Friday, April 28, 2017


No sewing today. But apparently Friday is bath night.

Dog drool has magical cleaning properties.

Okay, maybe they are brother and sister after all.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Vintage butterfly micro progress

Four more vintage butterfly blocks. It was a bit of a shock to realize I had 44 more blocks to make instead of 4.

And my apologies to any of you who chose Buddy and received an email from Molly calling you a loser. She only meant it in a life sense not in terms of the contest. Despite Molly's preferences, the giveaway will close April 30, with winners chosen randomly...not based on who wrote the nicest comments about Molly.

And okay, maybe Buddy is a bit cock-eyed and his eyesight is out of focus. But I'm sure his selection of fabrics will be fine...especially if you squint at it.

And there was a comment about this fabric. A glimpse of it was showing in the last posting so I thought I would show it opened up.

And speaking of open, the clematis in the front yard have begun to show off.

And the peach tree is feeling exuberant and is making plans for lots of peaches. Of course, a black bear will probably have the final eating them all before they ripen.

Over at Three Cat Ranch, Barbara received her CSA allotment which included pea shoots. This rabbit is a world expert on snow pea shoots. He is a raw food activist and suggests pea shoots are best eaten early, often and raw.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fabric Giveaway

With the sale of the house pending, Molly insists that I have a fabric give-away. Both Molly and Buddy are each offering 12 fat quarters to winners of a random drawing. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me whether you want the selection picked by Buddy or Molly.

Buddy prefers neutral colors so you should expect Buddy to make a neutral selection. His favorite color is taupe. (And the Rufus hummingbird is his favorite bird and the photo of the hummingbird was taken by my brother Tom (yes, Tommy's namesake)).

It's really hard to guess what fabrics Molly might select. If you are respectful, she might be open to suggestions such as batiks or polka dots or orange or cats or whatever you want more of. But I certainly cannot make guarantees.

Molly does not think that giving away two packages of twelve fat quarters will be enough, but it's a start. If you're interested, leave a comment choosing either Buddy or Molly. And we'll see if Molly is open to suggestions. 

The drawing will stay open through April 30 (our time) and Molly will announce both winners on May 1.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spiderweb milestone

I am moving ahead on the spiderweb quilt. To help me move forward, I cut all the turquoise wedges and yellow strips I would need to finish the quilt. And over the last few days I have enjoyed happy, bright foundation piecing.

And I have now made all the triangles I will need. The pile at the bottom of the photo need to be trimmed. The triangles in the top row far left are trimmed but still have their paper. Next to that pile are the triangles with the paper removed, and to the right are the squares made from eight triangles.

For all that sewing, it doesn't appear I made much of a dent into the pile of strip bits.

And yes, Molly is looking pretty smug. She wondered how I concluded that I only needed 25 blocks to make the vintage butterfly quilt. According to her estimates, I need 64 vintage butterfly blocks and so with only 20 finished, I have not even made a third of the blocks needed. I'm quite used to her always being right.

And for No Reply Bloggers interested in the vintage butterfly pattern, Molly suggests visiting Cathy's Sane, Crazy and Crumby Quilting which features her version and the inspiration quilt, plus a link to Nostalgia Cafe for the pattern.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Vintage butterfly party

Here's a four by four square of vintage butterflies. The block looks a bit weird by itself, but I like how well they go together.

I've made twenty blocks so far and have only five more to make. I will either need to replace the very light block in the upper right hand corner, or make more light blocks that I can sprinkle around the quilt for balance. For the most part, I have just been grabbing multi-colored fabrics (usually with either butterflies or cats) and building the block off of that.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A few more vintage butterflies

Here are three more vintage butterfly blocks. It seems that whenever I stop to figure out my progress, I find I'm halfway there. It's about time to put them all together and see how well they like each other. However, Molly is running around like crazy and is knocking them down off the design wall as soon as I put them up.

Sometimes she is quite pleased with herself.

But at other times, Molly is quite serious, such as during experiential tunnel analysis.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Think Positive!

It's Molly again serving as your guest blogger. Staff has been working with the internet provider.

When the technician was here, I opened the door to the kneewall space and that's where Buddy and I hid. We are not supposed to go back here because kittens can go many places back here that people can't reach. On the other side of the sewing room, there is another kneewall space, but people can fit in there too. Boring!

This is the second time that I've opened this without assistance, so staff now knows it wasn't by accident.

Staff needs to practice positive thinking. As you can see, I was helping her remove the foundation paper before she sews on the strips. Staff is not open to new ideas. Staff's negativity borders on tragic. Then she wanted to know where the ripped off foundation pieces went. I don't have definitive proof, but I'm positive Buddy ate it because dogs will eat anything.