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February 16, 2020
Miscellany from Cat Patches

We had a lazy day for our last day in Pahrump. This morning, we'll hit the road for Caliente, Nevada. I thought I might get out my sewing machine yesterday, but then didn't. Instead, I spent some time trimming up the half square triangles I made a few days ago. I'm guesstimating I had about 100 to do.


These have been kind of fun to work with. Some I recognize the projects they came from, and some I have no idea. I have a few other cut off ends of strip sets, and I'll find a ...

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Miscellany from ... Cat Patches

We had a lazy day for our last day in Pahrump. This morning, we'll hit the road for Caliente, Nevada. I thought I might get out my sewing machine yesterday, but then didn't. Instead, I spent some time trimming up the half square triangles I made a few days ago. I'm guesstimating I had about 100 to do.


These have been kind of fun to work with. Some I recognize the projects they came from, and some I have no idea. I have a few other cut off ends of strip sets, and I'll find a ...

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February 14, 2020
Happy Valentine's Day! from ... Cat Patches

The sun came up without me this morning. The kitties started their usual rabble rousing before dawn, but the rabble refused to be roused. Eventually they gave up and went back to sleep. It was kind of nice to get up to a world bathed in sunlight for a change. The most exciting thing that happened yesterday was seeing Erik and Mae off. They should have made their way back to Portland by late yesterday evening. I believe they have the rest of the week off before returning to work on Monday.

Before breakfast, I had some time to stitch ...

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Happy Valentine's Day! from Cat Patches

The sun came up without me this morning. The kitties started their usual rabble rousing before dawn, but the rabble refused to be roused. Eventually they gave up and went back to sleep. It was kind of nice to get up to a world bathed in sunlight for a change. The most exciting thing that happened yesterday was seeing Erik and Mae off. They should have made their way back to Portland by late yesterday evening. I believe they have the rest of the week off before returning to work on Monday.

Before breakfast, I had some time to stitch ...

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February 8, 2020
Triangulation from ... Cat Patches

There was time to squeeze in another day of sewing yesterday. I went to work sewing together zillions of bonus triangles collected over about three years' time. If you've read my post from yesterday, then you'll remember these:


Oh my gosh...there are way more triangles there than I imagined. In my dreams, I thought I'd have those all sewn together in about an hour. After two hours yesterday, I'd barely scratched the surface. It would be generous to say I'm about one-third of the way through the bag.

Of course, no sewing day is ...

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Triangulation from Cat Patches

There was time to squeeze in another day of sewing yesterday. I went to work sewing together zillions of bonus triangles collected over about three years' time. If you've read my post from yesterday, then you'll remember these:


Oh my gosh...there are way more triangles there than I imagined. In my dreams, I thought I'd have those all sewn together in about an hour. After two hours yesterday, I'd barely scratched the surface. It would be generous to say I'm about one-third of the way through the bag.

Of course, no sewing day is ...

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February 4, 2020
Wild Wind from Cat Patches

The wind blew all day yesterday, although not as ferociously as it had the night before. Things seem to have calmed down now that the cold air has moved in to replace the warm. It's still sunny and bright here in Pahrump though, and so in the sunshine it isn't half bad. I'm looking forward to seeing what the day will bring. The wind was forecast to end yesterday around 7:00 p.m. We still felt it a few times into the night, but all is calm this morning.

We had some errands to run yesterday ...

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Wild Wind from ... Cat Patches

The wind blew all day yesterday, although not as ferociously as it had the night before. Things seem to have calmed down now that the cold air has moved in to replace the warm. It's still sunny and bright here in Pahrump though, and so in the sunshine it isn't half bad. I'm looking forward to seeing what the day will bring. The wind was forecast to end yesterday around 7:00 p.m. We still felt it a few times into the night, but all is calm this morning.

We had some errands to run yesterday ...

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February 2, 2020
Last Day in Hemet from Cat Patches

The temperature turned hot for our last full day in Hemet yesterday. As usual, the kitties melted like catsicles. The trailer is situated so that the sun shines where most of the windows are located on the RV, and so we've been closing the blinds to keep out the heat. It also means we have to take down the kitties' window perches, and this causes them no end of consternation. Smitty snoozes the day away on the quilts that ordinarily cover the window perches.


Sadie likes the area under the table where the floor is carpeted...right next to ...

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Last Day in Hemet from ... Cat Patches

The temperature turned hot for our last full day in Hemet yesterday. As usual, the kitties melted like catsicles. The trailer is situated so that the sun shines where most of the windows are located on the RV, and so we've been closing the blinds to keep out the heat. It also means we have to take down the kitties' window perches, and this causes them no end of consternation. Smitty snoozes the day away on the quilts that ordinarily cover the window perches.


Sadie likes the area under the table where the floor is carpeted...right next to ...

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January 9, 2020
Stovepipe Wells, This Time with Pictures from Cat Patches

Okay, well, hello again. Now I'm writing to you from the Sunset Campground at Furnace Creek. It took us about an hour to put everything away, hitch up, pull ourselves over, and then set up again. I've had some time to check our cell phone signal. It's still a weak signal, sadly. It means I'll need to be judicious with my picture posting. Since our last visit to Death Valley, we've changed cell phone service providers, from AT&T to Verizon. We though about it for years, especially when we'd heard Verizon coverage was ...

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Stovepipe Wells, This Time with Pictures from ... Cat Patches

Okay, well, hello again. Now I'm writing to you from the Sunset Campground at Furnace Creek. It took us about an hour to put everything away, hitch up, pull ourselves over, and then set up again. I've had some time to check our cell phone signal. It's still a weak signal, sadly. It means I'll need to be judicious with my picture posting. Since our last visit to Death Valley, we've changed cell phone service providers, from AT&T to Verizon. We though about it for years, especially when we'd heard Verizon coverage was ...

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December 15, 2019
From Tiny Quilt Blocks Mighty Green Trees Grow from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing was a mish-mash of finishing things up. Of course, nothing was actually finished, but a few projects moved on to the next position on the playing board. Of course, nothing is ever accomplished in the sewing room without my trusty assistant.


My first task was to finish sewing together November's blocks for the Garden Sunshine quilt. First, the cherries,


and then the pumpkin.


After that, I went straight to work on December's block.


There are still two blocks left, which are supposed to be released in January. Something is bothering me about this layout though ...

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From Tiny Quilt Blocks Mighty Green Trees Grow from Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing was a mish-mash of finishing things up. Of course, nothing was actually finished, but a few projects moved on to the next position on the playing board. Of course, nothing is ever accomplished in the sewing room without my trusty assistant.


My first task was to finish sewing together November's blocks for the Garden Sunshine quilt. First, the cherries,


and then the pumpkin.


After that, I went straight to work on December's block.


There are still two blocks left, which are supposed to be released in January. Something is bothering me about this layout though ...

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December 11, 2019
Easy-Going Day from Cat Patches

Ignoring the one housekeeping chore on yesterday's to-do list made yesterday's comings and goings pretty darned nice. The past several weeks have felt pressured and hurried, what with Thanksgiving and finishing up Semper Fi. It was nice to take a little breather. I did some slow-stitching in the morning, and then moved into the sewing room. I made the next block for the Tiny Tree project. This one is a tiny bow tie block.


After that, I cut out and fused the applique pieces to the background fabric for the next Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs block. After ...

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Easy-Going Day from ... Cat Patches

Ignoring the one housekeeping chore on yesterday's to-do list made yesterday's comings and goings pretty darned nice. The past several weeks have felt pressured and hurried, what with Thanksgiving and finishing up Semper Fi. It was nice to take a little breather. I did some slow-stitching in the morning, and then moved into the sewing room. I made the next block for the Tiny Tree project. This one is a tiny bow tie block.


After that, I cut out and fused the applique pieces to the background fabric for the next Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs block. After ...

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December 4, 2019
Busy Day from ... Cat Patches

There was no time for quilting yesterday. There might have been time had I not fallen down on the couch, not to get up again until I'd taken a good long nap. Being out and about is exhausting, especially at this time of the year. I got my hair cut and colored. Then I filled my gas tank and headed for the grocery store. While there, I scored this year's Christmas tree. You might remember our tree from last year. We didn't win the award for the Charlie Browniest tree ever (point of clarification...there is no ...

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Busy Day from Cat Patches

There was no time for quilting yesterday. There might have been time had I not fallen down on the couch, not to get up again until I'd taken a good long nap. Being out and about is exhausting, especially at this time of the year. I got my hair cut and colored. Then I filled my gas tank and headed for the grocery store. While there, I scored this year's Christmas tree. You might remember our tree from last year. We didn't win the award for the Charlie Browniest tree ever (point of clarification...there is no ...

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November 23, 2019
A Day for Relaxation from ... Cat Patches

The kitties gave me the day off from sewing yesterday, although there was plenty of hand-stitching, as I'm just about to tell you. Smitty spent much of the day in his clubhouse, which meant Sadie had the top rung on the kitty pole.


My day started with Tree #11 of Twelve Trees for Christmas. My friend "Anonymous" asked me to link to the pattern for the trees again. It's an eBook from Mary Corbett, and you can purchase the book right here.

Tree #11 had three new-to-me stitches. I'd already done the woven fill stitch on the ...

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A Day for Relaxation from Cat Patches

The kitties gave me the day off from sewing yesterday, although there was plenty of hand-stitching, as I'm just about to tell you. Smitty spent much of the day in his clubhouse, which meant Sadie had the top rung on the kitty pole.


My day started with Tree #11 of Twelve Trees for Christmas. My friend "Anonymous" asked me to link to the pattern for the trees again. It's an eBook from Mary Corbett, and you can purchase the book right here.

Tree #11 had three new-to-me stitches. I'd already done the woven fill stitch on the ...

read more
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