Friday, March 27, 2020

Sheepish Hummingbird

Here is a hummingbird made from sheep blocks. Right after I took this picture, Buddy took a running dive and demolished this hummingbird. And this is why I feed hummingbirds outside rather than inviting them in for a snack.

And here are the sheep as they are slowly coming together. They have been up on the design wall for ages waiting for sashing. They were starting to look like wet rags dangling from their pins as Molly ran up the wall trying to shake them loose.

And I have to confess that I haven't been sewing much lately. I call it "reading" but Buddy calls it "Being a Buddy Bed."

Thursday, March 19, 2020


There are times for resistance, but sometimes you have to settle into the rhythm of acceptance. For example, right now I am accepting that I am going to be typing this post with Molly cradled in my left arm. It is important to treasure this moment of togetherness. Rinse and repeat for the other 23 hours. And yes, when I go outside I am carefully monitored from the window (whichever one is closest).

And I have pulled out the spools and have begun to sew again. There has been a lot of cutting before this. My goal is to have 1600 of these spools...each from a different fabric. I have a lot of spools with a dark value, and now I am trying to fill in with lighter spools. You may have remembered my buying a tub of scraps at a "downsizing" estate sale. These have all been cut down and ready to be sewn.

Today was supposed to be the day for setup of our quilt show. It feels like it was cancelled a month ago, but it was just last week. When I found out we weren't having a show, I ordered online from some of our vendors. These come from Island Quilter, located on Vashon Island in Washington.

After spending a month with penguins, I can't resist them in fabric form. I hope you have seen the video of the penguins wandering around the deserted aquarium.

Last, and certainly least, is a pesto hummingbird with radish garnish.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Team Hummingbird

I have heard many inspiring stories recently of people having to home school their own children only to discover how hard it is. Some are gratefully taking advantage of a daily online doodling class from Mo Willems. So today, I decided to leave it to Molly and Buddy to make the hummingbird.  Molly developed the conceptual framework.

Then Molly and Buddy worked as a team to make the hummingbird. Please pardon the blur. It is an action shot after all.

Buddy added some flourishing touches.

Here is the finished hummingbird. Made from Churu.

Here is a close-up. And after their successful collaboration, Molly and Buddy enjoyed a delicious snack.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Buddy Hummingbird

Here is Buddy's version of the hummingbird. Hummingbird Deconstructed or some such.

As revenge, I made a hummingbird out of cat toys. Buddy gets upset when I dig through his cat toys. He whines in a high pitch.

Meanwhile, I wonder if I'm the only one who finds social isolation a bit crowded? The "sanitation engineers" keep showing up saying I need a thorough cleaning, a stern lecture, and/or weighted blanket treatment...where the weighted blanket is a sanitation engineer.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Scrap Hummingbird

Time to sort out the scraps.

Buddy loves a scrap pile. He runs up to it, attacks, then runs away. He likes it even more when laser mouse is hiding in the scraps. I usually sort the scraps by color and put them in their respective bins.

But today I sorted by "Hummingbird" and "Not Hummingbird."

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Pieced hummingbird

Here is a pieced hummingbird. It finishes roughly 8 inches by 8 inches, larger than a real hummingbird. A new version of this hummingbird would use a lighter sky and a darker green for the body. When you have both black, white and medium values in a figure, it gets hard to find the right background.

The background was not a problem for this "Dear Jane Alternative Universe" hummingbird. This is one of the blocks that Dear Jane made but did not include in her famous quilt. I have been making these blocks using a common background...the chalk spot by Kaffe. This hummingbird's problem is a lack of an eye so he keeps flying into things and ramming things with his beak.

And now for the serious part of this post. There seem to be very serious misconceptions about hygiene that need to be debunked:

1. Cat tongues are NOT sanitizer wipes.

2. Cat fur is not an air filter...regardless of whether said cat is a "kitten" or a fat cat.

3. Yes, it is true that I have the luxury of working from home, but this is not a perk when my superiors impose ridiculous hygiene policies that I am subjected to 24/7.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Snow Hummingbird

Meet Mr. Snow Hummingbird. I was very surprised by his visit this morning.

I did see snow in the forecast, but where I live it rarely usually have to live up on a hill in Portland, Wisconsin to get any measurable snow. Okay...this isn't really measurable. But certainly its worth rushing to Costco and buying out all the white bread and milk (and yes, all the white paper products and soap are long gone...).

And Portland, Oregon is not in low supply of slackers. This one is willfully violating all of the social distancing protocols. Just to "stick it to the man," my cats spent a long time this morning licking each other's faces.