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

A Fun Blog Hop!

Gosh it’s been a busy week.  I haven’t had a ton of time to sew this week, but I managed to carve out an hour last night and finish two more of my Farmer’s Wife blocks.  I only have 7 more to go to be “caught up” with my Mom and ready to move onto February.  Jan is such a busy month with speaking and volunteer commitments that I’m trying to sneak it in as I can.IMG_1429 IMG_1428In clockwise order they are:  corn and beans, kitchen woodbox, and mother’s dream.  Sorry for the poor lighting quality!  It was really late 🙂

In other exciting news, a new blog hop featuring a design by Amy Bradley was announced today!  I love Amy Bradley…it’s like she just “gets me” with her fabric and designs (maybe because her husband is a veterinarian too??  LOL).  Here’s the info on the hop if you’re interested!  If you remember, I LOVE Amy’s fabric, Happy Howlidays, and made not only a quilt but a little wall hanging/table topper with it here.  In fact, if anyone else is stashing some, I’ll happily buy your Happy Howlidays from you!

Happy Saturday!  It’s a nice break from the cold we’ve had lately and is a balmy 60 degrees.  We’ll be back in the 30’s on Monday, so I’m off to muck the horse stalls while it’s warm.  If these silly horses only realized how good they have it 🙂img_2914.jpg

Score! IQF Cincinnati Loot

Ok, for my quilty friends that have tweeted that they want to live vicariously through my shopping skills (read lack of control) from my trip yesterday to IQF Cincinnati, feast your eyes upon my fun finds.  I suspect you will all notice a theme and I will have to change my username on twitter and such from “ltdermdvm” soon to “the crazy cat lady”…sigh, what’s a girl to do?

First up….you know I’ve been lusting after, I mean “wanting to try”, some Aurifil thread for a while now.  I could no longer wait for Sandy to PICK ME!  My pleas were falling on deaf ears…wiping a tear from my eye…sigh!  SO, the hubs wanted me to pick something special for my bday present while I was at the quilt show and I decided I wanted to get some Aurifil if I could find a good deal.  My local shop charges $12-14/spool.  Have you heard about their new Lana 12 wt thread for wool?  mmmmmmm, yummy.  So I got this:

Can’t wait to try it out!  And I found the PERFECT project to try the Aurifil Lana threads on at Wooly Lady!  Have you guys ever seen her wool?  OMG…if you like wool, she has the softest wool in the most unusual colors.  I met her in Houston in 2010 and have been a huge fan ever since.  Not cheap…but so unique.  Kind of reminds me of the Sue Spargo type colors.  I managed to contain myself and only bought one thing at her booth.

It’s going to be perfect on top of an antique buffet I have in my dining room.  Seriously…look at these colors!Love, love, love!  Ok, moving on.  You all know Emmie by now, my little quilting buddy right? Well, Emmie proved herself to be a phenomenal mouser this past winter (thank you husband for dragging me kicking and screaming out into the country with the lure of “you can have horses”).  I found this pattern and thought it was priceless!  Totally reminded me of her.  The gumball machine is filled with mice (that piece of fabric was included) and the whiskers were sparkly strands of something (not sure what I’ll use for that yet).  Yep, couldn’t help myself…had to have it!While we’re on the animal theme, I might as well confess and show you all my other animal type purchases yesterday.  I know, I know…serious problem.  What do you expect from a veterinarian though?  Seriously?

This was a pattern from Thangles called Mama and Her Kitties.  I’ve never used Thangles but the demonstration looked super simple (ha! don’t they all).  I also bought the kit because the colors were perfect for my friend who does a ton of rescue work for kitties.  I also thought I would make one for our local group, Indy Feral, to use at their fundraising auction.  This one looked so fun for summer.  It’s called The Hunter and came with some matching Aurifil thread (giggle…).  Let’s just say, Bigfork Bay Cotton Company loves me after my visit to their booth yesterday.  Dear checking account, I apologize…I just couldn’t help myself, and to be fair, IQF Houston was my last real blowout…And another….this one reminded me of my Siamese, Lucy, who hangs out in my sink every morning.  She’s a little visually challenged.  We think she’s such a good mouser because she sees 2 of everything!  Sorry Lucy…no discrimination in this house, you must have “issues” to live here 🙂

Lucy

And another….

Hey, at least I deviated from cats this time 🙂  This is a VERY cool little kit that combines some pretty pastel wools with some gorgeous batiks!  Yummy.

I personally think I exercised an outlandish amount of control when I left Primitive Gatherings booth with just ONE little itty bitty wool kit!  This is a very cute little reindeer table mat that is all in the shape of hexagons which I’ve been wanting to try my hand at.  Primitive Gatherings had this BEAUTIFUL kit that was a huge Ohio Star.  I swear it had to be 80×80.  You can imagine how $$ it was.  Again, OUTLANDISH self-control (patting myself on the back).

Hey look!  Something without a cat or an animal, lol!  This cute little applique pattern was designed by Pat Sloan for Bigfork Bay Cotton Company.  So pretty!  And of course it came with some lovely coordinating aurifil thread.

Wrapping up now, I promise.  This cute little book by Kim Schaefer (you may know her from her book Calendar Quilts) had some adorable applique for crib blankets, bibs, and growth charts.  I have a few friends having babies this summer so I thought I could try a few of these out and make something different from the typical baby quilt 🙂  Last but not least, I give you…Yeah…sigh.  I had a bonding moment with Deb Tucker.  She is a total HOOT!  If you’ve never met her and you’re ever at a quilt show, go chat with her and watch her demonstrations.  I would love to take one of her classes sometime or just go drink some wine, beer, martinis, whatever with her.  The lady is a bundle of energy.  I had heard AJ from The Quilting Pot talking about a table runner she made from one of Deb’s rulers, so I knew I wanted to check out her booth if she was at the show.  I probably spent 30-45 minutes watching various demos and just laughing with her.  I walked away with 3 rulers, a quilter’s wand, and 2 patterns.  Nuts!

And that, I believe is IT my friends!  I had a great time and find myself unbelievably glad that it’s raining today so I can stay inside and play with my loot instead of get out and clean up my flower beds and garden like I SHOULD be doing 🙂  Have a great weekend everyone!

OMG! Happy Howlidays is featured on…..

Amy Bradley’s blog!!!!!!  Holy cow!!!  Yep, I’m a geek but I totally feel like I just won an Oscar…giggle!  One of my most favorite designers EVER (sorry to shout!) put a picture of my little quilt on her blog.  Sigh….I’m not sure it gets any better : )

So go check it out and enter Amy’s give-a-way!  Is it wrong that I want to create fictitious blogging accounts and enter over and over so I can win more of the Happy Howlidays fabric?  Does that make me a hoarder?  Really?????

In case any of you want to make this quilt, it was super simple.  It was my project for my first quilit-a-long ever last summer.  Rachel Griffith over at psiquilt was the designer and host of the Synchronized Squares Quilt-A-Long.  Check it out!  I love Rachel’s blog and feel confident that if I could do it, anyone can do it!

In honor of Amy’s fabrics, here are a few pics of the very first thing I ever made with them.  This was back in 2008 and only my second attempt at quilting and piecing, so please…no judging, lol 🙂

So this is a panel called the “12 Dog Days Of Christmas”.  It was love at first sight for a veterinarian and complete animal sap!   Here’s a close up of the panel:

In case you can’t read what it says, here you go….sing it with me!  On the 12th day of Christmas my owner gave to me…..

  • 12 tails-a-waggin
  • 11 frisbees flying
  • 10 cats for chasing
  • 9 bones for chewing
  • 8 ropes for tugging
  • 7 scraps-a-spilling
  • 6 fleas-a-daying
  • 5 puppy frieeeennnndddss……
  • 4 falling squirrels
  • 3 mailmen
  • 2 tennis balls
  • and a fire hydrant so I can pee!

Here’s the backing and a close up at my attempt to quilt a bone shape along the border.Giggle…please don’t look at those attempts at binding.  I swear my skills have improved 🙂  No matter how rough this little wall quilt is, I dearly love it and it hangs in our living room every Christmas or acts as a table topper in our hearth room.

Thank you Amy for creating fabric for all the animal nuts in the world!!!!!

Hooray!

Greetings everyone!  It’s been a long hiatus…since before Thanksgiving 🙂  The last 3 months have been non-stop for me.  I had to finish up a term as president of our state veterinary medical association, get through holidays, 6 weeks of non-stop travel for speaking engagements and now…I am done!!!!  Well, not “done” but no travel on the books until May 🙂  I am SOOO looking forward to getting back to quilting and reconnecting with me quilty blogger friends.  I’ve still been listening to all your podcasts, but haven’t had time to reply very often.  I missed Rhonda’s first quarter of 2012 “finish-a-long” but am looking forward to jumping in for the 2nd quarter.  I have lots of fun things that need finished 🙂

So, when I left you in November, I was trying to figure out how to quilt “Happy Howlidays”.  I managed to finish it (stuck with straight line quilting) before Christmas.  In retrospect, should have added some borders because it’s a great lap throw but too short to “snuggle” under.  Here are a few pics:

So, that’s the update on Happy Howlidays 🙂  I have more projects to update you on as well, but the horses are scolding me for taking so long to feed them this morning!  Have a great day everyone!

Oops!  I forgot that I wanted to give you all a link to go visit Amy Bradley’s website.  If you’re an animal lover or a quilter, you will ADORE her!  AND…her husband is a veterinarian too…how cool is that?  http://www.amybradleydesigns.com/index.html

Help and Ideas needed!!

So, I’m finally (that should be in caps…FINALLY) ready to finish the Synchronized Squares Quilt Along from, oh what was it?  June?  hee hee.  I had such good intentions.  Christmas fabric, Christmas quilt (for me!) and now here we are, November 14th.  ARGH!

Here’s where I need ideas…quilting.  This is NOT my strong point at this time, lol.  My stipples still aren’t pretty and it’s just for me (and I know, practice, practice, etc), but I’m wondering if you all have any great ideas.  I was thinking about maybe bones or paws quilted in the little squares and then straight line echo in the white space or perhaps stipple around in the white space?  Am I over thinking?  Stipple the whole dang thing?  Sigh and help!  All ideas appreciated.  Here are a few pics to give you an idea of what it looks like:

Close up of my favorite block:  Laid out on the floor:With backing and binding:The problem child:Thanks in advance for any ideas crew!  Looking forward to reading your suggestions 🙂  Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

What’s up?

Well, it looks like I may just fall into the category of weekend blogger for now 🙂  Seems there’s just not much time during the week.  Hope everyone had a great week!  I think my cold has finally worked it’s way out and I might be firing on all cylinders again.  Fall has definitely arrived.  I love the cool air, the gorgeous colors of the leaves, and turtlenecks, lol.  My poor husband HATES cold weather (really, even after 23 years I’m wondering how we’re together because we are COMPLETE opposites) and is already complaining about how cold it is!

In quilting news, I’m in the process of trying to find a longarmer for my lonestar girl.  I really do think I should get it professionally quilted, but the first place I checked had a 5-6 month waiting list!  Holy crap…for that I just might wing it myself, but my gut says I need to get something special done with this one, even if she is just for me 🙂  So the search continues!

The fur children are semi-behaving.  The cold weather seems to have everyone acting all silly.  The horses have been feisty as all get out.  I need to saddle Blossom up this weekend and work out some of her “crazy”.  It will do us both good.  Annie is psycho as ever!  This is her on the way home from grooming yesterday, lol. 

Since Halloween is officially over now, I guess I’m going to  have to put my little Halloween tabletopper away 😦  I really love my glow in the dark quilting.  This was the first applique project ever and obviously has some issues, but it still makes me smile.  Last night I just wanted to work on something simple while listening to some podcasts.  Something quick that I could get done and not add to the UFO list that’s rapidly increasing!  I had this little guy hanging out in my closet since quilt festival last year, so I stitched him up.  Need to get him quilted (should be quick) and bound.  Obviously my borders did NOT turn out right (let’s blame the directions shall we), but he’s still cute and I wasn’t in the mood for perfection…Gobble Gobble!

Goals for this weekend:  well, I have a lecture to finish up for the med school dermatology residents (procrastination inspires creativity didn’t you know?) so my sewing time is going to be a bit limited.  I want to finish the pieced backing for my little Happy Howlidays Christmas quilt and maybe sandwich and start quilting.  It’s a very simple pattern so I can do this one myself with some straight-line and grid quilting.  Can you believe it’s almost time for the holidays?  Yikes!!!!  I also need to put my backing together for the lonestar in hopes that I will find a longarmer soon and can deliver it to her/him.  I’ve decided not to do a pieced back for the lonestar.  Just a simple backing since there’s so much color on the front.

I also decided to make a Swoon quilt.  I’ve LOVED watching all the pics on Flickr and on my quilting blogs of the swoon quilts and I think Camille is the bomb.  Not sure if I’ll use Ruby or not for it.  The colors would be perfect for my mom in her Florida place…hmmmm…..

Ok, enough rambling.  If I get started on Happy Howlidays, I’ll post pics later this weekend.  Have a great week everyone!

Return to Blog Land

Greetings everyone!  It has been beyond crazy around here for me, which of course is what I feared would happen when I started blogging.  Hence, the long delay in between the last post and now.  I know that doesn’t inspire a “following”, but it’s as good as it’s going to get until I’m into next year and some of my professional commitments are finished 🙂

So, what’s new with you guys?  I’ve been trying to get a little bit of quilting done here and there, but honestly, August was not a great month for completing things.  I’m still working on my little tabletopper quilt with summery fabrics (just in time for fall…sigh).

The backing is complete and now it just needs quilted and bound.  I haven’t managed to complete anymore blocks for my Kitten’s Tale BOM.  I just need to do some cutting so that I have it ready to roll when I have time for handwork.

I’ve been working on some cat “nap mats”.  Emmie is trying them out for me now as we speak.  I had great intentions of getting some finished for Cat’s Haven (a local cat shelter group) and time got away from me, so I’ll have to hand deliver some later.The backing is in for my synchronized squares Christmas quilt.  It’s been washed and is ready to roll.  I think I’m going to do a pieced back for that one.  I’m really excited about this quilt, but terrified to wash it for the first time even though I already washed the red backing with color catcher sheets.

In other news, I managed to fall off one of my horses and bang my elbow up nicely.  I was lucky I didn’t break it.  Totally my fault, not hers (cinch wasn’t tight enough).  That’s all for now folks.  I have 3 lectures to finish this weekend but I really, really want some quilting time too.  So, hopefully more to come soon!

Weekend Wrap Up

So, what did you accomplish this weekend?  Inquiring minds want to know 😛  It’s hotter than you know what here and our A/C is struggling along on a wing and a prayer until the repair man gets here on Tuesday.  It’s keeping it slightly cooler than outside, but I must admit, I was sorely tempted to drop some $$ on a portable air conditioner at Fryes this weekend.   Luckily, “cooler” minds prevailed…

Friday night we had my folks over for dinner and had a great time catching up.  Nice, slow, unrushed evening…couldn’t have been nicer.  Saturday morning I worked on my putting my scrappy binding together for the synchronized squares QAL quilt I’ve been working on and then walked out to the mailbox around noon to discover that the backing had arrived!  Hooray!!  So, the backing has been washed (I’m not normally a pre-washer…don’t tell the quilt police!!) because it is sooooo red and the top is sooooo white.  I think I shall hold my breath the entire time it’s in the wash as a whole quilt for the first time.  I threw a color catcher in with the backing and will throw a few in when I wash the whole quilt, and then will stand back with my fingers crossed and a bottle (I mean a GLASS) of wine waiting to see how it comes out.  Can you tell I worry a lot??

Of course, my trusted helper was there every step of the way to supervise…thanks Emmie!  I’m going to introduce her to Zapper from  Hip to be a Square podcast and let the two of them amuse each other, lol.

The rest of Saturday afternoon was spent running errands with the hubs.  He’s building a new computer (the epitome of techy geek, but we call him a techy stud to his face) and needed about a million different components from a million different stores, none of which had the decency to have anything even remotely quilty related.  On the way home, we were talking with my mom and arranging a time for me to meet her and take her iPad shopping (we’re slowly pulling her into these technological times), and I just happened to mention that it would be cool if we both had iPad2’s so we could chat via FaceTime when she was in Florida most of the year (I have an iPhone but she doesn’t).  My crazy husband turned around and said he’d forgotten something he needed and then drove back into town to the apple store and bought me this.

What a great guy!  So now, of course, I must resume playing with my new toy so I can help Mom tomorrow (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! )…plus it’s a heck of a lot cooler than being out cleaning stalls in this heat!  I might even have to order a few jelly rolls and make myself a cool little sleeve with this pattern by John Adams (Quilt Dad) for Moda Bake Shop.  Giggle….