Bad Pictures of My Current Projects


Sorry, they are bad pictures.  Sometimes it just turns out that way.

First, here’s the Deegie Face quilt top finished and hung up, but on a day so sunny (and me so rushed for time) that it’s even hard to see:

Too Much Sun

And here it is with the photo that inspired it:


It’s off to the long arm quilter this weekend. I chose a soft flannel for the backing, and I think I’ll see if the quilt shop has a heavier batting than I usually use. I just imagine this quilt being super cuddly, like Deegie.

My next quilt is for a baby boy in our family. I’m using some of the browns leftover from Deegie’s quilt along with some brights I already had and some scraps from the Healing Quilt. I threw in a little plot twist, just for fun.

Percy and Wonky Stars Blocks

Percy noticed it right away.


Current WIP: Proof I Am a Crazy Cat Lady


By far, most of the quilts I’ve made have been given as gifts to family and friends.  I’d love to have a stack of quilts at home, so I’m investing some time making quilts that have special meaning for us.

When I thought about how to sum up the last year or so for our family, one word came to mind: Kittens.  (They do tend to take over the house, especially in multiples.)  A cat themed quilt seemed cute but maybe too general.  Since this is just for the people in our house, I went for something more specific and personal.  Diego (Deegie) was the first of our recent kittens, so I’m piecing together a quilt top of his strikingly light/dark face to represent our Year of Kittens.

Cutting took ages.  Piecing is a bit more fun, especially since I’m using my “new” Singer Featherweight.

Squares and Triangles for Deegie Face Quilt

Whites for Deegie Face Quilt

Deegie Face Quilt in Progress

Deegie Face Quilt Laying Out Squares

Deegie Quilt Progress

And there’s my progress as of this snow/sleety/icy morning.  Still half a Deegie face to go, and then he’ll be off to the quilt shop.  I’ve teased the kids that I might make pillows of Leo and Percy faces.  I just might …


Christmas Cats

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Christmas Cats

Christmas is looking a lot like this at our house.  It seems like there’s always a cat in the tree!  We have it anchored, but I’m still half listening for the sound of it falling.  And now they’ve discovered the fun of unwrapping gifts!  Riiiiiip!  Oh, the season of joy!  (The upper right photo is from last year.  Look how he’s grown!)


Before and After: Cat Dishes

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Cat Bowls Before and After

Problem: Mismatched dishes, undersized placemat and spilled food that would migrate across the slick surfaces out of the food area.  (Our dog Mojo knows not to eat from the cat food dishes, but he feels that cleaning up stray pieces of food is OK, and sometimes if they’ve spilled a lot he gets on a roll and cleans out all the dishes, too.)

Solution: A set of vintage melmac bowls found on Etsy and quilted placemat that helps keep dropped food from spreading away from the dishes.  The placemat was a piece of patchwork I’d sewn for another project and abandoned, just cut to the size I wanted.  (That’s why the squares are strangely sized, but the cats haven’t seemed to notice.)  We also just gave up on having a water dish by the cat bowls.  They never used it and it just got yucky.  They all share dog water.

New Bowls and a Quilted Placemat for the Cats

Since the change, Mojo has eaten the cat food once, but that is an improvement.  The quilted placemat can just be thrown in the wash, which is nice.  I’ll probably end up making them another placemat or two and they probably deserve another set of dishes, too.  Not that they’re spoiled at all.


The Attraction of Cats to Quilts


Isn’t that always the way? Work for ages sewing down the binding of a quilt, finish and want a quick picture or two to send to the recipient — and BANG! Cats all over it.

Mom's Cross Quilt Collage

I’ll try for better (cat free!) pictures at the park this weekend!


Leonidas and the Pin Cushion

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Sleepy Office Kitten

Somehow in the last month or so I just lost the desire to sew.  The holidays were hectic with travel and visitors, then we passed around a couple colds and followed that up with a little trip to NYC.  When we got home, I thought my sweet cat G looked like he didn’t feel well.  Then I noticed he wasn’t eating.  We took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with an especially nasty abdominal cancer, and because of his pain we had him put right to sleep.  Having just lost our cat Aslan four months ago, I couldn’t stand it.

Mom's Quilt Kitten Wrestling Collage

Days later I took the girls to the shelter and we picked out little Leonidas.  He’s a great little brother for Diego.  Having two kittens has mostly made it easier for me to get things done, since they play together and don’t always need me to distract them.  I’ve slowly been getting back to neglected projects, including binding the quilt for my Mom shown above.  (Sorry about the cat fur, Mom.)

We have had a problem with the pincushion that usually sits out where they can reach it, though.  Pincushions are just about cat-toy-sized and apparently they’re great fun to bat around the house.  Finding pins scattered everywhere is a scary thing!  Lucky it seems that no kitties were harmed in the great pin cushion adventure, but I needed to stop it from happening again.  My solution was to put it in a little food storage container.

Pincushion Cat Safety

It’s still right there within reach for me, but the kitties are now thwarted from their little pin cushion games.  *Whew!*