When I arrived home, I found Miss Sadie soaking up the morning sunshine. Nothing like a good sunbath to start a cat's day off right.
While she was relaxing in the sunshine, I worked some more on the latest Snowflake. This one has taken a long time, but I'm down to the last bit of silver stitching around the outside edge. I'm hoping to finish it this morning, and then there is still beading to do.
Since Mike was outside banging around with the sprinklers, we let the kitties out for a while around noon. When they came in, they were pooped pups. Smitty was passed out on his kitty pole.
I was able to get the next row of six blocks made for the City Bank quilt. This is a scrap quilt, designed to use my blue and green scraps. The pattern also has a lavender "surprise" block. I haven't decided yet whether I'll add in the lavender, or just keep it to all blues and greens. Heaven knows, I have lots of blue and green scraps.
Since I'm close to finishing off the Snowflake, I decided to trace out the 10th block for the Appalachian Memories quilt. This is the Mariner's Compass block.
It was hard to know how to color the Mariner's Compass, and so I searched for one I liked online and used the same colors.
Sadie was bold during all of this. She decided to take up the top rung of the kitty pole, which is well known to be Smitty's exclusive domain. When he decided he wanted the space back, he simply jumped up there with her. She acceded to his demand that she move. There were no fisticuffs.
Our string of sunshiny days seems to have come to an end. It's quite dark outside, and we're expecting rain off and on throughout the day. I'm going to do some cooking today. I'm trying a new meat loaf recipe. I know...meat loaf. It doesn't sound very exciting, but if everything works out, this will be a new way of doing it. I'll say more later.
Also, I'm going to make my little Apricot-Cherry Upside-Down Mini Cakes. These are so good. I make them every year when the apricots and cherries appear in the grocery store at the same time. Here are some a made a couple of years ago.
The recipe is from Cooking Light, and so it's a relatively low-calorie, low-fat dessert. But mostly, it's just really yummy. Also, I need to catch up on a little bit of housework.
There should be plenty of time for sewing, and so I'll be making the next block for the Ties & Tails quilt. So far, I've made the "tall cat."
Next, I'll be making the "sitting cat with bird," which is the middle cat in the top row.
These are put together with a combination of paper-piecing and traditional piecing in the way Pam Bono made her quilts. Everything is measured and laid out in a sort of grid before being sewn together.
Okay, so from here, I'll get back to the Snowflake block. I'm hoping to finish it off today, and then I'll have something to show you tomorrow. Oh yes...and the peony hasn't bloomed. You wanted to know, didn't you?