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December 1, 2022
A Winter Quilt & A Donation from caledonia quilter

 This is a beautiful quilt made from a panel.  As you know, Winter Is Coming.


I love this gal's work.  She cut up the panel, did some math, made lots of patchwork, then put it all together.

Even the back is lovely.

Back in the spring my friend and I were horrified about what was happening in Ukraine, and we decided to put our stashes together and make a quilt for donation.

Here's the final product.


A closeup of the quilting - sunflowers.

I also made some placemats to go with the quilt.

I'm pleased to say that ...

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November 30, 2022
Bits and Pieces from ... Cat Patches

The day was off-kilter yesterday. Our morning routines were shot when we had to round up Sadie and take her to the vet. (Sadie is doing fine, by the way. She did lose another tooth, however, poor little thing.) The only one who had a good morning was Smitty. He was just glad it wasn't him going to the vet.


I hadn't slept well the night before. When I returned home from the vet, Mike left to get a haircut, and I tried to nap then. No dice. And then, I tried napping again after lunch, and still ...

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Bits and Pieces from Cat Patches

The day was off-kilter yesterday. Our morning routines were shot when we had to round up Sadie and take her to the vet. (Sadie is doing fine, by the way. She did lose another tooth, however, poor little thing.) The only one who had a good morning was Smitty. He was just glad it wasn't him going to the vet.


I hadn't slept well the night before. When I returned home from the vet, Mike left to get a haircut, and I tried to nap then. No dice. And then, I tried napping again after lunch, and still ...

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November 28, 2022
Turkey Casserole with Rice from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

For anyone with turkey leftover, this Turkey Casserole with Rice looks delicious. I think that’s what we’re having today. We have everything except cilantro and since Vince doesn’t like that, it’s a good thing we don’t have it. We cooked two turkeys on Friday for our “Day After Thanksgiving Feast”. One was fried in the...

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November 23, 2022
Spinning a Yarn from Cat Patches

There wasn't as much time for sewing yesterday as I'd hoped. Nevertheless, I got a good start on the next section for Purrfectly Pieced. Initially, Smitty turned up his nose at making yet another cat block. He wonders why I make so many cat quilts when I have purrfectly good cats living in the house with me. Also, fluffy cats are not fond of flat cats. Finding a flat cat is never a good thing.


When I showed him the pattern and explained that I was making a gray spotted cat with a pink nose...


He suddenly realized ...

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Spinning a Yarn from ... Cat Patches

There wasn't as much time for sewing yesterday as I'd hoped. Nevertheless, I got a good start on the next section for Purrfectly Pieced. Initially, Smitty turned up his nose at making yet another cat block. He wonders why I make so many cat quilts when I have purrfectly good cats living in the house with me. Also, fluffy cats are not fond of flat cats. Finding a flat cat is never a good thing.


When I showed him the pattern and explained that I was making a gray spotted cat with a pink nose...


He suddenly realized ...

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November 21, 2022
Pinto Beans For Dessert from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Friday on one of my cooking posts on Facebook, a friend mentioned that she had just made a Pinto Bean Pie and it was really good. She thought it was a bit sweet . . which is impossible for me. It has white sugar, brown sugar and molasses so it could be a bit sweet....

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Apple Upside Down Cake from From My Carolina Home

I promised this recipe to you in September, then never got to it as Autumn Jubilee took over the blog for a month. Before the harvest season is over, I wanted to share it, although we can usually find apples year round. Living in an apple growing county, we think of this as a fall thing. Anyway, I created this recipe for entry in the Mountain State Fair, and it won a ribbon. It is delicious as a dessert, but My Sweet Babboo polished it off over a few days for breakfast. I think it might make a lovely addition ...

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November 20, 2022
Domestic Affairs from Cat Patches

There was a little of everything in yesterday's comings and goings. Actually there was no coming nor going...I just stayed home (and inside). There was plenty to keep me busy all day. I spent most of the day in the sewing room with breaks for dealing with the week's laundry. Also, I wanted to bake some more biscotti. I didn't do any Christmas baking last year, and so I have a desire for some this year. Biscotti is something we both like, but it's not the sort of thing that entices one to eat the ...

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Domestic Affairs from ... Cat Patches

There was a little of everything in yesterday's comings and goings. Actually there was no coming nor going...I just stayed home (and inside). There was plenty to keep me busy all day. I spent most of the day in the sewing room with breaks for dealing with the week's laundry. Also, I wanted to bake some more biscotti. I didn't do any Christmas baking last year, and so I have a desire for some this year. Biscotti is something we both like, but it's not the sort of thing that entices one to eat the ...

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November 19, 2022
Sunny Saturday from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. Some of you are probably digging out this morning. Oh my goodness! So much snow! There's no snow here, but it's been blustery and cold for the past several days. Not fit weather for cat nor beast. I spent most of my day in the kitchen. I had Grown-up Mac and Cheese on last night's menu...comfort food, for sure. It's a bit of a production to put together, but it will feed us for two nights this week, and then there's a bonus for some future RVing adventure. It sure ...

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Sunny Saturday from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. Some of you are probably digging out this morning. Oh my goodness! So much snow! There's no snow here, but it's been blustery and cold for the past several days. Not fit weather for cat nor beast. I spent most of my day in the kitchen. I had Grown-up Mac and Cheese on last night's menu...comfort food, for sure. It's a bit of a production to put together, but it will feed us for two nights this week, and then there's a bonus for some future RVing adventure. It sure ...

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November 17, 2022
A Finish and an Almost from Cat Patches

 It's been blustery and cold here...definitely good sewing weather. I spent the whole live-long day going at it yesterday, and I have some finishes and near finishes to show you. First, I sewed the binding on Mrs. Claus' Cookie Team. This was fun to make.


It's about snack mat size at 13 x 13. I have a spot on the coffee table beside me when I sit on our couch in the morning where I set my iPad and my coffee. Right now, I have a mini quilt I made long ago there. 


It gives me a ...

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A Finish and an Almost from ... Cat Patches

 It's been blustery and cold here...definitely good sewing weather. I spent the whole live-long day going at it yesterday, and I have some finishes and near finishes to show you. First, I sewed the binding on Mrs. Claus' Cookie Team. This was fun to make.


It's about snack mat size at 13 x 13. I have a spot on the coffee table beside me when I sit on our couch in the morning where I set my iPad and my coffee. Right now, I have a mini quilt I made long ago there. 


It gives me a ...

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November 16, 2022
Bread Making Day from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday was bread making day. I’ve mentioned before about how much I love the Japanese Milk Bread. I love the dough. I love kneading and working with the dough. I love the texture and taste of the bread. The recipe I use makes two loaves. I’ve been thinking that dough would make excellent cinnamon rolls...

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New to Me Recipe Site from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Several weeks ago I came across this recipe/cooking site: Half Baked Harvest We all like different foods; we all have special dietary needs . . well, except some of us have the needs and pay no attention to them. This site probably isn’t where you’ll find most of your low fat, low carb recipes but...

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November 14, 2022
Ready for Quilting from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'm writing fast today since I need to leave in a while to get a badly-needed (and highly-desired) pedicure. My last pedicure was at the beginning of July, and you know I loves me my monthly pedicures. Why such a long dry spell? Because the woman who does my nails has been experiencing some significant health problems, and actually had to retire from doing nails. I was to meet up with her way back in August, but she canceled our appointment at the last minute. I was out of luck until we returned from our ...

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Ready for Quilting from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'm writing fast today since I need to leave in a while to get a badly-needed (and highly-desired) pedicure. My last pedicure was at the beginning of July, and you know I loves me my monthly pedicures. Why such a long dry spell? Because the woman who does my nails has been experiencing some significant health problems, and actually had to retire from doing nails. I was to meet up with her way back in August, but she canceled our appointment at the last minute. I was out of luck until we returned from our ...

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November 13, 2022
Sunday Chat – Plants and Quilts from From My Carolina Home

My Thanksgiving Cactus is blooming its head off. I have never seen this plant so happy. There are more red blooms than pink or yellow, but I do have some of all. It came into bloom a few days ago, and there are more buds forming, so I think it will be in bloom for a couple of weeks.

The shape of the flower has always fascinated me. They are like little rockets.

Every year I share this plant’s flowers, someone will say that they have one but call it a Christmas Cactus. So, once again, here is a ...

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November 12, 2022
Second November Finish from Cat Patches

It was a cold and rainy day yesterday...a perfect day for sewing. I spent my whole day stitching either by machine or by hand. First, I stitched up the remaining embroidery inside my hoop. Those green leaves are time-consuming.


Then I moved my hoop to the right for the near-final section. There's just a smidge I couldn't fit at the top of the hoop. The large honey bee in this design will all be done in French knots, so it will be fuzzy.


From there, I headed into the sewing room. My goal was to make eight ...

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