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September 1, 2015

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Tuesday

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 11:44 am

Glacier Bay
gratuitous glacier picture for inspiration…

Is it ever going to cool off?

Yes, I know that Colorado is having a really pleasant summer. I’ve only seen one temp registering at 100 degrees, and that was on my car dashboard, so probably not too accurate. But still… I want to wear scarves and long sleeves again…

Bear watching
Scene from our Bear Watching trip last summer. There was empiric evidence (not photographed) that bears do, in fact, poop in the woods. Copiously.

I haven’t managed to work on my Taffy quilt any more, sadly. I’m really looking forward to the long (three day) weekend coming up. Hopefully, I won’t have too many errands to run or laundry to do, so I’ll be able to work on the picture again. Of course, I always think on Tuesday that I’ll have plenty of weekend crafting time…

What about you guys? Do you have any fun weekend plans?

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August 21, 2015

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Friday!

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 4:26 pm

Well, Friday has come and (nearly) gone, and I’ve not updated my blog for a while. I’m waiting for students in a couple of classes to clear out, so I’ll take the time now.

We had a delightful couple of days of Fall temperatures this week. It gave us hope that a break in the weather will come sometime soon. It also made today’s hot temperatures even harder to bear….

When last I posted, I mentioned that I was going to take an “Animal Portrait” quilt class in Golden. It was quite an enjoyable day and I was happy to learn a new technique. I suspect that I will be taking the lessons that I learned and using them a little more free form manner, but that is all in the future, right?

If you remember, this is the picture of Taffy that I decided to use:

Taffy for quilt class

This is the result of the class time on Saturday, more work that evening, and more work the next day (Sunday).

Taffy's portrait

I really like how it is coming out, even though the colors aren’t perfectly selected (they look darker to me). The good thing is that all of the pieces are only temporarily attached, so I can replace any of them that I wish. Once all of the pieces are in place then I will steam/fuse them down so they won’t move around when I do the detail quilting. Whiskers will be added last, and either quilted or painted on. I’ll make that decision when the time comes.

The eyes are special, I think (if I can brag). The instructor provided silk scraps for us to use for eyes and noses. Then she came around and gave us paint for the highlights… I did my eyes myself and I think they came out really well.

The size is (roughly) 11×17 inches. I’m not sure what I will be doing for the background, yet, but the teacher gave us plenty of ideas.

The really neat thing is that I discovered that Taffy has little squarish orange/peach patches under each eye!! I learned something new about my kitty!

I hope that I will be able to find the time to keep working on this project this weekend. I’m hoping to go out and order new glasses tonight, and hopefully that won’t take too long. The Broncos are playing a preseason game on Saturday evening, so maybe I can get some quilting done during that.

Everybody have a fantastic weekend!!

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August 11, 2015

Cat Bullet

Tuesday

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 9:19 am

Tropical leaves

Botanical Garden Tropical leaves

Quiet weekend. Did loads of laundry (see what I did there?). I did hand washing as well as machine washing. Drying took forever because it was fairly humid (I’ll pause while my Southern readers laugh hysterically…)

Aren’t you glad that I share all of these little details with you? At least I didn’t take photos of my drying unmentionables.

My weekend was marred by a pervasive sense of uncreativeness. I had hoped to either make progress on existing projects or even start a new art project, but nothing really happened. It was too hot, too humid, and too headachy. Bummer. I did get a lot of meal prep done for the week and I also cleaned out half of my closet. So it wasn’t entirely a waste of time.

But still, I was disappointed.

Next weekend, I have an “Animal Portrait Quilt” class in Golden. I will see what I can do with this photo:
Taffy for quilt class

I took a copy of it to FedEx/Kinkos to have it printed on 11×17 paper. The employee was very helpful – he cropped the photo so it is mostly just Taffy and then printed it both in color and black and white…

Now I have got to go through my stash and find “Taffy colored” fabrics. Although I am resisting the urge to do her in monochromatic purple or blue or something like that.

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August 7, 2015

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Hmmm

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 9:15 am

Orchid at the Botannical Gardens

You know the problem with posting a cute kitten video on your blog is that every time you visit your blog to post an update, you watch the kitten and then forget to do the update!!

Not much to report here, craft wise…

Amy’s baby blanket was shipped off and so was the Zombie BBQ Shawl. I sent the shawl to my friend Diana who writes books about zombies. She was really happy to receive it. “Zombie BBQ” was the name of the yarn color. It had blood red, pus green, bone white and brain grey… Oddly, it was quite the pretty color combination!

Zombie BBQ shawl back
(thanks to my Sister in Law Ginger for modeling)

I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the shawl pattern. I know that I saw a sample knit up at the Loopy Ewe in Fort Collins, and I think I probably got the pattern off of Ravelry, but it isn’t in my pattern library. Maybe they had print-outs at the store… If anyone really wants to know, leave a comment and I’ll see if I can find the pattern name…

I’m going to count shipping out two packages as productivity. It got things done and out of the house, right?

It is my last weekend before the semester starts. Next week we train all of the Teaching Assistants, and then the students start classes the following Monday. I’m not sure what I’m going to be able to accomplish, craft-wise, over the weekend, but I have a LARGE quantity of laundry so I usually get some crafting done while I am working my way through that… In an ideal world, I’d be able to clean the house, wash the car and stock the fridge with pre-semester goodies. In actuality, though, I think I would be happy if I get most of the laundry done and make it to the grocery store.

ETA: I have more of the zombie BBQ yarn. I think I’m probably going to make a cowl out of it for myself. You know… in all of my spare time…

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July 31, 2015

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Happy Friday

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 9:39 am

Note the polydactylism on the kitten… They are now growing thumbs so that they can more completely take over the world!

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July 29, 2015

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finished baby quilt

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 2:00 pm

Here is a photo of the finished baby quilt… sort of…

Amy's Baby Quilt done

I quilted it with a straight line diagonal, about 3 1/2 inches apart. backed it with an off white calico with small yellow, tan and blue flowers, bound it with a dark yellow-green polka dot fabirc, and then washed it. I used about six of those “Shout Color Catchers” and there was no apparent bleeding of the colors onto the neutrals. The color catchers came out of the load pretty darkly colored, so I guess that they did their job.

Once it came out of the dryer, I noticed that about one inch of one of the seams had popped. I dithered for a while but then decided to hit the raw edge with Fray-Check and then used my smallest hand-sewing needle to patch it back up again. It was really hard to find the place that I repaired, so I guess that worked out OK.

I got it into the mail yesterday, so it should show up next week sometime.

Oh, and I included another box of the color catchers, just in case…

P.S. Note to self: next time remember to get a photograph of the ENTIRE finished project, not just a detail shot…

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July 21, 2015

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Progress, of a sort…

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 3:51 pm

Well, I lost track of time, I guess. I’ve been trying to get more regular about posting on my blog. I did finish the baby quilt the weekend of the 11th, then I put it into the washing machine and about one inch of seam popped open. So I have to do a quick fix, the time for which seems to have eluded me completely. GAAAH!!

No pic, yet, of course, because I just can’t remember to take a picture when it is daylight and I really want to show how nicely it washed up (um, except for the whole seam thing…)

In the mean time, I’ve moved on to the next project on my UFO list: the Garden Path Quilt.

Garden Path Quilt top

This quilt top now has a dark green border around it. I’ve got a light olive/green floral print for the back that needs to be ironed. I’m practicing a lot to work on my choice of quilting design…

http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2012/08/quilt-along-25-cucumber-vine.html

*insert bad words here… I can’t get my blog to post a functional link to the quilting design webpage, and my tech guru is on a summer long vacation.*

Picture spirals/tendrils. It is really pretty, honest. Here is a video, if you are bored and want to watch…

I’m really having control problems. I just can’t really get the hang of retracing my path at all. I know it takes practice and I’m going to keep working on it, but I’ve also ordered a special Teflon slippery sheet that I can put under the quilt to (hopefully) help with the control. The “Supreme Slider” should arrive on my doorstep sometime today (thanks big river book company!)

Anyway, once I get more practice in, I’m going to do this over the whole quilt. I have a lovely variegated yellow green thread that is just perfect for this project. It is going to be very nice when it is done.

In approximately 2025 or so…

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July 8, 2015

Cat Bullet

Amy’s Baby Quilt

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 2:02 pm

Amy's baby quilt.

So, at long last, photo of the baby quilt.

Not an exceptionally great photo, but still colorful.

Mom asked a great question “What was going wrong?” with the quilting.

Well, sad to say, I just have to admit that my wants and desires outstripped my current abilities. *grumble* I need to practice swirly flowers and feathers more… And get over my phobia about marking pens.

As a result, I ended up spending a couple of hours this past weekend picking out completely unacceptable quilting that I had tried, and also had to replace the piece of batting that I was using. No big deal (I can use that batting for practice pieces).

Currently, I plan to quilt this in a straight line grid, along the diagonals. I think it will end up looking really nice (I’ve seen similar quilting on the internet).

I could keep practicing and working on the more fancy stuff, but in this case, I’d really like to get the quilt done before the baby is entering college.

Everyone have a great afternoon!

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July 6, 2015

Cat Bullet

Monday update

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 2:57 pm

Sun and shadow

How was your holiday weekend? Mine was relatively quiet. I enjoyed my three day weekend! Spent some time working on the house (Dad came over and helped with some power-tool type of things and heavy lifting type things). I brushed the cats extensively and they are still shedding. I think it is their new hobby. I don’t remember Purrcy shedding this much ever before.

I worked some on the baby blanket (still no pictures, sorry), but then spent about three hours (almost) picking out failed quilting. Back to the drawing board, I guess. I think that I’m going to have to come up with a new idea for quilting…

Kitties didn’t seem to have any problem with the fireworks. The occasional ear twitch, but mostly they just hung out in my lap and slept. And shed…

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July 2, 2015

Cat Bullet

Happy Independence Day!

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 9:27 am

Oh Say Can You See!

Happy Independence Day! I hope that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July!!

Arvada City Hall Sculpture
Arvada City Hall statue

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