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July 26, 2017
Relaxed to the Max from ... Cat Patches

We've both been working pretty hard this summer. Mike has been working hard because he's newly retired, and he's been putting stuff off in anticipation of his new free time for approximately six years. As for me...well, I just need more hours in my day. Period. And so we're enjoying this day of forced inactivity with several more days on the horizon.

Before I go on, I need to tell you the most important news. There was just enough time before completing my packing yesterday to finish the hand-quilting on Mumm's the Word. Excuse ...

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Relaxed to the Max from Cat Patches

We've both been working pretty hard this summer. Mike has been working hard because he's newly retired, and he's been putting stuff off in anticipation of his new free time for approximately six years. As for me...well, I just need more hours in my day. Period. And so we're enjoying this day of forced inactivity with several more days on the horizon.

Before I go on, I need to tell you the most important news. There was just enough time before completing my packing yesterday to finish the hand-quilting on Mumm's the Word. Excuse ...

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July 23, 2017
Powerless from ... Cat Patches

The power was off the entire effing day yesterday. It went off around 8:30 a.m. and didn't come back until 5:35 p.m., just as we were heading out the door to get dinner out somewhere. We made due with a small generator. It got fairly warm in the afternoon, and so we unplugged the internet and the laptop and plugged in the refrigerator and freezer. The laptop was our lifeline throughout the day...seriously. How did we ever live without internet? My pulse was weak and thready by the time the power came back on ...

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Powerless from Cat Patches

The power was off the entire effing day yesterday. It went off around 8:30 a.m. and didn't come back until 5:35 p.m., just as we were heading out the door to get dinner out somewhere. We made due with a small generator. It got fairly warm in the afternoon, and so we unplugged the internet and the laptop and plugged in the refrigerator and freezer. The laptop was our lifeline throughout the day...seriously. How did we ever live without internet? My pulse was weak and thready by the time the power came back on ...

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July 22, 2017
A Better Day from ... Cat Patches

After the kitchen calamity of the day before, I was bound to have a better day, right? It's only fair. And I'm happy to report that yesterday found me bathed in success. My first task was to churn the watermelon sorbet. Once I had the ice cream maker set up, I poured in the liquid sorbet and churned away.


After about 20 minutes, it was frozen enough to put it into a container and then into the freezer. It takes a couple of hours in the freezer before it's ready to eat. We had some of this ...

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A Better Day from Cat Patches

After the kitchen calamity of the day before, I was bound to have a better day, right? It's only fair. And I'm happy to report that yesterday found me bathed in success. My first task was to churn the watermelon sorbet. Once I had the ice cream maker set up, I poured in the liquid sorbet and churned away.


After about 20 minutes, it was frozen enough to put it into a container and then into the freezer. It takes a couple of hours in the freezer before it's ready to eat. We had some of this ...

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July 17, 2017
Winners and other Stuff from ... Cat Patches

Well, y'all have given me quite a swelled head with such sweet comments on my Blogiversary Celebration post. Thank you so much. Thank you for being such good bloggy friends, and thank you for all the fun we've had over the past seven years. Quite a few wished me seven more, and I'm hoping for the same.


So, let's see what Mr. Random has to say about the winner. We gave 'er the proverbial spin and came up with:

#23--CJSmith!

Congratulations, CJSmith! I've sent you an email, so check your inbox.

The green stuff is ...

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Winners and other Stuff from Cat Patches

Well, y'all have given me quite a swelled head with such sweet comments on my Blogiversary Celebration post. Thank you so much. Thank you for being such good bloggy friends, and thank you for all the fun we've had over the past seven years. Quite a few wished me seven more, and I'm hoping for the same.


So, let's see what Mr. Random has to say about the winner. We gave 'er the proverbial spin and came up with:

#23--CJSmith!

Congratulations, CJSmith! I've sent you an email, so check your inbox.

The green stuff is ...

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July 16, 2017
The one with the bird from Granny Maud's Girl

Last year, I did a class with David Taylor, a master of art quilts, through Handcrafters House. I love the realism of David’s work (Maynard, which I think of as ‘dog bum in the snow’, is my favourite), but there was one snag in my plan to do his class: he achieves his effects by using a lot of batiks. I really, truly dislike batiks. I forced myself to look about in local and online shops for batik scrap packs, but I could not bring myself to buy any. Eventually, I scrounged a selection of batik fabrics from my ...

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July 15, 2017
A Weekend's Work from ... Cat Patches

Giveaway alert! Don't miss my 7th Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway. Click right here!

This morning I had some time to do some hand-quilting on the Mumm's the Word quilt. Finally, the star block was finished. This goes along pretty fast until I come to a star block. Those take forever. The little pieces aren't quite large enough for "big stitch" hand quilting, and so I'm always trying to decide where to stitch and where to not. That's "not" not "knot." (I really just wanted to say that.) Anyway...when it was this far, I moved the ...

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A Weekend's Work from Cat Patches

Giveaway alert! Don't miss my 7th Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway. Click right here!

This morning I had some time to do some hand-quilting on the Mumm's the Word quilt. Finally, the star block was finished. This goes along pretty fast until I come to a star block. Those take forever. The little pieces aren't quite large enough for "big stitch" hand quilting, and so I'm always trying to decide where to stitch and where to not. That's "not" not "knot." (I really just wanted to say that.) Anyway...when it was this far, I moved the ...

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July 12, 2017
Liebster Award! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Liebster Award!
Guess what?  Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting nominated me for the Liebster Award! 

Liebster is a German word with many meanings some of which are sweetest, valued and kindest.  This is an award given to bloggers from other bloggers! You can discover more information here! Thank you so much, Nancy!  

As part of the process, I'm going to answer a few questions so that you can get to know me better!

If you could meet one quilting personality, who would it be?
I don't know a lot of the bigger names in quilting, but I ...

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June 28, 2017
Currently in Progress from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I thought I'd give a little tease of the art quilt I am working on. Reds, neutrals, greens in snippets, slivers, and slices.



And because I can't remember whether I mentioned this big fat hexie pincushion, here she is. I bought a new hexie ruler last weekend at Joanne Fabrics and used the largest size to make a pincushion. I got so excited that I didn't think to quilt it! Crazy, I know. This one is going to my guild meeting to give away as a door prize. I haven't been in months, so it's ...

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June 27, 2017
Monday Morning Walk from ... Cat Patches

We met Matthew for breakfast yesterday morning, and then walked a loop around the Portland waterfront. We parked our cars at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and then made our way to Tilikum Crossing, a bicycle, pedestrian, and public transportation bridge.


I wrote at length about Tilikum Crossing last 4th of July. You can read that post right here if you're interested in learning more about the bridge. Our route yesterday took us across the bridge, along the west bank of the Willamette River, back across the Hawthorne Bridge, then along the east bank of the river ...

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Monday Morning Walk from Cat Patches

We met Matthew for breakfast yesterday morning, and then walked a loop around the Portland waterfront. We parked our cars at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and then made our way to Tilikum Crossing, a bicycle, pedestrian, and public transportation bridge.


I wrote at length about Tilikum Crossing last 4th of July. You can read that post right here if you're interested in learning more about the bridge. Our route yesterday took us across the bridge, along the west bank of the Willamette River, back across the Hawthorne Bridge, then along the east bank of the river ...

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Philippians 3:18-19 Part 1. Hand Quilting - Mini Tutorial from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:18-19 Part 1
Scripture
Observation
"...many live as enemies of the cross of Christ"
Paul has reminded us that he has repeatedly made this statement.  And now he makes it again:  
with
tears.
Application
Who is Paul weeping for?
He describes them in verse 19.  But, alas, I am getting ahead of myself.

Our verse today is verse 18.

For, as I have often told you before 
and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies 
of the cross of Christ.
Philippians 3:18

My dear reader, is there someone you weep for as well ...

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Slow Stitching. Stash Report, from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Slow Stitching.
I've been linking up to Kathy's Sunday Slow Stitching for a long time.  I sure have enjoyed putting my machine sewing on hold for a day and simply slow stitching.  It's so soothing.  

A few weeks ago, I decided to "close up shop" (my sewing machine) on Friday night and slow stitch all weekend.  




UPDATE:  
This precious little kitty is not mine.  
Unfortunately, I am allergic to cats.
She was in a pic I found online...not sure where!  
I apologize for the confusion!
I
LOVED
IT!

So, my slow stitching 
is now 
all weekend ...

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June 26, 2017
Adding embroidery from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

While I am adding borders to the tops in my previous post, at the same time, this oldie has been revived to have some embroidery added. The last time this was shown was back in July 2014.  As far as I was concerned it was a finished top ready for hand quilting. It even had the centre part (where the flowers are) hand quilted.  Then I stopped.  Something was missing. You know how much I love

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June 23, 2017
Just Enough Progress from Quilty Folk

Over thirty basket handles stitched on the background fabrics and ready for further sewing. Hoping to see some progress this weekend, but it's not looking super promising for the marathon sew-in I was hoping for. Who plans a baby shower for 1:00 on a Saturday afternoon? People with zero hobbies?

Basket Love
I spent quite a bit of time in the quilt room the last several days, playing with fabric stacks, drawing quick sketches and thinking about new quilt ideas. There have been at least five different stacks of fabrics that I've been contemplating for awhile, wondering ...

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June 14, 2017
Taking the Beauty Out of Quilting from Lisa H Calle's Blog

 

 

A Silver Lining, the quilt pictured above, was a computer aided quilt.  Perhaps you’re asking ” What does that mean?”  For different quilts it could mean different things.  The main motifs of this project were created a while ago, so they were my own design.  I did, however, use the computer to stitch out those and then the rest was freehand.  Why do I bring this up?

Some people think that using a computer means just pressing a button and letting the machine take over.  In essence, the work done by the quilter isn’t as imperative.  Believe it or ...

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