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August 20, 2021
Small Quilt Quilting from Cat Patches

The morning was mostly taken up with my eye exam yesterday. The exam took less time than the driving to and fro'. On the way home, I started thinking I needed to get ready for the coming tomato tonnage, and so I stopped off at the grocery store to pick up some things I'd need: onions, fresh basil, red wine, red wine vinegar, and tomato paste. Also, there was a question in my mind whether I had enough quart jars for all the pasta sauce I'm going to make. As I walked past the grocery store shelf, I ...

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Small Quilt Quilting from ... Cat Patches

The morning was mostly taken up with my eye exam yesterday. The exam took less time than the driving to and fro'. On the way home, I started thinking I needed to get ready for the coming tomato tonnage, and so I stopped off at the grocery store to pick up some things I'd need: onions, fresh basil, red wine, red wine vinegar, and tomato paste. Also, there was a question in my mind whether I had enough quart jars for all the pasta sauce I'm going to make. As I walked past the grocery store shelf, I ...

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August 6, 2021
End of the Line from ... Cat Patches

There was a lot to do in town yesterday. I didn't need to leave until noon, however, and so there was more time than expected to get some sewing done. I was able to make some progress on the latest Heartland Barn block, finishing most of the barn and the quilt block there.


I learned something with this. Take a look at the quilt block. Using the same color orange floss throughout, I reversed the direction of the satin stitch in the various "patches." It looks as if I was using two different colors of floss. It's the ...

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End of the Line from Cat Patches

There was a lot to do in town yesterday. I didn't need to leave until noon, however, and so there was more time than expected to get some sewing done. I was able to make some progress on the latest Heartland Barn block, finishing most of the barn and the quilt block there.


I learned something with this. Take a look at the quilt block. Using the same color orange floss throughout, I reversed the direction of the satin stitch in the various "patches." It looks as if I was using two different colors of floss. It's the ...

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August 4, 2021
A New Day from ... Cat Patches

It always feels as if I've survived a torture treatment the day following a perm. Now I'm saddled with a stinky permy head. I can wet my hair, but not wash it, and so the torture continues for at least one more day. Sounds like a good day to go grocery shopping, doesn't it? Because I figure grocery shopping can't be even one-quarter as bad as sitting for a perm. At least it starts with Egg McMuffin. [Considers what this means about quality of life when McDonald's is the bright spot of the day.] I ...

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A New Day from Cat Patches

It always feels as if I've survived a torture treatment the day following a perm. Now I'm saddled with a stinky permy head. I can wet my hair, but not wash it, and so the torture continues for at least one more day. Sounds like a good day to go grocery shopping, doesn't it? Because I figure grocery shopping can't be even one-quarter as bad as sitting for a perm. At least it starts with Egg McMuffin. [Considers what this means about quality of life when McDonald's is the bright spot of the day.] I ...

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August 2, 2021
Mostly Sewing Day from ... Cat Patches

Aside from gardening activities, my Sunday was a relaxing day with plenty of time for sewing. I had the Quilt Shop redwork spread out on my work table, and so I sandwiched that for quilting. 

Now it's ready go to, but probably I won't get started on this right away because the new theme for The Endeavourers has been announced. Our new prompt is "quilts inspired by a newspaper headline." I like that a list of themes is generated at the beginning of each year so that we have an idea what's coming up. I'm not ...

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Mostly Sewing Day from Cat Patches

Aside from gardening activities, my Sunday was a relaxing day with plenty of time for sewing. I had the Quilt Shop redwork spread out on my work table, and so I sandwiched that for quilting. 

Now it's ready go to, but probably I won't get started on this right away because the new theme for The Endeavourers has been announced. Our new prompt is "quilts inspired by a newspaper headline." I like that a list of themes is generated at the beginning of each year so that we have an idea what's coming up. I'm not ...

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August 1, 2021
A Finished Quilt Top from ... Cat Patches

This is my second post of the day. Earlier in the week, I scheduled a "reveal" post for the latest art quilt for The Endeavourers. You can see my quilt for the prompt "Opposites Attract" right here. So, I might have taken a day off, except that I have a finished quilt top, and that is worth a celebratory post. Ella's Flower Garden is a finished flimsy now. It finishes up at 74 x 74 inches. If I'd done it the way it was pictured in the book, I would have added a border to it. I decided ...

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A Finished Quilt Top from Cat Patches

This is my second post of the day. Earlier in the week, I scheduled a "reveal" post for the latest art quilt for The Endeavourers. You can see my quilt for the prompt "Opposites Attract" right here. So, I might have taken a day off, except that I have a finished quilt top, and that is worth a celebratory post. Ella's Flower Garden is a finished flimsy now. It finishes up at 74 x 74 inches. If I'd done it the way it was pictured in the book, I would have added a border to it. I decided ...

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July 30, 2021
Time Flies from Cat Patches

The day kind of got away from me yesterday. I had big plans to finish sewing together the blocks for Ella's Flower Garden, but then it was after 4:00 p.m., and where did the time go? Well, it's not as if I wasn't doing anything, but I was still surprised at how fast the day flew by.

My first stop yesterday was to check on the zucchini and cucumbers. I've realized that cucumbers are every bit as sneaky as zucchini in that they hide in plain sight, and you can't see them until ...

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Time Flies from ... Cat Patches

The day kind of got away from me yesterday. I had big plans to finish sewing together the blocks for Ella's Flower Garden, but then it was after 4:00 p.m., and where did the time go? Well, it's not as if I wasn't doing anything, but I was still surprised at how fast the day flew by.

My first stop yesterday was to check on the zucchini and cucumbers. I've realized that cucumbers are every bit as sneaky as zucchini in that they hide in plain sight, and you can't see them until ...

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July 29, 2021
It's Dead, Jim from Cat Patches

Probably I shouldn't say something like that since I just had a blood draw yesterday. Not to worry...I still have some blood left in my body, and only a tiny bruise on my arm. No, when I sat down to my desktop computer this morning, it said in "computer" font: BOOTMGR MISSING. No problem, I thought...I'll just call the system administrator to take care of this. He took one look at it and said, "Oh...that isn't good." It seems my hard drive died overnight. Honestly, the cats did not do it. Fortunately, everything is ...

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It's Dead, Jim from ... Cat Patches

Probably I shouldn't say something like that since I just had a blood draw yesterday. Not to worry...I still have some blood left in my body, and only a tiny bruise on my arm. No, when I sat down to my desktop computer this morning, it said in "computer" font: BOOTMGR MISSING. No problem, I thought...I'll just call the system administrator to take care of this. He took one look at it and said, "Oh...that isn't good." It seems my hard drive died overnight. Honestly, the cats did not do it. Fortunately, everything is ...

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July 27, 2021
Busy Summer from ... Cat Patches

From year to year, I forget how busy summer is. When it rains all winter, there isn't much to do outside, and I can spend all my time indoors sewing. Summers and gardening can get very, very busy. Just when I tell myself I'm caught up on gardening efforts, the next day comes with a whole new set of tasks. I had breakfast with Sue yesterday morning, and then we went for a short walk. We walked through Barrows Park, a place we've walked before. Although it's been some years since we've been there, things ...

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Busy Summer from Cat Patches

From year to year, I forget how busy summer is. When it rains all winter, there isn't much to do outside, and I can spend all my time indoors sewing. Summers and gardening can get very, very busy. Just when I tell myself I'm caught up on gardening efforts, the next day comes with a whole new set of tasks. I had breakfast with Sue yesterday morning, and then we went for a short walk. We walked through Barrows Park, a place we've walked before. Although it's been some years since we've been there, things ...

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July 26, 2021
More Big Dreams from ... Cat Patches

There was a lot on yesterday morning's agenda. Since there was much to accomplish, while still leaving time for quilting, I was out early to water the annuals. While I was out, I noticed some new reasons to get excited. The echinacea are really taking off now. It's one of my favorite flowers.


The bees love it too.


I have three colors, and I notice the third color is starting to open. I wasn't sure it had survived the winter.


In the greenhouse, the first tomatoes are beginning to ripen. I'm hoping to get plenty for ...

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More Big Dreams from Cat Patches

There was a lot on yesterday morning's agenda. Since there was much to accomplish, while still leaving time for quilting, I was out early to water the annuals. While I was out, I noticed some new reasons to get excited. The echinacea are really taking off now. It's one of my favorite flowers.


The bees love it too.


I have three colors, and I notice the third color is starting to open. I wasn't sure it had survived the winter.


In the greenhouse, the first tomatoes are beginning to ripen. I'm hoping to get plenty for ...

read more
July 24, 2021
Busy Morning from ... Cat Patches

My gardening chores took longer than expected yesterday, and that left only a little time for quilting in the afternoon. I'd walked past our rose bush many times, which had several suckers that needed clipping. Also, a wild blackberry growing among some junipers. Both of these tasks required gloves to remove them, and so it was easier to just keep walking by. Yesterday, I couldn't stand it any more, and so I had to take care of all of that as I walked toward the vegetable garden. When I reached the vegetable garden, I found plenty of weeds ...

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Busy Morning from Cat Patches

My gardening chores took longer than expected yesterday, and that left only a little time for quilting in the afternoon. I'd walked past our rose bush many times, which had several suckers that needed clipping. Also, a wild blackberry growing among some junipers. Both of these tasks required gloves to remove them, and so it was easier to just keep walking by. Yesterday, I couldn't stand it any more, and so I had to take care of all of that as I walked toward the vegetable garden. When I reached the vegetable garden, I found plenty of weeds ...

read more
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