After I got home I spent a little time on my quilt binding. I've turned the first corner. If you've been reading this blog for very long, then you know that turning the first corner means I've barely gotten started.
It was a bit of a rough day with Thing One and Thing Two yesterday. It's been two steps forward and one step back since the get-go, and yesterday was a one step back kind of a day. Each time that happens, I gain a little insight. Here's the thing: Maggie is so vulnerable and timid that she flees at the most minute provocation.
And Smitty is always up for a good game of chase. So when Maggie flees, he can't seem to help himself. He just has to run after her...which makes her run more...which makes him chase more...and on we go.
The squirt bottle is pretty much permanently attached to my shooting arm now, but I don't like it. Honestly, I don't think Smitty wants to hurt her, but she'll never get comfortable in the house if he's always chasing her. It's hard to feel very good about punishing Smitty for what he does naturally, but it's also hard to feel very good about isolating Maggie so that she can settle down.
This morning has been a little better. Smitty gave chase first thing, and got a good squirting for it. After that, he went up into his He Man Woman Hater's Clubhouse, and he hasn't been seen since. I'm sure he doesn't understand why he's in trouble all the time. Maggie has had a chance to explore the house in peace, but that will all change once Smitty shows his face again.
We're still working on it, and all of your support and suggestions are very much appreciated. Patience, patience, patience. It's all we have available right now. That and stitching.
Today I have a day at home. My housework is finished for the day and it's raining out, so it's a perfect day to sew. When I finished stitching the upper dormer on the latest Gingerbread Square block,
I decided to move my hoop so that I could fit more of the left side of the design into the hoop. Here's where I'll pick it up tomorrow.
Next up is to work on Section 3 for A Quiltmaker's Garden. This was published in 5 sections in Quiltmaker Magazine in 2012 (I think). I started the first section in May of 2013. Here's how the quilt will look when it's all finished.
Section 3 has a total of nine blocks that are fairly complicated piecing puzzles. The first block is the paper-pieced watering can circled in the image below.
I did that one this morning. Have I mentioned lately how much I hate paper piecing? The first thing I did was to cut the 2nd piece too short. That was okay because I just took the seam slightly deeper when I sewed the watering can to the spout. Right away after that, I sewed piece 5 onto the block before sewing piece 4, meaning I had to take it out and start again. Finally (and happily), it was finished. The handle on the watering can is fusible applique.
Quilters are always so helpful, and sure as I'm born, one of you is going to send me a link to a tutorial about paper-piecing. Let me make this perfectly clear: I know how to paper piece. I've even taken a class...and read a book...and done plenty of it. But knowing how to do something and liking to do it are two completely different things. For example, I know how to get the hard water stains off my toilet bowl too. That doesn't mean it's my first choice of a thing to do on a sunny afternoon. So anyway...paper-piecing. It's the technique I love to hate, but I do love the outcome when it's finished. Had I known how much paper-piecing was involved in this quilt, I probably wouldn't have started it. But I know the quilt is going to be fantastic when it's finished, and so I soldier on.
Today I'm hoping to get quite a bit done. Before I can cross this one off the to-do list I need to make the two butterflies circled in the image below:
The five roses circled in the lower right-hand corner in the image below:
And the bluejay, circled in the image below.
Thankfully, the remaining blocks for this section are all traditional piecing, even if it is going to be complicated.
And with that I'm off to eat some lunch and continue sewing and convincing my two felines that we'll all be a lot better off if they can learn to peacefully coexist.