Saturday, April 21, 2018

Yellow Squirrel

Here's a yellow squirrel. And wouldn't you know it, he has the same deformed jaw as his green brother. So now its yellow squirrel's turn for some cosmetic surgery.

Happily, he will have lots of company and nuts as he recuperates. If you would like to enjoy a plentiful rainbow of company and nuts, visit the Rainbow Scrappy challenge.

Meanwhile, Buddy and Molly were devastated that their Play Station was broken and on a Saturday morning! However, I really wanted to work on the yellow squirrel.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Another handful

Here's another set of I-spy blocks for my grand-nephew's quilt.

Molly asked me to take a picture of her nestled on her cat couch, and I told her to quit calling me a couch.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

I Spy Tormentor

Here's another handful of I-spy blocks.

And here's a bit of progress on the Tormentor quilt.

I have (for the most part) cut all of the rectangles I need--half with a light square and half with a dark square. Next they get sewn together along the long side with the squares at either end. Then each "four patch" is cut into two triangles. And finally, a triangle with a light square is sewn to a triangle with a dark square. And these are the base units for the Tormentor quilt.

Yes, I did consider making this with half square triangles, except that that method requires precision sewing...not a particular strength on mine. Using this strip piecing approach, I can keep my points neat despite a couple of furry distractions by the sewing machine.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I spy progress

Here are the most recent additions to the I spy quilt.

Here are a close-up of three of the blocks.

I spy Molly.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Random bits

Here are some more I-spy blocks. I'm making a two-sided quilt. At one point, I estimated that I needed 598 or some other ridiculous number. I was way off. Each side needs 99 blocks so I only need 198 blocks. Its nice to miscalculate when it turns out that you have to make a lot fewer than you thought.

Meanwhile, a clump of tulips decided to show-off in the front yard.

And yes, Buddy believes everything that Molly tells him.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Yellow Postage

Here is my yellow postage block for April's contribution to the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. I get very excited to make this block each month...until I'm about 90 percent done. Happily, I have a month to forget the feeling from that last 10 percent.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Scrappy Spools

Monday night was the meeting for my quilt guild which includes a visit to the free table. My rule is to leave more fabric than I take. And for the most part I'm looking for weird bits that I can use to make these spools. And by weird bits, I mean fabric that I wouldn't typically buy--even a fat quarter.

Bonnie Hunter says that if you don't like a fabric, you haven't cut it up small enough. So yes, I do appreciate these fabrics much more in smaller bits.

And for some of these fabrics, I'm taking home very small bits. For example, the scrap of green grid background fabric in the right hand lower corner was only big enough to cut two 1.5 by 3.5 inch strips.

And here is a rhododendron blooming in my backyard. I moved into this house last summer, so this spring I am learning more about the colors of the landscaping.

You are also seeing a picture of a flower because BOTH the cat and the horse are in the dog house. Molly climbed a screen today. And last night as I was drinking, Buddy ran and jumped on me with the exuberance of a puppy, then took his horsey head and butted it up against the glass transferring the glass contents to my face and front. I am still waiting for their apologies.