3/24/17

A Late Night/Early Morning Finish

For all that Wednesday was a productive day, Thursday couldn't have been more slug-like. There was just one small housekeeping task to accomplish, and I did it early so that I could spend the afternoon sewing. Then I headed off for my monthly pedicure, making a couple of stops along the way home. When I got home, I had some lunch, and then sat down in a chair. After that, there was little movement, but a whole lotta sloth. Finally, I made my way to the sewing room at around 4:30 p.m., but Mike arrived home early, and so I didn't get very far.

When I got into bed last night, I couldn't sleep knowing how close it was to being finished, and so I got up and worked on it. It was finished around 2:00 a.m.


With so many seams and so many little pieces cut every which way from larger pieces of fabric, it was easy for little errors to add up. Also, many pieces are cut on the bias, and so there was some stretching involved as well.

When I started sewing from the bottom up, the bottom section (with the green background) was too long. You can see that there is just a small triangle of cuff above the outer edge of the shoe on the left. That seam needed to match up to look right, and so I pinned it there and worked my way to the outer edges. When it was pinned for sewing, the right edge was about 3/4 inch too long. The remaining sections went together just as they should, and so I just cut that puppy off. No harm done, and no one will ever know the difference. It ended up at 32 x 46 inches. Of course, it still needs quilting and binding.

The only other thing I accomplished yesterday was a little more stitching on Hocuspocusville. When it was unrolled to move the hoop, it looked like this.


It's more than half finished now, and I'll pick it up there again this morning. 

The only other thing to happen yesterday was the return of Bob the bobcat. Actually, we have no idea if this is a Bob or a Bobbi. He likes hanging out at the bottom of our field where there is plenty of mole, gopher, and squirrel activity. 


Usually, we don't see him this early in the year, and so it was surprising to spy him out in the field. He's camera shy, and so it's hard to get a good shot of him. This picture was taken through the living room window. It's zoomed in close, and I was able to brace the camera on Smitty's scratching post for stability. He looked right at me, and then hurried off.

It's another slow day here at the Three Cats Ranch. With Snips and Snails finished, I can get caught up on my Solstice Challenge blocks, and then...just maybe...I'll get going on the next section for And On that Farm. I can hear you saying, "Promises, promises."

21 comments from clever and witty friends:

Sally Trude said...

Yikes. I can't figure out which impresses me more...the quilt of your brother or your photo of the bobcat. In the last decade, I've only gotten a glimpse of the hind end of a bobcat scoot past my deck. And I've never made a quilt of your brother... Awesome to both.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great brother quilt top. I have a small dog (18 lbs), and I'd worry about her and that bobcat. Glad your kitties have the katio.

claudia said...

The only time I have seen a bobcat was when I was riding my horse up in the hills in the SF Bay area, on the coast. It spooked my horse and I got to go for a thrill ride half way down the hill!

Your brother quilt came out so very cool! I am impressed!

Yep. I've got to get a move on myself. Yesterday was spent getting hay (I ran out early), weighing in at my WeightWatchers meeting, stopping at a couple of other places for errands and then coming home and pulling rocks out of the area where my garden is going. Productive day, but the sewing room was sorely neglected!

Dorothy Finley said...

Your "brother quilt" turned out fabulous. 5 gold stars for you !!!
Fantastic picture of the big "kitty" too. He's beautiful

Debbie said...

The snake adventure and your brother turned out wonderful. You really tackled all the challenges well.

WoolenSails said...

That is a fun design and a fun memory, love how it came out.
I might have seen a bobcat one night, but it was so far, hard to tell what it was, but it was big and slinked by like a cat.

Debbie

Robin in Portland Oregon said...

Nice photo of the Bobcat. He sure knew you were up to something. I've always wanted to see one. I like your Brother and snake quilt.

Robin in Portland Oregon said...

Oh I forgot - when I was about 14 my father pulled our trailer home up to Alaska on the ALCAN highway. We stopped in Watson's Lake BC for a time and in the car garage there was a huge red tabby tomcat with eartuffs and bobbed tail. It was the biggest cat I'd ever seen - they said it was a Bobcat hybrid.

Kate said...

Congrats on the finished mini project. He looks great! Good luck on getting caught up on your other projects this weekend.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Your quilt is beautiful! Wow! I don't remember if you said you were going to give this to your brother? It would be hard for me to give away, it turned out so nice.

Jenny - the lilac cat said...

I've loved seeing this quilt come together and so quickly. It's stunning, such clever choices of fabric and design. What a wonderful memory to have of your brother. It deserves pride of place. Of course now you've done all the cats in your life you need to do all the men!!!!

Wendy Tuma said...

I'm not sure I could've worked on that quilt at 2 am and made it look so good! It's really looking nice! Will be fun to see how you quilt it. I've never seen a bobcat, but I do know they are shy. You snagged a great picture of him/her. Glad your kitties have the catio too!

Dana Gaffney said...

Beautiful picture of Bob, his face is gorgeous and it's so nice he looked right at you. Did Smitty know he was out there?
Your brother looks amazing, that border is perfect. Sorry you couldn't sleep, but you used your insomnia wisely.

Denise :) said...

Oh gosh, it looks grand!! What a great job you've done with it!! :) We've seen a bobcat here a time or two, but they're so very shy, we never see them for long, and mostly at night, we'll catch a glimpse in the headlights if we come into the camp late. :)

Lynette said...

Two big: "Oh, WOW!!"'s! I am so very in love with your quilt- it looks marvelous. That shoelaces fabric is the best, and your background fabrics all come together so nicely. Complete success with this piece. :D

And that bobcat!! I sure would love such a visitor, and I can't believe you got such a great picture of him. Kinda nervous-making with the house cats, but how cool is that to have him around?

Ioleen Kimmel said...

Your brother's picture is amazing. Lots of work but the reward is beautiful. The bobcat is a beautiful animal and you got a great shot. Thanks for sharing.

Calicojoan said...

I absolutely love your little guy. He was worth all the issues you had with him! Great photo of "Bob" too. All those kitties in your patch better stay clear of him! LOL!!!

Janet said...

Great job on the boy with the snake. Your brother, you say. Did he wave them in your face? Fantastic shot of the bobcat!! I have never seen one, not even a fleeting glimpse. Of course they don't live up here...

Lyndsey said...

I love the finished picture of your brother and the snake, it looks amazing. Even more amazing considering the time you finished it. Being rather slow and lazy here as I had a treatment on Friday and I just keep making mistakes and having to rip seams out, But relaxing, reading and napping with Scamp and Picasso is great.

quiltzyx said...

Magnifico! Both Snips & Bob!! Have to say, for being so shy, the Bobcat did pose nicely for you. We've had some coyote choirs around here lately - the whole pack of them in the local hills howling together.
I got a little bit of kitty time last evening as Kim was up the hill with her Dad. Ries greeted me from the top level of their cat condo - silly girl was rubbing her cheeks on the side of the platform so hard, she almost fell off! Sheesh! Even the stand-off-ish Possum deigned to take a couple treats from me this time. lol

Brown Family said...

You are always impressing me with these quilts! That is a good example of a bob cat! We actually see them several times a year in out city neighborhood. There have been news reports of Mom and babies playing in peoples back yard!