Thursday, July 19, 2018


Oh dear, usually quilting blogs are a friendly, cooperative space, but I think Molly is intent on rattling some cages today. She is quite upset that Smitty, over at Three Cat Ranch, stole her exquisite paw work. She says she has a patent on both the hard right paw tuck she is using here AND the hard left paw tuck that Smitty is using. That said, she also says she has always had outdoor privileges but has never wanted to use them until now. Of course, it all sounds like MEOW! MEOW! MEOW! MEOW!

In the end when push comes to shove, I predict Buddy is not going to have a good day.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Last Year

I have not been getting much done lately, so I thought I would look back to what I was doing about a year ago and this is what I found. It's the Stonefield quilt. Coincidentally, I found a block that belongs to this quilt today, and now I am inspired to find the rest of it.

While I haven't been at the sewing machine lately, Molly has. I wasn't paying attention to her, so she took that as her cue to chew at the thread as it traverses from cone to machine. I'm not to sure what happened except all of a sudden she was across the room next to me with thread in her mouth and wrapped around her. I first got it out of her mouth and then was pulling it from under her. She started to play with it. And yes, it took a lot of pulling and fussing before I realized that the thread was coming from across the room. Although I didn't get any sewing done, I did use up quite a bit of thread.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Moving On

With the dementor quilt finished, I can move on. I have a number of projects ready for assembly. These are the vintage butterfly blocks...I have made bright blocks and subdued ones. These are the subdued ones.

Meanwhile, I should admit that Molly has completely lost her mind. Here she is at her new post by the front door where she spends too much of her time yeowing to be let out. And yes, I have reminded her that she is an indoor cat and has not been outside since she was a free range kitten in Virginia. What is truly weird about this is that her "brother" will go run and hide at various times of day as a variety of threats pass by...including speeding trucks and multitudes of dog walkers.

My next task was to clear off the cutting table so I could layer the I-spy quilt. Molly and Buddy could sense the vacuum and quickly filled it. And please note, that Molly is roughly 2/3rds the size of her pony Buddy.

The I-spy quilt is reversible. I am layering the quilt in two steps. First, I sewed the front to the batting. This provides a grid for aligning the back. I start in the center and align the block intersections with the machine quilting intersections. I also make sure the seams of the quilt back line up with the grid.
This means the one row underneath is exactly aligned to match. I pin both sides right under the fold. Then I carefully flip the back to the right side. The one row that I'm pinning is aligned underneath and does not move when I flip the rest of the back over. I pin the one aligned row. Then I repeat row by row until I come to the end. Because I began in the middle, I next row by row to complete the other side.

This is a very simple and easy process until a beached whale washes up and slows my progress.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Red postage stamps

Here's a red postage stamp block.

Here's a close-up. If you would like to see more red hot patchwork, visit the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Demented Quilt Top Assembled

The Garden Mosaic/Demented/Dementor quilt top is finished. The squares and half square triangles are 1.5 inches finished. My version of the quilt is 92 inches across...I left off the last 3 square/triangles from each side.

The inspiration for this quilt comes from Garden Mosaic, a pattern from Free Spirit.  I did not follow the instructions, however. I made this using strips to make bat wings. You can find out more here.

And here is the quilt with Molly. She thought she was going on a climbing expedition. Happily, she is taking a nap instead.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Close, but no cigar

There is something about assembling a quilt top that makes it seem like it should come together so much faster than it does. And its that false sense that keeps me sewing well after I should just step away from the sewing machine. I was making lots of weird mistakes, yet I persisted. Then I was putting horizontal sashing on the bottom of the top panel...and discovered I had made the sashing WAY TOO LONG. So I took out blocks until it fit.

Yup, when I took it to the wall, I cocked my head and realized the sashing had been fine. My problem was that I had sewn the top panels together along the long edge instead of the short edge. Oops. Where's my seam ripper...

Let's blame it on Buddy.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Red coins

Here are my red coins. Hopefully, I can use them to pay for admission to the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge where we are celebrating red for the month of July.

And if you are wondering how Molly is spending her Saturday afternoon...

 Oops, I disturbed Buddy's nap behind the design wall.