Sunday, February 10, 2013

Weekend Wrapup

It was one of "those" weekends, and I am  honestly not complaining. I happen to love cool overcast days, even though the house never seems to warm up. The joys of living in an old house with thick plaster (as in, actual lath-and-plaster) walls.

I generally feel a lot more energetic and motivated when the sky is grey and especially if there is rain failling...

which there was plenty of on Friday night.

It did not stop the Quilknittys from getting together, though... far from it. Nothing like a rainy night and lots of good company to make for a cozy evening of fun!
Deb showed off her lace capelet. It's gorgeous! (But then, so is she!)

She wants to make another one--this one is cotton yarn, great for our SoCal climate except in the winter.  She's thinking maybe alpaca.

Back view of her capelet. So pretty!

One effect of the rain was that Anne didn't bring her machine inside, not wanting to trundle it in through the wet. We'd been joking earlier about how many projects we were bringing, and I'd told her that if she ran out, she could help me bind quilts.

So when I walked in, she immediately started sewing binding on one of my quilts!

Got it finished, too... now that's a friend! (It's also kind of the way we are--doesn't matter so much what we're working on, it's fun to get together and as long as the hands are busy, it's all good!)

Saturday's project was the continuation of the ragg quilt for my daughter Debby.

Well, that was the plan. The Quilt Supervisor appears to have  had other ideas.

However, after some energetic ear skritches and petting, he strolled off and let me get to it.

72 squares. Yup. Cut 10" with 8" batting squares inside.

I did get them X'd and then started assembling them.

With, of course, more help from the supervisor.

It has been brought to my attention that there are an awful lot of cat pictures on this blog, and that I may be straying into Krazy Kat Lady territory.

I think that's not quite right. After all, I only have 2 cats, the fewest I've had in many many years. Besides, they are beautiful sweet cats, and I don't really call them my babies or anything sickening like that.

At least not often, and not where anyone else might hear me.

So. back to the quilt...

The first few rows got the Supervisor's seal of approval.

and here we are as an almost-finished quilt!

Front view showing the seam allowances, which need to be snipped before it gets its wash-and-dry treatment.

Back view will give you a better idea of the color layout.

I did a totally random placement, because I had at most 4 blocks of any one fabric, and that just doesn't lend itself to any kind of pattern.

So there are a couple of places where the colors could have been more distinct, but for the most part I think it's pleasant and harmonious.
And Debby will love it!
To round out the weekend, I managed to get out to brunch with a friend to do some catching  up with her life and times. We went to Mimi's and had the yummiest Eggs Florentine Benedict, with really well-toasted potatoes, lots of coffee, and good chat.

Then I had to have a nap. The pollen count out here has been crazy high, even with the rain, and my allergies have been going nuts. I took a Claritin and even 4 cups of coffee weren't enough to keep me awake.

My evening was spent on a "dinner date" with these two  young ladies, while their parents had a dinner date of their own.  Abby is our little Valentine baby--she'll be 3 on Valentine's Day. Her preschool teacher was a little concerned, because every time she'd bring up Valentine's Day, Abby would announce that her birthday is on Valentine's Day.  Teacher was glad to be reassured that it actually is, and Abby wasn't trying to fool her.


Audrey's pensive look is because she's watching the fish in the little tank just on the edge of the picture. It's the neighbors' and they were "fishy-sitting" while the family went on vacation.

Audrey is 5. Her favorite part of tonight's dinner was the capers in the lemon-caper chicken. (Abby's was the curlicue pasta--she had 3 helpings!)  They even both ate (most of) their broccoli.

So, another weekend in the books. Finished it off by getting out all of my remaining flannels, with the intention of cutting it all up into more ragg quilts. However...

I'll leave this here. It's going to require pictures, and I'm very much afraid that there will be another BIG project in the works once I get everything organized. So that's tomorrow's topic.


Lee I said...

Holy moly. I just paid attention to your WIPs and completed quilts list in the sidebar. Energizer bunny! Maybe I should do that when my quilt studio is complete to provide some self-accountability.

Leslie said...

#1 It's your damn blog and you can put pictures of whatever you want in it.
#2 There's no such thing as too many cat photos.
#3 Holy shit you're prolific! I'm in awe.

DPUTiger said...

It's so great to see all of my Friday night friends! I miss you guys!