Sunday, November 20, 2011

Oh my! Another present!

My friend Pam just gave me another present, which she made herself!

Isn't it just the sweetest thing?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Guest cats!

Here are a couple of pictures of my friend Steve's boys, who heard a can opener.  His girl cat, Hettie, is too much of a lady to get in line with these guys.

Meanwhile, Jack the Cat had a strange and undignified accident.  Somehow, after he used the box, he managed to fling the heat register cover across the room.  (It belongs on the space above the box.)

We have no idea how he managed it, and he's refusing to say.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Turning a stupid mistake into a pretty design feature

Hot Patterns come not on tissue paper, but on good heavy paper so your pattern will last.  So, I traced out the size I wanted on Swedish pattern paper and started to cut out.  When I reached the front facing piece I mistook my own markings, and cut on the grain marking line instead of the cutting line. 

Many, many bad words were said before I realized it didn't have to be a disaster.  First of all, it's on an inside piece, which won't be seen very often, and secondly it was a chance to make my coat even prettier.

First I darned the cut neatly closed.

Then I spent a long time in Nancy's wonderful ribbon room deciding which ribbon would bring me the most hidden happiness.  Finally, I decided on this one, and stitched it neatly in place.  Now it is so very pretty!  And like no one else's in the world.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Annie returns to sewing!

This morning I cut out a jacket I'm going to call Silver Moon.  I'm using Hot Patterns 1030, Weekender Shine-On-You-Crazy Parka, shorter version.

And this is the just too gorgeous fabric:

It's from Marcy Tilton, and it's called Silver Moon.  It's a rather hefty cotton fabric, essentially pillow ticking, with a beautiful silver laminated on one side.

It's going to be a drop dead beautiful jacket.  Right?  But just in case I blow it, I'll just pull the post off the interwebs.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jack the cat

Jack the bottom sniffer
Jack the mentalist

This really creeps me out.  He's exerting his mental powers to make me get up and feed him, and he's been sitting there for hours.  It's like "Now I'm watching Roger."  He's never noticed that Minkie doesn't bother and she gets fed anyway.