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April 20, 2018
Winning Weather from Cat Patches

It was bordering on warm yesterday when I went outside to pull some weeds. Oh my gosh...there are so many weeds. I told Mike it was difficult to tell the forest of weeds from the weeds as big as trees. My goal was to pick three bucketfuls and call it a day. I have the whole summer ahead of me, right? No need to kill myself on the first day. Of course, no session of weed pulling can be complete without the assistance of one's cat.


He kept the squirrels and mousies at bay.

When I committed to ...

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Winning Weather from ... Cat Patches

It was bordering on warm yesterday when I went outside to pull some weeds. Oh my gosh...there are so many weeds. I told Mike it was difficult to tell the forest of weeds from the weeds as big as trees. My goal was to pick three bucketfuls and call it a day. I have the whole summer ahead of me, right? No need to kill myself on the first day. Of course, no session of weed pulling can be complete without the assistance of one's cat.


He kept the squirrels and mousies at bay.

When I committed to ...

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April 18, 2018
An Afternoon of Sewing from ... Cat Patches

The windshield took less time than expected yesterday morning, and so I had the whole afternoon free for sewing. My first job was to finish off the Chinese Zodiac quilt. This turned out pretty cute, and it was a good use of that What-Was-I-Thinking fabric. I agree with several of you who noted that the kids would love it, and it's also a good quilt for boys, which are sometimes in short supply.


After that, I wanted to check off the "Ugly Blocks" category from my list of categories, and so I got to work on a 16-1/2 ...

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An Afternoon of Sewing from Cat Patches

The windshield took less time than expected yesterday morning, and so I had the whole afternoon free for sewing. My first job was to finish off the Chinese Zodiac quilt. This turned out pretty cute, and it was a good use of that What-Was-I-Thinking fabric. I agree with several of you who noted that the kids would love it, and it's also a good quilt for boys, which are sometimes in short supply.


After that, I wanted to check off the "Ugly Blocks" category from my list of categories, and so I got to work on a 16-1/2 ...

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April 17, 2018
A Brief Sun Break from Cat Patches

When I looked out the window this morning, I could scarcely believe my eyes.


Holy Moly! It's the sun!!! We were beginning to worry that we'd somehow been transported to a different planet, far from its warming rays, where tomatoes wouldn't grow, and there could be no salsa, and no marinara sauce, nor tomato jam. Gasp! (This is my idea of Armageddon.) As it stands, the clouds are gathering again. It's possible we'll get more sunshine today, but I'm not counting on it.

There was a brief break in the rain yesterday. I went ...

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A Brief Sun Break from ... Cat Patches

When I looked out the window this morning, I could scarcely believe my eyes.


Holy Moly! It's the sun!!! We were beginning to worry that we'd somehow been transported to a different planet, far from its warming rays, where tomatoes wouldn't grow, and there could be no salsa, and no marinara sauce, nor tomato jam. Gasp! (This is my idea of Armageddon.) As it stands, the clouds are gathering again. It's possible we'll get more sunshine today, but I'm not counting on it.

There was a brief break in the rain yesterday. I went ...

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April 15, 2018
Rainy Day Cats from Cat Patches

We were lucky to get a rain break for our trip to the Farmer's Market yesterday, but we're making up for it today. It has rained hard and steady for most of the day. The kitties have been out in it, but they like to sit on the woodbox under the eaves. Sadie goes out into the rain and comes back with her fur saturated. She's no better than a woofie that way.


Smitty was out earlier. He so dearly wants to be out hunting mousies and chasing squirrels, but the weather is not cooperating.


What's ...

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Rainy Day Cats from ... Cat Patches

We were lucky to get a rain break for our trip to the Farmer's Market yesterday, but we're making up for it today. It has rained hard and steady for most of the day. The kitties have been out in it, but they like to sit on the woodbox under the eaves. Sadie goes out into the rain and comes back with her fur saturated. She's no better than a woofie that way.


Smitty was out earlier. He so dearly wants to be out hunting mousies and chasing squirrels, but the weather is not cooperating.


What's ...

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April 14, 2018
A Good Morning from Cat Patches

Erik, Mae, and I were lucky to get a rain break this morning for our trip to the Portland Farmer's Market. What a treat! Our last several outings to a farmer's market have been to the Beaverton market, but today we headed into the Park Blocks on the campus of my alma mater, Portland State University.


It's the one market where we can get our favorite breakfast of huevos rancheros. There's usually a big line for this, but today there was none. We watched them cooking the vegetables and frying the eggs.


The tortillas are made ...

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A Good Morning from ... Cat Patches

Erik, Mae, and I were lucky to get a rain break this morning for our trip to the Portland Farmer's Market. What a treat! Our last several outings to a farmer's market have been to the Beaverton market, but today we headed into the Park Blocks on the campus of my alma mater, Portland State University.


It's the one market where we can get our favorite breakfast of huevos rancheros. There's usually a big line for this, but today there was none. We watched them cooking the vegetables and frying the eggs.


The tortillas are made ...

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April 13, 2018
You Say Tomato from ... Cat Patches

As it turns out, we've rescheduled our family dinner from Saturday to Sunday, and that meant I had more time than expected for sewing yesterday. Wasting no time, I got right to it. There was quite a bit accomplished, and in my wounded left paw state, it was good to have lots of help.

Sadie used this stool to launch herself over onto the table with the sewing machine.


From there she gave it a good going over.


Hey, I could stand right here and watch you work! Would that be helpful?


Smitty's just there for the catnip ...

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You Say Tomato from Cat Patches

As it turns out, we've rescheduled our family dinner from Saturday to Sunday, and that meant I had more time than expected for sewing yesterday. Wasting no time, I got right to it. There was quite a bit accomplished, and in my wounded left paw state, it was good to have lots of help.

Sadie used this stool to launch herself over onto the table with the sewing machine.


From there she gave it a good going over.


Hey, I could stand right here and watch you work! Would that be helpful?


Smitty's just there for the catnip ...

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April 11, 2018
Stripping with Cats from Cat Patches

You might recall I was going to get to work on making the black and white blocks for the Rainbow Jubilee quilt. This is my 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. Having already sorted through my bins of blacks and whites, I had a large pile of black and white scraps to work from.


The "pile" is only the half of it. There's another pile of yardage outside the frame of that image above. Oh yes...I have a lot of black and white scraps. They were accumulated over time, but you might also recall when I made this quilt ...

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Stripping with Cats from ... Cat Patches

You might recall I was going to get to work on making the black and white blocks for the Rainbow Jubilee quilt. This is my 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. Having already sorted through my bins of blacks and whites, I had a large pile of black and white scraps to work from.


The "pile" is only the half of it. There's another pile of yardage outside the frame of that image above. Oh yes...I have a lot of black and white scraps. They were accumulated over time, but you might also recall when I made this quilt ...

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April 9, 2018
Loafing Around from Cat Patches

It's been a three-day process baking my first loaf of bread since returning home from our trip. Even longer if you count the days it took me to rev up the sourdough starter. Yesterday I mixed in the final ingredients, kneaded the bread, and then put the whole shebang into the refrigerator to sit for 24 hours. When I checked it later in the afternoon yesterday, it looked like this.


You can see that it's about two inches below the rim of the bowl. This morning, it looked like this.


It had expanded and risen to within an ...

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Loafing Around from ... Cat Patches

It's been a three-day process baking my first loaf of bread since returning home from our trip. Even longer if you count the days it took me to rev up the sourdough starter. Yesterday I mixed in the final ingredients, kneaded the bread, and then put the whole shebang into the refrigerator to sit for 24 hours. When I checked it later in the afternoon yesterday, it looked like this.


You can see that it's about two inches below the rim of the bowl. This morning, it looked like this.


It had expanded and risen to within an ...

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Quilty Questions ~ How to Keep a Cat Off the Ironing Board? from Curlicue Creations

 Today's Quilty Question:  How to Keep a Cat Off the Ironing Board?

Cats love ironing boards!  They are toasty warm.  They are elevated.  They are where the action is.  So how do you keep your furry friends off the ironing board?  Here are a few ideas.

 My cats refused to participate in this experiment.  They were busy sleeping in the warm sunshine.  I'll be using Pepper here in the photos.

 Technique #1:  Spray bottle of water.  This plant mister works well with my cats.  After a spray or two, I can just leave the bottle on the board ...

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April 7, 2018
Itty Bitty Bow Ties from Cat Patches

When I finished writing yesterday's blog post, I noticed Smitty was taking his morning nap on the easy chair in my office. A while back, I added a binding to a free motion quilting practice piece. It's used to cover the chair to prevent, um, cat crumbs from covering the chair. Smitty likes it. 


They always seem to understand and appreciate that certain quilts are meant just for them. 

After that, I headed into the sewing room. Recall that I had selected fabrics for a mini quilt, and I got straight to work cutting them. It required 30 ...

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Itty Bitty Bow Ties from ... Cat Patches

When I finished writing yesterday's blog post, I noticed Smitty was taking his morning nap on the easy chair in my office. A while back, I added a binding to a free motion quilting practice piece. It's used to cover the chair to prevent, um, cat crumbs from covering the chair. Smitty likes it. 


They always seem to understand and appreciate that certain quilts are meant just for them. 

After that, I headed into the sewing room. Recall that I had selected fabrics for a mini quilt, and I got straight to work cutting them. It required 30 ...

read more
April 5, 2018
It's a Start from Cat Patches

Yesterday was spent figuring out how to put my Shop Hop quilt together, and I think it's all nailed down now. Here's what I've done and what I'm going to do.

Recall from yesterday's post, I printed off two sheets with names and locations of the quilt shops to be included.


Yesterday I decided on a yellow fabric for the names, and I cut a 10-inch wide width of fabric piece, then cut it at the fold line. One side will be plenty of fabric to hold a row's worth of names. Then I ...

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