Monday, July 28, 2014
I ended the weekend by finishing all four nestled churn dashes and connected them as one.
As I look at the picture, I'm still undecided about those blue centers. I thought I liked them but now I'm thinking they need to be replaced with the red. That will give me something to do today, along with adding borders.
Leela has been getting use to her new home. She's a bit shy but I would be too after her horrific adventure. We are positive that she use to be a house cat. Most of the day she hides under the aquarium but she comes running when she hears food hit her bowl. We stopped giving her the expensive moist food. She feels more plump and her coat is looking and feeling great too. Now she just gets the expensive dry food from the vet, which I need to replace with something just as good but less expensive.
I'm hoping to have a bit of "normal" from here on out. Taking care of all these cats cuts into my creative time. Of course having 8 cats in the house alone will probably decrease my sewing space too! I think of the three blind mice song and imagine I will accidentally cut off a kitty tail at some point. Or rock over a tail in the rocking chair. So far the only one to sustain injury is me. My legs and hands have kitty love scratches. They are learning to soft paw but I sometimes get in the way of their playful attacks on each other. It doesn't stop me from loving them!
Wishing you a happy Monday!
Friday, July 25, 2014
Don't you hate running out of fabric? I thought I'd have enough blue scraps to make the bigger churn dash. But when it came down to it I only had enough for one block. I even looked in my stash but there wasn't an appropriate blue there either.
My sewing buddy Gail came over and we spent the afternoon sewing. It's been a long while since we've sewn together!
While she was here I worked on our groups new quilt. This time it's Freddy's Houses.
Now don't tell Carol our organizer, I made a mistake on my first block. I cut, yes CUT my first angle piece the wrong direction.
Thank goodness there was a big enough matching piece from the other angled piece! Which I checked, re-checked and asked Gail!
If you can't see it, well I did a good job covering my mistake!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Take care, Brandie
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
After I finished the "Bald Porcupine" I was still feeling like I needed to sew.
Than I spied two fabrics on my "need to sort" pile. I really liked these two fabrics together and my mind started thinking up ideas.
Just like a virus I tried to avoid it but it took hold and I feel under it power.
But than I realized those little blue diamonds in my "background" go in every direction. Did it bother me? Yes!
Am I being OCD about? Probably
So I'm keeping them as they are and I'm going to ignore the voices in my head.
So back to the cutting table and here are the corrected one. But which middle do I like best? I just can't decide. Maybe I should use both?
No worries about those first three, I think they may make a beautiful corner stones. Or if that fails, they can go on the back!
Enjoy your day!
Monday, July 21, 2014
A whole week (or more) went by without my hands touching a sewing machine or thread.
Maybe it was the heat? Maybe it was just the distraction of 19 cats?
Whatever it was I hope I'm back on track or have a routine that gives me a craft release.
So anyhow, I did finish up a project. And if course I had to iron it and the backing on a pretty hot day, Murphy's Law!
I detest ironing on a cool day. I would rather throw it in the dryer or go wrinkly but this isn't my quilt. This quilt will be gifted to someone so I had to do things correctly.
If only I had pressed those rows when I was done instead of waiting till I quilted it.
Simple straight line quilting. This was a beast to move under the needle! It would have been easier with straight rows but I had to pick a diamond shape and twist the quilt with every new angle.
But no more complaining because its done!
Being up close and personal while quilting sure doesn't elevate my sewing self-esteem.
Then I look at this picture and think, it's not too bad.
So there is my weekend finish.
P.S. I machine stitched the binding to keep myself from sweating anymore than I had to. We are in a drought situation here in California!
After this finish I rewarded myself with a new project. I cut up a few fabrics. Used up a few scraps. Sewed a whole bobbins worth of thread. It felt good!
Take care, Brandie
(I promise I'll be back soon!)
Monday, July 7, 2014
... I'm the crazy cat lady.
We discovered this lovely lady with four of her own kittens. But before we could trap them we were trying to get my other four kitties tame and to their forever homes.
Friday night we found new mama cat (whom we were calling Raggedy Ann) under the house with a serious eye problem.
We immediately set out the traps and caught this family of five.
At the same time I started constructing a cage made from wire cube shelving and zip-ties. We had to get creative! We are even using an old bird aviary. 17 feral cats is all we can handle and we need to nip this in the bud!
If you are looking for a new career that makes lots of cash, might I recommend going into the vet business?
I'm just a bit hot under the collar after this experience. I still feel I did the right thing by this poor cat but my future of luxury vacations isn't anywhere near the horizon. I'm not saying they shouldn't be paid for their services. I'm saying don't charge double what my local vet does and don't play on people's emotions and inflate your estimate.
Step two is handling them as much as possible.
Raggedy Ann (who may become Leela, like from Futurama) is allowing us to pet her. In fact we suspect that she was once someone's kitty.
She's severely malnourished but loves moist food. Anything to get her healthy again even if that stuff stinks and makes me want to vomit!
So there is my story of how I've become the crazy cat lady. I'm just a push over and our yard attracts cats. But boy am I hoping this is it! 19 it enough!
This is where I should put in a service announcement about spaying and nurturing your animals. Please do,there isn't any more room in my yard or pocketbook.
Take care, Brandie
Friday, June 27, 2014
I meet my deadline, goody!
It was a quick quilt and not to difficult to complete once I set my mind to it. I even had some healthy competition from Shay. Though I don't think it was fair for her for a couple of reasons.
1. Shay is quilting her complicated appliquéd orange peels. I was doing a big grid.
2. We both wanted our quilts done by Saturday. But Shay is a day ahead of us as she lives Down Under.
3. Shay is unpacking her parents into their new house. Me, I'm just sitting around eating chocolates and feeding kittens.
See its just not fair but I did like the challenge. Thank you Shay!
Just a few swirly feathers to fill the space.
I'll try to get pictures tomorrow hopefully with a BIG smile!
Shay, I'm looking forward to seeing your finish! I know you can do it! I'd send you some chocolates for energy but they'd never get there in time.
Grab some Cadbury bars with fruit and nuts and send me the bill. And throw in a couple packs of Tim Tams!
Take care and have a wonderful weekend!