Saturday, September 23, 2017

Falling for Orange

A little late in the day...but I feel back in the RSC saddle. And this month, the saddle color is orange.

Earlier in the week I made these two orange sheep.

Speedy chicken suggests you hurry over to the RSC blog so you can fall into some more orange.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Another orange sheep

Another orange sheep. And this may go well with the warning "Please Don't Eat the Daisies."

Here are the two sheep together.

And oops...someone's asleep on the job.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Orange Sheep

Yes, I will admit it. After visiting Gayle at Mangofeet, I had an extreme case of orange sheep envy. I even heard my orange fabric bleeting at me. I cut fabric for two orange sheep, but was only able to finish one. First, I still have a lot of trouble with this pattern...but in silly ways, like I'll make the nose out of background fabric or use dark fabric where light fabric should be.

I may also be suffering from too much help.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Design Wall Installed

Here is my collection of speedy chickens. And yes, that is the new design wall. The flannel sheet I had wrapped around the PVC frame was not sticky enough, so I bought a few yards of wide white felt, and this is working much better. And while I was attaching the felt, Molly helped identify areas where annoying kittens could get trapped between the two layers.

I also finished the last six wedges for the Pickledish quilt.

Today the workmen only came for a few hours. Molly decided to hide in the sewing room which meant that I had to seal off the front of the house and have the workers come in through the sliding glass door. But Molly was very nervous and stressed.

But then Molly's puppy Buddy came to the rescue. In the middle of the hubbub, Buddy came looking for Molly. He was crouching so low he almost looked like a cat. Molly followed him back to hide under the bed. After it was safe to come out, Buddy demonstrated his expertise with the three-tier roller ball toy. Molly demonstrated her expertise at biting Buddy and stealing his fur ball toy.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sewing Room Safety Review

Here's Molly settling in to her morning beauty nap. I was sorry to have to tell her that the workmen were returning and that she and Buddy would be hiding under the bed instead.

Happily, I didn't have to hide with Molly and Buddy and was able to get some sewing done. I now have a full setup with sewing machine, cutting table and ironing board. I'm still experimenting with arrangements. And here are the last six wedges needed for the pickle dish quilt.

After the workmen left for the day, Molly made up for lost time. She thought I had forgotten the most important part of the sewing room...the design wall.

Molly showed me that just leaving the design wall leaning against the wall is not safe for kittens or gaudy chandeliers.

Molly also doesn't approve of my using safety pins to attach blocks. Tomorrow's task list includes finishing the wedges AND attaching the design wall.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Staff ID

Today Molly insisted that staff obtain a photo id as added security. Both Buddy and Molly spent the day hiding because the house was overrun by workmen.

Molly was not amused.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Today was my day to make an orange sheep, maybe two. But I can't find the pattern! Okay, this is not a big deal because I do have the tutorials posted. And I do have seven patterns staring at me.

Next weekend is the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.  The sheep hope I have the flock filled out by then.

I'm hoping Molly tells me where the pattern is soon. I look forward to finding out where she hid it.

Addendum:  So Molly had me retrieve her blue fur toy from under a table...and there sat a bag with various paperwork including the pattern specs for the sheep. Molly was quite pleased with herself.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Poodle and Batik winners

Today I made a poodle using the tutorial...and oops, some of the measurements are off.  This quilt is going to have turquoise, pink and black poodles on white and black background fabric.

Meanwhile, Molly has decided that there is still too much fabric. So today there are going to be TWO winners.

The winners of the batik fat quarters are:

QuiltE and

Tu-Na Quilts  (Buddy would like to eat a tuna quilt!)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pickles and winner

Here are some pickle wedges. This means I got everything together for paper piecing. And I only accidentally ironed some template plastic once. (I use the small piece of template plastic to fold back the paper before trimming.)

And now its time for the party fabric giveaway.

And the winner of the giveaway of fat quarters:  GranChris.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Chickens, puppies and winner

I followed my advice from yesterday, and decided to start sewing although I don't have everything unpacked or set up in some semblance of efficiency. I have never been efficient, so why start now?

And this was not Molly's advice from yesterday. I misunderstood her. She wanted me to spend more time playing with her and cuddling. So we did.

Meanwhile, Buddy the puppy is trying to act like a cat...the social pressures in this house are so fierce. Luckily, the windows here have ledges that are wide enough to accommodate a small pony.

And here is the selection of fabrics for the September 5 giveaway.

The winner of this set of fat quarters is:  works4me

Monday, September 11, 2017

Fabric Giveaway 4 with circles

A small amount of progress filling up the shelves with flat folds.

Here Molly is explaining that she thinks I'm just spinning in circles and should just jump in a start sewing already. Everything's a mess, but she reminds me that its always a mess anyway.

Meanwhile, Molly would like you to know that the fabric giveaway has gone to the dogs...

QuiltSwissy that is.  Buddy is quite pleased and thinks dogs can be winners too.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Third Fabric Giveaway and Reorganization

I realized last night that my plan for the sewing room wasn't working out. So I reorganized the storage units. Molly supervised.

Molly likes the new arrangement much better.

Buddy is happy to see more floor space.

Buddy would also like to announce that the winner of the September 3 fabric giveaway is:

Janice Holton!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Second Giveaway Winner

Today's giveaway is tropical fabric...which is where many of us have our hearts and minds.

And in a bit of irony, today's winner, Shirley E, lives in Virginia. So this set of fat quarters is going to take a trip back to Virginia. Looking at the fabric, however, I notice that a lot of it is Alexander Henry and other California fabrics that I would have gotten when I lived in Southern California. This is well traveled fabric.

Meanwhile, I HAVE to show something orange in support of September and the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. However, today I spent most of the day unpacking. I got a lot done, but I thought I should be able to squeeze in a single orange block. Nope. It didn't happen.

So, here are some orange blocks from years past. And speaking of kittens, both Buddy and Molly have been very busy today. They are having their own emergency that has put them on high alert all last evening and then again today.

Last week, we had visits from the ugliest cat on the planet (UCP), although these visits escaped Buddy and Molly's radar. This cat, however, is quite provocative and have Buddy the Growler and Molly the Pacer on high alert.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Giveaway Winner 1

Here is Molly in her Random Generator Tunnel calculating the random number for the September 1 drawing.

And the winner is:     Charlene S!

Molly gives her congratulations, winner to winner.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Batik giveaway

Batiks are the fabric selection for this last giveaway. Buddy was going to make the selection but I thought even the most fervent Buddy supporters would not be interested in ten taupe batiks.

Molly scolded me for saving the best for myself. That is, the batiks were packed in a bag and a box...and she thinks the bag and box are much better than all the lousy fabric. She wants to also offer opportunities to win plastic bags and beat-up cardboard boxes.

However, this is a FABRIC giveaway, so if you leave a comment, in a week, Molly will select a random winner of ten batik fat quarters. Feel free to voice your preference for a plastic bag and box versus fabric in your comment. But sorry, regardless of your preference, the winner receives the ten batik fat quarters.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Happy Fabric

Today we are reversing trend and picking happy fabric. Staff made the first selection: party headphones, bright yellow, butterflies, balloons and floating cat heads.

So Molly picked party fish, party paws, party cats and yummy prey. Buddy picked cats eating prey and cats playing. (Yes, those look like pandas to me too, but some discussions are not worth having and they do look a bit like Buddy.)

This is the second to last fabric giveaway where I am selecting fabric as I unpack from my move across the country. Some of the fabric was used as packing material and some of it was just packed. In any case, if you would like to win a fat quarter of each of these fabrics, leave a comment and Molly will pick a random winner one week from now.

Molly would like to know which you prefer to serve for a party:  mice, birds, bats or fish.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ashen birds and More Orange

Today was also full of drama. Molly picked these ashen birds, the color of Portland sky, for her selection. She does not like closed windows.

I suggested that maybe the selection should be useful to quilters rather a way for her to vent.  Molly then told Buddy to pick nine fabrics to take with him for his forced evacuation. Buddy started collecting his mouse toys instead and bringing them to my lap.  Molly insisted that only Buddy was being evacuated so then he wouldn't leave my lap. This was not how I planned to spend my evening. Without the cat's "help", I decided to pick fabrics based on the ones in boxes I opened today. So voila...more orange.

Happily, one of the boxes included Molly's crunchy tunnel and Buddy's tiered roller balls. Given they are easily distracted, we are having a calmer evening.

As usual, if you would like to win a collection of fat quarters with these fabrics, leave a comment and Molly will pick a random winner in a week. I would suggest you leave a comment about your favorite toy.