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October 16, 2018
Bird Brain from ... Cat Patches

My brain cells are getting a good workout on this cardinal project, even if my body cells are not. Yesterday I made the first section that was all bird, and nothing but the bird.


When I sewed it to the rest of the third row, the bird was really starting to look like a bird.


The next section was the most complicated thus far. You can see it in the lower right-hand corner of the image below.


It requires full concentration in order to keep all the colors and their values straight. When you start adding in a lot of ...

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Bird Brain from Cat Patches

My brain cells are getting a good workout on this cardinal project, even if my body cells are not. Yesterday I made the first section that was all bird, and nothing but the bird.


When I sewed it to the rest of the third row, the bird was really starting to look like a bird.


The next section was the most complicated thus far. You can see it in the lower right-hand corner of the image below.


It requires full concentration in order to keep all the colors and their values straight. When you start adding in a lot of ...

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October 13, 2018
Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word from Cat Patches

It was a very nice day yesterday. It was nice weather-wise, and it was nice sewing-wise. Oh yes, and dessert...don't forget dessert! I'll tell you about that in a minute. First...the sewing.

Most of the day was spent working on the background. I worked on it one 6 x 6 grid section at a time, interspersing housekeeping chores between each one. To start, I was finishing off the two sections to the right of the bird. This is the fifth section.


Then I went to work on the sixth and final section for the top row ...

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Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word from ... Cat Patches

It was a very nice day yesterday. It was nice weather-wise, and it was nice sewing-wise. Oh yes, and dessert...don't forget dessert! I'll tell you about that in a minute. First...the sewing.

Most of the day was spent working on the background. I worked on it one 6 x 6 grid section at a time, interspersing housekeeping chores between each one. To start, I was finishing off the two sections to the right of the bird. This is the fifth section.


Then I went to work on the sixth and final section for the top row ...

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October 11, 2018
False Start from Cat Patches

After getting my monthly pedicure yesterday, I stopped off at the grocery store for Shopping Trip 2.0. I'd been the day before, but I couldn't do any meal planning for the week because I needed to see what our farmers would give us in our CSA share. Thus, another trip yesterday to supplement the trip from the day before. Besides, I love the grocery store so much (cough!) that I want to go every day! That actually isn't true, as you well know. But anyway...I could not wait to get home and get started on ...

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False Start from ... Cat Patches

After getting my monthly pedicure yesterday, I stopped off at the grocery store for Shopping Trip 2.0. I'd been the day before, but I couldn't do any meal planning for the week because I needed to see what our farmers would give us in our CSA share. Thus, another trip yesterday to supplement the trip from the day before. Besides, I love the grocery store so much (cough!) that I want to go every day! That actually isn't true, as you well know. But anyway...I could not wait to get home and get started on ...

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October 10, 2018
Under Construction from ... Cat Patches

As expected, I finished up the last block for the Home and Heart quilt. I keep calling it Heart and Home, but it is actually the other way round. This is Robin Kingsley's design from Birdbrain Designs.


Here are all the blocks for this quilt.


You might remember when I made another of her designs. This is "Love Me, Love My Cat."


It was entered in a special exhibit at the Road to California quilt show several years back. The exhibit was all redwork designs from Birdbrain Designs. This quilt was a winner, and I won a $50 gift ...

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Under Construction from Cat Patches

As expected, I finished up the last block for the Home and Heart quilt. I keep calling it Heart and Home, but it is actually the other way round. This is Robin Kingsley's design from Birdbrain Designs.


Here are all the blocks for this quilt.


You might remember when I made another of her designs. This is "Love Me, Love My Cat."


It was entered in a special exhibit at the Road to California quilt show several years back. The exhibit was all redwork designs from Birdbrain Designs. This quilt was a winner, and I won a $50 gift ...

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October 9, 2018
A Cat and A Coincidence from ... Cat Patches

It's something of a miracle that our road paving project started yesterday. Mike told me that half the road is paved now. Presumably it will be finished up today. I'll be able to see it for myself in a few hours because I really need to go out and do a little grocery shopping today..."little" being the operative word there because it's also a CSA pick-up day. One learns not to plan one's menu until one has seen what is in one's CSA share. And one is the wiser for it too. And when ...

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A Cat and A Coincidence from Cat Patches

It's something of a miracle that our road paving project started yesterday. Mike told me that half the road is paved now. Presumably it will be finished up today. I'll be able to see it for myself in a few hours because I really need to go out and do a little grocery shopping today..."little" being the operative word there because it's also a CSA pick-up day. One learns not to plan one's menu until one has seen what is in one's CSA share. And one is the wiser for it too. And when ...

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October 8, 2018
Building a Cat in Just One Day from ... Cat Patches

We had a nice brunch with Erik and Mae yesterday. Pretty much everything that could go wrong in the cooking went wrong...the eggs stuck to the pan, and the Hollandaise broke. I make Hollandaise at least three times per year, and it's the first time it's ever broken. Oh well. Everything still tasted good, and the food was only window dressing. It's always good to see the kids. It was over much too soon, and they were on their way home again.

From there I got to work on another "monthly." It was time to do ...

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Building a Cat in Just One Day from Cat Patches

We had a nice brunch with Erik and Mae yesterday. Pretty much everything that could go wrong in the cooking went wrong...the eggs stuck to the pan, and the Hollandaise broke. I make Hollandaise at least three times per year, and it's the first time it's ever broken. Oh well. Everything still tasted good, and the food was only window dressing. It's always good to see the kids. It was over much too soon, and they were on their way home again.

From there I got to work on another "monthly." It was time to do ...

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October 7, 2018
Rainy Day Sewing from Cat Patches

With the weather changing to the wet season, it's giving me a lot more time inside for sewing. Things are moving right along in the sewing room, and my mouth is watering at the possibility of starting a new project that has been sitting on the shelf for a while. I'll say more about that at some point in the future. For now, I'll tell you about yesterday's activity.

Of course, the day always starts with a little embroidery. I filled the hoop I was working on...


and then moved the hoop to encompass as much ...

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Rainy Day Sewing from ... Cat Patches

With the weather changing to the wet season, it's giving me a lot more time inside for sewing. Things are moving right along in the sewing room, and my mouth is watering at the possibility of starting a new project that has been sitting on the shelf for a while. I'll say more about that at some point in the future. For now, I'll tell you about yesterday's activity.

Of course, the day always starts with a little embroidery. I filled the hoop I was working on...


and then moved the hoop to encompass as much ...

read more
October 6, 2018
OMG: A Flimsy from ... Cat Patches

There was plenty to do yesterday with Mike home from work, but there was also plenty of time for sewing. First on my list of priorities was to finish up the Bag Ladies flimsy, and...Ta-Da!


The old gals turned out okay. This is my OMG for October, and don't you think I'm feeling pret-ty smug at having it finished before the goal-setting linky has even closed.


Of course, I'll be linking up at the end of the month.

After that, we had wine shipments to pick up from two wineries. It was a dreary, rainy day ...

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OMG: A Flimsy from Cat Patches

There was plenty to do yesterday with Mike home from work, but there was also plenty of time for sewing. First on my list of priorities was to finish up the Bag Ladies flimsy, and...Ta-Da!


The old gals turned out okay. This is my OMG for October, and don't you think I'm feeling pret-ty smug at having it finished before the goal-setting linky has even closed.


Of course, I'll be linking up at the end of the month.

After that, we had wine shipments to pick up from two wineries. It was a dreary, rainy day ...

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October 3, 2018
Scrappy and Happy from Cat Patches

Since I knew I was going to spend most of the day running around yesterday, I spent longer than usual on my morning embroidery. Besides...I was trying to finish an audio book, and so I listened until the end. Now I've nearly filled the first hoop for the last of the Heart & Home blocks.


This morning I'll finish the rest of it and then move my hoop to the next section. I can't wait to finish this because then I'll be ready to start something new. Isn't a new project the best thing ever ...

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Scrappy and Happy from ... Cat Patches

Since I knew I was going to spend most of the day running around yesterday, I spent longer than usual on my morning embroidery. Besides...I was trying to finish an audio book, and so I listened until the end. Now I've nearly filled the first hoop for the last of the Heart & Home blocks.


This morning I'll finish the rest of it and then move my hoop to the next section. I can't wait to finish this because then I'll be ready to start something new. Isn't a new project the best thing ever ...

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October 2, 2018
Eight is Great from Cat Patches

The eighth of ten blocks for the Raining Cats and Dogs quilt is finished now. It's one of my oldest UFO's, but not the oldest. I started it in December of 2013, and I'm embarrassed to say that I have two that are older. But, hey...progress is progress, so (sound of applause) I'm taking a bow.

When I went into the sewing room yesterday, the fusing was all finished.


I needed to add top-stitching and machine embroidery. I call it "machine embroidery," but technically, it's just top-stitching.


Then I added the hand embroidered tulips ...

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Eight is Great from ... Cat Patches

The eighth of ten blocks for the Raining Cats and Dogs quilt is finished now. It's one of my oldest UFO's, but not the oldest. I started it in December of 2013, and I'm embarrassed to say that I have two that are older. But, hey...progress is progress, so (sound of applause) I'm taking a bow.

When I went into the sewing room yesterday, the fusing was all finished.


I needed to add top-stitching and machine embroidery. I call it "machine embroidery," but technically, it's just top-stitching.


Then I added the hand embroidered tulips ...

read more
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