Cats & Quilts - a match made in heaven... (except maybe those stubborn little clouds of fur that latch on to the fabric!)

Kitty Quote of the Day

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. - Jean Cocteau

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Why Quilt Kitty Loves Life?

Dawn of As Sweet As Cinnamon asked why bloggers chose the name they did for their blogs. I have spend days reading these & there are some beauties.

Check out Cardygirls, my personal favourite as I can relate very well to the Bay City Rollers & Chooky Blue comparison. This made me laugh  (I lol & kept loling!)

For me making my blog was a rush job as I so wanted to join in with Chooky Blue's 2011 Stitch A Long of the Tis The Season quilt by Natalie Bird and you have to be a blogger to do so. I played around with names but was already using quiltkitty as my email address so decided I couldn't go past that. It's a bit like being called Tracee & really wanting to be called Tessa or Mandy like the cool girls but realising in your heart that you are a Tracee. I am a Tracee & I am a Quiltkitty!

Of course I am a quilt kitty because I love everything about quilting, fabrics & threads and all my life I have had very spoilt & much loved cats. Thanks to my mum & granddad for that furry addiction. Thanks to the furboys for their quilt testing.

The Loves Life was maybe a bit of 'fake it until you make it' happening. My family has had many hard years health wise & lost many loved ones so especially after losing my mum & Aunty I wasn't loving life as much as I knew I eventually would again. It was a time of making decisions & slowly finding new directions. It still is but I can say, becoming a blogger has been one of the best things I have done this year and has lead to many laughs, great new friends & a lot of fun.

So check out Dawn's list of who is playing along & you still have today & tomorrow to join in.

Happy stitching (& reading)
Tracee xx

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Look Out Tassie Here I Come...

So Wednesday early sees me on a plane from Perth to Melbourne with about a dozen workmates for our biannual Playgroup Conference. After that is over, on Saturday its on a plane again to the promise land - Tasmania!

So the list of 'to do's' for the weekend are long but so far I haven't
- done much of the housework
- done the accounts for the club I am Treasuer of
- put chlorine in the pool
- been to the ATM
- broken the news to the furboys that mummy is leaving on a jet plane
- finished my TTS SAL quilt (sorry Chooky & I do so want to do the next one!)

What I have done is prepared some stitching to do while I am away, all traced, cut, threads chosen & all packed in to little bags.

Project 1 is 3 little stitcheries called Loving Home by Natalie Bird for a swap gift & then some felt cut out to make the Owl Scissor Keep & Needle Book that Melody featured as a tutorial on her blog yesterday. These are so cute so check them out if you haven't already.

I have a list of quilt shops to visit around Hobart & Launceston - yippee! Hopefully I will also take some great pics to post while on holiday too.

Happy stitching
Tracee xx

Friday, October 7, 2011

F.R.I.E.N.D.S Swap from Shez

I finally decided to join in on a swap again & what a beauty I picked. It was the FRIENDS Swap organised by Kris of SewPrimKris. Thanks Kris for your work organising this!

Each Swapper sent their partner 1 gift beginning with each of the letters in the word Friends so 7 gifts for every one. It was my lucky day & in the draw I received Shez from Enjoying Life as my swap partner.

It was like Christmas the day I got home from work & the mail man had left me a parcel.

And it only got better from there!

F is for Fabric Roll (at last some yellow - yah) & R is for Reading (great for on the plane next week)

I is for Items for the kitchen (check out the kitty buttons - ohhhh!)

E is for Egyptian Fabric made in to a gorgeous bag

N is for Needlecase (in my current favourite - green!), D is for DMC Threads (great colours) & S is for Stitchery Patterns (my most favourite crafty past time).

How spoilt am I???? Thank you Shez for your thought, generoisity & heart that has gone in to my swap presents & our email chats with each other. Plenty more to come.....

Shez has now received my parcel & did a lovely post of her goodies you can check out on her blog.

I did have fun making her a bag. It was different from usual as you put the three layers together & cross hatched them before cutting the pieces out. Love how my Frixion pen made it easier & then just disappeared when I ironed the finished fabric sandwich.

The fabric is a beautiful Quest For A Cure fabric from a few years back. The selveage is used as a tie so you know the significance of the fabric too. I was rather liberal in matching my gifts to letters so called this E is for Emotions Bag. Poor Shez though she was getting a new pair of ears after an earlier blog post where I said I was having a problem with E.

To continue my dubious name matching N was for Nice Little Wall Hanging. A recent Homespun project that was too cute to pass up. It looks better with it's hanger & ribbon but I forgot to photograph it then. See the rest on Shez's blog.

So after opening all that goodness I sure had a smile on my face. No so Hun-bun - didn't you buy me a present mum? Just not his day.....

Happy stitching (& swapping!)
Tracee xx