1/3/16

One Block Down

Yesterday I got a start on the Quilting Snowladies. They're dragging their feet, which makes it slow-going. Oh wait...snowladies don't have feet. Well, that explains a lot.

The metallic thread gets its turn first. I'll quilt all the snowflakes into the cornerstones, and then I'm quilting on each side of the blue block border. Here's how the first block looks.


There will still be more quilting with the "natural" thread onto the embroidered quilt block. The plan is to connect the embroidered snowflakes with some swirly stuff and also some "drifts" into the snow banks. I'll probably outline around the snowladies and any other large designs. That will be easy enough. I'm also going to stitch in the ditch around the edge of the block where the first colored border is. Then I'm going to quilt some primitive snowflakes into the rest of the sashings.


Thanks to those of you who made suggestions about my quilted corners. After writing that post yesterday, I decided to avoid the whole corner issue altogether by stitching to the edge of the border in this tic tac toe design. It's a little more interesting visually, I think, and it will save me some frustration. The slowest of the going from yesterday was trying to get the hang of those straight lines. They aren't bad, but it's still a little hard to keep the template from shifting as I go. It should get easier with practice, I think.


So the kitties are moving closer toward uniting in kittydom. Yesterday, we opened the laundry room door into Mike's office and propped it open on both sides with door stoppers. (We were making dead certain that door could not be opened any further from either side.) Smitty is intensely curious about her at this point. His whining now is about letting him inside. I honestly think he's ready to play with her. She's still grrrrring at him...and who can blame her? He's been extremely rude ever since she arrived. She's establishing her position as the true boss of the house, but she'll let him think he's the boss. She's clearly a smart woman. 

It makes sense...here's a little kitty trivia for you: Everyone knows that a male cat is called a "Tom" right? But who knows what a female cat is called? Hm? Anyone? I see some hands going up...yes. Answer: A female kitty is called a "Queen". Just sayin'.


And this is exactly what I'm talking about. He's so nosy....and that's just plain rude.


Every time she goes to the door, there he is...like some kind of stalker.


But who can blame him when she's so veiled in mystery? (Actually, I couldn't take this picture without the flash bouncing off the white walls and glaring back into the lens, but you get the idea.)


We're continuing letting them get acquainted through the crack in the door (sounds like the title of a mystery novel, doesn't it? "The Crack in the Door"). A little later on today, we'll let her out into the main part of the house and see how it goes. We want to make a little mouse on a string toy first to distract them if one or the other decides to get mouthy.

It's 22°F. and snowing this morning. I'm going to go out and fill the bird feeders in a little while, but it isn't particularly inviting just now. 


We're expecting warmer temperatures by tomorrow, and so who knows how long this will be around. I'll just enjoy it from Eliza's window while I continue quilting the snowladies. It's good quilting weather, for sure, and the subject matter is a perfect match for the day.

13 comments:

  1. Yep, she'll have poor Smitty trained in no time - and he won't even know it LOL!!! The Snowladies look very excited to get their new stitches; sounds like you've got a good plan in place.

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  2. Pretty block, can't wait until the whole quilt is done. It should look wonderful. Good luck with the cats.

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  3. Nice quilting. 😀 What quilting machine do you have? The Crack in the Door....lol. Waiting for the next chapter!

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  4. Quilting with a plan - works for me. Yes, The Crack in the Door makes for a great title for the kitty drama enfolding.

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  5. Can't wait for the next installment of the tale of two tails. Looks like a fine quilting plan.

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  6. The snowladies do look so happy to be given all the attention. I'm rubbish at quilting in a straight line but like you I have a plan. Not sure it will work but you don't know till you try. The crack in the door is genius but now you have to try and come up with a great title for the next chapter of the kitty saga

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  7. That's a very cute pink nose for a stalker. May I suggest a bit of string/cord under the door...getting them playing at the same time. If there is enough space they can also play pawsies...without ever admitting to anyone that that is what they were doing.

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  8. You must be enjoying the cats! Once we got a new cat and the old one never took to her. We finally had to give her away. I hope you fare better. Love your quilting - it will look fabulous. The pretty blocks don't need to be fancied up too much.

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  9. I'm impressed your kitties are getting along so well already! Once our pair of littermates were separated two weeks as part of an out of state move, and it was like they totally forgot each other - hissing, swiping, you name it. It took three weeks before they were finally back to normal. And that was siblings with a pre-existing relationship!

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  10. I'm really loving the snow ladies, the fabric you're using is so pretty.

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  11. Each day I look for your post to see how Smitty and Maggie are progressing. Peering through the door out of curiosity is a good sign. With the Queen is in the drivers seat, how she responds will set a tone for their relationship. Having so many new encounters at one time is overwhelming but with the help of you and Mike she is finding comfort in her new surroundings.

    Your quilting snow ladies are having a real gabfest. Love your plan for quilting.

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  12. The Snow Ladies are coming along nicely. Poor Smitty, he looks so serious.

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  13. Your snowflake practice really shows up now! They look FAB!

    I see that Maggie & Smitty are getting closer now....I like your dual doorstops too.

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