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June 22, 2017
Driveway Dining from ... Cat Patches

It was another busy day yesterday, and I wasn't able to make my way into the sewing room until 3:30 p.m. That gave me just enough time to finish up the remaining two Marvelous Monday Mini blocks. The pieces for the Jacob's Ladder block were cut, and I just needed to sew them together. Despite laying it out ahead of time, you would not believe how many times I sewed it together wrong, then took it apart and sewed it back together.


Or, just looking at it, maybe you would. Next was the pinwheel block. The ...

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Driveway Dining from Cat Patches

It was another busy day yesterday, and I wasn't able to make my way into the sewing room until 3:30 p.m. That gave me just enough time to finish up the remaining two Marvelous Monday Mini blocks. The pieces for the Jacob's Ladder block were cut, and I just needed to sew them together. Despite laying it out ahead of time, you would not believe how many times I sewed it together wrong, then took it apart and sewed it back together.


Or, just looking at it, maybe you would. Next was the pinwheel block. The ...

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June 21, 2017
Simple Things from ... Cat Patches

It's been busy at the Three Cats Ranch ever since we got home. There's a lot to catch up on, and just plain plenty to do. Summer is always that way, and having Mike home has added things to the to-do list. It's all fun stuff, don't get me wrong. Still, we're both striving to establish some kind of new normal in our now both-retired lives, and it continues to be a work in progress.

Business aside, I found time to finish up the scrub jay pattern yesterday. I had yet to highlight the major ...

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Simple Things from Cat Patches

It's been busy at the Three Cats Ranch ever since we got home. There's a lot to catch up on, and just plain plenty to do. Summer is always that way, and having Mike home has added things to the to-do list. It's all fun stuff, don't get me wrong. Still, we're both striving to establish some kind of new normal in our now both-retired lives, and it continues to be a work in progress.

Business aside, I found time to finish up the scrub jay pattern yesterday. I had yet to highlight the major ...

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June 20, 2017
A Sunny Day from ... Cat Patches

You have no idea how happy we are to see the sun. It has been a long wet spring...one of the wettest on record. When we left to head south back in early May, we hoped the wet weather would be over by the time we returned. Since we've been back, it has rained nearly every day. Mike was only able to finish mowing the field yesterday.

It was a perfect day to start our regular Monday walks. Matthew has asked to come along as much as he's available, and we were happy to have him. We ...

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A Sunny Day from Cat Patches

You have no idea how happy we are to see the sun. It has been a long wet spring...one of the wettest on record. When we left to head south back in early May, we hoped the wet weather would be over by the time we returned. Since we've been back, it has rained nearly every day. Mike was only able to finish mowing the field yesterday.

It was a perfect day to start our regular Monday walks. Matthew has asked to come along as much as he's available, and we were happy to have him. We ...

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June 19, 2017
Food, Fathers, Family, and Fun from ... Cat Patches

We had such a nice day yesterday. We headed down to Erik and Mae's house for a Fathers Day Eggs Benedict brunch. Here's a shot of the cooks in action:


Erik toasted the English muffins and warmed up the Canadian bacon. Mae poached the eggs, and I made the Hollandaise. We had it all done surprisingly quickly. After breakfast, we took a little walk around Erik and Mae's garden. Their vegetables and herbs are looking really good.


On the opposite side of the yard they've planted this flower garden and seating area. Doesn't this look ...

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Food, Fathers, Family, and Fun from Cat Patches

We had such a nice day yesterday. We headed down to Erik and Mae's house for a Fathers Day Eggs Benedict brunch. Here's a shot of the cooks in action:


Erik toasted the English muffins and warmed up the Canadian bacon. Mae poached the eggs, and I made the Hollandaise. We had it all done surprisingly quickly. After breakfast, we took a little walk around Erik and Mae's garden. Their vegetables and herbs are looking really good.


On the opposite side of the yard they've planted this flower garden and seating area. Doesn't this look ...

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June 17, 2017
A Fast Finish from ... Cat Patches

It was time to sew the binding on Snips and Snails yesterday, and then I got it clipped and ready for the hand-stitching.


It's always so exciting to me when I get a quilt to this stage. Ordinarily, I wouldn't have sewn the binding on so quickly, but my cousin called. We gabbed on the speaker phone for an hour and a half. There were only just a few inches left to stitch by the time we hung up. This morning I finished off the rest of it.


Here's how it looks from the back.


My quilt ...

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A Fast Finish from Cat Patches

It was time to sew the binding on Snips and Snails yesterday, and then I got it clipped and ready for the hand-stitching.


It's always so exciting to me when I get a quilt to this stage. Ordinarily, I wouldn't have sewn the binding on so quickly, but my cousin called. We gabbed on the speaker phone for an hour and a half. There were only just a few inches left to stitch by the time we hung up. This morning I finished off the rest of it.


Here's how it looks from the back.


My quilt ...

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June 16, 2017
Ready for Binding from ... Cat Patches

It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the quilting is finished for Snips and Snails. Today I'll sew on the binding and start on the hand-stitching. Yesterday's task was to quilt the background. I'm using Tracey Russell's design called "Snakes." Tracey has a series of free motion quilting tutorials on YouTube at Whirls 'n Swirls Quilting. It's worth subscribing to her channel. Her designs are easy enough even for us novice free motion quilters. The off-white sections were done with a natural YLI thread.


Things were going along swimmingly until I flipped it ...

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Ready for Binding from Cat Patches

It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the quilting is finished for Snips and Snails. Today I'll sew on the binding and start on the hand-stitching. Yesterday's task was to quilt the background. I'm using Tracey Russell's design called "Snakes." Tracey has a series of free motion quilting tutorials on YouTube at Whirls 'n Swirls Quilting. It's worth subscribing to her channel. Her designs are easy enough even for us novice free motion quilters. The off-white sections were done with a natural YLI thread.


Things were going along swimmingly until I flipped it ...

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June 15, 2017
No Fluff from ... Cat Patches

We're heading off to have breakfast with Matthew this morning, and so I don't have much time to write. Besides...I don't really have much to tell you, but I do have pictures. You'd be disappointed if there were no pictures, wouldn't you? We were supposed to go walking with Matthew too, but our crappy weather continues. I've always said that summer doesn't really arrive in this part of the world until after the 4th of July, and I take no pleasure in being proven right year after miserable weather year. So anyway ...

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No Fluff from Cat Patches

We're heading off to have breakfast with Matthew this morning, and so I don't have much time to write. Besides...I don't really have much to tell you, but I do have pictures. You'd be disappointed if there were no pictures, wouldn't you? We were supposed to go walking with Matthew too, but our crappy weather continues. I've always said that summer doesn't really arrive in this part of the world until after the 4th of July, and I take no pleasure in being proven right year after miserable weather year. So anyway ...

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June 14, 2017
Boy, Oh Boy from ... Cat Patches

The scariest part of the quilting is finished on the Snips and Snails quilt. Yesterday I took a couple of practice runs on the design for the face. Both were terrible. Then, I decided to forge ahead, and it turned out okay. Sometimes I surprise myself.


While there's certainly value in making a few practice runs, I can sometimes psyche myself out. Probably I'm being a little too careful and trying too hard to achieve perfection before moving to the "real thing." Knowing this, it sometimes makes sense to just go for the gusto...hit the big time ...

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Boy, Oh Boy from Cat Patches

The scariest part of the quilting is finished on the Snips and Snails quilt. Yesterday I took a couple of practice runs on the design for the face. Both were terrible. Then, I decided to forge ahead, and it turned out okay. Sometimes I surprise myself.


While there's certainly value in making a few practice runs, I can sometimes psyche myself out. Probably I'm being a little too careful and trying too hard to achieve perfection before moving to the "real thing." Knowing this, it sometimes makes sense to just go for the gusto...hit the big time ...

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June 12, 2017
Everything in a Day from ... Cat Patches

There was much to do yesterday with all the produce from the Farmers Market. After spending some time stitching on Buelah, I got straight to work on the canning. The Sweet Cherry Barbecue Sauce needed to cook for a while. It pretty much makes itself. All you need to do is mix it up and then give it some time.


It cooks, lid on, for about 20 minutes, and then it's allowed to cook down until it's reduced by about half. That took about half an hour more. The Spicy Dilled Carrot Spears are a raw pack...only ...

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Everything in a Day from Cat Patches

There was much to do yesterday with all the produce from the Farmers Market. After spending some time stitching on Buelah, I got straight to work on the canning. The Sweet Cherry Barbecue Sauce needed to cook for a while. It pretty much makes itself. All you need to do is mix it up and then give it some time.


It cooks, lid on, for about 20 minutes, and then it's allowed to cook down until it's reduced by about half. That took about half an hour more. The Spicy Dilled Carrot Spears are a raw pack...only ...

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June 10, 2017
More Catching Up from ... Cat Patches

Continuing on with my quest to catch up with things on the homefront, I managed to get through an impressively tall mountain of laundry yesterday. Also, the tomato plants were staked up. I would have pulled weeds except that it has been raining off and on for the past two days. It was a perfect excuse to sew.

Buelah is about 70% finished now, and I've moved my hoop to the next position.


When I made my way into the sewing room, I finished sewing together Block #24 for the Solstice Challenge. This one is called "Lucky Girl," but ...

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More Catching Up from Cat Patches

Continuing on with my quest to catch up with things on the homefront, I managed to get through an impressively tall mountain of laundry yesterday. Also, the tomato plants were staked up. I would have pulled weeds except that it has been raining off and on for the past two days. It was a perfect excuse to sew.

Buelah is about 70% finished now, and I've moved my hoop to the next position.


When I made my way into the sewing room, I finished sewing together Block #24 for the Solstice Challenge. This one is called "Lucky Girl," but ...

read more
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