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

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!

2013 Goals – Quilty Goals and Life Goals

I’m not going to call them resolutions…I hate the sound of it and I never seem to keep them and then I have a sense of failure that irks me and makes me want to throw in the towel 🙂  So this year, they are “goals” to symbolize the fact that life is constantly a work in progress and something we must work at every day.  This post is going to contain more than just quilty goals for a couple of reasons:  1) I want it to remain a touch point for me throughout the year to refer back to, and 2) let’s face it…it’s not like I’m a famous blogger and people are going to be upset if I discuss something other than my blog topic, lol!  So, you have been warned…I’m starting with the quilty goals and then progressing to the life goals (at which time you may feel free to ditch me if you’re not interested 🙂 )

Quilting Goals 
1.  Take one quilting class per quarter.  This can be online via Craftsy or some other online venue, at the quilt shop, or at a show.  One class per quarter so that I remember that life isn’t all about work and sometimes it pays to do something nice for yourself and expand your skills in other areas besides veterinary medicine.
2.  Make 5 Farmer’s Wife quilt blocks with mom each month (a total of 60 in 2013).  This has really turned out to be a fun project for us.  We’re 15 in and we take turns each month picking 5 blocks to make.  We text pictures to each other and we’re both using our stash for the project.
3.  Learn how to use my cutwork tool that I purchased and make a table runner or cute applique quilt with it.
4.  Finish the Montana “Walk in the Woods” quilt.  The center is pieced, but it needs the borders and then quilted.  Here’s a pic of it if you don’t remember the one I’m talking about.

Montana Quilt Top - no borders yet

Montana Quilt Top – no borders yet

5.  Finish my Swoon quilt – FOR ME!  I have 7 more blocks to go.
6.  Get my Lone Star quilt quilted.  This one is going to a longarmer.  It’s completely finished and ready to go…I just need to make it happen.  Here she is again in case you have forgotten what she looks like.  I LOVE this quilt!

Lone Star Top complete

Lone Star Top complete

Health Goals

1.  Exercise – ah, the classic resolution right?  I want to run my first 5k by June.  That’s going to mean getting myself up off the couch or out of the sewing room and onto the treadmill or outside.
2.  Achieve a healthy BMI
3.  Food – make more mindful choices of what I put in my body.
4.  Plan, plan, plan – I have found over and over that if I plan the week of meals and exercise I am WAY more successful than if I just roll with the punches.

Work Goals

1.  Continue to grow the Ft. Wayne satellite and help develop a nice branch for Dr. Dell with the goal of one day per week in a few years.

2.  Start to work on plans for a new resident in 2014.  This will help for long-range planning, especially if Ft. Wayne takes off and we have Dr. Dell in Indy less.
3.  Continue with the daily to every other day posts on the clinic FB site.  Clients love the pics of their animals.
4.  Work to establish the blog for the clinic.  Informative articles on various diseases keep the clients engaged and let them know that they aren’t alone in dealing with their pet’s problems.
5.  Continue to publish 2 articles per year.
6.  Keep current with journal articles (VetDerm and JAVMA primarily).  This can be either bedtime reading (oy!) or in place of TV time in the evening.

Home Goals

1.  Quit whining about the white walls and freaking do something about it (do it yourself, hire it done, just fricking do it!).  You’ve been in the house for 6 years and have 2 rooms painted…really????

2.  Do something in the decorating department  for the house once a month.  This can be something little like buying curtains for a window, a new area rug, or hopefully this summer adding on that screened in porch we’ve been dreaming about if we can save up for it.

Horse Goals

1.  Hire the natural horseman to work with Tongo and I this spring/summer.

2.  Start lessons again with Blossom.  This will be great exercise for both of us!  The goal would be to get to the point where I can just head out, saddle her up, and take off riding around the property or elsewhere without having to have someone with me or someone to give me a boost because I’m too heavy to get up on my own 🙂

I think that’s it.  Now that I’ve got them down, I just need to figure out a way to make them happen and stay accountable!  I hope everyone had a great New Year’s celebration.  Needless to say, Moose and Simon didn’t make it until midnight last night.IMG_1391