Change of Seasons

November 13, 2014 - 12:25 pm

So much to talk about I scarcely know where to begin.

Adventures in Home Ownership is approaching the wrap-up of the first big push. Since mid-March I’ve woken up every morning with a list of things I needed to accomplish for the house, and I’m starting to see the bottom of it creeping up. There are still a very large number of things I’d *like* to do, in an abstract “wouldn’t it be nice if…” sort of way, but the “must be completed for house to function” list is decidedly short. Just a few more small but fussy tasks in the downstairs bathroom, some work in the studio, and a couple contractor days. It’s good that the end is in sight because I’ve lost all enthusiasm for the work. 

We got a new kitten, Calcifer:

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He’s named after a character from Howl’s Moving Castle, which is one of our household’s favorite movies. The obligate cute kitten photos will commence:

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And also ob-video:

So, uhm, that’s been a distraction. We were hoping Mickey would like having a kitten friend. He was unconsolable after Pook died; I didn’t sleep for several weeks because he was so needy. Unfortunately, so far he’s terrified. He’s about 14 lbs. The kitten is not yet 2. Silliness.

I’ve been working on a quilt:

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It has taken over the living room:

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I’m not allowing myself to play with my newest toy until it’s put away, and I’m not willing to put it away until the top is pieced since arranging all the hexes the way I wanted was a bit of a nightmare. But I have a beautiful new custom made wheel from Tom Livernois waiting for me, tucked in between the cutting table and the ironing board where it’s safe:

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I’m planning to spin yarn for a Curl. As soon as the quilt top is together. Because we really do need the gaming table, game shelf, and couches to be accessible. And I need a studio to work in so I stop doing this whenever I embark on a big new project. 

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three more rows to go!

The Swallow and the Rose

August 25, 2014 - 9:40 am

I’ve been interested in the One Block Wonder quilt pattern since I encountered it 6-8 months ago. Yesterday I decided I wanted to scratch the itch. We stopped at Pacific Fabrics on our way home from a weekend in Friday Harbor, and I bought two yards of this:

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It’s in the “Light Fantastic” line by Fabric Freedom.

I spent a couple hours last night cutting out strips and then chopping those into triangles:

Swallow and Rose one block wonder quilt

and then a couple hours at the sewing machine this morning making those into hexagons:

That’s about half of the fabric, I think. I have no idea what I’m going to make with it, though the color would go well in my office. I want to practice free motion quilting over a pieced quilt, so that’s the excuse for buying it and sinking time into making it. Plus which I’m loving the rich colors and kaleidoscopic blocks. It’s pleasant and skill building.

I should be able to finish up the blocks in the morning, then on to piecing!