Saturday, October 18, 2014

So what do you do at a quilt retreat in Shipshewanna? You ride your bicycle 15 miles through the beautiful countryside. What a beautiful day it was! Saw a black cat, 2 garter snakes, Amish kids playing baseball, and almost ran over a squirrel.Saw a black cat, 2 garter snakes, Amish kids playing baseball, and almost ran over a squirrel. If it is raining tomorrow as predicted, I may actually get some quilting done.

In my defense, I did have to spend some time looking for and buying socks, which I forgot to pack.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Square One

Sometimes it is just better to go back to square one, back to the beginning. This shawl has been a pain from the very first stitch. I've got help 3 times and recently made another mistake that would take help to fix. Well, this morning around 3:00 am I couldn't sleep and just got up, grabbed the offensive shawl and unravelled the whole thing, reskeined the yarn, soaked the crinkles out and now it is drying before going back into balls. Sometimes it is better just to admit failure and move on. I have another shawl in mind so am looking forward to a new start.

Boy and Frog

How cute is this quilt a customer brought me? Too cute for words. It is so perfect for a little boy.

And an all over leaf and ribbon design on a simple Chevron quilt.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

They're Back!

I heard a familiar cluck today and raced outside to check my suspicions and sure enough, the wild turkeys are back, 11 of them this time. I guess they aren't too afraid of a vegetarian.

Antique Quilts

More antique quilts, always a challenge. The rectangle quilt was the easiest but oh boy, the triangle one was like quilting a bag of marbles. The blocks were on average 2 inch square, although there were few actually square blocks, some being 1 1/2 inch at the top and 2 3/4 at the bottom. Needless to say, there are a few puckers in that one. Still, it was fun seeing everything from feed sacks to silky dress fabrics. Gotta love 'em!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Meet Moses

Meet Moses, a very lucky kitten. I was driving into town for my workout at the gym, when I saw what I thought was a squirrel in the middle of a 4 lane highway, but when I got closer, it was a little lost kitten. There was no momma or any siblings, just Moses in the middle of the road. So, being the softy I am, I pulled over, flagged down the traffic to stop him from being hit, and picked the little bugger up out of harm's way. I got back into the car and finished driving to the gym. He settled in easily as he crawled up behind my neck and promptly fell asleep. I took him into the gym where the workers found me a box with lid that had had computer paper in it and was labeled "multipurpose". Well, they weren't kidding this day. He sat quietly in the box, not scratching to get out or meowing while I took my class. What does one do with a little black kitten when you have a big male cat at home who isn't likely to be too pleased with him? I called my mom, who lost her cat pal of 15 years last month and has been grieving his loss, who said she'd watch him for a few days while I looked for a home, strongly proclaiming she did not want another cat to care for.

It wasn't but a few short hours before Moses had his name, was purring so loud you could hardly talk, and batting around a label on the blanket in his box. After quite awhile of snuggling and laughing, I left for home. I called my mom later in the day and she told me what a bad girl I was, making her watch Moses, because now she was totally enthralled with him. He was tearing through the house and being an ornery pest, but loved wearing himself out and crawling into her lap to take naps. He hardly leaves her side. So, here we are, two days later, and my mom is telling me I'd better not be caught stealing him. God works in mysterious ways.

Moses is the most unusually colored kitten. He is black striped, that is, if you look closely, he has dark and light black stripes on the legs, and then his back is tipped in gray, so that he looks dusty. I have never seen such a strange coloring.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

3 Done

In spite of thunderstorms where I can't quilt because I need to turn off the machine, I still managed to get 3 quilts quilted this week. My customers are glad to finally have them back.