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Monday, January 23, 2012

THIS IS WHY WE MAKE QUILTS, RIGHT?

Poppy has spent the last few days climbing the design wall, tipping it over, tearing it up.  Because of that, I took down the finished baby quilt I had parked there.  I folded it and put it on the ironing board and this morning, this is what I found when I went into the sewing room.    
She is so tired from trying to climb the wall, she needed a soft place to rest, thank goodness there was a quilt available.  
She gave me the evil eye upon the snapping of the photo.  Once I started sewing, she hopped off the quilt and onto the cutting table in order to help with that.  



Sunday, January 22, 2012

KNITTING

It's knitting season here, as I put away my Cross Stitch work in the winter when the light is too dim for my eyes.  And, winter in New England and knitting just belong together.  Usually I'm always knitting baby afghans for gifts and for Church Baptisms, but I've wandered off that path a bit and have knit a few things for myself.  
 Aren't these lovely scarves?  They were great fun to make, and I loved working with the yarns, the blue is Cascade Cloud, a Peruvian wool woven yarn, and the red is Cascade 220 Sport.  I also made a tam to go with the red scarf but the pompom isn't on it yet and the paw in the corner of the picture knocked it off the table just as I snapped the photo.  The cats love to knit as much as they like to sew. 

HOT CROSS

I'm sewing Hot Cross, a pattern in Schnibbles Times Two
I am making both the large and small versions, as these Pennsylvania cousins keep me busy.  I've started on the smaller one first, sewing it for a dear little 5 year old girl who was recently adopted by one of the cousins.  I will make the larger version for her Mom, Linda.  As you've probably read earlier in my blog, these cousins by marriage are all very dear to me.  

I am making both quilts out of Moda's Summer Breeze collection.  And, like other quilts I've made from the Schnibbles series, these blocks go together perfectly if you do exactly as they say.  I love these patterns, it is really a joy to make a fairly complex looking block with no fanfare or swearing during the construction.  The only part of the Schnibbles directions I don't like is the instruction "using a scant 1/4" seam."  In my world it's either 1/4 or it's not, I don't do scant---like how scant anyway, this scant or that scant?  I just make sure the fabric is not touching the guide on my 1/4" foot and I call that scant.  So far it has worked. 

CATS IN THE SEWING ROOM

Back in December we welcomed Poppy Kitten into our home.  She is Anna's foster kitten from California, and we rescued her and flew her home after learning there was a 75% euthanasia rate for the cats and kittens at the shelter she would be returned to had we not adopted her.  

The original plan was for Poppy to go live in Boston with Anna, but that plan is off the table now that Anna's landlord has employed an extermination company to deal with a mouse problem and they have used D Con.  Anna and her roommates had been using traps.  In case you don't know it, D Con kills not only the critter that ingests it, but any critter higher on the food chain that may ingest the critter that ingested the D Con.  So, if you put D Con in what you believe is a safe area of your home, to kill the mice but not your pets, you are still taking a big chance.  If your cat or dog gets and eats the mouse while it is still alive or after it has died, then they will be poisoned.  If the mouse goes outdoors to die, and a fox eats it, then that fox will die.  Use traps, they are safer for many reasons, and you won't have the smell of mice dying in your walls. 

Anyway, Poppy has done really well acclimating to our household, and our 2 dogs and one cat have done well adjusting to her presence.  Cassy Dawg and Reesie Kitten are doing well playing with her and trying to teach her some manners, and Misty Poodle has taught Poppy that as long as she stays the heck away from Misty's face she'll be fine.  

She has especially taken to the sewing room, and now there are two cats helping me .  And, as Reesie did, Poppy has discovered that climbing my design wall is simply great fun.  

Today's entertainment in the sewing room was my Oliso Iron, which was sitting and spitting a bit after I had filled it with water.  
They both sat and stared at it for the longest time, waiting for something big to happen.  

Although Poppy has grown a lot, she is still a very tiny cat and will likely remain very small.  Reesie is a refrigerator.  

A BABY QUILT

Last year I made a Pinwheel Quilt for one of the cousins back in Western, PA, to give as a gift for her new great grand daughter.  Another baby has arrived and so another quilt has been sewn.  I had a bunch of polka dots on hand, so just started sewing and here's what I came up with.  It doesn't photograph well, as some of the blocks are color with white dots and some are white with color dots.  The white background ones don't show up real well.  The fabric hanging to the right of the quilt will be the backing.  
I enjoyed piecing these blocks because it showed me that the best way for me to make a 1/2 square triangle is to cut the two blocks a bit oversized, draw the line across the diagonal, do the 1/4 inch seams on each side and then cut the blocks down to the size I desire.  Any other way and the points just aren't accurate enough for me.   

A BIRTHDAY QUILT FOR ME!

It's been a while since I've updated, so there's a bit of catching up to do.  Not as much as there should be, as over the holidays I enjoyed time with our family, with little hiding out in the sewing room.  Now every one has gone back to college, I'm back at it.  

I got a new camera for Christmas and today is the first chance I've had to really use it, and it's great!  Especially since on this one I don't have to duct tape the battery door shut, like I did after dropping my previous camera.  Now I'm careful to put the wrist strap on when I hold the camera, as my hands like to drop things.  

First I want to share with you the fantastic quilt my sister Christine made for me:

 Isn't it absolutely fabulous?  I love it is made out of "my colors" and fits in pretty much any room in my home.  And, what fun it is to have a quilt made for me!  Christine does extraordinary work, and it's fun because she and I make very differently styled quilts.  I love the fabrics and designs she works with and she says she loves mine too.  One of these days I'll have to get one of my quilts into her home.  

While I'm showing off the quilt (and my messy bedroom), I'll show you what's under the quilt

 Last weekend the family renting the home across the street were moving out and after they left there was a good sized pile of "recycling" left out front.  This old wooden ironing board was in the pile, and Paul retrieved it for me.  It is in perfect condition and the wood is lovely.  Not sure where it'll end up or what it will be.  For now, it's a place to fold clothes.