Friday, July 15, 2022

Pin Basting

 I confess that my method for pin basting is inefficient and extremely slow. I have heard of several methods that can considerably speed up the process, such as "I don't have a cat," "My cat is outside," and "I value my self autonomy."

Monday, July 11, 2022


I assume pin basting a sheep quilt is called felting...except its all cotton. And yes, I am using a cotton batting. I asked the sheep if they would like a wool batt and they were horrified at the thought...these sheep are raised for mutton. I was horrified by using a wool batt because Molly adores wool and the last time I layered a wool batt, Molly almost destroyed it (and me) in the process.

Here are the purple bow-tie blocks I made sometime last week. They come in three sizes. The smallest is 2 inches finished.

And here is Buddy trying to "photo edit" Molly's face in real life. 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Border Fence

 Here is the last border for the sheep fence. As you can see, I'm using sheep leg parts for the border fence. And I will use the black hooves for the binding. 

And I have had this fabric tucked away for quite a while waiting to be the backing fabric.

Here's Buddy in his heated bed...except now it is unplugged and using solar power. 

And I thought I would show off my photo editing prowess again...although it really does take a lot of time. This time I had to use anti-cranky and anti-grumpy filters on top of the "piss-off" adjustment.

And here is the photo after editing...quite a big difference.  I did consider using an anti-glare filter, but thought I might just end up with a puddle of fur.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Complaint Department

First, let me advise you that this complaint department will be making complaints, not taking them. First up, where are the months running off to before I am done with them?  Last year, after the last state fair, I decided I should enter the sheep for 2022...and somehow it's almost a month away or some such nonsense. And I still need at least 3 months just to make the momentous decision: should this have a wool batt?

I am working on the sheep's enclosure and added two sets of 2.5 inch strips around the perimeter. Next I will put up an electric fence to keep them from wandering too far.

And I liked it better in the olden days when surveillance systems were hidden instead of conspicuous, annoying and full of opinions.

And I have heard a lot of complaints about employers, but I have never heard of any that put their feet right where you're trying to work.

And I'd like to blog more regularly, but it takes so much time to edit pictures. Do you realize how long its going to take me to edit the grumpiness and stink eye out of this photo...

to make it look like this. Holy smokes...its already the fifth of July...

To end on a happier is the artichoke plant. It had its own complaints during our brief hot spell, but that's over and now it's time for the artichoke to put on some purple wigs and party. A feast for the it should be.

Here's the view from above.

And speaking of views...if you would like to cool off while watching a combination of jaw-dropping beauty and over-the-top adorable, please check out a recent video from Foresty Forest....

Thursday, June 23, 2022


And now I have pairs. Next step is to sew the pairs together. At that point I will iron them carefully and lay them out on the design floor so Buddy can help with the artistic decisions. He will probably bring along his Yeow catnip banana so he has something to bounce ideas off of.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Keeping Time with Hourglass Blocks

Today I made hourglass blocks from pairs of four patches I made for Project Quilt. I made the matching pairs four patches before I decided to make hourglass blocks that had four different colors in each block. I found this project when I was cleaning up the sewing room. The unfinished blocks are 3.75 inches. For comparison, I left one of the is 2.5 inches unfinished. I forgot to mention I added this smaller version of bow-ties to the mix.

This is a reminder that I sew the hourglasses around the periphery and then cutting along the diagonals. The big drawback of this method if picking little triangle bits from the corners and cutting dog ears.

And here is the new sewing machine covers the cone of thread, the thread holder and the sewing machine. I continue with my my campaign to prevent Molly Kitten from chewing on the thread as it goes from cone to machine. 

Here is the unrepentant Buddy who continues to swallow crunchies instead of chewing them slowly (like his sister who didn't need to have a dental cleaning this year). Buddy thinks she didn't have to go because she uses the sewing machine thread as dental floss.


Monday, June 20, 2022

Blue Bow-Ties

 Here are some blue bow-ties. I began making them as part of this year's Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. However, this year I seem to be blogging in an alternate time universe, so the timing is a bit off. 

Also, if there are issues with text size and wrapping, all I can do is refer you to Molly who changed settings with a walk across the keyboard. I am going to have to wait for her to hold a seminar in Blogger before I can get things back to normal.

I took a Zoom seminar with Kerr Grabowski on Deconstructed Screenprinting.  Her method uses dyes and to have the dyes set properly requires temperatures above 70 degrees. And yes, this has not been happening here. This makes the artichokes quite happy, however.

I am letting them flower because they are more fun to look at than eat. 

And poor Molly had a terrible day last week. On Friday, she didn't get breakfast until after 7AM in the morning. And it was disrupted by Buddy getting locked in a carrier and taken away. When staff came back (without Buddy), Molly ran to hide. However, staff didn't chase her and instead did activities that had nothing to do with Molly. Molly put a stop to that! Later, Buddy came back smelling worse than Buddy. After Buddy came out of hiding, Molly hissed at him several times to convince him to go back into hiding. And now, Buddy is getting his teeth brushed daily which means he is using more staff time than allowed.