Kitty and the Quilt


IMG_3844Our version of “Princess and the Pea”
Kitty and the Quilt

Maximus decided that with all the snow outside, he was going to make himself comfy on a couple of warm, soft quilts, Hidden Treasures and Secret Garden.  It didn’t hurt that there was a lot of sunshine streaming in, which I am sure made for lovely kitty dreams:  mice, catnip, tuna juice.

Not that Max would even know what to do with a mouse, never having met one.

Secret Garden


IMG_3817When one is good, two is better, don’t you think?

Actually, Secret Garden was parallel processing with Hidden Treasures (my geek is showing – parallel processing indeed!).  I made all the strips at the same time.  It was pleasantly mindless sewing, which I really needed at the time.

The original thought was to quilt them together, so both sides would be colorful.  Some ideas are best left by the wayside, as I realized trying to line up all those strips, and stitch-in-the-ditch from both sides would make me crazier than I already am.

The next thought was to cut the whole thing in half, and rotate the two pieces 90 degrees.  That would solve the issue of lining things up, but I would still have to be careful of the embroidered additions.  I certainly didn’t want to quilt though carrots or an owl.  Scratch that idea too.

In the end, they became two quilts.  I had enough wonder fabric* from the local ASG Holiday Gala to make the backs the same, so there was continuity with that as well.

I haven’t yet decided if this quilt is staying or gifting.  Mr. Puck would prefer it stay, even though he doesn’t sleep on quilts.

*Wonder Fabric:  When you look at fabric, and wonder…why did I every buy that?  Every holiday the local ASG has a party, where exchanging one’s “wonder” fabric is part of the festivities.

Hot Mess


IMG_3834Would you believe this photo is a great example of the creative mind at work?

I would be lying if I said that.  There’s nothing creative going on here at all.  It’s just a Pile O’ Stuff waiting to be put away.

Bits and bobs from past projects still cluttering the table.  Finished projects waiting to either be taken to the shoppe or otherwise put away.  Quite a mess.

Beading will reconvene as soon as I can see the table top…and the unfinished projects laying under all of this!  Soon.  Very soon.

Hidden Treasures


IMG_3826Ever have one of those times when you need to do something just to take your mind off something else?  Well, this quilt is the result of one of those.  It was also a good reason to try some embroidery designs “just because” as well as use up stash.  We all have them, those cotton pieces toted around from place to place – too large to throw away, too small to be made into anything.

I got the idea from the Ebambo quilt I wrote about here.  That one turned out so well, I decided to tempt fate, and see if I could do it again.  The strips on this one are narrower, 2 1/2 inches instead of 3.  The embroidery designs are from a number of places – Urban Threads, BullarIMG_3833d Designs, Momo Dini and Kreations by Kara to name a few.  Other sources as well, though they slip my mind at the moment.

Very therapeutic sewing.  Row after row after row.   I did have to get a wee bit fussy to be sure that when I joined the rows I wasn’t going to cut through an embroidery design, but that really didn’t take a lot of effort.

I had originally thought to add something beyond the black border.  Then I realized it was large enough as-is.  Big enough to nap under, not really meant to cover a bed.

The back, as you can see, is a bunch of crop circles.  They get the Phred Paw of Approval!


2015 Recap


IM000188.JPGI had thought to do a recap of 2015, then realized that it wasn’t all that good a year.

Instead I suggested to Prince Charming that we build a bonfire in the backyard and dance naked around it, while mooning 2015 as it passed from sight.  It was 6 degrees outside.  We did not do this.

So, why the samurai?  There were a lot of battles, and much need for emotional armor, as well as physical strength.  We prevailed, though we are not unscathed.  Life will be different from now on.

Prince Charming’s Dad  passed away.  He is now concerned with his Mom, and her well being.  Grandmeow (aka my Mom) has been diagnosed with dementia, and moved with us.  There are all her needs to be taken care of.  There were furloughs, pay cuts, unemployment, re-employment and corporate buy-outs affecting our jobs.

Still, we are well.

We are not being bombed.  We are not refugees.  We have enough to eat.  There is fabric to sew and beads to be strung.  The Hellboys continue to bring smiles with their antics.  There are family and friends who love us.  Who are willing to help in a crisis.  Life is good.

Piss off 2015!  I am glad to see you gone.

Hello 2106!  Light to start a new journey!


Another BBT


IMG_3689Blouse Back-T, that is.

Goodness!  For now, I think three is enough.  Third time the charm.  However you want to say it.  I have enough of these for Spring.

Still using up bits and bobs of fabric.  One yard of peachskin (another wonder* fabric) and a yard of complementary knit.

No changes to the pattern this time around; it was a straight forward sewing endeavor.  Isn’t it nice when those happen?

*Wonder Fabric: One of those fabrics that has you scratching your head, wondering whatever possessed you to buy it…