Friday, January 17, 2020

January 2020

I've had my pedal to the metal pretty much continuing with work on my Straits of Mackinac here. First goal was to complete the 532 triangle in a square blocks which was quite a I rewarded myself with a purchase of more of these lime green baskets. HA!
Fortunately, I have not been working alone.  Marianne has been with me each step of the way.

The iron is not on here but Marianne has taken to wanting to be close to it when it's hot! She's cold as she is kind of skinny and dealing with both kidney disease and possibly lymphoma.  Lots of veterinary things going here.  She's doing actually pretty well with fluids and meds and heating pads. Still being a happy, active cat and keeping me on my toes. I have baskets etc to block her from getting close to the iron when I'm using it.

The next step was to sew most of these into 84 rows for sashing.  I am well on my way and happy to say this step is going much more quickly.
First one...
And now in the morning light, 55 are completed and pressed...
Laying all the blocks and sashing out is going to be a challenge. I need a big design floor!  I think to help with this step though I'm going to see if i can sew sashing to a side of each block and then have bigger pieces to move around. 

My dear Elinor has been helping as well...keeping the blocks pressed.
She is also dealing with health challenges and I'm afraid we are losing the battle. She has always been the sweetest little hermit cat.  Most only know her by her picture. When she will eat she is getting her favorite special food. My heart is heavy but I'm cherishing each moment that she is still in comfort.

As Confessions of a Fabric Addict is always my inspiration to get a blog post going, I'm linking to hers.  Go check out all the other quilty shares on her Friday blog post.


  1. So sorry to hear about your cats not doing so great. I'm happy to see you are taking care of them instead of just putting them to sleep as so many do around me it seems. They are both so beautiful. Give them a big hug each for me, please. ;^)

  2. Great progress. I'm looking forward to seeing the end results. I think Bella and Marianne are related, Bella also likes to hang around the iron - scary. Sorry to hear little Elinor isn't doing well, give her some lovin' from Bella and I.

  3. I love the SOM quilt but have been scared off by the sashing. Your pieces look so great! Looking forward to seeing it all together. So sorry your kitties are ailing--it's so difficult to see them hurting. Take care!

  4. That is an ambitious quilt. How do you get it done with so much "help"? :)
    And Elinor may not be strong, but she is doing what she can.

  5. Great job on the SOM! That's in intense quilt. Keep the momentum going! Sounds like you have good company in the studio.

  6. That's a lot of triangles in a square! The end result is going to be wonderful. Sorry to hear that your feline quilting companion is not well. Our pets are such good company.


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