Charity Quilt – A Scruffily Christmas Quilt

A friend requested that I make a quilt for a silent auction to benefit an animal charity.  Time has been in short supply lately, so it needed to be something that I could crank out in 10-14 days…at night….after work 🙂  Allow me to introduce you to the Scruffily Christmas Quilt!  (yes, I know…scruffily is not a word, but it’s how this quilt makes me feel lol).

scruffily christmas quiltI modified the pattern a bit from Rachel Griffith’s (from PS I Quilt) Moda Bake Shop tutorial.  I didn’t use a jelly roll for the insides of the squares, just cut up some extra solids that I had on hand.  I highly recommend her pattern if you need a quick, fun, quilt.  Super easy and I love the results.  It reminds me a little of the quilt a long hosted by Rachel that resulted in my Happy Howlidays quilt.

scruffily christmas quiltTrying to get a  picture of a quilt in this house without a cat…next to impossible.  So, its super simple.  Lay out a bunch of layer cake squares in a pleasing pattern, lay a charm square in the middle of those, and then a 2.5 inch square in the middle of the charm square.

IMG_0323Sew 1/4 inch around all of the squares, then sew the rows together, then layer and quilt.  Easy peasy.  Especially if you have a “helper” like the Moose.

IMG_4218I went with simple straight line quilting because I didn’t want to detract from the “scruffiliness” once I washed it.  The fun thing about this quilt is that the more you wash it, the more scruffily it becomes.  Awesome for some snuggling under and dreaming of Christmas wishes.

IMG_0325I hope it brings a good sum of $ for the organization and that it finds a loving home.  I love this little quilt and wanted to keep it, lol.  Maybe I’ll have to make one for us 🙂  The fabric is 25th & Pine for Moda, by Basic Grey.  I bought mine from the Fat Quarter Shop.  They’re having an awesome sale this weekend.  Very bad for my budget.  I’ve decided I need to ask Santa to redo my closet this Christmas so I can add lots of shelves for the fabric I keep accumulating!

Pets On Quilts Show – 2014

I stumbled across this today thanks to Valerie.  Thanks Valerie!

Sounds good to me!!!  So, here are my kids!  We are entering in the “Cat or Kitten on a Quilt” category.  With 4 cats in the house, there is always a cat available to help with the quilting process.  First up…the Moose!  Moose is the youngest quilt tester in the household, but he is the first to pop up and help me.

cropped-img_1862.jpgHe has been helping me quilt my latest quilt, Chasing My Tail, with my 830 and the jumbo hoop.  Thanks Moosie!

Moose helping with "Chasing My Tail"

Moose helping with “Chasing My Tail”

He’s always up for a good photo shoot…especially when I’m trying to get a picture WITHOUT a cat in it.

Moose presents Mini Swoon

Moose presents Mini Swoon

He sure does keep us laughing though!

Yoga Moose :)

Yoga Moose 🙂

Next up is sister Lucy.  She’s our little rescue girl that someone tried to drown at 8 weeks of age.  Saving her did some damage to her vocal cords so her meow and purr are very, very quiet.  That hasn’t slowed her down every though!  She’s a sweet soul, but she keeps da’ Moose in his place.

Lucy helping with layout of the Montana Quilt

Lucy helping with layout of the Montana Quilt

Lucy helping demonstrate "place cat butt here!"

Lucy helping demonstrate “place cat butt here!”

They have another very shy sister, Emmie.  Emmie is also a rescue and used to love to help with quilting until I got my 830.  The 830 is just a bit big and intimidating for her, but she still loves to snuggle and help with quilting when the machine isn’t running.

Emmie on Lisa's quilt

Emmie on Lisa’s quilt

Emmie on Happy Howlidays

Emmie on Happy Howlidays

And last but not least is Simon.  Simon is the senior cat in the household at 14.5 years old.  Simon is also a rescue that had an injury early in life.  Jim says he’s a “few Buds short of a 6 pack”, but he is truly just the sweetest boy ever.  He is a gentle soul and always the first to make friends with a new animal in the house.

Simon and Moose on Happy Howlidays.

Simon and Moose on Happy Howlidays.

So that’s my crew!  I hope you enjoyed this little introduction to my quilting helpers.  Make sure and check out all the other links at Lily Pad Quilting and enjoy the Pets on Quilts Show 2014!  I know I will 🙂

Simon, Lucy, & Emmie

Simon, Lucy, & Emmie

Baby Moose

Baby Moose

Vacation Accomplishments

Wow!  I have enjoyed having a week off so much that I told my staff I’ve decided I should take the summer off.  Needless to say, they’re not in favor of that and it might make paying the bills a bit difficult, but oh boy….this was a much-needed retreat from a CRAZY five months.  I really can’t believe we’re at the end of May.  I have NO idea where the last 5 months have gone (wait….yes I do, I was traveling like a crazy woman and working my butt off, lol).

So, without further delay, here is just a little peek at what I did this week.  First, I started every morning (after the chores were done of course) with a cup of coffee on the front porch with this smiling boy who turned 14 (!!!!!) back on the 10th!  How he got to be 14, don’t ask…seems he was just a goofy pup not too long ago.  Every day we have with him is a blessing.  Lots of limping these days and we’re in early renal failure, but he’s happy and I keep him pain-free.  He still likes to walk to the barn every morning and night (but then he prefers to ride back in the gator, lol).

IMG_3556Mom came out last weekend for a “photo shoot” with Aunt Joann’s quilt.  Special memories here that will last a lifetime!

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We finalized plans for the addition of a sunroom and deck on the back of the house!  I have been wanting to do this forever, but we didn’t want to finance it, so this has been a 5 years of savings and lot’s of speaking gigs kind of project.  Construction should start in the next 2 weeks.

Thompson over view 4 Thompson over view 2Lot’s of stuff happening on the sewing front and that was truly the most awesome part of vacation…just being able to sew and relax with the windows open, the birds chirping, and the horses munching.  Heaven!

First I got caught up on our Farmer’s Wife blocks.  I am sad to say that these were February’s blocks…we had to put everything on hold when my travel schedule got out of control and mom had to have thumb surgery.  We’re back on track and I have picked out our 5 June blocks.  With the addition of February’s blocks, we have 65 out of 111 complete.  That means we only have 46 more blocks to go!  Amazing.

IMG_3592I finally had a chance to put all of the ones I have made up on the wall together last night, so here they are.  I really have NO idea how these are all going to tie together in one quilt lol, but I said I was only going to use stash fabric and I have stayed true to that.  I love how when I look at the blocks I can see what was going on at the time in my life and remember special times associated with certain fabrics.

IMG_3593Now, you might have noticed that this is actually hanging ON the WALL.  The other big project of the week was to clear out my sewing room/office.  It has been SO cramped for so long that it just makes me edgy going in there.  First I got rid of Bubba’s big over stuffed chair that was taking up an entire wall.  With his legs, he hasn’t been able to get up on it for over 4 months and when he does, he can’t get down on his own without falling.  It was an accident waiting to happen…so out it went.  Then I got rid of an old kitty condo that was taking up space under the window.  The cats are always on my sewing table or desk, NEVER on their designated space, lol.  So, with that space opened up, I turned an old table that my mom made years ago into a much-needed cutting table.  I added some 5 inch risers and voila!

IMG_3566You can see my Grandma Foster’s old treadle machine there now 🙂  It was crammed into a corner and covered with books.  Moosie likes it too.

IMG_3573Now, as you can see above, the appearance of the self-cleaning litter box beneath the new cutting table AND the lovely brown risers do not add to the ambiance I was trying to create.  Home dec is totally outside of my comfort zone, but with Mom’s encouragement, I bit the bullet and decided to make a skirt for the table.  I fell in love with the Moda Mochi dot linen fabric.  Mom tried to teach me how to make ruffles by  pulling on two threads….after several frustrating tries, I went and purchased a ruffler foot, lol.  This is why god invented technology right??????  Seriously…this thing is a dream!  Here is the finished skirt.  Looks MUCH better than the litter box and risers 🙂

IMG_3585The ruffler foot and I got on famously!  Talk about super simple.  It had 3 settings:  ruffles every 12 stitches, every 6 stitches, or every stitch.  I did every 12 because I wanted looser ruffles.  Now, the new hemmer foot and I, well that is a different story.  We are still not on speaking terms.  I had enough of the mochi dot left over to make a fun little pillow to sit on the chair by Grandma’s machine…I mean Moosie’s chair.

IMG_3586IMG_3588Fun!  I still want to paint the room too, but there are some other things I need to clear out (aka “purge”) before I tackle that.  However, I had such fun with the ruffler that I might consider making curtains when the time comes, lol.

Up next on the cutting table?  Well, I am working on the Scout quilt by Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew.  My awesome friend Courtney from The French Seam (she’s also my neighbor at work, lol) gave me the pattern AND the fabric.  Seriously, how lucky am I to work next door to this lady????  If you’re in Indy, you should totally check her shop out…AMAZING fabrics!  I “heart” her 🙂  All of the strip sets are cut and sewn together (thank you for your help Moosie), so today we cut and piece the blocks together and hopefully get the top stitched.

IMG_3547So, it’s been a fabulous vacation and I still have 3 days left!  Cheers!  Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

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Holiday Update!

Goodness it’s been a busy month!  Are you ready for the holiday?  There’s been a lot of sewing going on over here in the wee hours of the morning in between life, work, and more life thrown in.  And it’s been cold as anything….Brr!  So, here’s a quick recap.  I am actually off work for the rest of the week, so hoping to get the blog updated during that time as well as enjoy some downtime with Scarlett stitching for fun 🙂

First up was some sewing for the fabric postcard swap generously hosted by Sandi of Quilt Cabana Patterns.  Thank you Sandi for this wonderful treat 🙂  I’ve enjoyed seeing the pics filter in on Twitter.  I’m going to post pics here because I know Marisa has received mine.  I also posted them in the Flickr group that Sandi set up!  Unfortunately, the post office has not been kind and is holding the one that Marisa sent me for ransom 🙂  I’m hoping it will still make an appearance someday soon!

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I finished the quilt I was making for my MIL.  She’s been in a wheelchair since earlier this fall and she’s always trying to cover up with her coat or something else, so I thought she might like a little quilt.  Now, she’s definitely of the “muggle” variety as Frances would say, and I’m quite sure this will be just another blanket to her, but it was made with love.  It’s a little jelly roll race quilt made from Sweet Serenade by Basic Grey.  My MIL was a music teacher and I thought she would like the little musical notes.

IMG_0245 And here’s the backing, complete with the assistance of the quilt inspector, Mr. Moose!

IMG_0248A close up of the fabric

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Now, I was running out of time for sewing the binding on by hand like I normally do, so I just used one of my 9 mm decorative stitches and hoped it was wide enough to cover my faux pas with machine stitched binding.  I can never seem to get it just right!  I think this will do 🙂  Not perfect, but fine for the project.

IMG_0253I’m also trying to finish up a little table topper for a friend.  More pics to come on that.  The weekend of Thanksgiving, I started working on a McKenna Ryan fusible applique called “Under the Moostletoe”.  Kind of appropriate with my crazy Moose kitty.  My goal was to complete it before Christmas so I could hang it up, but that’s not going to happen.  This is where it stands currently.  I used the Floriani Applique-Wonder on this and I’m not thrilled with it at all.  Very stiff and the needle makes a chunking noise when it goes through it.  I probably won’t use it again for this type of project.

IMG_2799There’s been lots of wrapping and Christmas shenanigans around here with the furry crew. Here’s a few just for grins!

IMG_0259 IMG_2906Wishing you all a very, Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays (whichever tickles your fancy).  xoxo   Lori

 

Busy, busy, busy!

Gosh!  I can’t believe that:

  • #1 – it’s now the middle of August
  • #2 – that it was 45 degrees here this morning at the barn and
  • #3 – I actually have a few days of “stay-cation” and get to do some sewing!

Score!!!!!

Emmie & Moose

Emmie & Moose

Work has been insane for most of the last month.  I’ve had my hands full being a business owner and managing all sorts of fun (insert silent scream here) that comes along with owning a 3-year-old, growing business.  Mom is ahead of me once again on our Farmer’s Wife blocks, but I have high hopes of catching up with her this week 🙂  We also celebrated my 48-year-old “man-child’s” birthday last weekend with 15 of his closest relatives.  I’m really not sure there is an emoticon that correctly portrays the emotion I have to accompany that statement, so I’ll leave you with these 2 images instead, lol.

After

After

IMG_2276And then this was me…in the corner….IMG_1992And that’s all I’m saying about that 🙂  The only sewing that Scarlett and I have gotten done this past month has been on a baby quilt for my new great-nephew who shall be joining us any day.  He wasn’t due until September, but my niece has been having problems and went into labor early a few weeks ago.  They’ve been controlling it and this Monday she reached 37 weeks so now they plan to let her go whenever he decides to show up.  I’m finally stitching the binding down and then it will be ready to go.  Here it is before I quilted it.IMG_2217And the backing fabricIMG_2218So, as soon as I finish the binding and wash all the cat hair off of it (thank you Moose!), I’ll post some pics of the finished quilt before I give it to her.  Oh yes, and I need to make the label too.  That’s all I have for you as of right now.  Hope you all are doing well and enjoying the remainder of your summer!  I leave you with Mr. Moose, ever the eager helper…IMG_2228

 

 

Montana Quilt Finished – Finally!!

Like I mentioned last week, I have a bunch to tell you guys but I just need to find the time to get it all written down, lol.  Last weekend I went with Mom to the IQF in Chicago and I have tons of pics and fun things to share from that as well.  But for now…onto the Montana Quilt.IMG_0151So, Jim bought me this quilt kit on a trip to Montana back in 2011.  It sat in my closet for a long time because it’s not really “me”, but it was still special because he took the time to go to a quilt shop on a business trip and pick something out for me…not my typical husband, lol.  In June of 2012 I had the opportunity to go with him to Montana.  He had a business trip and I tagged along for a change.  I never get to do that 🙂  We went out 3 days early and played in Montana.  Here’s the post about that vacation if you’re interested.IMG_0147

Before we left, I decided it was high time to start piecing this quilt and then maybe I would get the backing from the same quilt store that he purchased the kit from and the entire quilt would be a “Montana Quilt”.

IMG_1862Somewhere along the line, Mr. Moose adopted this quilt as his own.  I couldn’t piece it, quilt it, or do anything with the damn quilt including getting a picture without his furry butt being on top of it.  This quilt was a Q1 FAL goal…well, I was only 3 months off 🙂  The ironic part about this is that Moose was named after we came back from that 2012 trip to Montana and we rescued his stinky, ringworm infested, ulcerated left eye self.  He was scrawny, sick, but you could tell he was going to be a fighter.  The day we brought him home, we were both wearing our “Moose’s Saloon” t-shirts from Montana, so he became “Moose”.

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So, this quilt has been a few years in the making.  I tried lots of “new to me” techniques with the free motion quilting.  There were definitely loops, swirls, and stippling, but I tried to do some outlining of fur, rocks, etc to give them some definition.  I also tried to quilt waves into the running river.  This quilt is meant for snuggling under on the couch…originally for Jim, but I think Moose really owns this quilt.

The quilting was all done with monofilament thread.  Not my favorite to quilt with by a long shot, but I couldn’t find a thread color that I really liked and I didn’t want the thread to stand out on the back.  The backing is just a wood grain fabric.  I inserted a small strip of a scene from the panels that I cut up to make the front just to make it a little more interesting.IMG_0157IMG_0154It was super windy the weekend I was taking pictures, but it just didn’t seem right to take pictures of this quilt inside.  I wanted it outside in “nature”.  I had several helpers for the photo shoot.  Running beneath and over the top of the quilt seemed to be the name of the game.  Or, if you’re the old golden boy, just falling over and laying on top of it is a good game too.  They finally wore themselves out long enough for me to shoot the quilt.

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So, that’s it!  The Montana quilt is finally finished and everyone is enjoying using it on the couch…especially da’ Moose 🙂IMG_0170

Life Update with a Little Quilting

It has been what we’re lovingly referring to the week of Bubba 🙂  The old golden boy has been at work with me every day and on Friday we had our follow-up with the neurologist and the orthopedic surgeon.  The good news is that it looks like we’re dealing with strictly a torn ACL (right rear leg) instead of neurologic issues which is a blessing.  So, I have an abdominal ultrasound and chest films scheduled for Thursday to check for any evidence of cancer in liver, spleen or lungs and if everything is clean…well then, Jim and I have made the decision to move forward with his surgery.  He’ll have a 6 week recovery time and he and I will go to physical therapy twice weekly during that time.  However, age is not a disease, so if he’s in good shape otherwise, there’s no reason not to try.  We may have 6 months, we may have a year, we may have 2…who the heck knows?  I figure at 13, we’ve already beaten the “golden odds”, lol.  The furbabies are our children, so we are blessed to be in a position to do this for him if he’s otherwise healthy.  I’m very thankful for that!

Speaking of which…guess who turned 13 on Thursday? Yep!  This gorgeous golden boy who we’re now lovingly calling “that sun room we were planning to build this summer” 🙂  Love you Bubba Jr!

Bubba Jr. snoozing!

Bubba Jr. snoozing!

So, in the evening while the king is resting, I’ve been trying to do a little bit of quilting each day on the Montana quilt.  Notice I say “trying”….IMG_1868

This seems to be the Moose’s new hang out.  He LOVES this quilt.  I kid you not, I find him on it all the time and am constantly pushing him off of it so he doesn’t cause it to drag when I’m moving it through the machine.  This was after a recent “repositioning” when I picked him up and put him on the chair beside me.  You can see how long that lasted.IMG_1866So far, with the exception of stitching in the ditch along the major seam lines to hold things in place, this has all be free motion quilting.  Scarlett is a dream to quilt with and that throat space is awesome!!!!  I’ve tried to stitch around the rock like items in the panels, outline the bears, quilt “fur” that mimics the way the fur looks on the bears.  It’s just a quilt for us to snuggle under and remember our time in Montana, so it doesn’t have to be award-winning.  I’ve been having fun with it and it takes my mind off worrying about the Bubs for a bit.IMG_1862You can kind of see the devil lurking in there can’t you?  🙂  Well, time to go feed the crew.  The golden boy hasn’t been eating so I have chicken and sweet potatoes cooking for his golden royalness right now.  Hope you guys have a fantastic week!

Throw Me A Bone!

Dear Mother Nature, REALLY???????  C’mon!  This is what we woke up to this morning.  There’s about 2.5 inches on the ground with predictions ranging now from 6-10″ by the end of the day.  I feel like I’m in the movie Groundhog Day.  I swear if I saw that little rat right now, we’d have an intervention!IMG_1725

I can honestly remember a time when I liked the snow and the cold weather.  Being cozied up inside a warm house, watching the snow fall…it all seemed very peaceful.  Now that I have these outdoor critters, I worry a lot more about cold temperatures.  IMG_1378

Don’t even get me started about the little cat that hangs out on our porch.  She has a gourmet diva cat house to snuggle in surrounded by big bales of hay (yes…our porch looks like red neck central right now), but I still lose sleep over her while my other kitties are snuggled away warm in their inside beds.  I know I can’t take them all in, and honestly, four cats inside is plenty…especially when they all start sneezing.  Speaking of the feline plague, everyone is better here…except Simon.  Poor Simey….he’s the one that I thought had the toughest immune system, but he’s hanging onto it the longest.  Poor little guy…might be his age, I’m not sure.  Regardless, he’s still happy to sneeze in your face, but at least he’s eating and not looking as pathethic.IMG_1696On the quilting front, I’m afraid I don’t have a ton to report this week.  I did get all of my March Farmer’s Wife blocks finished.  Hard to believe I am actually ahead of Mom right now…that may be the first time since we’ve started this that I’m in the lead 🙂  However, it’s only because she’s hard at work on sewing new curtains for dad’s boat, lol.  I’m headed down to Florida to celebrate Dad’s birthday this week.  Can’t wait to see their bright, smiling faces (note to the weather man – please, some sun?????  I don’t care if it’s 80 degrees, but above 30 and sunny would make Lori very happy!)

Mom & Dad

Mom & Dad

Aren’t they adorable????  Mom just bought a new sewing machine ( a Juki) and I can’t wait to see it and learn all about it!  I’m not very familiar with Juki’s but the reviews look good.  I think it’s the F600?  I’m going to try and get some pics of our FW blocks laid out together which I think will be super cool.  Oh!  And I’m really hoping to road trip and meet Katie while I’m there.  I wish I was going to be there long enough to meet the Corgi’s but this is going to be a quick trip for Dad’s birthday.

So, here are my blocks for March for the Farmer’s Wife quilt.  I’m branching out from the usual Moda Etching’s line (can you tell I am desperate for spring from my color choices?)  LOL.  Sorry for the poor lighting.  It was late, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it 🙂

March 2013 FW Blocks

March 2013 FW Blocks

This one is kind of fun.  Mom and I bought have a fat eighth of this fabric with various quilt blocks listed and we agreed to each incorporate it into our quilt.  This is the way I chose to do that since this block had such a nice open area for fussy cutting.IMG_1685Farmer’s puzzle might be my favorite though 🙂IMG_1718So, that’s it for me for this week.  I’d like to think that I’ll get some sewing done today while it’s icky and gross outside, but I have a ton of stuff to do to get ready to leave and go see the parents 🙂  Here’s hoping wherever you are this weekend is warm and sunny!

The Week From Hell

Wow, what a week.  I would like to not repeat this week anytime soon!  Here’s how it went:IMG_1529

Tuesday:  another snow storm (5 inches) and loss of power from 2:30-8:30 a.m.  Edward (pictured above) is a total freak due to the flickering of lights occasionally during that 6 hour window and lies on top of me shaking like a freight train the entire time.  Let’s keep in mind that I have to be at an equine event exhibiting for my clinic at 8:00 Weds morning shall we?  Sometime during this time, Lucy sneezes…twice.

Wednesday:  5 inches of snow on the ground, no power, I am getting ready for this equine trade show without a shower, trying to make myself presentable via the light of my phone and the window…not pretty.  Lucy is now sneezing more…much more.  I send the husband out to feed the horses because in my lovely boot (remember the broken heel?) I’m not so great in the snow.  I also send him over to the neighbor’s house to feed her 2 horses because she’s in her 60’s with a bad hip and doesn’t need to be fighting the snow either.  I’m walking out the door, looking not so pretty, and Jim comes back to tell me that the neighbor’s oldest horse is dead in the barn 😦  Now, the poor guy was 30 years old and it’s been a tough winter, but it’s never an easy thing to have happen.  So, call our neighbor, deliver the horrible news, and then off to the event.  Yep, that’s me below with my hair pulled up looking über lovely…oy!  Do you love the coat hanging in the background?  Note to self…next time look behind you before having someone snap a picture.  Sigh…IMG_1643Thursday:  Wake up to more sneezing (enter Emmie and Simon) and it becomes obvious that we have a full-blown upper respiratory infection running through the cats in the house.  Damn!  This stuff is like the plaque.  Lucy feels horrible because she has the worst lungs of the group.  I rescued her when someone tried to drown her and her 4 siblings when she was only 10 weeks old…so to say she’s respiratory challenged to begin with would be an understatement.  Now she feels really crappy, running a fever, snotty, and doesn’t want to eat.  Go down to feed the other cats and Moose, aka the bad kitty, has diarrhea.  Nice…ok, I’m a veterinarian…forget that I specialize in dermatology for the love of pete, but I can handle this.  Load up a stool sample, and off to the clinic I go.  Results back at 10 p.m. – Moose has Giardia.  Whaaa Whaaa,… winner winner, chicken dinner!

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

Friday:  Surely we’re done with the week right?  I have 2 doctors appts, one for the heel and one for annual bloodwork, and then I’m off to pick up medicine for all four cats for the upper respiratory infection and medication for Mr. Moose to treat the Giardia.  The good news – my bone is remodeling so I’m cleared for non-weight bearing exercise and remain in the boot for another 3 weeks.  The bad news…pilling and medicating 4 cats, 2-3 times per day with medicine that tastes horrible.  Yeah, I have the scars to prove it.

I feel certain that today has to be the start of a better week.  Lucy and Emmie are still feeling puny (Lucy is the worst, poor thing is downright pathetic), but Moose feels good enough to bite me and Simon has been exposed to upper respiratory infections so many times (he spent his first year of life in the clinic with me as a clinic cat when I was in general practice) that his immunity is pretty darned good.  IMG_1652

Despite all this insanity that would drive any normal person to drink, I DID actually get some things accomplished on the quilty and crafty side of things this week.  Yeah me!  First up, my little tumbler table topper made out of a charm pack of Vintage Modern (by Bonnie & Camille for Moda), is quilted and just waiting for me to finish hand stitching the binding!  I love it and need a little spring right now.  I really don’t mind springing forward with the time change because let’s be honest, I don’t sleep a lot any way…but I would REALLY like some warmer weather and sunshine over here.  That’s what the little table topper is supposed to be for me 🙂  It’s smaller than I anticipated and will shrink some more when I wash it, but I still love it.  It makes me smile.  IMG_1658

I also finished a little Easter wool applique that I started last March.  It’s an Easter bunny…he’s cute!IMG_1657And last but not least, I had ordered some of the cotton fabric lawn printable sheets from Electric Quilt for a memory quilt I’m working on.  I’ve used printable fabric before but haven’t been extremely pleased with the quality of it.  So, this cotton lawn fabric got great reviews as did the TAP (transfer artist paper).  I ordered some of both and am planning on experimenting to see which I like best.  However, when I was on the Electric Quilt site, I just happened across these add-ons called “Stash“…how have I never heard about these before?????  IMG_1659If you use Electric Quilt to design quilts at all, these are a must have!  I have EQ 7 and although I don’t get to play nearly as much as I would like, these are da’bomb!  The CDs are released twice a year (spring and fall) and contain swatches from various manufacturers and fabric designers, from the entire line of each person’s fabric.  I purchased the Fall 2011 and the Spring 2012.   The Fall 2011 has over 6400 fabrics from 25 different manufacturers (Moda, Michael Miller Fabrics, Northcott, Robert Kaufman, etc).  Spring 2012 has over 5800 fabrics from 22 manufacturers (Island Batiks, Moda, Free Spirit, Riley Blake, etc).  Now, you know my love affair with Vintage Modern, Ruby, and the other fabrics by Bonnie & Camille….imagine how fun it is for me to design quilt blocks or entire quilts and NOW be able to drop the exact fabrics in????  Some might call it heaven 🙂

Vintage Modern in EQ 7 - Stash Spring 2012

Vintage Modern in EQ 7 – Stash Spring 2012

So, that pretty much wraps it up for me.  Today is Sunday and other than a trip to the grocery store to get ready for the week, I intend to stay home and sew.  I have 5 more Farmer’s Wife blocks to do for the month of March to stay on track and I’m looking forward to spending some time planning the memory quilt I’m going to work on.  I hope you guys had a much less drama filled week!

Today It’s All About Me!

Welcome to my blog!  Today, “It’s All About Me!”  This is my first blog hop EVER 🙂  I was so excited when I read that Madame Samm was offering a blog hop in conjunction with one of my favorite designers, Amy Bradley.  I love Amy’s designs…the directions are super clear.  One of the best things about Amy is her love of animals and her animal patterns.  Her husband is a veterinarian, just like me!  So, a huge thank you is in order for Madame Samm and Marlene, our head cheerleader, for coordinating all the bloggers!  An even bigger thank you to Amy Bradley for providing the bloggers with the pattern and allowing us to create our own likeness.  I had a great time and I hope you enjoy my version of “ME”.

IMG_1576Here I am 🙂  So, a little about me.  I’m a veterinary dermatologist…yep, there really are such things!  I spend my days working with animals with various forms of skin disease.  I manage a lot of allergies, but also work with auto-immune diseases, ear diseases, and parasitic disorder.  You can click here to see pictures of my patients.  I am very blessed in being able to do what I do.  I love my job, I love my patients, but some days…well, let’s just say I love this too, lol.  Quilting is my therapy.white wineThis was a fantastic little project and worked up quickly.  It gave me a chance to try out a Frixion pen for marking quilting lines.  You’ve heard of these I’m sure.  You press the areas you’ve marked with a hot iron and “poof”, the marks disappear.  There are stories of the lines returning when the temperature drops below a certain temperature, but this little wall hanging is just for me and I have no intention of putting her in the freezer 🙂

IMG_1567I love my patients, but as you can see from my blog, I have a house full of fur children as well.  We have 4 cats, 3 dogs, and 2 horses!  My poor husband sometimes feels surrounded by cats, but I adore them.  See this cute little one peeking over my head?IMG_1577I quilted the little wall hanging with straight line quilting at an angle in order to simulate “bias”.  So fun!  And the Frixion pen really did vanish when ironed with a warm iron.  Can you see the little DVM name tag I made?IMG_1581So there you have it!  I hope you like it.  Now, don’t forget to go and visit all of our other bloggers today (listed below) for Day 3 of the blog hop.  Thanks for stopping by!

Kris Loves Fabric
The Quilting Alleycat
Cat Patches
Bumbleberry Stitches
Chickadees Country Cottage Crafts
In Stitches and Seams
Why-Knot-Kwilt
Quilting Unleashed
Rosemary at That Other Blog
Thimblemouse & Spouse
Sew Many Yarns