Something to Stitch, Something to Unstitch

Remember this, the Ferris Wheel quilt? That’s the project that involved unstitching. I had quilted about a third of it by machine and then decided I wanted to quilt this one by hand. So I’ve spent a number of hours over the past couple of weeks taking out the machine quilting. Now I’m trying to decide how I want to quilt it.

For a change of pace, I’ve started stitching a cross-stitch project. It’s almost a quarter done already. This one is going to be a small Christmas biscornu.

Baxter did very well and we picked him up at 3:30 yesterday afternoon. I had to laugh at the post-surgery instructions. They stated we should keep him as quiet as possible. A rambunctious kitten who’s only 6 months old and showed absolutely no signs of being groggy from the anaesthetic we’re supposed to keep quiet? Within minutes of getting home, after sniffing around to make sure things were where he thought they should be, he was bounding around, getting toys out of the toy basket, jumping up on the windowsill to watch the leaves and that went on all afternoon and evening. We’re thrilled he came through the surgery so well and showed no after-effects. Here you can almost see the spot that was shaved for the IV on one front leg.

Quaker Patchwork Sampler, Part 2

Although it has been a couple of months since I picked this up, it was easy to continue on from where I had left off.  The motifs in this sampler are giving me quilt ideas and most of them do have a patchwork block look to them, which is probably what makes it easy to pick up no matter where I’ve left off.   It’s a rather large sampler and I’m only about a tenth of the way through, if that.

It still feels like spring to me.  I’m convinced the leaf buds on the tree limbs are starting to swell a tiny bit.  Overly optimistic?  Possibly.  But maybe, just maybe, after last year which was the year of no summer and this year which has been the year of almost no winter, we’re going to have a true spring, which would be a novelty.  Normally we go from having the heat on to having to turn on the air conditioning.  It would be wonderful to have a month or two of not having to turn on either.

Both cats have been exhibiting a bit of spring fever.  Lester has been extremely busy playing with toys which he has fished out of the basket.

Smudge has been playing more than normal as well.  Here he’s guarding two toys.  We didn’t pose this picture at all.  Somehow or other he managed to get the toys sitting on his paws like this.