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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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April 15, 2020
Bind On! from Cat Patches

The day didn't go exactly as expected yesterday, but I still got the things done I hoped to...scaling Mt. Laundry for one. We had to take Mike's truck into town for some service covered under his warranty. He was impressed with their COVID measures. They had the plexiglass shields we've seen in grocery stores, but they also wiped down the pen he used to sign the service estimate both before and after he'd used it. There were some other things he mentioned too, but I've forgotten them now. Mind like a steel trap, you ...

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Bind On! from ... Cat Patches

The day didn't go exactly as expected yesterday, but I still got the things done I hoped to...scaling Mt. Laundry for one. We had to take Mike's truck into town for some service covered under his warranty. He was impressed with their COVID measures. They had the plexiglass shields we've seen in grocery stores, but they also wiped down the pen he used to sign the service estimate both before and after he'd used it. There were some other things he mentioned too, but I've forgotten them now. Mind like a steel trap, you ...

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March 22, 2020
Productive Day from ... Cat Patches

The weather has been lovely, and I've been blowing my opportunity for yard work by spending my time in the sewing room. But, oh, how I've been itching to get back into the sewing room. The season is young, and so I hope I won't regret this time. We're expecting rain beginning tomorrow and well into the future. Too bad it doesn't knock down those little virus bugs the way it knocks down dust.

So, here's what I did. My goal in 2020 is to finish a quilt top and to quilt one quilt ...

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Productive Day from Cat Patches

The weather has been lovely, and I've been blowing my opportunity for yard work by spending my time in the sewing room. But, oh, how I've been itching to get back into the sewing room. The season is young, and so I hope I won't regret this time. We're expecting rain beginning tomorrow and well into the future. Too bad it doesn't knock down those little virus bugs the way it knocks down dust.

So, here's what I did. My goal in 2020 is to finish a quilt top and to quilt one quilt ...

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January 25, 2020
A Sewing Day and More Quilts from Cat Patches

It was a hot day here in Hemet yesterday. We turned on the air-conditioning in the afternoon. I was running the washer, which didn't help the inside temperature one bit, but it was plenty warm enough outside too. Smitty melted like chocolate.


Before I tell you about my sewing day, I have a few pictures leftover on my camera from the day before. And, don't worry, there are pictures from the quilt show at the end.

Smitty wanted me to be sure and tell you that he's been out for several walks since my last post. When ...

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A Sewing Day and More Quilts from ... Cat Patches

It was a hot day here in Hemet yesterday. We turned on the air-conditioning in the afternoon. I was running the washer, which didn't help the inside temperature one bit, but it was plenty warm enough outside too. Smitty melted like chocolate.


Before I tell you about my sewing day, I have a few pictures leftover on my camera from the day before. And, don't worry, there are pictures from the quilt show at the end.

Smitty wanted me to be sure and tell you that he's been out for several walks since my last post. When ...

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December 9, 2019
In a Bind from Cat Patches

This morning's post finds me in a bind[ing] mood. After wrestling with Semper Fi for weeks, the quilt is finally to the hand-stitching-only stage. I was determined to see it finished before the weekend was over, and it fought me every step of the way. My friend Lyndsey reminded me that being in The Outer Limits was causing my thread problems. (Smacks hand to forehead.) Of course! It only makes sense.

Toward the end of the day on Saturday, I'd walked away from the quilting in frustration over ongoing problems with thread breakage. It's no exaggeration ...

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