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September 4, 2020
Cat Calamity from Cat Patches

Well, I hardly know where to start on today's post. So much has happened, it's hard to know whether to start with the good news or the bad news. But since some of you have expressed your concern about Sadie's ears, I guess I'll start there and put an end to the wondering. 

Now here's something: if you're wondering how two people catch a tiny, but very strong, little tortie and load her into a cat carrier, I offer up this image as a warning:


What you see there is the salt and pepper ...

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Cat Calamity from ... Cat Patches

Well, I hardly know where to start on today's post. So much has happened, it's hard to know whether to start with the good news or the bad news. But since some of you have expressed your concern about Sadie's ears, I guess I'll start there and put an end to the wondering. 

Now here's something: if you're wondering how two people catch a tiny, but very strong, little tortie and load her into a cat carrier, I offer up this image as a warning:


What you see there is the salt and pepper ...

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September 3, 2020
Dinner Cruise from ... Cat Patches

When I wrote yesterday's post, I'd completely forgotten we planned a dinner cruise on the Willamette River last night. There was so much to do around our place this summer, we didn't get in much boating time. Now, here we sit in September, and time is running out. So, we put a "dinner cruise" on the calendar last week. We even talked about it Tuesday evening. Then Wednesday rolled around, and I'd already forgotten about it.

So, I went about my morning routine as if I had all the time in the world. I finished stitching ...

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Dinner Cruise from Cat Patches

When I wrote yesterday's post, I'd completely forgotten we planned a dinner cruise on the Willamette River last night. There was so much to do around our place this summer, we didn't get in much boating time. Now, here we sit in September, and time is running out. So, we put a "dinner cruise" on the calendar last week. We even talked about it Tuesday evening. Then Wednesday rolled around, and I'd already forgotten about it.

So, I went about my morning routine as if I had all the time in the world. I finished stitching ...

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September 1, 2020
Suddenly September from Cat Patches

The year is flying by. We're into the month when fall begins already. Produce production is in full swing, but it came to a screeching halt yesterday with the canning of the last tomatoes. Not the last tomatoes, but the last I'm going to can. I finished off Canning Season 2020 with 4-1/2 pints of tomato salsa and 3 pints of tomato-jalapeno jam.


I've linked to both recipes back there. The salsa is the same recipe I've been making for years. The tomato-jalapeno jam was something new. I think I made it for the first ...

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Suddenly September from ... Cat Patches

The year is flying by. We're into the month when fall begins already. Produce production is in full swing, but it came to a screeching halt yesterday with the canning of the last tomatoes. Not the last tomatoes, but the last I'm going to can. I finished off Canning Season 2020 with 4-1/2 pints of tomato salsa and 3 pints of tomato-jalapeno jam.


I've linked to both recipes back there. The salsa is the same recipe I've been making for years. The tomato-jalapeno jam was something new. I think I made it for the first ...

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July 20, 2020
Stash Hash Quilt Along: Week 1 from A Little Bit Biased

Are you guys ready to get this party started!?
I'm so excited the day is finally here!


It's week 1 of the Stash Hash Quilt-Along and the assignment for this week is to gather 
the pattern and fabrics you plan to use.  I'm making a Christmas version because I have some 
really fun Christmas 10" squares I received in a swap I participated in a year or so ago.


As I've said before, Stash Hash is a great stash buster quilt 
AND it's perfect for pre-cuts!  It requires 5" squares, 2 1/2" squares and ...

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May 20, 2020
Little Kitchen Things from Cat Patches

Eliza had her little trip into town yesterday. I dropped her off for service, and we won't see one another again for about a month. I'd like to say I left the shop feeling certain she'd have her mind right when I returned...think of it as sewing machine rehab. Possibly it was because of his face mask, but the guy who took her in didn't exactly inspire confidence. She's there for service, but I also described what happened and the noise it produced. Then, I wanted to see him write it down, but he ...

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Little Kitchen Things from ... Cat Patches

Eliza had her little trip into town yesterday. I dropped her off for service, and we won't see one another again for about a month. I'd like to say I left the shop feeling certain she'd have her mind right when I returned...think of it as sewing machine rehab. Possibly it was because of his face mask, but the guy who took her in didn't exactly inspire confidence. She's there for service, but I also described what happened and the noise it produced. Then, I wanted to see him write it down, but he ...

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May 1, 2020
Words to Grow By Block of the Month - May from Creatin' in the Sticks

Today is the first day of May
and I have the block finished
for the
Words to Grow By
Block of the Month.

Our team of designers has been so busy with this
Block of the Month
 and
love showing the new blocks each month.

Joan at Moosestash Quilting
is the designer for May
and
there is 1 applique block this month.


So perfect for May.  Right?


You can find a list of the fabric requirements and more information about the
Block of the Month by clicking HERE.

Bloom


I love printing the applique patterns right on the fusible adhesive ...

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April 21, 2020
Grandmother's Favorite Quilt Along from Creatin' in the Sticks

When the Fat Quarter Shop asked if I would make a quilt block for the 
I took one look at the block
and couldn't wait to make one.


Fat Quarter Shop's 
where they focus on traditional quilt blocks
and add a modern touch.

With each block in the series, the block pattern and video tutorial are FREE.



You can find the Grandmother's Favorite Quilt Block Pattern
and
the video tutorial HERE.




Once you've mastered the quilt block, a ...

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March 24, 2020
Senior Hours from Cat Patches

This morning, I was up bright and early. Yesterday, I received an email that stated our local grocery store would have allow for "senior hours" between 7-8 a.m. in order to allow seniors a chance to shop without younger, less vulnerable folks in the store at the same time. That was all fine and dandy, except I learned this morning our town has a noise ordinance that prevents deliveries before 8:00 a.m. And I wouldn't care about that, except it meant there was almost no meat available, nor any buttermilk. It was explained to me that ...

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Senior Hours from ... Cat Patches

This morning, I was up bright and early. Yesterday, I received an email that stated our local grocery store would have allow for "senior hours" between 7-8 a.m. in order to allow seniors a chance to shop without younger, less vulnerable folks in the store at the same time. That was all fine and dandy, except I learned this morning our town has a noise ordinance that prevents deliveries before 8:00 a.m. And I wouldn't care about that, except it meant there was almost no meat available, nor any buttermilk. It was explained to me that ...

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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 3, 2020
A Driving Day from Cat Patches

We drove from Hemet, California, to Pahrump, Nevada, yesterday. As far as distances go, it wasn't so far...about 260 miles. Traffic was light, and the weather was good. Still, somehow the day seemed very long. The scenery was boring most of the way. We had to get through Barstow before anything of interest showed itself. The area between Hemet and Barstow is brown, dry, and uninteresting. We stopped in Barstow for lunch, mainly because there was a Carl's, Jr., that advertised "RV Parking" on a very tall sign. And, hey...count us in when it comes to ...

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A Driving Day from ... Cat Patches

We drove from Hemet, California, to Pahrump, Nevada, yesterday. As far as distances go, it wasn't so far...about 260 miles. Traffic was light, and the weather was good. Still, somehow the day seemed very long. The scenery was boring most of the way. We had to get through Barstow before anything of interest showed itself. The area between Hemet and Barstow is brown, dry, and uninteresting. We stopped in Barstow for lunch, mainly because there was a Carl's, Jr., that advertised "RV Parking" on a very tall sign. And, hey...count us in when it comes to ...

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February 1, 2020
Wine and Friends from Cat Patches

We had beautiful weather for a day in Temecula Wine Country yesterday. We were meeting up with our friends Debi and Jim for a day of visiting and sipping. Debi and Jim were coming from an appointment, and so we arrived at Cougar Vineyard & Winery a few minutes before they did.


While we waited for them to arrive, we walked around the vineyard a little, taking pictures of every blooming thing.



I've seen these little knee-high shrubs all over while we've been in Hemet. They look a lot like rosemary, but I don't think they are. In ...

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Wine and Friends from ... Cat Patches

We had beautiful weather for a day in Temecula Wine Country yesterday. We were meeting up with our friends Debi and Jim for a day of visiting and sipping. Debi and Jim were coming from an appointment, and so we arrived at Cougar Vineyard & Winery a few minutes before they did.


While we waited for them to arrive, we walked around the vineyard a little, taking pictures of every blooming thing.



I've seen these little knee-high shrubs all over while we've been in Hemet. They look a lot like rosemary, but I don't think they are. In ...

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January 30, 2020
Thermoweb Valentine Sew Along - Quilt Blocks from Creatin' in the Sticks

Are you stitching a Valentine?
We are,
over at Thermoweb this week
and
I'm thrilled to have 2 quilt block designs for you.


What fun to be sewing along with my friend 
and
 fellow Thermoweb designer, Carol, from Just Let Me Quilt.  

In the middle of winter, 
Valentines Day comes along to brighten up the days with 
bright and happy decor.   
It’s so fun to create sewing projects with reds, pinks, and whimsical designs. 


There are a total of 4 free Valentine quilt block patterns.

I designed 2 for you:

Hippo Love


and
 Llama Heart


I'm using ...

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