Wednesday, 25 March 2009

The sad tale of Patchwork Puss

As I mentioned I am on leave from work this week and catching up on appointments and household tasks.

One of the least pleasant of these was to take Millie aka the Patchwork Puss to the vet. Both my cats are getting on in years now and while she has always been a small cat she has lost some weight over the past year which I put down to her being very picky with her food. The vet said that if she lost any more weight we should do some investigations. So when she had her 6-month health check recently and was down to 3.4kg it wasn't good news.
Over the last two weeks she has had a blood test (liver enzymes elevated), thyroid test (normal),a urine test (normal) and yesterday a liver function test and ultrasound.
The results are not good showing extensive liver damage which could be the result of a number of things from an infection or inflammation through to the big C. So we're on a course of antibiotics for the next 14 days followed by another blood test to see if the results have improved. Fingers crossed it is an infection and the antibiotics will help. If not the next step is steroids in case it is an inflammation causing the problem. Every time I think about what might happen I get all weepy. At the moment she's still a bit groggy from the sedation and traumatised from her experience. And needless to say she's not very happy with her mum! I think I need to occupy myself with some sewing to take my mind off things, not least the vet bill!

Monday, 23 March 2009

The problem with magazines ... and Tulips in the Park

Isn't it funny how your taste changes over the years? I'm on holiday from work at the moment and taking advantage of my time off to do some spring cleaning and organising my sewing stuff. One dilemma that remains is what to do with the multitude of magazines that I seem to have accumulated.

Some live in binders but even these are now multiplying. Others, predominantly the US magazines, lie loose in a number of plastic crates. Of course I can't find a particular edition or pattern when I need to. In fact I have one UFO based on a magazine pattern and can't do anything with it until I track down the particular magazine where it came from. Talk about needle in a haystack!

Some people I've spoken to seem happy to rip out articles and patterns of interest to store in binders and either pass on or throw out the magazine {gasps at the sacrilege}. At various times in the past I've marked patterns that I liked but looking at them now the majority don't appeal any more. If I'd torn them out then instead of marking the pages they would no longer be of any use and there are others which I do now like but did not at the time. So you see ... a catch 22 situation and one which I still have no answer to as the magazines pile up around me.

And so back to the quilts or more precisely Tulips in the Park. This was another BOM and is a Piece O' Cake design. Now this has been sitting on the shelf for about four and a half years and you know what, it doesn't really do anything for me any more. My taste has changed and while I still like the designs, the fabrics choices don't make my heart sing. There are still three blocks left to be done not to mention an appliqued border and the quilting.

The question is ... is there anything I can do to salvage it? Is it worth the time I would have to invest in getting it finished? Or should I accept that this is never going to be done and pass it onto someone who will love it in a way that I don't at the moment? More questions without answers!

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Little Gems

I thought that you might like to know that the Quilters’ Guild will be running a tombola at this year's Festival of Quilts in August of ‘Little Gems’ - A4 sized quilts made and donated to raise funds for the new Guild Museum and Gallery in York.

The Little Gems idea is based on the idea of journal quilts - these little quilts are so quick to finish, and are a great way to try out new techniques or ideas, or to try new blocks or applique patterns, or even to perfect your machine or hand quilting.

They have also set up a blog where participants can post pictures of their little gems. It's well worth a visit even if you're not interested in taking part with over 100 inspiring cuties already posted.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Have you seen my mojo?

It has been some time since my last post and the reason - I've lost my quilting mojo! I just can't seem to get motivated at all. Days have turned into weeks and not one single stitch has been done. The sewing machine is gathering dust.

Every day starts with the best of intentions that "when I get home from work and get the evening meal out of the way, I will get some sewing". But then by the time I get home and eat I end up sitting in front of the television and next thing I know it's time for bed. Maybe it's the time of year and not having enough sunlight but I don't seem to have any energy. Or maybe I'm just getting old - LOL!

But there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Do you remember my Patchwork Party posts? I joked that I must get spring fever every year but I always go for that edition and vowed not to look this year. Well ... you guessed it ... I peeked.. and it's sooooooo pretty! Take a look for yourselves at This may be what I need to get those creative juices flowing. Decisions decisions -shall I? Which finishing kit to go for?

How about Grandma's Attic simple but beautifully romantic layout?

Or the Fat Quarter Shop who always come up with a cracker ..

Or something a bit different from Homespun Hearth?

Or I could live dangerously and come up with my own finishing design!!!

I obviously have some thinking to do. Watch this space to find out what I decide.