A Flimsy, A Milestone Birthday, and A New Hiding Spot

2014_May 5_Reflections_Wedding Gift for Lindsay Verde_Flimsy.

I have been working on this quilt top for a while.  This pattern is called, Random Reflections.  (Refer to my March 1, 2014 post for pattern details.)

I decided that the recipient of this quilt would not want it the length it was in the pattern as that would not provide enough length for wrapping around oneself in the cocoon fashion that my kids like to do with quilts so I added two more rows to the original pattern which made this top finish at 80″ long, rather than 60″ like in the pattern.  Next up will be to get this one quilted as it is needed as a gift for the end of June.

Today was my MIL’s 85th birthday.  Family members took her out for lunch at a local restaurant to celebrate.

Harold's Mom's 85th Birthday_May 5, 2014.

She had some help from the younger crowd to blow out the candles.Harold's Mom's 85th Birthday002_May 5, 2014. And just because it makes me smile….

Joey Under Long Arm Table-OptimizedThis is a picture of Joey’s new hiding spot.  He is not impressed with the flooring renovations that have been happening upstairs.  He used to like to lay on the carpet in the sunshine to soak up the rays.  The carpet has now been replaced by laminate flooring so now he heads downstairs and climbs up on top of the stack of quilts under the long arm to sleep.  I think he thinks he is hiding under there, but the tail sticking out gives him away.  :)

 

Seasons Redwork – Winter and Spring

I have two small finishes to report.  These two wall hangings form part of a pattern called, Seasons Redwork that has been designed by Paula Stoddard of Pacific Patchwork.  Back in 2009, these blocks were released by Paula as a BOM on her Quilt Happy, Quilt Often Blog.  Paula’s blog has been discontinued, but the blocks can be purchased from her website:  http://www.pacificpatchwork.com/Seasons_Redwork_p/ppw-320.htm
Paula’s pattern shows all four seasons as part of the same wall hanging.  I preferred to stitch the four seasons individually and frame the blocks with fabric that relates to that season.  My plan is to change out the wall hangings in my kitchen with the seasons.
Each wall hanging finishes at 10.5″ x 26″.
This is Winter:
This is Spring:
And finally because Joey just cracks me up sometimes, this is Joey:
We were watching a nature show on Discovery and he perched himself front and center in front of the screen.  He will often do this during Animal Planet and he makes me laugh every time he does it.

Year of the Cat

Today may be Chinese New Year’s and it may be the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese Zodiac, but in this house, it is definitely the Year of the Cat!

This is Joey. We adopted Joey from a local farm as a 6 month old kitten in 2004. Joey is such an integral part of this household that I can’t imagine what it was like before he joined our family.

Joey is never far away and inserts himself in all activities that take place in this house.

As I sit enjoying my cup of coffee in the wee early hours of the morning, before the sun rises, watching Joey asleep on the back of the couch, I think how lucky I am to have Joey.

2011 The Year of the Cat (YOC) is a Canada-wide initiative orchestrated by Care for Cats whose mission is to encourage individuals to appreciate the feline species and increase more responsible pet ownership which in turn will decrease the daily euthanasia of adoptable cats.

http://www.careforcats.ca/year_of_the_cat/2011_year_of_the_cat.html

If one of these furry creatures is not yet a part of your household, I encourage you to visit your local animal shelter/SPCA and consider adopting a homeless cat/kitten. I assure you that this will be a life-changing event.

Birthday Fun

This post is a bit of a mixed bag. I neglected to post pictures from my birthday on November 24, so here are a couple.

I was treated well on my birthday. I enjoyed a dinner cooked by my mother just before my birthday and dinner out on my birthday. I also was chauffeured to and from work by my DH on my birthday.

 

I also had two birthday cakes–one made by my Mom and the second made by my daughter. This heart-shaped cake was the one made by my daughter.
And no, I am not going to reveal my age. I will give you a hint though–I am old enough to know better and young enough to do it again!
I received a laptop for my birthday. This is how many evenings are now spent–the three of us computing on our laptops. This pictures shows my DD and my DH. I also will sit with my laptop but I am not in the picture because I took the picture. And no before you ask, we are not talking to each other on our laptops. LOL

This is Joey. Kids never really grow up. Although my son is way past his teens, he took some of our quilts and made a fort for the cat!
Good to see my quilts are useful!
The outside of Joey’s fort.

Border Day

One of the blogs that I read on a regular basis is Joyce’s blog over at J’s Quilting Blog: http://jdebreuilsartandquilts.blogspot.com/2008/08/when-all-else-fails.html. Joyce is a fellow Canadian quilter living on the prairies in a neighbouring province to where I was born. Yesterday morning when I checked in to see what Joyce was up to, she had made the comment, “When things don’t go well in the studio, my policy is to start something new.” I thought about that and decided to adopt that as my policy for the day.

I previously posted that I was unsure if my BQ2 needed borders. I had secretly decided in my head that I was going to most likely end up putting borders on that quilt (I rarely go without borders as much as I seem to stall at putting them on.). The majority of comments that I received confirmed that, yes, that quilt did need borders. The prospect of spending the day putting on boring borders was not inspiring or motivating to me. So, yesterday, I adopted Joyce’s policy and started something new.

I pulled out a box that was labelled. “4 Patch Stacked Posie”. I remembered that I had a 4 Patch Stacked Posie quit started that was sitting unfinished, but for the life of me I could not remember what the fabric looked like. When I opened the box, I found that all the four patch blocks were complete, they just needed to be set together. OK, I didn’t really start something totally new, but it was new to me for a second when I couldn’t remember what it looked like (must be a sign that I have too many UFO’s when I can’t remember what they look like!).

The 4 Patch Stacked Posie pattern, http://www.hddesigns.net/default.aspx?sectionid=1756&pageid=3671 calls for 1″ cut strips to border the 4 patch blocks before adding sashing and corner stones. I have made two quilts using that method and vowed that I would never do that again–life is just too short! I am not signing up for more of that insanity.

I was unsure of how best to set my blocks (which is why they were likely still sitting in the box). I headed over to one of my favorite resources for inspiration, http://www.webshots.com/

I found a quilt by Mary Lou with 49 blocks–just the exact number of blocks that I had–that looked simple enough. Mary Lou set her squares on point and eliminated that nasty 1″ border around each square, moving straight to the sashing and cornerstones. http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2628819070061648096aQTfwn

With inspiration in hand, I auditioned some fabric choices for the sashing and corner stones and ended up with what I had originally chosen months ago when I had put the blocks away in the box. It felt good to confirm my original choices though.


Please excuse the perspective of this picture. I put the quilt on the floor to take my picture. My new design wall, aka garage door, is unavailable this morning. DD’s car is parked in the driveway where I would stand with my camera to take the picture. DD is still in bed sleeping. In her defense, she has been putting in a lot of 11 pm to 7 am graveyard shifts at work so I am not going to wake her to move her car.

I spent the better part of yesterday putting together my quilt top. The designer of this pattern suggests that you split your fabric (4 repeats of the design) down the middle lengthwise ending up with two pieces of fabric 4 repeats long by 20 to 22″ wide. The first half of the fabric is what you make your blocks from and the second half of the fabric is what you save for your outer border. I was prepared to burn the midnight oil last night to get the final border on this one, but I stopped at 11:00 pm because in this case, this border fabric was just screaming at the quilt top.

It didn’t look like a good idea last night at 11:00 pm to put this on as an outer border and it didn’t look like any better an idea this morning. I think the final border for this one will be the same green that was used in the corner stones.

I am not sure if I will loose what is left of this print on the back of this quilt somewhere or if I will save this piece of fabric for some other project. Since I am not in a hurry to quilt this one, I have some time to think about these options.

If you are interested in the pattern for this quilt, this is the website: http://www.hddesigns.net/ I will warn you though, the pattern is very confusing. Some designers should stick to designing and forget about writing patterns. After spending some time trying to navigate this website, you might think that quilt designers should also stay away from web design. To the designer’s credit she says that, “Re-modeling of the website is being worked on! Should be ready SOON!” Hmmm….the date of the note is March 2008. It is now August 2008 and still no remodel is complete.

This is Joey. He is sitting in one of his favorite spots. On nice mornings, I like to keep the window open and Joey appreciates being able to sit in the fresh air and check out what is going on outside.

This morning, Joey was talking to his friend outside.


This poor thing seems to have been abandoned. He isn’t very old–I would say only 6 months. He has decided to hang around our house. Quite often in the morning he is curled up asleep on one of our deck chairs. He spends a fair amount of time hunting in the back yard and he often checks in with Joey. There is a screen between them. I am not sure what would happen if they could actually get at each other.