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January 30, 2023
A Quilt in an Afternoon from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'm afraid it's Moanday again. We're not moaning here, though. There's not much on today's calendar. Mike has spent the past couple of weeks painting two of our bathrooms. The bathrooms look great, and he finished up yesterday. He's still doing some caulking in the main floor bathroom today, but he was happy to announce that the painting is finished. So we're both free to move about the cabin on this brisk Monday morning. It's 21°F outside, but the wind has stopped blowing. With the howling wind ...

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A Quilt in an Afternoon from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'm afraid it's Moanday again. We're not moaning here, though. There's not much on today's calendar. Mike has spent the past couple of weeks painting two of our bathrooms. The bathrooms look great, and he finished up yesterday. He's still doing some caulking in the main floor bathroom today, but he was happy to announce that the painting is finished. So we're both free to move about the cabin on this brisk Monday morning. It's 21°F outside, but the wind has stopped blowing. With the howling wind ...

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January 28, 2023
Shop Hopping from Cat Patches

Good Saturday morning to you, my friends. It's still too dark outside to see what kind of day we'll be having today. The weather is supposed to turn clear and cold, although the forecast was for another day of rain today. As we transition from rain to clear and cold, we'll have our best (or worst) chance for snow. I wouldn't mind if some of the white stuff fell.

When I left you yesterday, I was heading off to slow stitch the names on the latest Shop Hop blocks.


Mike and I had to make a ...

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Shop Hopping from ... Cat Patches

Good Saturday morning to you, my friends. It's still too dark outside to see what kind of day we'll be having today. The weather is supposed to turn clear and cold, although the forecast was for another day of rain today. As we transition from rain to clear and cold, we'll have our best (or worst) chance for snow. I wouldn't mind if some of the white stuff fell.

When I left you yesterday, I was heading off to slow stitch the names on the latest Shop Hop blocks.


Mike and I had to make a ...

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January 26, 2023
Two Small Quilts from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It was a busy sewing day yesterday. Fortunately, my sewing cat was at the ready when it was time.


Quilts can be rowdy when they're close to being finished. Smitty held that wild thing down while I squared it up.


Then he helped me select a binding fabric. I can't remember where or when I bought this, but I'm fairly certain I had quilt bindings in mind for it. The stripes ran vertically, and I wanted them to run horizontally for my quilt binding. It needed to be cut parallel to the selvage ...

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Two Small Quilts from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It was a busy sewing day yesterday. Fortunately, my sewing cat was at the ready when it was time.


Quilts can be rowdy when they're close to being finished. Smitty held that wild thing down while I squared it up.


Then he helped me select a binding fabric. I can't remember where or when I bought this, but I'm fairly certain I had quilt bindings in mind for it. The stripes ran vertically, and I wanted them to run horizontally for my quilt binding. It needed to be cut parallel to the selvage ...

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January 21, 2023
Moving Around and Stitching Time from Romany Quilting

Where have we been since we last chatted?  Moving on from Christchurch we traveled south to Ashburton, a nice straight drive down SH1, and we drove over the longest bridge in New Zealand at 1.7km over the Rakaia River, another braided river.  What is a braided river, you may be wondering? A braided river consists of a network of multiple shallow channels that diverge and rejoin around  braid bars.  This gives the river a resemblance to the interweaved strands of a braid.  This part of New Zealand, Canterbury,  contains 60% of the braided  river habitat in New Zealand.

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Driving ...

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January 4, 2023
The Prettiest Quilt Shop in Town from Romany Quilting

There’s no doubt about it, as we drove past this cute little shop on the way to Greymouth, towing the caravan behind us, I remarked that we would have to return to this shop the next day.  Bright and colourful on the outside, I was sure it would be just as nice inside.

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Pink Possum Quilt Shop

I was after some backing fabric for my second piece of traced out stitchery.  Yes, Sue had some of that and cut me a piece, then I had a look around the shop to see what else took my fancy.   There were ...

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December 19, 2022
Just a little Shopping from Romany Quilting

Black thread  - that’s what I needed for my traveling stitchery project.  Luckily we found out where the LQS was and I made a quick visit.  I was after Perle No 5 in black, and luckily they had some.  Then while browsing around,  found some nice stripy fabric which could work well as the borders on my Noah's Ark stitchery.  Or not, perhaps I should have waited till this project was completed to see if it would go well with the stitchery blocks.  Never mind, I’ve bought it now.

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My purchases

I’m not expecting to make our ...

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December 18, 2022
Slowsville from Cat Patches

Happy Sunday morning to you, my friends. We're still in recovery from a very slow Saturday, here at the Three Cats Ranch. I already had in mind to spend Saturday on slow-stitching, but I didn't realize it would include a day of sloth. On a productive note, I finished the binding for my challenge piece. Get ready because this will be your last peek until the reveal on February 1st of 2023(!).


I don't know about you, but when I've worked obsessively over something for more than just a few days, it's hard to make ...

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Slowsville from ... Cat Patches

Happy Sunday morning to you, my friends. We're still in recovery from a very slow Saturday, here at the Three Cats Ranch. I already had in mind to spend Saturday on slow-stitching, but I didn't realize it would include a day of sloth. On a productive note, I finished the binding for my challenge piece. Get ready because this will be your last peek until the reveal on February 1st of 2023(!).


I don't know about you, but when I've worked obsessively over something for more than just a few days, it's hard to make ...

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November 20, 2022
Domestic Affairs from Cat Patches

There was a little of everything in yesterday's comings and goings. Actually there was no coming nor going...I just stayed home (and inside). There was plenty to keep me busy all day. I spent most of the day in the sewing room with breaks for dealing with the week's laundry. Also, I wanted to bake some more biscotti. I didn't do any Christmas baking last year, and so I have a desire for some this year. Biscotti is something we both like, but it's not the sort of thing that entices one to eat the ...

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Domestic Affairs from ... Cat Patches

There was a little of everything in yesterday's comings and goings. Actually there was no coming nor going...I just stayed home (and inside). There was plenty to keep me busy all day. I spent most of the day in the sewing room with breaks for dealing with the week's laundry. Also, I wanted to bake some more biscotti. I didn't do any Christmas baking last year, and so I have a desire for some this year. Biscotti is something we both like, but it's not the sort of thing that entices one to eat the ...

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November 14, 2022
Ready for Quilting from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'm writing fast today since I need to leave in a while to get a badly-needed (and highly-desired) pedicure. My last pedicure was at the beginning of July, and you know I loves me my monthly pedicures. Why such a long dry spell? Because the woman who does my nails has been experiencing some significant health problems, and actually had to retire from doing nails. I was to meet up with her way back in August, but she canceled our appointment at the last minute. I was out of luck until we returned from our ...

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Ready for Quilting from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'm writing fast today since I need to leave in a while to get a badly-needed (and highly-desired) pedicure. My last pedicure was at the beginning of July, and you know I loves me my monthly pedicures. Why such a long dry spell? Because the woman who does my nails has been experiencing some significant health problems, and actually had to retire from doing nails. I was to meet up with her way back in August, but she canceled our appointment at the last minute. I was out of luck until we returned from our ...

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October 9, 2022
North Platte, Nebraska from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We beat feet out of Beatrice yesterday morning in order to make the 250-mile drive to North Platte, Nebraska. Our mission was to see the Bailey Yard, and it was to close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. No problem, we thought. We could wait and see it Sunday morning. Well, no, actually. It doesn't open until noon on Sundays, and we need to be on our way sooner than that. We had just one night here in North Platte. So, we left plenty early and drove safely. 

Of course, we started seeing barns ...

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North Platte, Nebraska from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. We beat feet out of Beatrice yesterday morning in order to make the 250-mile drive to North Platte, Nebraska. Our mission was to see the Bailey Yard, and it was to close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. No problem, we thought. We could wait and see it Sunday morning. Well, no, actually. It doesn't open until noon on Sundays, and we need to be on our way sooner than that. We had just one night here in North Platte. So, we left plenty early and drove safely. 

Of course, we started seeing barns ...

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October 7, 2022
Quilt Shop: Quilt Stitches, Beatrice, Nebraska from Cat Patches

Amazingly, there was a big quilt shop in the small town of Beatrice. We stopped in after visiting the Homestead National Historic Park.


Walking in the front door, it looks like this. But this was only half the store. In the image below, you can see a door on the left.


Walking through that door, there was a whole other store on the other side!


In the back, there was a classroom.


Heading back to the right side of the store, where I'd come in, they had their holiday fabrics out for Halloween and Christmas. 


This makes me think ...

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Quilt Shop: Quilt Stitches, Beatrice, Nebraska from ... Cat Patches

Amazingly, there was a big quilt shop in the small town of Beatrice. We stopped in after visiting the Homestead National Historic Park.


Walking in the front door, it looks like this. But this was only half the store. In the image below, you can see a door on the left.


Walking through that door, there was a whole other store on the other side!


In the back, there was a classroom.


Heading back to the right side of the store, where I'd come in, they had their holiday fabrics out for Halloween and Christmas. 


This makes me think ...

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Homestead National Historical Park from Cat Patches

Happy Friday, my friends! We had an easy-going day yesterday with a visit to Homestead National Historical Park. I can't remember when or where I first heard about this place, but I was most interested in the Quilt Discovery Experience there. As it turns out, the Quilt Discovery Experience was just a small part of the park. The rest was all about the Homestead Act signed into law by President Lincoln in 1862. It documented the lives of the homesteaders, and the challenges they faced. The exhibits and short video also gave fair time to the Native Americans who ...

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