When I finished yesterday's post, I went downstairs to be greeted by this guy, uh, girl, uh...who knows?
I have an idea this is a pregnant female. We usually get at least one litter of kits each year. They are awfully cute when they emerge from their hole and start running around.
As I mentioned, Big Bertha came home from the spa yesterday, and Pfelicity took her place. It's nice to have her back. Pfelicity does a good job, but she doesn't have the knee lift that Big Bertha has, and I really miss that...especially when I'm top-stitching applique. I didn't do any sewing on her yesterday to speak of. I plugged her in, and got her ready to go, then sewed just a bit to assure that everything was working properly, and then decided to trace out the next embroidery block.
Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage is close enough to finishing, I wanted to get the next block for Pieces of the Past ready to go. This will be the 6th plate for that quilt. The white fairy frost background fabric I'm using doesn't photograph well, but here's the plate I'll be working on next.
There was some coloring to do, and now it's ready for stitching.
With that ready, I got to work on the quilting for the Poppy Mosaic. In the bobbin, I'm using this 30-weight variegated Coats & Clark thread. These come in such pretty colors.
On top, I'm using mostly 40-weight YLI machine quilting threads. I started with black and did some pebbling in the flower centers.
Then I switched to a variegated red for the red poppies. I don't have a lot of this thread left, but there was plenty for my needs.
It's a little hard to see, but I did some wavy lines extending from flower center out to the edge and then back again.
Of course, my quilting cat was there to help. How could I ever get anything done with him?
When the flowers were finished, I switched to a variegated blue for the sky portions.
I'm making a windy sky and, in general, just a lot of wavy lines in the sky. When I move down toward the middle of the quilt, I'll do more swirls...or maybe some McTavishing. The blue portions of the mosaic are more spotty as I move along the quilt from top to bottom. I was just getting started on this when I decided to quit for the day.
It was nearing dinner time by then. When I left the quilting room, I found these two...very worried about whether their dinner would be served up on time.
This morning, I'll do some more stitching on Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage. I don't know if I'll finish the section I'm working on today or tomorrow, but I expect it will be no later than tomorrow. After that I'll get back to my quilting. It's looking like a sunny day, and so there might be some weeding on the agenda as well. 'Tis the season for weeds, after all.