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August 4, 2019
Words that End in "Pid" from ... Cat Patches

You'll need to let me know if we were intrepid or stupid this weekend. It was a short couple of days, but we packed a lot in. As I mentioned in my last post, we headed over to Neskowin, Oregon, to see the Neskowin Ghost Forest...an item that has been a long-time resident on my bucket list. And you know how it is when you travel with me...you see a lot of barns. Only, this time, not so many because the first barn caused me great frustration. This is how it is trying to photograph ...

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Words that End in "Pid" from Cat Patches

You'll need to let me know if we were intrepid or stupid this weekend. It was a short couple of days, but we packed a lot in. As I mentioned in my last post, we headed over to Neskowin, Oregon, to see the Neskowin Ghost Forest...an item that has been a long-time resident on my bucket list. And you know how it is when you travel with me...you see a lot of barns. Only, this time, not so many because the first barn caused me great frustration. This is how it is trying to photograph ...

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August 3, 2019
Tippy Canoe and Broccoli, Too from Nita Dances

Dear Vi, I thought you might like to hear a bit of what I’ve been doing.In case you can’t tell from the picture, I planted a garden!Actually, I created a garden completely from scratch.I purchased bags of soil, plants, and … Continue reading

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August 1, 2019
Have Batting, Will Sandwich from ... Cat Patches

It was a day of frenzied activity yesterday. The batting arrived late Tuesday afternoon, and so I hurried to finish up the last of the quilt sandwiches. The sawhorse tables have been taking up two slots in the garage, and so I wanted to get finished and put them away, saving our cars from the hot summer sun. The quilt back for the Snow Globes quilt was ready to receive the rest of itself. Thank goodness it's paired up with its top now and we can all get on with our lives.


When I sandwich a pile of quilts ...

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Have Batting, Will Sandwich from Cat Patches

It was a day of frenzied activity yesterday. The batting arrived late Tuesday afternoon, and so I hurried to finish up the last of the quilt sandwiches. The sawhorse tables have been taking up two slots in the garage, and so I wanted to get finished and put them away, saving our cars from the hot summer sun. The quilt back for the Snow Globes quilt was ready to receive the rest of itself. Thank goodness it's paired up with its top now and we can all get on with our lives.


When I sandwich a pile of quilts ...

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July 30, 2019
Cactivity from ... Cat Patches

There was a lot of cat activity yesterday...or cactivity, if you prefer Smitty's name for it. He often lies in the window while I write my blog posts offering up translations of Catonese when necessary.


Downstairs, Sadie helped me sew the binding on my mystery project.


It's small, and so it didn't take very long. For now, I can only show you the back. I'll try to remember to post a picture on Instagram, and you can see it there if you just can't wait any longer. Oh, and actually, I can post this ...

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Cactivity from Cat Patches

There was a lot of cat activity yesterday...or cactivity, if you prefer Smitty's name for it. He often lies in the window while I write my blog posts offering up translations of Catonese when necessary.


Downstairs, Sadie helped me sew the binding on my mystery project.


It's small, and so it didn't take very long. For now, I can only show you the back. I'll try to remember to post a picture on Instagram, and you can see it there if you just can't wait any longer. Oh, and actually, I can post this ...

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July 29, 2019
Day Dreamers quilt from Pieced Brain

Free pattern alert! This is Day Dreamers Quilt 1 which I designed for the Day Dreamers fabric collection by Kate Mawdsley for Henry Glass Fabrics. This quilt is loaded with cute cats! It measures 71" x 81" and the blocks finish at 10". Here is a close up of the fabrics I used:










Oh, Kate was having a lot of fun when she designed this fabric collection with paws, whiskers, mice, and all. I love the bright colors and they work well for boys or girls.

It would be cool to come up with companion projects for this quilt to ...

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July 26, 2019
A Full Day from ... Cat Patches

After yesterday's desperate coffee-less post, you'll be relieved to know that the coffee is back! Man, I missed it yesterday. I finally got to drink some after I got home, but it was nearly 1:00 p.m. by then. Phew! I was running on caffeine fumes, but I survived the ordeal. And since I'd just been to the grocery store, I should add that my fellow shoppers were all still living, despite my no-coffee-up-to-that-point day. (I'll admit some small whining children were at risk, but I just sped past them.)

So when I got home ...

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A Full Day from Cat Patches

After yesterday's desperate coffee-less post, you'll be relieved to know that the coffee is back! Man, I missed it yesterday. I finally got to drink some after I got home, but it was nearly 1:00 p.m. by then. Phew! I was running on caffeine fumes, but I survived the ordeal. And since I'd just been to the grocery store, I should add that my fellow shoppers were all still living, despite my no-coffee-up-to-that-point day. (I'll admit some small whining children were at risk, but I just sped past them.)

So when I got home ...

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July 25, 2019
What's Happening In Perkatory from ... Cat Patches

It's the worst day of the year because I have a fasting blood draw this morning (just routine), and that means I haven't had my coffee. I cannot be held responsible for anything I say or write. Also, I haven't had my breakfast, and my stomach is grumbling

Which brings me to something really worth grumbling about...paper-piecing. Yesterday's bout reminded me why I hate paper-piecing so much. First, there's the mess, and the waste, and the pieces that are too small. But the worst part is realizing a couple of pieces down the road ...

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What's Happening In Perkatory from Cat Patches

It's the worst day of the year because I have a fasting blood draw this morning (just routine), and that means I haven't had my coffee. I cannot be held responsible for anything I say or write. Also, I haven't had my breakfast, and my stomach is grumbling

Which brings me to something really worth grumbling about...paper-piecing. Yesterday's bout reminded me why I hate paper-piecing so much. First, there's the mess, and the waste, and the pieces that are too small. But the worst part is realizing a couple of pieces down the road ...

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July 24, 2019
A Small Finish from ... Cat Patches

When I went downstairs after writing my blog post yesterday, I found Sadie stressed to the max.


Wait...did I say "stressed"? I meant "stretched," although cats without tails are still short even when extended to their maximum length.

While she slept, I sewed the binding on the Beach Hut, and now it is finished.


Here's how it looks from the back.


That backing fabric was one of the regional prints, purchased at a Sew Many Threads quilt shop near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Smitty doesn't appear to care for this piece. He's wondering why a house ...

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A Small Finish from Cat Patches

When I went downstairs after writing my blog post yesterday, I found Sadie stressed to the max.


Wait...did I say "stressed"? I meant "stretched," although cats without tails are still short even when extended to their maximum length.

While she slept, I sewed the binding on the Beach Hut, and now it is finished.


Here's how it looks from the back.


That backing fabric was one of the regional prints, purchased at a Sew Many Threads quilt shop near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Smitty doesn't appear to care for this piece. He's wondering why a house ...

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July 23, 2019
Sewing with Friends from ... Cat Patches

It was mid-afternoon before I made my way into the sewing room yesterday. There will be more time today, although it is a CSA pick-up day, and so I'll have to quit early. On yesterday's agenda, there were errands to run and grocery shopping to do. The grocery shopping was supposed to be a half-way quick trip, but it ended up taking much longer than expected. On the other hand, we have food now, so never mind about sending in the Red Cross. Imminent starvation has been canceled.


Before leaving home, I took a little walk around the ...

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Sewing with Friends from Cat Patches

It was mid-afternoon before I made my way into the sewing room yesterday. There will be more time today, although it is a CSA pick-up day, and so I'll have to quit early. On yesterday's agenda, there were errands to run and grocery shopping to do. The grocery shopping was supposed to be a half-way quick trip, but it ended up taking much longer than expected. On the other hand, we have food now, so never mind about sending in the Red Cross. Imminent starvation has been canceled.


Before leaving home, I took a little walk around the ...

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July 22, 2019
Check, Check, Checking from ... Cat Patches

There were three items on my list of sewing to-do's yesterday. First, I wanted to trace out the next three hearts for the project I'm calling "A Year of Hearts." In my next go-round with these stitcheries, I'll be stitching October,


November,


and December.


Those will need to wait until I've finished stitching the mystery project I'm working on right now. I'm probably a couple of days away on that.

Second on my list was to catch up on two weeks of Tiny Tuesday. The first was this Bear's Paw block set on ...

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Check, Check, Checking from Cat Patches

There were three items on my list of sewing to-do's yesterday. First, I wanted to trace out the next three hearts for the project I'm calling "A Year of Hearts." In my next go-round with these stitcheries, I'll be stitching October,


November,


and December.


Those will need to wait until I've finished stitching the mystery project I'm working on right now. I'm probably a couple of days away on that.

Second on my list was to catch up on two weeks of Tiny Tuesday. The first was this Bear's Paw block set on ...

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July 21, 2019
Distracted from ... Cat Patches

It was a no sewing day yesterday, mainly because I couldn't stay focused for all the fun unpacking and laundry I needed to do. There's still plenty of laundry to work on today. Yesterday's included one load of finished Solstice to Solstice quilt, and three loads of towels. And unpacking the camper could have been finished in about an hour, but I kept sitting down and scrolling mindlessly on different phone apps. Oh well...sometimes I think we all need a day to be unfocused and distracted. By day's end it was all finished, and so ...

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Distracted from Cat Patches

It was a no sewing day yesterday, mainly because I couldn't stay focused for all the fun unpacking and laundry I needed to do. There's still plenty of laundry to work on today. Yesterday's included one load of finished Solstice to Solstice quilt, and three loads of towels. And unpacking the camper could have been finished in about an hour, but I kept sitting down and scrolling mindlessly on different phone apps. Oh well...sometimes I think we all need a day to be unfocused and distracted. By day's end it was all finished, and so ...

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