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January 26, 2022
Blustery Day from ... Cat Patches

There isn't much to report on the Traveling Three Cats Ranch front today. We were tired after a day of driving added to our weeks of being social butterflies. Also, it was a very windy day yesterday, and not particularly warm. It wasn't a good day for being outside, and so I was inside for most of the day.

The first item on the agenda was to fix the tire on the RV. I mentioned yesterday that it had lost pressure on our drive from Escondido. Mike jacked up the RV and pulled off the tire where he ...

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Blustery Day from Cat Patches

There isn't much to report on the Traveling Three Cats Ranch front today. We were tired after a day of driving added to our weeks of being social butterflies. Also, it was a very windy day yesterday, and not particularly warm. It wasn't a good day for being outside, and so I was inside for most of the day.

The first item on the agenda was to fix the tire on the RV. I mentioned yesterday that it had lost pressure on our drive from Escondido. Mike jacked up the RV and pulled off the tire where he ...

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January 24, 2022
Scrappy Teddy Bear Quilt - Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop from Creatin' in the Sticks

 Welcome to 
Creatin' in the Sticks!

Today is the first day of the first blog hop of 2022!

I'm excited to kick off the
Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop
where bloggers are sharing favorite "chilly" projects.

To get the blog hop started,
I present my
Scrappy Teddy Bear Quilt


Joan at MooseStash Quilting presented bloggers with the challenge to make something 
inspired by 
bears, blue, or anything cold.
Thank you, Joan, for inviting me to join this super fun blog hop!


The timing of this blog hop couldn't be better.

My Scrappy Teddy Bear Quilt is for my ...

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January 23, 2022
Arrow Stone Quilt pattern release from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone! It’s always an exciting moment when an idea that starts in your mind becomes a reality. That’s how it feels today with my Arrow Stone quilt pattern release. Exciting and a big sense of relief! PDF copies are available in my Etsy shop and Arrow Stone is on sale through the month of January!

Arrow Stone Quilt Pattern is now available!  Designed and made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.

Arrow Stone Quilt Pattern Details

Arrow Stone is a modern design based on traditional quilt units. It comes in three sizes: baby (38″ x 53″), throw (53″ x 68″) and queen (97″ x 97″). The quilt blocks are ...

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Another Finished Quilt Top from ... Cat Patches

It was a quiet day here at the Traveling Three Cats Ranch. We had a much-needed day to recharge after more than three straight weeks of socializing. It has been wonderful seeing so many good friends, and now we're starting to wind down for the next part of the journey. We have one more day here in Escondido, and then we will move on to Boulder City tomorrow.

My morning started as usual, with my morning slow-stitching. I filled my hoop.


And then moved to the next position.


By then, the kitties were fully involved in their morning naps ...

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Another Finished Quilt Top from Cat Patches

It was a quiet day here at the Traveling Three Cats Ranch. We had a much-needed day to recharge after more than three straight weeks of socializing. It has been wonderful seeing so many good friends, and now we're starting to wind down for the next part of the journey. We have one more day here in Escondido, and then we will move on to Boulder City tomorrow.

My morning started as usual, with my morning slow-stitching. I filled my hoop.


And then moved to the next position.


By then, the kitties were fully involved in their morning naps ...

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Newest Gnomes from Made By Marney

Here are some new Gnomes that I designed for customers. You might like them too!

SKIING GNOME

SKIING GNOME is gosh darn cute as he tumbles down the ski slope! I am putting him on a pillow!

PIRATE GNOME
PIRATE SHIP

PIRATE GNOME and PIRATE SHIP can be used together as a pair of pillows, etc. or separately. They sure would look great in a kid’s room!

DOCTOR GNOME

I love “My Hero”, DOCTOR GNOME! With the stethoscope ready to use…this cute Doctor is ready to be heroic.

NURSE GNOME

NURSE GNOME is ready with the hypodermic! These ...

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January 22, 2022
Oceanside Pier from Cat Patches

The day started out quietly enough. We had a lunch date set with our friends Deb and Tom, but there was some time to sew in the morning. My first task was to fix these new N95 masks we purchased. And let me just say I'm glad I haven't put any more effort into making cloth masks. Now we're into these seriously ugly masks...NIOSH approved for extra, extra, extra germ resistance. And that's all fine and dandy, but apparently, the really badass masks all have the elastic that goes around the head. And, I don ...

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Oceanside Pier from ... Cat Patches

The day started out quietly enough. We had a lunch date set with our friends Deb and Tom, but there was some time to sew in the morning. My first task was to fix these new N95 masks we purchased. And let me just say I'm glad I haven't put any more effort into making cloth masks. Now we're into these seriously ugly masks...NIOSH approved for extra, extra, extra germ resistance. And that's all fine and dandy, but apparently, the really badass masks all have the elastic that goes around the head. And, I don ...

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January 21, 2022
Our New Book, Piece & Love! from The Cloth Parcel

We have some very exciting news to share today… We wrote a book! Our dream for years has been to be published authors, and we’re so happy that Martingale finally made our dreams come true. It’s been a serious pinch-me situation, but we are over the moon to finally be able to share this with […]

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Socializing from Cat Patches

There wasn't much accomplished yesterday. We had a visit to our RV from our friends Rick and Danni. One could say that we are in saying goodbye mode right now. Our last day here in Escondido will be Sunday, and so we're seeing our dear friends one more time before moving on. Of course, there's always next year, and we will be back again. Later in the day we had a very nice dinner with our other friends Debi and Jim. Debi and I gabbed and Mike and Jim gabbed, and we had some nice red wine ...

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Socializing from ... Cat Patches

There wasn't much accomplished yesterday. We had a visit to our RV from our friends Rick and Danni. One could say that we are in saying goodbye mode right now. Our last day here in Escondido will be Sunday, and so we're seeing our dear friends one more time before moving on. Of course, there's always next year, and we will be back again. Later in the day we had a very nice dinner with our other friends Debi and Jim. Debi and I gabbed and Mike and Jim gabbed, and we had some nice red wine ...

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January 20, 2022
Acting Like Grown-ups from ... Cat Patches

There comes a day in every RVer's life when we have to do some adult things. Yesterday was one of those days. We started out grocery shopping and then continued on with laundry. It was past time to wash our bed sheets. I figured it I was going to walk to the park laundry, I might as well do a load of jeans too. It meant walking back and forth, up and down a steep hill, four times to finish the laundry. I figure I got my exercise. By day's end, we felt like old people. And, if ...

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Acting Like Grown-ups from Cat Patches

There comes a day in every RVer's life when we have to do some adult things. Yesterday was one of those days. We started out grocery shopping and then continued on with laundry. It was past time to wash our bed sheets. I figured it I was going to walk to the park laundry, I might as well do a load of jeans too. It meant walking back and forth, up and down a steep hill, four times to finish the laundry. I figure I got my exercise. By day's end, we felt like old people. And, if ...

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January 19, 2022
Another Cow Quilt from Wedding Dress Blue

This is the third cow baby quilt I have made. They are so darn cute, you can’t make just one!

I make just three blocks and round the rest out with squares. A lot of visual impact without too much time. It finishes at about 36″ x 36″.

Another warm baby!

Another happy quilter!

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January 18, 2022
A Chill Day from Cat Patches

Since arriving in Escondido (and before), we've had the pleasure of meeting up with some of our oldest and dearest friends...oldest because we've known them a long time...not because they're actually old, as I'm sure you can understand. To admit that our friends are old would imply that we, ourselves, are also old, which is obviously unacceptable. Possibly this whole paragraph would fall under the heading of "The lady doth protest too much, methinks," but that would be beside the point. The point is that we needed a day to hang out and chill ...

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A Chill Day from ... Cat Patches

Since arriving in Escondido (and before), we've had the pleasure of meeting up with some of our oldest and dearest friends...oldest because we've known them a long time...not because they're actually old, as I'm sure you can understand. To admit that our friends are old would imply that we, ourselves, are also old, which is obviously unacceptable. Possibly this whole paragraph would fall under the heading of "The lady doth protest too much, methinks," but that would be beside the point. The point is that we needed a day to hang out and chill ...

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January 17, 2022
Every Blooming Thing in the RV Park from ... Cat Patches

The kitties switched places for their morning naps yesterday. Smitty stretched out on his window hammock.


Sadie decided the catio was the place to be.


Inside, I was busy putting together an Orange Upside-down Cake. We had dinner with friends last night, and I brought dessert. This was made from some oranges from their trees, but I purchased the one blood orange at the grocery store. 


I was a little worried about this when I flipped the pan upside-down and removed it. There was quite a bit of orange juice from the blood oranges, and I worried the cake would ...

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Every Blooming Thing in the RV Park from Cat Patches

The kitties switched places for their morning naps yesterday. Smitty stretched out on his window hammock.


Sadie decided the catio was the place to be.


Inside, I was busy putting together an Orange Upside-down Cake. We had dinner with friends last night, and I brought dessert. This was made from some oranges from their trees, but I purchased the one blood orange at the grocery store. 


I was a little worried about this when I flipped the pan upside-down and removed it. There was quite a bit of orange juice from the blood oranges, and I worried the cake would ...

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On The Road! And Home Again! from Humble Quilts

Well, I was on the road. I made a quick trip to Idaho to visit my sister between storms.
I spotted all kinds of crafts I've made and given to her over the years.  



A little needle keeper. 

It is always fun to see my great-nephew as well. He just turned 5!

The drive was also amazing too!



The beautiful Strawberry Mountains. I'd like to backpack here again. 

Heavy hoar frost on the trees at the higher elevation.


These little lambs were one day old!



And 2 days old! LOL 

It was a good weekend!

Now lets make ...

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