Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Category Archives: Gracie

Gracie’s Progress

Gracie

Gracie (and Butterscotch) came to live with us just over a year ago — September 27th to be exact. It’s only been in the last month or so that anyone besides my husband or I have seen Gracie except in pictures. Someone knocks on the door or rings the bell and she’s off under the bed and we won’t see her for a while.

Late August friends started coming over for music lessons from my husband. These days, Gracie is out and about in 5 or 10 minutes after they leave. Of course now that I think about it, that is around time for me to feed the cats.

Last week our friends were with my husband at one end of the house for their music lesson and I was at the other end working. I turned around and saw that Gracie was on my quilt. Usually Butterscotch takes up residence on the sewing table. Then it hit me. Gracie wasn’t under the bed and there were people in the house!

As our friends were leaving, I spotted Gracie by the back window. I motioned for the youngest to come peer over the back of the chair, but Gracie ran through the kitchen and around the corner then stopped. She spotted us through the open doorway. So, we had a staring contest for a few moments – she looking at us and we looking at her. It was a cool moment given that she spent the first month or so hiding under our bed even from us.

Stash Report

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This past week I actually finished stuff to the point I can count it!  Two backings – one for the quilt pictured above and another shirt backing for one of the other Disappearing 9-patches. Normally I don’t count backings until the quilt is quilted, but given that this back is pieced and it could be a quilt on it’s own, I’ve counted it now. There is binding and the label to count for the Orange Disappearing 9-patch as well. As you can see, Gracie approves.

Fabric Added Since Last Report 0.0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 185.805 yards

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 11.693 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 73.476 yards

INCREASE in Stash to Date:  112.327 yards

See how others are doing over at Patchwork Times.

Life Happens

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I feel like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth. I haven’t, it’s just that “Life Happens”. I tend to keep everything (especially my quilting) going through crises real or imagined and then collapse when it’s all over. The past couple of months have been a whirlwind and it has caught up with me.  Two new cats, two trips, in between DH in the hospital for 3 days (thank goodness(?!) it was during my vacation) with a cat bite and mi$cellaneou$ car/home/yard maintenance that had to be done NOW.

So, I’m slowly getting my act together. The living room got a once over after watching a video of the cats jumping at a feather toy. I’m sitting down and working on the DWR – I’ve got about 5-1/2 rings left to bind, then I’ll add a label, photograph the quilt, wash it and photograph it again. (I’m terrified of the reds bleeding, but I really need to clean it before we sleep under it on a regular basis). Gracie was helping out a couple of nights ago. Last night Butterscotch was keeping an eye on me.

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Earlier this week I’ve finished a few more of the batik blocks – I had pinned the strips to the center before the last trip so this required no brain.  There are 14 more blocks to finish.

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We aren’t going to talk about the Stars or the Alphabet BOM until after Thanksgiving.

In the meantime, I really need to do a bit of housekeeping.  It’s so far behind it’s beginning to bother me.

 

 

 

Butterscotch & Gracie

butterscotchgracieA few weeks ago Ted & I adopted two cats. Butterscotch & Gracie.  The picture above is one taken by their previous owners/staff. We were told they were BFFs. Until recently, their favorite place has been under the bed.

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Gracie has also been found under the kitchen sink (now cat-proofed!) and in the fireplace.

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Butterscotch has started venturing out. Here she is hanging out on the back of the chair.

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She is also learning about being a quilt inspector…

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and fabric selection.

 

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Gracie did hang out with Ted, briefly, last night.

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I hope one of these days I see both cats at the same time.