Thursday, November 22, 2012

Oh Thank Cuteness!

I'm linking up to Generation Q's
Oh Thank Cuteness for this Thanksgiving Day.
First, here is my contribution to the day's cuteness:
This is Elizabeth McInnes...

Before dinner!
Elizabeth was rescued by my sister & BIL,
Judy & Walter,
when they moved back to California from Australia.
She is currently in the continuing process of training them both.
Elizabeth is thankful for:
Bikkies (dry food)
Cushy Beds & Laps
The Hairbrush
& leftover cereal milk
I am thankful for:
My 95-1/2 year old Dad
My family, both born to and the one I've chosen
My friends, far & near & "electronic"
The job interview I have next Monday
and more that I can't even think of just now.
May you all have the most wonderful of days!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Just Cattin' Around

Just thought I'd share a few photos of my friends
Possum & Riesling (Ries).
Just to get into the mood, some bribery took place.
This is Possum.
Last year for about 8 weeks she was clumping around with a big cast on one of her back legs.
Somehow she had fallen or jumped wrong off of the giant cat tree in the living room & broke her leg.
If you didn't know that happened, you probably couldn't tell now!  She doesn't seem to have lost a step when racing around the house with her sister.
This is her sister, Ries.
She thinks it's pretty cool that her folks painted the living room to match her eyes.
Where are the treats?
Break time
"Headlights on for safety during daylight hours."
On another note...
I voted today... did you?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Foto Finish: Birds

This weeks Foto Finish theme is Birds.
This roadrunner was the first thing I thought of!

I took this shot in 2007 while on my solo roadtrip.
If I remember correctly, it was at a rest area
 in New Mexico.
Check out more wonderful photos at Cat Patches!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Why Yes, I Have Been Sewing!

I'm linking up to the NewFO linky party
with Barbara at Cat Patches.
And I have two (yes 2!) projects to share.
Ain't life amazing?
The first is a block that will soon be backed, quilted & bound, then joined with others from my guild into a Potholder Quilt for our out-going President.
The pattern is from Quilter's Cache called
Wild Geese Variation.
You can get the pattern here.
I did choose to use 3 colors instead of just 2, and I am so happy with the way it turned out!

One quarter....

The whole block!

Now this is the worst part of paper piecing:

Trash, trash, trash!!

I was originally going to send my next project in to Pokey Bolton, for the Festival Pet Project Fundraiser.
They had asked for 4" X 6" postcards that they planned to sell at the Quilt Festival in Houston, with all of the monies going to local animal shelters.

As usual, I couldn't decide what I wanted to do.
I went through several designs & didn't like anything.
Finally I settled on this

and traced it onto some Steam-a-Seam2 fusible.

Cut 'em out & decided on a background.

After fusing, I stitched around the cats & quilted them.

Up 'til this point, everything was working well.
Then, when I added the back & stitched around the outside, it was a huge FAIL!
You may notice the outer edge of the right postcard is a bit wavy & wobbly.
Yep, it was HORRID.
There was no way I could send them in like that & they needed to be in the mail that day.
No time to start over or figure out how to fix it.

As you can see, I did eventually spend several HOURS picking out the layers of satin stitching around the edge.

I just have to decide on a different way to finish them.
Any ideas?

So there you go - my two NewFOs.

Click on over to Cat Patches to see some more wonderful projects!