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September 16, 2018
September in the Garden from From My Carolina Home

The growing season is fairly long here in western North Carolina, and even more things are blooming now.  It is the last of summer, with some bloomers hanging on, and new ones coming out.  On the veranda, about half the pots still have something blooming. These yellow bidens just keep coming.

September Garden

My pink geranium gave me this beautiful flower, and looks like it will do a few more before it is done.

September Garden

I planted these dwarf asters last fall, and totally forgot that they only bloom in the late summer. They came from the bargain shelf at the big box ...

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September 14, 2018
Lotsa Sewing from ... Cat Patches

It was close to an NBS day yesterday. I had a few little things to do around the house, but mostly, I stayed in and sewed. There was a pretty steady drizzle for most of the day, and it was a good day for staying in my sweats. I call them my "daytime jammies." Nevertheless, I braved the wet weather and went out to pick the ripe cherry tomatoes and a few more plums. They looked so pretty together I was compelled to take a picture.


The cherry tomatoes were just a bonus. I was really on the hunt for ...

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Lotsa Sewing from Cat Patches

It was close to an NBS day yesterday. I had a few little things to do around the house, but mostly, I stayed in and sewed. There was a pretty steady drizzle for most of the day, and it was a good day for staying in my sweats. I call them my "daytime jammies." Nevertheless, I braved the wet weather and went out to pick the ripe cherry tomatoes and a few more plums. They looked so pretty together I was compelled to take a picture.


The cherry tomatoes were just a bonus. I was really on the hunt for ...

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September 5, 2018
Winding Down Summer from ... Cat Patches

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I was heading out on a day of many stops. It's my least favorite kind of day...a day spent in the car, heading here and there, accomplishing nothing at home. And there's no place I'd rather be than home. Being away from home makes me tired and cranky.

My first stop was to drop off two quilts for the Northwest Quilter's Expo, scheduled for the end of the month. That took positively forEVER because the woman checking in my quilts couldn't find my name on any of ...

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Winding Down Summer from Cat Patches

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I was heading out on a day of many stops. It's my least favorite kind of day...a day spent in the car, heading here and there, accomplishing nothing at home. And there's no place I'd rather be than home. Being away from home makes me tired and cranky.

My first stop was to drop off two quilts for the Northwest Quilter's Expo, scheduled for the end of the month. That took positively forEVER because the woman checking in my quilts couldn't find my name on any of ...

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September 4, 2018
Quilter’s Meet and Greet from From My Carolina Home

Today I am participating in an event called Quilter’s Meet and Greet – a blog hop of quilting bloggers, some new, some established.  Welcome to From My Carolina Home!  I am a longarm quilter, pattern designer and speaker for quilting enthusiasts, and I’ve been blogging for over 4 years. I do lots of free patterns and projects, along with my published ones.  I have numerous tutorials on the blog for new and experienced quilters, gathered at the top of the blog in pages.  One of my most popular is Quilt Borders Understanding the Why, which talks about why it ...

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Quilters Meet & Greet from Cat Patches

Welcome to Cat Patches' Quilters Meet & Greet.


We're Smitty and Sadie, your Meet & Greet catbassadors:


Our mom writes this blog...sometimes. Sometimes we take over and write it ourselves. It's the only way to get things done right, if you know what we mean. She's been writing it for eight years...longer than we've even been alive! So here's what goes on at the Three Cats Ranch. That's where we live...only there are just the two of us. Don't ask us why it still has that name. We're confused too.

Our ...

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Quilters Meet & Greet from ... Cat Patches

Welcome to Cat Patches' Quilters Meet & Greet.


We're Smitty and Sadie, your Meet & Greet catbassadors:


Our mom writes this blog...sometimes. Sometimes we take over and write it ourselves. It's the only way to get things done right, if you know what we mean. She's been writing it for eight years...longer than we've even been alive! So here's what goes on at the Three Cats Ranch. That's where we live...only there are just the two of us. Don't ask us why it still has that name. We're confused too.

Our ...

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September 3, 2018
Making Scents at the Arboretum and the Quilt Garden from From My Carolina Home

Wearing perfume is enjoyable for me, but is fraught with problems nowadays because of other people’s allergies or lung issues.  I have to be very careful when I decide to wear it out.  I don’t put it on in crowded situations like meetings, but I do enjoy wearing a pretty scent out to dinner with DH.  Sometimes I’ll put some on in the evening just to enjoy around the house, as he likes the fragrances I wear.  My go-to for spring/summer for several years has been Boucheron, a French fragrance that has been around since 1988 ...

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August 28, 2018
Sunday Enjoyments from Canadian Needle Nana

Happy Sunday all.


This is one of the embroidered tea towels I found in a thrift shop several years ago.  There is a large Dutch population here in farming country and I imagine the set was worked by someone with that connection. Or perhaps not, for who doesn't love Dutch motifs. These are from 1940's patterns so are vintage. You can buy similar patterns made by Aunt Martha at Colonial Patterns.

I had saved this picture I found on Pinterest just because I thought the embroidery stitch was interesting. Note the tiny space between each tiny stitch like ...

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August 26, 2018
Back to Quilting from Quilts....etc.

Seeing as I am stuck at home for a little while longer more quilting will be done – and I’m working on more soft page books for Melanie’s special needs kids at her reading groups at the library. Some have said that I am dealing with not leaving for our vacation on time very well- […]

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August 25, 2018
Jiggety-Jig from Cat Patches

Certain things in life return me to my earliest memories of my mother reciting little verses and rhymes to me. Always when we return home, I can't help hearing these words in my mother's voice.

To market, to market to buy a fat pig;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

We didn't go to the market, but we are home again.

On the way into town, I spied a new-to-me quilt block on the Quilt Barn Trail of Washington County. I've noticed this one before, but never been ready to take a picture of it.


The Quilt ...

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Jiggety-Jig from ... Cat Patches

Certain things in life return me to my earliest memories of my mother reciting little verses and rhymes to me. Always when we return home, I can't help hearing these words in my mother's voice.

To market, to market to buy a fat pig;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

We didn't go to the market, but we are home again.

On the way into town, I spied a new-to-me quilt block on the Quilt Barn Trail of Washington County. I've noticed this one before, but never been ready to take a picture of it.


The Quilt ...

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August 23, 2018
Project Bags from Quilts....etc.

One can never have too many projects along when you travel in a motorhome right? You know you will have plenty of time for hand projects in the evening usually if you do like us we travel in the daytime, set up camp for any where from 1 to 6 days at a time – […]

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August 21, 2018
Everything Nice from Cat Patches

Sugar and spice and everything nice. It's been going through my head with all the canning and cooking...and the stitching. Yesterday I made my way across the top of the Pumpkin Pie embroidery block.


The tendril on the pumpkin is done in a tiny chain stitch, and this is quickly becoming my most dreaded thing to see on the stitching legend. It isn't a difficult stitch, but it is tedious and it takes virtually forEVER to make any progress. It took me two sittings to finish up that tendril.


The Sundress quilt has a lot of tiny ...

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Everything Nice from ... Cat Patches

Sugar and spice and everything nice. It's been going through my head with all the canning and cooking...and the stitching. Yesterday I made my way across the top of the Pumpkin Pie embroidery block.


The tendril on the pumpkin is done in a tiny chain stitch, and this is quickly becoming my most dreaded thing to see on the stitching legend. It isn't a difficult stitch, but it is tedious and it takes virtually forEVER to make any progress. It took me two sittings to finish up that tendril.


The Sundress quilt has a lot of tiny ...

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August 20, 2018
Catching Up from Cat Patches

There was no sewing yesterday, although I did a little slow stitching in the morning. Today will be much the same since I'm packing food for our trip to the beach. On today's agenda, I'll be making some little Lemon Cheesecake Mousse desserts. It's always good to take a guilty pleasure along. Wouldn't you agree? I've made these before, and so I can entice you with a picture.


The recipe makes eight of these ramekins, but I always make half. That leaves me with half a jar of lemon curd in the refrigerator, so ...

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Catching Up from ... Cat Patches

There was no sewing yesterday, although I did a little slow stitching in the morning. Today will be much the same since I'm packing food for our trip to the beach. On today's agenda, I'll be making some little Lemon Cheesecake Mousse desserts. It's always good to take a guilty pleasure along. Wouldn't you agree? I've made these before, and so I can entice you with a picture.


The recipe makes eight of these ramekins, but I always make half. That leaves me with half a jar of lemon curd in the refrigerator, so ...

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August 16, 2018
Still Smoky from ... Cat Patches

We'd hoped the smoke would have cleared some by now, but no dice. There hasn't been a breath of wind for days, and so the smoky haze has settled in the valley, and it isn't moving. From what I've seen, Seattle is even worse than Portland. You can see pictures if you click on that link. Yesterday, I stayed in almost the entire day, but broke my outdoor boycott momentarily to check on the tomatoes. The kitties love it when I come out, and they follow me from place to place.

Smitty likes a good dust ...

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Still Smoky from Cat Patches

We'd hoped the smoke would have cleared some by now, but no dice. There hasn't been a breath of wind for days, and so the smoky haze has settled in the valley, and it isn't moving. From what I've seen, Seattle is even worse than Portland. You can see pictures if you click on that link. Yesterday, I stayed in almost the entire day, but broke my outdoor boycott momentarily to check on the tomatoes. The kitties love it when I come out, and they follow me from place to place.

Smitty likes a good dust ...

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