Koda’s First Birthday

ZDSCN3713Our Golden Boy turned one year old today. Last year I signed up with the local golden retriever rescue in hopes to find a match for our family. It took several months of waiting then we got a call in July that there were to male puppies in need of a home. We had both pups over to the house to see which one would be a good fit for us. Both pups were beautiful. One was a little mischievous and the other one just wanted to hang with us and be loved on. We chose the lover boy and named him Koda. The name comes from the Disney character in the movie Brother Bear. Here are a few photos of his the last year.

 

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ZDSCN3728Here is Koda looking adorable on his birthday. I love this boy and am so thankful that he is in our lives. Cheers to another year of long walks, special treats, cuddle time, and good old fun.

WIP Wednesday

DSCN2477I have several works in progress or shall I say a few I am actually working on at the moment. I decided to take a reality check this year on my long list of incomplete quilts. I printed out a photo list of all my wips listed by oldest to newest and hung it up on my cork board. This quilt is my oldest wip. It is the first quilt I ever made. I made this quilt top in 2003 after I lost my beloved cat “Pusskins”. It was kind of my therapy at the time. I had no pattern all I had was a few books on quilting and I also watched a few shows on PBS. One of the shows was on applique and that is how I got the idea to use a cat and heart motif and applique them onto some of the blocks. My cat Pusskins was a black cat so naturally I wanted the cats to be black. All of the fabric in the top I found at JoAnn fabrics. I just kind of made it up as I went along. I set up my quilt station in my kitchen on the little table in the corner. This is when I discovered the rotary cutter and mat. Little by little I pieced this thing together. Then when I got to actually making it into a quilt is where my troubles began. I bought a big thing of acrylic high loft batting. I also was not confident in my quilting so I bought clear acrylic thread. When I made my sandwich I just laid it out on the bed and pinned it all together, not knowing I should have secured the backing on a surface before putting the batting then top down to pin. I did my quilting by stitching in the ditch around the square blocks. What a nightmare. It was a total mess. It was so thick from the batting and the thread was awful. I ended up rolling it up and putting it in the closet for the next 10 years, always thinking I would fix it. Now I know a little bit more about quilting. So fast forward to 2014 and me finally deciding to clear out all those old wips. Last week when we were all kind of iced in from the big winter storm of the south, I pulled out this quilt and began to hand pick out all the quilting and separated the top from the batting and backing. It took me three days and it is ready now for some proper cotton batting. I am going to switch up the backing fabric a little too. I am so excited that this quilt is on the mend. It looks like Cosmo is already staking claim to the quilt once I finish it.

 

DSCN2469Still working on my nephews quilt made using the economy blocks. I plan to make another strip of bricks for in between the last two rows using a few of the fabrics from the top row of blocks. I am using a light tan as my neutral for around the blocks and outside border. I am thinking of appliqueing my nephews name onto the top border. His 1st birthday is tomorrow so I should deserve a few spankings for being so slow on this one. I blame my design board. Every time I make a block or complete another stage of the quilt and put it on the design board, I sit and stare at it. Seriously long moments just staring at the board and thinking about how I might put it all together. I love how this is turning out.

 

DSCN2322Here is the progress on my Woodland Sampler cross stitch. I just have the last month left. I ran out of the brown floss that is used to outline each block. I ordered some and just received an email that the floss has shipped. My goal is to get this one done by the end of the month. My fingers are itching to start a new cross stitch pattern.

 

DSCN2395Here is the biggest Work in Progress in the house. Koda is 9 months old and is as big as a horse, or at least it feels he is that big. He is lucky he is so adorable. He is all puppy and bad dog rolled into one, lets just say he is a work in progress.

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Happy Labor Day

DSCN0698Wishing everyone in the US a Happy Labor Day. Look how big Koda is getting. Love that face, such a handsome boy.

 

DSCN0755I couldn’t help but mention there is a Clematis vine in my front yard and it is blooming. I am so excited that there is some lovely plants and flowers in the yard at this rental home. I miss gardening. Looks like I will be able to get my hands dirty again and watch some flowers grow. Now I need to go web search to see if I can find the name of this particular bloom.

Summer Update

DSCN0645This has got to be our busiest summer ever. I thought I better do an update before I loose the few followers that I have. First up Koda our puppy is growing so big. He has at least doubled in size in the last 30 days. He is starting to loose his puppy fur so I am finding clumps of fur around the house and am starting a dust bunny farm. The potty training is going well. He is definitely in his puppy chew mode and I am due to stock up on some more rawhide since we are a little low.

DSCN0612I think the biggest thing and most time consuming of this summer is we moved. The home we were in was a rental and the owners called and said they were thinking of putting their house on the market and wondered if we were interested in moving earlier than the end of our lease. Chris is currently building a dental office about 50 minutes away from where we lived so we decided to find a place closer to his new office. We were lucky enough to find a home to rent in a nice neighborhood and not to far from the new office. So we packed up and moved. Can I just say the moving process blows. Right now the house is about half unpacked and I am still surrounded by many boxes. I am excited about my new office/ studio. I took the room downstairs that has French doors. The downside is it has no closet. You know how it is when you have a ton of craft stuff along with piles of fabric and quilt and sewing gear. The room is a bit bigger than I am use to and the lighting is amazing. I will just need to be creative in storing all my junk in a nice neat way, especially since it is the first room you see when you walk thru the front door. No time at the moment to unpack my sewing machine and get organized, my family feels there is other priorities as far as unpacking the house.

DSCN9095This was the last quilt I was working on before packing up my sewing machine. It is the Giant Vintage Star quilt pattern by Jeni Baker. I am using a fat quarter stack of Grand Hotel fabric by Jenean Morrison. This was a super easy quilt to put together. I think I am going to put a border around it, not sure yet.

DSCN0177A new project I started up this summer I am obsessed with is making these sweet 6 point stars. I am paper piecing the diamonds. No sewing machine required just a lot of couch time in front of mindless TV. The fabric so far is a bit of Sweet Shop calico candies & also some Atsuko Matsuyama. I plan to just add fabric as I find it here and there if I see something that will go with the vibe I started. I think putting these stars together for a quilt will take forever so I am giving my self no time limit and am just enjoying the process.

DSCN0178I love these and am so glad I started them. I just like looking at them. I think I need to make a mug rug out of one of these. Might be the first thing I whip up when I unpack my sewing machine. I have several of these 6 point star blocks made but they are still packed up. I will take a pick and share as soon as they are unpacked.

DSCN0188I am still working away at my Mirabilia “Under the Friendship tree”. I was starting to loose sight trying to follow the chart. I blew up some copies of sections then I highlight the squares when I have completed them.

DSCN0190I am behind on my Woodland Sampler. Made it thru June so I am half way thru the year. July is adorable so can’t wait to get started on that one.

DSCN0486With all the hustle and bustle this summer we still managed to get away for a long weekend to Myrtle Beach. This was our first time there. Great beach and lots to do. Since it is only a few hours drive for us I think we will be back many times. Well that about wraps up what has been keeping me busy this summer. I hope all of you are having a wonderful season. I am looking forward to autumn and cooler temperatures.