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July 3, 2022
Sew All Day Saturday from ... Cat Patches

It isn't true that I sewed all day. I did some other things in the morning, but when I moved into the sewing room to finish off the New Mexico Kitchen block, it only seemed as if I'd been sewing all day. There was a lot of machine top-stitching and hand sewing to do to finish it off. Even then, it still needed trimming and borders. By day's end, it was finished. And that is the last one.  

Now it will move to the list of quilt blocks that need to be sewn into finished quilt tops ...

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July 2, 2022
More Map Mania from Cat Patches

As always, my day started with slow-stitching, and I filled in some more of Calendula Patterdrip's broom straws. 


I've moved my hoop up to where all the straws are tied to the broomstick. It should start going faster now. I'll pick it up there this morning.

My day kind of went off the rails yesterday. There I was, minding my own business, checking the list of to-do's on the day's calendar when I saw a note to "make reservations at Iowa state parks." When we take our Great Lakes tour later this summer and fall ...

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More Map Mania from ... Cat Patches

As always, my day started with slow-stitching, and I filled in some more of Calendula Patterdrip's broom straws. 


I've moved my hoop up to where all the straws are tied to the broomstick. It should start going faster now. I'll pick it up there this morning.

My day kind of went off the rails yesterday. There I was, minding my own business, checking the list of to-do's on the day's calendar when I saw a note to "make reservations at Iowa state parks." When we take our Great Lakes tour later this summer and fall ...

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June 27, 2022
Dearest Donations from Cat Patches

It was a hot day yesterday. It reached 93°F here at the Three Cats Ranch. We're generally around ten degrees cooler than in the valley, and so you know it was even hotter in the lowlands. We're expecting a little cooler weather today and through the remainder of the week. The kitties spent most of their day cooling their tummy furs on the concrete in the shade of the house.


And this naughty little girl...we had trouble getting her in the house last night. Her curfew has been moved back to earlier in the afternoon now ...

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Dearest Donations from ... Cat Patches

It was a hot day yesterday. It reached 93°F here at the Three Cats Ranch. We're generally around ten degrees cooler than in the valley, and so you know it was even hotter in the lowlands. We're expecting a little cooler weather today and through the remainder of the week. The kitties spent most of their day cooling their tummy furs on the concrete in the shade of the house.


And this naughty little girl...we had trouble getting her in the house last night. Her curfew has been moved back to earlier in the afternoon now ...

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June 24, 2022
Wild Country USA! from Humble Quilts


We have been in Wyoming staying on our property, trying to figure out a game plan for moving forward to build here.
I got the binding complete on the little flag quilt.
I thought I'd take the opportunity to have a little photo op before we leave!


For the desert at 6000' elevation we have a array of wildflowers. 
And prickly pear cactus.



Most nights we have had amazing sunsets.




We went hiking on a day the weather was not going to be too hot.




Thanks for traveling along with me! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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June 13, 2022
Trapped and Tangled Loon from Kim Hanson Quilts

Good day everyone. It has been a very long, long time since my last post. I have been writing mainly, taking classes, taking photos, getting my garden growing, with some quilting on the side. Also, my Dad has been hospitalized yet again; I can’t remember if it’s been three times or four times during Covid. . . it’s been a lot for both him and for his family.

I was so excited to have my very first children’s story published in the American children’s magazine, Cricket. My story, “Trapped and Tangled Loon’ was included in their April ...

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June 12, 2022
Flight Path from Cat Patches

It took me a long time to get going yesterday morning. The gray and rainy weather kills motivation. Even though I was slow getting started, I managed to get most things done that I wanted to. It was time to take the first stitches on my newest embroidery project: A Joyful Journey. I'm barely started with January's block.


I might have stitched some more, but it was getting late in the morning by then, and I still wanted to do my exercise routine. For the most part, I've been sticking with my routine pretty well, but I ...

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Flight Path from ... Cat Patches

It took me a long time to get going yesterday morning. The gray and rainy weather kills motivation. Even though I was slow getting started, I managed to get most things done that I wanted to. It was time to take the first stitches on my newest embroidery project: A Joyful Journey. I'm barely started with January's block.


I might have stitched some more, but it was getting late in the morning by then, and I still wanted to do my exercise routine. For the most part, I've been sticking with my routine pretty well, but I ...

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June 11, 2022
Quilting a Garden from Cat Patches

When I came upstairs to write this post, I left Sadie snuggled up in a quilt. It's been raining almost non-stop for the past two days. She knows what to do.


As expected, I finished off the Tucson Tabby yesterday morning.


When its turn comes up to be sewn into a quilt top, I have some cute fabrics to use. These are both regional prints that I picked up in our travels. The cactus fabric on top came from Quilter's Market quilt shop in Tucson. That was a long time ago, but it looks like the quilt shop ...

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Quilting a Garden from ... Cat Patches

When I came upstairs to write this post, I left Sadie snuggled up in a quilt. It's been raining almost non-stop for the past two days. She knows what to do.


As expected, I finished off the Tucson Tabby yesterday morning.


When its turn comes up to be sewn into a quilt top, I have some cute fabrics to use. These are both regional prints that I picked up in our travels. The cactus fabric on top came from Quilter's Market quilt shop in Tucson. That was a long time ago, but it looks like the quilt shop ...

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May 26, 2022
Out of Order from Cat Patches

My morning routine generally begins around 5:00 a.m. Mike and I are fairly early to bed...old people that we are. And then I'm generally up pretty early. When I was a teenager, I could easily sleep until noon, but now my body starts telling me it's time to get up and move those creaky joints. So, I get my coffee, check in on Facebook, play my word games, read my email, and write my blog post. By then, Mike is usually up, and so I make breakfast, and then do my slow stitching. And now ...

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Out of Order from ... Cat Patches

My morning routine generally begins around 5:00 a.m. Mike and I are fairly early to bed...old people that we are. And then I'm generally up pretty early. When I was a teenager, I could easily sleep until noon, but now my body starts telling me it's time to get up and move those creaky joints. So, I get my coffee, check in on Facebook, play my word games, read my email, and write my blog post. By then, Mike is usually up, and so I make breakfast, and then do my slow stitching. And now ...

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May 24, 2022
Still Circling from Cat Patches

Just one of our jobs got done yesterday. The crew showed up to top our trees bright and early. Mike amused me sitting there on his ATV. He usually reserves these big jobs for himself, but it seemed unwise for a newly-anointed septuagenarian to be climbing tall trees.


The window washer guy needed to be available for some problem with his elderly father. (He's nearly our age, and so I'm guessing the elderly father is *very* elderly.) He'll come next week instead. No problem.

I spent most of the morning making state park reservations for our trip ...

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Still Circling from ... Cat Patches

Just one of our jobs got done yesterday. The crew showed up to top our trees bright and early. Mike amused me sitting there on his ATV. He usually reserves these big jobs for himself, but it seemed unwise for a newly-anointed septuagenarian to be climbing tall trees.


The window washer guy needed to be available for some problem with his elderly father. (He's nearly our age, and so I'm guessing the elderly father is *very* elderly.) He'll come next week instead. No problem.

I spent most of the morning making state park reservations for our trip ...

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May 23, 2022
Getting Stuff Done from ... Cat Patches

It was a productive morning at the Three Cats Ranch yesterday. I did my housekeeping chores, finished off the laundry, and did my morning workout all before noon. After lunch, I filled the bird feeders and took a little walk around. There isn't much more to show right now, but several of the flower buds are being watched closely. One of these mornings, I'll go outside and find something big has popped open. For now, I'm keeping an eye on the dogwood, trying to watch these flowers transition to maturity. They seem to be getting lighter in ...

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Getting Stuff Done from Cat Patches

It was a productive morning at the Three Cats Ranch yesterday. I did my housekeeping chores, finished off the laundry, and did my morning workout all before noon. After lunch, I filled the bird feeders and took a little walk around. There isn't much more to show right now, but several of the flower buds are being watched closely. One of these mornings, I'll go outside and find something big has popped open. For now, I'm keeping an eye on the dogwood, trying to watch these flowers transition to maturity. They seem to be getting lighter in ...

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May 21, 2022
What did I miss? from Sew Preeti Quilts

Hello quiltmakers,

I am back from my trip to India. Mom's surgery went well and she is on the road to recovery. I appreciate your kind thoughts and warm wishes. 


Although my visit wasn't a vacation and I stayed home (near the A/C) due to the heat, my friends (Ruby and Savita) visited me. I felt spoiled with spicy food and sweet mangoes. 

Happy to see you :-)

Veggie Delight (Don't ask me the English name)


Vanilla icecream with fresh mangoes


The Indian street food that I loved would most certainly kill me now. So Meetu recreated ...

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May 8, 2022
Happy Mother's Day! from Cat Patches

 


Happy Mother's Day, my friends! If you are a mother, have a mother, or are missing your mother today, then I hope you have a wonderful day. 

The family is coming for dinner tonight, and so I'm looking forward to seeing everyone. It means I spent much of the day in the kitchen yesterday. That's only worth mentioning because it means I don't have much to tell you today. If I wasn't cooking or doing laundry, I was busy reserving campsites for our trip this summer. We don't ordinarily travel before Labor ...

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Happy Mother's Day! from ... Cat Patches

 


Happy Mother's Day, my friends! If you are a mother, have a mother, or are missing your mother today, then I hope you have a wonderful day. 

The family is coming for dinner tonight, and so I'm looking forward to seeing everyone. It means I spent much of the day in the kitchen yesterday. That's only worth mentioning because it means I don't have much to tell you today. If I wasn't cooking or doing laundry, I was busy reserving campsites for our trip this summer. We don't ordinarily travel before Labor ...

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