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November 29, 2020
Relaxing and Sewing from ... Cat Patches

It's been a busy couple of days. Yesterday, I had just a few easy chores to do, but then I spent most of the day sewing...either by machine or by hand. The machine sewing was spent finishing off the top-stitching and machine embroidery for New Mexico Kitchen.


It wasn't finished yet though. Next, I needed to do some hand embroidery. I added some vegetables to the stew, divots in the potato skin, holes for the salt shaker, and a name for the bottle of chile powder. I was going by the pattern spelling, but I think "chile ...

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Relaxing and Sewing from Cat Patches

It's been a busy couple of days. Yesterday, I had just a few easy chores to do, but then I spent most of the day sewing...either by machine or by hand. The machine sewing was spent finishing off the top-stitching and machine embroidery for New Mexico Kitchen.


It wasn't finished yet though. Next, I needed to do some hand embroidery. I added some vegetables to the stew, divots in the potato skin, holes for the salt shaker, and a name for the bottle of chile powder. I was going by the pattern spelling, but I think "chile ...

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November 27, 2020
Here Comes Christmas from ... Cat Patches

2020 has seemed exceedingly long, while also impossibly short. Here we are just a little over a month from the end of the year, and it seems as if the year has gone by without really being lived. Certainly a lot have died. One can only hope this will all end before we find ourselves at this date next year. I was thinking about all we have to be thankful for in 2020. When I consider where we were last January, I feel a little as if we were in a blissful state of naivete. 

In January we met up ...

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Here Comes Christmas from Cat Patches

2020 has seemed exceedingly long, while also impossibly short. Here we are just a little over a month from the end of the year, and it seems as if the year has gone by without really being lived. Certainly a lot have died. One can only hope this will all end before we find ourselves at this date next year. I was thinking about all we have to be thankful for in 2020. When I consider where we were last January, I feel a little as if we were in a blissful state of naivete. 

In January we met up ...

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November 22, 2020
Sightseeing at Cape Disappointment from Cat Patches

 As I mentioned in yesterday's post, our Thursday afternoon turned bright a sunny. We grabbed the opportunity to get out and do a little sight-seeing. Our first stop was this lookout above the state park. Looking to the north, we saw this:


A few of you have expressed curiosity about how Cape Disappointment got its name. The sign pictured below explains it.
 

If you're interested in reading about the quest to settle this part of the world, I can recommend two good books: Astoria, by Peter Stark, and The Men Who United the States, by Simon Winchester. Both ...

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Sightseeing at Cape Disappointment from ... Cat Patches

 As I mentioned in yesterday's post, our Thursday afternoon turned bright a sunny. We grabbed the opportunity to get out and do a little sight-seeing. Our first stop was this lookout above the state park. Looking to the north, we saw this:


A few of you have expressed curiosity about how Cape Disappointment got its name. The sign pictured below explains it.
 

If you're interested in reading about the quest to settle this part of the world, I can recommend two good books: Astoria, by Peter Stark, and The Men Who United the States, by Simon Winchester. Both ...

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November 21, 2020
A Wet Week of Hand Stitching from Cat Patches

Good morning! I missed you guys! Did you miss me? We could get just a sliver of cell signal when we were out on the beach this past week, but in the RV...Nada. Zilch. Nothing. We were unplugged. 

As expected, it rained almost the entire time we were gone this past week. No worries though. I spent my time hand-stitching. Mike read his books, and the kitties were busy on woofie patrol. Smitty took the first watch:


Sadie took the second:


But let's just back up a few days, shall we? Before we left home, I finished off ...

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A Wet Week of Hand Stitching from ... Cat Patches

Good morning! I missed you guys! Did you miss me? We could get just a sliver of cell signal when we were out on the beach this past week, but in the RV...Nada. Zilch. Nothing. We were unplugged. 

As expected, it rained almost the entire time we were gone this past week. No worries though. I spent my time hand-stitching. Mike read his books, and the kitties were busy on woofie patrol. Smitty took the first watch:


Sadie took the second:


But let's just back up a few days, shall we? Before we left home, I finished off ...

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November 14, 2020
Two Quilts for Binding from Cat Patches

It was a very productive day yesterday. I was able to finish quilting the two quilts I've been working on. And let me just say it was a Red Letter Day finishing off the quilting for Mulligan Stew. I started making it on April 15, 2013. It is the longest quilt-in-the-making of my quilting career. I hope it never takes me so long to finish another one.

But before I tell you about the quilts, I'll just say we had quite a storm here yesterday. A big tree blew down across the driveway we share with our neighbors ...

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Two Quilts for Binding from ... Cat Patches

It was a very productive day yesterday. I was able to finish quilting the two quilts I've been working on. And let me just say it was a Red Letter Day finishing off the quilting for Mulligan Stew. I started making it on April 15, 2013. It is the longest quilt-in-the-making of my quilting career. I hope it never takes me so long to finish another one.

But before I tell you about the quilts, I'll just say we had quite a storm here yesterday. A big tree blew down across the driveway we share with our neighbors ...

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November 9, 2020
Destressing from ... Cat Patches

We had a pretty sunrise this morning.

Looking out the south-facing window, it looked like this:

It's nice to see blue sky and sunshine, chilly though it is. We're expecting the rain to set in tomorrow and not let up for quite a while.

The events of the past several weeks have really done a number on my energy level. I'm not sure what it is, but my days have been less enthusiastically busy than usual. Possibly, I've had a few too many doctor's appointments. I'm going to remember this for the future, and ...

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Destressing from Cat Patches

We had a pretty sunrise this morning.

Looking out the south-facing window, it looked like this:

It's nice to see blue sky and sunshine, chilly though it is. We're expecting the rain to set in tomorrow and not let up for quite a while.

The events of the past several weeks have really done a number on my energy level. I'm not sure what it is, but my days have been less enthusiastically busy than usual. Possibly, I've had a few too many doctor's appointments. I'm going to remember this for the future, and ...

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November 8, 2020
Stitching Stuff: Week 45 of 2020 from Life In Pieces

It's been a week with a lot of uncertainty on both the public and private fronts in our house.  So it was a stressful week on a couple of fronts. The family stuff got sorted out yesterday to a good ending. So at least that stress is gone. So it wasn't the best week for stitching.  When it gets really stressful, a good book is a better distraction and spending even just 15 minutes in the sewing room just doesn't appeal.  How did you fare this week in finding both the time and motivation to stitch?  


When ...

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November 5, 2020
Pins and Needles from ... Cat Patches

Holy smokes! What a day yesterday! I can't really tell you anything in particular happened. It's what didn't happen that has me on pins and needles. You know...the "E" word. I could hardly tear myself away from the vote tally, and watched obsessively most of the day. Mike and I went out to run some errands around mid-day and that helped to channel some of that nervous energy. When we got home, I walked around to the back side of the house to snap this picture of our Japanese maple trees. Aren't these incredible? No ...

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Pins and Needles from Cat Patches

Holy smokes! What a day yesterday! I can't really tell you anything in particular happened. It's what didn't happen that has me on pins and needles. You know...the "E" word. I could hardly tear myself away from the vote tally, and watched obsessively most of the day. Mike and I went out to run some errands around mid-day and that helped to channel some of that nervous energy. When we got home, I walked around to the back side of the house to snap this picture of our Japanese maple trees. Aren't these incredible? No ...

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November 2, 2020
Lessons from The Count from ... Cat Patches

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? I always think it's best to start with the good news, otherwise I'll be so bummed at the bad news that I won't fully appreciate the good news. Also, the good news can sort of cushion the blow, right? Well, none of it changes anything, so let's just start with the good news.

First of all...autumn leaves. With every new season, I proclaim it as my favorite. And, this being fall, it's my favorite season of the year. Winter kind of takes a ...

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Lessons from The Count from Cat Patches

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? I always think it's best to start with the good news, otherwise I'll be so bummed at the bad news that I won't fully appreciate the good news. Also, the good news can sort of cushion the blow, right? Well, none of it changes anything, so let's just start with the good news.

First of all...autumn leaves. With every new season, I proclaim it as my favorite. And, this being fall, it's my favorite season of the year. Winter kind of takes a ...

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November 1, 2020
The Sea: Gulls Just Want to Have Fun from ... Cat Patches

Well, I'll just bet you've been waiting on tenterhooks for the reveal of my quilt for "The Sea" challenge. In case you've forgotten all about it, I'm participating in the themed challenges for The Endeavourers art quilt group. Today is the day everyone will be posting their quilts for this challenge, and you can see them at that link I've given you. This is only the second quilt I've made for the group, but so far, I'm loving it. We're given plenty of time to complete the challenge, and so it gives ...

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The Sea: Gulls Just Want to Have Fun from Cat Patches

Well, I'll just bet you've been waiting on tenterhooks for the reveal of my quilt for "The Sea" challenge. In case you've forgotten all about it, I'm participating in the themed challenges for The Endeavourers art quilt group. Today is the day everyone will be posting their quilts for this challenge, and you can see them at that link I've given you. This is only the second quilt I've made for the group, but so far, I'm loving it. We're given plenty of time to complete the challenge, and so it gives ...

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October 31, 2020
Block Talk from ... Cat Patches

Happy Halloween! And happy last day of October! And happy "fall back" day! There's so much to be happy about today! For instance, I can look out my office window and see this tree in its fall foliage:


and that makes me happy! 

So let's just talk about this quilt block, shall we? I was ready to decide on the final layout for the 12 Appalachian Memories blocks, and I was gnashing my teeth over the math. This first part was easy. Fussy cut a little quilt block from the larger fabric. I'll need 20 of these ...

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