Happy Halloween, my friends! Halloween is kind of a non-event around here because (a) it almost always rains, and (b) in 14 years at the Three Cats Ranch, we've never had a single trick-or-treater. For the first few years, I actually bought candy, just in case. I gave that up a while back. Now, we don't mark the day beyond my posting a Halloween cat picture here. You're welcome.
You all surprised me with your enthusiastic response to my discussion in yesterday's post about the Washington state King Arthur Flour Baking School. As I've told some of you already, Mike and I talked about it (even he was enthusiastic!). We had a look at the calendar last night. I don't see how I can fit it in before 2018...which actually isn't as far off as it sounds. For now, I'm going to continue on reading my book, and keep the baking school on the for-sure-and-certain back burner. But y'all are very good enablers...and that's just one of the many things I love about my bloggy friends. More on that later.
Yesterday I started on the fifth block for It's Raining Cats and Dogs. This is a pattern by Bunny Hill Designs. I first saw it made up when I attended the International Quilt Festival in Ireland in 2012. They were sold out of the pattern when I saw it, but I was able to get it when I returned home. The finished quilt will look something like this.
The block I'm working on now is smack in the middle of the quilt. The first step for these blocks is always to make the background, and they are quite large. This one is 16 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches. The most time-consuming part is choosing the fabrics.
Before quitting for the day yesterday, I was able to fuse the three dogs at the top.
Today, I finished the rest of the applique. I had to make a few adjustments. First I turned the main part of the house 90 degrees, and so I wasn't able to fit all of the windows. Also, I neglected to reverse the applique when I made the bird, so it's facing in the opposite direction from the original. To be clear, these aren't mistakes...just design decisions. Right.
It still needs top-stitching and embellishing, and so I probably need to spend another couple of hours on it before I'm finished.
For now, I've stopped long enough to have some lunch, write this post, and then I'll get back to it. There isn't much else going on today, although I'm hoping for a rain break so I can get outside for a while. There probably isn't much chance of that, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed anyway.