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June 14, 2021
Powerless from ... Cat Patches

What a dismal day yesterday! It rained the whole live-long day, for one thing. I did some slow-stitching in the morning, and then did some housework. After lunch, I turned my attention to the binding for the farm quilt. I'm limiting myself to two lengths of thread, but still managed to turn the first corner.


As I was folding it up, the power went off. It was around 2:30 p.m. Okay, so that pretty much put the kibosh on anything else I might have had planned for the afternoon. Thank goodness I finished my housework!!! So, anyway ...

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Powerless from Cat Patches

What a dismal day yesterday! It rained the whole live-long day, for one thing. I did some slow-stitching in the morning, and then did some housework. After lunch, I turned my attention to the binding for the farm quilt. I'm limiting myself to two lengths of thread, but still managed to turn the first corner.


As I was folding it up, the power went off. It was around 2:30 p.m. Okay, so that pretty much put the kibosh on anything else I might have had planned for the afternoon. Thank goodness I finished my housework!!! So, anyway ...

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June 13, 2021
A Slow Day from ... Cat Patches

It rained for most of the day yesterday. It makes me fear for things in the vegetable garden. We planted our first garden in many years last summer. Prior to that our last garden had been in 2012. The long gap was due to a gardening season like this one, when it rained and rained and rained right after we'd planted our seeds. 

In 2012, absolutely nothing came up. It's a lot of work to plant a vegetable garden, especially one the size of ours. So we gave up on gardening for many years until last year when ...

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A Slow Day from Cat Patches

It rained for most of the day yesterday. It makes me fear for things in the vegetable garden. We planted our first garden in many years last summer. Prior to that our last garden had been in 2012. The long gap was due to a gardening season like this one, when it rained and rained and rained right after we'd planted our seeds. 

In 2012, absolutely nothing came up. It's a lot of work to plant a vegetable garden, especially one the size of ours. So we gave up on gardening for many years until last year when ...

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June 12, 2021
Harvest Time from Cat Patches

It's a farm quilt right? When it's nearly finished, it would seem appropriate to start the harvest. And when it's all finished, the harvest will be in, right? It makes me think of that old church hymn, "Bringing in the Sheaves." So, yeah. I'm so old I've actually sung that song in church. It might even have been the day it was written, or certainly when it was still listed in the Top Ten.

So the quilting is finished. YAHOO!! I can't even tell you how much I dreaded this project. Now that it ...

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Harvest Time from ... Cat Patches

It's a farm quilt right? When it's nearly finished, it would seem appropriate to start the harvest. And when it's all finished, the harvest will be in, right? It makes me think of that old church hymn, "Bringing in the Sheaves." So, yeah. I'm so old I've actually sung that song in church. It might even have been the day it was written, or certainly when it was still listed in the Top Ten.

So the quilting is finished. YAHOO!! I can't even tell you how much I dreaded this project. Now that it ...

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June 9, 2021
Divine Swine from ... Cat Patches

We were up and out early yesterday to finish up our grocery shopping. We have a short camping trip planned for next week. Most of the food for that is already made, and so I'm hopeful we can get by for another week or two without having to make another major trip. When we got home and had things put way, we set free the cats, and I took a walk around to check in on the blooming things. 

The Fairy Princess peony continues to thrill and delight. It puts on more flowers every day.


Also, the rose bush ...

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Divine Swine from Cat Patches

We were up and out early yesterday to finish up our grocery shopping. We have a short camping trip planned for next week. Most of the food for that is already made, and so I'm hopeful we can get by for another week or two without having to make another major trip. When we got home and had things put way, we set free the cats, and I took a walk around to check in on the blooming things. 

The Fairy Princess peony continues to thrill and delight. It puts on more flowers every day.


Also, the rose bush ...

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June 8, 2021
Moooving Along from Cat Patches

There was a lot more to do outside yesterday than expected. I went into the garden to hoe weeds, only to discover several of the sunflowers had fallen over in the recent rains. They were not damaged, but I took some time to stake them up as insurance. When I'd finished with those garden chores, it seemed like a good time to pick the flowers from the sage plant. I picked as many as I could find and then took them inside for a run around the salad spinner. 



Usually I do this with chive blossoms, but the sage ...

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Moooving Along from ... Cat Patches

There was a lot more to do outside yesterday than expected. I went into the garden to hoe weeds, only to discover several of the sunflowers had fallen over in the recent rains. They were not damaged, but I took some time to stake them up as insurance. When I'd finished with those garden chores, it seemed like a good time to pick the flowers from the sage plant. I picked as many as I could find and then took them inside for a run around the salad spinner. 



Usually I do this with chive blossoms, but the sage ...

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June 7, 2021
In a Bind from Cat Patches

No jury duty for me this morning. So far, my month-long commitment of jury duty is going swimmingly. I haven't had to report even once. Probably by even saying that, I've jinxed myself, but I'm saying it anyway. It was cool and cloudy yesterday with a few rain showers thrown in, and that made it a good day for slow stitching. As anyone can tell you, slow stitching is best done with a cat on one's lap.


My first stop on the slow-stitching train was to finish off this section of the Heartland Barns block.


I ...

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In a Bind from ... Cat Patches

No jury duty for me this morning. So far, my month-long commitment of jury duty is going swimmingly. I haven't had to report even once. Probably by even saying that, I've jinxed myself, but I'm saying it anyway. It was cool and cloudy yesterday with a few rain showers thrown in, and that made it a good day for slow stitching. As anyone can tell you, slow stitching is best done with a cat on one's lap.


My first stop on the slow-stitching train was to finish off this section of the Heartland Barns block.


I ...

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June 6, 2021
Sew Fourth and Sew On from ... Cat Patches

When I said we weren't expecting rain yesterday, I spoke about five minutes too soon. Since I'm trying to get my hoeing days and my watering days separated, I had in mind to water the flower pots. But then I went downstairs to find it raining. Okay...so hoeing it is then. It was just a brief shower, and by the time I had my gardening duds on, it was finished. There was more rain later in the day, but it was dry while I was hoeing.

Okay, so I've been surprised at the lackluster performance of ...

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Sew Fourth and Sew On from Cat Patches

When I said we weren't expecting rain yesterday, I spoke about five minutes too soon. Since I'm trying to get my hoeing days and my watering days separated, I had in mind to water the flower pots. But then I went downstairs to find it raining. Okay...so hoeing it is then. It was just a brief shower, and by the time I had my gardening duds on, it was finished. There was more rain later in the day, but it was dry while I was hoeing.

Okay, so I've been surprised at the lackluster performance of ...

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June 5, 2021
Cool Down from ... Cat Patches

The past week has seen unseasonably warm temperatures. Generally, we don't see temperatures into the 80's until July and August. Fortunately, it won't continue. The weather has cooled significantly. We aren't expecting rain, but today's high won't get above 60 degrees. It's not great for the vegetable garden, but I think things are far enough along to continue sprouting and growing. Here are some images from yesterday's gardening activities. Let's just start with the flowers, shall we?

First up, the Fairy Princess peony is really putting on a show right now ...

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Cool Down from Cat Patches

The past week has seen unseasonably warm temperatures. Generally, we don't see temperatures into the 80's until July and August. Fortunately, it won't continue. The weather has cooled significantly. We aren't expecting rain, but today's high won't get above 60 degrees. It's not great for the vegetable garden, but I think things are far enough along to continue sprouting and growing. Here are some images from yesterday's gardening activities. Let's just start with the flowers, shall we?

First up, the Fairy Princess peony is really putting on a show right now ...

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June 4, 2021
All Ahead Slow from Cat Patches

It would be nice to say I spent the day sewing yesterday, but I did not. It was another busy morning of hurrying through my outdoor chores, just so we could go to the grocery store. Do we know how to have a good time, or what? As we were leaving home, I mentioned to Mike that I need to get my flower-pot-watering days and my weed-hoeing days separated, so I don't have to do it all at once. But never mind all that busy-ness. I still managed to fit in my slow-stitching time. The day goes better for ...

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All Ahead Slow from ... Cat Patches

It would be nice to say I spent the day sewing yesterday, but I did not. It was another busy morning of hurrying through my outdoor chores, just so we could go to the grocery store. Do we know how to have a good time, or what? As we were leaving home, I mentioned to Mike that I need to get my flower-pot-watering days and my weed-hoeing days separated, so I don't have to do it all at once. But never mind all that busy-ness. I still managed to fit in my slow-stitching time. The day goes better for ...

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June 3, 2021
Bon Jour! Plus, a give-away from Quilting with Kimberly

Bon Jour!

A few weeks ago you may have seen a short little video I posted on Social Media about a new line of fabrics from Timeless Treasures called Bon Jour! I paired those pretty prints with several of my Solid-ish fabrics to create a “curated collection.”

Miss Tater graciously decided to “model” the fabrics.

At the time, I promised to show you the project I had planned for those scrumptious fabrics. 

“Maraschino” from my Solid-ish line goes particularly well with Bon Jour…

…as do Mist, Stone and Black (shown from left to right next to Tater, above.)

I’m ...

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June 2, 2021
All Dressed Up and No Place to Go from Cat Patches

Lucky me...no jury duty yesterday afternoon, and none today. Nevertheless, I remain ready, willing, and able to do my duty for my community. I'll need to call in tonight to see if I have to report tomorrow, but then one week will be finished. (There are no trials scheduled on Fridays.) Yay me...for doing absolutely nothing so far. Still, you've got to admit there's some heroics going on right here in my own living room. A legend in my own mind...that's me.

Also legendary...these cats. It was a hot day yesterday, and ...

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