Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Quilting in the Country

     Quilting in the country; what a great subject.  I just finished and shipped off my latest creation.  I don't mind telling you, I'm quite proud of it. 
     I was commissioned back in September to make a wall hanging for a friend (and a talented fellow writer) who wanted a "Star in the East".  
     Last spring when we first began to talk about her story and her vision, she drew a rough sketch, and I "saw it".  It was one of those God moments and I knew it!  I couldn't actually begin work on her special piece until   this  fall but when I did, it "just came together".
     The hanging is a 4 quadrant, paper-pieced 8 pointed star.  I hope you like the finished product as much as I did - approximately 18 X 26.
     The 'white' and the 'navy blue' are  Fairy Frost (c) Cottons by Michael Miller, the gray is Kona (c) Cotton, and the 'hard to see' 3/4" border is a dark green, also Kona (c) Cotton.
     I love Paper Piecing, mainly because a "square" can be perfectly duplicated; well as perfectly as one can do anything this side of heaven.    
     To see the 8 pointed star wall hanging, just click here. 
Or, if you prefer, just click on the page above, entitled,  
     As always, I love to hear from you.  Have a wonderful week, in the country.

(c)  2013  Cat Brennan

Monday, June 24, 2013

Still Lovin' Life

I'm long overdue in adding a post .. but I'm loving life and staying busy! I ask you, "When did I ever have time to work?"  Great Grand Daughter, Piper Adicen, is due to make her debut in less than a month into the world.  We had a baby shower for her sweet mommy, Crystal, and it was such fun (You might remember the pictures I posted three years ago of my beautiful grand daughter's wedding). The wee girl will be so well dressed and already, she is so well loved.  Check out the page above, Cat Fur to Kitten Britches, to see some of the gifts I made for the baby.

After you visit the 'fiber-art' page mentioned above, check out the Cat Food page , also above, to see the Duck Pond Cake.

© 2013 Cat Brennan

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Country Raggedy Quilt

This raggedy quilt was a fun project to put together last week. This is a simple quilt with instant gratification.  I didn’t purchase any new fabric for this project; both the squares on top and the flannel ‘lining’ that you cannot see were fabrics that I already had on hand.
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This quilt, in fact, garnered one order to make a double/full-size bed and I expect more will follow.

The top are all random cotton fabrics; prints, solids, batiks and a host of others and the ‘lining’ is also of various cotton flannels. 

Putting it together is the fun part; effectively, it is self-quilted.  ALL of the seams are sewn ‘on the wrong side’ and are about 1 inch deep.  All of the seams end up on the outside, and once all are put together, each seam in clipped up to, but not through the stitching, every ¼ to ½ inch apart. 

Once all the seams are clipped, and it does take a while, the entire quilt is washed and dried repeatedly in an automatic washer and dryer. This process is what makes all the seams “raggedy”.

I used bits and pieces of the remaining cottons to sew a binding then ended up being 2 inches deep, finished.
Click ABOVE on the button "Cat-Fur-to-Kitten-Britches" to see the finished quilt.
 © 2013 Cat Brennan

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pi in the Country

March 14th ... seemingly an ordinary day, but to the MATH world, it's very important!
March 14, 2013
03-14-13 or
It's Pi Day!!!
I'm sure you all remember this from math.
The Greek letter for pi is π ..
Mathematicians keep telling me that Pi are square (π r²)  ..

But I know they're wrong .. My pie are round.
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If you're the sharp crayon in the box or just want some cheap entertainment, head on over to this place just for fun. It's your very own site for pi.  If you don't want to click on this link, go to

Enjoy your pi day, whether you live in the country, or simply wish you did.

© 2013 Cat Brennan

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

♥♥ Heart to Heart ♥♥

     I would be remiss if I didn't post something this week.  So, Happy Valentine's Day.  Only God knows how many love songs have been penned for this thing we call
L O V E.  "Love makes the world go 'round".   

And now abideth faith, hope, charity(love), these three;
Click to enlarge   but the greatest of these is charity (love).    I Corinthians 13:13

     Love can conquer fear and can stand alone.  The absence of Love can leave a person lost and hopeless. But, the presence of love..."Ah, sweet mystery of life...".  "Love is a many splendored thing...".   "Love me tender...". 

     This is one easy holiday to meet head on, that is, if you have a brain in your head. Husbands and/or boyfriends, Do NOT believe her if she tells you, "Oh, just a card will do," in answer to your questions regarding what she might like for Valentine's Day (or, for that matter, Christmas, her birthday, your anniversary or any other gift-worthy day). You WILL regret it. Go straight to the jewelry store, the candy store and the flower shop, and don't hold back.  This is NOT the day to be frugal.  A good dinner out at a very nice restaurant would also score lots of points.

     Ladies, your mission is slightly different; he probably won't give a rip about a card, so if he tells you that all he wants is a big ole bag of Jelly Belly© Jelly Beans, any flavor, then hop on in to your favorite candy shop and get him a large, mixed selection. If he asks for these jelly beans, Do NOT buy him artisan (read that expensive) chocolates or 'a potted plant' for his office. 

     Other gifts on this  day can be onerous for some people, but it doesn't have to be.  Grab a sponge, red tempera* paint, a pair of scissors and some card stock.   If the sponge is stiff or dry, wet it then blot out as much of the water as you can. Then, cut out a free-form heart shape (if you don't trust your free-form abilities, then draw one on a piece of scrap paper, trace onto your sponge, then cut it out. 
Once you have your sponge heart, dip it (light touch here) into the tempera paint and start heart stamping to your heart's content (try saying that fast 3 times).   If you're going to stamp something wearable or anything that will go through the laundry, use a fabric-type* red paint; follow the directions so the paint will remain through washings.  Different sizes of sponge hearts can produce a plethora of trims; a very small heart can 'dance' across some nice paper and the matching envelopes for a quick, thoughtful set of stationary.  Do the 2-step around the hem of a T-Shirt, or an apron.  A few hearts scattered onto white squares can dress up pot holders, tea towels, luncheons napkins, place mats or table runners.   Your imagination is your only limitation.

     Have fun with kids or the grands and help them make cards to give.  Cover the entire room in 'industrial-grade' plastic drop cloths and let them display their crafty and artistic nature.  They will have a blast with some of these heart sponges, but you know they will need a gallon of paint in at least 4 different colors. But, I digress.  Red construction paper, white, silver and gold doilies, a quart of school glue, safety scissors and they're good to go.

     This is a fun holiday to play around with any and all of your friends. No sweetheart on your horizon? So what??? Grab 3 of your besties, stir up a pot of  soup, some grilled cheese sammy's and add a bottle of lovely red wine or mix up some Cosmo's. Make your own party, play cards of Scrabble© or put a puzzle together. Make your own fun.

     One more thing: I love you in Spanish: te amo is probably 'text book' proper, but ordinary folks usually will say te quiero...and be sure to roll those 'rrrrr's, Baby!

     Have a fun and happy Valentine's Day, whether you live in the country, or simply wish you did!

© 2013 Cat Brennan