Sunday, March 31, 2013

Design Wall Monday

scrap blocksHere is what is on my Design Wall this morning.  I started making these scrap blocks several months ago and then they got put aside for more organized projects.  But right now I am between projects so out they came.  I hope to have another comfort quilt ready to quilt by sometime next week.  The blocks still need to be squared: some even need an additional strip or two.  But I think they are going to make a fun little quilt.

how to quiltI put this on the frame last week and there it sat until yesterday.  I had a terrible time coming up with a quilting plan.

plan 1I played with my plexiglass and finally came up with a plan so the quilting started yesterday afternoon.

startedEven though this is a small quilt, it really took me a long time to get started on this.

a little moreI am liking what I am doing in the borders and the large triangles.  We’ll see how I do when it comes time to stitch on the star.

one uncertainWe have been overrun by wild cats.  We started out with a couple and even got two, who chose to be sociable, spade.  However the others shy away from us but not each other.  Right now we have four dark gray cats and a light gray older kitten.  AND this past week we saw two small gray kittens come out from under the house.  It is time for them to go.  We have tried to think of how to get them together and off to the shelter and just this past weekend an idea came.  This is a birdcage we haven’t been using.  I have put it on the deck and we will be feeding the cats in there for a few days.  Also I will be sitting on the deck while they eat so they get used to me being around. 

hiding catTwo of the cats went in to eat but the rest refused.  Here is one who is hiding behind the Norfolk Pine, peeking out at me to see what I am doing.  I don’t think he trusts me.  Flirt male

cat in cageAnyway, for a first day I think we made good progress.  I don’t want to harm these cats, I just want them to live somewhere else.

And then there were 5One thing that is living here and making me very happy is my Christmas Cactus.  We now have 5 blooms coming.  Two are very big, one is ready to begin growing and two are just starting.  They weren’t open for Easter but I am just so excited to see real blooms.

I spent a lot of the weekend repotting plants and attempting to resuscitate some of the plants we had wintering in the house.  I think all but one will live (looking a little rough) so we will have hanging baskets and a few deck plants.  I do not have a green thumb but I do like the look of healthy plants decorating my house and deck.

I will be linking up with Patchwork Times where creativity lives on Mondays.


sophie said...

Good luck with the cats. I love your scrap blocks and look forward to seeing what happens with them.

Judy D in WA said...

Great quilting design!!! I love using plexiglass to draw on when I get stumped.
Good luck with your wild cats. Hope you get them caught and gone!

Lynn said...

Love your quilting plan for your little medallion quilt! It's coming out great.

Your scrappy blocks will make a cute quilt, really like all the fun colors and fabrics.

Rhonda said...

Love the quilting. You are so talented. As for the careful and good luck!!

Bonnie said...

Wonderful quilting plan. do you mark your quilt before starting the actual sewing or do you wing it? I like the plexiglass idea. Eventually I might have to get a piece. Yikes on all the feral cats. They definitely need to be removed from your area as it is obvious they are breeding like mice! Good luck and be careful.

Kate said...

Very fun scrappy blocks! The quilting on your Star Quilt is looking lovely. Hope your plan for moving the cats works out for you.