10/17/14

Noncommittal

Well, my exercise commitment only resulted in a "C" for the week. I think I used up all my resolve while at the dentist's office on Wednesday when I resolved to stay seated through the entire procedure.

This morning I worked on my embroidery, then dutifully did my housework. Then, I decided to do some quilting before heading out to the pool for my lap swim. Then...oh my goodness, look at the time! Not that I was really paying any attention to begin with. And not that I ever had any intention of going to the pool, but there you go. Quilting is more fun than exercise. I finally had to take a break because my wrist was starting to ache. I'm still going to make a quick trip to the grocery store, and so I'll pick it up again when I get back.

As for the quilting, I'm just filling in the open areas with a leafy meander, and a few acorns thrown in.


I got the idea for the acorns from Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt. I didn't do mine exactly like hers, and my leaves aren't oak leaves. I was showing my practice motif to Mike last night and he said it didn't matter that they weren't oak leaves. Blame him for this inconsistency.

It's going along okay, with only one instance of thread breakage so far.


I started in one of the corners, and I'll just work my way around filling in the spaces around the larger leaves.


It's a simple motif, and I'm always glad when I can actually draw something.


As for exercise, maybe I'll just do a little weight-lifting of my yoga kitty. He weighs all of 11 pounds now. When he's all relaxed in the evening after napping by the fire, I can pick him up and he stretches out to his full length of three miles. Such a funny guy.


And now I'm off to the grocery store. I'm hoping to get the quilting finished when I get back.

19 comments from clever and witty friends:

Kaisievic said...

Gorgeous quilting, Barbara, and I love how the cats can be so relaxed - my Furio does that stretching out three miles thing, too. lol!

Quilting Babcia said...

I do love that acorn motif! Perfect for this runner - and when acorns fall to the ground they lay amidst leaves just like yours - and maybe one or two oak leaves ... Wonder if Smitty is finished growing yet!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I think your leaf and acorn is just fine - men. Bella can seem like a 100 lbs. when she gets into that 'dead' sleep weight on my shoulder - so bench pressing (or is it arm curls) a kitty works for me for exercise.

Sher S. said...

love the quilting you're doing, wish I could do that but I think I need a different sewing machine. Love Smitty and his 3 mile stretch, very impressive.

Christine M said...

Your quilting is looking great Barbara. I love the acorns.

gpc said...

Your free motion quilting has gotten fantastic -- love it! Smitty could teach us all a thing or two about relaxation. Very zen, that kitty. :)

Createology said...

This is such a fun post. I love Yoga kitty and your weight-lifting exercise. Lovely stitchings. Creative Kitty Bliss...

Brown Family said...

My three will not stretch out when I pick them up! THe acorns and oak leaves are awesome!

Janarama said...

Your quilting design is perfect for this quilt. One of these days I hope to be able to FMQ. I just had to chuckle at the pick of Smitty doing his yoga exercise. Too cute.

quiltzyx said...

Yes, yoga-cat lifting definitely looks like exercise to me. So does housework.

Quilting is FAB on the new runner...and acorns could drop & end up anywhere. Why not with your leaves?

Dana Gaffney said...

If my phone didn't ring every morning at 7 A.M. this walking I do would never happen, LOL. We keep each other on track.

Diane Wild said...

Great choice of quilting for this runner. Love it. Watch your back with Yoga Kitty. I bench pressed the dog once and was crippled for a week.

Susan said...

Look at it this way: The acorns fell to the ground and got tangled in the ground cover. Besides, the big leaves aren't oak leaves either. So it all goes together when they have all fallen to the ground.

My cat, Patches, will stretch out like that too, but only on the bed or floor. Patches weighs about twice what Smitty weighs and he doesn't like to be picked up either.

Denise :) said...

Barbara, your leaves look fabulous! The occasional acorns look good too. I know the remainder of them have fallen on our RV. ;) I adore the picture of Smitty...he's such a fun cat!!! :)

beaquilter said...

those leaves and filler design looks awesome!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

That's a long kitteh you've got there. I bet he's purring to beat the band at the same time. The quilting is gorgeous, acorns are so cute.

Dar said...

Your quilting on your tablerunner is just perfect. You do such a good job of free motion. Love Smitty's yoga pose. Such a versatile little guy.

Kate said...

The quilting looks great! Smitty definitely has some long lines there.

liniecat said...

Too funny what a delightfully daft cat!!
Yummy chutney - sounds delish ; 0