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August 15, 2019
The Loveliest of All was the Unicorn from ... Cat Patches

Well, I could barely wait to get back to the Unicorn yesterday morning. In a flash, I had the final two seams sewn and the Unicorn quilt was a finished flimsy.


Of course, I still had the happy task of removing all the paper from the back. I think that took longer than sewing the whole thing together. When the paper was removed, I took another picture.


It looks pretty much the same, only now, with less crunch!

I picked out several different fabrics as potential backings. The Resident Engineer helped me decide on this one.


If you've been ...

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The Loveliest of All was the Unicorn from Cat Patches

Well, I could barely wait to get back to the Unicorn yesterday morning. In a flash, I had the final two seams sewn and the Unicorn quilt was a finished flimsy.


Of course, I still had the happy task of removing all the paper from the back. I think that took longer than sewing the whole thing together. When the paper was removed, I took another picture.


It looks pretty much the same, only now, with less crunch!

I picked out several different fabrics as potential backings. The Resident Engineer helped me decide on this one.


If you've been ...

read more
August 7, 2019
Writing Fast from ... Cat Patches

Did anyone notice that I forgot to tell you about either the quilt shop or the quilt show yesterday? I didn't notice it until much, much later in the day. Mind like a steel trap, I tell ya'. So, yeah. I still owe you two posts, but it's going to have to wait for a bit. This morning I'm heading out early for an appointment with my dermatologist. I have to go in every nine months for a skin check. Yes. Wear your sunscreen. Then tomorrow I'm getting my eyes examined. I imagine by Friday I ...

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Writing Fast from Cat Patches

Did anyone notice that I forgot to tell you about either the quilt shop or the quilt show yesterday? I didn't notice it until much, much later in the day. Mind like a steel trap, I tell ya'. So, yeah. I still owe you two posts, but it's going to have to wait for a bit. This morning I'm heading out early for an appointment with my dermatologist. I have to go in every nine months for a skin check. Yes. Wear your sunscreen. Then tomorrow I'm getting my eyes examined. I imagine by Friday I ...

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August 6, 2019
All Quilting, All the Time from ... Cat Patches

The day started as usual yesterday with a little slow stitching. I'm just getting started on December's heart.


After that I got to work finishing the quilting on the Quiltemala quilt. Of course, I need my furry furriends to help speed things up.


Walking on a quilt being free motion quilted is purrticularly helpful. Just keep those toes away from the needle, sir.


And with so much help, it seemed as if things dragged. After a couple of hours of solid stitching, I quilted to the southwest corner and off, and it was finished.


That went fast. I ...

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All Quilting, All the Time from Cat Patches

The day started as usual yesterday with a little slow stitching. I'm just getting started on December's heart.


After that I got to work finishing the quilting on the Quiltemala quilt. Of course, I need my furry furriends to help speed things up.


Walking on a quilt being free motion quilted is purrticularly helpful. Just keep those toes away from the needle, sir.


And with so much help, it seemed as if things dragged. After a couple of hours of solid stitching, I quilted to the southwest corner and off, and it was finished.


That went fast. I ...

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August 5, 2019
Cat Days of Summer from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I read something about "Dogust," which was in reference to the "dog days of summer," only with actual dogs. And, of course, we here at the Three Cats Ranch just sniffed at that reference. We know that these are cat days...each and every day of the year. It was warm yesterday, though. Smitty found his favorite cool spot in the house, on top of the china cabinet. The surface stays cool and cools off his tummy.


Sadie is plotting murder I think. As we go down the stairs, we have to be careful of cats lying in wait ...

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Cat Days of Summer from Cat Patches

Yesterday I read something about "Dogust," which was in reference to the "dog days of summer," only with actual dogs. And, of course, we here at the Three Cats Ranch just sniffed at that reference. We know that these are cat days...each and every day of the year. It was warm yesterday, though. Smitty found his favorite cool spot in the house, on top of the china cabinet. The surface stays cool and cools off his tummy.


Sadie is plotting murder I think. As we go down the stairs, we have to be careful of cats lying in wait ...

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July 11, 2019
Quilting Marathon from ... Cat Patches

After three days of nearly non-stop quilting, I'm ready to sew the binding on the Solstice to Solstice quilt. On this last day of quilting, I got back to a more curvy "C," but honestly, looking at the quilt, I can't see where one day ended and the next day started. It all blends together when seen as a whole. This was the final block. It's the one I made for Earth Day:


When I get the whole thing finished, and I have someone (or maybe two people) to hold the quilt upright, I'll give you ...

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Quilting Marathon from Cat Patches

After three days of nearly non-stop quilting, I'm ready to sew the binding on the Solstice to Solstice quilt. On this last day of quilting, I got back to a more curvy "C," but honestly, looking at the quilt, I can't see where one day ended and the next day started. It all blends together when seen as a whole. This was the final block. It's the one I made for Earth Day:


When I get the whole thing finished, and I have someone (or maybe two people) to hold the quilt upright, I'll give you ...

read more
July 10, 2019
Seize the C's from ... Cat Patches

As suspected, it didn't take long to finish the hand-stitching on the Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs quilt block. This is where I left it yesterday. I was just getting started with the running stitch around the outside edge. 


This morning I expect to finish it off, and then I'll be on to my next hand-stitching project, I Believe in Snowmen. And so now, the race really is on to see if I'll be making more embroidery blocks, or finishing the quilting on Solstice. Which one will win the race to go camping? Stay tuned for the ...

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Seize the C's from Cat Patches

As suspected, it didn't take long to finish the hand-stitching on the Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs quilt block. This is where I left it yesterday. I was just getting started with the running stitch around the outside edge. 


This morning I expect to finish it off, and then I'll be on to my next hand-stitching project, I Believe in Snowmen. And so now, the race really is on to see if I'll be making more embroidery blocks, or finishing the quilting on Solstice. Which one will win the race to go camping? Stay tuned for the ...

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July 9, 2019
Barns and Quilting from ... Cat Patches

It was a full day of sewing yesterday, possibly my last NBS day for a while. In the morning, I finished up the 6th of the barns for Appalachian Memories. That marks halfway for these quilt blocks.


These are the six blocks I have so far. It looks as if the right-most blocks are on a different fabric, but they're all the same. It's just the weird lighting in my sewing room that makes it look that way.


After that, I got to work quilting the Solstice to Solstice quilt. The design is working well for me, and ...

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Barns and Quilting from Cat Patches

It was a full day of sewing yesterday, possibly my last NBS day for a while. In the morning, I finished up the 6th of the barns for Appalachian Memories. That marks halfway for these quilt blocks.


These are the six blocks I have so far. It looks as if the right-most blocks are on a different fabric, but they're all the same. It's just the weird lighting in my sewing room that makes it look that way.


After that, I got to work quilting the Solstice to Solstice quilt. The design is working well for me, and ...

read more
July 8, 2019
Hello Hydrangeas! from ... Cat Patches

The first thing I needed to do yesterday was to get out and water the flower pots and fill the bird feeders. Since my last visit to the garden, the hydrangeas have stolen the show. The variegated one has several blooms on it.

 
Its neighbor to the left was the first to bloom. The bush is small, but the flowers are big.


This pink one is on the same plant.


To its left is the largest bush, and it too is flowering now.


Sometimes it produces flowers that are half blue, half lavender, or half pink.


Around front, the darkest ...

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Hello Hydrangeas! from Cat Patches

The first thing I needed to do yesterday was to get out and water the flower pots and fill the bird feeders. Since my last visit to the garden, the hydrangeas have stolen the show. The variegated one has several blooms on it.

 
Its neighbor to the left was the first to bloom. The bush is small, but the flowers are big.


This pink one is on the same plant.


To its left is the largest bush, and it too is flowering now.


Sometimes it produces flowers that are half blue, half lavender, or half pink.


Around front, the darkest ...

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June 18, 2019
Hearts A-Plenty from ... Cat Patches

Pretty much the whole day was spent quilting the Home & Heart quilt yesterday. By the end of my quilting day, it was finished. There were three blocks to finish up, and then I spent some time consulting my friend, The Pinterest, for ideas about what to do in the border. Already, I knew I'd fill in the nine-patch blocks as I did before. For the small sections between the nine-patches, I did a stylized heart.


Before I go on, can we all take a minute to feel sad about the hellscape of Smitty's life. He still can't ...

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Hearts A-Plenty from Cat Patches

Pretty much the whole day was spent quilting the Home & Heart quilt yesterday. By the end of my quilting day, it was finished. There were three blocks to finish up, and then I spent some time consulting my friend, The Pinterest, for ideas about what to do in the border. Already, I knew I'd fill in the nine-patch blocks as I did before. For the small sections between the nine-patches, I did a stylized heart.


Before I go on, can we all take a minute to feel sad about the hellscape of Smitty's life. He still can't ...

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June 17, 2019
Quilt On from ... Cat Patches

After our Father's Day brunch yesterday, it was a fairly easy afternoon. I got in a nap, which was nice. Last week and the week before seemed terribly busy, and so an opportunity to slow down was welcome. This whole week will move a little more slowly than last week, although Sadie has an appointment with the vet on Thursday...always a delightful chore (cough). There's nothing on my calendar for today, however, and so Monday is going to be NBS.

There was a little time for slow stitching yesterday morning, and I barely got a start on ...

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Quilt On from Cat Patches

After our Father's Day brunch yesterday, it was a fairly easy afternoon. I got in a nap, which was nice. Last week and the week before seemed terribly busy, and so an opportunity to slow down was welcome. This whole week will move a little more slowly than last week, although Sadie has an appointment with the vet on Thursday...always a delightful chore (cough). There's nothing on my calendar for today, however, and so Monday is going to be NBS.

There was a little time for slow stitching yesterday morning, and I barely got a start on ...

read more
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