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June 21, 2017
Simple Things from ... Cat Patches

It's been busy at the Three Cats Ranch ever since we got home. There's a lot to catch up on, and just plain plenty to do. Summer is always that way, and having Mike home has added things to the to-do list. It's all fun stuff, don't get me wrong. Still, we're both striving to establish some kind of new normal in our now both-retired lives, and it continues to be a work in progress.

Business aside, I found time to finish up the scrub jay pattern yesterday. I had yet to highlight the major ...

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Simple Things from Cat Patches

It's been busy at the Three Cats Ranch ever since we got home. There's a lot to catch up on, and just plain plenty to do. Summer is always that way, and having Mike home has added things to the to-do list. It's all fun stuff, don't get me wrong. Still, we're both striving to establish some kind of new normal in our now both-retired lives, and it continues to be a work in progress.

Business aside, I found time to finish up the scrub jay pattern yesterday. I had yet to highlight the major ...

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The Quilts and The Garden from Quilts....etc.

First the quilts – someone asked me to show what Tumalo Trails would look like without the sashing – Bonnie had sashing in her quilt pattern – but she made hers with 1.5 inch blocks whereas I used 2.5 inch blocks so it does have a little bit of a different look to begin with […]

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June 19, 2017
Food, Fathers, Family, and Fun from ... Cat Patches

We had such a nice day yesterday. We headed down to Erik and Mae's house for a Fathers Day Eggs Benedict brunch. Here's a shot of the cooks in action:


Erik toasted the English muffins and warmed up the Canadian bacon. Mae poached the eggs, and I made the Hollandaise. We had it all done surprisingly quickly. After breakfast, we took a little walk around Erik and Mae's garden. Their vegetables and herbs are looking really good.


On the opposite side of the yard they've planted this flower garden and seating area. Doesn't this look ...

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Food, Fathers, Family, and Fun from Cat Patches

We had such a nice day yesterday. We headed down to Erik and Mae's house for a Fathers Day Eggs Benedict brunch. Here's a shot of the cooks in action:


Erik toasted the English muffins and warmed up the Canadian bacon. Mae poached the eggs, and I made the Hollandaise. We had it all done surprisingly quickly. After breakfast, we took a little walk around Erik and Mae's garden. Their vegetables and herbs are looking really good.


On the opposite side of the yard they've planted this flower garden and seating area. Doesn't this look ...

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June 18, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 143 - Outdoor Pursuits from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing



Cushion covers can wait.

The sewing machines are idle, but I'm not.  Every spare minute (hours, actually) and ounce of energy is being spent on the allotment, watching vegetables struggle to grow for lack of rain, and eagerly looking forward to the annual display of hollyhocks.

What has everyone else been doing?






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Here goes for Week 143.

The project that caught my eye in Week 142 was Olena's horses  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.


If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just ...

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A Picture for Sunday - Artichoke from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


You have to make harsh decisions sometimes - eat it or let it flower?  I'm torn.

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June 15, 2017
No Fluff from ... Cat Patches

We're heading off to have breakfast with Matthew this morning, and so I don't have much time to write. Besides...I don't really have much to tell you, but I do have pictures. You'd be disappointed if there were no pictures, wouldn't you? We were supposed to go walking with Matthew too, but our crappy weather continues. I've always said that summer doesn't really arrive in this part of the world until after the 4th of July, and I take no pleasure in being proven right year after miserable weather year. So anyway ...

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No Fluff from Cat Patches

We're heading off to have breakfast with Matthew this morning, and so I don't have much time to write. Besides...I don't really have much to tell you, but I do have pictures. You'd be disappointed if there were no pictures, wouldn't you? We were supposed to go walking with Matthew too, but our crappy weather continues. I've always said that summer doesn't really arrive in this part of the world until after the 4th of July, and I take no pleasure in being proven right year after miserable weather year. So anyway ...

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No Sewing from Quilts....etc.

I meant to get some sewing done – I really wanted to finish up those mini blocks and get three of the one done for this week but other things just got in the way.  I also meant to try out my strip cutters that I got from AccuQuilt – they were delivered yesterday – […]

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June 13, 2017
Quilting Progress from ... Cat Patches

Did you wager on whether Mike and I would get out for a walk yesterday morning? We didn't. It looked like rain, and so we opted to stay home and do yard work instead. It was still good exercise, and I got the last of the weeding finished. Also, the catnip didn't come back from last year. I had some in a pot on the catio, and neither kitty cared much about it. I transplanted that into the Gracie Memorial Catnip Garden. Hopefully, it'll survive the insult to its root structure.

After that, I got back to ...

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Quilting Progress from Cat Patches

Did you wager on whether Mike and I would get out for a walk yesterday morning? We didn't. It looked like rain, and so we opted to stay home and do yard work instead. It was still good exercise, and I got the last of the weeding finished. Also, the catnip didn't come back from last year. I had some in a pot on the catio, and neither kitty cared much about it. I transplanted that into the Gracie Memorial Catnip Garden. Hopefully, it'll survive the insult to its root structure.

After that, I got back to ...

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June 12, 2017
Everything in a Day from ... Cat Patches

There was much to do yesterday with all the produce from the Farmers Market. After spending some time stitching on Buelah, I got straight to work on the canning. The Sweet Cherry Barbecue Sauce needed to cook for a while. It pretty much makes itself. All you need to do is mix it up and then give it some time.


It cooks, lid on, for about 20 minutes, and then it's allowed to cook down until it's reduced by about half. That took about half an hour more. The Spicy Dilled Carrot Spears are a raw pack...only ...

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Everything in a Day from Cat Patches

There was much to do yesterday with all the produce from the Farmers Market. After spending some time stitching on Buelah, I got straight to work on the canning. The Sweet Cherry Barbecue Sauce needed to cook for a while. It pretty much makes itself. All you need to do is mix it up and then give it some time.


It cooks, lid on, for about 20 minutes, and then it's allowed to cook down until it's reduced by about half. That took about half an hour more. The Spicy Dilled Carrot Spears are a raw pack...only ...

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June 10, 2017
A No Sewing Day from Quilts....etc.

I just never got around to sewing yesterday – I had intended to work on birds and had fabric for two birds laid out on the cutting table and instead I got busy  – we bought a new charcoal grill – need I say more – off to the store to get chicken that I […]

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Busy...Busy from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

It's been a couple days since I've written and boy have I been busy around here. Mom had her follow up appointment after her first treatment yesterday and all looks good and she's having no side effects due to the treatment.

I've been busy in the morning working around the yard trying to get the flowerbeds, potted plants and such in order. Last night "the man of the place" and I cut out what I call weed trees. It's amazing each year how many of these little tree seedlings come up in my flowerbeds.



This ...

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June 9, 2017
Early June In the Garden from From My Carolina Home

The garden continues to grow and evolve, watching for the first tomatoes and hoping for a good crop of basil.  The garden is busy and blooming so get ready for a picture heavy post!  Out in the forest, the honeysuckle is going like crazy.

Late May in the Garden 3

The sweet fragrance wafts across the air, and the pollinators are all over these blooms.

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Mountain Laurel is blooming across the property.  Ours are all white, no pink ones.

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The peach trees have a good amount of fruit. These are wild clingstone peaches, not a lot of usable fruit, but a really sweet and intensely peach ...

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June 8, 2017
What a Beautiful Day from Quilts....etc.

Low humidity!! makes for a great day and is always so welcome here in Arkansas in the summer time.  I don’t think it even hit 80 degrees today and it was so nice and in the low to mid 70’s last night that we had a fire in the fire pit and sat outside enjoying […]

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Red, White and Blue from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm


I had remember the other day that it has been 6 years now that I started blogging and have enjoyed every time I write. Some days are better than others but the main thing is how lucky and grateful I am for all of you who take time to read and comment.
Thank you so much.

Yeah the top is finished.



Measure out to be 61 x 47 as it is now.

I'm not sure if I want to add a border, sort of like it as it is. Plan is to hang it up on the wall.

I ...

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June 6, 2017
Here and There, This and That from On The Go Quilting

Can there be any moisture left in the clouds?   It seems like we get five days of heavy rain for every sunny day we get.  I was able to get out last week on my day off and enjoyed a long walkabout at the Walker Farm, right next door to our campground location.   It’s an awesome farm with endless photo opportunities with all the annuals, perennials, shrubs, cacti, and I can’t leave out the fabulous ‘extras’ that grace the farm.  Here’s a few photos to share what I saw and I’ll try to keep it to ...

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