Things I’m Thinking About on Saturday Night

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

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.

25 Replies to “Things I’m Thinking About on Saturday Night”

  1. Precious, precious baby lamb.
    The posed dogs photos are beautiful – wonderful photography – I could easily believe they are paintings. I can’t imagine getting all of them to cooperate!
    You have some beautiful skies there.
    I do do enjoy your sharing. Happy Birthday to your guy!
    Joy from Watkinsville, GA.

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    1. the skies here really area amazing. They can be very dramatic. Perfect for photos.

      And those dogs are not easy to get posed and all looking in the same general direction. I took a LOT of photos to get these two!!! But it’s worth the effort!



  2. Loved this post! The lamb, all the beautiful dogs on logs, ( breathtaking backgrounds too)! Your new fabric selection and all the lovely bags from your readers.Nice to read on a Sunday morning. Hopefully you have warmed up by now!

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    1. I finally warmed up and I’m finishing up my coffee and will then head out for our morning walk. It’s about 43 degrees outside so it will be a nice comfy walk!


  3. Shout out to sweet Bender- happy birthday πŸŽ‰!!!! He’s such a sweetie πŸ₯° The dogs posing pictures are such fun! Love the tiny lamb! Was the mom upset one of her babies isn’t with her at night? You must be tempted to keep that one πŸ€£πŸ‘ yes, you need to soldier on and finish the dark bag and then be free to play with the bright side again. All the bags are so good, love that cute dog πŸ• bagπŸ₯°

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    1. the mom of that tiny lamb is a first time mom, so she doesn’t have much experience. AND, she has two other lambs to keep her busy She hasn’t rejected this little lamb, but the lamb isn’t able to come to her to nurse. So I don’t think she’s too worried about it. It’s not her fault that she’s not being the best mother. It’s just that she doesn’t have any experience as a mom and three babies is really hard for a first time mom.



  4. You can cut all those blocks organically and the finished item will be even more interesting. Stack them in groups of three or four. Staple them together so they don’t shift and cut the arcs from contiguous edges….edge to edge. Mix the colors. Sew all from the same stack. Make sure the arcs don’t intersect or get too small. Use a new rotary blade.


  5. Happy birthday Bender! Extra doggie treats for you today!
    Love that little lamb! Tempting to take it home. Bet my cat would love that.
    Saw a fabric @ Missouri star reminded me of you. Sheep pasture with border collie watching over their flock.
    I like that Blue Onion quilt. I bought a $32 ruler set from everyday stitches that would definitely make those curvy cuts. They create a number of quilt patterns specifically for the ruler so at least it’s not a one and done expense. Check out their website where they have a video of cutting instructions for the curvy part. On the other hand, this looks like a large drunkards path to me — with the “pie” portion segmented using only 2 different arch shapes. This could definitely be cut with that ruler. I’m working on their Courtyard pattern now. Oh, if you decide to go with the ruler, I’ve found that template cutting of the arches conserved fabric.I
    Always fun to read your posts!

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    1. Oh. I’ll have to check out MSQ to see their border collie fabric! Not sure it’s possible to have too much !

      The ruler that the onion pattern calls for has a video on how to use the ruler for this quilt and I htink I could totally free hand it. I might try it later today to see if it works.



  6. Happy birthday Bender😘😘😘
    Yes, definitely get that dark bag finished! It will only take you 15 minutes LOL! I absolutely love your bright colors and that onion quilt is lovely. Thank you for sharing that super cute tiny lamb πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•. And more fabulously gorgeous art bags – that dog bag πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—. We are headed to Port A – it’s the beach on the Gulf of Mexico. No sewing for a week πŸ˜’. I will be looking forward to your posts though πŸ˜„! I am learning lots from you and your readers too! Thank youπŸ’•

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    1. I think I’ll finish that bag today. I’ll force myself to do it! And yes… gorgeous bags being made by my blog readers! I’m getting inspired!

      Have fun at the beach!



  7. So much in this episode to think about! Your “peeps” have been inspired by you to make such creative Frankenbags. The quilt top and “Frankenbacking” for my son’s Aboriginal quilt are DONE! Now I can think about finishing up a few small UfO’s and then start something new. Happy Days are here again.

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  8. Loved seeing the aboriginal and Kaffe fabrics that I used, on your “consideration” table. I get so many compliments on my bag.
    ” Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

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    1. It was such a good combo! I started cutting and playing tonight. Mine will be a little brighter than yours, but it’s the same idea. Thanks for getting my creative juices flowing!


  9. Every time that I look at your unfinished dark Frankenbag, what I immediately think is that it needs some contrast in it. That would give it some “sparkle”!

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    1. I agree. It’s flat. Blah. All that work in piecing and you can’t see any of it!!! The tones of the fabrics are all similar, as a re the design. And when I was selecting fabrics I thought this was going to be a BLUE bag!!!


  10. You do definitely inspire your readers! I’ve been thinking about that onion quilt and those curves all day!!! So much so that I found the pattern on Etsy and bought it! Now to resist buying new fabrics for it and use my obscenely large stash! Re the curves… I’m thinking a 12.5″ stacked squares would make a simple stack and whack project. I’ll be fiddling with it myself as I watch tv this evening!

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    1. Yay! I love it when people are spurred to take on a new project! I spent some time tonight playing with this onion idea and am getting ready to do a blog post including my process and the result.


  11. Hi. I love to read your posts especially the bags you make. I saw you asked about the Onion. I have made 4 of these as lap quilts. You can draw out the pattern or something similar. It goes together really fast. I have used batiks. I hope you get this. Please reach out w any questions. Sheryl Fleishaker. Sent from my iPad


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    1. thanks Sheryl. I spent some time tonight playing with some scraps and did a pretty good job of figuring this out. I still want to tweak. I’m getting ready to do a blog post including my experimentation.



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