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August 17, 2019
Tired Feet from ... Cat Patches

It was a day spent on my feet yesterday. Sue and I were out early for our Friday morning walk. We walked out by my house this time, and we met up at a rental hall down in the valley. The Laurel Community Center, pictured below, was built in 1923. For a while, it was the home of the Laurel Valley School of Dance. The building has gone through many permutations in its life, but we just refer to it as the "Dance Studio." It's also earned itself a spot on the Quilt Barn Trail of Washington County.


We ...

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Tired Feet from Cat Patches

It was a day spent on my feet yesterday. Sue and I were out early for our Friday morning walk. We walked out by my house this time, and we met up at a rental hall down in the valley. The Laurel Community Center, pictured below, was built in 1923. For a while, it was the home of the Laurel Valley School of Dance. The building has gone through many permutations in its life, but we just refer to it as the "Dance Studio." It's also earned itself a spot on the Quilt Barn Trail of Washington County.


We ...

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August 16, 2019
A Busy Day with Nothing to Show from ... Cat Patches

It was a run-around kind of day yesterday. Although I was on the move all day, I don't have a lot to show for it. I made a trip to the post office to mail off the two doll quilts. Then to the bird store for some suet for our piggy birds. Then to the liquor store...think of it as the sinful part of the trip. Then to Erik and Mae's house where they had the most beautiful box of cherry tomatoes for me. Take a look at these babies:


They're going to make some beautiful ...

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A Busy Day with Nothing to Show from Cat Patches

It was a run-around kind of day yesterday. Although I was on the move all day, I don't have a lot to show for it. I made a trip to the post office to mail off the two doll quilts. Then to the bird store for some suet for our piggy birds. Then to the liquor store...think of it as the sinful part of the trip. Then to Erik and Mae's house where they had the most beautiful box of cherry tomatoes for me. Take a look at these babies:


They're going to make some beautiful ...

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August 14, 2019
Uniting the Unicorn from ... Cat Patches

Matthew and Lyndsay are here for a couple of days. They got in late night before last, and had the good sense to sleep well into the afternoon, which gave me plenty of time to finish up my housekeeping chores and get back to the object of my desire...the unicorn. You know how it is when you're on a roll with a quilt. It's hard even to take bathroom breaks.

My first task was to finish off the second of three large sections and get it all sewn together. And...voila!


With a few interruptions, visiting with ...

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Uniting the Unicorn from Cat Patches

Matthew and Lyndsay are here for a couple of days. They got in late night before last, and had the good sense to sleep well into the afternoon, which gave me plenty of time to finish up my housekeeping chores and get back to the object of my desire...the unicorn. You know how it is when you're on a roll with a quilt. It's hard even to take bathroom breaks.

My first task was to finish off the second of three large sections and get it all sewn together. And...voila!


With a few interruptions, visiting with ...

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August 13, 2019
Legendary Sewing from ... Cat Patches

Before we get to the "legendary" part of yesterday's sewing, let us all pause here for a moment to admire this legendary tummy.


Formerly feral, Sadie tends to be an anxious and shy cat. During our morning slow-stitching sessions, however, she finds time to relax and ready herself for a day of frenetic activity.

There was housework to do, and I promised myself I'd stop sewing by 3:00 p.m. Liar! Three o'clock came and went, and I was still sewing. In fact, I sewed the whole live-long day. Possibly I've made peace with paper-piecing ...

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Legendary Sewing from Cat Patches

Before we get to the "legendary" part of yesterday's sewing, let us all pause here for a moment to admire this legendary tummy.


Formerly feral, Sadie tends to be an anxious and shy cat. During our morning slow-stitching sessions, however, she finds time to relax and ready herself for a day of frenetic activity.

There was housework to do, and I promised myself I'd stop sewing by 3:00 p.m. Liar! Three o'clock came and went, and I was still sewing. In fact, I sewed the whole live-long day. Possibly I've made peace with paper-piecing ...

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August 12, 2019
Farm & Forage from ... Cat Patches

The day got off to its usual start yesterday. We didn't need to leave for our Farm & Forage lunch until around 12:30, and that left plenty of time for slow-stitching and rainbow scrap blocks.

First, I got a start on my 3rd mystery project. If you've been paying attention, I've done four mystery projects in the past couple of weeks. I've already finished #4, which was the teal mini swap, to be revealed later this month. Earlier, I traced out #3, and yesterday I started stitching it. It'll take me about a week to ...

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Farm & Forage from Cat Patches

The day got off to its usual start yesterday. We didn't need to leave for our Farm & Forage lunch until around 12:30, and that left plenty of time for slow-stitching and rainbow scrap blocks.

First, I got a start on my 3rd mystery project. If you've been paying attention, I've done four mystery projects in the past couple of weeks. I've already finished #4, which was the teal mini swap, to be revealed later this month. Earlier, I traced out #3, and yesterday I started stitching it. It'll take me about a week to ...

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August 11, 2019
Some Blocks and a Finish from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday turned into a desperately needed sewing day. The past couple of weeks have been very busy, and so I was really wanting just to do some simple, mindless sewing. I don't know if it was mindless, but mindless enough for me to concentrate on my current audio book.

My first task was to finish off December's block for A Year of Hearts. I neglected to take a picture with my point and shoot, and so you'll have to be content with this crappy picture from my iPhone.


I did manage to remember to get a picture ...

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Some Blocks and a Finish from Cat Patches

Yesterday turned into a desperately needed sewing day. The past couple of weeks have been very busy, and so I was really wanting just to do some simple, mindless sewing. I don't know if it was mindless, but mindless enough for me to concentrate on my current audio book.

My first task was to finish off December's block for A Year of Hearts. I neglected to take a picture with my point and shoot, and so you'll have to be content with this crappy picture from my iPhone.


I did manage to remember to get a picture ...

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August 10, 2019
A Quilt Show, a Walk, and a Peek from ... Cat Patches

Okay, so I've been promising to tell you about the Quilts by the Sea quilt show we attended last week, and I'm just about to do it. We were getting ready to leave for the Neskowin Ghost Forest when this article came across my Google alerts. Realizing it was just down the road from where we would be, I convinced the Resident Engineer that his life would improve significantly if he agreed to go with me. He did. He's very smart about those kinds of things. And so we drove just a little out of our way ...

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A Quilt Show, a Walk, and a Peek from Cat Patches

Okay, so I've been promising to tell you about the Quilts by the Sea quilt show we attended last week, and I'm just about to do it. We were getting ready to leave for the Neskowin Ghost Forest when this article came across my Google alerts. Realizing it was just down the road from where we would be, I convinced the Resident Engineer that his life would improve significantly if he agreed to go with me. He did. He's very smart about those kinds of things. And so we drove just a little out of our way ...

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August 8, 2019
A Big Finish from ... Cat Patches

It was after 2:00 p.m. when I was able to get back to my sewing yesterday. It will probably be something like that today. I don't have to head out quite as early, but early enough. After my eye appointment, I have a number of errands to run in town.

As for yesterday, I surprised myself by stitching the rest of the way around the Quiltemala quilt, and now that puppy is finished.


The pattern can be found in this book:


I've made several quilts from the same book, and there is another one sitting on ...

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A Big Finish from Cat Patches

It was after 2:00 p.m. when I was able to get back to my sewing yesterday. It will probably be something like that today. I don't have to head out quite as early, but early enough. After my eye appointment, I have a number of errands to run in town.

As for yesterday, I surprised myself by stitching the rest of the way around the Quiltemala quilt, and now that puppy is finished.


The pattern can be found in this book:


I've made several quilts from the same book, and there is another one sitting on ...

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August 6, 2019
All Quilting, All the Time from ... Cat Patches

The day started as usual yesterday with a little slow stitching. I'm just getting started on December's heart.


After that I got to work finishing the quilting on the Quiltemala quilt. Of course, I need my furry furriends to help speed things up.


Walking on a quilt being free motion quilted is purrticularly helpful. Just keep those toes away from the needle, sir.


And with so much help, it seemed as if things dragged. After a couple of hours of solid stitching, I quilted to the southwest corner and off, and it was finished.


That went fast. I ...

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All Quilting, All the Time from Cat Patches

The day started as usual yesterday with a little slow stitching. I'm just getting started on December's heart.


After that I got to work finishing the quilting on the Quiltemala quilt. Of course, I need my furry furriends to help speed things up.


Walking on a quilt being free motion quilted is purrticularly helpful. Just keep those toes away from the needle, sir.


And with so much help, it seemed as if things dragged. After a couple of hours of solid stitching, I quilted to the southwest corner and off, and it was finished.


That went fast. I ...

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August 5, 2019
Cat Days of Summer from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I read something about "Dogust," which was in reference to the "dog days of summer," only with actual dogs. And, of course, we here at the Three Cats Ranch just sniffed at that reference. We know that these are cat days...each and every day of the year. It was warm yesterday, though. Smitty found his favorite cool spot in the house, on top of the china cabinet. The surface stays cool and cools off his tummy.


Sadie is plotting murder I think. As we go down the stairs, we have to be careful of cats lying in wait ...

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Cat Days of Summer from Cat Patches

Yesterday I read something about "Dogust," which was in reference to the "dog days of summer," only with actual dogs. And, of course, we here at the Three Cats Ranch just sniffed at that reference. We know that these are cat days...each and every day of the year. It was warm yesterday, though. Smitty found his favorite cool spot in the house, on top of the china cabinet. The surface stays cool and cools off his tummy.


Sadie is plotting murder I think. As we go down the stairs, we have to be careful of cats lying in wait ...

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