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Archive for November, 2008

It’s the time of year when blogging becomes a little harder and there isn’t much to talk about or show pictures of.  Not that there aren’t projects being worked on, because there are, but the projects are holiday gifts and i don’t want to spoil the surprise.  I’ve been knitting, sewing, stitching, drawing and even coloring on fabric with crayons.

Yesterday I made a greeting card for a friend that is in the hospital, I think it is cute but I put it in the envelope and addressed it before realizing I hadn’t taken a picture.  Also sewed a little on the mystery quilt.  I’m not a person that likes to sit at the sewing machine, so all of the sewing on this quilt top is getting old.  I did take a short break and work on the jungle scene for “A Crazy World”.  Finding a way to transfer the line drawing of the jungle house onto the fabric was difficult.  The different marking pens and transfer papers wouldn’t show up, so finally resorted to the old reliable tissue paper method.  I drew the outline on the tissue paper, basted it in place and then stitched over the paper.  Since I was using a short split stitch the paper was easily removed from around the stitches when I finished.

I have a sewing buddy.  My newly adopted cat Toby is still a little standoffish, until I go into the sewing room, he then enters and makes the rounds inspecting every nook and cranny, after which he expects to be petted and scratched as if he has accomplished the wondrous feat of making sure the room is safe.  When I start using my sewing machine Toby comes running, I think it’s the hum of my Viking Rose.  A woman in a quilting class once told me that my machine sounds like it’s singing.

As for Toby’s name, nothing I was coming up with seemed to fit.  Then I thought of Toby, and he seems to like it, he may not come when called but he will perk up his ears and look in your direction.

Lots of errands to run today, including rounding up the last minute bits for the Thanksgiving feast.  Then cleaning up the house on Tuesday, followed by baking on Wednesday.  The beginning of holiday craziness.

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Meet …?

On Thursday I took a trip to the city animal shelter to look at their cats.  There were several cats that fit my husband’s requirements, but one really caught my eye, he was extremely shy and hiding under a bench but when I reached out to touch him he bumped up against my hand, then came out and followed me around the room while I looked at the other inhabitants.  Not wanting to make a rash decision I left and decided to think about it over night, there was one other cat under consideration.  The more I thought about it I was coming to the decision that this shy black and white cat was going to come home with me.  So Friday as soon as the shelter opened I went back and adopted “Henry”.  (He doesn’t look or act like a Henry and kind of cowers when you say that name, so I don’t think he likes it either.) 

He is 5yrs old and when his owner surrendered him to the shelter he was infested with fleas, which they treated.  Since bringing him home he has spent most of his time under the bed in the guest room.  At first I was worried that he didn’t eat, drink or use the litter box, but late Saturday I noticed that he was doing all three and even ventured out to lay on an old afgan I had put on the floor, if no one was around.  Last night I left the door to guest room open and let him aquaint himself to the house while no one was up.  He came in our bedroom twice that I know of, I heard his tag rattle.  It will be a slow adjustment but he’s doing well.

Below is a picture that I got from the animal shelter’s website, since I haven’t been able to take one.  Still trying to come up with a new name.  Oliver is in the running with votes from family.  He is the sweetest cat, likes to be pet and loves belly rubs which for now are given at arm’s length.

New Cat

New Cat

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Saturday I drove down to Lawton for the Skrappies workday.  There were only five of us, but we had a good time and a great potluck lunch.  I think everyone but Cathy was working on their mystery quilts.  Melissa finished piecing all the components on hers and laid it out on the floor.  For sewing the blocks together when she got home, Melissa marked the rows as she picked the pieces up.
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Melissa's mystery quilt

Melissa's mystery quilt

I sewed along on my quilt and thought I was really doing well to finish sewing half square triangles together to make 18 square in a square blocks.  Then Carol Ann points out that after I finished sewing the 144 flying geese I was supposed to sew them together in pairs.  I guess in all of the excitement of finishing all those geese I missed that step.  Soooooo, I’m not as far along as I thought I was.

Saturday's mystery quilt sewing.

My Saturday Sewing

The last couple of days were spent in mindless fun sewing, not worrying about matching seams.  I’m using leftover flannel scraps to make a rag quilt for the hopefully soon to come member (cat) of our family.  The quilt is really bright.  The focus fabric is blue with yellow rubber ducky’s, the other fabrics are a bright yellow and a tomato red.  This is meant to be well used so I didn’t worry too much about the few places where the bottom fabric formed a tiny pleat while sewing.  If the cat notices and brings it to my attention, I might consider fixing it.

There hasn’t been any new work done on “A Crazy World”, but that doesn’t mean it’s been forgotten.  I have been trying to come up with a sketch for a house in the jungle.  My sketches weren’t turning out like I wanted.  Then I came across this photo of a house in the jungle of Brazil.  I imported a copy of the photo into Photoshop then clicked on View, scrolled down to Stylize and then Find Edges.  Below is a scan of the pic and then my sketch. 

Jungle house sketch

Jungle house sketch

Now all that needs to be done is transfer the sketch to the fabric and start stitching.  After I finsh this darn mystery quilt.

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I’m nesting

I’ve been gathering supplies in preparation for the new addition to our household.  Anyone that has been around me very much knows that I have been wanting a dog for a long time.  Bill says no more dogs because it’s too hard when they pass on.  Max and Jake were 14 and 16 years old when they died and Bill took it hard, especially Max who was “his” dog.  Anyway back to the story.  When Eve was here I said that since I couldn’t have a dog that I was going to get a cat.  That’s when Bill said “Fine, but it has to be neutered and declawed”.  I’m against the practice of declawing cats because I think it’s cruel and Bill probably thought I wouldn’t get a cat because I wouldn’t have it declawed.  But I know that I can find a shorthaired, declawed cat at the shelter in need of a good home.  So next week I will visit the animal shelter and hopefully come home with a new companion.

There hasn’t been any work done on the “A Crazy World.  Instead I’ve been plodding along on the mystery quilt, which really isn’t a mystery any longer.  I know that if I stop working on it that it will get pushed aside and become a UFO, and so far I have put too much time and effort in this project for that to happen.  So the crazy quilting will have to wait just a little while longer.  On the mystery quilt, I have finished sewing all of the small components and have almost finished assembling the first 17 large blocks.  Will post progress pics soon.

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