My morning was slow yesterday, and so I spent a luxuriously long time with my slow stitching, filling in the current hoops-worth.
There's just a little left to do on the lower right.
With that finished, I briefly considered going out for a walk. By brief, I mean, about the length of time it takes me to stand up. And after standing up, I was too exhausted to consider going outside. Oh well.
Instead, I headed into the sewing room. Here's where I left the cat and bird from the day before.
And then, I machine stitched the face of the cat and the legs of the bird. I believe the bird is whispering something in the cat's ear. I'm not sure, but I think it said, "My pecker is bigger than yours."
As I've mentioned, cats are excellent color consultants, and Smitty helped me choose some reds for the pieced sashing.
When this quilt is all sewn together the various sashings will come together to complete the blocks on all four sides. It just means that each block has different requirements there. Sometimes I need pieces on all sides. Sometimes, just two or three sides. Yesterday's only needed three sides. Here's how it looked when it was finished.
They'll be configured differently in the quilt, but these are all the blocks I have for this quilt so far. There are still five cats left to make, and a small block with birds, called the "chorus line."
Okay, and so that brings me to the bottom of my current list of WIPS. Time to choose something for "Quilter's Choice."
As a prompt, I've listed these categories under "Quilter's Choice." I already knew I was going to work with a panel this time around. If you're wondering, PINS are "Projects I Never Started."
As I was hunting through my stash a few weeks ago, I came across this panel. I bought this absolutely forEVER ago. My boys used to have a rug like this, and they played for hours driving their matchbox cars around their little town. I saw this advertised in a magazine at some point, and decided to purchase it.
Here's the information from the selvage edge. I purchased it so long ago, I wondered if it was still available. There are several on eBay
I don't know if matchbox cars are still a thing, but I decided to make this for a friend of Matthew's who has a little boy. I think his little boy is about 18 months now. I figure even if he never drives matchbox cars on it, it'll still make a good snuggle quilt for a little boy.
So that's next on my agenda. I have lots of fabric left from the backing for the first Shop Hop quilt, and so I cut a piece for the backing from this fabric:
As long as I was doing that, I went searching through my binding scraps to see what I could come up with. I found two rather long pieces of this previously-used "checkered flag" binding. There wasn't enough to go all the way around, but I had some scraps I could piece together to add enough length.
This made me very happy. I always like it when I can pull out a scrap binding and use it. Smitty appurroves. He was an excellent sewing cat yesterday. Sadie has been spending her time in front of the fireplace lately. She's been no help at all. We might have to roust her out and put her to work.
Okay, so the panel will be pretty easy to make into a little quilt for a pint-sized person. I'll just sandwich it and quilt around the various designs. And that means, I'm going to spend the day sandwiching all the finished flimsies stacked in the sewing room at the moment. There are eleven quilts to sandwich. I won't be able to do them all in one day. It's probably a two-day job. Mike and I will be setting up the sawhorse and plywood tables in the garage today. If you're looking for me, that's where I'll be.