Thursday, April 17, 2014

Montmartre Cats

Last week was a pretty exciting week as I was in Paris!  Trip planning kept me pretty busy a few weeks before we left so not much sewing happened around here.  Our trip was wonderful and we visited the touristy stuff and a did a few other things as well.

We stayed in Montmartre instead of Central Paris this time and it was the best.  On our first day we ventured out to Montmartre Cemetery.  The cemetery is beautiful and is situated below the city so it is really peaceful and quiet. The stonework is just amazing.  Maria, my fellow traveler, took tons of great photos and of course I don't have them yet so you are stuck with what little I did take.

No sooner had we started our way through the cemetery when we ran into the friendliest man who was feeding a large cat colony that lives in the cemetery.  I do volunteer work with cat rescue groups and help out with trap-neuter-return (TNR) so it was such a surprise to find a like-minded cat purrson in Paris.  He took us to one of his stations to see the kitty but the cat was no where to be seen.

One would never know that there is a cat condo tucked in between the graves.  Here is the side entrance--so clever!

One of the Montmartre cats waiting for his meals-on-wheels!  Yes, the caregiver did have a cart with all of his care items available so he could easily go from station to station. 
As we continued to stroll through the cemetery we did see quite a few cats that were most likely waiting for their daily visit from their caregiver.

We also got to meet a very special cat named Minute who lived right around the corner from our hotel.  As we ventured out each day we would see this big orange kitty curled up on a motorcycle sleeping the day away in front of a little grocery.

Every time we would stop and ohhh and ahhh over the kitty we noticed we were being watched by someone in the grocery so of course we went in and introduced ourselves and everyone became fast kitty friends.  Minute is 11 years old and is apparently much-loved in the community.  He spent a lot of time on the motorcycle sleeping away but he also took advantage of any vehicle that was parked near the grocery entry as well.
Of course we want to send Minute one of the catnip mice we make for rescues so when we got home we searched online to see if we could get the exact address of Sitis Market and found a video!  It is just too cute.
Now if I only understood French!



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Rescue Me

When Lilypad Quilting announced a "Rescue Me" party I knew I wanted to join the fun.  You can too so why not jump in and share your story!

All of my cats are rescues in one way or another.  I could go on and on with stories about all of my cats, but for this post I thought I would share my cat Boo's story. 

In 2005 I was volunteering at my local shelter and working the front desk which is not a fun job especially at a small rural shelter.  At the end of the day the phone rang and the caller said she wanted to surrender a stray, sick cat the next day but she lived in a neighboring county and I had to tell her we couldn't take out-of-county cats.  When the caller told me the cat was really sick and she thought he was a Himalayan I knew I had to help in some way because I absolutely love Persian cats.  What are the odds that I would be the one to answer that particular call?  I followed her home and found the most pitiful black Persian cat and I knew I had to take him with me come hell or high water. 
Can you believe these photos?  As soon as I picked him up I called my veterinarian and took him in for evaluation and they were shocked at his condition as well.  He had the worst case of fleas and he ended up staying at the clinic for a couple of days where he got a complete spa treatment, testing, and vaccinations.  Luckily he was already neutered so apparently he was a house pet at some point in time.
Poor Boo!  My veterinarian wasn't sure if he would ever grow hair back but he certainly has and he has become a much loved part of our family.  He even helps out with quilting every now and then.
Boo is very sweet and loving.  He purrs up a storm and drools when he is very happy on your lap.  He does have one behavior that is a bit odd and that is he likes to suck on your earlobes!  Weird I know. 

Well that's Boo's story.  I hope you are as amazed at his transition as I am.




Saturday, February 22, 2014

Basket Crazies

A couple of years ago I took a workshop from a fellow quilt guild member using the pattern Basket Crazies.  Basket Crazies is a Buggy Barn pattern.  I hadn't tried any of their patterns until I took the workshop even though I had one of their books.  Naturally after the top was complete I let it age for a couple of years and then decided to quilt it so I could put it in our quilt show last year.
After the quilt show it went back into the closet until yesterday when I decided to put a sleeve on it so I could hang it in the living room.  I thought it was a perfect quilt for both St. Patrick's Day and Easter.  It really brightens up the space where it hangs too which is an extra bonus. 

I still haven't made any progress on Celtic Solstice as I have been working on a few other projects.  Someday I really need to just suck it up and get back to it.



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Celtic Solstice Progress

First, thank you Bonnie for another wonderful and fun mystery.  Celtic Solstice has been challenging and fun as well. 

My Celtic Solstice is coming along although it is very slow going and I am not sure exactly why it is taking me so long but I think it is the colors.  I am just not wild about them and I think that has influenced my progress.  Yesterday when I was putting a few blocks together I thought I would just make a small wall hanging out of what I had already completed and then I took a photo of a few blocks I had basted together and I was surprised at how much I liked it in the photo.  Go figure.

Now I am undecided on what I want to do as I still have lots of work to do in order to make the smaller quilt and I really could use a St. Patrick's Day wall hanging so that may just win out.  As you can see I did the star block instead of the Birthday Girl block because I am not a huge fan of green and that particular setting did seem to highlight the green plus I really liked the star. 

Interested in seeing what everyone else has done with Celtic Solstice?  You will need more than a few minutes to see what everyone has done when you visit Bonnie's Celtic Solstice link.  I just love these link-ups as they are really inspiring.



Saturday, February 1, 2014

Saying Good-Bye

Saying good-buy is never easy and on Thursday I had to say it to Guinness, my heart and soul kitty.  I loved him to bits and will miss him terribly.
Sewing will not be the same without my constant sewing companion.  Good-bye my luv.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Big Reveal

Bonnie shared "The Big Reveal" of Celtic Solstice on January 1st and it was very exciting to see the finished quilt.  I wish I could say I had a big reveal to share but right after my holiday company left our whole household came down with the creeping crud.  I did get this done--LOL!
Yep, printing off the instructions for the last clue; however, a few days ago I did actually sit at my machine and finished this one unit.
After taking this photo I noticed the little yellow triangle does not come to a point.  It is a good thing there is a frog in the block since the frog-stitch will come into play sometime this weekend if it really bothers me that much.

I also spent a little time sewing one whole block because I happened to have the pieces and parts available to make one!
I still have lots to do on each step of Celtic Solstice and then I will need to make all of the blocks.  Speaking of blocks, I think I am going with the alternate setting for my quilt as I really do love the star block, plus I just may make mine a queen size too.  Let's hope I can get it all done before the next linky-party.

Coconut says she is more than ready for me to start sewing again.
Take a look at all of the unbelievable progress that everyone has made on Celtic Solstice.  



Thursday, December 26, 2013

Part 4 and Thanks!

It looks like I made linking up just under the wire--whew!  I can hardly believe I actually got all of part 4 done although I still need to twirl those seams.  I just love making those little 4-patches.

Company this weekend so I doubt that I'll make much progress on Friday's clue but I sure can't wait to see what is ahead.

Linking up is such fun and I want to take a minute to thank everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog and to leave such nice comments.  I recently received a lovely note from Mary Huey and a very sweet and generous offer for a piece of nasturtium fabric for my quilt.  Look how beautiful!

Thank you Mary!!!  Mary has a lovely blog as well and you can visit her at Rose-Colored Trifocals to see her progress on Celtic Solstice.

Want to join the party?  Celtic Solstice at Quiltville is where it's happening.