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November 19, 2019
Quilting Cats from Cat Patches

We had a significant amount of rain both yesterday and over night. When I got up this morning, it was pouring rain. Surprisingly, when the sun rose, we found ourselves above the clouds, and we're expecting fairly good weather today. The birds will appreciate it when I fill their feeders.


It was a mostly sewing day yesterday, and several projects got some attention. In preparation for quilting It's Raining Cats and Dogs, I first quilted the placemats made recently. It gave me a chance to adjust the tension properly. These were done simply, with just a straight line ...

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Quilting Cats from ... Cat Patches

We had a significant amount of rain both yesterday and over night. When I got up this morning, it was pouring rain. Surprisingly, when the sun rose, we found ourselves above the clouds, and we're expecting fairly good weather today. The birds will appreciate it when I fill their feeders.


It was a mostly sewing day yesterday, and several projects got some attention. In preparation for quilting It's Raining Cats and Dogs, I first quilted the placemats made recently. It gave me a chance to adjust the tension properly. These were done simply, with just a straight line ...

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November 17, 2019
Purrterbation from ... Cat Patches

There was a lot of anxious decision-making involved in yesterday's sewing. The kitties were there to help make decisions, but none of us could decide whose ideas were best or right. Eventually, the kitties threw up their paws in exaspurration and retired to their catio.

Don't come around here with your purroblems. I've already told you the quilt needs more than one cat!


Yeah...and if we're going to have to assist with so many purrojects, we demand to renegotiate our contract. We want more kitty treats!


Sheesh. Looks like mewtiny to me.

Okay, well, back ...

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Purrterbation from Cat Patches

There was a lot of anxious decision-making involved in yesterday's sewing. The kitties were there to help make decisions, but none of us could decide whose ideas were best or right. Eventually, the kitties threw up their paws in exaspurration and retired to their catio.

Don't come around here with your purroblems. I've already told you the quilt needs more than one cat!


Yeah...and if we're going to have to assist with so many purrojects, we demand to renegotiate our contract. We want more kitty treats!


Sheesh. Looks like mewtiny to me.

Okay, well, back ...

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November 15, 2019
Block Party from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing day consisted of sewing together block after block of the Mulligan Stew quilt. This was all done under the watchful and faithful catsultation with the Catmittee on Quilt Construction. Smitty is the Chairpurrson of the Catmittee.


Sadie is only one member of the Catmittee. Pink Mouse also has an impurrtant part in the decision-making purrocess.


After lengthy catsultation, I was able to continue assembling the blocks for the center of the quilt. I took a break to fill the bird feeders when I had it this far.


By day's end, the entire quilt center was complete ...

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Block Party from Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing day consisted of sewing together block after block of the Mulligan Stew quilt. This was all done under the watchful and faithful catsultation with the Catmittee on Quilt Construction. Smitty is the Chairpurrson of the Catmittee.


Sadie is only one member of the Catmittee. Pink Mouse also has an impurrtant part in the decision-making purrocess.


After lengthy catsultation, I was able to continue assembling the blocks for the center of the quilt. I took a break to fill the bird feeders when I had it this far.


By day's end, the entire quilt center was complete ...

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November 14, 2019
Long and Winding Road from ... Cat Patches

From tree top to tree trunk was a long and winding journey, but Tree #7 is complete now. For all the  gnashing of teeth, it kind of turned out okay. I took a few little cheater back stitches where the edges were uneven enough to bother me.


Then I was ready to sew on the beads. These were just sewn on randomly, although I used the picture as a guide. They were supposed to be held on using French knots. I had about half of them sewn on when one popped off. The knots weren't large enough to hold ...

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Long and Winding Road from Cat Patches

From tree top to tree trunk was a long and winding journey, but Tree #7 is complete now. For all the  gnashing of teeth, it kind of turned out okay. I took a few little cheater back stitches where the edges were uneven enough to bother me.


Then I was ready to sew on the beads. These were just sewn on randomly, although I used the picture as a guide. They were supposed to be held on using French knots. I had about half of them sewn on when one popped off. The knots weren't large enough to hold ...

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November 13, 2019
Some Tiny Sewing from ... Cat Patches

There wasn't much on yesterday's agenda beyond sewing, and so I went back to work on the placemats that were started the day before.

Let's all paws here for a moment to admire how purrfectly this fabric matches my furs.


Sadie was my consultant about jazzing these up a little with different fabrics, and this is what I came up with.


Now they're sewn together and sandwiched for quilting. I wish I'd made the strips on the right a little wider, but I'll stick with them as they are. The quilting adds a lot ...

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Some Tiny Sewing from Cat Patches

There wasn't much on yesterday's agenda beyond sewing, and so I went back to work on the placemats that were started the day before.

Let's all paws here for a moment to admire how purrfectly this fabric matches my furs.


Sadie was my consultant about jazzing these up a little with different fabrics, and this is what I came up with.


Now they're sewn together and sandwiched for quilting. I wish I'd made the strips on the right a little wider, but I'll stick with them as they are. The quilting adds a lot ...

read more
November 12, 2019
A Little of Everything from ... Cat Patches

It was good to get back into the swing of sewing yesterday, but there was also some time in the kitchen. Ever since acquiring a 6-inch bundt pan, I've been itching to try reducing an existing cake recipe into a cake for two. Yesterday was the day. For reference, here's a link to the original recipe from Cooking Light. (Weirdly, the picture at that link is not at all the cake that goes with the recipe. Don't be confused...you're eyes are not deceiving you.)

So, anyway...a 6-inch bundt pan has a volume of 3 ...

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A Little of Everything from Cat Patches

It was good to get back into the swing of sewing yesterday, but there was also some time in the kitchen. Ever since acquiring a 6-inch bundt pan, I've been itching to try reducing an existing cake recipe into a cake for two. Yesterday was the day. For reference, here's a link to the original recipe from Cooking Light. (Weirdly, the picture at that link is not at all the cake that goes with the recipe. Don't be confused...you're eyes are not deceiving you.)

So, anyway...a 6-inch bundt pan has a volume of 3 ...

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November 11, 2019
Canning and Slow Stitching from ... Cat Patches

Two days in a row with no sewing, and the kitties can hardly believe their eyes. What is this world coming to? Sadie settled herself on the Wine Country quilt to contemplate what it might be like to take up drinking.


Smitty already has the market on catnip cornered, and so she thinks wine might be her only refuge from no-sewing days.

As for Smitty, he keeps parking himself in front of the glass door, hoping it will open again for him some day. He hasn't had a good gopher in weeks.


On the other hand, we did have ...

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Canning and Slow Stitching from Cat Patches

Two days in a row with no sewing, and the kitties can hardly believe their eyes. What is this world coming to? Sadie settled herself on the Wine Country quilt to contemplate what it might be like to take up drinking.


Smitty already has the market on catnip cornered, and so she thinks wine might be her only refuge from no-sewing days.

As for Smitty, he keeps parking himself in front of the glass door, hoping it will open again for him some day. He hasn't had a good gopher in weeks.


On the other hand, we did have ...

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November 8, 2019
Final Fourteen from ... Cat Patches

This morning's post is later than my usual. I'd like to say I slept in all this time, but no. There we were, sitting reading our email, when the power went off, and we found ourselves sitting in the dark. It was 6:30 a.m., and still dark outside too. The only light in the room was from our glowing iPads. I went to the Portland General Electric website to get the low-down, and found that the matter was under "investigation" and that power would be restored at 9:30 a.m. Later that forecast was revised ...

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Final Fourteen from Cat Patches

This morning's post is later than my usual. I'd like to say I slept in all this time, but no. There we were, sitting reading our email, when the power went off, and we found ourselves sitting in the dark. It was 6:30 a.m., and still dark outside too. The only light in the room was from our glowing iPads. I went to the Portland General Electric website to get the low-down, and found that the matter was under "investigation" and that power would be restored at 9:30 a.m. Later that forecast was revised ...

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November 7, 2019
Home Stretch from ... Cat Patches

It's a pretty morning out. We had rain yesterday, but it cleared off by late morning, and turned into a pretty nice day. The morning mist seems to have moved on as well. Possibly we still have some good weather ahead before the Big Dark moves in.


The morning sun is low on the horizon these days. At our latitude, the sun moves from east to west like everywhere else, but it is so low on the horizon that it appears to be in the south. Mike and I moved to Oregon in mid-October of 1978, and it took ...

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Home Stretch from Cat Patches

It's a pretty morning out. We had rain yesterday, but it cleared off by late morning, and turned into a pretty nice day. The morning mist seems to have moved on as well. Possibly we still have some good weather ahead before the Big Dark moves in.


The morning sun is low on the horizon these days. At our latitude, the sun moves from east to west like everywhere else, but it is so low on the horizon that it appears to be in the south. Mike and I moved to Oregon in mid-October of 1978, and it took ...

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November 6, 2019
Trees, Tails, and Triangles from ... Cat Patches

The third of the 12 Trees For Christmas was finished yesterday. This one was kind of fun.


The tree trunk and limbs are all stitched in a dark green chain stitch. The trunk chain was whipped on both sides with a lighter green, and then backstitched with a dark brown. The tree limbs were whipped just on the bottom side. The base of the tree was stem stitched, and then there was the red running stitch between the tree limbs. I used a cross-stitch needle to whip stitch the light green. It has a blunt tip, which makes it easier ...

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Trees, Tails, and Triangles from Cat Patches

The third of the 12 Trees For Christmas was finished yesterday. This one was kind of fun.


The tree trunk and limbs are all stitched in a dark green chain stitch. The trunk chain was whipped on both sides with a lighter green, and then backstitched with a dark brown. The tree limbs were whipped just on the bottom side. The base of the tree was stem stitched, and then there was the red running stitch between the tree limbs. I used a cross-stitch needle to whip stitch the light green. It has a blunt tip, which makes it easier ...

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