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June 12, 2020
Rockets Red Glare from Nestlings By Robin

LOOK what hit mailboxes
last week!!
The July issue is now out
and yours truly
has a new quilt within
titled, 'Rockets Red Glare'.
THANK YOU Connecting Threads for 
the perfect fabric line,
Hometown Americana II.
It saddens me that so many quilters
feel overwhelmed by applique' 
because, to me, it is such a 
creative and relaxing form of quilting.
Yes, there are sometimes
many pieces to handle but
no more than some of 
the pieced quilts I have seen.
There are times that even I look
at one of my designs and ask,
"who designed all this work?".
Then ...

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June 7, 2020
So Much Sewing from Cat Patches

It rained most of the day yesterday, and so it was a stay-in-and-sew day. There was plenty to keep me busy. The first task was to finish off the binding for the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt. This is finished now, and working hard as a table topper for our breakfast bar.



Here's how it looks from the back.


I want to make a patriotic runner for our dining room table too. There is a pattern and embroidery floss waiting in my sewing room, but I will need to finish one of my other embroidery projects first.

Next, I ...

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So Much Sewing from ... Cat Patches

It rained most of the day yesterday, and so it was a stay-in-and-sew day. There was plenty to keep me busy. The first task was to finish off the binding for the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt. This is finished now, and working hard as a table topper for our breakfast bar.



Here's how it looks from the back.


I want to make a patriotic runner for our dining room table too. There is a pattern and embroidery floss waiting in my sewing room, but I will need to finish one of my other embroidery projects first.

Next, I ...

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June 6, 2020
Almost a Finish from Cat Patches

Something kept me busy all day yesterday, but I'd be hard pressed to say what it was. It seemed as if I was wandering from thing to thing with no real direction or destination in mind. As I mentioned yesterday, we went on a little outing to a local nursery and then made a quick trip to the grocery store for two items. Maybe it's always been this way, but going out seems to leave me disoriented. I almost never know what day it is any more. When we're traveling, I'm at least aware of the ...

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Almost a Finish from ... Cat Patches

Something kept me busy all day yesterday, but I'd be hard pressed to say what it was. It seemed as if I was wandering from thing to thing with no real direction or destination in mind. As I mentioned yesterday, we went on a little outing to a local nursery and then made a quick trip to the grocery store for two items. Maybe it's always been this way, but going out seems to leave me disoriented. I almost never know what day it is any more. When we're traveling, I'm at least aware of the ...

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June 5, 2020
Grand Opening from ... Cat Patches

Flower-wise, it was a pretty exciting day at the Three Cats Ranch. Sadie was completely worn out from all the thrills.



After breakfast, I walked outside to see what was going on with the peonies. I found Mr. Smithers on his catio. We noticed he has a bite mark on his cheek, no doubt delivered by a gopher he caught. We'll have to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get infected. Fortunately, he's up-to-date on his vaccines.


And outside...(insert the Hallalujah chorus right here) IT HAS BLOOMED!!! This isn't the one ...

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Grand Opening from Cat Patches

Flower-wise, it was a pretty exciting day at the Three Cats Ranch. Sadie was completely worn out from all the thrills.



After breakfast, I walked outside to see what was going on with the peonies. I found Mr. Smithers on his catio. We noticed he has a bite mark on his cheek, no doubt delivered by a gopher he caught. We'll have to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get infected. Fortunately, he's up-to-date on his vaccines.


And outside...(insert the Hallalujah chorus right here) IT HAS BLOOMED!!! This isn't the one ...

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May 25, 2020
Machine Quilting Little Miss Sawtooth with Natalia Bonner from Piece N Quilt


Friends! I'm so dang excited to share this fun quilt with you today! It seems like I don't get as much time to sew just for myself these days, but today I did take the time to create something just for me and I'm in love with it! 




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May 18, 2020
Two Little Finishes from Cat Patches

It was a busy day for my needle and thread yesterday. I have two little finishes to show you. First, the second of nine plates for the Pieces of the Past Quilt.


Meg Hawkey often gives instructions for trimming these blocks by creating a freezer paper template and then cutting the excess fabric from the outside. Usually, I just measure and figure and cut it without a template. Quite a few of these blocks are cut off-center, and I couldn't really figure this out without making the template. (Uses best whining voice: Do I have to?) And actually, this ...

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Two Little Finishes from ... Cat Patches

It was a busy day for my needle and thread yesterday. I have two little finishes to show you. First, the second of nine plates for the Pieces of the Past Quilt.


Meg Hawkey often gives instructions for trimming these blocks by creating a freezer paper template and then cutting the excess fabric from the outside. Usually, I just measure and figure and cut it without a template. Quite a few of these blocks are cut off-center, and I couldn't really figure this out without making the template. (Uses best whining voice: Do I have to?) And actually, this ...

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May 17, 2020
Plan B from ... Cat Patches

Since Eliza is on an extended vacay, getting her mind right after running over a plastic template, I'm quilting on my domestic machine for the time being. It's disappointing not to be able to continue on and finish the Shop Hop quilt, but its day will come too. For now, I've been working away at the Tiny Trees quilt. Yesterday, I finished quilting snowflakes into the background.


As I've mentioned, the white thread I'm using for the snowflakes is a white metallic. I have some tricks to using metallic threads successfully for free motion quilting ...

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Plan B from Cat Patches

Since Eliza is on an extended vacay, getting her mind right after running over a plastic template, I'm quilting on my domestic machine for the time being. It's disappointing not to be able to continue on and finish the Shop Hop quilt, but its day will come too. For now, I've been working away at the Tiny Trees quilt. Yesterday, I finished quilting snowflakes into the background.


As I've mentioned, the white thread I'm using for the snowflakes is a white metallic. I have some tricks to using metallic threads successfully for free motion quilting ...

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May 16, 2020
Full Stop from Cat Patches

Here's the thing: traveling is inconvenient. For as much fun as it is, there always seems to be some snafu that asserts itself as the fly in the ointment. Think canceled or delayed flights, lost luggage, bed bugs, mechanical difficulties. The list goes on. Apparently, traveling by quilt is no different. As I've explained the reasons for choosing certain fabrics for the Shop Hop quilt, you might have noticed that a lot of these shops were visited because of mechanical problems on either the RV or the truck. Now the quilt itself has caused mechanical difficulties. Sigh. Yesterday ...

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Full Stop from ... Cat Patches

Here's the thing: traveling is inconvenient. For as much fun as it is, there always seems to be some snafu that asserts itself as the fly in the ointment. Think canceled or delayed flights, lost luggage, bed bugs, mechanical difficulties. The list goes on. Apparently, traveling by quilt is no different. As I've explained the reasons for choosing certain fabrics for the Shop Hop quilt, you might have noticed that a lot of these shops were visited because of mechanical problems on either the RV or the truck. Now the quilt itself has caused mechanical difficulties. Sigh. Yesterday ...

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May 15, 2020
Big Quilt, Little Quilt from ... Cat Patches

It's been raining for days. The weather was supposed to improve today, but so far, there's no sign of it. Even Smitty and Sadie are disgusted by the rain. Ordinarily, kitties do not mind a little Oregon drizzle, but it was too much for them yesterday. Smitty still likes sitting on the wood box outside the dining room window.


From this vantage point, he can survey his kingdom and keep an eye out for any varmints. Sadie is happier inside, where it's warm and dry. She spent enough time outside before she came to the Three Cats ...

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Big Quilt, Little Quilt from Cat Patches

It's been raining for days. The weather was supposed to improve today, but so far, there's no sign of it. Even Smitty and Sadie are disgusted by the rain. Ordinarily, kitties do not mind a little Oregon drizzle, but it was too much for them yesterday. Smitty still likes sitting on the wood box outside the dining room window.


From this vantage point, he can survey his kingdom and keep an eye out for any varmints. Sadie is happier inside, where it's warm and dry. She spent enough time outside before she came to the Three Cats ...

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May 14, 2020
More Quilting Mileage from ... Cat Patches

Another row down and six to go. Yesterday, I moved to the next row up. Today, I'll move to the next row down, as I work from the middle and outward. I've read this doesn't matter with free motion quilting as it does with hand quilting. It makes sense to me, and so I do it anyway. I'm writing fast this morning since we're heading out on another grocery store slog. Matthew is cooking tonight, and so the grocery shopping is my only non-quilting distraction for the day.

Okay, so let's see where we ...

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More Quilting Mileage from Cat Patches

Another row down and six to go. Yesterday, I moved to the next row up. Today, I'll move to the next row down, as I work from the middle and outward. I've read this doesn't matter with free motion quilting as it does with hand quilting. It makes sense to me, and so I do it anyway. I'm writing fast this morning since we're heading out on another grocery store slog. Matthew is cooking tonight, and so the grocery shopping is my only non-quilting distraction for the day.

Okay, so let's see where we ...

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May 13, 2020
Quilting Across the Miles from Cat Patches

When my in-laws were still living, we had a family joke. They once tried to purchased a birthday card for one of their kids and could only find birthday wishes for "across the miles." From then on, most any card one received for any occasion was from "across the miles." And so as I was considering a title for this post, it seemed the perfect choice.

For the next several days, I'm going to take you over many years and many miles traveled in pursuit of regional fabrics for this Shop Hop quilt. It didn't start out that ...

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Quilting Across the Miles from ... Cat Patches

When my in-laws were still living, we had a family joke. They once tried to purchased a birthday card for one of their kids and could only find birthday wishes for "across the miles." From then on, most any card one received for any occasion was from "across the miles." And so as I was considering a title for this post, it seemed the perfect choice.

For the next several days, I'm going to take you over many years and many miles traveled in pursuit of regional fabrics for this Shop Hop quilt. It didn't start out that ...

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