Last One

Today I completed the embroidery on the last of the Promises & Borders blocks.  Next week, I can sew the whole thing together.

The blue wording doesn't show up very well in this image, but it looks fine in the flesh.  I'm kind of glad to have these finished because I was getting tired of working on them.  Tomorrow morning, I'll make up the next block for the Love Me, Love My Cat quilt.

The past two days have felt fairly unproductive, but they've been good days nonetheless.  Yesterday I met Erik for breakfast at our favorite breakfast destination, The Original Pancake House in Portland.  They make the yummiest breakfasts.

Erik had the Tahitian Maiden's Dream, which is a sort of banana crepe.

I had my favorite, the cherry crepes.  

They aren't as gorpy as they look because the cherries are tart.  Yum.

So, an unproductive day with a great start.  It's always fun to get together with my son for breakfast goodies and see what's up in his world.  

Today I finished my embroidery block, but otherwise did no sewing.  On the other hand, I was able to get things gathered up for the project that will follow this one.  Next I'm going to start on Anni Downs' A Gardener's Journal.

I'm behind the times, I realize since most everybody has already made this one, but now it's on my radar screen.  I have eight embroidery projects I want to make, and I'm having a hard time choosing between them.  Finally, I did it "giveaway style" and wrote them all on a list and then generated a number at random.  Anni Downs came up first.  So I selected fabrics from my stash.  I've seen this one done in the colors pictured on the cover of the book, but I'm going to do mine in blues and aquas.  I think it will be pretty.  Then Mike and I headed into town to run some errands, and I stopped off at JoAnn to pick up the embroidery floss colors I needed. 

Oh yes, and I almost forgot.  I never posted the doll quilt I made for my partner.  I'm calling this quilt "Turkey in the Straw".  The theme for the November swap was to "use one solid" and I used a solid brown for the body of the turkey.

The veins and stems on the leaves are machine embroidered, and I quilted feathers onto the turkey.  I used hot fix nailheads for the turkey's eyes.  I quilted around the bales of straw to give them some texture.

And I'm really hoping you can see this...I quilted turkey tracks into the border.

And because my partner, Sharon, always makes the most adorable dolls to go with her quilts, I decided to try my hand at this little cloth cat doll.  Not bad for a first try.  He's very small at about three inches tall.

Tomorrow I absolutely must clean my kitchen, but I'm hoping to get to do some sewing.  No treks into town for me tomorrow.

How's your weekend going?

13 comments from clever and witty friends:

Teresa in Music City said...

Okay now, that is just an adorable cat!! I told Sharon that turn about is fair play, and you should now do a tutorial on how to make that sweet kitty! I envy you being done with the P&B blocks - I got tired of them too and I'm having to make myself work on them. It's going to be a challenge to not let them languish into a UFO. Glad you had fun with your son today - that's always special. I get to see mine next week when we travel to NC for the holiday - so excited!!!

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

If my weekend were any slower I'd be gong to sleep and waking up on Friday !~!

I have spent the day knitting on circular needles, crocheting a circle for the top of a cap and working on wrist warmers for Xmas for the younger Daughter. Ormond cracks up as he sees four separate projects in my hands thruout the day... all on the desk here too.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Meowwwwwwww! So cute. I've done absolutely nothing today or yesterday or........grin. I'm just down right lazy.

gpc said...

Love your turkey -- I did a hand applique when my kids were small with their little hands, and that would work well for this project, too -- something to try with my grandchildren! And your kitty is adorable! (I am also a cherry crepe kind of gal, lol!

Denise :) said...

Your unproductive days make *my* busy days look pitiful! LOL! That cherry crepe stuff looks like it needs a dollop of whipped cream and call it dessert! A Gardener's Journal is pretty -- I'm *really* behind on the times because I've not ever heard of it. But now it's on *my* radar! And your little cat turned out quite cute -- I understand Moe was a little jealous of it! :)

LynCC said...

aww! I love that Turkey! And the doll is super sweet to go with it. Perfect little kitty. And here's to having the last Promises & Borders stitched!!!

Snoodles said...

Gorgeous doll quilt, I know Sharon will love it! I just adore the kitty! LOL
Now, for some reason, I feel a need to go and find some batter and some cherries, and nom, nom, nom. Giggle!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, I haven't had crepes in a long time - yummo! Ha, ha - see Teresa already let you have it - yes, kittie pattern?

Celtic Thistle said...

Congrats on polishing off that last block. Definitely deserved the celebratory cherry crepes!

quiltzyx said...

Breakfast with Erik looks delish - my sister & I had our 'included' breakfast today at the hotel in AZ.

Congrats on finishing the P&B block. It's always hard working on something that isn't grabbing your interest any more.

Love the turkey quilt & kitty doll! You did a terrific job on it - especially those turkey feathers. Wow!

Kate Brown said...

I wish I had the patience to do the embroidery blocks, yours look so fabulous! Your turkey quilt is adorable and the kitty doll too cute! You have been productive :)

craftingismybliss said...

Love the doll quilt you made with the cat doll. Very clever. Hope Gracie is feeling better every day.

Kate said...

Love your turkey doll quilt and your little cat doll. Very cute. Congrats on finishing up the Promises and Borders blocks. It's always fun to finish one project and then get to start a new one. Hope you got some time to sew today.