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May 24, 2020
Squirrely from Cat Patches

The day started yesterday with my usual walk around the yard to see what's new. Which is only an excuse because I really want to see if the peony has bloomed yet. And just to be clear, I've already been outside in my pajamas and slippers this morning to check. Still nothing. It's a heart-breaker of a plant.



The poppies have been my therapy plant while I'm waiting on the peonies. They keep blooming and budding and thrilling me. I've wanted to see how they open because I find the shells of their guard petals ...

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Squirrely from ... Cat Patches

The day started yesterday with my usual walk around the yard to see what's new. Which is only an excuse because I really want to see if the peony has bloomed yet. And just to be clear, I've already been outside in my pajamas and slippers this morning to check. Still nothing. It's a heart-breaker of a plant.



The poppies have been my therapy plant while I'm waiting on the peonies. They keep blooming and budding and thrilling me. I've wanted to see how they open because I find the shells of their guard petals ...

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May 17, 2020
Virtual Quilt Market from Terificreations's Weblog

Twenty-twenty certainly has a vision all its own. One that seems to show us alternative ways of approaching all the things we’re doing from moving and book reviews to major quilt events. As a quilter learning alternate ways of doing things has allowed me to figure out what works for me. Once I learned the… Continue reading Virtual Quilt Market

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May 16, 2020
Full Stop from ... Cat Patches

Here's the thing: traveling is inconvenient. For as much fun as it is, there always seems to be some snafu that asserts itself as the fly in the ointment. Think canceled or delayed flights, lost luggage, bed bugs, mechanical difficulties. The list goes on. Apparently, traveling by quilt is no different. As I've explained the reasons for choosing certain fabrics for the Shop Hop quilt, you might have noticed that a lot of these shops were visited because of mechanical problems on either the RV or the truck. Now the quilt itself has caused mechanical difficulties. Sigh. Yesterday ...

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Full Stop from Cat Patches

Here's the thing: traveling is inconvenient. For as much fun as it is, there always seems to be some snafu that asserts itself as the fly in the ointment. Think canceled or delayed flights, lost luggage, bed bugs, mechanical difficulties. The list goes on. Apparently, traveling by quilt is no different. As I've explained the reasons for choosing certain fabrics for the Shop Hop quilt, you might have noticed that a lot of these shops were visited because of mechanical problems on either the RV or the truck. Now the quilt itself has caused mechanical difficulties. Sigh. Yesterday ...

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May 15, 2020
Big Quilt, Little Quilt from Cat Patches

It's been raining for days. The weather was supposed to improve today, but so far, there's no sign of it. Even Smitty and Sadie are disgusted by the rain. Ordinarily, kitties do not mind a little Oregon drizzle, but it was too much for them yesterday. Smitty still likes sitting on the wood box outside the dining room window.


From this vantage point, he can survey his kingdom and keep an eye out for any varmints. Sadie is happier inside, where it's warm and dry. She spent enough time outside before she came to the Three Cats ...

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Big Quilt, Little Quilt from ... Cat Patches

It's been raining for days. The weather was supposed to improve today, but so far, there's no sign of it. Even Smitty and Sadie are disgusted by the rain. Ordinarily, kitties do not mind a little Oregon drizzle, but it was too much for them yesterday. Smitty still likes sitting on the wood box outside the dining room window.


From this vantage point, he can survey his kingdom and keep an eye out for any varmints. Sadie is happier inside, where it's warm and dry. She spent enough time outside before she came to the Three Cats ...

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May 14, 2020
More Quilting Mileage from ... Cat Patches

Another row down and six to go. Yesterday, I moved to the next row up. Today, I'll move to the next row down, as I work from the middle and outward. I've read this doesn't matter with free motion quilting as it does with hand quilting. It makes sense to me, and so I do it anyway. I'm writing fast this morning since we're heading out on another grocery store slog. Matthew is cooking tonight, and so the grocery shopping is my only non-quilting distraction for the day.

Okay, so let's see where we ...

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More Quilting Mileage from Cat Patches

Another row down and six to go. Yesterday, I moved to the next row up. Today, I'll move to the next row down, as I work from the middle and outward. I've read this doesn't matter with free motion quilting as it does with hand quilting. It makes sense to me, and so I do it anyway. I'm writing fast this morning since we're heading out on another grocery store slog. Matthew is cooking tonight, and so the grocery shopping is my only non-quilting distraction for the day.

Okay, so let's see where we ...

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May 13, 2020
Quilting Across the Miles from ... Cat Patches

When my in-laws were still living, we had a family joke. They once tried to purchased a birthday card for one of their kids and could only find birthday wishes for "across the miles." From then on, most any card one received for any occasion was from "across the miles." And so as I was considering a title for this post, it seemed the perfect choice.

For the next several days, I'm going to take you over many years and many miles traveled in pursuit of regional fabrics for this Shop Hop quilt. It didn't start out that ...

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Quilting Across the Miles from Cat Patches

When my in-laws were still living, we had a family joke. They once tried to purchased a birthday card for one of their kids and could only find birthday wishes for "across the miles." From then on, most any card one received for any occasion was from "across the miles." And so as I was considering a title for this post, it seemed the perfect choice.

For the next several days, I'm going to take you over many years and many miles traveled in pursuit of regional fabrics for this Shop Hop quilt. It didn't start out that ...

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May 4, 2020
Who is that Masked Woman? from Romany Quilting

It’s been a while since we ventured out of the house on a trip, that I felt I had to “dress for the occasion”.  Clad in my blue face mask and a pair of disposable gloves to keep my hands clean, I was dressed and ready for action!  I must admit that I felt like a nurse – but on reflection, I wouldn’t have the patience for that profession.

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Ready to go

I was on a mission, not to buy food supplies, but something much more serious.  I had used up my supply of cream thread for the sewing ...

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May 1, 2020
Sewing Discipline from ... Cat Patches

My first thought was to title this post with "Di-Sew-Pline," but then I knew you'd pronounce it with a long "i" on the last syllable, and the whole thing would be lost. And you'd be walking around saying, "Huh?" Or..."I really think she's losing her marbles in the quarantine." And, of course, we can't have that. So anyway...in a minute or two, I'll take you on a tour of the white board in my sewing room. It's how I stay organized. But first...let's just take a little walk outside, shall ...

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Sewing Discipline from Cat Patches

My first thought was to title this post with "Di-Sew-Pline," but then I knew you'd pronounce it with a long "i" on the last syllable, and the whole thing would be lost. And you'd be walking around saying, "Huh?" Or..."I really think she's losing her marbles in the quarantine." And, of course, we can't have that. So anyway...in a minute or two, I'll take you on a tour of the white board in my sewing room. It's how I stay organized. But first...let's just take a little walk outside, shall ...

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April 24, 2020
On Spring Market and Other Things from Terificreations's Weblog

Sometimes it feels like I’m a little late to the party making announcements or doing what the other quilt pros are doing, like making video content or podcasting. So here goes. Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh is cancelled. The link takes you to their official statement and below is an official statement from them: regarding… Continue reading On Spring Market and Other Things

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March 27, 2020
Cats and Stars from ... Cat Patches

My kitty consultants were hard at work yesterday. It seems kitties have very strong opinions about color value. I was working on the next two blocks for the Charm Stars quilt. The stars are made from a combination of light and dark color values as well as neutrals. Sadie was not happy with my choices at all.

You've chosen a lavender, where you really should have chosen a light purrple.



She read over the instructions and looked at the diagram several times. We couldn't agree on the color choices or placement.

Pawsibly you need new glasses, because I ...

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Cats and Stars from Cat Patches

My kitty consultants were hard at work yesterday. It seems kitties have very strong opinions about color value. I was working on the next two blocks for the Charm Stars quilt. The stars are made from a combination of light and dark color values as well as neutrals. Sadie was not happy with my choices at all.

You've chosen a lavender, where you really should have chosen a light purrple.



She read over the instructions and looked at the diagram several times. We couldn't agree on the color choices or placement.

Pawsibly you need new glasses, because I ...

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March 16, 2020
Quilt Shop: Quail's Nest Quilt Company, Sonora, California from Cat Patches

When I found the quilt shop in Jamestown permanently closed, we drove to nearby Sonora where I found this one very much open for business.


Here's how it looks, approaching from the parking lot.


Walking through the front door, it looks like this:


To my left was a room where I laid eyes on this panel before seeing anything else. Oh...I think I'm going to like it here.


Below the cat panel was this cute little critter.


This was obviously the room for juvenile fabrics.


To my right was a nice waiting area for husbands. It wasn ...

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Quilt Shop: Quail's Nest Quilt Company, Sonora, California from ... Cat Patches

When I found the quilt shop in Jamestown permanently closed, we drove to nearby Sonora where I found this one very much open for business.


Here's how it looks, approaching from the parking lot.


Walking through the front door, it looks like this:


To my left was a room where I laid eyes on this panel before seeing anything else. Oh...I think I'm going to like it here.


Below the cat panel was this cute little critter.


This was obviously the room for juvenile fabrics.


To my right was a nice waiting area for husbands. It wasn ...

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March 11, 2020
Quilt Shop: The Quilter's Faire, Palm Desert, California from ... Cat Patches

There was no plan to visit a quilt shop in yesterday's wanderings, but with the rain, it seemed like a good idea...to me. While I was in the quilt shop, Mike scoped out YouTube videos looking for the perfect RV toilet paper. The one we're using is not dissolving as it should, and so he was on the hunt for something a little less sturdy. As it turns out Charmin Ultra Soft is the winner in that category. Who knew? And all this focus on toilet paper to tell you that when we went looking for it ...

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