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October 28, 2020
Barn Quilts from Cat Patches

The only sewing I did yesterday was to hand sew the binding for Wyatt's World. Ms. Ears was my assistant for this endeavor.



We were planning to head out for a drive. There was a wine shipment to pick up, and we were going to take a Sunday drive on Tuesday to enjoy what might be the last of the sunshine we'll see in 2020. When we were ready to leave, I'd turned two corners, and was bearing down on the third.


Things are looking very "autumn" in our part of the world. We passed by a ...

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Barn Quilts from ... Cat Patches

The only sewing I did yesterday was to hand sew the binding for Wyatt's World. Ms. Ears was my assistant for this endeavor.



We were planning to head out for a drive. There was a wine shipment to pick up, and we were going to take a Sunday drive on Tuesday to enjoy what might be the last of the sunshine we'll see in 2020. When we were ready to leave, I'd turned two corners, and was bearing down on the third.


Things are looking very "autumn" in our part of the world. We passed by a ...

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October 27, 2020
Quilt In A Day from ... Cat Patches

When I finally sat down to quilt yesterday, I knew it wouldn't take long. I was working on little Wyatt's quilt. It took a couple of hours and lots of decisions. Mainly, I was just outlining the road and the structures in Wyatt's World. The quilting was mainly functional, and also intended to give it a little texture.


I outlined the structures and the sidewalks.


Also both sides of all the roads.


Uh-oh...there's a two-paw pile-up ahead. 


Nothing I can do now except to love up the cat. We paused for nuzzling.


When we'd ...

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Quilt In A Day from Cat Patches

When I finally sat down to quilt yesterday, I knew it wouldn't take long. I was working on little Wyatt's quilt. It took a couple of hours and lots of decisions. Mainly, I was just outlining the road and the structures in Wyatt's World. The quilting was mainly functional, and also intended to give it a little texture.


I outlined the structures and the sidewalks.


Also both sides of all the roads.


Uh-oh...there's a two-paw pile-up ahead. 


Nothing I can do now except to love up the cat. We paused for nuzzling.


When we'd ...

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October 26, 2020
Sandwiches Half Made from Cat Patches

Some people might think of sandwiches that are half made as open-faced. Mine are more sad-faced. I was sad to discover I didn't have as much basting spray as I thought. There was only a partial can, plus one more, and I knew it wouldn't be enough to get through eleven quilt sandwiches. Oh well...the best laid plans. We went ahead and set up the sawhorse and plywood tables anyway. I decided to work my way through the smallest ones first, trying to get as many as possible finished. More basting spray is on the way, but ...

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Sandwiches Half Made from ... Cat Patches

Some people might think of sandwiches that are half made as open-faced. Mine are more sad-faced. I was sad to discover I didn't have as much basting spray as I thought. There was only a partial can, plus one more, and I knew it wouldn't be enough to get through eleven quilt sandwiches. Oh well...the best laid plans. We went ahead and set up the sawhorse and plywood tables anyway. I decided to work my way through the smallest ones first, trying to get as many as possible finished. More basting spray is on the way, but ...

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October 25, 2020
Details, Details from Cat Patches

My morning was slow yesterday, and so I spent a luxuriously long time with my slow stitching, filling in the current hoops-worth.


There's just a little left to do on the lower right.


I don't expect to finish this today, but maybe by tomorrow. Here's all that's left to stitch.


This is Sunday, so I'll be linking up to



With that finished, I briefly considered going out for a walk. By brief, I mean, about the length of time it takes me to stand up. And after standing up, I was too exhausted to consider ...

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Details, Details from ... Cat Patches

My morning was slow yesterday, and so I spent a luxuriously long time with my slow stitching, filling in the current hoops-worth.


There's just a little left to do on the lower right.


I don't expect to finish this today, but maybe by tomorrow. Here's all that's left to stitch.


This is Sunday, so I'll be linking up to



With that finished, I briefly considered going out for a walk. By brief, I mean, about the length of time it takes me to stand up. And after standing up, I was too exhausted to consider ...

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October 24, 2020
How to Build a Cat from Cat Patches

You'll need a cat for this:

Cats make excellent color consultants.

The first step is to create the face. The nose is three-dimensional.

Every well-dressed cat sports a bow tie, and so you'll want to add that next:


When that is finished, you can proceed with the chest, a paw, and the tip of the tail.

Optional accessories might include the blue bird of happiness:

Finally, you'll want to add the business-end of the cat. It will give the bird a place to perch.

This part of the cat will take an entire day of fiddling. When ...

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How to Build a Cat from ... Cat Patches

You'll need a cat for this:

Cats make excellent color consultants.

The first step is to create the face. The nose is three-dimensional.

Every well-dressed cat sports a bow tie, and so you'll want to add that next:


When that is finished, you can proceed with the chest, a paw, and the tip of the tail.

Optional accessories might include the blue bird of happiness:

Finally, you'll want to add the business-end of the cat. It will give the bird a place to perch.

This part of the cat will take an entire day of fiddling. When ...

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October 22, 2020
Surprise Visit from Cat Patches

Yesterday, I was only just getting started in the sewing room when the phone rang. We don't have a land line any more, and most of the calls that come in on my cell phone are telemarketers...or something. Who the heck knows why they're calling? Anyway...if they aren't in my contacts list, and the name doesn't display, and the call is coming from another state, as this one was, I don't bother answering. About five minutes later, the doorbell rang. I heard the bell, but Mike was upstairs and he answered. If it ...

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Surprise Visit from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday, I was only just getting started in the sewing room when the phone rang. We don't have a land line any more, and most of the calls that come in on my cell phone are telemarketers...or something. Who the heck knows why they're calling? Anyway...if they aren't in my contacts list, and the name doesn't display, and the call is coming from another state, as this one was, I don't bother answering. About five minutes later, the doorbell rang. I heard the bell, but Mike was upstairs and he answered. If it ...

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October 21, 2020
Autumn Landscape from Cat Patches

 As I came upstairs to write this post, I noticed the moody sunrise sky.


The sky looked like this yesterday morning as the sun came up. Eventually, the clouds burned off, and we had a nice sunny day. It was a little on the chilly side until around noon. I had in mind to do some yard work, but I wanted to wait for it to warm up a little. 

The day started with a Halloween mask using these two fabrics:


Sadie was glad I'd seen the light...or maybe I'd seen the dark. It's hard to ...

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Autumn Landscape from ... Cat Patches

 As I came upstairs to write this post, I noticed the moody sunrise sky.


The sky looked like this yesterday morning as the sun came up. Eventually, the clouds burned off, and we had a nice sunny day. It was a little on the chilly side until around noon. I had in mind to do some yard work, but I wanted to wait for it to warm up a little. 

The day started with a Halloween mask using these two fabrics:


Sadie was glad I'd seen the light...or maybe I'd seen the dark. It's hard to ...

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October 20, 2020
Low Energy from Cat Patches

It's surprising how one outing away from the house saps my energy for most everything else during the day. I'll admit I've spent an inordinate amount of time over the past 24 hours trying to figure out what I could bake with the new brown sugar substitute I found. So far, I haven't come up with anything that was diet-friendly, but I'm still searching. 

There was time for some slow-stitching when I got home, and my piece is moving along. The only other sewing I did yesterday was to make four new masks. Of course ...

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Low Energy from ... Cat Patches

It's surprising how one outing away from the house saps my energy for most everything else during the day. I'll admit I've spent an inordinate amount of time over the past 24 hours trying to figure out what I could bake with the new brown sugar substitute I found. So far, I haven't come up with anything that was diet-friendly, but I'm still searching. 

There was time for some slow-stitching when I got home, and my piece is moving along. The only other sewing I did yesterday was to make four new masks. Of course ...

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October 18, 2020
Obsessive Sewing from Cat Patches

When I wrote yesterday, "if the day goes as expected," I should have known better. It was the death knell for the day to go as expected. As I published my post, I noticed something unusual on the blog. There was a Photobucket logo on a few of my images. It's a long story about this, but let's just say I didn't feel like paying yet another monthly fee to yet another online service that had been free in the past. Instead, I downloaded any photos from Photobucket onto my hard drive, and then waited to see ...

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Obsessive Sewing from ... Cat Patches

When I wrote yesterday, "if the day goes as expected," I should have known better. It was the death knell for the day to go as expected. As I published my post, I noticed something unusual on the blog. There was a Photobucket logo on a few of my images. It's a long story about this, but let's just say I didn't feel like paying yet another monthly fee to yet another online service that had been free in the past. Instead, I downloaded any photos from Photobucket onto my hard drive, and then waited to see ...

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October 17, 2020
A Little More Progress from Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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A Little More Progress from ... Cat Patches

If the day goes as I think it will today, I should have the Waste Not Whatnots quilt top finished. I'll say one thing about it: it's given me a good reason to procrastinate on vacuuming the downstairs. It is dropping lots of black threads everywhere on the light carpeting. Yesterday, I had good intentions of dusting and vacuuming the downstairs, but then realized I'd be wasting time. Yeah, sure. That's what I thought. You probably thought the same thing, and you just didn't mention it. 

So here's how the day went yesterday. Here ...

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