Thursday, February 14, 2008

almost a top!

I haven't been able to do too much sewing the past week. The cold I had the end of January came back with a vengeance...I've been popping antibiotics and sucking down cough medicine with codeine in hopes of someday breathing through my nose and sleeping through the night again someday...

I did however get my bargello strips together for my Vale of Evesham Quilt. (Picture this - sew one strip then sleep for 20 minutes on the couch...press the strip then sleep for 10 minutes on the couch...do I lead an exciting life or what!!!) As you can see in the top photo, Goldie has laid claim to this quilt...it does match her nicely. Cats always seem to know what they look good on!
The top is pretty large already but I think I may add a border. (This quilt reminds me of the chains we made at camp by folding gum wrappers!) I have a black-ish batik but I am concerned that may make it too dark. The quilt is already so busy that I don't think I could piece a border. I am determined not to buy fabric for this so I may have to get creative. Not exactly how I feel right now....

Some of my time on the couch has been spent flipping through magazines, ripping, filing and tossing. Knowing I am moving again in the autumn gives me a lot of incentive to be ruthless. There are a few magazine that have made several moves though and remain untouched. These include: every Christmas issue of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion; the past 6 years of Country Living's Halloween Issue; the Bon Appetite Ireland and Italy edition; several months of Country Living (some of which are -5 years old) that I go back to over and over again(one has a kitchen that I dream about!); and then a binder full of the McCall's Vintage quilt magazine. After the last move I just accepted that I would have some magazines "forever" and bought a couple of the magazine holder/binders so they can sit in the bookcase (save from DH's cleaning efforts!)

I promised a group of Americans that I would take them to an auction and just my luck it is today. Here's hoping the auctioneer doesn't take my sneezing for bids!

12 comments:

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Goldie looks so pretty, of course. she's definitely a regal looking cat. ooooh, love the colors - your bargello looks amazing. all that slow progress was worth it. maybe a red border? good luck at the auction.

The Calico Cat said...

Pretty kitty & pretty quilt - I like all of the orange/red tones.

Remember to get a gurgling cod!

Elaine Adair said...

Feel better soon - weekend coming up!

Quilt is very nice! Great use of your stash.

Darcie said...

So sorry that you're feeling under the weather again, Sio!

Your Bargello is lovely! The color is just scrumptious!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Oh nooo, you must have caught my bug. Sooo sorry for you. The new quilt is just lovely. Would it be possible to piece some neutrals to create a border? Hope you feel better real soon.

McIrish Annie said...

I remember making thos gum wrapper chains. Whatever did we do with them?? were they bracelets?? sorry you are under the weather. Feel better!

Marilyn R said...

You brought back some fond memories of those gum wrapper chains! Your quilt top looks wonderful! Love the colors!

Pam said...

Your bargello quilt is lovely. I do enjoy the scrap quilts so much. How about a purple border? Although, I do like Tonya's idea of red. Hope you are feeling better. Seems like everyone has caught the bug at least once. I am with it for the second go round.

Dawn said...

Oh your bargello looks beautiful! And what a memory making gum wrapper chains! I remember those! Hope your feeling better.

Jeanne said...

Goldie and the bargello quilt both look wonderful. Isn't that cold the pits? Hope you are feeling better.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Oh what a fun post! Goldie looks so pretty on that quilt!

The entire post was a joy to read.

*karendianne.

Karen said...

Goldie is a pretty one. Yes, you must protect those magazines, they are Very Good Ones.