Sunday, November 27, 2016

it's that Cotton Robin thing again!

The weather has changed to "sweater" so it must be time to start up a new round of the Cotton Robin...

See this post from last year for basic rules, and send a comment or email me if you want to join in. The more, the merrier, right?  This year's official announcement is here and last year's Big Reveal is here.

If you've participated in the past and want to invite a friend or two with some quilting skills, please do.  Having said that, of course we're trying to avoid quality control issues!  It is expected that you can cut and stitch a straight line (if you're making something that requires straight lines!) and have familiarity with the various parts of making a quilt... 

And, I can't let you go without a few recent pictures of Lucy and Linus:

 Linus in his favorite spot -- the bucket that he barely fits into
 Lucy watching the world through the porthole
Lucy's on top this time -- an unusual occurrence!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

mad bunny?

A while back I posted a photo of a bunny block for my "Fancy Forest Rainbow Scrap Challenge" project -- I said I didn't really like the bunny because it looked sort of menacing...  or maybe just alarmed?

I pulled out the project to finish up last week, and along with a bunch of other blocks, I decided I needed one more bunny.   When I made the new block and put it up on the wall, I realized something didn't look right...  on the first block, I had placed the nose & mouth upside down -- the bunny should actually look like this:

NOW it looks like a mild-mannered fellow and so much better!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


I bought this super-cute Moda panel (Thicket, by Gingiber) to make a quick baby quilt for a sort-of relative (step-sister-in-law's ex-husband's new wife's baby!)

 I soaked it in warm water for a minute or two and then tossed it in the dryer with some other laundry -- and it color-transferred all over itself! You can see owl feathers in the space that's supposed to be blank. 

I have never had any luck getting this kind of thing clean, but maybe there's a process I don't know about?    (I'm going to zigzag the edges so they don't shred, and try washing it once with a color catcher -- but please, please let me know if you have other ideas about how to fix this.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

meager red sighting...

I've been AWOL from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge the last few months but decided to try to catch up a bit... so far all I've accomplished is this big scrappy star block:

and a handful of Barn Door blocks for this month's Block Lotto:

Other than that, I've been tech-editing a book of bags & pouches and made a few samples that I can't show yet, and pulled together this quilt top from a pattern called Ribbon Box Quilt that I found on the Cloud 9 website -- they have a bunch of interesting free patterns:

In cat news -- Lucy and Linus have discovered sewing!  I walked in on this scene a few mornings ago -- it's the first time I've seen them take an interest.

I found a fun book at the library called Cats in Hats by Sara Thomas and pulled out some yarn leftovers right away. My guys would never sit still for hats, but I found a couple of semi-willing subjects at Cat Town. Here's Jamie sporting a punk faux-hawk:
and Sinatra (he's got fabulous blue eyes!) in his party hat:

(no cats were harmed in the making of these photos...)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Quilty Orphan Adoption Event!

 Cynthia over at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework is hosting her semi-annual orphan adoption event -- where you have the opportunity to give away something that's been weighing on you because you know you'll never finish/use it for whatever reason.

This time around I'm not giving away a project per se -- rather it's a big pile of 2" strips that you can use to start your own project.

A few years ago I started cutting all my scraps into various sized strips and squares, and I actually do use the squares... but I just haven't gotten into using strips and they just keep piling up and they're beginning to feel like an albatross. So!  I will cram all of these into a priority box and gift them to someone who LIKES using strips.  Some of these are full WOF and some are shorter strips. It's a wide variety of fabric.   

Let me know if you're interested and what you might start using them for, and I'll draw a name.  Sorry -- mailing to U.S. only for this one. I'll draw a name on Monday, Sept 19 in early evening Pacific Time.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

another Cotton Robin reveal! and a fundraiser...

We've wrapped up another episode of the Cotton Robin, and the Big Reveal can be found here!

My own quilt started with this cute ladybug -- an older mystery block from Paper Panache.

and the fabulous quilt was made by Christa, Sophie, and Elizabeth.  I think the magnifying glass is so cool!

In cat news, we've changed Jeremiah's name to Linus.  It goes well with Lucy, of course, and since I always feel like he needs a security blanket it really fits.  Both of the cats are relaxing, slowly but surely, but still not lap cats by any definition.  Here's Linus lounging like a typical teenager

And, the fundraising pitch: As a volunteer and supporter, I am writing today on behalf of Cat Town to tell you about a great opportunity to help save the lives of shelter cats who seem difficult to adopt because they are scared, older or have special needs. From July 5-August 4, Cat Town is launching a campaign through “Saving Pets Challenge” online to raise funds in support of these beautiful animals.

Because I believe so much in the work this rescue does, (and I adopted 2 of the cats they rescued!), I am helping Cat Town to double the $60,000 they raised last year to achieve and surpass the 2016 goal of $120,000. And, there's the added bonus of $50,000 more if we can take first place for the most funds raised!

Won't you please help us out by making a contribution of $10, $25 or more at:

Thank you for your generosity and support! Cat Town and I thank you!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

catching up

Here it is with another month nearly gone and no blog posts!  I do have a few finished/nearly finished items to report, though...

A couple of knitted things -- I finished my Hitofude cardigan, which I love

And a pair of "My Cup of Tea" socks made with Miss Babs' Tarte  ( I call them "Green Tea")

On the fabric side, there are two tops done.
The first is an older Atkinson Designs pattern called Fire Escape that I bought about 10 years ago and finally decided to make from some stashed batiks. It was a quick project and I think it's pretty effective.

The second is a pattern by Kim Brackett called Island Chain.  The fabric is a FQ bundle of Anna Maria Horner's "Fibs and Fables" that I won in a give-away late last year from Intrepid Thread and Red Pepper Quilts.  To be honest, the prints were mostly not the sort of thing I would ever choose off the shelf, but I think it came together pretty well.  I have about half of each FQ left and if the pieces don't get sewn together for the quilt back, then they'll be the subject of a give-away one of these days.

And, here's an update on the Jeremiah and Lucy!  They are still shy, but are starting to act like cats.  Lucy is much the braver of the two, and spends most of her time out in the open now -- although she'll still saunter away about half the time when approached (or run away if it's my husband approaching). Jeremiah (whose name might change but we can't make up our minds) will come out of his safe spot more often, but always runs back when approached. When he's in his cubby, though, he loves having his belly rubbed and purrs up a storm.

Jeremiah in his Ikea cubby -- now covered in cat hair...

I can't believe I bought a piece of furniture for the cats!  They love it...

Lucy has discovered the sofa -- but won't let me sit on it when she's there!