6/18/16

Sewing Cat

Sadie seems to be finding her place here at the Three Cats Ranch, and I believe she's staked out the sewing room. Sometimes hours pass without our seeing her. When we seek her out, she's usually lounging on my sewing table. This morning I was in there for an hour or so, and she was here, there and everywhere. She seems to like it, and it makes me think I might have found myself an excellent sewing cat. Perhaps that's why we bonded so quickly at the shelter.


She's a cat who likes living on the edge.


But she's very sensible about it as well.

Catnip? No thanks. Never touch the stuff. That'll rot your brain.


Being a sewing cat and a companion to the humans at the Three Cats Ranch is only a small part of her role. Her most important job is being a companion to Himself, and at that, she's doing very well. He seems to have accepted her completely. They're bumping noses at every greeting now, and also playing together. When he heard the goings on in the sewing room, he had to get in on the action.


So what was I doing in the sewing room? Well, thanks for asking! I was finishing up Block 2 of the Bee-utiful Quilt-A-Long. Here's the designer's take on this block.


Here's what I did with it. 


The designer used wool for her hexies. I don't have any wool, nor do I want to buy any, and so I used scraps for that. My quilt is going to be made with fabrics from my stash, and so I created a bin for it today. I'll toss in whatever scraps I use while making the blocks, and then use them when I sew it together later. 

Also, the designer suggested three strands of floss for the embroidery instead of the usual two strands. I like the look, and to my eye, it gives the piece a more primitive appearance. My plan was always to use my machine's blanket stitch. The stitch I usually use is #1329 (on my Bernina 750QE). For this project, I decided to use the heavier stitch #1330, which is a little wider and longer, but it also takes each stitch twice. For this piece, I like the way it blends in with the heavier hand stitching.


Since I'm trying to keep up with the quilt-along, I readied Block #3 before heading upstairs. Here's the designer's take on it.


When I stitch this out, I'll probably use a stem stitch for the tulip. I don't like that chain stitch she's used, and I'm going to use a variegated pink floss for the circle flower. She used several colors of yellow/gold for her sunflower, and I'm going to use a variegated gold for that. In addition to using fabric scraps, I'm trying to use up some of my leftover floss.


I'll get started on that tomorrow, and I expect it will take at least a couple of days to finish it.

I didn't make any more progress on Live, Love, Teach yesterday. After getting home from my walk with Sue, I wrote a blog post. My next agenda item was to get back to sewing when I found myself yawning and yawning and yawning. What else could I do but take a nap? There was only about an hour left in the day before I needed to make an appetizer for a neighborhood get-together, and so I bagged sewing for the day.

For my appetizer, I made these Tuscan Mushrooms. They're pretty easy, and they're great for a potluck since they can be served either warm or at room temperature.


As it happens, turnout was light for the neighborhood get-together and only the neighbors who'd lived on the hill longest turned out. We used to do these gatherings several times a year, but now, several years have passed with none. In the meantime, lots of new neighbors have moved in, and it seems folks are less interested. For us, it was nice to get together with neighbors we hadn't seen in a while except while passing on the road and picking up mail.

As I'm writing this, Mike is hard at work on the catio. That makes Smitty happy because he can be outside as long as Mike is out there sawing and hammering. My only agenda item for the day is to get back to work on Live, Love, Teach. I'm pretty sure I can finish the quilting today. If I'm really industrious, I might get the binding sewn on as well.

11 comments:

  1. Oh! You got a new, Tortie baby!!! Congratulations! I have 3. She is very pretty. I'm happy for you, that she is fitting in well, and getting along with Smitty! Hello Sadie!

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  2. Your "Bee Productive" block is so cute. Wool fabric is not needed with the thicker blanket stitch. Cute kitty, lovely stitching and it sounds like a yummy recipe, too. Good luck with your binding today!

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  3. Bumping noses and playing! Awesome! That was a quick transition although it may not seem like it quite yet.

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  4. I can't get over how beautiful she is--I've never seen coloring like that. :)

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  5. Yeah Sadie and Smitty!! The appetizer looks yummy, too.

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  6. I'm slowly working my way through blog posts I missed, following the blooming friendship of Smitty and Sadie. It's nice that it's happening so fast, they're going to be such great friends. Those Tuscan Mushrooms look wonderful.

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  7. She's a stunner, Barb, I love her coloring. The bee blocks are cute-it'll be another adorable piece. And those shroomies look yummy !~!

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  8. I have a "sewing cat"! Our little black kitty "helps" me by pulling out the pins from my projects, so I've had to switch to using only flat head pins rather than the ones with the round tops!

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  9. Well, those 'new' neighbors don't know what they missed! The mushrooms do look good.
    The new Bee blocks are interesting too - I think I do like your hexie one better than the wool one. I like that you are using their blocks as inspiration & not worrying about making yours look the same.
    Glad the kids are getting along more & more! Hooray!

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  10. Sadie is such a pretty cat and I am glad she is getting along so well with Smitty.

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  11. Your second block turned out beautifully. It's a fun project. Glad that Sadie and Smitty are doing so well together. Makes life easier if everyone gets along. At least most of the time.

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