Sunday, 22 November 2009

Flea Market Fancy Giveaway

I've been spending far too much time lately blog browsing - I can't help but shake the feeling that I would get far more quilting done if I didn't spend quite so much time reading about other people quilting! Anyway I've been adding a few new blogs to my Google Reader account and one of those was Flea Market Fancy Freaks. Pay a visit to check out the fantastic give-away on the go at the moment, although I feel like I shouldn't be saying this as it will only reduce my chance of winning one of the lovely goodies.

Friday, 13 November 2009

A Patchwork Puss update

Well it's eight months on since the Patchwork Puss was found to have liver disease. Since then we've had a number of medication regimes with varying degrees of success. At the moment we are on steroids which can do wonder for aging cats ... when you can get them down their throats, which is another matter ... and an alternative remedy to promote liver regeneration.

Her last set of blood tests showed marked improvements in her liver function but she is not eating enough food to maintain her weight so that is a worry. At the moment we're on a low steroid dose and I'm hoping that the vet will increase them on our next visit. When she was a higher dose she ate ravenously and got back to her normal weight.

In the meantime I try to enjoy every day that I still have her, as that is a blessing. Thank you for all your kind thoughts.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Jacob's Coat Quiltalong

Have you been reading Don't Look Now? I'm continually astonished at the beautiful applique that Kellie does. The colours sparkle with life and just make you want to smile. A real tonic for these dark winter nights.

Well Kellie is now hosting a quilt along. Why not drop by and join the increasing number of people that will be quilting along. We're told to expect a fail safe way of doing Jacob's Coat and I can't wait to find out how she will be doing it without using needleturn. I'm still debating whether or not to dive in ... after all it's not as if I've nothing to do! I've always admired the pattern and I have some reproduction style fabrics that might do. But I'm so drawn to the clear, bright colours on display on Kellie's blog and some of the other bloggers taking part! I just don't seem to have the knack for buying bright fabrics. If I'm going to do it, I will need to get started this weekend. I've no fixed plans other than a couple of days of patchwork pleasure accompanied by some good food and good TV.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Not so sleepytime Sam!

Well let's fast forward past the last six months or so! My lack of quilting mojo turned into a desert wasteland and there was little or no sewing going on in my house other than the occasional button.

But .... and I'm almost scared to say this out loud in case I jinx myself ... I think that I'm back!

I've been sewing, and miracle of miracles we have a finish. Yes people I can report that Sleepytime Sam is complete and has gone to its new home. I have no photo to prove this as there was a distinct lack of blogging going on at the time but I'll try and get one from the new owner.

I've also been done some hand piecing and it's reminded me how much I prefer this to machine piecing. Now I'm enjoying my patchwork rather than it being a chore. Look out for the next posting on my prairie paisley blocks.