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December 12, 2018
One More Time Around from ... Cat Patches

It's going to be a good day...I can feel it in my quilting hands. There's just one more go-around in the outer border of Wind in the Whiskers, and then that puppy will be heading for the finish line. But before I get started on that...let's back up to the beginning of the day.

The latest Snow Globe block is off to a good start. Whenever I start anew on a block, I always have to first clean up all the leftover bits of floss from the last time I worked on it. That's ...

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One More Time Around from Cat Patches

It's going to be a good day...I can feel it in my quilting hands. There's just one more go-around in the outer border of Wind in the Whiskers, and then that puppy will be heading for the finish line. But before I get started on that...let's back up to the beginning of the day.

The latest Snow Globe block is off to a good start. Whenever I start anew on a block, I always have to first clean up all the leftover bits of floss from the last time I worked on it. That's ...

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December 11, 2018
Oh Happy Day! from ... Cat Patches

There were a couple of finishes yesterday...first, the second block for the Appalachian Memories quilt. I spent more time than usual on this yesterday, but I was enjoying myself. Besides...it allowed me to put off the free motion quilting on Wind in the Whiskers for just a little bit longer.


These are the two blocks I have for this quilt so far. There's still a long way to go...12 blocks in all.


And then...Ta-Da!!!! I finished stitching down all the applique for the Wind in the Whiskers quilt. You have no idea how happy this ...

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Oh Happy Day! from Cat Patches

There were a couple of finishes yesterday...first, the second block for the Appalachian Memories quilt. I spent more time than usual on this yesterday, but I was enjoying myself. Besides...it allowed me to put off the free motion quilting on Wind in the Whiskers for just a little bit longer.


These are the two blocks I have for this quilt so far. There's still a long way to go...12 blocks in all.


And then...Ta-Da!!!! I finished stitching down all the applique for the Wind in the Whiskers quilt. You have no idea how happy this ...

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December 9, 2018
End of the Rainbow and a Winner! from Cat Patches

It's time to choose a winner for my most recent giveaway of the 20 Little Patchwork Quilts book. Mr. Random was roused from his Sunday morning slumber long enough to announce:


#46--Stitches

Congratulations, Stitches! I've sent you an email, so check your inbox. And thanks to all of you who played along in last week's giveaways. Your kind comments were very much appreciated.

As for yesterday, there was a little more productivity on the sewing front. I even did a little housework. First, I finished stitching all that I could on the Appalachian Memories quilt...


and then ...

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End of the Rainbow and a Winner! from ... Cat Patches

It's time to choose a winner for my most recent giveaway of the 20 Little Patchwork Quilts book. Mr. Random was roused from his Sunday morning slumber long enough to announce:


#46--Stitches

Congratulations, Stitches! I've sent you an email, so check your inbox. And thanks to all of you who played along in last week's giveaways. Your kind comments were very much appreciated.

As for yesterday, there was a little more productivity on the sewing front. I even did a little housework. First, I finished stitching all that I could on the Appalachian Memories quilt...


and then ...

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December 7, 2018
Rainy Friday from Bayou Quilts

Incoming Mail

from Hannah
 from Connie (somehow I missed posting this last month,
but I love those cats)
 postcard from Christine

I've been a little frazzled lately.  Too many ideas and plans and projects started and not finished.  I'm completely disorganized and paying for it. 


As I type, I'm having to sit on the edge of the chair because Edgrrr is crowding me.  When he couldn't get in my lap, he decided to get behind me push me out.  He's warm, but annoying.  

He won possession of the chair, and after having his picture taken ...

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The Twelfth Cat of Christmas from Cat Patches

All 12 Tuxedo's Tales cats are finished! Yahoo! But don't get too rowdy with your Christmas partying because they still need to be sewn into a flimsy. I'm not sure when that will happen, but it won't be this year. Yesterday's task was to sew the buttons and the snowflakes onto this final block of the quilt.


Here are all the blocks for this quilt laid out together.


After that, I got busy sewing the strips for the black and white Rainbow Jubilee corner triangles. Those are pieced, trimmed, cut, and ready to go now ...

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The Twelfth Cat of Christmas from ... Cat Patches

All 12 Tuxedo's Tales cats are finished! Yahoo! But don't get too rowdy with your Christmas partying because they still need to be sewn into a flimsy. I'm not sure when that will happen, but it won't be this year. Yesterday's task was to sew the buttons and the snowflakes onto this final block of the quilt.


Here are all the blocks for this quilt laid out together.


After that, I got busy sewing the strips for the black and white Rainbow Jubilee corner triangles. Those are pieced, trimmed, cut, and ready to go now ...

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December 6, 2018
How to Build A Cat from Cat Patches

Yesterday morning I spent some time on the Appalachian Memories block. It's about half finished now.


There was a little more to stitch before I needed to move my hoop, but I moved it to the left anyway. It's a little hard to see in the image below, but there are lines just below the quilt block. They represent the track where the barn door would slide open and closed, and they extend the entire width of the hoop.


Since I'm using stem stitch on this piece, it's better if I can stitch the lines without ...

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How to Build A Cat from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday morning I spent some time on the Appalachian Memories block. It's about half finished now.


There was a little more to stitch before I needed to move my hoop, but I moved it to the left anyway. It's a little hard to see in the image below, but there are lines just below the quilt block. They represent the track where the barn door would slide open and closed, and they extend the entire width of the hoop.


Since I'm using stem stitch on this piece, it's better if I can stitch the lines without ...

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December 5, 2018
A Winner and Another Giveaway from Cat Patches

It's time to announce the winner of my recent book giveaway. Spinning the dial brings me to:


djquilting!

Congratulations, djquilting! I've sent you an email, so check your inbox. And if you didn't win, then don't despair because I have another book to giveaway today. Here's the next little gem I'm giving away:


More little quilts. I told you it was a "little" gem. Same rules apply. An awful lot of you were no-reply in the last giveaway. Here's a clue: If your comment didn't generate a response from me, then you ...

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A Winner and Another Giveaway from ... Cat Patches

It's time to announce the winner of my recent book giveaway. Spinning the dial brings me to:


djquilting!

Congratulations, djquilting! I've sent you an email, so check your inbox. And if you didn't win, then don't despair because I have another book to giveaway today. Here's the next little gem I'm giving away:


More little quilts. I told you it was a "little" gem. Same rules apply. An awful lot of you were no-reply in the last giveaway. Here's a clue: If your comment didn't generate a response from me, then you ...

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December 4, 2018
Crisp and Cold from ... Cat Patches

Our weather has gone from wet and dark to dry, bright, and cold. Today the wind is blowing too. These are the times when we can get snow as we transition from cold to wet again. When I checked the forecast last week, I noticed there was ice in the forecast for this weekend. For now, it looks as if it will warm back into the 40's without any of the slippery or white stuff. It's a little early for us. Our coldest months are January and February.

So I ran my errands yesterday, including a quick trip ...

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Crisp and Cold from Cat Patches

Our weather has gone from wet and dark to dry, bright, and cold. Today the wind is blowing too. These are the times when we can get snow as we transition from cold to wet again. When I checked the forecast last week, I noticed there was ice in the forecast for this weekend. For now, it looks as if it will warm back into the 40's without any of the slippery or white stuff. It's a little early for us. Our coldest months are January and February.

So I ran my errands yesterday, including a quick trip ...

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December 3, 2018
Besotted Chicken and a Remedy from ... Cat Patches

It was a full day yesterday. Everything was accomplished with the exception of the one assigned housekeeping chore. As I've mentioned before, I have my priorities. The kitties were ready to help. It's cold outside these days, and so they're spending a lot more time inside lap hugging. Smitty likes sitting between Mike's legs.


Sadie likes to curl up on my lap while I do my slow stitching in the morning. Here, she's showing us that she's really not such a pipsqueak after all. She's could even be considered long when she stretches ...

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Besotted Chicken and a Remedy from Cat Patches

It was a full day yesterday. Everything was accomplished with the exception of the one assigned housekeeping chore. As I've mentioned before, I have my priorities. The kitties were ready to help. It's cold outside these days, and so they're spending a lot more time inside lap hugging. Smitty likes sitting between Mike's legs.


Sadie likes to curl up on my lap while I do my slow stitching in the morning. Here, she's showing us that she's really not such a pipsqueak after all. She's could even be considered long when she stretches ...

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November 29, 2018
Homecoming from ... Cat Patches

There was a little bit of everything in my day yesterday, and so I have a lot of pictures for you today. First, Big Bertha is home. Doesn't she look all spiffy having spent the past month at the spa? I'd say I think she lost a few pounds, but when I lift her, I know that isn't true.


Believe me, I hesitated about threading all the cords in and out behind my table and through the bars of my desk drawers because I didn't trust at all that she would be working again. But then ...

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Homecoming from Cat Patches

There was a little bit of everything in my day yesterday, and so I have a lot of pictures for you today. First, Big Bertha is home. Doesn't she look all spiffy having spent the past month at the spa? I'd say I think she lost a few pounds, but when I lift her, I know that isn't true.


Believe me, I hesitated about threading all the cords in and out behind my table and through the bars of my desk drawers because I didn't trust at all that she would be working again. But then ...

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November 28, 2018
Closing in on a Tiny Finish from Cat Patches

It was a wet morning yesterday, but blue skies returned by afternoon. My morning started with my usual slow-stitching. I'm just getting started on the 2nd of 12 blocks for the Appalachian Memories quilt. This one has the bear's paw block on the barn.


It'll be easy enough to finish that off this morning, and then start working on the barn structure. These are all worked in stem stitch, which takes a little longer than backstitch.


I'm thinking I'll do the trees behind the barn in fly stitch.

Of course, it's very cozy in ...

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