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December 17, 2020
Rain Chair Games from Cat Patches

If Rudolph had a broken shoulder, I’d be nice and let him join in my Rain Chair Games. It rained almost nonstop yesterday. I sat in a chair almost nonstop, although we did venture out for a bit. We needed to pick up a prescription, and we got a few grocery items. It was after noon by the time we got ourselves out the door. When we got home, I did some slow-stitching. It’s the best I’ve done with my slow-stitching endeavors. I didn’t do quite as much as I might have if I had full ...

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Rain Chair Games from ... Cat Patches

If Rudolph had a broken shoulder, I’d be nice and let him join in my Rain Chair Games. It rained almost nonstop yesterday. I sat in a chair almost nonstop, although we did venture out for a bit. We needed to pick up a prescription, and we got a few grocery items. It was after noon by the time we got ourselves out the door. When we got home, I did some slow-stitching. It’s the best I’ve done with my slow-stitching endeavors. I didn’t do quite as much as I might have if I had full ...

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December 8, 2020
A Commitment to Show Up from Where Art & Life Meet

I’ve been thinking about relationships a lot. Perhaps that’s because I’m coming up on my 20th wedding anniversary with this awesome man. Our relationship has seen its ups and downs, but we are committed to doing the hard work of showing up for each other no matter how painful and difficult that may be. As… Continue reading A Commitment to Show Up

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November 27, 2020
Here Comes Christmas from Cat Patches

2020 has seemed exceedingly long, while also impossibly short. Here we are just a little over a month from the end of the year, and it seems as if the year has gone by without really being lived. Certainly a lot have died. One can only hope this will all end before we find ourselves at this date next year. I was thinking about all we have to be thankful for in 2020. When I consider where we were last January, I feel a little as if we were in a blissful state of naivete. 

In January we met up ...

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Here Comes Christmas from ... Cat Patches

2020 has seemed exceedingly long, while also impossibly short. Here we are just a little over a month from the end of the year, and it seems as if the year has gone by without really being lived. Certainly a lot have died. One can only hope this will all end before we find ourselves at this date next year. I was thinking about all we have to be thankful for in 2020. When I consider where we were last January, I feel a little as if we were in a blissful state of naivete. 

In January we met up ...

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November 26, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving! from Cat Patches


Good morning, my friends! Turkey day is here...for better or worse. It isn't the first time we've spent Thanksgiving away from our kids. The first time was in 2017, when we made our trip around the perimeter of the United States. We missed them terribly that year, but our dinner was good. This year will be the same, but it's harder to be separated when there are only a few miles between us. We've talked about visiting via Facetime, but nothing else has been said about that. I had in mind to get an early ...

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Happy Thanksgiving! from ... Cat Patches


Good morning, my friends! Turkey day is here...for better or worse. It isn't the first time we've spent Thanksgiving away from our kids. The first time was in 2017, when we made our trip around the perimeter of the United States. We missed them terribly that year, but our dinner was good. This year will be the same, but it's harder to be separated when there are only a few miles between us. We've talked about visiting via Facetime, but nothing else has been said about that. I had in mind to get an early ...

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November 22, 2020
Sightseeing at Cape Disappointment from Cat Patches

 As I mentioned in yesterday's post, our Thursday afternoon turned bright a sunny. We grabbed the opportunity to get out and do a little sight-seeing. Our first stop was this lookout above the state park. Looking to the north, we saw this:


A few of you have expressed curiosity about how Cape Disappointment got its name. The sign pictured below explains it.
 

If you're interested in reading about the quest to settle this part of the world, I can recommend two good books: Astoria, by Peter Stark, and The Men Who United the States, by Simon Winchester. Both ...

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Sightseeing at Cape Disappointment from ... Cat Patches

 As I mentioned in yesterday's post, our Thursday afternoon turned bright a sunny. We grabbed the opportunity to get out and do a little sight-seeing. Our first stop was this lookout above the state park. Looking to the north, we saw this:


A few of you have expressed curiosity about how Cape Disappointment got its name. The sign pictured below explains it.
 

If you're interested in reading about the quest to settle this part of the world, I can recommend two good books: Astoria, by Peter Stark, and The Men Who United the States, by Simon Winchester. Both ...

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November 21, 2020
A Wet Week of Hand Stitching from Cat Patches

Good morning! I missed you guys! Did you miss me? We could get just a sliver of cell signal when we were out on the beach this past week, but in the RV...Nada. Zilch. Nothing. We were unplugged. 

As expected, it rained almost the entire time we were gone this past week. No worries though. I spent my time hand-stitching. Mike read his books, and the kitties were busy on woofie patrol. Smitty took the first watch:


Sadie took the second:


But let's just back up a few days, shall we? Before we left home, I finished off ...

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A Wet Week of Hand Stitching from ... Cat Patches

Good morning! I missed you guys! Did you miss me? We could get just a sliver of cell signal when we were out on the beach this past week, but in the RV...Nada. Zilch. Nothing. We were unplugged. 

As expected, it rained almost the entire time we were gone this past week. No worries though. I spent my time hand-stitching. Mike read his books, and the kitties were busy on woofie patrol. Smitty took the first watch:


Sadie took the second:


But let's just back up a few days, shall we? Before we left home, I finished off ...

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November 16, 2020
No-Show Sewing from ... Cat Patches

It rained most of the day yesterday, and I stayed in and sewed. For a day of sewing, there isn't anything to show you except peeks of this and that. Even the kitties were missing in action.

My first priority was to quilt and bind the "Memories" challenge piece. There was already a wound bobbin of this 60-weight thread, and so I used it.


On top, I used this 50-weight variegated blue from Aurifil. This was another of the gift threads from my friend Ila. Pretty blues, and just right for my quilt.


This small quilt could have easily ...

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No-Show Sewing from Cat Patches

It rained most of the day yesterday, and I stayed in and sewed. For a day of sewing, there isn't anything to show you except peeks of this and that. Even the kitties were missing in action.

My first priority was to quilt and bind the "Memories" challenge piece. There was already a wound bobbin of this 60-weight thread, and so I used it.


On top, I used this 50-weight variegated blue from Aurifil. This was another of the gift threads from my friend Ila. Pretty blues, and just right for my quilt.


This small quilt could have easily ...

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November 3, 2020
Idaho Quilters Retreat.... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

I spent the week in Idaho

at Twinlow Retreat Camp



When we arrived...
SNOW on the ground !





We quickly got settled into our room...





My roomie.....Larissa





Lots of natural light fills the sewing room...





Lots of inspiration here !





This is my home away from home for the week...






I am free motion quilting this
butterfly table runner...





I faced the edge for a clean finish...





This butterfly runner is nearly 6 feet long

and will fit nicely on our kitchen table.






Just beyond the trees is Twin Lakes





Icicles



Here are just a few of the projects
the Quilt ...

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November 1, 2020
The Sea: Gulls Just Want to Have Fun from ... Cat Patches

Well, I'll just bet you've been waiting on tenterhooks for the reveal of my quilt for "The Sea" challenge. In case you've forgotten all about it, I'm participating in the themed challenges for The Endeavourers art quilt group. Today is the day everyone will be posting their quilts for this challenge, and you can see them at that link I've given you. This is only the second quilt I've made for the group, but so far, I'm loving it. We're given plenty of time to complete the challenge, and so it gives ...

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The Sea: Gulls Just Want to Have Fun from Cat Patches

Well, I'll just bet you've been waiting on tenterhooks for the reveal of my quilt for "The Sea" challenge. In case you've forgotten all about it, I'm participating in the themed challenges for The Endeavourers art quilt group. Today is the day everyone will be posting their quilts for this challenge, and you can see them at that link I've given you. This is only the second quilt I've made for the group, but so far, I'm loving it. We're given plenty of time to complete the challenge, and so it gives ...

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October 31, 2020
Quilter's Math from Cat Patches

Does it seem to you that the days go by faster and faster all the time? Honestly, I feel as if I've just gotten up, but then I look at the clock, and it's time to make dinner. It makes me think of something one of my social work professors said once. Before moving into academia, she'd worked with the "frail elderly." She told our class that she'd asked one of her clients if time just kept going faster and faster as they got older. They said it did. Oy. I suppose it's like sand ...

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Quilter's Math from ... Cat Patches

Does it seem to you that the days go by faster and faster all the time? Honestly, I feel as if I've just gotten up, but then I look at the clock, and it's time to make dinner. It makes me think of something one of my social work professors said once. Before moving into academia, she'd worked with the "frail elderly." She told our class that she'd asked one of her clients if time just kept going faster and faster as they got older. They said it did. Oy. I suppose it's like sand ...

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October 28, 2020
Barn Quilts from ... Cat Patches

The only sewing I did yesterday was to hand sew the binding for Wyatt's World. Ms. Ears was my assistant for this endeavor.



We were planning to head out for a drive. There was a wine shipment to pick up, and we were going to take a Sunday drive on Tuesday to enjoy what might be the last of the sunshine we'll see in 2020. When we were ready to leave, I'd turned two corners, and was bearing down on the third.


Things are looking very "autumn" in our part of the world. We passed by a ...

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Barn Quilts from Cat Patches

The only sewing I did yesterday was to hand sew the binding for Wyatt's World. Ms. Ears was my assistant for this endeavor.



We were planning to head out for a drive. There was a wine shipment to pick up, and we were going to take a Sunday drive on Tuesday to enjoy what might be the last of the sunshine we'll see in 2020. When we were ready to leave, I'd turned two corners, and was bearing down on the third.


Things are looking very "autumn" in our part of the world. We passed by a ...

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