Saturday, December 31, 2016

part of a rainbow

It's the last day of this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge and I decided I'd better get my act together and finish one of the tops I started...  the rest are just little piles of blocks.

Edited to add: the top is all put together now, except a white border all the way around!  The pinks look a bit orange in the photo,and I could have spent more time arranging the colors...  but I try not to obsess too much.

This top is nearly done.  I didn't make it all the way through the rainbow, but it's big enough for me. The fabrics are almost all from the set of  Vicki Welsh's hand-dyes.

I just need to make one more butterfly for the space above the green fox (because the first one came out way too small for some reason!), and then add a few strips for fill-ins and sashing. I'm planning to finish it up this afternoon. Since the new butterfly will be purple, maybe I can make that count for January, too?

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!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The end of Orange

I made it through the month with very little orange to show for it --  one hedgehog:

And a few Monarch butterflies for the Block Lotto:

Here's what's really been occupying me recently: I started volunteering at CatTown, and this happened...
 CatTown specializes in rescuing cats that are typically considered "unadoptable" at the municipal shelter and are thus scheduled to be euthanized. These are mostly cats who are very shy and freaked out being in a cage.  Many are put in foster homes until they become more socialized, and there is a "Cat Cafe" where you can hang out with cats that are ready to be adopted.

Anyway, Jeremiah and Lucy  -- who are totally bonded and look like siblings but aren't --  came originally from two different shelters.  I think they're about 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 years old. They're still quite shy, and have decided that they mostly like hanging out under the bed right now.  Lucy (on the right) is more sociable and will approach for pets She's a very small cat with an adorable chirpy meow.  Watch for more pictures, hopefully out in the light!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Baby Stuff

Every once in a while I'm inspired to dig through the stash and cut up
kits" for myself using random combinations of fabric and patterns from books I've had forever...  some of my favorite quilts have come out of this (and a few "what was I thinking" ones, too!)

This is the latest of my kit finishes -- it's going to be gifted to a very expectant friend this afternoon.  I'm calling it "A Squeeze of Lime".

The pattern is "Twinkle" from Kim Brackett's Scrap-Basket Sensations.  It's funny that I always thought I hated lime green -- I can't wear it at all -- but I've developed a real love for it in quilts.

And, at the request of the mother-to-be, I also made a boob hat for the baby, to be worn while breast-feeding.  The pattern is here.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

More Purple Stuff

  As promised, here is more purple stuff for this month's Scrappy Rainbow Challenge:

First a bunch of Prismatic Echoes blocks using 3" strips and a purple wonky star -- I "borrowed" this idea from Ivani last month but I'm not sure if there's an actual pattern.

And then I decided to make some Hillside Houses using some hand-dyed fabrics I won from Vicki Welsh recently along with a little stash of other hand-dyes and snow-dyes I've accumulated from other sources.  Since the first house is purple, I think it qualifies for March.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

the forest so far

 For this year's scrappy rainbow, I've got three things going. First and foremost is the Fancy Forest using Vicki Welch's fabulous hand-dyes.  Here's the forest so far, including this month's purple blocks:

 I also did a few block lotto blocks which happened to be purple, too:
Next Saturday, I should have the other two purple projects done and photographed...

Friday, March 18, 2016

Quilt Orphan Adoption -- Pattern Giveaway!

 Quilting is more fun than Housework

Cynthia is spearheading her annual orphan giveaway, and I have some more patterns up for grabs -- 
let me know if you're interested in any of them, and I'll ship them off.  I'd prefer to ship to the U.S., but maybe if you beg/whine a little...

First is "A-Mazed" from A Quilter's Dream.  I made a small one in red batiks.

 Next up is "Tapas" -- haven't touched it and decided it's not on the list for me

 This apron pattern is one I helped edit, and C&T was kind enough to send me a copy. 

 Finally, these are 4 quilty greeting cards -- you create a little card, and the envelope is provided.

Saturday, February 27, 2016


Hitofude is an interesting cardigan sweater that is knit in one "brushstroke" -- it's been on my list for a while, and I bought the yarn last year at Stitches West, and Judy is hosting a knit-along -- so I decided to jump in.

The photo doesn't look like much, but this is actually the whole top of the sweater (neck, shoulders & sleeves) and the top of the back & front.  It's lace -- so it will look all scrunched up until it's finished and blocked.

Linking up with Judy's "what's on your needles" post.   I also have a pair of socks going, but that will be another post...

Friday, February 26, 2016

Knitted Things

 It's February, so that means birthday sweaters for the grand niece & nephew -- they're 4 this year!  (Easy to remember, since they were born on my birthday, and it was a round number that year)

First up is Bane's Skull & Crossbones sweater.  He's usually ambivalent about the sweaters I make, but this one was definitely a hit!  Pattern is on Ravelry here.

Mia was not as thrilled this year -- she put the sweater on and said "it's too big" and immediately wanted it off!  Actually, I think it's pretty much a perfect fit...  but she's 4.  The pattern is called Skinny Cotton Pullover, and it was quick and easy construction.

And -- a bit of background for this one.  My sister lives in Tasmania and raises pigs, among other things.  So when I saw this kit at Morehouse Farms for an Oink Scarf, I had to make it as a gift for her!  The 300 rounds of stockinette were boring,but I love the details -- 

I'm off to Empty Spools soon for a workshop with Susan Carlson and some sea air...