Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

It's that time of year when we turn the page on the old calendar and fill in all those appointments and birthdays on the new calendar.  Oh, wait, that's old school--don't we have all that stuff already in our phone?  Yes, but I still like a beautiful calendar on my kitchen wall--just like the old days.

I sure enjoyed the annual big sale at my local quilt shop, Patches & Stitches.  With at least 25% off and a generous gift certificate from my husband, I really shopped:
The bolt on the bottom is for a back for a large quilt, other pieces are backs (half price table is where I get lots of my back fabrics)  and borders. The top 2 pieces, Baby Feet Flannel and the soft blue, are for a quick baby gift. 

The sale has been going on for more than 30 years and all the local quilters know this is the place to be New Year's Day morning--the place goes from empty to full in minutes!  It was so much fun to see so many of my friends and students--this is where I teach the majority of my classes.  I stayed for 3 hours, putting bolts back up as soon as they were cut at one of the four cutting stations so someone else could find their treasures.  One of the half price tables was empty by Noon!

We tried to introduce a new cat friend to Patches, thinking she "needed" a buddy.  She didn't.  Each day over 4 days she got more aggressive with Tuffy, and it was clear she wasn't going to welcome her into our home.  Tuffy spent most days behind the washer and dryer and hollered.  The shelter has a 2 week trial period to be sure the new pet is a good fit--so they took Tuffy back and I know she'll be a good cat for someone else.   Patches seems perfectly content to be large and in charge so I won't be bringing any more cats home. 

Happy New Year to you and yours--may it be a good year!

Let's Quilt!



  1. She needs a boy cat companion. Females are the alphas in catdom and Patches saw her as a rival. A boy cat wouldn't be a rival-he'd sit down and say 'OK-' Seen it several times. Make sure the male is a little smaller than Ms. P. Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year! Yesterday sure was a fun on at P&S! Looks like you took optimum advantage, too! Patches is a pretty little thing -- I don't recall seeing cats when I was there last summer! :)