7/13/13

Blogoversary Celebration and Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED...SORRY TO HAVE MISSED YOU


Wow!  Who would have thought I'd be sitting here today writing this post?  Really, who?  Come on and 'fess up!  Certainly not me.  When I started Cat Patches, I thought it would be fun to participate in the linky parties I saw on other people's blogs.  I figured I'd only be writing when I wanted to link up.  Heck, I didn't even know if I would write anything at all!  But you all have been so kind and supportive and such wonderfully loyal readers, I couldn't help myself.  Now I'm hooked on blogging and chatting away pretty much on a daily basis.  

To be serious for a moment, I want to thank all of you who have followed along and left such witty, helpful, encouraging and supportive comments.  You all feel like old friends even though I have met only a few of you in person.  Let's see if I can remember all of the events we've shared over the past three years...

There was Fun Fact Friday Freebie:


Foto Finish (now playing at Commotion from the Ocean of Life):


Occupy Your Sewing Room (that was fun!):


The 2012 NewFO Challenge:


The 2013 NewFO Challenge currently running:


I can't leave out the Doll Quilter's Monthly doll quilt swap (Join in!):


And I wouldn't feel right if I left out Captain Cattastic's blog, Cattanooga Choo Choo:


Do you remember when my button looked like this?


Of course there have been blog hops and giveaways all along the way.  All in all, a busy and productive three years of blogging, quilting, gardening, cooking, photography and kitties!  Seems like an excellent reason for a party.  Smitty and Gracie have been celebrating all week!  Don't they look excited?



Those two.  What a couple of party animals!

As a thank you to all of you who have made blogging so much fun, I have a giveaway prize!  I'm giving away an 11-fat quarter bundle of Marea by Dear Stella Fabrics.  These should brighten your summer sewing!



And I'm going to make it super simple for you.  Just leave a comment.  Any comment will do, but if you need an idea, answer me this:  If you had an out-of-town guest coming to visit, what would you take them to see in your local area?  That's it!  No hoops to jump through...just plain fun.  I will ship internationally, and so this giveaway is open to all residents of Planet Earth.  I'll leave comments open until Monday, July 15 at midnight and announce the winner on Tuesday, July 16th.  Good luck!

131 comments from clever and witty friends:

Nortiness said...

In my local area .. there's a few awesome lookouts that give a great view of the city!

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! That's a gorgeous set of fabric!

Congrats on getting to 3 years!! :)

Celtic Thistle said...

Congratulations on your 3rd Blogiversary, I love reading your posts :)

We always take visitors to visit the Roman Forts along Hadrian's Wall if they haven't been in this part of the world before. The views are stunning.

SoozeM said...

Happy Blogday to you, happy Blogday to you, happy Blogday to you, happy Blogday dear Barbara, Smitty and Gracie, happy Blogday to you!! Purr purr Meow! Purr purr Meow! Purr purr Meow! I would take my visitors to the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens and the Australian Garden, but it would have to be a nice day, it's been so cold here lately!!

Beth said...

Happy Blogiversary! We live in Clatskanie, OR and always take our visitors to Astoria. Whether they like seeing the scenes from The Goonies or Kindergarten Cop or prefer the seafaring atmosphere, it's always a big hit.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh My GOsh!! Congratulations sweetie. I have enjoyed your wit in your posts, and the pur-sonalities that tip-toe around, too. Oh I would take my visitor on our newly registered 'Quilt Barn Trail'.

Usha Murugesu said...

Congrats!!! Happy 3rd "Birthday"...wishing you many more happy blogging years...thanks for sharing your interesting and exciting blog with everyone.

Its hard to specify one interesting place...I live in a multi-racial country where we are blessed with a multitude of culture/food/traditions/place of worship...so I will definitely take guests to sample the variety of food, visit the beautiful places of worship and of course try the traditional clothing too!

Usha
usharaneem@yahoo.com

Usha Murugesu said...

Congrats!!! Happy 3rd "Birthday"...wishing you many more happy blogging years...thanks for sharing your interesting and exciting blog with everyone.

Its hard to specify one interesting place...I live in a multi-racial country where we are blessed with a multitude of culture/food/traditions/place of worship...so I will definitely take guests to sample the variety of food, visit the beautiful places of worship and of course try the traditional clothing too!

Usha
usharaneem@yahoo.com

Donna said...

Congratulations on 3 years! Cat Patches is an inspiration and pleasure to read. Keep writing!

Dasha said...

Hello Barbara,
Happy third BlogDay. I'm a relatively new blogger, and don't blog as often as I would like too - too many things to do! I have enjoyed my visits to your page enormously.
Now if I had an overseas visitor, I would take them to the Reptile Park just up the road from our house. Not only snakes and wriggly things as the name suggest but a really good way to get up close & personal to Australian animals which just wander around the park.
If I had an Interstate visitor, I guess it would be a bushwalk along our lovely coastline with its gorgeous beaches. We have mile upon mile of those.
Cheers,
Dasha

Julie said...

Love your blog :) We have so much to see/do here in northern Michigan but the top 2 would be Frederik Meijer Gardens and John Ball Park Zoo

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I take them around Harrow Boys School which has some amazing buildings etc. One of the rooms here was used for a scene in the first Harry Potter so most people want to see that!!

Ann Bassett said...

Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary. You write a very entertaining blog. I really enjoy it. Our local attractions are the Capital Building (22 stories with an awesome view) and the beach which is a 90 minute drive away. Keep on writing and posting.

cherylj said...

Congrats on your blogging anniversary! When out of town guests come to town I usually take them to our zoo. Our zoo is small but fun and kids love it.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Congrats!! We've been here just about the same amount of time. I just love that fabric and fingers are crossed!!
I would take my guest to the Hopewell Rocks Park...largest flower pots in the world...natural flower pots..

Diane Wild said...

Happy Blogiversary. Congratulations. You are an inspiration. Not sure where I would take guests. It would depend where they are coming from. I guess I would grab the fishing poles and take them to one of our 10,000 plus lakes.

bluenines said...

Happy Blogiversary! If I had out of town guests , some of the local areas that I would show them are, The coby rose garden, the riverside trail and some the historic houses up on the east hill

Dana Gaffney said...

Congratulations! You really found your niche when you started blogging and we're all thankful you did. Where would I take people? There's a lot to see here, but everybody likes feeding the Tarpon (big fish). It's weird and fun.

Jeanie said...

Congrats..Congrats! I always enjoy reading your posts, especially the sweet kitty ones. We have a wonderful zoo that is always a good spot for both kids and adults.

Margaret said...

In our area we have the Beautiful Spring River which is a main attraction for canoes and rafting.The beginning of the river states at Mammoth Springs so we take our guest to see the beginning of the river and watch how much water comes out of this spring per hour. It is a beautiful park with little signs at different areas that tell the history.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Happy Blogoversary! I only found you within the last year but I've thoroughly enjoyed following along! When someone comes to visit here, we often go to Galena, IL. It was the residence of U.S. Grant and eight other Civil War generals.There is lots of great shopping, neat architecture, and wonderful restaurants - a fun spot to visit for a few hours or a few days. ~Jeanne

Michele said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! I hope those partying kitties don't stay up until all hours of the night swing from the chandeliers. I like to take newbies in our area to Saratoga. It is full of rich interesting history and everyone likes to try the real spring water coming up from the ground.

Mimi said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! In our area we have a National Park called Pukaskwa - it has beautiful scenic trails along Lake Superior... I would insist they bring a camera to capture the breathtaking images!!

Bonnie58 said...

Congrats on your anniversary B'day. It's a great achievement. Thanks so much for all your wonderful blogs, sharing your life with us.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Congratulations on your Blogiversary! I've been a long time follower. We live in Florida, so of course the beach is a highlight for out of town visitors, especially in the winter time.

gpc said...

If you visited today, we could go see the tall ships in Bay City, where they are docked for the weekend. Other times we have a few small museums and some lovely parks, or I could take you to the shooting range! I'm always happy to have someone to shoot with. :)

Amy C said...

Happy Blogoversary! I'm loving your blog!
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Shauna said...

Happy blogiversary !! Thanks for he chance.

Malini said...

I would take them to Boston downtown, there is lot of tourists places to see and good food to eat :-).

Congratulations on your three year anniversary.

Barb said...

Congratulations! Time flies when you're having fun, eh? I'd love to take my out-of-town guests on the gondola ride up to the top of Bald Mountain (Mt. Baldy to locals). Whether it's summer or winter, you get up to the top and you can hike around, have a nice lunch, view with friends, and see a 360-degree panoramic view that is totally awesome. Makes a really nice day.

free indeed said...

Don't know exactly when I jumped aboard, but it must be nearly from the beginning. I've enjoyed following and reading all about your life and times.
Not too much happening in my neck of the woods, but maybe a bonfire on top of our hill or a cookout in the middle of the river that is the Canadian boundry if the river is low (usually in Sept). With border patrol running rampant in this area now, I don't know if they'd leave us alone to do it. :P

Debbie said...

I'm a fairly new follower, but I so enjoy your daily posts.
I love to sew and love my toe cats so you always make me laugh.

Congratulations. Have a great weekend.

Debbie

Kathy H said...

Happy blogaversary. You have really been in a lot of activities over the 3 years. Even though those hats are virtual, your kitties look annoyed at having them on in the picture! I love to see their pictures.
We just had company and took them to philadelphia to see the libery bell and have an authentic Philie cheesesteak.

Kate said...

Congrats on three years! I'm a fairly new follower, but I enjoy your daily posts. :)

I would take people to see...hmmm...The Missouri Compromise line runs north of here. We have a couple of kiddie museums. Um...that's about it.

The Cat From Hell said...

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Lia*s Handmades said...

Happy 3rd Blog-Birthday! So glad to be on of your followers :) Got a blog birthday coming up in a few months too, my first. So exciting :)

JoyceLM said...

Congrats on 3 years of blogging. I'd take out of town guests to visit the Bentonville Battleground, the Tobacco & Farm Life Museum, the Ava Gardner Museum & the Johnston County Heritage Center. Thanks for the giveaway.

Nati said...

Happy blogaversary! Thanks for sharing it with us!

SJSM said...

Happy Anniversary! Adults I take to Ft Baker so they can get the iconic picture of San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge and the city in the background. Then we would play in the city. For kids, I take them to the "Mystery Spot" in Santa Cruz and then we go tide pooling and the beach.

Gill said...

Congratulations!
In my part of the world we take visitors to Berkeley castle - the oldest inhabited castle in England and where Edward 2nd was murdered!

Lou said...

I am SO glad I found and follow you. I love to see your creativity and of course Gracie and Smitty and their grand adventures!
Keep up the great work!
If I had an out of town guest who was not a quilter... because if they were it would be quilt stores... I would take them to Austin or San Antonio for teh day. The only thing we have in Copperas Cove is Ft Hood.

Vicki H said...

Congratulations on 3 years!! I would take my visitors to the Wichita Botanical Gardens, there are 27 themed gardens and a wonderful childrens garden with awesome things for kids to do.

Lisa Marie said...

Congratulations on your milestone! Very impressive. There are some interesting caves near where I live. They offer guided tours that are a fun thing for visitors.

Mary Kunna said...

Happy anniversary! Love reading your blog (especially when Smitty gives his point of view).
There are so many places to take visitors, but Mt. Rainier is pretty popular.

barbara woods said...

Congrats, I would take them to rock city

ana-ane said...

Felicidades, por los tres años.

Si visitaras mi País te enseñaría todo Bilbao y sus alrededores y el museo

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museo_Guggenheim_Bilbao

Seguro que te gusta.

saludos

legato1958 said...

Happy Blogoversary!! I LOVE reading your blog!! I just can't believe how much you get done!!

Lovely giveaway prize!!

Susie
legato1958@aol.com

Ellee said...

Congratulations on your accomplishment. Your blog is a great inspiration. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Happy Anniversary!
Out of town guests would want to see the Arch and STL riverfront but if I could choose I'd probably take them to see Purina Farms with all the dog demonstrations, milking, petting area, cat complex, shows, etc.

Quilting Tangent said...

Enjoy your blog keep it going.

Patrica said...

Happy blogoversary! I so enjoy visiting your neck of the woods and seeing whats up. Your photos are fantastic and have inspired me to try to take better pictures for my blog and I love that you love to cook like I do and of course there are your quilts. Thanks for so much fun.

kc said...

And a VERY happy blogoversary to you and the party animals! It's been great fun getting to know you & laughing along (or commiserating) with all your adventures. Your photos are ever entertaining and often educational too, and *always, always* in focus. (how DO you do that???)

My oot guests always get the grand tour & here's where we go:
*Shiner, home of Shiner Bock Beer & 2 quilt shops (not a small feat, considering the town is only 1 block big!)
*the beach - ANY beach, Rockport (1 quilt shop), Port Lavaca (1 quilt shop), Corpus Christi (the State Aquarium AND a couple of quilt shops), Magnolia (sadly, no quilt shops, but still a nice beach), Port Aransas (again, no quilt shops, but dynamite fudge shop, and a free ferry ride over & back)
*Goliad, birthplace of Cinco de Mayo (yes, really!)
*geocaching pretty much anywhere & everywhere
*The Texas Zoo, where we volunteer, so the animals can be seen & touched up close & personal
*San Antonio, home of the famous Riverwalk (and who can forget the Alamo!)
and if there's still time after all that, Bandera, where they still run the longhorns into town every Friday night! (but, we have longhorns just down the road, so you won't *have* to go out of town to see 'em)

B Greene said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!!! What a great milestone to reach. We have beautiful waterfalls near our house, so that is usually our first stop. There is also a gorgeous mansion (designed by the architect of Biltmore), so that is always a great stop, too. Thanks for the giveaway and I look forward to the next three years to see what you are up to!

Dar said...

Barb, Happy blogiversary to you for 3 wonderful years. You are such a witty person and Smitty and Gracie are so lucky to have you as a mom.

I would take out-of-town visitors to our free, world famous St. Louis Zoo, up to the top of the Arch, to a Cardinal ballgame and then to dinner On The Hill - traditional Italian restuarants. Let me know when you are coming!!

Lyndsey said...

Congratulations Barbara on your 3 year anniversary. I've been enjoying the fun for over a year now and hope you aren't planning to stop blogging any time soon.

If I had a guest visiting our area it would depend if they have visited before as there is so much to do in London we are spoilt for choice.

Vickie said...

Happy Blogday to you !

Linda said...

CONGRATS ON YOUR BLOG!
ALWAYS LOVE YOUR READ!
MY VISITORS WOULD ATTEND THE RODEO HERE IN MONTANA WITH ME+HAVE A GREAT TIME! THANKS FOR YOUR NEAT GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Mara said...

Congratulations on your 3rd year. You don't have to go far to see the hit in my town, just look up, I live under the rocks of Meteora Greece.

txquilter said...

Congratulations! I love your blog - especially the GRACIE/Smitty chronicles!

I live near Austin so I'd take them to see our bat colony under the Congress St. bridge. Thousands fly out every evening at dusk. It's quite a site.

I'm coming to your area of the world for vacation and hope to see the Palouse. I was fascinated by your photos of it.

Sher S. said...

Congrats!!!! WOW!! 3 years, that is amazing. I'm glad I found you and have enjoyed the year I've followed. If I had someone come visit me I'd take them to Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland and all the local quilt shops that are within an hour of my house. There are at least 6 (I think).
I love seeing what you make, both done on machine and your wonderful hand work of embroidery . You encourage me to keep at it, thank you. Love your wonderful furry kitties, can't get enough of them.
Thanks for letting us live your life through your eyes and words.

Denise :) said...

Congratulations to you, Barbara, for three years *very* well done!! You're a terrific addition and inspiration to the quilting/blogging world!! :)

KT said...

We live in the heart of the bay area. When family comes to visit we usually take them to Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Happy anniversary! and thanks for the chance

Donna said...

Happy Blogaversary! I love your "comments" on life, quilting and your kitties! When people visit here they usually vist Gros Morne National Park to see the scenery and the wildlife.

Darlington Delights said...

Congrats on the amazing achievement and thank you for all the great blog posts! If I had a guess coming to visit (and I do) I would take them to see a local laser light show.

Chris said...

Happy Blogaversary! Maui and I both enjoy watching the antics of your kitties. Hope you just keep on blogging.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

In the summer our guests are generally happy to spend the day on the lake and I like to get them out on our paddle boards. Non lake season I take them shopping and to lunch in one of our cute little towns. Thanks for a great give away!

Janarama said...

Congratulations on your Blogiversary! I love reading your posts and seeing what Gracie and Smitty are up to.

I live about 50 miles from Downtown Chicago, so there are a ton of things to see and do. Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, Museums, Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute, Millenium Park, shopping, great restaurants, lakefront, Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield Zoo, Morton Arboretum, etc. I could go on and on.

About 50 miles in the opposite direction is Starved Rock State Park.

LethargicLass said...

I would have taken my visitors to see this, but sadly it is now gone :( One of my favourite places to go at lunch http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Parliamentary_Cats

Crickets Corner said...

Congratulations on your three years of keeping us entertained with your blog. I must admit that your blog is my favorite and the one I check for everyday. I'm just outside the KC area so I always take visitors for some great KC barbecue. KC has so many fantastic museums, gardens, shopping, performing arts. sports teams and family friendly attractions that I couldn't pick just one. If they are a quilter I make sure and take them to Quilter's Station- 12,000 bolts of bliss!

Bobbin said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your blog, and your sense of humor especially. When out of town guests visit, we usually take them to the National Aquarium. However, I must be honest--I'd rather be the one doing the out of town visiting!

ytsmom said...

Happy Anniversary! A local historic fort, sight-seeing in general.

otterdaughter said...

Happy blogiversary! I'd probably have a hard time getting any guests out of our own backyard, but i guess it would depend if they like city stuff or nature stuff. Seattle is close with the market and all, and Hurricane ridge is the same distance the other way for the nature lovers.

joyce said...

I would take them to Multnomah Falls and/or Powells Bookstore.

Margaret said...

I would take then on a tour of Quilts on Barns in our area and then dinner at our local restaurant. People come from miles away just to eat here. We might even go fishing at the pond.

ANudge said...

I'm so glad you're still blogging. I love all the photos and travels you take us on; the process you explain for your fun projects and your encouragement and support in starting new things. Wouldn't be the same without you!

ANudge said...

Oh, and I would take visitor's to our Mission Inn, March Field, the home of the first Navel Orange, and Tio's Tacos.

Susan said...

Oh congrats on your 3 yrs of blogging and for the chance to win the wonderful FQ's. Reading the 72 comments before mine I want to visit so many of these places. I also realize some of your followers are close to areas I am familiar with. With all that said there is nothing around me to see. So instead I bring out my quilts and give em a show.

Donana said...

Congrats Barbara! I enjoy reading your blog every morning. Thank you for sharing your life with us everyday. I wish you many blessings in your future.

Donna

Betty said...

Congratulations! Here are 3 places in honor of your 3 years. I would want to show visitors these: Helen Keller's Birthplace, Wilson Dam on the beautiful Tennessee River and Tom Hendrick's wall built to honor his great-great-great-grandmother's journey in the Trail of Tears and her return to the "Singing River".
http://www.natcheztracetravel.com/natchez-trace-alabama/florence-tennessee-river/456-wichahpi-stone-wall.html

shawn said...

Congrats on your third blogaversary!!! The place close to us to take guests would be Frankenmuth, MI. Thank you for the giveaway.

(smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

Since I live near Laughlin Nevada, my guests usually just want to go to the Casinos. I found your blog about 6 months ago and read it every day. Love the antics between you and your cats. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Paula said...

Awesome giveaway. Awesome blog! I love reading your blog. I don't comment much but I had to on this cuz I love the fabrics.
Happy Anniversary!

Aimee G said...

Congrats on 3 years. I'd take guests to the Pymatuning Spillway, especially if they had kids

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Melissa said...

Happy Blogoversery! I'm in Vestal, NY, so we take visitors to Watkins Glen to walk the Glen, Elmira to see Mark Twain's home, and Corning to tour the Corning Glass Museum. If they like wine, we do the Finger Lakes wine tours. And of course, quilty visitors get taken to all the local fabric shops. :)

Cecilia said...

Congratulations on 3 years! In my area I would take them to see Andersonville. It is the historic site of a Civil War prison camp. And the local quilt shop, of course.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Muir Woods is my favorite place to take out of towners-esp those who have never seen a Redwood tree in real life.

Sandra Lye said...

Love your blog!! We would go to moyie lake.

Lisa said...

I would take my guests to eat at "Huggin Mollys", its a 50's style restaurant in our town of Abbeville, Alabama. Has an old fashion soda fountain, ice cream and some Awesome food! Congratulations on your anniversary!

Catskill Quilter said...

Congrats on your 3 year blogoversary! I always enjoy reading your posts! When an out of town guest comes, I like to take them to St. Augustine, Florida, about 45 minutes away and the oldest city in the U.S.

Shari said...

Congratulations on three years! Thanks for taking the time to share your quilting, gardening, photography and kitties with us.

The Georgia Aquarium and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens are two of my favorite places to take visitors. We also have several quilt shops in our area that are great for visitors.

Wishing you many more years of blogging!!

LindaSchiffer said...

Congratulations!! ;)

I live in Columbia, Maryland which is between Washington DC and Baltimore.There are an astonishing number of great places to go with company in this area - ranging from the White House to Smithsonian to various historic places .... my personal favorite is the National Aquarium in Baltimore (with dolphins, sea creatures of all kinds and incredible lots of fun:)

Linda

Becky said...

We love to take guests to see the dam at the lake. Awesomoe! Thank you for 3 wonderful blogging years! Take care!

Fiesta said...

Everyone always wants to see the mermaids at weeki watching river

carla said...

Congrats on three years of blogging!!!! Great give away!!!! There is a restaurant and wildlife farm called Buffalo Trace that is wonderful!!!! It is the home of Medicine Heart...A white buffalo!!! She is awesome...we have been visiting since she was born!!!! I guess some people would like to visit Church Hill Downs...but that wouldn't be my choice!

Cal said...

Happy blog anniversary!

Look for unique thinks, that make your place special, like a cool icecream store, a cafe or awesome pizza place, or something like that.

Then, for me it would be some natural beauty, walks on nice trails, ocean front, etc.

Marjorie Nath said...

Congratulations on being 3!!. If someone came to visit, I think a trip to the ocean for the day would be a nice thing to do, for a longer trip, I'd love to go on a tour of the Aztec Pyramids., they are a good 600 miles away but on my bucket list.
thelady at hotmail.com

KittyAnnArt said...

I would take them to Airlie Gardens! http://airliegardens.org/ Although I''m a fairly new follower of your blog I've enjoyed every single post! Best, Ani aka KittyAnnArt & her kittys - Splash & Oni

jeannine said...

Congratulations on three years! If I had out-of town visitors, I think I would take them to the small town where I went to high school. There is a big lake there that draws visitors from all over this area. Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary said...

3 years and counting... SEW glad you started the NewFO challenges. A place around here, hmmmm Whitman Mission. I love taking my grandchildren there.

Elaine O'Connell said...

Thanks for the chance to win, these FQs are beautiful! Depending on the out of towner's interests, there are a couple of possible places....Longwood Gardens possibly, they are always phenomenal; the historical area of Philadelphia is wonderful; and Lancaster is just a short drive for quilting interests.

heartsease54 said...

I would take them on a day hike to Holland Falls. It is a fairly easy trail and has spectacular views down on Holland Lake (Swan Valley)Montana.

Judy1522 said...

We have had out of town guests quite often over the years and almost always take them to Multnomah falls, Mt Hood, Washington Park Rose Garden and then maybe to the beach if the weather is good. Also, if they are staying long enough we have even taken them to Seattle for the day. In Seattle we usually go the Pike Street Market and Chinatown.

Congratulations on your three year blogging anniversary.

Nancy in IN said...

Yea to three years
Now I would take to visit our cabin in the woods of Brown Co. Zoo is always a favorite of mine. As is McCormick's Creek State Park.

Patricia said...

Congratulations! You have one of my favorite blogs to read. I really enjoy your cat tales and am amazed at how productive you are.
When we have company we usually take them out to eat. LOL

Lynn - JnL4God said...

Congrats Barbara - This is awesome and I enjoy reading. Glad I get to be part of your Doll quilt swap and I already started new stuff each month, so now I get to do the New FO and you have encouraged me to get more stuff done. All the New FO's have got to get finished sometime. I like the blog anniversary Idea. I missed mine but I may have to do a 1/2 year anniversary give away.
So no more rambling - Happy Blogoversary!!! Lynn

Heidi said...

Happy Anniversary!! Besides all there is to do on the Vegas Strip, I love taking guests to Red Rock Canyon, The Pinball Museum, and of course our local shop, Quiltique;-) Thanks for all you share Barbara, you are so talented and inspirational!

hafza said...

Happy 3rd Anniversary Barbara! I first start following your blog when I joined the 2012 NewFO Challenge,but this year I'm a bit slow with the newFO since I focus more on finishing my UFOs. Thank you for all the sharing. I always enjoy reading your blog!

desertskyquilts said...

Happy Blogoversary! Time flies, eh? I always take people down to the Great Smoky Mountains park and I like Market Square in downtown Knoxville, as well as the Appalachian Folk Art Museum. Thanks for the giveaway.

dezertsuz at gmail

Glenda in Florida said...

Happy Anniversary--I must have been reading since the beginning. I'm in Florida, so most visitors want to go to the beach, but if we are looking for indoor activities, there are plenty of museums within 2 hours of my house.

HouseDragon said...

Aloha from the beautiful Garden Island of Kaua`i. We always take our guests on a road trip to the Grand Canyon of the Pacific (mahalo Mark Twain)aka Waimea Canyon.

A Quilters Playhouse said...

Hi Barbara, Many congratulations on your 3rd Anniversary! I really enjoy reading your posts on quilts and cats and hope you will continue for many years.

gayle

vicki said...

Happy 3rd birthday! I live near Tulsa, Ok. so I would take them to the museums and to Jenks Aquarium. Thanks for the giveaway! vickise at gmail dot com

c said...

HAPPY HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY

only 3 years! wow, your blog and your furr kids and you fo course make my life so much better. Its nice to loose myself in viewing pics and reading about your kindness in sharing yoru lives with us.

Muv said...

Hello Barbara,

Happy 3rd anniversary.

We would take a visitor to Bath, have a good stroll and work up an appetite for lunch in a pub.

Love,
Muv

Rhonda D. said...

Happy 3rd Blogiversry!! I live in southeast Missouri. I would take visitors to Current River then over
to Lake Wappapello. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

quiltzyx said...

Happy Third Blogoversary Barbara!

It's been a grand ride, hasn't it?

Where would I take an out-of-town visitor? Hmmm, let's see. For touristy stuff, I think we'd go to Huntington Beach (aka Surf City USA), maybe a drive thru' Hollywood. If they were a quilter, definitely M&L Fabrics, Sew N Sew, & The Fabric Patch.

hueisei said...

Happy 3rd Blogiversary Barbara!!!
I love your blog and cats and I am so happy to win your FFFF prize too. I am so glad to know you :D

Hugs from Malaysia and I will bring the special guest to our local fabrics shop :D

quilary said...

Congrats on your overflowing 3yrs of blogging - what a great effort!
In Sydney you'd have to climb the Harbour Bridge and go to a concert at the Opera House and a long walk around the Harbour foreshore to see the contrast of old and new parts of Sydney.

Jacque said...

Happy, happy blogiversary! Hugs and cuddles to Smitty and dear Gracie!
Hmmmm, we just had visitors here from Taiwan, and we took them to Falls Park in Greenville (SC) and they really enjoyed it. If we'd had time we could have put our bicycles to use on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. (Don't those names pique your curiosity? LOL) Thanks for the chance to win!

Peggy said...

I would take a visitor to the Naval Aviation Museum.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Maree said...

Wow three years of consistent blogging. Congratulations. I was so excited to see that Foto Finish was continuing elsewhere but when I popped over to that blog it seems to have fizzled out in early May.

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

Congrats to you, it has gone by fast.
Well if you came to visit you would need to visit some of the nice quilt shops around here. Then we would have to go hiking in the Ozarks.

MoeWest said...

Happy Blogaversary! I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for the chance to win some Dear Stella fabric. It's one of my favourites.

Cath said...

Dammit.....I think I am too late which is quite suprising as I am usually a regular follower of your posts. Never mind....Happy Blogaversary! Barbara....I just love reading your blog and catching up with Smitty and Gracie and will continue to do so until you call it a day (please don't!)
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Congratulations! Hmmmm....close by we have a Federal Prison.....giggle.

Cathy said...

Congratulations on your Blog Anniversary! I would take friends to Grand Canyon. It`s very close and cooler than our lake which is about 115 degrees now. Love your party cats! They are sweet.

A Quilters Playhouse said...

Happy Blogiversary! We like to take visitors to Nickajack Dam on the Tennessee River. It is fun to watch a barge, river boat or even a fishing boat to go through the lock. Thanks for the giveaway.

knitnkwilt said...

Happy Blogaverasry to you, Happy...

I think I've been on board about 6 months, and it's been fun.

From Portland I'd hit the Columbia Gorge drive, Mount Hood, and "She Who Watches" on the WA side. I know you asked for one, but I'd pick from these three the one the guest was most interested in. :-)

clairealex at gmail dot com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Happy Happy Blogiversary!! Here's to many more years!! If I had visitors we could always go to San Francisco, that is like two hours away. We could go to Reno or Tahoe, they are 2 1/2-3 hours away. We could go to Yosemite National Park, that is also a few hours away. I do have several quilt shops that are alot closer we could go to, hehe.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow - I can't believe I almost missed your Blogiversary!!!! I've been out of town nursing a sick daughter and she doesn't have internet. I hate trying to read blogs on my phone and I was much too busy anyway.

I wouldn't miss this celebration for the world! Cat Patches is my favorite blog - and I don't tell you that just to flatter, it really is! It's always the first blog I check for news. Of course, I first fell in love with George =^..^= But who could resist Smitty and Gracie? You always seem to be up to something interesting and fun! You've even inspired me to be a better cook - and that's saying something :*D I've enjoyed tagging along for your blogging journey, and I look forward to many more blogs to come!!

As for a visitor to my town, we always take them to the Opryland Hotel and then to Downtown Nashville to see the sites :*)

Gidget said...

I live in a big wine area.... so we would go wine tasting at the most beautiful wineries!

We would need a driver of course!

Congrats on 3 years of blogging!