Thursday, February 22, 2018

Speedy Chicken Coop Full

Ta Da! The speedy chicken coop is full. There were a few more wing transplants and quite a few new chickens, but at least all are accounted for. I will probably move some chickens around and stare at it awhile, and then I will start sewing the sashing.

And this morning we had new snow. Now I realize many of you have real snow...and for us, we have to take very careful photos so that you don't see the clear roads, for example.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chicken sorting

We're closing in on the final layout for the speedy chicken quilt. Today I almost scorched my retinas trying to sort fabrics between red, red-orange and bright orange. It is remarkable to see a red fabric switch to orange when put up next to a true red.

Now that I'm living in Portland, seagulls are a common sight. So it seemed appropriate to have a seagull chicken.

This chicken falls into the red orange camp.

This chicken had a wing transplant from another chicken. Now it fits better in the brighter orange diagonal. Meanwhile, the donor chicken now has a darker wing and fits neatly in the rust orange diagonal.

And to set the mood for the day, we had snow overnight. Most of it is now gone. And yes, the hummingbirds (Molly says yummingbirds) were still coming to the feeders. And given this is Portland, I had one male that was wearing a bright pink hoodie--an Anna's hummingbird.

And inspired by the winter Olympics, Molly placed Gold in Sewing Room Mayhem when she launched from the ironing board to the sewing table sending iron, spray bottle and scissors flying. To celebrate, Molly had a parade around the house (AKA a piggy-back ride).

To see the work of more winners and sewing mayhem, visit sew, stitch, snap, SHARE.

Buddy won a participation award for successfully breathing in and out all day and for eating a hearty breakfast.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Speedy Chicken Accounting

I made much more progress today.  Here are nine fuschia chickens and I only need eight, as it turns out. I have soooo many extra chickens I can open a take-out restaurant.

My Oliso iron decided to burn out. It's replacement will arrive on Thursday, so I have been trying substitute irons. One has a weird beak that was driving me crazy, plus it has auto-off but not an off switch. Very weird. I found another one I like much better. But in both cases, the Oliso has taught me to leave the iron horizontal...not a good habit for a regular iron. And, of course, I switched to the Oliso because Molly likes to perch on the ironing board and taunt me.

And here are the chicken blocks in their rainbow layout. At the time of this arrangement, I was planning a pink diagonal between the fuschia diagonal and the red diagonal. But now I'm thinking that I will have red follow fuschia, then have red orange, followed by bright orange, followed by rusty orange. And there will be three black hens, although Buddy is lobbying heavily for taupe.

Monday, February 19, 2018

One Fuschia Chicken

Here is one fuschia chicken with six more on the way. This chicken explains why people say that rabbit tastes just like chicken.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Purple squirrel

Here's a purple squirrel, all excited to present a yellow acorn to everyone participating in the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. He wanted to join everyone despite two harrowing surgeries.

Unfortunately, purple squirrels are not a hardy genetically modified patchwork (GMP). As he was getting ready for his first photo shoot, the photographer noticed that the squirrel had a malformed jaw. So off to surgery it went. Then during the second photo shoot, the photographer noticed that this poor squirrel's entire hip was rotated 180 degrees. Ouch!

Here is the squirrel in the middle of surgery.

Buddy was up in the observation area, but it was all so gruesome, he couldn't look.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Small steps

Here are another four patches from the 365 day challenge. I'm only eight days behind now. Happily, we've moved on to a different technique, although I expect we will go back to tiny town again soon.

The spools are the right size for this project, but they belong in a quilt of their own--a spool quilt. I have a lot of the fabric cut out ready to serve as leaders and enders...when I remember.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tiny Time

I was happy to get back to sewing after another day of shop hopping. I thought I should drop by Kathryn Kerr's 365 block challenge and catch up. I happened to stop just as the blocks began featuring one inch half square triangles. Yikes. Today was definitely a fiddly day.

I made four blocks. Unfortunately, one of them is a repeat because I forgot I had already made a block. Oh well. I like the new block better anyway.

As a reminder, these blocks finish at 3 inches, so the half square triangles (HSTs) finish at one inch.

 I also cut more i-spy blocks for a quilt I'm making for my grand-nephew. I made a similar quilt for his older brother.

And here are Molly and Buddy conspiring at the base of the design wall. Alternatively, they may be assessing their booty, blocks knocked from the wall to the floor.