Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's Tough Being a Supervisor

But Chloe works hard at it!  (Chloe is a "box kitty".  If there is a box, she'll be in it.  She has taken over this perch in the kitch atop both my kitchen stools, and Mr. Muddling even constructed this wooden box for her after she outgrew her cardboard box.  Oh, my, can you say "spoiled"?)

I was canning some fig preserves and she had to be sure I was doing it the right way.

I think I did okay.  LOL!  At any rate, the jar of preserves that I put in the refrigerator later sure did taste good on a piece of bread!

While the figs were processing, I finished cutting the nine patches.

Chloe had moved to another box to supervise said cutting, but had to take a nap.

I've put a lot of the squares up on the design wall, just to see how they'll look.  I still have to trim them, I just couldn't wait.  You know how it is.  This will be the back of a quilt I'm working on for a friend and work colleague of Mr. Muddling.  This man is a Vietnam Veteran and very patriotic.  He is retiring in August and we wanted to do something nice for him.

For the front, I'm going to attempt this one from Kim Brackett's book, Scrap Basket Sensations.  (Connecting Threads is having a book sale right now!)  It was really hard to make a decision, they are all so tempting.

I have the pieces all cut now, so soon. 

And my sweet Bruno is just happy that he has his own (?) bed in the sewing room!

It's still terribly hot and dry here, but it IS summertime, so we just have to deal with it.  I've just come inside from doing a little more watering out there.  I'm trying to be sure that there's plenty of water for the chickens, of course, but also for the birds in the area. 

I hope you're having a lot of fun where you are!

Hugs and kisses,


Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Since we only had outdoor cats when I was a kid, I never knew they liked boxes so well. I have seen that now on several blogs.

Susan said...

I love figs and those look yummy. It is HOT here, too. I only go out in the early morning to sit and have my coffee (hot of course but I am having my last cup over ice.)

*karendianne. said...

OH Chloe it's so nice to see you. You're one of my most favorite cats dontcha know! Loving that quilt you have up on the wall. You're a hard worker - always having something in progress and ready to turn the corner towards a finish. :) Good on ya!

I'm extra happy to see Bruno and read about the chickens. Do they like to take extra water baths in the heat?

Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- that box is just too funny -- my kitties are jealous! Love the way that quilt is coming along -- it looks like a fun one. And fig preserves! I don't think I've ever tried them. Have a wonderful weekend!

Melanie said...

I would so love to learn to do that. I can aa Grandmother that canned everything--- young and stupide I was--- and never made an effort to learn.... Great pets....The cat looks painted.

Miri said...

I just love quilts with pieced backs...they're really reversible quilts! Looking good!

Oiyi said...

Yum, the fig preserves must be really tasty!

Nanette Merrill said...

The quilt is beautiful. Love the fabric. Choloe is so sweet in that box. makes me want to jump in and scoop her up.