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PVQA Annual Quilt Show 2016

I spent this weekend with my daughter at the PVQA annual quilt show at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.  This was our second year as vendors at the show and I think I enjoyed  this year more.  We met so many lovely people and made a few new friends.  



If you've been visiting my blog for a while, you'll know that I also teach a costume design class and that the show we have been working on also fell on this same weekend!  It was truly crazy but everything got done!  Having both things happen at the same time meant I was constantly torn between what things to work on and when.  It was frustrating at times and I ended up with fewer pincushions than I would have liked but I was happy with how the booth looked and with the product we had. 


My daughter always enjoys meeting other artisans and talking with them.  This year she connected with two vendors, one making fabulous spirit dolls and beautiful shabby chic style items and the other a fabric vendor who teaches college level desi…

Finished Needle Books

I finished these needle books yesterday and I just love the little keys!  The keys and layered flowers give a satisfying amount of dimension to the covers of these little needle books.  
The PVQA quilt show is next weekend, Feb 27-28 at the Santa Cruz County Fairground and I will have a booth there again this year.  I'm feeling the pressure right now.  Especially with some last minute costume items to tweak and finish up next week before the Lion King performances on Thursday and Friday.  There are just not enough hours in the day!







New Needlebook Designs

When I was rummaging in my jewelry making supplies for something the other day, I came across a package of keys.  Actually if I'm honest, I came across four packages of different styles of keys!  And it hit me that these might make a really cute accent for a needle book.  I could add some flowers, a little lace ribbon......






Today I am planning to stitch these to the rest of the cover.  I prepared the "pages" yesterday evening while we watched an old episode of "Top Gear" on Netflix.  Before I do that, I'm trying to decide whether to add a couple of stitches to stabilize the keys or whether to leave them free to move around.  I will also trim the lace ribbon and add a tiny bit of Fray Check to the cut ends.  I think they came out cute.  They have a sort of vintage vibe.  Happy needle books.





Winter Break, Sewing And Staying Sane

Down there in the distance is the lower end of Silicon Valley.   Up here in the hills you could be a thousand miles away from all the hubbub and traffic.  Here there are woodpeckers drilling into telegraph poles, the mournful cry of a hawk and the smell of cows and horses in their pasture.  We often hike up here.  It is close to home but feels a long way away.  

It has been a difficult few days and I am weary of the constant round of giving meds to a reluctant and struggling cat.  She is doing a little better though.  I am trying to be kind to myself, allowing myself to take things a little slower, walk the dog a little longer and keeping my hands busy with sewing.  I've been ignoring the dust and some of the household chores. Lack of sleep is hard.  Giving a wheezing cat a rescue inhaler at 3.30am is hard.  But her breathing is a little easier today.   
Today I walked in the hills with my dog.  The sun warmed our bodies and a gentle breeze created soothing background sounds.  

We di…

My Cat Has Asthma

This is Patches.  She is a 10 year old cat that we adopted along with her sister when they were little kittens.  Recently I had to take her to the emergency animal hospital with some digestive issues.  When they looked at her x-rays, they noticed a problem with her lungs, she has asthma.  


She hadn't been coughing or acting any different to usual apart from the digestive problem.  

I learned that 1% of cats have asthma.  I also learned that there are around 80 million cats in the U.S. alone which means there are a lot of cats with asthma.  Why had I never heard of this being a cat thing?  I did what we all do in this situation and turned to the internet.  It is full of stories of cats being successfully treated.  Our vet has Patches on a steroid pill and a bronchial dilator pill.  She is not really responding to either and pilling her is stressful for us all.  She breathes at a rate of 50 to 60 shallow breaths a minute, it should be about 25 deep breaths.  A couple of times recently…

Spring Like

It is still early February and much too early to be thinking about Spring.  Our El Nino weather pattern has brought lots of very welcome rain and Sierra snow but for the last few days and for all of this week it is forecast to be in the 70's maybe even 80's.  


Yesterday afternoon we went for a walk along the bike and walking trail near where we live. It's a trail that winds through old orchards, open fields, and runs along next to a creek.  The neglected orchard is full of plum trees with small sweet plums which we have picked in the Fall.  Yesterday these trees were breaking out into blossom and the air around the flowers was thick with all kinds of happy thrumming bees.  





In my own garden, there are flowers on my apricot tree!  Surely it is much too early for those?!  The blueberry bushes have flower buds and the cheerful yellow forsythia buds are just unfurling.  I'm not ready for it to be Spring.  I like Winter.  Besides it isn't time for Spring and we will get m…

Finished Deer Pincushions

My daughter is getting her hair cut so I have a few minutes that I hadn't counted on.  Don't you love it when that happens, a little chunk of precious free time?! Just long enough to edit some photos and post them here! 

 I finished the deer pincushions that I shared last time.  I enjoyed making these.  Using a completely new color combination made them feel fresh.  


The true color of the blue felt is more of an aqua but my neither my camera nor my phone will capture it accurately. 



In the end I decided to go with three simple groupings of flowers and leaves around the sides.  The detailed top is complimented by the simple design on the side band.