Such as actually having time to write a blog post! And getting some lap time with the kitty.
Belle has become quite the snuggler, and is actually asleep on my lap as I type this. Thomas is getting better about letting us pet him, and occasionally hold him for a few moments. Belle doesn't like being held. I'm still very happy with how well they are adjusting. Also, a plug for Fresh Step cat litter, WOW! That stuff is incredible, and saves our home from smelling really awful. Thank you to that company and the people who made such a thing possible. I still think we ought to train the cats to use the toilet though... lol
So I am participating in a parade! Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts is hosting a sew along for this adorable pattern she came up with, and I was instantly attracted to. I love the colors. I'm not obsessed with elephants, but I have a friend who is, so I made this for her:
I have it basted and ready to quilt, and hope to get it done in the next couple days to send off, she lives in Texas and has no idea it's coming
(as far as I know she doesn't read this blog...)
I actually had a customer recently! I had dropped business cards at the quilt shops in case someone needs a small quilt quilted, or for when people who don't sew ask at the shop if someone can make a quilt for them, then they have my information, and a lady called with a top finished but needing quilting. I was so excited!! I did learn that I did not charge enough, basically I ended up being paid $5 an hour to quilt this for her, so lesson learned. I underestimated how long it would take to do this (took over 8 hours) and I will not undervalue my time! I'm worth more and am well aware of it.
I ended up not quilting on the bear, but did outline any place with lace, mainly to make sure the lace wouldn't get pulled out by small hands. Also, that binding was from a yard sale, a JCPenney brand of pre-made binding which was in surprisingly good shape, but probably 40 years old. I was a little nervous about it, but we shall see if I hear back from them.
Super Bowl Sunday was exciting, I made this block, which will become a pillow sham, and I'm trying out a different method of assembly which I will share in the future, when I actually get it finished. I just LOVE this mottled brown I got, perfect football color. I made this block based on the Touchdown pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew
Made some homemade bread for our chili cookoff, we all ended up winning, because the best chili was made by mixing all 6 of them together!
And look! We used my table runner, Woohoo!
And I made this bag for my co-worker's other niece, who is a math teacher. Perfect fabric find!! Tried an Orange Peel quilting method, and it turned out ok, but next time I will make them smaller. These were on a 2 3/4 inch grid, and weren't as tight as I would have preferred. But it turned out pretty well.
Ok, off to the doctor's office, I hope you all are staying healthy!