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!

Summer, where the heck did it go?

Wow, I can’t believe August is drawing to a close.  I’m not sure where the summer went, or for that matter, where the year has gone.  Seems 2014 has been a blur.  I just wanted to post a quick update on what I’ve been working on (or not, lol) before I wake up and it’s fall around here.

IMG_4029Most of our summer has been spent under construction.  We added a sunroom and a two tier deck.  It took about 8 weeks longer than intended, but we’re pretty in love with the finished product.  Needless to say, the cats have claimed the room as their own.

IMG_3952 I also finished quilting the quilt I’ve been working on for my porch.  It’s the Scout pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew.  I quilted it in the hoop with Scarlett (my Bernina 830 LE) using the master hooper and the jumbo hoop.  It took 36 hoopings over the course of about 2 weeks.  Please pardon the cat, as usual.  I used the quilting ovals pattern from Meringue Designs.  I’ve wanted to do this for some time.  I fought some tension issues, but overall I love the effect of the ovals.  The binding is sewn down to the front, now I just need to do the hand binding.  Hopefully some of that this weekend and then a good wash and she’ll be ready to snuggle.

IMG_4039Mom and I are back in the groove with our Farmer’s Wife blocks.  These are the 4 I finished this weekend.  I have one more to go and then we’ll move on to September blocks.

IMG_4059 IMG_4056 IMG_4054 IMG_4045It’s been a stressful few weeks and I have really enjoyed being able to come home at night and relax in front of the fire pit on the deck (it’s propane so no fuss, no mess) with a glass of wine and chill.

IMG_4003And while relaxing with said glass of wine, I just “might” have been doing some fabric shopping which resulted in these two yummy bundles of Cotton + Steel from Crimson Tate 🙂  Just sayin’….

IMG_4077You’re also well aware of my tendency to hoard all things Bonnie & Camille 🙂  So needless to say, Miss Kate already has a place in my sewing room with some of the flannel fat eighths on the way as well, lol.  Isn’t she pretty?

IMG_3945

Well, I’m afraid that may be all the fabric goodness you can stand 🙂   More pics soon once I get the porch quilt bound.  I’m calling her “Chasing My Tail” and will tell you the full story once she’s complete.  Happy quilting friends!

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

To All the Quilting Podcasters – xoxo

WARNING – Not a lot of quilting pictures (or any…) in this one 🙂

So, I am behind as usual.  Once I went back to work after vacation it was nose to the grindstone again.  But that’s ok, I love what I do….I just wish I had more time for some quilty fun 🙂

This morning though, I thought it was important to put something out there.  There have been several times over the last few months where I’ve been listening to one of my quilting podcast friends (and I really do feel like they are friends) and one of them will mention that a listener commented on their podcast that they were sharing too much of their personal life and that they were in some way offended or put off by this sharing.  This happened most recently when I was listening to an episode of Laura‘s from Sewing Mom Podcast and someone felt she shared too many details about her foster children (yes, I’m a few episodes behind, but if you haven’t listened to her you should check it out!).  For some reason, this really got to me.  Here is a woman who already has 6 children of her own, is giving a part of her life, her home, and herself to help these little kids and IN ADDITION to all she has going on, she’s taking the time to share her life and sewing journey with us by podcasting.  And someone has the gall to tell her they don’t like what she’s sharing?

I love our podcasters, I love our community, I would LOVE to figure out a way to make the time to make a podcast and “talk back” to all of you.  My heart broke for Katie of Katie’s Quilting Corner when she was going through the start of her divorce, then I was happy for her when she decided to try to make it work, and I will continue to support her no matter what things come her way in the future, whether she’s single, married, or a martian.  Because I “heart” her and I love that she puts it out there for our community.

I love Pam of Hip to Be a Square (although I think in real life if she met me I would be one of those people who kind of annoy the sh*t out of her because I tend to be kind of smiley (word?) and chipper most days, lol).  I love that she shares her kid stories and her “feels”.  I love that she is open an honest about depression and what many of us as women struggle through.  I am so PROUD of her for her weight loss journey and the self discovery she’s been focusing on.  I appreciate that I know every Friday I have something to look forward to 🙂  And of course, if I’m being honest, I love that she loves her cats as much as I love mine.  When she lost Zoom and Zapper, I had just lost my Kasey (my once in a life time cat) and I felt my world would never be the same.  I felt she understood what I was going through.  And then I giggled (silently Pam) when she brought Fred home the same week as her new babies, because that’s what happened to us too and I truly thought I would loose my mind.  Looks like we both survived Pam…cheers!  (PS – I like your Friday night wine episodes, lol).

I love Sandy from Quilting for the Rest of Us.  I think if Sandy and I ever met in person, I invision us sitting on a deck with a glass of wine, surrounded by Bubba Jr and Sam (Princess doggie, Annie, and Eddie would be there too) and we would just talk and talk and talk.  I admire her dedication, her determination and her faith.  I love that she shares her faith in such a subtle manner that you know it’s there, but it’s never preachy or in your face.  I love that her mom was a quilter like mine.  I love tweeting travel schedules with her and invision waving to each other across the clouds when we’re both traveling.

I love Sandi from Quilt Cabana Corner.  She has such a busy life with her girls and I admire that she has time to write for magazines and publish patterns and just be the downright adorable, sweet person that she is.  I love that she and her Mom go to quilt shows together like I do with mine.

I love Frances from Off Kilter Quilt.  My heart dropped for her when her mom was ill.  I wasn’t able to participate in her quilt, but there were lots of prayers headed from my house to her in hopes of a speedy recovery for her mom and lots of virtual hugs.  I admire her as a writer, a mom, and an honest podcaster.  I love hearing her adventures with the new techniques she’s been trying with Jay.

I love Tanesha from Crafty Garden Mom.  She’s a busy working mom who juggles all the balls in the air and manages to not only tell us about life and keep us hanging for new books that are coming out, but gives us reviews on movies.  She talks about work and the loss of her coworker/friend last year.  And her most recent podcast about the Craftsy drama with the Sew Together Bag and her response of “Don’t be an A-hole”…OMG, dying just dying.  I was listening to her while doing a little piecing on Saturday and was literally giggling while I was pressing some seams and my husband walked in and asked me what I was giggling at by myself.  I told him and he rolled his eyes and said “women”.

I love Allison of Within a Quarter Inch.  I have been a long time listener and I love her goofy style.  I love hearing about her twins and my heart breaks for her with the struggles she’s going through with Max right now.  My little brother is mentally handicapped and struggles with autism and it is not an easy road.  In fact, that may be the understatement of the century!  I was so happy when she started podcasting again.  I don’t care if she podcasts alone or with a co-host…I love her regardless.

I miss Brye, I miss  Annie Smith, I miss Alex Anderson and some of the other podcasters that are now off the air.

I love AJ from the Quilting Pot.  I don’t care if she records in her car or in her house…I just love to listen to her and she always makes me laugh.  And PS – I’m jealous of her longarm too (are you sensing a theme here??)

I love Daisy from Lazy Daisy Quilts.  She makes me laugh and I talk back to her during her podcasts 🙂  I’m jealous that she’s learning to longarm!  I think her generosity and her heart-felt love that she put into organizing the quilt for Frances…I would hug her if I could for just being that special.  I love that she’s giving a quilt away ON HER BIRTHDAY!  What?????  Who does that???

I love that Pat Sloan brings me new people from the quilting world every week with American Patchwork and Quilting Radio show.  I love that she takes the time at Market to talk with these people when she’s there also as a pattern designer, fabric designer and working gal.  I love her blog and I love that she shares with us on Twitter and Instagram more things than just quilting.

I adore Stephanie of Modern Sewciety.  Wow, this girl has just exploded onto the scene.  I LOVE her style, I love her voice, and I am LOVING learning so much about different sewists, quilters, etc. out there.  I have started following several new blogs and been introduced to tons of interesting people (virtually) just from listening to Stephanie.

And last but not least, I love Amy Ellis and April Rosenthal of The QuiltCast.  They are fun, easy to listen to, and I love hearing the behind the scenes of what it’s like to be the person behind the fabric, behind the book, what it’s like getting ready for Market, what it’s like to be there.  I listen to them talk about their deadlines and I feel their pain because even though my deadlines are for veterinary related articles, talks, etc. it makes me feel better to know that there are other women out there that have a tendency to bite off more than they can chew in the face of trying to grow their business.

There are more of you out there, so please don’t be offended if I didn’t mention you, these are just my top folks that I listen to.  I truly appreciate everything all of you do to create your podcasts, edit them (or not), deal with the frustration of uploading them, finding a hosting service, dealing with iTunes, paying the fees that you do to support your site….but more than anything, I appreciate that you come into my world..whether it’s once a week, once a month, or only occasionally and you bring me a little piece of yourself.  For those few minutes, you take my mind off the stress of my job, which causes me insomnia and sleepless nights, you allow me to focus on something other than the crazy I deal with on a daily basis, and you invite me into  your world.  I can’t thank you enough for all  you do for the quilting community!

So, let me end on this note.  If you are one of those people who are acting judgmental, holier than thou, and leaving snarky comments on my friends podcast/website comments….in the words of Tanesha…DON’T BE AN A-HOLE!  There is a stop button on your media player.  Use it, delete the channel, cancel your subscription, delete it from your feed…do whatever you need to do good to feel good about yourself…but stop picking on my friends!  No one is holding you down and forcing you to listen.  The rest of us like being invited into their lives.  If you want straight quilting talk with no personal life messes, go buy a book.  Stop, just stop.

Sorry for the vent, I just felt like my friends needed some love.  I really do hope we do a twilter retreat at some point because the idea of spending a few days with all my podcasting and non-podcasting twilter friends…well, that just sounds like heaven wrapped up with a bow to me 🙂  And just for comic amusement if you’ve made it this far….here’s the Moose strutting his stuff 🙂

xoxo,

Lori

Yoga Moose :)

Yoga 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!

IMG_0297

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!

IMG_3577

 

 

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Montana Quilt

Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Fall 2013

Have you been following the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis?  This is something I’ve enjoyed following every year but never entered for several reasons.  Normally I’m working crazy hours and the time for entry is long past by the time I actually get caught up with my blog reading, lol.  Also, I’ve always considered myself such a novice quilter I never thought my work was “good enough” to be entered in something like this.  This year I’m throwing caution to the wind!  Many of my quilty friends have linked up and so what the heck?  The worst that could happen would be I would get an email from Amy saying, “uh…what do you think you’re doing??” to which I would of course respond with how much I admire her work and have been a long time fan (xoxo Amy….thanks for all you do!)  So here we go!

IMG_0147My entry into the “Throw” category is my Montana Quilt that I finished earlier this summer.  You can find my original post about the finish here and early pictures here.

IMG_0151The reason I chose this quilt to enter is because it was something totally out of my comfort zone that I didn’t think I would like when I started it, but ended up loving because of the memories I now associate with this quilt.  See, the husband purchased the original pattern on a business trip to Kalispell, MT in 2011.  He gave it to me for Christmas and I was like, “wow!  Thanks honey!”  Let’s be honest, I wanted to ENCOURAGE the fact that he would buy me quilty gifts on a business trip out of the blue (uh..yeah!) but this was definitely not my cup of tea.  I’m more of a Bonnie & Camille, Sweetwater, Kate Spain kind of girl 🙂  A quilt featuring wildlife from Montana was kind of “meh”.  So, it went into my closet and stayed there for a few months.

IMG_0149The following April he casually mentioned that he hadn’t seen me working on the quilt.  Then my Catholic guilt commenced (thanks Dad!) and I thought I better get piecing.  So out it came.

Close up

Close up

Gosh there were a lot of triangles in this quilt!  So I finished piecing the top and back in the closet it went.  UNTIL…in June 2012 I had the chance to tag along on a business trip with him to Montana.  OMG…I fell in love with the place.  Never has there been a more beautiful place and all of a sudden, the fabric came to life for me.  All those silly triangles that made the effect of the running streams went from being a PIA to reminding me of this.

RapidsI went and purchased the backing fabric from a quilt store in Whitefish because at that point I wanted every single bit of fabric in that quilt to have been purchased in Montana, thus effectively being able to wrap myself in the memories of that trip every time we used that quilt.  I love how the backing turned out!

IMG_0154Here’s a close up of the strip running down the middle of the backing.

IMG_0156What wonderful memories!  So that’s the Montana Quilt.  I hope you like it as much as I do…and as much as Moose does 🙂  He pretty much claims the quilt whenever we’re not using it.

IMG_1862A special thank you to Amy for hosting the 2013 Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  I’m sure it’s a lot of work to get all the sponsors and coordinate all the entries.  It’s sure a lot of fun to be a part of this year!

IMG_0609

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”.

IMG_0149

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.

IMG_0158

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!

Done With April!

I’ve been absent.  April was a blur, a complete and utter blur.  Dad was in the hospital, I had my annual veterinary dermatology conference, got sick, fought it for a week, then it turned into pneumonia and for the first time in my entire life I missed a full week of work.  To say I’m over it…well, that might just be an understatement 🙂  I am finally starting to feel better, but my energy is low and I’m left with this wheezing cough.  My albuterol inhaler is my new BFF.  It became even more difficult now that my old golden boy is having some real issues.  We’re not sure if it’s orthopedic or neurologic, or a combination of the two, but I know hard decisions are ahead and I’m dreading the day.  Why can’t they live as long as we do?  So frustrating, especially as a veterinarian when you feel you should at least be able to fix your own…  We spent some time in the grass just enjoying the sun yesterday.  Moments like these are precious.

Bubba Jr - May 2013

Bubba Jr – May 2013

So, let’s play a little catch up.  Here’s what I managed to accomplish this last month.  Not a lot, but still progress 🙂  I finished my April Farmer’s Wife blocks.  I actually beat Mom this month, lol.  I think she still has one to finish.

April 2013 FW blocks

April 2013 FW blocks

In other news, the Montana quilt (LONG on my list of WIPs) is finally pieced…IMG_1843Pinned (thank you Moose for all the help…)IMG_1855And ready to quilt 🙂IMG_1856I have high hopes for getting some quilting done today.  At least the stitch in the ditch part to secure some seams, that is if I can get the cats off of it long enough.  This beast is 74×100.  It’s the biggest one I’ve ever tried to quilt at home and the first quilt I’ve ever pin basted versus spray basted.  We’ll see how it goes.  I anticipate getting irritated with having to continually stop and unpin.  I know it’s going to take a while to quilt though and trying to maneuver it for spray basting was going to be a bear.

Here’s wishing everyone a peaceful week!