Sunday, February 24, 2019

Some Quilting, Some Knitting, Some Cats

Honestly, it's a miracle that I have any crafting to share at all. I have six IEP meetings in the next two weeks -- I know a few of you know how insane that is. But those six weather days really put me behind, and now it's catch-up time.

I worked quite a bit at home yesterday, and I was planning to work again today, but around 10 this morning my mom called. She'd fallen, so Keith and I went to the hospital with her. Luckily there were no broken bones, but she has some nasty bruises.

I have been focusing more on quilting than knitting lately. For one thing, I'm trying to stay on track with my Collage Cat (Pattern: Purrfect). I have finished cutting out all the little pieces and fusing them onto the base.
Next I have to cut it out, put it on a background and free-motion stitch the cat. My free-motion skills are not very developed, so I think a very busy piece like this is perfect. I'm hoping the stitches won't show too much!

I've been hand sewing and embroidering brightly colored art quilts that make me happy. This is my favorite so far:
It's called "Fractured" because it's made of fractured circles. The only part that's done by machine is the binding.

I went to my LYS with a non-knitting friend, who picked out these gorgeous yarns for me to make hat from. I'm going to improvise a Fair Isle design. I'll probably throw in some white to make it work.
My adorable gran-kitty (i.e. Rachel's cat) was neutered last week. She is not enjoying wearing a cone at all.
It has been cold and wet all weekend. During my breaks from working yesterday, I had a cup of tea and did some reading. I am both reading and listening to Iron Curtain by Anne Applebaum because there is so much to absorb.
During my trip to Eastern Europe last summer, I realized how little I knew about the Soviet era, and I am enjoying this book -- though it doesn't seem quite right to enjoy a book about such a grim subject. It is terrifying to learn how quickly countries like Poland and Czechoslovakia fell under totalitarian rule. I wonder if Americans would vote differently if they knew more history?

Kola and Nagi know how to make the most of a winter weekend:
Snow is predicted for four of the next seven days. It has been a long time since we had a real winter like this. And speaking of snow, our school days will be seven minutes longer starting tomorrow to make up for all those weather days. 

17 comments:

  1. Fractured is gorgeous! Bravo for creating such a stunning piece. Add seven minutes to school days is a great way to nibble away on the snow day deficit. Just hearing about IEP reviews gives me palpitations. I hope all goes well.

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  2. Oh my word! Fractured is amazing. I also got quite a chuckle over your pieced cat. The sugar skull nose is pure genius!

    Hope your gran-kitty can get her cone-of-shame off soon. She certainly is a beautiful girl.

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  3. Fractured is incredible and I am so glad your mom is not fractures at the same time. Hope you have a quieter week ahead.

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  4. Fractured is stunning! And, I am sorry your mom fell but glad she was not injured more than that. I hope she is feeling better soon!

    And, yes - we are a nation that disregards history which makes me so very sad.

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  5. That quilt is just too gorgeous. It's a real work of art!
    Whew for Mom..falls are so scary. Even in the nursing home Daddio managed to have one at least once a month.

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  6. Falls among seniors (and now I'm one!!) are so frightening. Glad your Mom didn't break any bones and hope she heals quickly.

    Your sewing/quilting is AMAZING. Fractured is simply stunning and I love your cat quilt. So clever. And both have nice, bright colors to help on these grey winter days.

    Rachel's kitty is gorgeous. Hopefully she will be out of the cone soon.

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  7. Wow! Fractured is Amazing! The cat will be too. Can't wait to see how it turns out. I'm not normally into things that are quite that busy but I'm fascinated by him. Glad your mom & the grandcat are ok. Hope they are both feeling better soon.

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  8. Fractured is so beautiful. I am sorry about your Mom's injuries. I hope she heals soon. This weather is the bunk - quite a winter. Hang in there at work.

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  9. Enjoy the fractured quilt and knowing that your mom had no fractures!!!
    What a winter is right! Take care for your schooling schedule; stay rested during down time. We fall for the same 'political rhetoric' every generation.....

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  10. Oh the cozy cats! Love that art quilt!

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  11. stay warm while the snow dumps!! love all of your projects and the burst of color! I couldn't keep a cone on Holly, there must be a secret to it..

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  12. Im behind in comments here, sorry! Can that amazing cat be a pillow? We found our cats don't need a cone. They realize they don't want to mess with the stuff. UNLIKE a dog who will undo the whole stitch line in a minute! Big kisses to kitty.

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  13. I love the cat collage piece it is so interesting to look at and I love cats so that probably a big reason too. That's too bad you're behind in your work, I am sure the kids loved the snow days, but it is hard for the teachers.Those colors of yarn are really nice, the hat will look great in fair isle with them. Cute photos of your cats they look so comfy snuggling together.

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  14. Oh your kitties, collage and real are so cute! I love the gran kitty's cone picture. I don't know why I find them so amusing when I know most animals are so displeased with their situation.

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  15. I try to keep reminding myself that a fall could break a hip which could make me an invalid, now that I am A Senior Citizen, grrr. Your quilts are gorgeous!

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  16. Love this post!!! Lovely colors and well written. Oh dear I hope your mom is feeling better, sound painful. Beautiful quilt! Hope the cat is feeling better now. I always feel sorry but It's a necessary thing and our cats got done as well.

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