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October 16, 2020
A Little Progress from Cat Patches

It was a nice sunny day for most of the day yesterday, but breezy and cold. Smitty and Sadie dearly wanted to be outside, but their winter coats aren't thick enough yet to stand up to the cold. They were in-and-out cats for a couple of hours before we called a halt and shut the door for the day.

The bowl on my embroidery piece is stitched now, and I've made my way to the flags. In this election season, it makes me feel downright patriotic.


As I said yesterday, now that the bowl is stitched, I can ...

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A Little Progress from ... Cat Patches

It was a nice sunny day for most of the day yesterday, but breezy and cold. Smitty and Sadie dearly wanted to be outside, but their winter coats aren't thick enough yet to stand up to the cold. They were in-and-out cats for a couple of hours before we called a halt and shut the door for the day.

The bowl on my embroidery piece is stitched now, and I've made my way to the flags. In this election season, it makes me feel downright patriotic.


As I said yesterday, now that the bowl is stitched, I can ...

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October 15, 2020
Nothing But Sewing from ... Cat Patches

There was one housekeeping chore on yesterday's calendar, but then I realized I had several days coming up that were open. It gave me a little flexibility, and so I can rearrange my housekeeping calendar to accommodate my sewing. Not that I would ever hesitate, but you know...somehow it seems legal to put off until tomorrow what could easily be accomplished today. Sewing obviously takes priority over everything except dispensing kitty treats.

Speaking of kitties, Sadie still isn't happy with the pink striped binding on the Snow Globes quilt. We had quite a little discussion about it ...

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Nothing But Sewing from Cat Patches

There was one housekeeping chore on yesterday's calendar, but then I realized I had several days coming up that were open. It gave me a little flexibility, and so I can rearrange my housekeeping calendar to accommodate my sewing. Not that I would ever hesitate, but you know...somehow it seems legal to put off until tomorrow what could easily be accomplished today. Sewing obviously takes priority over everything except dispensing kitty treats.

Speaking of kitties, Sadie still isn't happy with the pink striped binding on the Snow Globes quilt. We had quite a little discussion about it ...

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October 14, 2020
Needling from Cat Patches

When I finished yesterday's post, I went downstairs to find Smitty crashed on Mike's lap. His photo shoot from the day before totally wiped him out.


He loves his fans, but honestly, his celebrity is exhausting sometimes.

As I mentioned, I had an appointment with my dermatologist yesterday. He biopsied two little spots I pointed out to him. One was on my nose. And just let me tell you that anything that requires a needle prick to the nose is very painful. I'm afraid that one is going to require more when the results are received, but ...

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Needling from ... Cat Patches

When I finished yesterday's post, I went downstairs to find Smitty crashed on Mike's lap. His photo shoot from the day before totally wiped him out.


He loves his fans, but honestly, his celebrity is exhausting sometimes.

As I mentioned, I had an appointment with my dermatologist yesterday. He biopsied two little spots I pointed out to him. One was on my nose. And just let me tell you that anything that requires a needle prick to the nose is very painful. I'm afraid that one is going to require more when the results are received, but ...

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Heartbroken from Quilting with Kimberly

Dodger  (June РOctober 2020)

I have heartbreaking news to share with you. Our sweet little bundle of kitten cuteness, Dodger, passed away suddenly in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. 

We were awakened to strange sounds and when we found him, it became quickly apparent something was terribly wrong. In the 90 seconds it took Kent to throw on some clothes to take Dodger to the emergency animal hospital, and while I was frantically calling them, Dodger stopped breathing. We tried to clear his airway but it all happened so quickly and our sweet kitten was gone — even before we ...

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October 13, 2020
Christmas tree quilt pattern to make in one day from Pieced Brain

Christmas tree quilt pattern to make in one day

Here is a Christmas tree quilt pattern to display your favorite fabrics or to make as a scrappy quilt. Perfect as a wall hanging! I sprinkled it with stars and added the presents under the tree. No water required!

I have many large Christmas quilts and was looking for something I could hang on a wall or use as a throw. So, I designed the Tree of Joy Christmas quilt pattern. I finally got the binding done this weekend while listening to a book. Then, I left the house looking for a cool place to photograph it. I forgot to ...

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Scrappy Blocks from ... Cat Patches

We managed to get through the grocery store yesterday with a minimum of teeth-gnashing. Our list was long, but it was at least half produce. Once we finished gathering up all of that, the rest was pretty easy. When we got home, it was lunch time, and then...time to sit and stitch. Sadie helped with that.

She's still not sold on the candy-stripe pink binding. We have to be careful with Sadie. She's such a tiny thing, we sometimes resort to calling her names like "Sweety Petitey," and she finds this extremely offensive. She insists she is ...

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Scrappy Blocks from Cat Patches

We managed to get through the grocery store yesterday with a minimum of teeth-gnashing. Our list was long, but it was at least half produce. Once we finished gathering up all of that, the rest was pretty easy. When we got home, it was lunch time, and then...time to sit and stitch. Sadie helped with that.

She's still not sold on the candy-stripe pink binding. We have to be careful with Sadie. She's such a tiny thing, we sometimes resort to calling her names like "Sweety Petitey," and she finds this extremely offensive. She insists she is ...

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October 11, 2020
Busy Day from Cat Patches

We had such a nice visit with the family yesterday evening. For birthdays back in May, there was a question whether I could get a prime rib roast for our birthday feast. Erik and Mae scored a big one at Costco. It was practically the whole side of beef, and we ended up cutting it into four pieces, as I recall. Then, my own local grocery store came through with the one I'd ordered up, and so we had prime rib coming out of our ears. I'd frozen all the ones we didn't use, and so we ...

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Busy Day from ... Cat Patches

We had such a nice visit with the family yesterday evening. For birthdays back in May, there was a question whether I could get a prime rib roast for our birthday feast. Erik and Mae scored a big one at Costco. It was practically the whole side of beef, and we ended up cutting it into four pieces, as I recall. Then, my own local grocery store came through with the one I'd ordered up, and so we had prime rib coming out of our ears. I'd frozen all the ones we didn't use, and so we ...

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October 10, 2020
End of the Lines from Cat Patches

It took all day long yesterday, but the quilting on Snow Globes is complete. It's going to be a busy day today, but I'm going to endeavor to budget my time so that I can get the binding sewn on by machine. That always ends up taking longer than expected, so no promises. 

Of course, I could not have accomplished this without the steadfast assistance of my quilting buddy. He was there to the bitter end, encouraging me every step of the way. 


He offered his helping paws even when I didn't know I needed them.


He ...

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End of the Lines from ... Cat Patches

It took all day long yesterday, but the quilting on Snow Globes is complete. It's going to be a busy day today, but I'm going to endeavor to budget my time so that I can get the binding sewn on by machine. That always ends up taking longer than expected, so no promises. 

Of course, I could not have accomplished this without the steadfast assistance of my quilting buddy. He was there to the bitter end, encouraging me every step of the way. 


He offered his helping paws even when I didn't know I needed them.


He ...

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October 9, 2020
Pinball Quilting from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday began the final stages of the Snow Globes quilting. The day was spent quilting straight lines I'm probably about halfway finished with it, but it's hard to tell. By day's end, I took it off the machine and laid it on the floor. Here's how it's looking so far:


That's not a great picture, but it's a large quilt and a small space on the floor.

I'm using my "Line Tamer" tool for this. It's the one template I'm still using after messing up my machine this past summer ...

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Pinball Quilting from Cat Patches

Yesterday began the final stages of the Snow Globes quilting. The day was spent quilting straight lines I'm probably about halfway finished with it, but it's hard to tell. By day's end, I took it off the machine and laid it on the floor. Here's how it's looking so far:


That's not a great picture, but it's a large quilt and a small space on the floor.

I'm using my "Line Tamer" tool for this. It's the one template I'm still using after messing up my machine this past summer ...

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October 8, 2020
Organizing Threads, Stitching & Love from Where Art & Life Meet

Every now and then my work space becomes unmanageable. I’m not the most organized person, but I know where everything is in my little chaotic work area, until it reaches a point when I can’t stand it any more. So yesterday I did what my husband always does (he’s a masterful organizer) when he’s organizing… Continue reading Organizing Threads, Stitching & Love

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Winning at Thread Chicken from ... Cat Patches

Well, I can imagine y'all have been waiting on tenterhooks to find out if I was able to finish the pebbling before running out of thread. Smitty and I placed our wagers on this as I was getting ready to start quilting yesterday. I was pretty sure I'd run out, but Smitty was betting against the thread.


Sadie doesn't go in for gambling, so she watched from atop the book case hutch on my desk.

Betting on thread is purrposterous.


So I stitched the first block, and so far so good.


Smitty got up close and personal ...

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Winning at Thread Chicken from Cat Patches

Well, I can imagine y'all have been waiting on tenterhooks to find out if I was able to finish the pebbling before running out of thread. Smitty and I placed our wagers on this as I was getting ready to start quilting yesterday. I was pretty sure I'd run out, but Smitty was betting against the thread.


Sadie doesn't go in for gambling, so she watched from atop the book case hutch on my desk.

Betting on thread is purrposterous.


So I stitched the first block, and so far so good.


Smitty got up close and personal ...

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October 7, 2020
More Magic from ... Cat Patches

It was nearly 3:00 by the time I made my way to the quilting machine yesterday. Two more blocks were quilted, and there is still thread on the spool. There are just two blocks to go. Think I'll make it? My own thinking is that I'll pebble until there are about 2 square inches left to cover, and then my thread will run out. Who's with me on that? Just now I checked the tracking information on the new spool. It hasn't changed since it left Las Vegas (metallic sparkle thread, you know) on October ...

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