Friday, July 27, 2012

The Cat days of Summer

 We have a new member of our household - and he is quite the character.  We only had him for a couple days before we figured out the right name for him -

Oh, he may look sweet and innocent.  His sweet little head bumps, leg rubs and purring ways may totally mislead the average person, but once he has had his nap and is ready for action, he lives up to his name in spades.  This sweet looking little guy has totally destroyed my sewing room. My once halfway neat piles of projects are now scattered around on the floor, thread is draped everywhere and anything halfway sharp or dangerous has been stashed where it is not accessable to this little bundle of energy.

I have had to rearrange the storage shelves in the dining room because they made the bar accessable to this little tornado and he quickly found a comfy perch in the middle of my potted plot.  The little plant stick is a left-over from our ladies retreat.  It says forgive.  I really needed that.

"What's the big deal, Mom?  You really don't want me to lay in your plants?  Or get in the silverware drawer?  Or dump the garbage can over?  You really are no fun at all.  How about if I just climb up your leg, or try to bite your fingers while you are typing?"

Besides me, his favorite toy is a little furry mouse that he carries around the house.  He plays fetch with it, and growls when he gets it in a death hold!  Too funny!  All in all we are enjoying having a cat again, even though he is a lot of work.  It does make quilting a little hard, though!  I guess I'll just have to learn to sew during naps for now.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Back to Work

Whoosh.  That's the sound of the summer going by!  We had a wonderful vacation, now it's back to work for me, and the sewing is piling up like there's no tomorrow.  I was so happy to get all the alterations done before I left, now I'm back and another lot has plopped itself right in the middle of my sewing room.   I'd complain, but then again, I've got a daughter starting college in two months, so the extra income is quite welcome.  Even if I'd rather be quilting!

I have added a couple of new patterns to my Etsy Shop.  They are both samples I made for Threads That Bind - so far I've had a lot of positive comments on both projects.  The first one is Monkey Around.  This quilt actually started off looking very different than the finished version.  I really like this a lot, I like using two different sizes of the same block and playing with different combinations of colors.

The second new pattern is SpinFlower Strips.  This is an old idea that I unearthed and loved it the way it the way it was from the start.  My quilt pictures didn't come out so great, so here are the EQ7 illustrations.  This is really fast to make and there are two design options!  Great for using a panel, or for using with a pretty fabric that you don't want to cut into little pieces.

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