A Barely Begun Unfinished Object

I’ve been going through partially complete projects and trying to decide what I want to do with them. This?  This was started around three years ago.  Obviously I didn’t get too far with it.  I printed many, many 2.25″ equilateral triangles for this project and had started putting together one row when it got put away. To be honest, I didn’t even remember I had it until I opened a drawer and saw the bag full of the triangles.

This is one of the projects for which I used the sewing machine to stitch the triangles together into pairs.  I only printed the templates on the cream neutral fabric and then stitched along the stitching lines before cutting the triangles apart into pairs.  It certainly made that part quick.  Then I decided I wanted to hand piece the pairs into rows, it seems, so a little hybrid piecing.  I think I know why this got put away.  The colours are totally outside my normal comfort zone.  How much more of this I will put together is anyone’s guess as, at this point, I’m not enthused about it although Mr. Q.O. definitely likes the colours.  This may be one of those projects on which I will work for an evening or so every few weeks and slowly put together a lap quilt for Mr. Q.O.  But for now, it’s being put away again until I get a few other projects finished.

Smudge was very alert Tuesday night.  He is eating more on his own each day and we think he has put on a bit more weight.  I talked to our vet on Tuesday and for now we’re watching to see if there’s any return of the jaundice and continuing with the syringe feeding.  I’m a little concerned about the amount of tuna in the cat foods that he is eating in light of the recent warnings by Health Canada about the levels of mercury in tuna.  I asked our vet about it and he said that, while he hasn’t read any studies about the effects of the mercury in tuna in cat foods, it may be an issue if that’s the only type of food Smudge will eat.  So we’ll slowly start trying some foods with no tuna and see what happens.

I often wonder why cats are so likely to love cat food with seafood of some sort or another in it, as that is not their ancestral diet.  Smudge is so finicky about food but always seems to love anything with tuna.  Lester?  Lester likes every kind of cat food.  Here he was having a snooze after dinner.

12 thoughts on “A Barely Begun Unfinished Object

  1. I love the earthy tones of the triangles! They fit Smudge and Lester very well!

    Maybe we need to accuse the pet food industry for putting other nice ingredients in fishy cat food. Our vet always says cats don’t have preference in food, but Midas certainly does!

    I’m not only worried about the mercury in Tuna but about the way the fish food industry catches the tuna’s and while doing so lots of dolphines get wrapped into the nets as well.

    I think the kitty’s won’t mind, but is there something like vegetarian cat food… LOL?


  2. Sometimes we just have to make a quilt for our hubs, even though it may be out of our comfort zone. I am sure you will love it once you begin working on it. As far as the tuna thing, my cats love it too. It seems whenever I am opening a can, they come running from wherever they may be in the house. The smell is so strong, they just love it. But it isn’t that often that we open a can of tuna, so I don’t feel too bad giving them a little treat once in a while.


  3. Glad to hear the kitties seem to be doing well. & thanks for the reminder that I grabbed a can of human tuna as a treat (the liquid) for my guys. But I am mainly commenting because I have one of those UFO’s that is for my husband… (& one for my girl friend…) Which one is older – I have no idea, but my husbands was supposed to be a 2nd anniversary (cotton) gift…


  4. I think it would make a stunning border around a feathered star. I can see why Mr. QO likes it!
    Lester and Smudge look great. Smudge looks as if he is wondering where all the roof activity has gone and Lester looks like his kingdom is in order so he will take a break!
    Have a great day!


  5. Those triangles look like a nice inner border on something. What that something is, is of course the mystery!
    Our 3 cats like their one kind of dry cat food and they HATE tuna! They don’t like the cat food tuna and they won’t eat people tuna. But they don’t like leftovers of any kind, they just like their dry cat food. (Maybe it’s my cooking?……..)


  6. I have a couple of those barely started projects. Maybe some day I ‘ll do something with them or maybe even toss them. Why work on something that doesn’t inspire???

    Once cats were fed fishy foods they found a flavor they love be don’t know how to get on their own so will hold out for the “good” stuff LOL.



  7. I love the title as I probably have a few of those types of projects lurking in the zip lock bags and drawers.
    I think that cats like seafood because it has such a high “smell” factor LOL
    I notice that my cats come running when I open the cans of tuna if I am making sandwiches or a casserole.
    Thanks for sharing your progress through your UFO’s and making me at least “think” about pulling a couple out once more


  8. I’m so glad Smudge continues to improve – it just makes my day to read these posts and to know that he’s getting and staying better 🙂

    We’ve been hiding Z’s Restoralax in tuna (low sodium tuna, lol) and I’ve started thinking about the mercury levels as well. I’ll check with his vet when we go for his check-up this month – I’d hate to change my vehicle for hiding his meds because he really really REALLY likes tuna (as evidenced by his loud meowling and dancing at my feet when the can comes out of the fridge, lol) but if I have to, I will!


  9. Like you, I have often wondered why cats like fish – before they were domesticated did they catch fish? or just make do with birds, lizards, rodents, whatever they could catch, and their taste for fish has evolved since then? Perhaps they did go fishing in creeks and streams!
    Lovely fall colours on those triangles.


  10. When I saw the triangles, I thought they would make a great boarder, but as they are outside your normal colours you may not have anything to go with them.

    My cats are not that keen on cat food with fish in it, but thay come running if you apen a can of tuna.


  11. We lost a cat once, and when we put an ad in the paper looking for her, a man answered that he though they’d found her. We tried to arrange a meeting at his house, but he insisted on coming to ours–and brought her and all her paraphernalia. It wasn’t our cat, but it was clear he wanted to get rid of her. They couldn’t bear taking her to the pound, but his wife was allergic to cats, so they were keeping the cat in the garage and feeding her cans of outdated tuna they couldn’t bear to throw away.

    Poor thing was in bad shape, so we nursed her back to health and she stayed with us several years before disappearing. However, she was never again able to eat tuna or anything tuna flavored without throwing up. Can’t say I blame her, either.


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