Saturday, March 17, 2018

It's Lily Day!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day and Happy National Quilting Day! It's a day to celebrate! But put your sewing machine away if you've had a few beers, you don't want to sew over your fingers!
Kiss a pug today for good luck!
Buy some fabric today!
Today is Lily Day! Lily is coming to visit. I've bought two different craft kits for us to do together. We will go out to lunch and maybe we'll even go to a fabric store to celebrate National Quilting Day.

Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pugtastic Tuesday: Art Imitating Life

Hello Dear Blogging Friends,

I had good intentions of writing this post on Sunday evening so I could release it on Monday evening so it would be waiting for you in your inbox. But as we know, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Sunday evening slipped into Monday, then Monday slipped into Tuesday, which was a blizzard here in New England. I worked from home, surrounded by the pug boys. This has been our third large storm in two weeks. Up until now, we've had a fairly mild winter, so I guess that March is coming in like a lion.

Here are today's newest pug photos.
Elvis sat on Caesar for a while. Caesar is quite good-natured and didn't seem to mind.
The pug boys found most of my work day snooze-inducing.
I am under 24-hour pug surveillance. Here LarryPug keeps a close eye on me while I use the bathroom.
Last Tuesday, I featured our pug art. Later that week, Mike and I had dinner at Zaftigs Delicatessen in Brookline. We were seated next to a very large painting.
Do you see what I see on the front steps?
The artist is Dan O'Connor.
Doesn't this darling pug boy look just like my Elvis? I was in love.
But it gets better, because there are actually two pugs in the painting...look in the right side window.
This one is slightly long-eared for a pug, but he reminds me of our dear departed Romeo.
For more on life imitating art...

Thanks for all of your lovely comments on my blog post last week. I'm still in the process of answering your emails.

Next week, I think that I will feature some of my pug bracelets. As always, I'm open to your suggestions. What other pug items would you like to see?

Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,

Saturday, March 10, 2018

March Sunday with the Brown Baggers

Last Sunday I had fun hanging out with my Brown Bagger quilting group.

Sandie brought this drop dead gorgeous quilt for show and tell. Her guild did this quilt as a block of the month. Sandie experimented and made the blocks in different sizes. She used a really cool ombre fabric to make her blocks. She ran out of fabric twice but found it on eBay in a shop in Alaska.
I made this photo extra large because this quilt is that good!
Joannie's beautiful daughter Jill joined us for the day. She wielded the acuquilt cutter with deadly accuracy and turned her mom's batik scraps into all different shapes and sizes for Joannie's next t-shirt quilt. Hey! Maybe we can get Jill to come back next month and we can all bring our scrap fabric to be cut!
Pat and I celebrated our birthday and received our birthday blocks. This year's block is a free pattern from the Moda Bake Shop called Big Sky. I hate making this block because it is nothing but half square triangles, however, I really like the finished result. These are very large blocks and will work up into a quilt in no time.
These are my birthday blocks. Kaffe Fassett fabrics alternating with a rich purple.
These are Pat's birthday blocks. She provided beach-themed fabrics in various shades of blue. You can't even tell that we are using the same pattern.
Pat brought a delicious birthday cake from Greenhills Irish Bakery in Dorchester! It was so good I had a piece for breakfast the next day. Yum!
Wish I had another piece right now...
Happy birthday to my fellow Brown Bagger March birthday girls: Pat, Sally, Terri, Jean, Juliana, Emma and Rochelle (who has gone to the great quilt shop in the sky).

Today I'm going on a birthday road trip with Joannie, Marion and Sue. Although I don't need any fabric, I'm sure that some will sneak into the car. And as my husband Mike says, "it's not about the shopping, it's about the adventure!" I married a really smart guy. Wish I could take all of you with me!

Thanks for visiting.

Pugs and kisses,

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Pugtastic Tuesday: Pug Art

Today I share with you the pug artwork that is slowly invading our house. I'm beginning to worry that our dining room is starting to look like the Museum of Bad Art... There is actually such a museum. It is in the basement of our small community art theater, not so coincidentally next to the mens' room. The smell just adds to the ambiance. The next time you're in my area, you'll have to check it out.

My first contribution was this pug wall hanging that I had framed instead of quilted. This is a fused quilt and there are approximately one zillion pieces in it. I made this several years ago. I believe that I blogged about it, but searched and couldn't find the entry, so don't ask me for the pattern name.
Not everyone can boast of an original Pugcasso in their dining room.
Then Mike and I purchased this cute pug print at a Newburyport dog shop.
Our friends Mike and Christine gave us this print as a gift.
I painted this portrait of LarryPug at a paint night with my friends. I'm considering donating it to the Museum of Bad Art. Or maybe I'll just leave it to them in my will.
Mike bought me this pug plaque as a gift.
Our friend Cindy bought us this pug art when we adopted Caesar last year.
Our latest addition came from my brother Gary and his wife Susie. I have not had a chance to frame it and hang it yet, although I have purchased the frame.
Here is the pug art as shown in the gallery, aka, dining room, aka dog room. Only three pieces are actually hung. The others are on top of the dog crates. We are planning to remodel our kitchen this spring, so the pug wall will be moving... I think there is plenty of space in our basement..
Here are the Pug Boys in their native habitat, aka, sitting next to my kitchen chair in hopes of a handout.
When sitting and looking cute isn't good enough, the next step is to climb on my knee and look pitiful.
Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Threads of Resistance Quilt Show, Part 3

Hello Dear Blogging Friends,

Again, thanks so much for all the positive feedback on the photos that I've shared. Marion and I enjoyed the exhibit and I took photos out of habit. I wasn't certain that I'd share them, but oddly enough , my Mom kept asking to see them. I think that she is fascinated that people would make this type of quilt. I truly admire these art quilts. If I made one myself, I'm not sure what I'd do with it after it went on an exhibit...

I've done some digging and found a link for the Threads of Resistance Show as well as the show's travel schedule. Check it out, you may be able to see it in person!

In case you missed it, here are Part 1 and Part 2.
Flint Water by Sylvia Hernandez, New York.

Nevertheless, She Persisted by Dawn Allen, Massachusetts
She Persisted by Betty Busby, New Mexico
We Walk Together in Search of Liberty by Claire Passmore, United Kingdom
Game Over by Tanya A. Brown, California
Tears of the Grandfathers by Leni L. Wiener, New York
What Does An American Look Like? by The Pixeladies: Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki, California
Listen Louder Than You Sing by Shannon M. Conley, Oklahoma
UnBEARably Bad Business by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Thanks for visiting! Part 4, the naughty quilts (aka behind the curtain), will follow soon.

Pugs and kisses,

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Progress Update: Baby Ava's Quilt

Not a lot of sewing has been going on. Two weeks ago, I finally put together the top of Baby Ava's quilt. Thanks to the input from my beloved blog readers, I used the Disappearing 9-Patch blocks that I had made several years ago. I squared them up and sewed them together. Then I added a small pink outer border. I've made the quilt back and the binding. I've even found two pieces of batting that I can seam together that will be just the perfect size. Now, I just need to find some time to layer and quilt it.
Here is my co-worker Dianne modeling Baby Ava's quilt.
Last week I went to the fabric store and actually got to meet Baby Ava in person. She is now two months old. She is quite a cutie, although she slept through our introduction.

I brought the quilt top into my office on Monday so I could get a decent photo. I was telling Dianne that the quilt was only "ok" because I didn't really care for the color pallet when Lauren walked by. Lauren thought the quilt was gorgeous. She loved the colors! So there is something for everyone.

Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pugtastic Tuesday: Pugs in the Kitchen!

We interrupt the Threads of Resistance Quilt Show for Pugtastic Tuesday. This week I'm sharing my pugs in the kitchen. Most of the kitchen pugs are on the stove. There are a LOT of pug magnets on the fridge, but they deserve a post of their own.
Kissing (magnetic) pug salt and pepper shakers. I have a second pair, gifted to me by my friend Lexine, that live in my Quilt Studio.
Here is another set of handsome pug boy salt and pepper shakers.
My friend Carol bought me these salt and pepper shakers at a craft show. In case you're curious, pepper goes in the black pug and salt goes in the fawn pug.
Several years ago by pure coincidence, my friends Carol and Eleanor each bought me a pug tile as a holiday gift. Happily, Eleanor bought me the black pug, and Carol bought me the fawn pug so we have one of each.
These pug tiles are hand made by a local artisan.
Our former neighbors brought us a pug trivet and a pug spoon rest from a long ago vacation. Sadly, Lori has passed away and George now lives in a nursing home. They were great neighbors and we miss them.
I just noticed that our pug trivet has a crack in it and may need to be retired from active duty.
This sweet pug on the spoon rest looks like our beloved Romeo. Of course, he looks a lot like Caesar too.
Here are the pugs in their natural habitat on the stove.
This little guy (pug Buddha) lives on top of our microwave and watches over us. Perhaps I should move him into the cabinet with his other pug miniature friends.
Here are Caesar (at left) and LarryPug in their plush dog bed in the kitchen. Since Elvis isn't in the photo, he must have been under my chair (his other favorite spot).
Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,