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March 15, 2011

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Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 9:11 am

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So… my quilting class on Saturday….


We didn’t finish our projects, so she is giving us a second class later in the month. I guess that this is the first time she has taught this class and the timing just didn’t work out very well.

But, she gave us a lot of good information at the start, and then we got to start cutting our block pieces. The plastic ruler and rotary cutter have so much more technical uses than I was using them for (previously I used them to chop up blue jeans). Now I can cut all kinds of triangles with specific angles and all sorts of fancy things…

It is clear to me that I’ve got to practice sewing a perfectly straight 1/4 inch seam, but that is ok. That is why we take these classes… I get better with every seam I sew.

I got three out of my four blocks made. We are supposed to get all of our blocks finished and attached together before the next class, so I have a little homework to do. Our next class will cover “sandwiching” with the batting and the backing and then Quilting the whole project. The last step will be to put the binding on. I really look forward to learning more techniques.

That evening, I was still really excited. While I was at the store, I picked up a pattern book for children’s quilts. I went through it over and over and compared it to the fabrics that I had available (remember that I washed all of my non-fish, non-Alaska fabric stash and had them sorted out on the couch) and finally picked one out that seemed a good match to one set of my fabrics. That evening, I ironed the fabrics that I intended to use and hung them over the bannisters to cool down and dry off (from the steam) overnight.

Sunday morning dawned and I started cutting. I got all of the pieces cut to make a “Hugs and Kisses” quilt in the morning. I spent the afternoon cleaning out and organzing the drawers of my sewing cabinet, as well as disassembling, cleaning and oiling my sewing machine. It purrs like Purrcy, now. Then I started sewing. SO much fun!! I got all of the “Hugs” blocks made that evening (they were quite easy), and started on the “Kisses” blocks (with a big X design). I eventually had to stop because I wanted to finish the red Reventouli shawl (which I did that evening).

But then, I was bad…I scampered back upstairs to keep sewing instead of weaving in the approximately 7,384 ends on the shawl…. BAD Cathy!! I had better get weaving if I want to get it soaked, blocked and dried in time to wear to the movie Friday night!!!

End result was that Sunday turned into a little preview of how my Spring Break “StayCraftCation” is going to go. I had a great day.

But not as great a day as the luckiest little donkey in the world. He had an incredible day.

Welcome, little Patrick. I can’t wait to watch you bloom.

pitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patter


  1. And inquiring minds (17 of them now) want to know when Aunt Cathy is coming to visit. :)

    You are so welcome any time.

    Comment by Morning Bray Farm — March 15, 2011 @ 9:16 am
  2. It sounds like you had a great weekend! I’m glad you ended up going to the quilting class. You’re going to have an awesome Spring Break “StayCraftCation”!

    What a beautiful picture on your post today and Patrick is so cute :)

    Comment by Terrie — March 15, 2011 @ 1:55 pm
  3. You sound very energized by your new foray into fabric. I am so glad you are enjoying it. And I can hardly wait to see the shawl and hear about the movie.

    Comment by DonnaW — March 15, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

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