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January 31, 2023
Sidetracked from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's January's last gasp today. Tomorrow is the reveal for the challenge quilt I've teased you with. Are you ready? 

My post is written and I'm ready to go. Yesterday saw me sidetracked by the Bernie's Mittens project. I was supposed to work on the Purrfectly Pieced quilt, but you know...the best laid plans, and all that. 

Mike and Erik are getting together this week to work on a project, and I really wanted to finish it off. When I saw it lying on Eliza's table, I decided to ...

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Sidetracked from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It's January's last gasp today. Tomorrow is the reveal for the challenge quilt I've teased you with. Are you ready? 

My post is written and I'm ready to go. Yesterday saw me sidetracked by the Bernie's Mittens project. I was supposed to work on the Purrfectly Pieced quilt, but you know...the best laid plans, and all that. 

Mike and Erik are getting together this week to work on a project, and I really wanted to finish it off. When I saw it lying on Eliza's table, I decided to ...

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January 30, 2023
A Quilt in an Afternoon from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'm afraid it's Moanday again. We're not moaning here, though. There's not much on today's calendar. Mike has spent the past couple of weeks painting two of our bathrooms. The bathrooms look great, and he finished up yesterday. He's still doing some caulking in the main floor bathroom today, but he was happy to announce that the painting is finished. So we're both free to move about the cabin on this brisk Monday morning. It's 21°F outside, but the wind has stopped blowing. With the howling wind ...

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A Quilt in an Afternoon from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'm afraid it's Moanday again. We're not moaning here, though. There's not much on today's calendar. Mike has spent the past couple of weeks painting two of our bathrooms. The bathrooms look great, and he finished up yesterday. He's still doing some caulking in the main floor bathroom today, but he was happy to announce that the painting is finished. So we're both free to move about the cabin on this brisk Monday morning. It's 21°F outside, but the wind has stopped blowing. With the howling wind ...

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January 26, 2023
Two Small Quilts from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It was a busy sewing day yesterday. Fortunately, my sewing cat was at the ready when it was time.


Quilts can be rowdy when they're close to being finished. Smitty held that wild thing down while I squared it up.


Then he helped me select a binding fabric. I can't remember where or when I bought this, but I'm fairly certain I had quilt bindings in mind for it. The stripes ran vertically, and I wanted them to run horizontally for my quilt binding. It needed to be cut parallel to the selvage ...

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Two Small Quilts from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. It was a busy sewing day yesterday. Fortunately, my sewing cat was at the ready when it was time.


Quilts can be rowdy when they're close to being finished. Smitty held that wild thing down while I squared it up.


Then he helped me select a binding fabric. I can't remember where or when I bought this, but I'm fairly certain I had quilt bindings in mind for it. The stripes ran vertically, and I wanted them to run horizontally for my quilt binding. It needed to be cut parallel to the selvage ...

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January 25, 2023
This is a Test. This is Only a Test. from ... Cat Patches

Happy Hump Day, my friends. It's a laundry day here. We'll save our favorite task...grocery shopping...until tomorrow. The good times just keep rolling here at the Three Cats Ranch. 

Yesterday, I met up with my friend Sue at the South Store Cafe. It was a pretty day. I was trying to remember the last time we'd been here, and I believe it was pre-pandemic. In the meantime, they made a few little changes by adding more tables and rearranging the counter where orders are taken. They make good oatmeal here, and let's face it ...

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This is a Test. This is Only a Test. from Cat Patches

Happy Hump Day, my friends. It's a laundry day here. We'll save our favorite task...grocery shopping...until tomorrow. The good times just keep rolling here at the Three Cats Ranch. 

Yesterday, I met up with my friend Sue at the South Store Cafe. It was a pretty day. I was trying to remember the last time we'd been here, and I believe it was pre-pandemic. In the meantime, they made a few little changes by adding more tables and rearranging the counter where orders are taken. They make good oatmeal here, and let's face it ...

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January 24, 2023
Starting Fresh from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'm having breakfast with my friend Sue in this morning, and so I'm writing fast today. It was a dazzling day yesterday. It was the first truly sunny day we've seen in a while. We've seen some sunshine, but it's usually foggy or cloudy. Yesterday...blue sky. So nice. The kitties were champing at the bit to get outside and kill something. They went outside with me while I filled the bird feeders. They had a bead on something here.


Pawssibly changing purrsitions could help.


And will you look at that ...

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Starting Fresh from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'm having breakfast with my friend Sue in this morning, and so I'm writing fast today. It was a dazzling day yesterday. It was the first truly sunny day we've seen in a while. We've seen some sunshine, but it's usually foggy or cloudy. Yesterday...blue sky. So nice. The kitties were champing at the bit to get outside and kill something. They went outside with me while I filled the bird feeders. They had a bead on something here.


Pawssibly changing purrsitions could help.


And will you look at that ...

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January 23, 2023
Two Finishes from Cat Patches

Happy Monday morning to you, my friends. Things are looking up here at the Three Cats Ranch. The paper-piecing is finished. And no bloodshed! Thanks to my excellent helper kitties, I can move on to the next project on my list.

First on yesterday's list was to finish the sixth block for the Domestic Affairs quilt.


Here are the six blocks I have for this quilt so far:


From there, we moved into the sewing room. With that one finished, I needed something new for this morning's stitching. As I mentioned, I'm doing this one next:


On ...

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Two Finishes from ... Cat Patches

Happy Monday morning to you, my friends. Things are looking up here at the Three Cats Ranch. The paper-piecing is finished. And no bloodshed! Thanks to my excellent helper kitties, I can move on to the next project on my list.

First on yesterday's list was to finish the sixth block for the Domestic Affairs quilt.


Here are the six blocks I have for this quilt so far:


From there, we moved into the sewing room. With that one finished, I needed something new for this morning's stitching. As I mentioned, I'm doing this one next:


On ...

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January 22, 2023
Quilt Reveal: Sonder from High Road Quilter

I made a terrible mistake the last time I presented my Project Quilting quilt. I wrote, out loud, that I had to go with the first idea that I came up with because I didn't have time for indecision. This was meant to be a guideline, not a rule. But it seems like my Idea Bank thought it was a free-for-all, and kept insisting on lots of unrealistic things for this week's challenge.

hitzi1000 CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

John Steinbeck

Let's ...

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January 16, 2023
Sewing the Day Away from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. Yes, I'm afraid it's Monday...or, Moanday, as we call it around here. It's going to be a good day, though. We're expecting the guy to come by and actually finish the basement. Oh my gosh...I thought this day would never come. It means I'll be out of my sewing room another day, though. It hardly matters. I have plenty of hand sewing to keep me busy today.

Yesterday, I finished up the first of two embroidered blocks I'm making for The Story of My Day quilt. It turned ...

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Sewing the Day Away from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. Yes, I'm afraid it's Monday...or, Moanday, as we call it around here. It's going to be a good day, though. We're expecting the guy to come by and actually finish the basement. Oh my gosh...I thought this day would never come. It means I'll be out of my sewing room another day, though. It hardly matters. I have plenty of hand sewing to keep me busy today.

Yesterday, I finished up the first of two embroidered blocks I'm making for The Story of My Day quilt. It turned ...

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January 9, 2023
Quilt Reveal: I've Got Your Back from High Road Quilter

In September of 2019, I posted a tutorial of how to make some fabric collage animals. I made several different animals for the tutorial. I wasn't sure whether I would make separate quilts or make one big menagerie quilt, so I added it to my list as one quilt. This means that I am breaking each animal off the menagerie quilt as I make a small quilt.

In December, I showed you Stand Tall giraffe. (More on that quilt below).
 

Today, I have the I've Got Your Back camel. I made the camel to accompany the llama. As ...

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January 8, 2023
Quilt Reveal: One Tree from High Road Quilter

 

 

I was minding my own business, thinking about what fabric to use for the binding for the camel quilt that I didn't manage to finish last year. It is a small quilt and a thought occurred to me that I am so glad the Project Quilting challenge helped motivate me to finish a bunch of small quilts early last year. Then, I wondered about when they would start a new challenge. I looked up the blog and see that a challenge has already been announced! It is The First One. This was on Thursday, which means my time to ...

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December 31, 2022
2022: The Year in Review from Cat Patches

Happy New Year's Eve, my friends! I'll just bet you've got all kinds of plans for getting into trouble tonight, don't you? 'Fess up. Now's the time. I know what I'll be doing: sleeping, no doubt. The thrill of ringing in the new year faded a couple of decades back, I think. Once you've rung in a new millennium, nothing else lives up to the hype. I suppose it's one of the drawbacks of having been born mid-century.

There was just a little time for sewing yesterday. Mainly, I didn't want ...

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2022: The Year in Review from ... Cat Patches

Happy New Year's Eve, my friends! I'll just bet you've got all kinds of plans for getting into trouble tonight, don't you? 'Fess up. Now's the time. I know what I'll be doing: sleeping, no doubt. The thrill of ringing in the new year faded a couple of decades back, I think. Once you've rung in a new millennium, nothing else lives up to the hype. I suppose it's one of the drawbacks of having been born mid-century.

There was just a little time for sewing yesterday. Mainly, I didn't want ...

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December 30, 2022
Whole Hearted from Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. 2022 is in its final throes. I can't say I'm sorry to see it go, although plenty of good stuff happened during the year. I'm afraid it will always go down in our memories as the Year of the Plumbing Catastrophe. We'll still be dealing with that at the beginning of 2023, but I do believe we're in the home stretch. We're just waiting now for some custom baseboards to replace the ones that got broken. When those are installed, the project will be finished.

But let's not get ...

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