Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I will be at this step for quite sometime to come.  I spent nearly three hours last night trimming.  Kutarug is going to be spectacular =^.^=  (I just love this name Janet :-)

I knew this would be necessary since Bonus Triangles aren't exactly any particular measurement.  After all they are essentially scraps that many quilters just trash.  Not this quilter!

So how many do you think my three hours yield?  Remember these are 1 1/2" hour glass units at this stage.  Well, any guesses?

Happy that half of this work week is in the past!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This article explains why we chose Abyssinians =^.^=  

Kosmo at 10 weeks is finding time for sleeping!

15 Cat Breeds That Act Just Like Dogs by Jess Bolluyt, Culture Cheat Sheet, 8/14/17

Some people love dogs. Others love cats. (And either pet can improve your health.) People usually think of cats as aloof and independent. Dog people often prefer canines’ extroverted playfulness to cats’ quiet affection. And people often think their pet choice says something about their personality. But pets and people don’t always live up to the stereotypes. In fact, some kinds of cats act more like a happy-go-lucky dog. Some will play fetch with you. Others love to go swimming. And still others will come when you call their names.
Check out these 15 cat breeds that act just like dogs.
1. Abyssinian

The Abyssinian likes to play fetch and loves water. | Wang He/Getty Images

PawCulture reports that one of the best cat breeds for people who are more accustomed to dogs is the Abyssinian. This breed loves water (unlike your average household cat). These cats also like to play fetch with their favorite toys. Plus, they follow their owners around the house. They’re also receptive to leash training. The only drawback? Because the Abyssinian needs more attention than other cat breeds, they aren’t the best choice if you need to leave your pet alone often.
2. Ragdoll
3. American Bobtail
4. Bombay
5. Main Coon
6. Birman
7. Manx
8. Ocicat
9. Ragamuffin
10. Siberian
11. American Curl
12. Chartreux
13. Burmese
14. Turkish Angora
15. Sphynx

Design Wall Monday, August 14, 2017

This is the beginnings of Kutarug.  Kutarug is my August 2017 UFO.  There is a lot to do for this project; not sure August will be the month it will finish.  The design is called Winning Combination by Tammy Vonderschmitt.  It drew my attention from the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting April 2016 issue.
Requirements for the ~ 59" x 81" quilt needs 468 2 7/8" squares that makes into HSTs which goes on to make 234 pinwheel units.

I fortunately have a bunch of Bonus Triangles from various previous projects and the generosity of my friend Debra.  Debra gave me a very large bag of HSTs a couple of months back.  What changes it up significantly is first I will be making my project larger to fit a king size bed AND second my pinwheel units will finish at 2 1/2" rather than 3 1/2".
So by now you may have figured out that I need way more than 234 pinwheel units!  I'm sure to use up all of my Bonus Triangles on Kutarug.  At the moment I'm squaring up hourglass units to 1 1/2".
Saturday DH and I put together a cat tower =^.^=.  Just a few short weeks until Kosmo and Kassy will be climbing up to look out the windows at the neighbor's bird bath and feeders.
Thursday at work there was a drawing that I won.  There are some pretty nice goodies in this basket!  The blackberry lollipops are a hit right now in the office.

Sunday Stash Report, August 13, 2017

I added just a bit to finish Kompass.  The bottom fabric became the binding.  The top gray dot will be for a future project.  That future project is Bonnie Hunter's Pumpkin' Patch.  Have you seen it in Quiltmaker Sep/Oct 17 issue?

Usage comes from finishing a project started in 2012 with Jo's Country Junction.  Each month for the entire year participants were to make one of the 12" x 12" blocks to finish however we decided.  I made three blocks from each of the three patterns by Lori Smith Quilt Squares #1, #4, and #6.  This year one of my UFOs was to put these 12 blocks together into a quilt.  A sashing that worked to bring all of them together was figured out.  I thought the green squares pulled it all in pretty well.  My plan will be for a blue binding fabric once it is quilted.  The blue should pull it in again.

Used this week:  6.5 yards
Used YTD: 98.5 yards
Purchased this week:  1.25 yards
Purchased YTD:  31.25 yards
Net used in 2017:  67.25 yards

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More stuff arrived today for my two new kitties.  A very heavy box was left at the door which needs assembly.  
It is the cat tower.  I wanted to see how the base would fit the area where it is planned to be located.  The color works okay too.  I'll be sharing after DH does the work.
I was told Royal Canin is one of the two foods Lynn has been feeding them.  This is not a brand that I could find a my go to grocery store.  But of course Amazon has it!
These id tags also arrived.  They look to be a different color, but they are identical except for the engraved names.  I put them on their harnesses last night.  They are way to small for collars and will be for sometime.  I only used the harnesses when going to the veterinary, which is still the case for Kosmo and Kassy.  

Dishes are done for the evening.  Kompass is calling me in the sewing room.  I have two sides yet to bind, a sleeve to stitch in place, and a label to be made.  Planing on sitting in my chair moving the hassock close...turning into the Princess Dianna special tonight and getting Kompass done.

Design Wall Monday, August 7, 2017

Kountry Kollection is complete.  I've had these blocks since 2012 when I made it as a block a month project throughout that year.  The challenge was through Jo's Country Junction making Lori Smith's Designs from her patterns Quilt Squares #1, #4, and #6.  Each pattern came with several block variations.  The participant finished each either as an individual or a combination of some or all of the blocks.  This year it was way past time to assemble them into a collection.  All that was left was figuring out a setting.  I like how it has turned out with the sage green and ivoryish four patches.  I will be looking for a blue for the binding.  Kountry Kollection is #6 on my 2017 UFO List finished ahead of schedule.

I have also been working on the binding of Kompass.  Kompass will be in the San Diego Quilt Show as a judged entry.  I am planning on entering it in Road to California as well.

Now to get back to Kutarug!

Sunday Stash Report, August 6, 2017

We are getting ready for kitties at our home.  Toys came first and now there are beds.  These were purchased from Amazon.  They have a removable pad and vinyl bottoms for cleaning should there be a need.  They will of course be beds they can use as they grow.  I'll bet for a little while they will only be using one bed together.

This is a different type of potty than what Kaos and Komotion had available to them.  When they were young I had a dome type of cover.  Kittens can sometimes be quite aggressive in covering.  This one has sides that extend upwards instead.  Anxious to see how it works out for Kosmo and Katastrophy.

I traveled on Saturday to meet everyone.  Lynn was nice enough to let me spend two hours with the kittens (there is a third one behind the door).  I'd forgotten how little they are at this age.  Lots of energy!  The toy they are playing with is one that I brought up with me.  They didn't have anything like it and was it fun for them.  Even Velvet (their mom) enjoyed playing with it.

We will be kitty proofing the house in the next few weeks.  Our second level has some open banisters that need to be covered.  We have experience with Kaos and Komotion that took a leap into the family room from there.  We thought we had this area proofed with Komotion, but as soon as the proofing was removed another flyer from the second level with him.  Going to be trying something different this time and keep it up longer too!

As for quilting you may ask...I have been trimming HSTs for Kutarug.  There will likely be somewhere around a thousand in this project.  I primarily decided to take the project on because of all bonus triangles I have been accumulating from previous projects.  Kountry Kollection only needed sashing to finish; so I've snuck it over the week too.  Nothing to change my fabric stash counts this week, but I'm looking forward to the report next week with changes!

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 92 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  30 yards
Net used in 2017:  62 yards

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

2017 UFO #8 was picked for working in August.  I plan to give it my best, but I have a busy month planned.  The last week of the month will have me at my parents home for my annual visit.  I have a stop first for the weekend in Tampa visiting my brother.

This project is planned to be king size to fit on my bed.  My project will be called Kutarug compliments of my friend and follower Janet O.  The design is called Winning Combination by Tammy Vonderschmitt from the publication American, Patchwork & Quilting April 2016.  As you can see many HSTs are made.  They need to be trimmed up with the Bloc-Loc ruler.  Thanks to Bonnie Hunter time and time again for showing bonus triangles!  I will undoubtedly need to make lots more.
So are you doing a 2017 UFO challenge this year?  What's your project all about.  I'll be linking into Patchwork Times with my 2017 UFO July completion, Kapture.  Have a great rest of your week =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, July 31, 2017

Tom Hams Lighthouse

I have been busy with family this weekend.  Don and Rita (DH's Brother and Finance) came down from Riverside on Saturday and left on Sunday.  We had a great time with Happy Hour at Tom Hams Lighthouse the afternoon of their arrival and dinner at a fabulous Italian restaurant de'Medici on 5th Avenue in the Gas Lamp District afterward.  Lots of catching up conversation ensued over their visit.  Sunday had us for brunch at Jimmy's Famous American Tavern.  First experience of Chicken and Waffles!  The weather couldn't have been better.

This meant very little sewing to show you today.  Friday was my day off and Kerry's so lunch at Daphne's in Santee then to her home for figuring out what threads and quilting designs for five different projects that were put in her queue.  We also spent much time deciding what quilting designs would work best for Kourageous.  You may remember this project.  I think we landed on four of them to get the quilting going.  This is the last quilt I entered in the San Diego Quilt Show that will need to be finished before quilt call the last week in September.  I also came home with Kompass ready for binding.  I will need to find something that works; hoping for the dark blue that you see in the middle circle.  Promise I will share the entire project once bound.

I have been pulling fabrics for the sashing of Kountry Kollection.  I have several of the original fabrics to use and because it is so scrappy there are many other to consider as well.  I only need 10 1/2" x 2 1/2" (maybe just 2") strips for between the blocks with four patches where the sashing intersects.  At least this is the design in mind at the moment.  Perhaps this will change, but for now this is where the designing will start.

Many of you know that two kittens are soon to be mine.  Abyssinians are the breed of choice as were Kaos and Komotion (KoKo).  Once you own an Aby you too may be set on having a repeat.  Kaos and Komotion are at the Rainbow Bridge now and our home is so empty without them.  Kosmo and Katastrophy (Kassy) are eight weeks today.  We will be able to bring them home at 12 weeks...but in the meantime pictures are being sent to us.  I have my introductory visit arranged for Saturday.  Our home will soon hear the romping and meows of these two.  I am not sure who is in this most recent photo, but how could you not love this one?

KitNipBox subscription has been established and the first box came today.  Would you ever have thought that a company makes Purrgundy Wine for cats?  (Non-alcoholic catnip infused salmon oil.)

Until next time, hope you have a purrfect week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, July 30, 2017

Aren't these just too cute?  A small departure from quilting for Violet and Ivy.  I just loved this pattern since it had the ability to use up lots of scraps.  Not one thing was purchased for them, not even the jumbo rick-rack.  I'm anxious to see photos of the sisters wearing them.

This is the next project I will tackle from my 2017 UFO list.  It has yet to be called by Patchwork Times.  August 1st is just days away.  I wonder if it will be selected to work on for the month.  I made the blocks in 2012 as part of a Quilt Square Quilt Along coordinated by Jo's Country Junction.  One could do any number of things with the finished blocks.  Many made small one block miniatures, but I thought to make mine into a small quilt.  Right now I have loads of fabrics out of their containers auditioning for the sashing.  I'll be calling my project Kountry Kollection.  All the blocks are designed by Lori Smith.

Used this week:  9.25 yards
Used YTD: 92 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  30 yards
Net used in 2017:  62 yards

Design Wall Monday, July 24, 2017

22" x 26"
UFO for July is complete.  Today the two borders were stitched down.  A finish for my Kapture!  A design by Pam Buda called Four Around Nine.  The design can be found in her trio of patterns called Tokens of the Past.  All fabrics came from stash...EXCELLENT.

Garment sewing for Violet and Ivy is next.  The fabrics are really cute and the EXCELLENT kind as well...straight from my stash.  Hope the two like what's soon to be in their closet.

Sunday Stash Report, July 23, 2017

Mom's Sun Bonnet Sue project started long ago for Tiffany is ready for quilting.  The project finished 68" x 80".  You should have heard the oohs and aahs it received when I was selecting the outside border and back.  The employees were very pleased to help make the selection.  Turns out I happened on the perfect discounted fabric - $5.00 a yard!  Love Beverly's already and now with this find even more...
I put the same sashing fabric around the pillows that will be finished by Mom.  The pillows will finish at 14" square.  They too will have the same backing as the quilt.  Tiffany has seen the project and is quite thrilled.
Beverly's had two more fabrics to come home with me.  The one on the top was another discounted fabric at $5.00 a yard.  The middle fabric is a back for a UFO yet to be started this year.  It was purchased with a 25% coupon.  The fabric on the bottom is the border and back for Tiffany's project.  Already in and out of my stash so I won't be counting it.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 82.75 yards
Purchased this week:  10.5 yards
Purchased YTD:  30 yards
Net used in 2017:  52.75 yards

Kapture, my July UFO is on my Design Wall right now.  More on this project on tomorrow's post.  Oh, there is a block going the wrong way that has been corrected...

Design Wall Monday, July 17, 2017

The beginnings of Kapture!  I started cutting the background neutrals on Sunday.  There are not many pieces to this project.  I managed to get just a few of the same print in both of the neutrals and reds.  These pieces are tiny...  The smallest of the squares is just 1 1/4".  I will be making Four Around Nine by Pam Buda (top right project).  Kapture is my July UFO.

Many of you learned about my two new fur-babies today.  This date marks their five week birthday.  I won't be able to see them until eight weeks.  They live not far from me in the Los Angels area.  It will be the week of my birthday when they move in with us.  So excited!

Hope you enjoy your week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, July 16, 2017

Here is where I am today with Tiffany's Sun Bonnet Sue.  I measured what's needed for a border.  I want at least a 4" border.  What I have left of the blue just won't be enough.  I looked through my stash for possibilities without luck.  A trip to one of the local quilt shops will need to happen...darn don't you just hate when that happens =^.^=

Kakes in the Kribyard is finished.  Love how this one turned out.  The fabric statistics don't change this week.  I am sewing though.  Enjoy your week ahead.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 82.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  19.5 yards
Net used in 2017:  63.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, July 10, 2017

I've been very busy with binding.  Knikknakk above was finished on Sunday.
Kalvery finished on Saturday.
Kissin' Korner 2 finished on Saturday too.  Today I got around Kakes in the Kribyard, but have the sleeve to stitch down.  I will show you a photo of it in all its royal purples later this week.  All of my finished projects can be seen on my website

There were ten Sues to be blanket stitched down when I was left with this project started by Mom a very long time ago.  Tiffany pulled out two of the primarily blue Sues for pillows, but the rest make just enough for this setting.  The blue sashing fabric is left from the blue and yellow bed quilt Mom and I worked on and finished =^.^= before she returned home.  I will be using this same blue for the sashing in between the rows.  There is easily enough for it and probably the binding.  Not sure yet about a border or if it needs one.  What do you think -or- is it too soon to gather an opinion.  I will be back to Sun Bonnet Sue this week.

July is moving far to swiftly...Kapture, my UFO for July has yet to be started!  Until the next time =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, July 9, 2017

Yesterday was the day to start registering for Road to California Quilt Show classes.  I hit the select button minutes after 8:00am.  These classes fill up so fast...just after my selections were made I noticed many of them SOLD OUT!  Very happy that Kerry and I made the cut for a Wednesday class Magic Mariner's Compass by Janna Thomas of BlocLoc.
This is the project we will embark upon.  Pretty cool design.  I will use another color or two or three...  The second class will be on Thursday by a designer we are just learning about.  Barbara Black will be leading us through Antique Rose Star.  This one involves the dreaded curve piecing.  It looks like it might be worth it though.
I have three quilts to submit for the show that will be January 18 - 21, 2018.  All of them are traditional pieced using the foundation piecing.  The talents of seven different designers were used in the making.  I learned a bunch of techniques that have been added to my tool box.  Go to classes and try things new!

There will be a time when my statistics will change, but it won't be this week once again.  I am me =^.^=

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 82.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  19.5 yards
Net used in 2017:  63.25 yards