Friday, 18 April 2014

Bunnies, Dinosaurs, Boy 14

Hi everyone and Happy Easter too.  I had a finish last week, just a small project, but several others are on the go too.

I made this cute little bunny baby bib. The bunnies are machine appliqued, the green part is ribbon, and the horizontal lines are machine quilting. The background is pastel dots on white and the tails are premade tiny bows.  The binding had to be cut on the bias to suit the curves. You can see the picture
more clearly by clicking on it.

The binding is from a pink and white "pillow ticking" fabric and the backing is tiny pink flowers.

I was able to trace two of this size bib on the one fat quarter. I've finished the machine applique on the second bib. It will have different backing and binding and bunny tails.

I've cut the strips for the dinosaur quilt binding (brown) and the bunny bib (blue mini gingham) too.
The brown looks rather like scales up close and will be a good match. The blue is cut on the bias so I can use it on the bunny bib. There might be enough for another bib or two as well.

I've finished machine quilting the scrappy quilt but the binding is not finished yet. I used pink thread.
My new light helped a LOT.  Now I don't have to sew only in daylight hours.

I've starched the backing for the blue and white zig zag quilt. This is blue and white pillow ticking fabric from my stash.  The batting has arrived too, so it is all ready for basting and quilting soon.

The brown variegated thread collection I needed for the dinosaur applique has arrived.  This was an awesome deal.  There are 5 spools of various shades of variegated browns through creams.  Each spool has 1097M (1200 yards).  This collection was 49.95, on sale for $35. I have machine appliqued the dinosaur on the left and the heart so far.

Regarding Boy 14:  He was not able to come last Friday because Sunday was my monthly Sunday Stitchers meeting. I knew I would be gone well over 3 hours, (the maximum they allow), so he would have had to stay at the kennel all day. We decided he would come to me Monday instead so I would be home with him most of the week to help him settle in.  Early Monday am, I set up the bed, got bunny and teddy ready, along with the food bowl and treats, etc.  Then I had a call that went something like this:  He spent the weekend with one of the trainers and another dog. They had a RIGHT good time, with a huge slobberfest during their play. Since it was rainy too, they have both developed a skin condition related to the dampness. They both will be on antibiotics, twice daily baths, and some shaving will possibly happen too.  We are not sure if he will come to you when he is well again, but we will let you know as soon as we have a dog for you to board.  *sigh*
My last dog was so naughty, I had no choice but to send her back, and the one before that was so unwell, they decided to put him to sleep.   I just have to be patient until the time is right again.  I've been invited to a doggy graduation ceremony at the end of April though, so I am looking forward to that nice day out.
Hopefully I will have Boy 14 or another dog come to me soon.  Happy stitching! xx debbie

Friday, 11 April 2014

Hmmm...Boy 14

I've just had an email from my contact person at the very special dog place that I provide foster care for.  When the new boy comes on Monday, he will be  #14 for me, and just over a year now of volunteering for this very special charity.

I usually get a form that explains everything I might think to ask, such as: age, weight, habits, health issues, current medications, quirks, current food requirements, etc.....This time, my contact person is on holidays, so the form hasn't come to me yet.  It will come on Monday with Boy 14.

The email I got today made me gobsmacked...which I will say now is an understatement LOL.
These special dogs are on a raw food diet, which comes to me frozen, in a box of 12 servings.  I thaw out enough for a couple of days, and when feeding time comes, I add a bit of boiling water from the kettle to warm it up and thin it out a bit, as directed by the special place.  It looks like raw hamburger, but stinks like lamb, so I stand back when I prepare it.  Each frozen patty is 227 grams.

Out of that many dogs I have looked after, they have each either been on one patty in the am and one in the pm, or the other option is one patty in the am and half a patty in the pm, depending on their current weight and activity levels.  So, why am I gobsmacked this time?  The email I received today says that Boy 14 is on 3.5 patties per day.  3.5?!?!? Seriously?!  Now I am wondering just how big this lovely boy is that he needs THAT  much food in one day.  Now I can hardly wait until Monday when he arrives! All I know at this point is that he is a Yellow Lab, youngish, and apparently he eats a LOT more than any of my other foster pups. I am so excited to meet him soon. xx debbie

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Let there be light, Boy 14

Hi everyone,

Last month, I had an amazing win on Caroline's blog that you can find here.  There were 456 entries and four winners, including me (Debbie W).

Caroline gives a good description of it all, but I couldn't resist taking my own pictures too.  This picture makes me laugh!  The win was for an LED light strip that attaches to the sewing machine.  I plugged it in flat to have a look before installation, and it blinded me! I saw spots for ages after this.

This picture shows my sewing machine at night with the regular lights. There are shadows and the lights are not very bright.

This picture shows my sewing machine at night with the regular lights and the new lights on too.
The light is so bright, my camera would not flash, even though the room was dark.

This picture shows the new lights only, at night. This picture was taken in darkness and the camera still would not flash.

See the blinds there on the left? This is a daytime picture, regular lights only.

And this is a daytime picture, both sets of lights on.  This is a very cool product and I would like to offer special thanks to Caroline and to Inspired LED for this very generous giveaway. I love this product! On the paperwork with the light, it said "For when too much light is just right".  I totally agree, and I could not be happier. This light kit will make such a difference and it will mean I can sew anytime, instead of during daylight hours only.  Grateful!!!

On the sewing front,  I am awaiting a parcel from America to arrive. I need the batting to finish the blue and white quilt.  I've done as much as I can on the dinosaurs, too, but I need the brown thread that is in the parcel before I can applique them.  I've pin basted the scrappy quilt I showed in my previous post, and I will quilt that later today, using my new lights, of course!
I would also like to thank dear Fiona for posting her method for sorting little applique pieces on baking paper.  I used her method to assemble the dinosaurs and it worked perfectly.  You can find the directions on her blog under "how to", if you would like to give it a go.

I am happy to tell you I am expecting again. If you read my blog, you know I am a foster mum for the very special dogs that guide blind people.  I am expecting Boy 14 on Monday and he is a Yellow Lab.  He could have come today, but I will be out all day Sunday, so we decided to wait until I can be here all day to help him settle in.  I am grateful that I am able to help this very worthy charity.  I will post pictures of him soon, once I get to meet him too!

That's all for now. xx debbie