Bed for a princess

I always thought I would have little girls to sew dresses and pretty things for. My hubby has 4 sisters and I have 2, but as it is I have 2 boys.  And so I sew boy things.

But our new little girl kitten needed a bed. What’s a mom to do, but find some left over super soft fabric and wing it.

Years ago I made little lambs for my boys for Easter.

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Turns out that I used WAY less fabric than the pattern called for.  the remnants have sat in a bin for 4 years now.  I folded the fabric in half and sewed it together, leaving a 6 inch opening to turn it right side out.  Then cut strips of an old towel and rolled them up, pushed them to the edges and ran a stitch to hold them in place. I used the remaining square of the towel for padding in the bottom of the bed.

Voila! a soft bed for a little kitten who will get bigger.

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Yup, I think she likes it.

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Avocado green

What do you think of when you see the words Avocado green? A late 60’s kitchen stove? Some early 70’s shag carpet.  All that and more!

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But in a slightly brighter shade of a true avocado.

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My mom taught me to pick an avocado at the store with a hint of green to it.  Less likely to have been squeezed and have finger bruises inside.  This one looked about right.

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A friend at work taught me to look for pear shaped ones.  They usually have a smaller pit than the egg shaped ones.  This has proven true again and again.

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I in turn taught her the easy way to get the pit out…whack it with a knife and twist.

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Ok, so there’s your avocado lesson for today:) Enjoy your healthy fruit.

So I did sew today.  And with avocado coloured thread.  On the back of my quiltcon quilt. Sorry it’s not much to show, but this was a lot of my day.

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The other major event in my life is a little grey tabby.  Her name is Pearl and we adopted her from the SPCA.

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She is 4 months old and full of beans and is a major distraction in our world.  Skittering through the kitchen while I am sewing in the dining room.  My boys haven’t had a pet before and it was high time they experience an animal in their home.  They are “friends” with pets of family, but I am glad for us to have our own pet.  There is some jealousy over whose lap she will sit in, when she’s willing to sit still for a moment.  So far she loves my hubby the most.

Enjoy your week and let random colour inspire your creativity.

grand plans

Hi, my name is Netta and I have a problem.

Well it’s a pretty common problem, I think.

I suffer from ” I think I can do more in the time available than is realistic”.

I had 2 weeks of from work and a GIANT “to do” list of creativity.  And now there are only 2 1/2 days left and not much crossed off that list.  Granted 7 days were spent in southern California, 1 day of travel recovery, 2 days of jobs and errands with Hubby (productive, but not exactly creative), and 1/2 a day raking leaves, cleaning the garden shed, putting away summer plant pots etc. I will probably always wish for more creative time.

But I did get something creative done from my wish list, although the project is not yet finished.  My nine-patch challenge quilt for Quilt Con… the top is complete (sorry can’t show you until after Quilt Con).  And the back is now done, using up lovely but long hibernating fabrics that just needed to be used.

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I fell in love with this probably 10 years ago.  Just never found the right use, so now it graces the back of my nine-patch.  But it wasn’t big enough, even with a border. (See the green tape on the floor-that’s how big I need the back to be).

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So I started searching my stash for similar shade fabrics to piece together. Almost enough.

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Voila, a pieced back. And spray basted with batting and the top.

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There’s a bit of wrinkling after the spray basting, gotta fix that, then I can begin to quilt this.  The deadline is November 30th, so I better get going.

The problem with a big project is that it’s tempting to do a bunch of little projects in the time I work on the big one.  Crossing off things from the list is half the fun, isn’t it?  But since this deadline is quickly approaching, I will stay on track and do it first. 12 days, and I work 6 of those. eek! better stop typing and get quilting.

I’m back

Hi again,  sorry I was away for awhile.

We took the kids to Disneyland.  What a colour filled world that is!  The bright sights and sounds of every inch of Disneyness was amazing.  More to see than anybody could absorb in the 3 days we were there. Almost everything in that land is created by people. Every tile, every walkway, every plant, everyone.  And run like a precision clock.  Never a speck of garbage on the ground, always plenty of staff to help with any questions and guide the masses of people around.

Oh dear, that’s not the best description.  It was bright and fun and so many cool things to see and do.  I DID have fun.

So many cool sights to see.

I didn’t have time to read the description as the 3 boys were rushing me on to the next ride, but I did have time to snap a few pics of this cool mosaic.

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And in amongst the created world of Disney were peeks of beautiful nature that exists in that warm California sun.  My first bird of paradise growing in a garden.

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A gorgeous pink and yellow hibiscus peeking through a fence.

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And some lovely pink and white plant, no idea what it is except pretty.

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And in a created world of colour, this beautiful blue and white castle will stick with me.

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What’s your favorite sight from Disneyland, if you have been?

After a week away I am raring to sew again.

dark

We are at that time of year when it is dark when I drive to work, and dark when I come home.  Life becomes so much more indoors and days go by without entering the yard.  I like my yard and it makes me take a big breath and let go for a moment. So on my days off I am sure to at least stand for a moment on the back step to just pause.

But dark is very present for many hours more each day.  So I looked there for inspiration.

Voila! The Northern Lights.

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They are not visible this far south in Canada where I live, but one day I hope to see them for real.
The colour palette for the block lotto for my October MQG guild meeting was this
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black, navy, dark purple, and bright pink, yellow, green.
Which brought me to these blocks. I hope it will turn out well in a full quilt.
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I have been having fun being the creative director for the guild and coming up with blocks for members to do each month.  Part of my excitement is to see a) how many people make the block( usually a good indicator of people liking it or the palette chosen) and b) how my block will come together in a full quilt. I may not see the actual result all quilted together very quickly after the winner gets the blocks, but even seeing them up on the design wall together is exciting, I think.
I have already made November’s block, and planned 2 after that. Sometimes I get a little over excited about stuff!
The other good thing about longer dark nights is hand work on the couch.  I was raised with the concept that daylight is for  being up and doing, evening is when it is ok to stop and sit quietly to make or read etc.  So even though I am an adult who can decide what I do when I want, I still have this thing inside me that throws guilt my way if I sit around too much in the daytime.  And what better activity to do on  a cold winter evening  but work on a quilt, with the rest of it piled warmly on your lap.
I also tend to have more quilts out at this time of year. Other than my hubby, the rest of us in the house like to bundle up in quilts on the couch in the evening when reading or watching tv. Or sewing.
Keep cozy on these dark evenings, we have lots to go.