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August 17, 2019
Tired Feet from ... Cat Patches

It was a day spent on my feet yesterday. Sue and I were out early for our Friday morning walk. We walked out by my house this time, and we met up at a rental hall down in the valley. The Laurel Community Center, pictured below, was built in 1923. For a while, it was the home of the Laurel Valley School of Dance. The building has gone through many permutations in its life, but we just refer to it as the "Dance Studio." It's also earned itself a spot on the Quilt Barn Trail of Washington County.


We ...

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Tired Feet from Cat Patches

It was a day spent on my feet yesterday. Sue and I were out early for our Friday morning walk. We walked out by my house this time, and we met up at a rental hall down in the valley. The Laurel Community Center, pictured below, was built in 1923. For a while, it was the home of the Laurel Valley School of Dance. The building has gone through many permutations in its life, but we just refer to it as the "Dance Studio." It's also earned itself a spot on the Quilt Barn Trail of Washington County.


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August 14, 2019
Uniting the Unicorn from ... Cat Patches

Matthew and Lyndsay are here for a couple of days. They got in late night before last, and had the good sense to sleep well into the afternoon, which gave me plenty of time to finish up my housekeeping chores and get back to the object of my desire...the unicorn. You know how it is when you're on a roll with a quilt. It's hard even to take bathroom breaks.

My first task was to finish off the second of three large sections and get it all sewn together. And...voila!


With a few interruptions, visiting with ...

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Uniting the Unicorn from Cat Patches

Matthew and Lyndsay are here for a couple of days. They got in late night before last, and had the good sense to sleep well into the afternoon, which gave me plenty of time to finish up my housekeeping chores and get back to the object of my desire...the unicorn. You know how it is when you're on a roll with a quilt. It's hard even to take bathroom breaks.

My first task was to finish off the second of three large sections and get it all sewn together. And...voila!


With a few interruptions, visiting with ...

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August 13, 2019
Legendary Sewing from ... Cat Patches

Before we get to the "legendary" part of yesterday's sewing, let us all pause here for a moment to admire this legendary tummy.


Formerly feral, Sadie tends to be an anxious and shy cat. During our morning slow-stitching sessions, however, she finds time to relax and ready herself for a day of frenetic activity.

There was housework to do, and I promised myself I'd stop sewing by 3:00 p.m. Liar! Three o'clock came and went, and I was still sewing. In fact, I sewed the whole live-long day. Possibly I've made peace with paper-piecing ...

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Legendary Sewing from Cat Patches

Before we get to the "legendary" part of yesterday's sewing, let us all pause here for a moment to admire this legendary tummy.


Formerly feral, Sadie tends to be an anxious and shy cat. During our morning slow-stitching sessions, however, she finds time to relax and ready herself for a day of frenetic activity.

There was housework to do, and I promised myself I'd stop sewing by 3:00 p.m. Liar! Three o'clock came and went, and I was still sewing. In fact, I sewed the whole live-long day. Possibly I've made peace with paper-piecing ...

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August 12, 2019
Farm & Forage from ... Cat Patches

The day got off to its usual start yesterday. We didn't need to leave for our Farm & Forage lunch until around 12:30, and that left plenty of time for slow-stitching and rainbow scrap blocks.

First, I got a start on my 3rd mystery project. If you've been paying attention, I've done four mystery projects in the past couple of weeks. I've already finished #4, which was the teal mini swap, to be revealed later this month. Earlier, I traced out #3, and yesterday I started stitching it. It'll take me about a week to ...

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Farm & Forage from Cat Patches

The day got off to its usual start yesterday. We didn't need to leave for our Farm & Forage lunch until around 12:30, and that left plenty of time for slow-stitching and rainbow scrap blocks.

First, I got a start on my 3rd mystery project. If you've been paying attention, I've done four mystery projects in the past couple of weeks. I've already finished #4, which was the teal mini swap, to be revealed later this month. Earlier, I traced out #3, and yesterday I started stitching it. It'll take me about a week to ...

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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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August 3, 2019
Tippy Canoe and Broccoli, Too from Nita Dances

Dear Vi, I thought you might like to hear a bit of what I’ve been doing.In case you can’t tell from the picture, I planted a garden!Actually, I created a garden completely from scratch.I purchased bags of soil, plants, and … Continue reading

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July 29, 2019
On Hold from ... Cat Patches

My day of making quilt sandwiches was cut short when I ran out of batting. I suppose I could have gone to JoAnn to get some more, but JoAnn always puts me in a bad mood, and so I just stopped. Just how many quilt sandwiches did I get through, you ask? Exactly 25% of my total...in other words, one. It was the most important one, however. Quiltemala is ready to go. I'll start the quilting on this next week.


Here's the back I pieced together from the leftover fabrics. With them fraying so badly, I tried ...

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On Hold from Cat Patches

My day of making quilt sandwiches was cut short when I ran out of batting. I suppose I could have gone to JoAnn to get some more, but JoAnn always puts me in a bad mood, and so I just stopped. Just how many quilt sandwiches did I get through, you ask? Exactly 25% of my total...in other words, one. It was the most important one, however. Quiltemala is ready to go. I'll start the quilting on this next week.


Here's the back I pieced together from the leftover fabrics. With them fraying so badly, I tried ...

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Late July in the Garden from From My Carolina Home

Cool temperatures last week made sitting on the veranda a daily ritual in the morning and evening. More flowers are blooming and the landscape changes almost daily.  The camera was at the ready as pollinators made some appearances on the flowers, like this little guy on one of the geranium blooms.  I think it is a moth of some kind.

July in the Garden at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The penstemon has grown tall, and the flower heads so heavy they were starting to fall over.  I put a tomato cage around it to hold them up.  This one was leaning on the brick wall before I did that ...

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July 23, 2019
Sewing with Friends from ... Cat Patches

It was mid-afternoon before I made my way into the sewing room yesterday. There will be more time today, although it is a CSA pick-up day, and so I'll have to quit early. On yesterday's agenda, there were errands to run and grocery shopping to do. The grocery shopping was supposed to be a half-way quick trip, but it ended up taking much longer than expected. On the other hand, we have food now, so never mind about sending in the Red Cross. Imminent starvation has been canceled.


Before leaving home, I took a little walk around the ...

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Sewing with Friends from Cat Patches

It was mid-afternoon before I made my way into the sewing room yesterday. There will be more time today, although it is a CSA pick-up day, and so I'll have to quit early. On yesterday's agenda, there were errands to run and grocery shopping to do. The grocery shopping was supposed to be a half-way quick trip, but it ended up taking much longer than expected. On the other hand, we have food now, so never mind about sending in the Red Cross. Imminent starvation has been canceled.


Before leaving home, I took a little walk around the ...

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July 14, 2019
Week At A Glance from From the Strawberry Patch...

I had all sorts of good intentions to keep up with this blog. Really. But, then, life has a way of interfering. It's okay, it's all good! And so, a random post detailing the week at a glance. Our two youngest grandchildren have returned from Florida, their precious little family is reunited once again. They're all staying here until their major home renovation becomes a habitable home once

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Week At A Glance from From the Strawberry Patch...

I had all sorts of good intentions to keep up with this blog. Really. But, then, life has a way of interfering. It's okay, it's all good! And so, a random post detailing the week at a glance. Our two youngest grandchildren have returned from Florida, their precious little family is reunited once again. They're all staying here until their major home renovation becomes a habitable home once

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July 12, 2019
No Stitching But Slow Stitching from ... Cat Patches

It was a rare day of no sewing yesterday, and it was probably just as well. After spending hour after hour for the last three days quilting the Solstice quilt, it was good to take a day off. I'll get back to it today because my top priority and #1 on my to-do list is to get the binding sewn on by machine. After that, I'll pack it into the camper, and it'll be ready to journey across state lines for whatever fate awaits it there. Think of it as QT (Quilt Trafficking).

But a day never ...

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No Stitching But Slow Stitching from Cat Patches

It was a rare day of no sewing yesterday, and it was probably just as well. After spending hour after hour for the last three days quilting the Solstice quilt, it was good to take a day off. I'll get back to it today because my top priority and #1 on my to-do list is to get the binding sewn on by machine. After that, I'll pack it into the camper, and it'll be ready to journey across state lines for whatever fate awaits it there. Think of it as QT (Quilt Trafficking).

But a day never ...

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