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August 2019
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August 27, 2019

Cat Bullet

Tuesday morning

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 9:28 am

Nice weekend, lots of things going on!

A friend came over to work on a quilt.  She made the blocks a couple of months ago, so now was the fun of spreading them out and seeing how they went together.     These are the same block style that I used for the purple quilt that I made a couple of posts back…   but Peemin wanted a lot more colors in hers, and I must say, it looks fantastic!   I really love all of the bright colors.

We thought that we would make it a little bit bigger because she wanted to use it on a queen sized bed.  So, we tried out the precut black strips of fabric and decided that we really liked it!  Made the whole thing look like a stained glass window.   There will be lots of sewing to get it all together, but I think that we made a really good start.

Purrcy is always very attentive when I’m working in the basement.  With two people down there, he was ecstatic!   He kept jumping up onto the table to see what we were doing, so I picked him up so that he could see what was going on.   He glanced at it politely, but is much more interested in quilts once they are done and soft and cuddly…and have warm bodies under them.

Saturday night, Peemin and I attended “The Last Defender,” a collaborative puzzle room presented by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.    It was a total blast!! So much fun and really fast paced!   I’m proud to announce that we won the game and averted Nuclear Destruction.   We scored pretty well, I think, because we ended up as #25 out of 200.      They took a group photo after the end… look at all the happy smiles!   The rabbit was one of three “assistants” that we had in the room during the game.  They weren’t allowed to talk but they would “golf clap” when we were on the right track.   It was loads of fun.

So, all things considered, it was a really nice weekend.       Last night (Monday), I finished up the remaining spiked borders for Miss Rosie, which I’m very pleased about.  No photos, because they pretty much look exactly like the previous ones.  Which, I suppose, is the point.   I’m not sure which section I’m going to work on next, but I suspect that I’m going to tackle the flying geese (dark and light blue).   They are the ones that have the highest quantity of remaining pieces, so I think it makes sense to do them next.    I’m sure hoping that I can continue to make progress!  The class in October is coming up rapidly, and I’d really be pleased to have a finished top to show her when she comes into town.

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August 19, 2019

Cat Bullet

Monday morning progress

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 9:16 am

Spent a nice quiet weekend at home, mostly. I did leave the house long enough to go pick up my two sewing machines from the repair shop! It was really good to get them home again!

Pretty much spent the rest of the weekend working on Miss Rosie and cleaning house.  I made one half of the last remaining full circle spiked ring and made two (out of four total) of the 3/4 spiked rings.   I think that this was good progress.

Again, a photo that refuses to display on the blog the way it looks as a file.   Don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but really, since they are circles, not a big deal.

Just don’t get a crick in your neck looking at it.

Working on Miss Rosie was much more emotionally satisfying than cleaning house.  No photos of the house cleaning process, because, well, I did more sewing than cleaning.    Such is life.

Happy Monday.  The students are back, the online course access system has been down for three days, and the electronic door locks aren’t working.   Yep, a typical first day of school.


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August 5, 2019

Cat Bullet

August 5 update

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 10:29 am

We are into August already!!! How did that happen? One day at a time, I suppose.

More updates…

I took another class – it has REALLY been my year for classes, right?   This one was with an artist named Danny Amazonas, from Taiwan.  His work is superfantastic, in my opinion.  He has lots of animals and is particularly good with faces.  I made a detour during my Texas trip to visit his exhibit at the Texas Quilt Museum.

Danny is an amazing artist and a really warm and funny human being.   I enjoyed every minute of his teaching.  I’m still not sure that I really understand what he was talking about, but that is a frequent occurrence when I’m talking about the techniques of art.  I really don’t think my eyes work the same way as other people’s, and that’s OK.     The focus of our class was three dimensional spheres with directional light on them.  We were supposed to make things that looked like planets hanging in space.   Our beautiful kit that came with the class had more than 30 fabrics in it, and I think that I would have been better off with just about 10.

Here is my work:

I’ll be honest, I didn’t like it at all when I did them.   However, the more I look at them, the more I’ve started to like it.  I need to go back in to the large partial planet and darken it (take out the lightest fabrics and leave more open spaces for the black background to show through), but I’ll get to that at some point.  By darkening that, it will look like it is further back in space.

My Jazz sewing machine quit working.  It was very traumatic!!!  And my take to class machine has been developing some quirks (most notably, frequently getting stuck in Reverse).  So, I bundled them up and trekked them across the Denver metro area to the authorized Baby Lock repair place for service.     You know the trouble with sewing machine repair places?  They are also sewing machine selling places.  Yeah, I came home with a new machine.  It was a good price (big sale going on), and had wonderful features that I was really wishing that I had on my current machines…

Go ahead, say it.  I’m a sucker and they saw me coming from a MILE away…

Anyway, I’ve been working on my Houston project (Miss Rosie) to get to know the new machine.   Did I mention that the teacher is coming to Boulder in October?  Did I mention that I signed up for a second class with her in one year?  I’m really hoping that taking two classes with the same instructor qualifies as “hero worship” and not “stalking.”   We are going to have a great time with the class and I will know several people who will also be attending, so I am thrilled.

The new machine sews very well, and very evenly.  I’m really pleased with how it makes my pieces look.

The nice thing is that when I do make a mistake (hey, it happens), the stitches are really easy to pick out because they are so perfectly formed.   I think that this machine purchase will fall into the category of “Impulse buy, but still a good thing.”

Stop laughing.  STOP it.  I mean it.  Don’t make me come over there…

I had another finish.  The 2017 Bonnie Hunter “On Ringo Lake” mystery quilt.  I’m really thrilled with how it came out.  I picked my own colors and they are really bright and fun.  And Patriotic.   Which wasn’t my original intention, but I’m quite happy with as an end result.

Nice, right?    I finished piecing it in March of 2018, took it to the quilter and then it languished at the bottom of a pile in my workroom until early July 2019.  Totally embarrassing that it took so long.     My Sister in Law, Ginger, helped me machine stitch the binding on when  she was visiting, and then I hand-stitched it down over the course of the next couple of weeks.

This is probably, technically, one of the most precise things that I’ve ever made.  It will live on my guest room bed, so if you ever come to visit me, you can sleep under it.    I need new sheets to match it, which will be acquired eventually.

Oh, and I’ve altered the name, slightly.  I call it ‘Fourth of July on Ringo Lake” due to the colors that I selected.

Hey, as I typed about that quilt, I remembered that I have another finish.  Except I don’t have a really good photo of it.  A lifelong friend of mine got diagnosed with cancer, went through fast treatment, and then the next week her dog died.  I figured that if anyone was in the need of a long distance hug or two, it was her.   I found a video with a really nice but fast design, and I made it all in purple, because that is her favorite color.

I didn’t get a picture of the finished quilt because I was in a hurry to get it into the mail, but you get the general effect.  The quilter used a music themed template and kind of a cranberry colored thread and it came out looking very nice.  I used the new machine to put the binding on, and then it took about a week or so to get the binding hand stitching done.   It has been shipped, received and loved.   I’m really pleased.

So, progress is being made.  Things are getting finished.    I think that I’m going to keep focusing on Miss Rosie for the immediate future.  Wouldn’t it be grand if I had a finished item to show to Jaqueline when she teaches in October?  It might be do-able if I apply myself.  And stop getting distracted by new, shiny projects and classes…









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