Really Random; Gone to the Cats and Dogs

Blogtoberfest, Day 18

I’m linking up with Really Random Thursday with my friend Cindy, over here.

For those of you with “quilting” cats, do you have trouble with them wanting to always be “in” or “on” whatever fabric or sewing project you are currently working on?  My Maggy loves curling up inside bags, particularly one I am in the process of packing… I think I “removed” her from this bag three times before I got the rest of the rolled up quilts shoved in there…

Our tuxedo cat, Kato, goes where ever his humans go in the house, he likes human contact far more than most cats do, and his new favorite place is in my sweetie’s guitar case while the guitar is out of it, being played.  Added bonus: a cushy, soft place to curl up while sitting close to his favorite human.

We said goodbye to my Sweetie’s dog, Frances, three years ago; the day after her fifteenth birthday (a Husky, she lived to be 15!).  Now that we are looking to buy a new home and will be moving sometime in the next six months, we are considering getting a dog again (Maggy will NOT be pleased should this actually happen).  I’m not sure I’m up for puppy training, so maybe a rescue dog…  But, it’s hard to say no to the cuteness of a puppy face.  This is my sister’s new bulldog puppy, Peaches:

Seriously, how cute is that face?!?  Peaches is a nickname for Princess Peach (which is what you get when you let your four year old Mario Cart obsessed son name the family dog!)  We think it’s going to be fairly amusing to call her Peaches when she looks more like this:

Just because this has a bulldog image, I’m sharing this fun recipe from a book we picked up at an orchard gift shop (and it suggests it being served for Oktoberfest, so it’s timely, too!) for BEER Muffins (let me know if you decide to try the recipe–I have not!):

And, finally, I didn’t buy these, but saw them at a Vintage shop in the East Village (Des Moines, Iowa), they are “Damn-It Doris” postcards:

Apparently, “Doris” is the goat pictured…  I see very few things with my name on it.  Wouldn’t you know I’d have to find something like this. Reminds me of Tina the Llama in Napoleon Dynamite:

aye, aye, aye….

Happy blog reading,

Doris (the human, not the goat)

Trending Today: Aqua, Grey & Tangerine

This color combo has been a fairly popular trend this year, and my newest quilt is following the in crowd.  I showed you the sneak peek here, the top is now finished:

It’s made with a new Heather Peterson pattern, Spanish Tiles, from her book Living Large 2.   The photos aren’t great, I should have gotten outside yesterday to snap some, but I waited too long.  So Kato, got in the way, naturally… (see the tail in the upper left, here:)

He crawled under…

Turned himself around…until he got exactly the spot he wanted…

Then eventually worked to get himself uncovered again…

“what’s everyone lookin’ at?”

This is why I try to lay things out on the floor when the kitties are otherwise occupied.  The fabrics in this quilt are primarily Art Gallery Fabrics…

My sewing studio redo is coming soon–I now have my Janome in a recessed table–EXCITING!

Snap Happy…

….or Snap Crazy? I made seven more of these cute little snap bags this week. Six of them are thank yous from my small group members to the small group that hosted us for our Picture Piecing workshop two weekends ago. We made coordinating tissue cozies, and filled these with goodies to thank them for the day of fun they gave us!
This fabric came from the stash of one of our group members, it has little bumble bees, spools of thread, and the words “Quilting Bees” all over it, from South Sea Imports, it’s a release from a few years ago…cute, huh?!I made a seventh one as a birthday gift for a certain little glamour girl I know. Adding a shoulder strap to it, it makes the perfect little purse size for a six year old.
I have a huge stash of LakeHouse brights, and this was a great project to use a few of them on…
And finally, I thought I would show you the free fabric I received this week. That’s right, free fabric! I won a $25.00 gift voucher from Bunte Fabrics, through True Up, for participating in the Favorite Fabrics of 2009 carnival. Yvonne at Bunte carries European imported fabrics, these are from Germany, one yard of each poplin design (57″ WIDE!), and are now in my sewing studio:That pink cherry print may even make it into a Valentine themed project this weekend at retreat… Yvonne’s service was amazingly fast, I ordered on Thursday afternoon and had these in my mailbox on Monday! Go visit her shop

And one last pic, I thought you might like to see my sewing companion. Her favorite spot to rest/sleep/hide/groom herself is between the two quilts that hang on this quilt rack in my sewing room. She probably spends 18-20 hours a day in that spot. The other night I walked in to get something, and she was peeking out the side. I had to snap a picture. It’s almost as if I caught her in the middle of something…. hmmmmm…. The log cabin quilt she is sitting under is one I bought at an auction about 5-6 years ago in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I don’t know anything about the maker or provenance, but it’s a lovely, soft, treasure. The one behind it is a pink and white drunkard’s path, also an auction purchase.

A few of my favorite things…

I spent some pleasant days sewing and creating this past weekend, but I can’t show you what I am making because there are some gifts involved for people that might see their surprise exposed here on the blog. So…I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite things about my relaxing, peaceful, lovely two-day break from everyday life…

Having two full days to do whatever I wanted to do…and choosing to spend it in my studio, surrounded by my artwork and things that make me smile…

The scent of one of my favorite flowers, peonies, wafting in from the next room…

The site of my grandmother’s pin money jar (click on the photo to enlarge) holding the cut peonies…

lots of bindings waiting to be sewn onto the quilts as soon as they are finished…

And a kitty cat peacefully sleeping on a pile of fabric…

Here’s wishing you two days of freedom to do whatever you’d like to do…