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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

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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

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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

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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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June 30, 2015

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Tuesday

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 4:28 pm

Table Shadow
Denver Botanical Gardens… image of metal table and shadow on patio. Pretty cool, eh?

Well, what’s happening?

Not much on this end, I guess. The weather has turned hot and dryer, which we are coping with mostly. My backyard is a mess, but I’ve located a local gardener who is interested in taking on the task as soon as he finishes up at my neighbor’s house.

Nothing much crafty to report – working on a ruffled scarf on the bus rides and some evenings. Still pondering the completion of a baby quilt (the baby was born today or possibly yesterday so I had better commit to a quilting pattern and get it in the mail!).

The Rockies can’t seem to get out of the basement, which might be fair because that is where I listen to a good number of their games. Maybe I should move upstairs when the games are on??

My student employee pointed out that we are off from work this Friday (for Independence day), so that was quite exciting. Maybe I should set goals for the weekend…

What are your holiday weekend plans? Crafting? Picnics? Fireworks?

Edited to add: Hey, we get an extra “Leap Second” today. Everyone go wild with all of the extra time!!!

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June 25, 2015

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Not much to say

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 3:41 pm

I don’t have much to report today, but I want to keep up with the blog. I beg pardon in advance for any rambling…

How about a pretty picture? Another from the Denver Botanical Gardens Chihuly exhibit. I’ve lost my exhibit guide, so I don’t remember what it was called. Let’s just call it “Lava Splash.”
Lava Splash

This was in one of the indoor areas, I believe. I like how the attenuated light reacts with the color of the glass.

Denver had some severe weather last night – possible/probable tornadoes, hail, wind and rain. They must have released water from a reservoir somewhere because when I crossed over Cherry Creek on my way to the bus stop, the water was so high it was up the walls of the bike path (the paths were completely invisible under the water). The weather didn’t help the Rockies, though. It was a tough game, hard fought, but they ended up losing in the 9th inning. Very disappointing, especially since they were ahead in points when I went to bed.

I put a turkey breast into the crock pot this morning. It will be interesting to see what will have developed during the day. I’ve don’t think that I’ve ever actually left my crock pot unattended before. Hope it doesn’t burn down the house before I get home. It was a recipe billed for “desperate cooks.” Only three ingredients, although I would maintain that anyone who has a non-frozen 6 pound turkey breast available is not truly “desperate.”

One of my favorite blog authors was talking about her garden today. She referred to baby tomatoes as ” little green balls of hope” which I found to be rather poetic. Aaaah, the start of summer. When everyone is still hopeful and happy to get produce from their yards. Later in the year, everyone seems rather desperate to get rid of it. I guess that is a good problem to have, right?

Everyone have a lovely day.

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June 18, 2015

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Austerity Project

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 2:03 pm

Well, not so crafty, but still used up fabric from stash.

Fabric Covered Shelves

I had a flood in my basement (a very polite flood that mostly stayed in the uncarpeted areas). It was a good chance to really clean everything and evaluate things before I returned them to the area. I noticed that these shelves were full of empty cardboard boxes and other “barely used” items. I also noticed that everything on these shelves was really dusty.

I was considering using old bedsheets to drape over the shelf contents, but I figured that would be awkward. It occurred to me that I had fabric in my stash that I could use to cover the back and top and sides of the shelves to help protect the items from dust. It also occurred to me that these shelves were within arm’s reach of my fabric cutting area, yet I wasn’t using them for anything to do with quilting!!

The cardboard boxes have all been recycled. The shelf contents have been either disposed of or cleaned and wrapped in plastic bags to give them further protection from dust. And I’ve taken the top two shelves and turned them over to quilting stuff (namely my “stash management” system of plastic boxes containing specific sizes cut from “scraps” for use in future quilts). It also holds my stack of UFO’s, so they are all in one place and easily viewed for motivation purposes.

Shelf Project Done

I’m very pleased with how this came out. It is fairly easy to grab specific items that are needed, I can still file papers without too much trouble and the bottom layer of items is plastic-wrapped so that they will stay cleaner than they were. And, from an Austerity standpoint, my only expenditures were one pack of thumbtacks and 12 of the plastic storage boxes for holding my precut scraps.

Happy Organization to all!!

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June 12, 2015

Cat Bullet

June??

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 1:17 pm

How did it get to be June already? I’m not entirely sure, actually.

Anyway… this happened:

Celtic Solstice quilt done

In April, I finished the Bonnie Hunter 2013 Mystery Quilt called Celtic Solstice. I really love having it on my bed and it layered quite well to keep me warm during the winter. It is light enough, though, that I think it will be perfect by itself for summer use. It was professionally quilted by a local quilter and I couldn’t be more pleased with her work.

It ended up very huge, though. Math failed me… I’m toying with the idea of getting bed risers so that it is further from the floor (since that seems a cheaper option than buying a King Sized Bed followed by a new house because a King Sized bed won’t fit in my bedroom…).

What else has been going on?

I’ve been participating in an Austerity Challenge on Ravelry (an online knitting forum, for those of you who don’t know). It was supposed to be a six month “no buying fabric” challenge, but some of us have decided to extend the challenge for the whole year. There are various rules, of course; for example, you can buy thread and patterns and batting and tools. You can even buy big pieces of fabric for quilt backs, but only after you pledge that you have exhausted all options from your stash. I thought I might have to buy something for the Celtic Solstice backing, but I kept digging and found another piece (which turned out to be my favorite of the three backing sections after it was all done…).

With regards to the challenge, I extended it to cover all crafting supplies (yep, no yarn, and knitting needles and patterns only if I need them).

I think that I’ve been doing pretty well. Since December 18th, I’ve bought two quilting magazines, two quilting pattern books and inherited a double handful of scraps for my hexagon project (thanks, Glenda!!). I was given one fat quarter as a gift. I’ve also signed up for a quilting class in August, but I’m not thinking that I will have to purchase anything for it – it is a “pet portrait” class and should be all done with scraps.

So, as far as crafting expenditures goes, I think I’ve done pretty well.

In other news… I’ve spent a lot of time lately cleaning out and organizing the craft room. It is amazing how quickly clutter develops, isn’t it?? I think that will be a subject for a later post (so I can get some photos).

Hopefully, that post won’t happen nine months from now…

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