Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Naughty Sparkie

Hi all,  today is the big day.....we go to the VET again.   I hope the needle is not too big and that the shots don't hurt too much.  Mom says we leave soon and I have to get in my little red carrier.  I think I will jump around inside and hang  upside down from the top of the carrier like last time.  It makes mom all worried when I carry on like that.
I played a good trick on mom last night.  When her friend went out the back door I sneaked OUTSIDE  to  have a look around.  She says I can't go outside, that I am too little.  Maybe a coyote will eat me up....I wonder what is a coyote??  I am still pretty little, but when the VET weighs me today, maybe I will have gained a couple pounds.  Mom says I am getting legs are getting longer and my body is longer too.  I  think I have gained a half pound by now.
Mom is going to the airport after we see the VET....she is going to pick up a  couple of quilting friends.  One is a famous author, Freddy Moran, and the other one of her customers.  It is exciting because she has never met her customer Molly from Illinois.  Freddy will be teaching this weekend at  Aunt Mary's Quilt shop.  I guess I better start thinking of hiding so I don't have to go in my little carrier.  Mom has to eat breakfast and off we go.  I would rather go to the airport.  I wonder where I could go....Someplace warm and sunny, as I am getting tired of the foggy cool mornings.  It is a good thing I didn't have to stay outside all night long.  It has been pretty cold at night lately.
I hope you all have a great day, and I will report on my big visit to the VET next time.   Love, from Sparkie!
 Mom's  friend Molly's quilt.  It will be so much fun to meet her today.
 Gosh, what a cute kitten.   Look how tiny I am.
 Mom saw spiderwebs one morning at took this picture.  Spider webs are so amazing. I like to chase spiders...I can run really fast and catch them!
Dazzling Dahlia quilt from MQX...
by Andrea  beautifully done.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Notes from Sparkie

Hi all my kitty fans!
I have had such a time lately.  Mom has been gone to  a quilt show at the Museum for 4 days and left me all alone all day.  When she got home I had to run around like a  cannonball.   I had to climb up her of my favorite things to do, and climb up the quilts on the quilt ladder.  I got all the way to the top before the quilt slid off and I fell to the big pile of quilts on the couch near-by.  Mom was not too happy about that adventure.  Yesterday I tried to climb up to the window sill, but the blinds were in the way, so I was hanging by my toenails to the window sill until I finally fell down.  Being a kitten is such hard work, but around here there are so many interesting things to peak my curiosity. 
I found a great little piece of cardboard from the mail package....boy, it that fun to play with.  And mom's pony tail scrunchies are really fun too.  I have found 2 of them, and they are like soft little hockey pucks that I can speed around the wood floor.
Yesterday mom weighed me and I finally reached two pounds.  She was able to put the flea medicine on that the VET gave her.  And now she is  talking about another visit to that VET for more shots.  I hope that needle is smaller than the last time.  I wonder how many more visits to the VET for shots I will have.
I spent this morning snuggled under mom's chin purring in her ear....she loves that.  I have her fooled.  I get all snuggly, and then I run around like crazy getting into all kinds of things.   How can she get mad at such a cute and snuggly kitty? 
Well, mom will have to write about her MQX adventures in the next blog.  I will try to post some more pictures this morning.  I couldn't get anything to work last time I tried.  Mom is going to feed the fish on her way to the studio....I have not yet been outside....I am sure there are plenty of things to entertain me out there.  I hope you all have fun with your cats and dogs today.   We love to make you happy and entertained.  Love   from  Sparkie.
 These are some shots of of the quilt I did of my dad and nephew.  My nephew is over 40 years old now. I entered this quilt in the La Conner show.  It was my first attempt at a person type pictorial.  I used the photo because I wanted it to look really "real".  It took me about 6 months to make this quilt.....of course, it had been started several times over the last 15 years!  I am going to do one of my mom next.

 Who is that cute kitty?  She looks like she if full of mischief to me.
 I took a very fun class, actually two, from Claudia Pfeil of Germany.   She was loads of fun, and had some great ideas and gave me lots of inspiration to try some new things. 

This is one of Claudia's samples....the paisley above she did in class and attached the little mirror with the long-arm.  I love taking classes and getting some new ideas, or getting the inspiration to find the time to try things that have been rolling around in my head for a long time.  You are never too old to learn.

Oh, the most exciting thing was that I got a 3rd place ribbon at the MQX show.   I was especially thrilled since I am probably one of the oldest long-armers still at it, and have a 16 year old Gammill with no stitch regulator.   There is always hope!  I thought it was fun to win over lots of those fancy computerized machines!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fun and Inspiration at the La Conner Quiltfestival 2013

Hi everyone.....while Sparkie takes a break, I will fill you in on the Quiltfestival at La Conner.....what inspirational quilts there were.  Kathy McNeill was the Best of Show winner with another of her beautiful pictorial quilts.  There were so many other great ones...I especially loved one from Iowa that was pieced and appliqued on top of an antique quilt.....big, wonderful cornstalks with leaves all around and buttons galore.
There was a great chicken, and underwater scene, and many others that made my creative brain spin!
The weather was great, which made walking around town fun, too. 
I worked all day Wed. thru Saturday......had to get the vendors set up, and then make sure they got their breaks.
Oh, did I mention the garments that were so wonderful, especially the one with the New York city skyline and prairie points small than my baby fingernail!  An artist from Holland entered a few that were appliqued....WOW, is all I can say. 
Sadly pictures were not allowed, so you will have to send for a can find it on the Museum website.  Then you can be inspired, too.
Sparkie did pretty well with me being gone so much, but  I did miss her, and she was happy to see me everyday when I got home.  Oh, Oh,   the VET again next week.....maybe they can clip those razor sharp little toenails she has.
I hope you will all be inspired to quilt something new and exciting, too.   Judy
Since I can't post pictures of the La Conner show I will post some of the MQX show.....another awe-inspiring show with unbelievably beautiful quilts.

Well, after about 10 tries to insert image.....the computer keeps giving me a message that won't allow pix to load....will have to try again tomorrow....makes for a dull blog!  Judy