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Friday, November 17, 2017

HeLP for Hexie-aholics and Feline Friday - 11/17/17

Hello! Hello! It's one of those rare days where HeLP and Feline Friday fall on the same day!! Welcome to hexie-ologists and Z Fan Club members alike.

Momma has been very busy sewing things for a church bazaar tomorrow. One of the things she was making this week was catnip toys. Can you believe she was working on them while I was outside? What if I had wanted some 'nip?? Luckily she gave me the tray and the bowl to lick out when she finally finished. Well, it was that or I was going to help myself and she knew it...

Yo duuuuude - that was some crazy good 'nip!

Do all y'all remember when the Squeakster did a PSA on using 'nip? I didn't until after the fact either...


Wanna see Momma's design wall when she's been around 'nip? 


Isn't it craycray busy? She claims it's cuz her brain works faster than her fingers. Seems like an excuse to me.

I think she wants me to tell you that the important part of today's picture is the progress on the temp quilt. She passed the half way mark a couple days ago. Did a little happy dance and everything. 

Ok now, my feline lovin' hexie-ologist friends - time to link up your favorite feline (well, other than me of course) and your latest hexie project. Extra 'nip for you if there is a feline in your hexie photo!





Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Weather Report #26 - 11/15/17

Do you realize that today marks the half way point for this little project? I can't believe it either!
Is it too early to start planning next year's temperature quilt??!!

I am soooo in love with this week's colors. Not only did we welcome dark purple to the family (and our first snow!!) but I just love green and purple together. The blues were a nice contrast.

I would like to think we will be spending more time in blue and purple (it is the middle of November after all and just 40 days to Christmas) but we are expecting 40s and rain this week. The "big" storm next week is still up for debate...

44 - 47 - 20 - 29 - 38 - 40 - 39F




Friday, November 10, 2017

Feline Friday - 10/11/17

My Momma is usually a pretty smart cookie but I think I won that award last night...

Before Momma fell asleep on the couch it was rainy and windy but it was ok cuz I was tucked into my chair all cozy in my quilt.

Eventually Momma woke up and went to bed. At last! I had downstairs all to myself.

Not 15 minutes after Momma crawled into her bed with those new red plaid flannel sheets that look so good with my furs did that siren go off. Normally I would run for the door and have a little middle of the night escapade until she came home. No way last night!! There was white stuff on the ground! Brrrrrrrr! I'll stay inside this time Momma!

Snow blowing off the roof at the ER
Before the plows sand the roads
When Momma came home she returned to those lovely plaid sheets but I was worried she was too cold cuz it was only 20F outside and she doesn't have a fur coat.  I thought I should do my part to get her warmed up so I planted my backside right up against her face. I took up half the pillow to accomplish this but I was persistent when she tried to move my furs out of her nose.

The pear tree is still GREEN!

In the morning we had a good view through the upstairs window/screen so I once again decided to stay inside while Momma ventured out to the ortho doctor for Mr Cranky Ankle and then to work. I think I scored again cuz I am home alone and warm and cozy! I'm sure I can get that food box open if I start to starve before she gets home...

PS - Thank you to all those veterans who gave of their time and lives in service for our country!




Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #25

No - your eyes do not deceive you - we've finally dropped down into another color...
Welcome to the family Dark Blue!

40 - 60 - 49 - 47 - 54 - 42 - 39F

Rumor is we will drop another color or TWO come Friday. I'm excited cuz they are also calling for an inch of the white stuff!! Woohoo!

 Don't worry tho, we'll be back into dark green next week.

What colors are you experiencing this week?



Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The Bibliophile Files - 11/7/17

Hello and welcome to The Bibliophile Files!!

Goodreads.com says that I am 9 books ahead of schedule for finishing 90 books this year. I'm fairly certain that I can finish the 5 needed books in the next couple of weeks since I am in Christmas Bazaar production mode and love to listen to books while I sew. Well hold on...I just picked up an audiobook with 32 CDs so it might take me more than a couple weeks. No matter, I've got a bunch of sewing time coming up and then of course the end of December has a lot of time to work on town taxes. I just might finish 100 books this year! Now wouldn't that be something considering I was behind schedule for the first half of the year...

FINISHED
     Pirate - love this series!
     One Safe Place
     Metamorphosis - uhhh. This one is weird.
     The Couple Next Door - Fantastic book!!! Lots of twists and turns.
     The Cutthroat
     Airborn - a nice YA story that I just found out is part of a trilogy...
     Port Mortuary
     Wedding Cake Murder

IN PROGRESS
     Of Beast and Beauty
     The Absent One - I'm giving this series a 2nd chance...

And now it's your turn to share what you have read recently. Anything counts: novels, magazines, quilt patterns and cereal boxes!



Friday, November 03, 2017

Feline Friday - 11/3/17

This is what Momma calls my "I Love Momma" face.


This is what **I** call my "Look at what I'm getting away with" face!

It's like this...Momma has this silly rule that I, as a mostly black cat, absolutely CANNOT go outside on Halloween. She's worried about hoodlums but I've got peeps to see and kibble to hunt & gather.

I tried every trick in my book to get her to throw me outside. It's worked before but I just couldn't find the right button to push this time. I scratched at her vintage lamp shade. I rubbed on and broke off more of her peach Christmas cactus. I pushed things. I whined. I rang the bell off the hook. I even had a total meltdown when she tried to put that silly costume on me.

I admit it wasn't pretty but I. Wanted. Outside.

Eventually I tried sitting on the kitchen counter. I am never allowed on the counters but she thought that this was the lesser of all evils and left me alone after taking my beauty shot. Really?

I later forgave Momma and woke her up at 3am to snuggle. I'm pretty sure she was happy to see me, especially when I wanted to sleep next to her head on the pillow. I just couldn't help myself...I love my Momma!




Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #24

Why yes! 
There has (finally) been a shift in the weather...

50 - 47 - 60 - 57 - 42 - 47 - 40

Yesterday and today were both on the brink of a new color. Yesterday there were even snow flakes in the air (but not on the ground). At this rate, I might not need to cut too many more bright or dark green scraps.

But wait - tomorrow will be 60!

Exactly...we don't know what to do with this weather either...


Friday, October 27, 2017

Feline Friday - 10/27/17

Do you know what Sunday is?

It's National Cat Day!!

Can you believe they created a holiday just for me??!! The bestest cat in the whole cativerse??!!


Hold that thought while I practice my pose for when they crown me...




Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #23

Hello! hello! Fall is finally digging in her heels here in Western NY. The temperatures are all over the place, blue-gray skies mean rain is on the horizon and the trees are still deciding what to do with their leaves (a late heat wave means not much color yet but a good rain storm can knock them all to the ground).

67 - 66 - 65 - 73 - 72 - 66 - 61

One would assume that I should be able to keep up with such a simple project but I have a grand excuse today!!!


Do NOT adjust your screen - YES, that is Zorro on my lap!!

I was much more interested in sharing skritches and making sure he was comfortable last night than stitching. Eventually I did have to give him the boot since I just couldn't stay awake any longer. He was on my lap nearly 75 minutes. His personal record!!

Even better - he was on my lap another 30 minutes this morning. Janet and I were joking that Zorro has finally realized how good he has it at my house and that he's getting a little soft in his old age. I'm sure the cool weather has a little to do with it. Fingers crossed that I will have the same "delays" tonight.


In the past several weeks I needed a change of hexie pace so I pulled out a stack of pieced hexie rosettes and added the green 50/50 hexies to the ends. I nearly have the white added to these two. Once these are done this will probably go back in it's box so I can get back to what I'm "supposed" to be working on.


Monday night I had a dinner meeting at the Glen Iris in Letchworth State Park. Dinner and the program were good but getting to see the Middle Falls lite up was fascinating. For the locals, it was easy to tell how low the water levels are. In early summer, we were drowning with so much rain. That rain has nearly stopped and we are now considered "abnormally dry", just one step away from "moderate drought". We are supposed to get torrential rain starting this weekend (I'll believe it when I see it) so maybe it's nothing to worry about...

Happy Stitching!




Friday, October 20, 2017

Feline Friday - 10/20/17

Last Friday Momma had a sew day at her house with her friend Cathy.

Can you believe they took up all the table space?
No space left for me!!
Auntie Cathy used the right paw table - where the snacks were handy!
Momma spread her zipper bag parts on the left paw table.

I helped Momma sew...of course!


Aren't I helpful to keep her chair warm?


Don't worry, I let her sit on the chair too - that's her red sweatshirt.

I can't wait until the next sew day. Auntie Cathy wants to learn how to make Seminole Quilts.




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #22 - 10/18/17

The weather lately has been cool and crisp - very fall like. As in perfect for my fav season of the year.

A bonus of this cooler weather is that someone (and Z shall remain nameless) has been a little more social and cuddly. I therefore had big expectations when he seemed interested in helping me photograph last week's weather rosette.


We got off to a slow start. I really would have been happy with just toes as I have pictures of  other cats over the years with just toes. Except it's out of focus.


I tried a different angle.
He tried a different angle at the same time.

I finally got to use a new color!!!!
51 - 62 - 63 - 70- 76 - 45 - 59

In the end, I just went with this photo. It's on "my" trunk. It's really Mom's trunk and I borrow it for trunk shows but after the penultimate trunk show she never put her things back in it. I told her when I borrowed it this time that I wasn't giving it back!! She didn't protest very much.

She actually told me to keep the smaller green flat-top trunk I borrowed a while ago. I also own my great-grandfather's trunk which is 1.5 times as big as this one. Both this and GG-pa's are barrel top trunks - do you know why people had barrel top (~hump back) trunks?  I'd be happy to share more trunk photos if anyone is interested in them...


And just because I was pleased as punch -- check out my new socks!
Jelly? Aren't you?!




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

HeLP for Hexie-aholics - 10/17/17

Hello my fellow hexiologists!!! For today's Hexie Linky Party I'm going to finally reveal my secret-for-now project!!!

Background: several months ago I was asked to do a trunk show for Patchwork Gardens in East Amherst. Their store has a monthly hexie class and they tend to focus on one paper shape each month. I was asked to pick my favorite shape that I could demo after the trunk show. After stating that picking a favorite shape is worse than picking a favorite child, I quickly picked the jewel which is the main element in my Salt & Pepper project.

Once we had picked a shape, I thought maybe I should have some other projects to share with the same shape. I really like to have more than one purpose once I've spent my money on the papers - I was sure the girls would agree.

That's when I put out the word that I was hoping people would be willing to share a couple scrap strips with me. I really wasn't expecting more than just a few strips from each person, something that a 49cent stamp would mail. Instead I was overwhelmed with generosity!! Here's the last packages:

These little beauties came all the way from Jo in Australia!!
I've cut into some of the strips but not the larger cat or Australia fabrics yet.

These came from Janet O.
I just had to make up the Star Wars heart ASAP because it's so NOT Janet.
She's since sent me a couple more pieces of SW fabric.

This large package came from Donna in Florida - she apologized to having to delay their
sending until after the hurricane passed. Not. A. problem.
 Donna - I hope you'll post a comment sometime!!
There is actually yardage in this package - I'll cut the bits I need for this project and use the rest for Kennel Quilts.

Phew - that's a lot of fabric for everyone to share!!! And can you believe that there was not a single duplicate among the donations or my own scraps? That's unbelievable.

So - did you figure out what I'm working on? Maybe this give you a clue?

I'm making jewel hearts!


The original idea was to make a "large" size quilt using just the hearts but I decided that it was just too busy to "see" all the scrappy fabrics.


I decided that I would separate the hearts with neutral honeycombs so that the hearts would be more defined. On Friday, I was laying out some of the hearts with the honeycombs for a friend and realized the honeycombs won't fit - they are the same 1" sides as a hexie but different angles. I'll need to use hexagons. Thankfully I only had 6 or 8 honeycombs finished. Oopies.

I've tried to see if I could create a box type shape with the hearts but I haven't gotten it to work yet so it appears I'll be doing my first strippy quilt.

What do you think?? I hope everyone who donated fabric is happy with the project!

And now it's your turn. What projects are you working on? Secret or otherwise?
Any paper shape or vintage project is fair game.




Friday, October 13, 2017

Feline Friday - 10/13/17

Iz ok Momma...I'll guard your box-o-kennel quilt fabrics!


They needed pretesting anyway...

Happy Friday the 13th!




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #21 - 10/11/17

And here we are...done with week #21!!! Woo hoo!!


And that means I am now done with three full rows of my temperature quilt!!


There is a definite yellow-green tinge creeping into the later blocks. I think fall is finally thinking of making an official appearance. Today is a good example...when you are woken up by your fav furchild at 6am and it's already warmer than the day's projected high, you know it's all downhill from there.  It's currently 51 and raining - yet again so close to a new color. Next chance looks like it could be Monday...

I've got a little catching up to do on the machine applique but it won't take more than half an hour to get the last row together and attached to the mothership. It's on the agenda for my sew day on Friday.

Cathy and I were going to take a Bonnie class with a guild up in Rochester but when the guild attached an *additional* $35 fee since there were sooo many students in the class we said thanks but no thanks. We can sew at my house for way less than $100 each, even if we order an extravagant lunch somewhere. We have both taken Bonnie classes before so we weren't totally heartbroken.

Happy Hump Day!




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bibliophile Files - 10/10/17

So...I recently upgraded my iPhone to an unlimited plan which included a personal hotspot. I was excited to finally have internet at home, which is hard to do without a land line phone or cable. Sadly, I still can't get it to work properly. The first time I tried, it wouldn't connect at all. The second time I tried, I connected but the pages wouldn't load. There are 2 directions this is going to go: I'll try again, this will be 'third time is the charm' and all will work fine or I'll just decide that it's finally time to upgrade the laptop. The laptop is ancient but without internet, I wasn't using it much at home other than EQ7 and to type a few Word docs here and there. If I could finally blog at home, I would be thrilled.

Anyway, welcome to this delayed, yet quickie version of the Bibliophile Files - my monthly list of
finished books. This is an abbreviated version since both jobs are cray-cray again this week and I'm squeezing this in between jobs and fire meeting.

BTW - I'm still 7 books ahead of schedule!! 76 down and 14 to go. Easy Peasy!

FINISHED
     16th Seduction
     In my Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer - Memoir of a Polish girl saving Jews during WWII. Fascinating.
     Our Family Quilt
     Mangrove Lightning
     Hard Truth - not my fav Anna Pigeon book. I love the series for the national park info but this had very little park info.
     Between Shades of Gray - a sad WWII story based on true events. The authors note at the end of the audiobook was heart wrenching as she recalled family info and stopped the recording mid-sentence in tears. She wasn't the only person in tears...

IN PROGRESS
     at home - The Couple Next Door
     on my phone - The One Safe Place

Your turn!! What have you read recently? Novels, magazines, quilt patterns and cereal boxes all count!



Friday, October 06, 2017

Feline Friday - 10/6/17

I am the luckiest cat in the whole Cativerse!!!

Yipp - I have a crystal bowl!

How do I know? Cuz Momma made me my very own fur-coordinated place mat (she says I'm a messy eaterer) and I don't know any other cat who has such a thing.


I mean she put her whole heart into it and every thing!


As a reward for her hard labors, I slept in her lap for 31 minutes and not a second more!

Well, there was also that pigeon I brought her but I don't think you wanna see those pictures...




Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #20

84 - 56 - 56 - 50 - 58 - 67 - 75
Fall tried it's hardest to sneak in this week! I was "this" close to using dark green for the first time on Saturday (those 4 really are "bright" greens compared to the "dark" greens I'll be using). We started the day with a light frost so I was fingers crossed all morning for the temp to stay in the 40s until 1pm but no dice. Cold weather is coming so I'm not so much rushing things as looking for a change of hexie color. I've not cut any more oranges so if the weather stays the same 60/70s for the next week like forecasted, I might need to cut a few more or I'll have just enough. It's literally going to be that close...

I'll try to get back on schedule with blogging next week. My office is closed Monday for the holiday but I've got a new Verizon plan that is supposed to make my iPhone a hotspot for my laptop. It's worth a shot. Bibliophile Files will be next Tuesday. And then I have to share about my last camping trip to the Adirondacks, my trunk show yesterday and I can finally reveal my secret project along with the latest squishies that have arrived!

Zorro will be here on Friday eager to show you his newest possession.
We won't talk about the gift he brought me for breakfast this morning and then proceeded to eat it himself, ending in him sitting on the porch in a food coma. Ick.


Monday, October 02, 2017

Good news, Bad news

Always start with the bad news...
--Sorry no post again today and I'll have to delay tomorrow's Bibliophile Files.

Then follow with the good news...
-----Today I got to meet Barbara and Mike who were passing through my area on their cross country road trip!! Tomorrow I get to do a hexie trunk show and bed turning!

Be back soon...



Friday, September 29, 2017

Feline Friday - 9/29/17

Momma wants me to tell you what a bad good boy I've been!

A week ago, I came home with chew marks on my forehead and ear - I was protecting my 'hood!! Luckily everything healed nice and Momma didn't have to put me in the the P.T.U. to take me to the V.E.T.

Momma went camping again in the Adirondacks last weekend (and she hasn't even told you yet!). While she was gone Auntie Kristie and Unkle Tommy came to feed me.

To my right is the bell I ring when I want to go outside.
I'm such a smartie pants!

I tested the food box while waiting for their arrival. It appears that when the box is moved downstairs it is not very secure. I'll have my staff look in to that.

It's hard to see the lasso in my right hand
but it's there and it's fun to play with.

As a reward punishment for my hard work, Momma is having me practice with my new Halloween costume. I'm not yet pleased with how the jeans fit my legs but I did allow her to document the process.


I also defended my 'hood again last night. Momma kissed my scratched up nose but I wouldn't let her clean up the blood.

Momma says next time my reward punishment will be trying on both parts of my costume at the same time. I. Can't. Wait.




Friday, September 22, 2017

Feline Friday - 9/22/17

Ok, I admit that Momma put me in jail...


...but I know that if I'm patient enough...


...there will soon be laundry to keep me warm!


The anticipation is exhausting!





Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #18, HeLP, Squishies & Christmas

Did all y'all miss me Sunday? Did you remember there should have been a HeLP post? I remembered way too late and then forgot again and then remembered again yet this is the first I've had time to post all week. I am sooooo ready for the "weekend" to get here...

77 - 73 - 77 - 79 - 81 - 82 - 77F

Squishy from Sharon with scraps for my secret-for-now project

Squishy from Chantal for my hexie fabric stash

Squishy from Julie with scraps for my secret-for-now project

Woohoo!! The top is done and I've opened out all the outside seam allowances.
It will be trimmed straight after I figure out how to quilt it.

This backing matched better in the store but I still kinda like it.
If I don't find anything better at the 2 stores I'll be going to this weekend
or in early October I'll go ahead with this one.

Yipp - my Christmas Cactus is getting ready for an early show.
This plant often blossoms three times a year if I ignore it properly.

Feel free to link your temperature quilt or any hexie project to our linky party today!




Friday, September 15, 2017

Feline Friday - 9/15/17

Momma keeps my water bowl in the tub cuz I like to play in the water.
After her shower I like to get in the tub and grab a sip.



I loves when Momma gives me a blow out after my drink!!