Today was this guy’s ninth birthday.
We spent most of the day outside. It felt like winter. I’ve been home for 5 hours and I still haven’t gotten warm. But look at that gorgeous sky. It was like that all day long.
I didn’t have time to make this guy a cake for his special day. I’m planning to do that tomorrow. I think that will make him happy. I’m thinking I’ll make this Applesauce Banana cake, but it won’t be this fancy.
I had a sheep herding lesson this afternoon down outside Molalla, not far from Trudy’s place. So I decided to go down a couple hours early and get my final lamb fix for this season. And look what I got to see… the tiniest little lamb I’ve ever held.
Picking up that lamb was like picking up a little sack of air. I bet it didn’t weigh more than 2 lbs. So tiny. It’s one of triplets born to a yearling ewe with her first ever babies. It’s very unusual for a yearling to have three lambs. One of the lambs is bigger and two are tiny. But this one is the tiniest.
That is a 12 ounce water bottle, to give you an idea of how small this lamb it. Trudy is bottle feeding this waif. She’s not strong enough to nurse on her own. She will spend a few nights in the house. She is very special.
After seeing lambs, I drove a few miles to a different location for Rico’s herding lesson. He did a great job, and we have another lesson tomorrow.
After our lessons, my friend and I took our dogs for a nice hike on the logging land next to my friend’s property. It was so gorgeous, and we were all happy to get out.
You have no idea how hard it can be to get five dogs posed and all looking happy at the same time. But we did it. And that sky looked just like that all day. It was so beautiful.
And since we did such a good job of posing the first time, we gave it another whirl.
I had a nice hot dinner, hoping it would warm me up inside. And then took the boys for a three mile walk. The walk actually helped me warm up.
I’ve had a bit of a dip in my desire to do any sewing. I think it’s partly because I’ve just been so damned busy. It’s also partly due to the fact that I’m not in love with the bag that sits unfinished on my cutting table.
All I have to do is sew the side and bottom seams of the lining, and then sew it into the bag.
But look at all that distraction on my cutting table! That will likely be my next bag. Here’s a better view of the fabrics I’m considering.
I just LOVE orange and blue together. And I’m sort of intrigued with the idea of combining some KFC prints with Aboriginal fabrics. I will probably edit this pile down to five or six pieces before I start cutting. I posted a photo of a frankenbag a few days ago that was made by one of my blog readers and I’ve been thinking about these fabrics ever since.
And I’m going to force myself to finish that unfinished bag while I sit in on a sheep herding webinar tomorrow. It will be good to finish it up and start working on something that makes me a little happier. But I know that if I don’t finish that bag now, it may likely never be finished.
Here’s another thing I’ve been thinking about…
I saw one of these last week that was made from KFC fabrics and it was spectacular! The problem is that this pattern wants you to purchase a $45 special ruler to make these blocks. I’m wondering if I can figure out how to make something close — maybe cutting the arcs organically, rather then with a template. It’s likely that I’ll play around with this tomorrow evening. It will be fun to see if I can pull it off.
Another thing I’ve been thinking about… economy block quilts. I’ve wanted to make one for a long time and have been giving it more thought lately. What’s an economy block quilt? The block is just a square in a square in a square. I have a Pinterest board all about my love for economy blocks.
I’m thinking I’d like to make this using a paper piecing template. Or will that just make it go more slowly? Hmmm. Maybe I’ll try it with traditional piecing. Well… if I do decide to do it what a paper Template, I’ll have to make it. I’ve seen templates online that cover almost ever size except the one I want.
I’ve gotten a few more frankenbags from blog readers in the last few days. Let’s take a look. This first one was made by @quilty.girl on instagram. And I just love it!!! I’ve had this dog pattern on my list of quilts to make for a few years. This bag is a great way to play with that idea without committing to many, many doggies! I just love it!
This next bag was made by Niki Sager and I love it! Of course I love those little pieces of the sunburst fabric. Gah! Now I want to make another one from KFC fabrics and get away from the dark one I’m struggling to finish.
Next up is this bag made by Joyce Triezenberg. Of course I love all that green! And it goes so well with the red accents. And I love the square in a square block… love that strong diagonal design!
This next are these bags made by Cherry Naylor. Cherry has made a lot of these bags. I think I’m actually getting to where I can recognize her bags before I know she made them ! Cherry has been making matching zipper pouches for her bags and they are a great touch! I love it that Cherry really goes for it with old fabrics and graphic element. They just work so well!
Holy cow. I’m so exhausted. And still not terribly warm.