Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Big Bad Rodent is Gone!!!

I realize that mice or voles are not big!! But when Nermal brought one into the house on Tuesday you would have thought the world was ending!!  For starters I'm not really fond of small fast creatures and Jim was concerned about damage to his audio equiptment.  And of course it was all my fault because Nermal is my cat and I insisted on the pet door!!  It doesn't help when our cats only play with rodents!! 

We put out traps on Tuesday afternoon and I was on trap patrol till 2:30 a.m. this morning when I heard a noise.  It turned out that the rodent had found a trap and that Garfield found the rodent!  I went down to the living room and found one of the traps laying upside down on the floor.  Turned it over and there was the rodent stuck to the trap!!  I quickly tossed it in the trash can.  Nermal was wondering around but it took me a few minutes to find Garfield.  I think he was the one to pull the trap out and he got stuck to the trap!!  I have a feeling he was running around the living room trying to get unstuck!  When he did get unstuck he ran to the basement and it took some calling to find him.  He is ok now but I think the whole thing was a bit of a work out for him. Don't worry nothing on the trap was toxic.

We will be moving the traps to the garage and porch to try and prevent a repeat performance!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Please vote for my Fish Frenzy quilt this weekend!!!

I have entered my Fish Frenzy quilt in the Quilting Gallery's weekly quilt contest which is quilts for fathers.  My dad used to spend a lot of time fishing in Ohio and Florida, so I thought this would make a great quilt for him.  For the last year I have been testing patterns and Fish Frenzy by Purple Moose Designs was one I recently tested. 

See how the Fish blocks go in different directions, just like they do on the fishing line.

I used fabric from my stash that was perfect for this quilt.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Please visit my quilts at the Madison Library

I have three quilts on display at the 2011 Madison Library Quilt Show on Middleridge Road.
I enjoy showing people my quilts with the hope to encourage them to start quilting.  If you get a chance to stop at the library there are some beautiful quilts with great stories for you to see!

Pansies in the Moonlight is the first quilt I have completed from Eleanor Burn's Day and Night Book.

Gerber DayZ Chain is made using a great fabric line from Lakehouse Fabrics.  It is based on a Triple Irish Chain pattern.

Run for the Roses is made of great horse panels that were cut apart and then sewn back together with shashing a nine patchs.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Quilt by Association

When I got back into quilting in 2006 I also found out that there are a number of authors writing Quilt Novels.  I have always loved to read and these authors are combining my favorite topics: romance, mystery and now quilting.  I just finished reading Quilt by Association by Arlene Sachitano it is the 4th in the Harriet Truman/Loose Threads Mystery.

It addition to great story telling she has a wonderful artist named April Martinez that does her covers.

I really enjoyed reading all four of these books and recommend them for some great summer time reading.

Monday, June 6, 2011

An evening with Patricia Knoechel

Pat is Eleanor Burn's sister and she travels sharing quilts and patterns from the Quilt In A Day company.  This is the third time I have listened to her and each time I come away inspired to make a beautiful quilt.

Prior to Eleanor re-releasing her Radiant Star book, Pat suggested using a border print in the corner squares and side triangles.  Doesn't that look cool!

This is a LoneStar Quilt that I completed a number of years ago.  I need to get this one quilted.

I really like this pattern with the exta stars in the corners.

And this one is called Sassy Stars and uses the small stars!!

The other pattern I bought was this one it's called Stars and Crosses.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Richelle's What's Cookin' Tote

One of our neighbor girls is graduating from Geneva High this afternoon and will be attending Findlay in the fall.  She will be studying Business and Culinary Arts.  With plans to be a pastry chef.  When I saw the What's Cookin' fabric line from Loralie I knew I had to make her a tote.  I purchsed the fabric at Mara's Fabric and Gifts.



Inside Pockets
Inside Pockets
I think she really liked it!!