Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Busy doing nothing . . .

. . . working the whole day through... But not a lot of quilting going on. I seem to have been run off my feet lately - cleaning my car - inside and out, taking Patrick and his friends swimming, even a bit of gardening. Shopping, cleaning, washing. . . blah ! And I also sold a bit of stuff on Ebay.

So I am just about ready to have a good sewing session - maybe tomorrow. I have made a start on a new quilt and I want to get going on that.

Those little cracker blocks I made a week or two ago are being sewn into groups of 4 like this.



I then decided to add a bit extra.



Out of all the fabrics in my stash the one I wanted was the dark green and I only had half a metre of it. Tracked it down though and ordered another 2 metres which came yesterday so I am all ready to do some more.

A while ago I saw a lovely idea for some sashing. I think I saw it on Karens blog. It has been on my mind to try this out so that is what I am attempting on this quilt. I need lots more of these flying geese before it all comes together.



The paler fabric is the one I got from Ebay that I have been searching for for years. That is why I used the dark green - so it would go with the purple and lilac. Not sure how this will turn out. Your guess is as good as mine - lol !

Funny thing happened earlier in the week - not quilt related but kitty related. I have 3 cats - 2 of whom go out and about but the youngest one Tizer likes to stay in. The door can be open all day and he is just not interested in venturing out. Occasionally he steps into the garden for 10 minutes but that is enough. Anyway Tizer had a little mouse bed that had got a bit scruffy so was heading into the rubbish bin. I stuck it outside on a trailer we have and forgot about it. About 15 minutes later we heard that really strange mewing cats make - you know when they sound like babies crying ? Went outside to find this



A strange cat we have never seen before had taken a shine to the old mouse house and was making himself comfy much to Tizers outrage. Strange thing is Tizer and the intruder were almost identical in looks. Very similar markings etc. I had to shoo the stranger away eventually as Tizer was very annoyed. He was a lovely friendly cat though so I'm sure he'll be back. Tizer was very relieved when he'd gone and was cuddling up to us all day which is a bit unlike him. He normally doesn't go in for a lot of cuddles.

My 4 seasons quilt is ready to post - even has a label on which I am really bad at doing.

Roll on tomorrow - itching to give my machine a work out !!


Take care.












22 comments:

Julia said...

I can't to see this all come together. I am very interested in the flying geese sashing.

diaryofamadquilter said...

I love the little crackers. What a great way to use up those little strips I've been saving

Doodlebug Gail said...

Cute crackers - makes me to want to start something but alas, there is too much else which HAS to be done first! I'll be back to see what you'll do with the flying geese blocks.

swooze said...

Love the blocks. I am searching for ideas for a challenge I am in.

Cute kitty story!

Fiona said...

Intriguing ... looking forward to seeing how the sashing works and I love those little cracker blocks.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Wow you aren't kidding that the strange cat looks like a double of yours...hope that if the mystery cat does decided to make regular visits that they can be friends.

jovaliquilts said...

I had never heard the term "cracker" blocks, but they're very cute. And I love purple and green together -- I have that dark purple fabric with the tone on tone circles. It's yummy.

Karol-Ann said...

Thought you'd been quiet! The sashings sound intriguing... mmm what are you up to? :O)

Floss said...

Tizer seems to have the same personality as my Max. Not interested in outside, and as close as you get to a cuddle is he will purr while walking over you.

mereth said...

I'm just finishing a top with geese sashing, I think there was more piecing in that than the original blocks! I'm pretty sick of it now, but I've only got the final pieced seam to do. Must say, it does set things off nicely.
The mouse bed is so cute, no wonder the strange cat decided to move in. At least they didn't have a proper fight, I can't stand the noise they make then. Good luck with the sewing!

Jeanne said...

It looks like something to me. *s* The cracker blocks are really cute. How funny to have a look alike cat in Tizer's house!

Chookyblue...... said...

love the blocks and I am sure it will all come together.........

Guðrún said...

You will have to keep on sewing so you can show us how this goes together *LOL*

julieQ said...

Very pretty little quilt middle!! I will be sure to stop in and watch the progress.

Kristie said...

I love your blocks! Very cute and such a nice way to use up scraps!

Love the photo of the cats! They both look like Donkey (our cat)
Kristie

loulee1 said...

I like those blocks, they're very sweet. The flying geese sound interesting too.

Hope your kitty is more settled today.

Tonje said...

What a beautiful blog you have. So much to look at! I will be back soon!!

Kieny said...

I love your blocks and I think you can make it work with the flying geese. I love the combination of green and purple.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love those little blocks.The colors just pop!

The Quilting Pirate said...

Sounds like you are spring cleaning and taking care of things!!

I love your little cracker blocks!

Ahh, poor kitty wanted his bed back. LOL aren't they funny sometimes!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Whew, for a second I thought I was going to read that this visitor went and had babies in the mouse house. That really would have been something for Tizer to get in a tizzy over.

mamaspark said...

ROFLOL, I think the story of your cat is awesome! I have 5 cats myself. They are a hoot, right?