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October 23, 2014

Cat Bullet

Who came up with this??

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 11:50 am

I am taking advantage of this forum to officially state the following:

Thursday night football is STUPID.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled lives. I most likely will not be posting tomorrow because I will be a zombie.

Edited to add the following observation: Last Sunday, I made homemade pizza for the Broncos game. I will be eating leftover pizza for this week’s game. If there is leftover pizza for dinner, then the time between games is TOO SHORT!!

Edited, part two: On the plus side….yay pizza!

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October 21, 2014

Cat Bullet

Tuesday update

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 9:47 am

Had a nice quiet weekend. Made dinner for Mom and Dad (yummy salmon and quinoa recipe) and worked on knitting. I’m going to try to get the majority (if not all) of my errands run this week so that I can focus on quilting next weekend.

It is an achievable dream, no?

Funny quote on the radio this morning (I think it sounded like Craig Ferguson): “Peyton Manning has scored so much in Denver that they’ve made him an honorary pot dealer. His brother Eli called him to congratulate him, but unfortunately, the call was intercepted…” (insert rim shot)

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October 13, 2014

Cat Bullet

No crafting but update anyway

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 9:36 am

Well, I didn’t manage to get much crafting done this weekend. Am having a bit of difficulty with my current knitting project, but I can’t show it to you because it is going to be a gift. I still haven’t put the buttons on the finished baby sweater, nor have I blocked it. Hopefully there will be pictures of that soon. I didn’t get to do any sewing, but am hoping to get another quarter of the Bonnie Hunter quilt put together this week. We will see.

I made some yummy dinners, so I have lots of leftovers in the fridge. Swedish Meatballs with egg noodles and green beans; Greek Marinated chicken with lemon-herb pasta and baked squash. Yummy. Made some cookies, which I really need to take to work and feed to people because they are right-on tasty.

Did laundry. I think you will thank me for sparing you photos of that activity. Suffice it to say that it isn’t quite cold enough for the furnace to run regularly, so things aren’t drying very quickly.

On a silly note, Taffy would be happier if the furnace was running more frequently. When I left the house this morning, she was staring at the floor vent as if she could force the furnace to run with the power of her mind alone…

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October 10, 2014

Cat Bullet

Keep on going!

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 4:55 am

I’ve continued to work on getting projects finished up. When I cleaned up my quilting lair, I realized that I had two tops completely done, just needing to be quilted. I also had the blocks for three more quilts all finished, they just needed to be sewn together.

The Scrappy Split 9 patch was the first one that I got sewn together. I wanted to use it as a dry run to remind myself of technical details with regards to getting the blocks together, putting on borders, etc.

Now on to the big one… The Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt. It is going to be huge!

Here is the first quarter of the top (the top is going to be so big that it won’t all fit on my design wall at the same time…)

First quarter of Bonnie Hunter Mystery

I think it is coming together quite nicely. I love the secondary pattern of the blue circles that has emerged…

detail of Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt

I stuck pretty close to the colors that Bonnie Hunter recommended. It was very kind of her to pick my favorite colors for my first mystery project…

It isn’t perfect by any means, but it is going to be bright and colorful and on my bed for a very long time. I can’t wait to get this one finished up.

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope that you have a great weekend!!

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October 6, 2014

Cat Bullet

There’s life in the ol’ girl yet…

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 10:21 am

Well, here I am, back again.

It is hard to write on a craft blog when you haven’t been doing much crafting. But I’m slowly coming out of the cave of non-productivity and have been making some progress.

This past weekend, I finished a quilt top.

Scrappy Split 9 Patch

This is from a class I took at Wooden Spools called the “Scrappy Split 9 Patch” and it was taught by my friend Jessica Vaughn. She is an awesome teacher!! I learned a lot from her.

This next picture shows the colors a little bit better…
Detail on Scrappy 9 Patch quilt

I dithered for a while on what fabric to use for the outer border. I left my three final choices on the ironing board overnight. The next morning, when I went down to feed the cats, I immediately knew that this rose/floral fabric was the right one. I’m very pleased with how it came out.

I love the fabric that I’m planning to use for the back (Mom, feel free to look away at this point…).
CHICKENS!!!

Edited: I’m not sure why this post is refusing to accept comments. I’m working on it…

Edited again: tech support (aka Dave the wonder brother) fixed it. Comment away!

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June 23, 2014

Cat Bullet

Life continues

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 4:33 pm

Irish stud mare and foal

Mare and foal at the Irish National Stud

Well, I’m tired of the “bad week” post that was up for so long.

How about some good news?

My thumb is nearly completely healed! Yay!

Our weather continues to be cooler and wetter than normal! Yay!!

Which hopefully means not as many forest fires this summer!!

My lace shawl has met with a setback (Boo!), but I should be able to fix it!! Yay!

My Rockies team continues to lose (Boo!), but think of all of the excitement they bring to the young players that they bring up to “the show” for experience!!! Yay! And we don’t have to worry about that pesky “Will we or won’t we make it to the playoffs” issue. Um… Yay??

And the kitties both passed their annual vet visit with flying colors (and freshly trimmed claws). Yay!

So, all in all, it has turned into a pretty normal summer.

Fuscia growing at the Irish National Stud

What is new and exciting with your world??

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June 9, 2014

Cat Bullet

Letting go…

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 11:46 am

Last week wasn’t my most perfect week ever.

I only had about 20 hours (total) where I wasn’t fighting a weather-induced migraine. Which led to me not eating very much or very well, and to not drinking enough water and to way too much caffeine. And to watching too many movies. Well, listening to too many movies, as I mostly had my eyes closed.

My beloved Colorado Rockies are in the depths of a terrible slump to the point where I’ve hated to even have the games on the radio (even the radio announcers seemed to be affected by my bad week – maybe they had headaches too).

I’ve been trying to kill some weeds in my backyard and they seem to be growing stronger with each dose of Round Up that I use. Which is upsetting for me because I really had to overcome my usual “I hate to expose myself and my property to harsh chemicals” instincts. To spray that stuff all over and then find that it didn’t work very well was disappointing.

What does this have to do with crafting? This is a crafting blog, after all. Well, I guess that I shouldn’t have forced myself to work on a project when I couldn’t focus very well. I got really frustrated. Nothing seemed to be working. My blocks were suddenly all twisted or not big enough. My ruler wouldn’t stay still and I kept having to re-trim the blocks. And then I lost a stack of them for a while, which made me doubt my math ability. And then I cut my finger (badly) on Saturday. Yep… those rotary cutters really are sharp! I’m fine now, and it doesn’t really hurt unless I bump it, but it is going to be a couple weeks before I can really use my thumb again.

I will go on record as stating that I’ve never had to get a tetanus shot because of a knitting accident...

Sunday I went to a lovely “Sit and Stitch” event down at Wooden Spools. I had a good time and really enjoyed the company, but I was (again) frustrated to find out that I misinterpreted directions with regards to “loose thread removal” and was being overly critical with regards to block size. Apparently, I am now at the time where I should just sew all of the blocks together. I’m really trying to accept that, but I’m still wondering if I’m going to be able to make it work. My inner “Tim Gunn” has apparently gone on vacation.

I think I might put this project into a time out for a while. Maybe if I work on something that is a little more free form, then I can get my focus back. Maybe if I do something with some different colors, it will help.

I’m also tired of blog posts without pictures, so here are some random ones to make you smile.

Sea lions in Alaska. Hangin’ out on a buoy.
Sea Lions on Bouy

Bald Eagle in Alaska, flying over some lucky person’s house!
Eagle over house

My (as yet unfinished) Stupendous Stitching class project. Pretty Colors!
Stupendous Stitching

My jelly roll top, made over Christmas break. Can’t wait to do something with this!
Jelly Roll in batiks

So, this week is a new week. I’m going to focus on positive interactions with, well, everything, and see how that goes. Our weather is supposed to be much calmer, which will help. I’ve got yummy food prepped in the fridge and I remembered my water bottle.

It is going to be a good week.

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May 27, 2014

Cat Bullet

I’m still here

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

Well, I’m still around. I need to come up with some more topics for the blog so that it doesn’t disappear when I’m working on the same project for eternity…

Speaking of eternity, well…

I’VE FINISHED ALL OF THE BLOCKS FOR THE BONNIE HUNTER MYSTERY QUILT!!

I’m sorry for shouting, but I’m really excited. I took three days off work last week and just buckled down to finish them all. It took a long time and a lot of movies played while I was working. I visited Middle Earth, Hogwarts, A Galaxy Far, Far, Away, The Final Frontier and Narnia, just to name a few… Three days off work, combined with the long holiday weekend will result in a LOT of quilting time. I’ll have to remember that for next year…

What is next? Well, I’ve got to get the blocks all pressed and squared up. I don’t normally quilt with water in my iron, mainly because I’m known for distorting cut fabric with improper iron use. But steam really is the best for getting seams set and the blocks completely flat. So, I started steaming/pressing the blocks. While I’m doing that, I’ve been taking the time to make sure all of the seam allowances are lined up properly and that all loose threads are trimmed/removed. I’m about half way done with that. It is going pretty quickly, actually, but I did find a few blocks that I want to redo because they aren’t very straight (and, in one case, one third is completely reversed from where it should be…).

Each finished block should be about 9.5 inches square, and I’m extremely pleased with how well I’ve done with that. I won’t have to trim very much at all. This means that my seam allowances are mostly good and that I’m not causing too much distortion by the use of steam.

So, that is where I stand. I’m pleased with my progress so far, because the end is most definitely in sight. Which is a good thing, because if I ignore my back yard any longer, I’m going to be overrun by Triffids…

Everybody have a happy Tuesday!

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April 18, 2014

Cat Bullet

Where did that week go?

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 3:11 pm

Well, that was a week that flew by in a flash. Wow… I can’t believe that it is Friday already.

Not that I’m complaining…

So, there was a contest last week. The contest was to guess how many quilt blocks that I would be able to assemble last weekend.

You all seem to have a much more impressive view of how fast I can actually quilt… I only got 25 blocks done. I finished all of the “54-40 or fight” blocks. Now, the astute reader will notice that I had 38 of those done and I needed 61. The mathematically inclined reader will realize that I now have 63 out of 61 required. I did mention that I thought I was going to be short one block. But, in order to cut the pieces needed for one more block, it was easiest to just make three more instead. Quilter’s math can be crazy some times…

So… Who won???

Tami gave two educated guesses that involved math and logical thinking. I was impressed. And a little scared.
Ginger gave a silly answer that made me laugh.
Mom gave me an answer, and she is my mom.

Luckily it is my blog and I get to make the rules. I declare that Everyone is A Winner!!

Mom and Dad will get a yummy dinner at some point in the near future.
Everyone else will get a little something in the mail, soon.

How do you like that???

I should note, for the record, that if you left a guess and it isn’t recorded above, you might have gotten caught up in the nearly 300 spam messages that the last post generated. That was really weird. I tried to skim them all before I deleted them, but I might have missed them… just let me know. Because you’re a winner too!

So that is it for last weekend, just in time to end the week. I’ve made uncharacteristic “week-night” progress this past week, in that I have already sorted out all of the pieces to make the 36 “Block Bs”. I’ve even got four of them made already!! Hopefully, more progress will be made over this weekend.

And some pictures. Pictures are always nice.

Have a great weekend, everybody! What are your plans?

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April 11, 2014

Cat Bullet

Weekend plans??

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

Well, there is a “One Stop Quilt Shop Hop” up in Loveland Colorado this weekend. A whole bunch of quilt shop owners all setting up displays in a big convention center. I’m going to stay home, sadly. Well, happily for my bank account, I guess.**

** I’m not as virtuous as it sounds. The Denver National Quilt show is going to be held the first weekend of May and I am definitely going to that one!!!

The weather is supposed to degrade a little bit this weekend, so I think it will be a good time to huddle in my basement and work on my Bonnie Hunter quilt project. I’ve been working on housecleaning/tidying/laundry chores during the evenings this week, so hopefully, I won’t have to do too much of those.

Let’s have a contest, shall we? How many quilt blocks do you think I will get made this weekend?

To help make your guesses more “educated”, I’ll provide the following information.

1. I have all of the individual units made that will be used to make the blocks.
I think. I keep getting weird counts on the units I am using to make “block A”, so I may have to back track a bit.

2. So far, I have made 38 out of 60 Block A (the “54-40 or fight” blocks I talked about earlier). I need to make 36 of what I’m currently calling “Block B” and 25 of what I’m currently calling “Block C”. All of the A, B and C blocks are made by sewing together nine premade units – all straight seams, no angles. The units are “sorted” for all of the remaining Block As (i.e. no two units with the same fabrics); they are not sorted for the Blocks B and C. Those who are aware of my um, “nit picky” nature will be aware that the sorting process can be quite time consuming.

3. The only activity that I currently have planned this weekend is my usual Saturday morning physical training session at the gym. So that gives me Friday night, most of Saturday and all day Sunday to work.

Leave a comment and let me know how many blocks that you think I will make over the weekend. The person who guesses the closest to the actual number will win a small prize (to be determined by the identity of the winner).

Everybody have a super great weekend!!

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