One of our stops yesterday was our favourite art shop. Mr. Q.O. picked up some things for the ‘toons and I found this fabulous 18″ x 24″ self-healing rotary cutting mat for $17. No, it doesn’t have all the lines for angles and things like that. As I don’t use my rotary mat for that kind of cutting anyway, I won’t miss them at all. And the best part? It doesn’t have that odour that the mats sometimes seem to have. I’ve bought mats from the art store before and they last a very long time.
I remember being at a fat quarter display in a quilt shop and wondering what the awful smell was. Finally realized that the cutting mats were stacked just beside that display. That wasn’t the first time I had noticed the smell associated with the mats. A few years ago I bought a small pink rotary cutting mat and had to throw it out unused because of the odour. So I’m thrilled with my new, odour-free mat.
We’re working on a solution to the distortion in photos that I’ve noticed in my past few posts. The blocks I posted yesterday all looked as though they weren’t square. When I was uploading the photos to my blog and looking at how they appeared, I kept going back to the actual blocks and measuring them. They’re square, but they sure didn’t photograph properly. Mr. Q.O. thinks it’s the lens on the camera. We’re going to try taking photos with a couple of different cameras and see if we can sort this out. And I think I have an idea for a small, portable design wall. That idea may involve a repeat trip to the art store. Not that that’s a hardship. We’re like kids in a candy store there – Mr. Q.O. would buy one of everything in the store, I think. I’m not much better, although I see quilt-related uses for things while he sees the art-related uses.
Another sunflower is finished and will be photographed for tomorrow’s blog. We’re still perfecting the solution to the distortion factor. But to give this post some fabric-related content, this is a sneak peek of some of the batiks that just might turn into sunflowers over the next little while. Although there is one batik in there that I think is moving to the Monet group.
While some others are getting added to the group for the Monet New York Beauty blocks or perhaps another in the NYB series. Those blocks are going to make a reappearance soon.
Today’s Baxtertoon features Superkat. Who knows what adventures Supercat may get up to in the future!
We put some of Baxter’s toys up on the top tier of the kitty tree with him. He plays with them, and usually tosses them down to the lower level. Then he reaches, like this, and looks at us pitifully. Mr. Q.O. captioned this one, “Somebody come and get this for me, please.”
What scrumptious batiks…..love the green one in the second picture! Baxter is very funny with his toys. Our 15yo puss likes to play soccer with us – she kicks a table tennis ball to one (or both!) of us, then waits round a corner for it to be kicked to her so she can kick it back to us again.
Wonderful sunflowers await! You can sure pick the fabrics!
Superkat is such a superstar!
And then there is the real fellow doing the real cat laziness and wanting everyone to do what he has trained his keepers to do!
Oh, and another great place to shop are the lumberyard , tool type places that have containers for nails, screws, etc with all the small drawers, great to keep embroidery floss in and tool boxes with all the compartments for quilting tools or small containers for projects, etc., at a much lower price than the quilt shops that have similar items!
I have that same photo problem with distortion and someone told me stand back and use the zoom feature and then it will be square. It is definitely the lens that is doing it.
An odour-free cutting mat…I love that! Where in Toronto did you find it? I’m in need of a new mat and this sounds great. Can’t beat the price either.
Does Baxter ever leave his throne? One of these days you’ll be feeding him up there. 😉 He’s a very sweet pussycat.
Love seeing all of your gorgeous blocks and quilts. You’ve got a great sense of colour and I love to see how you mix colours in your blocks – simply stunning.
I love the second collection of fabric – that green is gorgeous! Love the Baxtertoons and I know that pleading look well – Alfie does it when he’s rucked his bed up and can’t work out how to flatten it out again!
Why oh why do our cutting mats have to stink? Literally! I’m so glad you were able to find one that doesn’t smell!
The Toons are so good, and Baxter, he is great too, cannot have him feeling left out.Always, your colour selections are super, they always go so well together. Cheers.Jean