Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New Stonefields Block

I was looking at photos of quilts from the Birmingham Festival of Quilts in England for 2019 and saw a quilt I liked very much. After a while, I realized that it was the Stonefields quilt by Susan Smith...you know...the one I'm in the middle of making. And since I was feeling like a bit of handwork, I pulled out the patterns...and made this block...which I think was the next block in line. (The pattern is set up as a Block of the Month with a booklet for each month).

Unfortunately, Cathy at Crazy by Design said she bought cat fabric because Molly would approve. So Molly now expects me to do what she tells me to...and she wanted me to fussy cut circles with cats in them. I objected because the small circles are about half an inch across and there are nine of them and only a fool would waste that much time and fabric because her cat insisted.

Molly approves...she also appreciates that although the circles were supposed to form a circle with a circle inside like a flower...they landed in a three by three formation which Molly thinks looks more natural. She insists that kittens in nature (without the influence of humans) prefer to line up in formations and march with perfect symmetry. (And yes, when she takes a nap this afternoon I may move a couple of the circles to look circular...just to annoy her.)

Sunday, September 15, 2019


In theory, I should me making spectacular progress on the machine quilting of the Idaho Square Dance quilt.

Unfortunately, the Ergonomics Engineering Kitten (EEK) is conducting assessments and has concerns that my sewing machine chair may not provide sufficient allowance for whiskers. I told my resident EEK that I don't have whiskers or rest my face against the chair back but now have a lot of cat hair on my sewing chair. She is going to write up her assessment of the chair and bill me for the cat hair after she finishes her nap.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Idaho Square Dance

I am having long conversations with myself about whether to work on poodles, sheep or seahorses...all projects started but on hiatus. Molly says that my having a long conversation with myself looks a lot like watching kitten videos on YouTube. So the final decision was to layer the Idaho Square Dance quilt top...this is a design by Bonnie Hunter.  Happily, I did most of it while Molly was in deep meditation (sleeping) so I avoided a lot of supervision.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tiny Tuesday Wednesday

I'm so glad that I have Tiny Tuesday to give me some quilt/fabric focus during the middle of the week. Just a sweet little puzzle for the middle of the week, all thanks to Angela at SoScrappy.

And how about a snack pack of spools? Today, Molly and Buddy hid out while two electricians were here. But Molly was out and about within two seconds after the electricians left. First, they used the magic door to her outside living room...the one she has never visited. And then she was just happy to have me all to herself so I could give her all the attention that the center of the universe deserves.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Back to Normal

Here's my Storm at Sea block that Angela at SoScrappy invited us to make for Tiny Tuesday.  and yes it got a bit stormy as I was making it. Luckily, I thought to put a monkey in the eye of the storm. The lion peaking into the center is just a bonus. I used flip triangles for the center square and the small outer squares. I paper pieced the diamonds. I did this twice...

I drew out the paper piecing diamonds and then traced them to deli wrap paper for paper piecing. It was only after I had finished them, removed the paper and sewn them to the other blocks that I realized something had gone very wrong. It turns out it was a faulty drawing. So I made the next set of triangles with a bit of curvilinear sewing and so yes, the Storm of Sea sports some very stormy piecing.

Buddy offered to fix the block with his brand new purple Sharpie pen which I immediately took away from him. I then asked around to find out where he got it, but no one was talking.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Whew! Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Yes, I finally finished the Chameleon Conspiracy quilt and delivered it for entry into the NW Quilting Expo at the end of the month. I went over and over the quilt looking for missed quilting threads that needed to be worked in. That's when I discovered the chameleons were spinning extra threads because they kept appearing. And I bet I find one when its hanging at the show. Buddy thinks its chameleon drool.

And as I was working on it at the end I was thinking how nice it would be to get back to piecing again. In my mind, I had a whole list of new projects to begin. But yes, sometime this morning I lost my mind and the list went with it. Okay, I didn't lose my mind...it only went in hiding at the thought of finally confronting the 20 million tomatoes waiting for me in the garden.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Quilt Deadline Madness

The chameleon quilt is due by the end of the week and I might be a bit stressed out. I did finish the binding and all of the "spin in the ditch" quilting. I also quilted the border. However, I still need to machine quilt an outline around the chameleons...about a half inch outside. Then add the sleeve and a label.

Also, I am using a Quilters Dream batting that is pilling like crazy. I usually use this batting and have never had this problem before. Hopefully, it will come off with a lint brush...along with all of the cat hair.

And yes, in the crunch to finish the quilt, Buddy is showing dire signs of neglect. He and Molly knocked the Tiny Tuesday blocks to the floor and there they sit. Next to the neglected cat.

And Molly is showing me what a beautiful cat photo I might have had except that I left a junk mail flyer on her ottoman.