine. The Kona solid background fabric wants to fray a little. By keeping the edge I was stitching closest too me, I avoided dragging it ...

read more
April 11, 2019
A Birthday and a Giveaway from ... Cat Patches

Since Tuesday was such a productive day, I figured I'd celebrate Wednesday with a day of sloth. Still, I managed to get through the grocery store without killing anyone, so that's something. Resisting the urge to kill is exhausting, however...just ask Smitty...and so I ended up taking a nap for most of the afternoon. The only sewing I did yesterday was to stitch up the last of the Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs block.


There was just a little more to do from there, and so I finished off the center portion of the block. All ...

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A Birthday and a Giveaway from Cat Patches

Since Tuesday was such a productive day, I figured I'd celebrate Wednesday with a day of sloth. Still, I managed to get through the grocery store without killing anyone, so that's something. Resisting the urge to kill is exhausting, however...just ask Smitty...and so I ended up taking a nap for most of the afternoon. The only sewing I did yesterday was to stitch up the last of the Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs block.


There was just a little more to do from there, and so I finished off the center portion of the block. All ...

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