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December 4, 2019
Busy Day from ... Cat Patches

There was no time for quilting yesterday. There might have been time had I not fallen down on the couch, not to get up again until I'd taken a good long nap. Being out and about is exhausting, especially at this time of the year. I got my hair cut and colored. Then I filled my gas tank and headed for the grocery store. While there, I scored this year's Christmas tree. You might remember our tree from last year. We didn't win the award for the Charlie Browniest tree ever (point of clarification...there is no ...

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Busy Day from Cat Patches

There was no time for quilting yesterday. There might have been time had I not fallen down on the couch, not to get up again until I'd taken a good long nap. Being out and about is exhausting, especially at this time of the year. I got my hair cut and colored. Then I filled my gas tank and headed for the grocery store. While there, I scored this year's Christmas tree. You might remember our tree from last year. We didn't win the award for the Charlie Browniest tree ever (point of clarification...there is no ...

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December 3, 2019
Quilting in Purr-Gatory from Cat Patches

Did you see what I did there? It was the first day of the rest of my life on the quilt machine yesterday. I'm underway quilting Semper Fi, and it's every bit as awkward, bulky, and heavy as I expected it to be. Fortunately, I think quilting the center panel was probably the most difficult part of the project.

It seemed like the best way to quilt the panels was to stick with a feathered scroll sort of thing. I didn't really want to quilt over the images or the words, and so I quilted all around ...

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Quilting in Purr-Gatory from ... Cat Patches

Did you see what I did there? It was the first day of the rest of my life on the quilt machine yesterday. I'm underway quilting Semper Fi, and it's every bit as awkward, bulky, and heavy as I expected it to be. Fortunately, I think quilting the center panel was probably the most difficult part of the project.

It seemed like the best way to quilt the panels was to stick with a feathered scroll sort of thing. I didn't really want to quilt over the images or the words, and so I quilted all around ...

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December 2, 2019
Sandwiches for Four from ... Cat Patches

It was a full day yesterday setting up the sawhorse tables and sandwiching four quilts for quilting. This is my least favorite part of the process. Everyone has their own favorite way, I suppose. Mine happens to be setting up sawhorse and plywood tables in our garage, and then spray basting. It took the entire afternoon, but I now have four more quilts for quilting. Starting with the largest first, Semper Fi is ready, and I'll start on that today.


It's a monster quilt...the largest I've ever quilted myself. I'm looking forward to having it ...

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Sandwiches for Four from Cat Patches

It was a full day yesterday setting up the sawhorse tables and sandwiching four quilts for quilting. This is my least favorite part of the process. Everyone has their own favorite way, I suppose. Mine happens to be setting up sawhorse and plywood tables in our garage, and then spray basting. It took the entire afternoon, but I now have four more quilts for quilting. Starting with the largest first, Semper Fi is ready, and I'll start on that today.


It's a monster quilt...the largest I've ever quilted myself. I'm looking forward to having it ...

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November 30, 2019
Whole-Hearted from Cat Patches

How's your clean-up process going? It took us all morning, but we finally had everything put away around lunch time. Even the tablecloth and napkins are laundered and folded, although I'll admit they aren't put away yet. Thanksgiving came late in the month this year, and so I spent some time putting out all the Christmas quilts yesterday. You can see them on this Handmade Christmas post from last year. The only new one not included there is this whole cloth Poinsettia, made as a free motion quilting challenge from Lori Kennedy. I really like this little ...

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Whole-Hearted from ... Cat Patches

How's your clean-up process going? It took us all morning, but we finally had everything put away around lunch time. Even the tablecloth and napkins are laundered and folded, although I'll admit they aren't put away yet. Thanksgiving came late in the month this year, and so I spent some time putting out all the Christmas quilts yesterday. You can see them on this Handmade Christmas post from last year. The only new one not included there is this whole cloth Poinsettia, made as a free motion quilting challenge from Lori Kennedy. I really like this little ...

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November 29, 2019
Christmas, You're Next from Cat Patches

Another Thanksgiving for the record books...not that anyone is keeping any records. Our Thanksgiving is one for the record books if you're keeping track of the number of dirty dishes, pots, pans, and glasses still waiting in line for their turn in the dishwasher. Mike did a championship effort cleaning up last night, but the countertops are still stacked high. I'll get after it this morning at some point, but people are still sleeping.

Only one picture was taken of our meal...this one:


Moving diagonally from right to left, that's whole cranberry sauce. Next to ...

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Christmas, You're Next from ... Cat Patches

Another Thanksgiving for the record books...not that anyone is keeping any records. Our Thanksgiving is one for the record books if you're keeping track of the number of dirty dishes, pots, pans, and glasses still waiting in line for their turn in the dishwasher. Mike did a championship effort cleaning up last night, but the countertops are still stacked high. I'll get after it this morning at some point, but people are still sleeping.

Only one picture was taken of our meal...this one:


Moving diagonally from right to left, that's whole cranberry sauce. Next to ...

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November 28, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving from ... Cat Patches

As expected, there was no time in the sewing room yesterday. When I looked up after writing yesterday's post, I found someone staring at me from above the book case on my desk:


Purrhaps you would like some help finishing your quilt binding?

And she helped by staying off my lap, purrfuring instead to watch over my shoulder from her window shelf.


I think both kitties are going to enjoy having their RV cubbies when we get these shelves installed in the fifth wheel.

And so, yes, I'm thankful today to have finished this quilt, started nearly six ...

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Happy Thanksgiving from Cat Patches

As expected, there was no time in the sewing room yesterday. When I looked up after writing yesterday's post, I found someone staring at me from above the book case on my desk:


Purrhaps you would like some help finishing your quilt binding?

And she helped by staying off my lap, purrfuring instead to watch over my shoulder from her window shelf.


I think both kitties are going to enjoy having their RV cubbies when we get these shelves installed in the fifth wheel.

And so, yes, I'm thankful today to have finished this quilt, started nearly six ...

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November 26, 2019
Half Hearted from Cat Patches

When I finished yesterday's post, I went straight to work hand-sewing the binding for It's Raining Cats and Dogs. I've turned the second corner now. The next side is a shorter one, and so I expect I'll turn the third corner soon enough.


It was time to go pick up the turkeys at Erik and Mae's house. I'd also planned to do my grocery shopping. A check of the weather forecast found that the threat of snow had been removed from today's forecast. And, hey...there's nothing like a good reason to ...

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Half Hearted from ... Cat Patches

When I finished yesterday's post, I went straight to work hand-sewing the binding for It's Raining Cats and Dogs. I've turned the second corner now. The next side is a shorter one, and so I expect I'll turn the third corner soon enough.


It was time to go pick up the turkeys at Erik and Mae's house. I'd also planned to do my grocery shopping. A check of the weather forecast found that the threat of snow had been removed from today's forecast. And, hey...there's nothing like a good reason to ...

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November 25, 2019
Some Progress from Cat Patches

It was mostly slow stitching yesterday, but I did manage to get some time in the sewing room. I first spent a little time hand sewing the binding for It's Raining Cats and Dogs. It was important to turn the first corner, don't you know, and that made me feel as if I were getting somewhere fast. Or possibly it's just one more leg of my journey around the bend.


From there, I did some more work on the last tree for Twelve Trees for Christmas. This morning, I finished the last of the embroidery. This one ...

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Some Progress from ... Cat Patches

It was mostly slow stitching yesterday, but I did manage to get some time in the sewing room. I first spent a little time hand sewing the binding for It's Raining Cats and Dogs. It was important to turn the first corner, don't you know, and that made me feel as if I were getting somewhere fast. Or possibly it's just one more leg of my journey around the bend.


From there, I did some more work on the last tree for Twelve Trees for Christmas. This morning, I finished the last of the embroidery. This one ...

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November 24, 2019
Food and Cats from Cat Patches

What could be better than food and cats? Smitty says I have it the wrong way round. Cats should get top billing. And I had a whole load of cats when I tried to sew the binding onto It's Raining Cats and Dogs yesterday. Sadie has claimed this quilt as her own, and she's not ashamed to say so.

Yes, and the binding strips too. All mine.


She was a little put out at coming face to face with a woofie, even if it is just fabric.


Smitty to the rescue.

Don't you worry, little lady. I ...

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Food and Cats from ... Cat Patches

What could be better than food and cats? Smitty says I have it the wrong way round. Cats should get top billing. And I had a whole load of cats when I tried to sew the binding onto It's Raining Cats and Dogs yesterday. Sadie has claimed this quilt as her own, and she's not ashamed to say so.

Yes, and the binding strips too. All mine.


She was a little put out at coming face to face with a woofie, even if it is just fabric.


Smitty to the rescue.

Don't you worry, little lady. I ...

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It has been a while .... from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I forgot to post about what I've been up to lately.

This feline is keeping my hubby and I busy.  She is only a few years old and wants to play, play, play .... and then sleep the day away.

Anything and everything is a toy for her.  Ripping plastic bags .... why not!  Especially when those plastic bags hold a kit for a block.  Sure rip away and hopefully everything can be found afterwards when I need those small pieces of fabric!
Your block instructions can improve with a few holes in the paper ..... right?  Yep, rip away!
Plastic bags ...

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November 23, 2019
A Day for Relaxation from ... Cat Patches

The kitties gave me the day off from sewing yesterday, although there was plenty of hand-stitching, as I'm just about to tell you. Smitty spent much of the day in his clubhouse, which meant Sadie had the top rung on the kitty pole.


My day started with Tree #11 of Twelve Trees for Christmas. My friend "Anonymous" asked me to link to the pattern for the trees again. It's an eBook from Mary Corbett, and you can purchase the book right here.

Tree #11 had three new-to-me stitches. I'd already done the woven fill stitch on the ...

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