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August 11, 2018
Almost a Finish from Cat Patches

It was kind of a lazy day yesterday, and a slow start for me. Grocery shopping was on my agenda, and I'll do anything to avoid the grocery store. While I was making breakfast, I happened to glance over my shoulder at some glasses sitting on the counter. They had an interesting pinky glow about them.


Heading to the window, I saw that the sun is obscured by smoke from the fires in Northern California. We probably have fires burning in southern Oregon as well, but I haven't really been paying attention enough to know. It's been ...

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Almost a Finish from ... Cat Patches

It was kind of a lazy day yesterday, and a slow start for me. Grocery shopping was on my agenda, and I'll do anything to avoid the grocery store. While I was making breakfast, I happened to glance over my shoulder at some glasses sitting on the counter. They had an interesting pinky glow about them.


Heading to the window, I saw that the sun is obscured by smoke from the fires in Northern California. We probably have fires burning in southern Oregon as well, but I haven't really been paying attention enough to know. It's been ...

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August 10, 2018
Pets on Quilts: A Compendium of Cats on Quilts from ... Cat Patches

It's time for Smitty and Sadie to put their best paws forward for the greatest show on earth: Pets on Quilts! So let's party!


As you might guess, Smitty and Sadie were completely uncooperative having their images captured for the show, and so we're digging into the archives for some of our favorites. 


Smitty was more than willing to help me write my blog post. But sitting on quilts was just a step too far for him. Nevertheless, he is a willing helper...most days.


His favorite quilts are the ones about traveling. And he's a ...

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Pets on Quilts: A Compendium of Cats on Quilts from Cat Patches

It's time for Smitty and Sadie to put their best paws forward for the greatest show on earth: Pets on Quilts! So let's party!


As you might guess, Smitty and Sadie were completely uncooperative having their images captured for the show, and so we're digging into the archives for some of our favorites. 


Smitty was more than willing to help me write my blog post. But sitting on quilts was just a step too far for him. Nevertheless, he is a willing helper...most days.


His favorite quilts are the ones about traveling. And he's a ...

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New approach from Cats in the Quiltoriium

This picture shows the new approach I am using to piecing the star bands on La Passacaglia.
See the disconnected sections on the lower right.

The tradoff is this:  Less continuous piecing around corners, so more knots-
But it gives me less fiddling with set in seams.

I feel like my artwork is coming along, but watercolor is a difficult medium. For now, I just copy watercolors I find online.  Controlling the flow of the paint is hard, and I struggle with getting good saturation most of the time.

This one required a second round to saturate the colors, and ...

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August 9, 2018
The Apple of my Eye from Cat Patches

Yesterday marked the final day of canning...for this week, anyway. As promised, it was a shorter day because this Smoky, Spicy, Skillet Tomato Jam was cooked down in a skillet. Geez, I might do all my canning this way. The wider the pot, the shallower the depth, and the quicker it cooks down. This jam was all cooked down in less than half an hour. When it was all processed, I had 4-1/2 half pint jars.


It tastes just as the name implies...smoky and spicy. This morning I cleaned out several leftovers, including some fish from last ...

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The Apple of my Eye from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday marked the final day of canning...for this week, anyway. As promised, it was a shorter day because this Smoky, Spicy, Skillet Tomato Jam was cooked down in a skillet. Geez, I might do all my canning this way. The wider the pot, the shallower the depth, and the quicker it cooks down. This jam was all cooked down in less than half an hour. When it was all processed, I had 4-1/2 half pint jars.


It tastes just as the name implies...smoky and spicy. This morning I cleaned out several leftovers, including some fish from last ...

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August 8, 2018
A Shawl or Table Runners? from a daily dose of fiber

Those of you who are weavers will groan, at my ________________ (stupidity, naiveté’, lunacy, you choose). Perhaps even those of you who don’t will understand why my latest weaving project was a recipe for disaster! 

The Greenville Center for Creative Arts where I volunteer and teach, has a members’ show each year. Last year I submitted a little framed quilt. This year, I decided I would like to submit a handwoven shawl; a lovely lacy one for Summer in the South. Much to my delight, in the May/June issue of Handwoven magazine (which I probably got in April ...

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Moulin Rouge from Cat Patches

You might be wondering about that title. It's a nod to the Can-Can, which is what I've been doing for days. Can after can after can...only why do we call it canning? We're using jars, so what the heck? Anyway...yesterday it was Chunky Tomatillo Salsa. My yield was 4 1/2 pints. The half-pint jar went straight into the refrigerator. We had it with our Enchiladas Suizas last night, and it was very tasty.


While I was waiting and stirring, stirring and waiting, I spent some time in my pantry rearranging shelves. I've done ...

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Moulin Rouge from ... Cat Patches

You might be wondering about that title. It's a nod to the Can-Can, which is what I've been doing for days. Can after can after can...only why do we call it canning? We're using jars, so what the heck? Anyway...yesterday it was Chunky Tomatillo Salsa. My yield was 4 1/2 pints. The half-pint jar went straight into the refrigerator. We had it with our Enchiladas Suizas last night, and it was very tasty.


While I was waiting and stirring, stirring and waiting, I spent some time in my pantry rearranging shelves. I've done ...

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August 7, 2018
Garden Bounty from Cat Patches

It was another day of canning yesterday. I'll be doing more today and tomorrow. As for yesterday, it was time to put those cherry tomatoes to work.


On yesterday's agenda was the Moroccan-Spiced Sweet and Hot Cherry Tomato Preserves. This took a lot longer than expected since it took nearly an hour and a half to cook it down to jam consistency. I was determined not to be impatient, however. One of my greatest cooking challenges is not to jump the gun and leave my salsas and jams undercooked. So, with that in mind, I stirred and waited ...

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Garden Bounty from ... Cat Patches

It was another day of canning yesterday. I'll be doing more today and tomorrow. As for yesterday, it was time to put those cherry tomatoes to work.


On yesterday's agenda was the Moroccan-Spiced Sweet and Hot Cherry Tomato Preserves. This took a lot longer than expected since it took nearly an hour and a half to cook it down to jam consistency. I was determined not to be impatient, however. One of my greatest cooking challenges is not to jump the gun and leave my salsas and jams undercooked. So, with that in mind, I stirred and waited ...

read more
August 6, 2018
A Finished Flimsy from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's agenda kept me busy from start to finish. Right after writing my blog post, I got to work making the Zucchini Garden Pepper Relish. This stuff is so good. We all love it, and I used the last jar a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday's yield was four pints. No doubt, I'll make at least one more batch before the season is over.


While I was waiting for that to process, I went to work making last night's dinner. I had both farmer's market and CSA tomatoes, and so we had a cold summer ...

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A Finished Flimsy from Cat Patches

Yesterday's agenda kept me busy from start to finish. Right after writing my blog post, I got to work making the Zucchini Garden Pepper Relish. This stuff is so good. We all love it, and I used the last jar a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday's yield was four pints. No doubt, I'll make at least one more batch before the season is over.


While I was waiting for that to process, I went to work making last night's dinner. I had both farmer's market and CSA tomatoes, and so we had a cold summer ...

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August 5, 2018
Yes, I Can from Cat Patches

Yesterday's wanderings set me up for a few days of canning. Today I have zucchini relish on the agenda. I already had everything I needed for that with five zucchinis in my vegetable crisper and more coming on our plants. Even so, Erik and Mae tried to foist off some of their zucchini when I went to the farmer's market with them yesterday. I politely declined...at least I tried to be polite. But here's something...I was happy to take more than eight cups of cherry tomatoes off their hands. We picked them fresh from their ...

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Yes, I Can from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's wanderings set me up for a few days of canning. Today I have zucchini relish on the agenda. I already had everything I needed for that with five zucchinis in my vegetable crisper and more coming on our plants. Even so, Erik and Mae tried to foist off some of their zucchini when I went to the farmer's market with them yesterday. I politely declined...at least I tried to be polite. But here's something...I was happy to take more than eight cups of cherry tomatoes off their hands. We picked them fresh from their ...

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August 4, 2018
Cooking with Wine from Cat Patches

Oh, I'll bet you thought I was going to share a recipe or something, but no...I'm just getting on with sewing the Wine Country quilt blocks together. The iron-on transfers for Wine Country were a pay-it-forward gift from my friend Marei, and I started embroidering the first block in May of 2016. It's good to be finally sewing it together.

I'd say it was a lazy day yesterday, but actually, I did quite a bit. First, I finished the 7th of 12 of the Sundress blocks.


With that one finished, it was time to trace ...

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Cooking with Wine from ... Cat Patches

Oh, I'll bet you thought I was going to share a recipe or something, but no...I'm just getting on with sewing the Wine Country quilt blocks together. The iron-on transfers for Wine Country were a pay-it-forward gift from my friend Marei, and I started embroidering the first block in May of 2016. It's good to be finally sewing it together.

I'd say it was a lazy day yesterday, but actually, I did quite a bit. First, I finished the 7th of 12 of the Sundress blocks.


With that one finished, it was time to trace ...

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August 3, 2018
Gray Day from ... Cat Patches

It was cool and overcast yesterday...a nice change from the record-setting heat of just a few days ago. After spending some time with my slow stitching, I got to work canning carrots. We get so many carrots in our CSA shares, it can be hard to keep up with them. These are spicy dilled carrot spears, and they get eaten fast.


If we get more carrots (and I know we will), I'll make another batch of the carrot cake jam I made last year because that stuff is seriously delicious.

After that, I went back to work on ...

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Gray Day from Cat Patches

It was cool and overcast yesterday...a nice change from the record-setting heat of just a few days ago. After spending some time with my slow stitching, I got to work canning carrots. We get so many carrots in our CSA shares, it can be hard to keep up with them. These are spicy dilled carrot spears, and they get eaten fast.


If we get more carrots (and I know we will), I'll make another batch of the carrot cake jam I made last year because that stuff is seriously delicious.

After that, I went back to work on ...

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