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August 8, 2019
A Big Finish from ... Cat Patches

It was after 2:00 p.m. when I was able to get back to my sewing yesterday. It will probably be something like that today. I don't have to head out quite as early, but early enough. After my eye appointment, I have a number of errands to run in town.

As for yesterday, I surprised myself by stitching the rest of the way around the Quiltemala quilt, and now that puppy is finished.


The pattern can be found in this book:


I've made several quilts from the same book, and there is another one sitting on ...

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A Big Finish from Cat Patches

It was after 2:00 p.m. when I was able to get back to my sewing yesterday. It will probably be something like that today. I don't have to head out quite as early, but early enough. After my eye appointment, I have a number of errands to run in town.

As for yesterday, I surprised myself by stitching the rest of the way around the Quiltemala quilt, and now that puppy is finished.


The pattern can be found in this book:


I've made several quilts from the same book, and there is another one sitting on ...

read more
August 5, 2019
Cat Days of Summer from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I read something about "Dogust," which was in reference to the "dog days of summer," only with actual dogs. And, of course, we here at the Three Cats Ranch just sniffed at that reference. We know that these are cat days...each and every day of the year. It was warm yesterday, though. Smitty found his favorite cool spot in the house, on top of the china cabinet. The surface stays cool and cools off his tummy.


Sadie is plotting murder I think. As we go down the stairs, we have to be careful of cats lying in wait ...

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Cat Days of Summer from Cat Patches

Yesterday I read something about "Dogust," which was in reference to the "dog days of summer," only with actual dogs. And, of course, we here at the Three Cats Ranch just sniffed at that reference. We know that these are cat days...each and every day of the year. It was warm yesterday, though. Smitty found his favorite cool spot in the house, on top of the china cabinet. The surface stays cool and cools off his tummy.


Sadie is plotting murder I think. As we go down the stairs, we have to be careful of cats lying in wait ...

read more
August 4, 2019
Words that End in "Pid" from ... Cat Patches

You'll need to let me know if we were intrepid or stupid this weekend. It was a short couple of days, but we packed a lot in. As I mentioned in my last post, we headed over to Neskowin, Oregon, to see the Neskowin Ghost Forest...an item that has been a long-time resident on my bucket list. And you know how it is when you travel with me...you see a lot of barns. Only, this time, not so many because the first barn caused me great frustration. This is how it is trying to photograph ...

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Words that End in "Pid" from Cat Patches

You'll need to let me know if we were intrepid or stupid this weekend. It was a short couple of days, but we packed a lot in. As I mentioned in my last post, we headed over to Neskowin, Oregon, to see the Neskowin Ghost Forest...an item that has been a long-time resident on my bucket list. And you know how it is when you travel with me...you see a lot of barns. Only, this time, not so many because the first barn caused me great frustration. This is how it is trying to photograph ...

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July 25, 2019
What's Happening In Perkatory from ... Cat Patches

It's the worst day of the year because I have a fasting blood draw this morning (just routine), and that means I haven't had my coffee. I cannot be held responsible for anything I say or write. Also, I haven't had my breakfast, and my stomach is grumbling

Which brings me to something really worth grumbling about...paper-piecing. Yesterday's bout reminded me why I hate paper-piecing so much. First, there's the mess, and the waste, and the pieces that are too small. But the worst part is realizing a couple of pieces down the road ...

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What's Happening In Perkatory from Cat Patches

It's the worst day of the year because I have a fasting blood draw this morning (just routine), and that means I haven't had my coffee. I cannot be held responsible for anything I say or write. Also, I haven't had my breakfast, and my stomach is grumbling

Which brings me to something really worth grumbling about...paper-piecing. Yesterday's bout reminded me why I hate paper-piecing so much. First, there's the mess, and the waste, and the pieces that are too small. But the worst part is realizing a couple of pieces down the road ...

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July 24, 2019
A Small Finish from ... Cat Patches

When I went downstairs after writing my blog post yesterday, I found Sadie stressed to the max.


Wait...did I say "stressed"? I meant "stretched," although cats without tails are still short even when extended to their maximum length.

While she slept, I sewed the binding on the Beach Hut, and now it is finished.


Here's how it looks from the back.


That backing fabric was one of the regional prints, purchased at a Sew Many Threads quilt shop near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Smitty doesn't appear to care for this piece. He's wondering why a house ...

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A Small Finish from Cat Patches

When I went downstairs after writing my blog post yesterday, I found Sadie stressed to the max.


Wait...did I say "stressed"? I meant "stretched," although cats without tails are still short even when extended to their maximum length.

While she slept, I sewed the binding on the Beach Hut, and now it is finished.


Here's how it looks from the back.


That backing fabric was one of the regional prints, purchased at a Sew Many Threads quilt shop near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Smitty doesn't appear to care for this piece. He's wondering why a house ...

read more
July 10, 2019
Seize the C's from ... Cat Patches

As suspected, it didn't take long to finish the hand-stitching on the Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs quilt block. This is where I left it yesterday. I was just getting started with the running stitch around the outside edge. 


This morning I expect to finish it off, and then I'll be on to my next hand-stitching project, I Believe in Snowmen. And so now, the race really is on to see if I'll be making more embroidery blocks, or finishing the quilting on Solstice. Which one will win the race to go camping? Stay tuned for the ...

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Seize the C's from Cat Patches

As suspected, it didn't take long to finish the hand-stitching on the Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs quilt block. This is where I left it yesterday. I was just getting started with the running stitch around the outside edge. 


This morning I expect to finish it off, and then I'll be on to my next hand-stitching project, I Believe in Snowmen. And so now, the race really is on to see if I'll be making more embroidery blocks, or finishing the quilting on Solstice. Which one will win the race to go camping? Stay tuned for the ...

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July 2, 2019
Smitty Goes to the City from ... Cat Patches

The day started out innocently enough. I finished off the "Remember" stitch sampler. Filling in the basket with tiny "x" stitches took absolutely forever.


When it was finished, I took it downstairs for pressing, and here's how the whole thing looks.


There's something wrong with the "buttonhole fan" at the bottom right of the image above. Where I started on the left side of the blue floss, I think I stitched it backwards. The first stitch should have been vertical, with the other two fanning off to the right. When these were traced, just the bottom line and ...

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Smitty Goes to the City from Cat Patches

The day started out innocently enough. I finished off the "Remember" stitch sampler. Filling in the basket with tiny "x" stitches took absolutely forever.


When it was finished, I took it downstairs for pressing, and here's how the whole thing looks.


There's something wrong with the "buttonhole fan" at the bottom right of the image above. Where I started on the left side of the blue floss, I think I stitched it backwards. The first stitch should have been vertical, with the other two fanning off to the right. When these were traced, just the bottom line and ...

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June 29, 2019
A Kitchen Day from ... Cat Patches

There was no sewing yesterday. I had a lot to do with heading for court and running errands. Also, I had some things I wanted to try out in the kitchen. It was time for me to come up for air anyway. I'll get back to stitching Clementine today. As for yesterday, I stitched the next hoopful on the sampler...


This part included the satin stitching for the Lily of the Valley at the top. In many of the places where you see French knots, I was supposed to use a bead. When it comes to embroidery, I'm ...

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A Kitchen Day from Cat Patches

There was no sewing yesterday. I had a lot to do with heading for court and running errands. Also, I had some things I wanted to try out in the kitchen. It was time for me to come up for air anyway. I'll get back to stitching Clementine today. As for yesterday, I stitched the next hoopful on the sampler...


This part included the satin stitching for the Lily of the Valley at the top. In many of the places where you see French knots, I was supposed to use a bead. When it comes to embroidery, I'm ...

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June 26, 2019
Sewing for Masochists from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing was a battle between persistence and surrender. As always, it started with slow-stitching. I stitched up most of the current embroidery hoops-worth.


I could have spent a little more time and stitched up the basket, but it seemed like a good time to get after those dreaded cast-on stitches. It took about a half hour to stitch just one forget-me-not, but it looked pretty good when it was finished.


My biggest challenge with these is remembering to let the needle drop and unwind itself before moving on to the next petal. If I don't do that ...

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Sewing for Masochists from Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing was a battle between persistence and surrender. As always, it started with slow-stitching. I stitched up most of the current embroidery hoops-worth.


I could have spent a little more time and stitched up the basket, but it seemed like a good time to get after those dreaded cast-on stitches. It took about a half hour to stitch just one forget-me-not, but it looked pretty good when it was finished.


My biggest challenge with these is remembering to let the needle drop and unwind itself before moving on to the next petal. If I don't do that ...

read more
June 24, 2019
Swing and a Miss from ... Cat Patches

It was a slow day yesterday. I did my usual slow stitching. Sometimes while I'm slow-stitching, I get so sleepy. The same thing happens when I'm reading. When Mike left to make a trip to the hardware store, it was easy to just slide down on the couch and take a morning nap. Things didn't really get under way until around noon.

My first sewing room task was to make the second block for June's CTC sew-along. This block is called "Christmas Logs," and it was created by Pam Mildren. The instructions for the block are ...

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Swing and a Miss from Cat Patches

It was a slow day yesterday. I did my usual slow stitching. Sometimes while I'm slow-stitching, I get so sleepy. The same thing happens when I'm reading. When Mike left to make a trip to the hardware store, it was easy to just slide down on the couch and take a morning nap. Things didn't really get under way until around noon.

My first sewing room task was to make the second block for June's CTC sew-along. This block is called "Christmas Logs," and it was created by Pam Mildren. The instructions for the block are ...

read more
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