August 13, 2018

Flowering Tree Scratching Post

   The other day I was thinking I need some sewing to do because I'm tired of reorganizing. Careful what you wish for. Next day, an email with instructions for 43  six inch blocks  blocks, PLUS the next 2018 Murder Mystery block and clue. Geesh. I don't know whether to cry or be happy as the fabric for reorganizing is scattered on the cutting table and floor. Does it get cleaned up or shoved to the side and worked around?

   Last Thursday's block for Splendid Sampler II, Flowering Tree, was another fun block to paper piece. Amy Friend of During Quiet Time is the designer. Have to admit I'm in love with the smaller blocks. You may have to make more but the go together so quickly. My rendition for my version, Sunny Side Up, has two favorite things, yellow roses and bacon.

   Ever since I took a Judy Niemeyer paper piecing class, paper piecing is no problem. It is the second step that solved my problem. The pictures begin at piecing section 5. The tools are: a piece of heavy paper stock cardstock, flower head pins, a Add An Eighth ruler (instead of Add a Quarter because the block and sections are small), a small rotary cutter (easier to use) and a hera marker ( to save on fingernails).

1. Place the paper pieced unit right sides together on top of section 5 fabric and matching the seam allowance edge. Pin together so they don't shift. 
2. ***Fold back section 5 paper to make sure that the fabric for section 5 is larger than section 5 by at least 1/4". This is the step that will save you from swearing and ripping.
3. Flip the paper back over and stitch on the line.   
                              
4. Press the fabric seam with the hera marker like you would press a regular seam. With paper face up, place the cardstock edge on the stitched line.

 5. Fold the paper back over the cardstock. Place the ruler lip against the fold.                                    

6. Trim fabric to 1/8" seam allowance.                                                                                                

7. Repeat the steps for the remaining sections.                                                                                     
Note that the outside corners that flap are basted down to keep the fabric and paper from shifting.

Units completed, pieced together and trimmed to 6 1/2".
   Mom is getting so well trained. She put another quilt on the bottom shelf in the den for me to nap on while she's on the computer. 

Now this is hilarious. After seeing me stretching and using the rug as a scratching post, Mom is on her hand and knees showing me how to use the sloped scratching post. Too funny! Even putting me over on the scratching box and moving my paws like I should scratch. Like I don't know how to scratch! Ergonomic, the box says, better for the cat, the box says. Meowgonomic. Mom finally got the drift and put the scratching post flat on the ground. Mom's training up real well!



August 6, 2018

Nahahi Ridge Space 12 Kitty

  Ah, a fabulous long weekend. Saturday a shop hop to Claresholm and Pincher Creek and lunch at Waterton in Waterton National Park.
Top: Prince of Wales hotel and cruising ship to Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.
Bottom: Glacier National Park, Montana, USA in the distance.
Autographed bilingual black bear and elk footprints in the walkway.


And another gorgeous day today eating lunch on top of Nahahi Ridge. Sun shining and breeze blowing.
The red circle is where we parked. 500m/1640 ft lower.
  Are you keeping up in the Splendid Sampler II program. This is the 8th free block, My Flock, by Brenda Ratliff. I love how the sides are uneven. You can even see my points because I took my time. 

  Last week I introduced you to Kitty. Well Kitty has a few things to say now. Mom says the medicine is finished. Hooray! My voice came back and we have had a few discussions. Mom reads to me every night while she scratches my head and massages me. I get half of the bed. 

She opens the patio door so I can snooze and stretch in the sun and the cool morning air. 

The best of all, I have claimed my own chair and quilt. Had to tell her to move the pillow and other blankets.

Ah the life of me.

  Space 12 on our way to Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Planet Nine. Pluto, the on again off again planet, now has been replaced by Planet Nine. So sad that Pluto is banished to the stars.



July 30, 2018

WIPs and Kitty

It's been a crazy week. I think it was the full moon and lunar eclipse effect. We completed two WIP blocks from different quilts. My guild was a recipient of some WIPs of a lady that had past away. Lo and behold two of the many WIPs are from block of the month quilt programs that I designed when I had my store. Some of you will recognize them Spring Crocus and Garden Trails.


LOL, following my instructions I revised the pressing instructions. Oh well that's what happens when you do something that is 12 years old.

How many of you are participating in Splendid Sampler II? This is the 7th free block "For The Love" by Sharon Burgess of Lilabelle Lane Creations.

Mine is raw edge applique. However, I made the yellow piece all one instead of eight pieces stitched together. All you have to do is trace the A and reverse A templates as one big template four times. Do not cut out the square as it is used as a guide for placement.
Remember when cutting template B you only have to make the bottom of the diamond almost 1/8" wider so that there is just enough fabric to put under the yellow and so that the decorative stitching just covers the slight shadow.
I was able to continuous decorative stitch alternating between blanket, straight and daisy stitch.

Now, for some exciting news. But first the sad news. It's been a few years since my cat, Lucky, died. Her death was not peaceful. I believe that the drugs I gave her for her liver made her hallucinate. The more I gave her the worse it got. It was hard for me to continue to give it to her and hard on her mental state. Her last night was extremely awful and her last morning was awful for me. I've had a hard time because I had always told her that she was my last cat as she was the best I've ever had and that I was going to get a dog. So between my deceit to get another cat and her awful death and the fact that I didn't have time to properly look after a dog, I've been animal-less for a few years with no one to talk to at home. LOL, as my friends can advise, do not be the first person Kat sees in the morning because you're ears will hurt from the blah blah and blah. 

Today I introduce you to Kitty. She is 13 yr 7 months 7 days. 6+ kgs (2.2 lbs = 1 kg) instead of 6+ lbs. Her previous two families over loved her. So both her and I are on special food, ie no junk food and table scraps. Kitty is just starting and I've been on this for 2 weeks already. I have to admit, going without refined sugar has sure helped my brain fog.

This is Kitty, in the closet on a furry mat instead of the hardwood floor. From the first night she has slept at the foot of the bed. This made me very happy that she felt comfortable enough to do that. The shaved fur on her leg is where the vet had to do something when in the shelter.
From Kitty and