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I was very tired of using my design wall in my sewing room as a sort of bulletin board to keep track of online purchases (Amazon, Etsy, etc.) and decided to create something to fill the blank white space that was sort of artsy.
So I went to Etsy looking for something easy to make. Free hand cutting out lots of circles with my very sharp little titanium-bladed Fiskars was fun.
Went to the website of my favorite designer of easy scrappy quilts (note that important word "easy") and found this cute thing which filled the bill perfectly.
There are perhaps three or four dozen fabrics from my scrap basket in this batch of circles and the rest are cut from packets of squares I purchased from Etsy. (The leftover circles are going to my DD who thinks she needs to make one of these, too.) The oldest scrap is near the bottom right corner, a print with black rick-rack left over from a pinafore I made for my two year old DD about fifty years ago. Someday I will officially finish this off with batting, backing and quilting although since I gave away Lily Aurora it will take some plotting to get the quilting work done.
The pattern is called "Paperweights" and can be found at https://www.etsy.com/listing/119643176/paperweights-quilt-pattern-fusible?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=karen+griska+quilt+patterns&####-1-2&dd=1&referrer_page_guid=f6b3309a12e.f8d39ba7d6013765080a.00&organic_search_click=1
On to the second item in my subject line.
Meet Daisy a two year old who was found at a local animal rescue shelter which is called "Homeless to Home" about ten days ago. After living in a small cage since May she is doing "zoomies" with great glee around our house because we have so many square feet for her to race around in.
We also allow her to climb on the dining room table because some cruel veterinarian in Tiffin, Ohio removed the claws from all of her feet; she is utterly defenseless and thus needed a safe home that will keep her indoors and away from all other cats.
DH was still missing our Misty who passed away over a year ago and so I found Daisy for him, a female who will eventually settle down and adore him and believe he is wonderful ...
Love the quilt, Judy! That's an exceptional pattern to use up scraps in a very imaginative way.
Daisy is adorable. I do miss having cats but since Mr. Pirate & I travel frequently (long road trips), having a pet would be unfair to everyone. We wouldn't take the pet with us and don't want to board it every time either. Maybe when our traveling days are over, we can get another cat .... or two. :-)
My DD takes her cat to the vet's office where they have vet techs that trim her kitty's claws. I think it is something like $25.00 for this service. (That's big city living for you.)
I wanted a declawed kitty because it became very difficult for DH to trim our Misty's claws in her later years ... she disliked the procedure and it became a huge hassle. I thought it would be best if we could avoid the whole issue with a new adoptee.
Our traveling days are certainly over and DH has always loved cats. (I'm allergic to cats but I adapt to a cat living in my house after a few months of sneezing. Allergic reactions to everything are getting weaker as I age.)
This was definitely a low-stress project; kinda reminded me of days of playing with paper dolls long long ago when I was sick in bed with measles, mumps or whichever disease had me quarantined in ancient times. Bright cheery colors, sharp scissors and in no big hurry ... it was as if I was a child again.
Now, that is one cheery and colorful "wall hanging" certain to brighten up your sewing room! Good job on the random scattering--I have a tendency to want to line things up. I can randomize color, struggle with shapes. That's a lot of circles to cut! Those must be some great scissors--surgical quality. Didn't that bother your wrists? Mine hurt just looking at it. Does DH have any thin strips of wood in his shop? You could make a frame for around it and call it done for now.
Cute kitty. I bet DH is happy to have a friend to sit on his lap. I couldn't imagine my house without my dogs--they are such company when you have a workaholic DH. I'm OK with being around cats, but if I should pet one then forget and rub my eyes, they will itch and swell up like crazy. Enjoy the new addition to your family.
but if I should pet one then forget and rub my eyes, they will itch and swell up
Yeah, I am washing my hands a lot lately, that's for sure. And blowing my nose a lot more. But I will eventually adapt to her as I did with our previous kitties.
The small Fiskar snips are very ergonomic so when it came to cutting out those small circles they were perfect, especially since I paced myself. I suspect that you would not be able to do that. LOL
I love this quilt! So bright and colorful! It will look amazing when you finish it.
Loving all the circles but especially loving Daisy! Dog people can love kitties, too, and bless you for adopting a shelter pet!
As an aside (NOT trying to make this all about me), the 5dogmom only has two now. As we aged, 5dogdad and I agreed that we needed to downsize in number as well as size. Miley (Chihuahua mix) and Pico (Sheltie/Corgi cross?) came from the shelter and have blessed our lives beyond measure.
Cris in MT