Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Meet Mrs. Winifred Fuzzyboots

Let me introduce you to the newest member of the family!  Meet Winifred, a 6 year old spayed female Mackerel Tabby Cat. She was given to me by a friend, whose daughter found her living outside underneath a shed, in a new home her daughter bought.  The previous owners, just turned her out, and she had been outside for at least a year.  Poor thing!  She is spayed, and declawed, and with the winter that we had last year, I am surprised that she is still alive! 

She is the sweetest cat!  Loves to be held and to cuddle with one, and is a very trusting and loving cat.  She loves to sleep and eat, and lets me know every morning when its time to wake up by walking on me, sitting on my stomach and kneading my chest.  She does the same thing at night, when I get into bed, then lays at the foot of the bed all night.  Such a sweet kitty for the troubled life she had not 3 months ago. 

We first thought that she was a male, and but the vet changed those notions!  She was very healthy according to the vet, and is now update on all her shots, and is quickly gaining weight. She loves to sleep on my hand quilting frame, I think she thinks its the perfect Kitty Hammock.

Monday, September 6, 2010

What I am working on...

I have been working on quilting this Eight Point Star variation, which is known as Carpenter's Square, Dutch Rose, among other names.  I just call it my damn set in seam quilt.  This quilt is completely set in seams.  The pieces that aren't set in are the simple borders.  I love the quilts made Talula Gilbert Bottoms, and she made several quilts in this pattern.  Most of the points are ok, but the centers of the stars don't always meet.  That and since, its almost entirely on the bias, it has a little stretch, something I wouldn't want to quilt by machine, and its a little to involved to be tacked.  But not well enough made, by my standard to hand quilt.  So what should I do?  I decided to hand quilt it in big stitches with pearl cotton in a gray-ish color in Methodist Fans / Baptist Fans, pick your own denomination.

Its not a large quilt, it measures 70 inches by 90 inches.  So it would fit on a full size bed with a dust ruffle, and would make a good size quilt for a twin.  Right now I am into country looking quilts that are make do in style, and this one fits the bill, especially since I lost the light blue fabric, and just substituted a different blue, but I do like the looks of it so far.  I loaded this in my hand quilting frame, and am half way quilted with this quilt in a about a week.  The fan design with the big stitches quilts quickly and I didn't mark this quilt, it's quilted freehand. 

Other than that, I have been piecing simple quilt tops to tie for the homeless, and working on some other blocks as well.