Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Three things

I don't know what's up with the lame post title.  I couldn't think of anything else this morning. Sooo.....

Thing One:
I finished another WIP.  I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself getting some of these old projects done.  Although this one took me two years. Ahem.
I was going through a definite orange phase.  This was the fourth quilt I had made back then that had orange in it.
Pattern from Film in the Fridge, fabric line is Anthology High Society, and it measures 56x56.

Thing two:
Last week I kept hearing a kitten crying somewhere in our yard.  Then it took residence in our garage for a day, then got stuck in the redwood tree.  All this time I was calling neighbors to see if they had lost a kitten, while keeping a lookout for the mama.  My dogs were complete nut jobs from all the kitten sightings.  It was hot, so we put out water.  I had no cat food (see earlier post where my daughter took our cat when she moved, and all his paraphernalia.)  One night I heard a commotion in the backyard.  My dogs had the kitten backed up to the edge of the pool.  She was holding her own, but then slipped  into the water.  I don't know how she did it, but she managed to scramble back out (and took off through the fence) before I could reach her.  Enough already.  The next morning I got a pet carrier from my mom, rescued her (again) from the aforementioned redwood tree, and brought her to the vet.
Meet Princess Leia
I found it's really hard to take a picture of a kitten.  Most of the snaps looked like this.....
Or this.....
Hmmmmm.  Not her best side.  She was fighting me for the camera strap. She won.

Anyway, looks like we have a new cat.  I will soon be replacing the linen drapes in my bedroom,  since she fancies them for climbing and swinging, and I have not slept through the night due to her nocturnal nature.  But she's pretty cute.
We have been slowly introducing her to her dogie brothers, Luke and Chewy.  Apparently she hasn't forgiven them yet for knocking her into the pool, since there is major hissing and spitting going on.  If you detect a Star Wars theme to our pet names, you are correct.  Our other cat was called Solo. Maybe I will get a pot bellied pig next and call it Jabba the Hut.  Anyway on to .........

Thing three:

 Further work has progressed on the scrap quilt.  I'm done cutting all my squares, and am now putting blocks together.  I need to make 48 of these 9 patch blocks (which will be combined to make an even bigger block).  It consists of 3 light (3") squares, 4 dark (3") squares and 2 (3") triangle squares.
The triangle squares are made by sewing a light and dark 3 1/2" square right sides together.  Draw a line down the center and then sew 1/4" on either side of the line.  Like this.
Cut on the line, open your squares and press.  It should look like this...
Trim up your square to 3".

For the body of the quilt you need  144 light 3"x3" squares
                                                        192 Dark 3"x3" squares
                                                          48 light 3 1/2" squares (for half square triangles)
                                                          48 dark 3 1/2" squares (for half square triangles)
For the border you will need a total of 80 mixed light and dark 3 1/2" squares.

 It's a lot of cutting, but I enjoyed pulling my scraps and revisiting old fabric.  I used to cut extra squares from whatever I was working on at the moment and save them in a zip lock bag, just for this quilt pattern.  But my scraps have piled up lately so I have to start from scratch.
 Next post I will show you the finished block, and a picture of the first quilt I made using this pattern over 10 years ago.  My daughter tells me it's still her favorite.

P.S.  To my knowledge this is not a commercial pattern.  My local quilt shop typed up the instructions and sold them in a kit with pre-cut squares from all their leftover fabric.  I wouldn't know who to give credit to, since the shop has now closed down, and I have lost touch with the owner.


  1. Gorgeous orange theme quilt Lynne, well done on finishing it, I have two rather large ones waiting to be quilted :/
    She's a real cute kitten, love the names.....Qui gon jin is my personal fav.....don't know what kind of animal would suit that one though
    Lol Karen x

  2. Well, your quilts are absolutely gorgeous as always. And how wonderful it must feel to finish one you have worked on for 2 years! Good Job!!! But my favorite "thing" is definitely "Thing 2"!:) I love your new Princess and the whole Star Wars theme. It makes my heart real, real happy to know your heart is filled with a new kitty. The nights will get easier. A new baby in the house is always challenging ;)

  3. 1. Your finished quilt is fabulous!!
    2. Leia is adorable. Sorry about the drapes :(
    3. Oh how I want to try this pattern. Please do not delete this post anytime before January, when I may finally have the time to make one. K?

    xoxo Debbie

  4. Wow Lynne your finished quilt is absolutely gorgeous, and judging by your new blocks you must have a really good eye for colour mixes. It's something that I always struggle with. The kitten is gorgeous too. She is obviously very brave and a real survivalist. I am sure she must be happy that has found a good home with you even if those dogs keep pestering her! Philippa xx

  5. How nice of you to rescue the kitten, I bet you will have lots of fun with her.
    The orange quilt is nice, and now you got one more UFO off the list, doesn´t that feel good?
    Have fun with your new project, hope you don´t get tired of all the cutting you have to do.

  6. Aw, welcome, little Leia! Sounds like you're gonna be a handful. :)

  7. Fantastic job on the quilt! I love that quilt line. Nice progress on your scrap quilt, too!

    Welcome to little Leia! She is such a sweetie!

  8. Well I certainly like that quilt...great colour combination......two years ...thats a long time you must feel really smug now Lynne at having completed such a great project.
    Kitty is soooo cute and obviously means to be a someone in your household. I expect the dogs will settle down soon ,won't they?

    Thanks for popping in to visit me and taking the time to comment :-)

    Amanda :-)

  9. Your thing one is so pretty, I love your fabric choices. Thing two, what a little firecracker, and thing three, I love scrap quilts so much. So frugal and now it's called green I guess.

  10. Love your finished quilt! Uh, and your new kitty....

  11. That F i Fridge quilt is so pretty!


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