Monday, November 21, 2011

Design Wall Monday & A Good Deed!

In between other projects I'm slowly working away on my Piece of Pie quilt.  Friday night after dinner I finally finished all 80 blocks!
Yesterday afternoon I began putting it up on the design wall.  This is the most difficult part of quiltmaking for me!  I can figure out and stitch almost any sort of complicated block, but when it comes time to put it all together in a pleasing manner my heart begins to palpitate and I start sweating - lol!
I told myself I would just quickly throw this one together and hope for the best.  Well, I did put it up rather quickly and began a few tweaks here and there and decided I could do it all day and night and still feel it wasn't quite right!  So, with approval from Mr. Squash's discerning eye, we decided it was good to go!  The quilting will change it all anyway, so why waste any more time!  Next will be sewing the rows together and adding two different borders.
Mr. Squash and I along with our next door neighbors have been feeding an abandoned cat for a while now.  I affectionately call her Sugar after a cat I had as a child.  It took her some time to make friends, but she's gradually warming to a pet and a scratch now and again.  We feed her outside under the eaves where it always stays dry.  The other morning Mr. Squash called me to the window where we found her facing the corner here on the ground rolled into a tiny ball against the cold.  Well, it tugged at our hearts and we decided to try and find something that would be a weather-proof bed for her.
We couldn't find anything at the farm store, so Saturday we drove to Wags and Whiskers where we buy Sophie's food.  We spied this domed litter box with a smooth bottom and thought it would actually make a decent, weather-proof bed.  Sophie generously donated her warm and soft bubble bed which fit perfectly inside.  In less than a day, Sugar curled up inside and made it her home!  She was so soundly asleep inside when I snapped the photos that she didn't even wake up.  It feels great to both of us that we brought a little joy and comfort into her life.

23 comments:

Stephanie said...

Your quilt is awesome! Totally love the fabric, color, block combination. Sugar is sweet as can be and so very lucky to have the Squashes for her new family.

Wendy said...

What a lovely thing you're doing for Sugar. She's lucky to have met you. For years, our neighbours would take in all of the neighbourhood strays - cats left behind when their owners moved, or dogs whose owners died or moved into nursing homes and couldn't keep them. They had a "pet condo" in their car port made of stacked plastic milk crates with blankets inside for the cats to curl up in. I don't see the condo in their car port anymore, but all of the cats in the neighbourhood still head over there, so they must still have food dishes out.

Nanette Merrill said...

Love the quilt. Cute home for Sugar.

Stephanie D. said...

I think the quilt looks great. No further tweaking needed.

Aw, poor little Sugar. Glad she's found someone to care for her. Who knows what she's had to face in her little life.

Ulla said...

The quilt looks really nice the way it is. Once you start making changes, there seems to be no end to it!

Kaaren said...

Thank goodness for you and Mr. Squash. Animals know when they've been rescued. You guys are some kind of special...but you already knew that...right? *wink*

Your quilt looks fab, just the way it is. Try not to second guess your first instincts because they're usually the best.

Florida Farm Girl said...

What a sweet thing to do for that kitty!!

Your quilt is fabulous. What an accomplishment.

Quilt Hollow said...

Wonderful quilt!
She's a very lucky girl....and I thank you (considering I'm such a cat lover).

Jeanna said...

I really like your Piece of Pie quilt and can't wait to see it finished with borders and some Vinnie magic!

Bless Sugar's little heart. She is lucky to have you and Mr. Squash. So wonderful of you two to take care of her.

Have a great week!

Mary said...

I think your quilt blocks look great. The lights and darks are all spaced nicely throughout. How long before Sugar joins the family inside??

AnnieO said...

Love, love your design wall today! It's very difficult to stop playing Switcheroo--sometimes I just give myself a time limit!

How sweet to get Sugar a catgloo to curl up in. I may have to get one for my cat too since she likes to stay out all night often and curling up on the patio chair cushion isn't all that warm!

Me and My Stitches said...

Love your quilt and I can't wait to see it with borders. How are you going to quilt it? That's usually the hardest part for me. So glad you are taking care of Sugar. You know I love animals - and can't imagine anyone ever mistreating one. Sugar knew what she/he was doing when they found you!

Carrie P. said...

Your top looks ready to quilt to me. Go for it.
Oh that is so sweet. I know that little kitty is thankful for a warm place to sleep.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Libby said...

Love that quilt! I use Hubby's eye for layout, too. With a touch of colorblindness - he sees value over color and can spot those blocks that are badly placed in the blink of an eye.
Sugar looks to happy with her new bed - sleep tight.

Terry Quilts said...

We have a stray alley cat that all the neighbors look out for and feed too, found her a bed at the goodwill last year which see uses but even after 4 years we can't get with 6 feet of her although we do know she feels safe here. God bless and have a nice holiday.

Terry Quilts said...

We have a stray alley cat that all the neighbors look out for and feed too, found her a bed at the goodwill last year which see uses but even after 4 years we can't get with 6 feet of her although we do know she feels safe here. God bless and have a nice holiday.

Beth said...

Your quilt is beautiful, I think you set it just perfect! And how nice of you to take in that kitty, she is yours now, especially since you gave her an awesome bed to sleep in. She knows who her parents are now!

pratima said...

Your quilt is gorgeous, Candace! It sparkles!
Sugar is so sweet! Her new home is very cozy and warm :)

Karen said...

Your quilt is looking very nice. You are so fast! Happy Thanksgiving to you at Squash House, including Sugar :)

Verna G said...

As a cat lover, I was touched by your caring for Sugar. Unfortunately many of our little friends are mistreated or left to fend for themselves in the cold. Fortunately there are some people like you and Mr Squash who care! Have a blessed Thanksgiving and give Sugar a scratch behind the ears for me!

Linda said...

Your quilt is gorgeous!!! Can't wait to see the quilting!!! Love that fabric! What you and Bob did for Sugar just melted my heart. A true Thanksgiving story! We took in a stray dog right before Thanksgiving about 5 years ago. It wasn't the right time for us, but we found a lovely home for her. She left us a parting thank you... she chewed a hole in our couch!!! LOL!!! Oh well, I ended up with a new couch! :-)

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

Houseelf said...

That is so so kind Candace! You have brought that little cat some early Christmas cheer.

Lovely quilt. I like how the block make my eyes twist, so it looks wonky.