October 15, 2018

   Splendid Sampler Block 17, Pineapple by Jane Davidson.  A little pineapple to go with the bacon. This block was much easier if you machine embroidered the little squares. Then did french or colonial knots. I definitely wasn't going to fuse or needle turn the squares. Unh-unh, nada, no way Jose. And it was even easier if you had the right fabric. Just so happens we did. Fussy cut then add colonial knot in the darker circles. WooHoo!

   If you asked me years ago to make 6" blocks I'd have laughed and said no way. And now, after making the 150 Canadian Women quilt, I love the smaller squares. Check out the latest block for the 2018 Murder Mystery quilt. Five, yes FIVE, inches square. Oh so cute. I'm finding that nothing larger than 9" squares are my favorite.

The only problem was trimming 100, yes ONE HUNDRED, hst's to 1.5" square.
Way too cute.

   We are now back in warm fall weather. Maybe, what they call, indian summer.

Good evening everyone. Last week was dreadful. It snowed and snowed and snowed. I might get my paws wet and cold. However, it was fun bugging mom to let me outside even though I had no plans to go outside. She is such a sucker. But, you know there is always a but, when the weather finally warmed up, mom let me outside unsupervised. I think she went to get her coat and forgot about me. Anyways, the door shut and I scratched and scratched and scratched. When the door opened she was so apologetic. I got a treat. Then ignored her.

October 8, 2018

Women's History Month in Canada Cathedral

   Besides fall and maybe winter, October in Canada is Women's History Month. Which brings us to ask how many of you are slowly working on the 150 Canadian Women quilt? Even if you just work on it 15 minutes a day, you will be surprised at how much you get done during October. 

One historical woman is the Honourable Jean Augustine. She was born in Grenada in 1937, raised by her grandmother (what would we do without grandmothers that believed in education) and immigrated to Canada in the early 1960's. She earned her Master's in Education while teaching school then became a school principal. Being a strong advocate for human rights, Jean Augustine was involved in training teachers in equality and diversity, and in the development and launch of Canada's official multiculturalism policy in 1971. She was also the first black woman elected to Canada's House of Commons and was there for 4 elections until retirement in 2006.

     Between platefuls of turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie, have you managed to get the 16th free block, Cathedral Windows by Jenny Doan completed? It's a fun block to make. The trick for us was to get the folded triangle to cover the center diamond square. We had to pin big time. What a great way to use up scraps! Nine squares in this little baby.

      Okay, back to the pumpkin pie. Wishing all of you a Canadian

Ohhh my, I'm so full of turkey. Mom says that tomorrow we are both back on the metabolic food or the vets will be giving us a major talking to. Hee Hee, good thing I don't understand vet talk I just have to look pretty. 

September 30, 2018

Bored? Cat Nap

   It's that time of year. You are back to a regular work schedule, routines are set, Christmas, yes Christmas, is just around the corner. About this time I get bored with routine and procrastinate the deadlines. Ugh, snow has been teasing us and I don't want to do anything. This summer I remember saying, I'll be glad when the cold comes because the fire smoke will be gone. Ha, be careful what you wish for.

A new study found the average person spends a total of two hours a day feeling bored. The top five boring things we have to do all the time are waiting on hold, dealing with slow Wi-Fi, sitting through video ads, opening junk mail, and waiting for websites to load, even if the Wi-Fi is decent. They forgot to put waiting on people to do things so we can move ahead. Today, all I want to do is cat nap with Kitty.

   This brings us to Splendid Sampler II's 15th free block, Cat Nap by Nicole Vos van AveztheWay too cute a block.

As usual no hand work, machine work only. Steps we did: 
  • draw the outlines for floor tiles, flower and kitty, 
  • fuse and decorative stitch the 3 yellow pieces,
  • freehand machine stitch the cat outline and flower and floor tiles. Did not floor tile stitch through cat,
  • decorative machine stitched the leaf pattern in the bottom tile,
  • Oops, just noticed haven't stitched a horizontal line. Go back and stitch the missed horizontal tile line,
  • Trim block.

   Remember the harness and the sit down protest. Well, it only took a couple of days to be released. The fun thing now is to sit at the door and meow and meow and meow to be let outside to explore. 
Such fun!