Saturday Fluctuations

Repro Divas had a Mug Mat Swap (I forgot my camera for one of the best Show and Tells ever -- most to be posted in a future post --, so photos so far are borrowed from Repro Divas Yahoo Group that our Fearless Leader has posted). Day Group:

and a gift tag made for the bottom right star mat made by the incredible bb:

Evening Group:

I received two! bb from Day Group left this for me for some trifling thing I did; I was thrilled!! Now I have pieces of original art from bb, the mat and the gift tag!

and here is my swap gift from Miss D! It has found a home for now along with the plaque from my friend Betty about a Bad Day of Quilting beating a Good Day at Work HOW TRUE lol:
Thank you, Miss D! Miss D also received my swap gift :-).

Here is Old Swedish so far:
I decided to try to make it 3 sets by 4 sets for a smallish twin-size quilt, so that means 8 sets to go, or 32 blocks.

Latest Barbara Brackman Civil War block. I cleverly put blue and gray for the opposite sides:

Here is the quilt so far:

On a sad note, Stray Cat had been gone for many days. I had written him off. Him or her. He would never let me get closer than 10 feet or so. He wouldn't be tempted by treats being tossed to him. Especially since I had the terrible bad luck to smack him in the face with them twice, upon which he wrote me off as the most dangerous human he knew. If only I had gone outside last night but when I got up this morning, there was he was dead by the woodpile where he often sat. I managed to go bury him (I am foolishly squeamish). He hadn't been dead long although an animal had been at him. Hard to think about how he didn't come around for that period of time for whatever reason, but at the end came back to the human who had been feeding him regularly. Don't go there; I feel sick.

But then not ten minutes later, I got a phone call from Timmy from Afghanistan! Does life swoop you up and down and up again or what?? He is in great spirits, is horrified by what he has seen of Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan, and so far has had boring duties. I say, may the boredom continue!


Darlene said...

Sweet mug mats.

Sad news about Stray Cat but you should feel good knowing that you tried to offer comfort.

May the boredom continue for Timmy.

Gretchen said...

How terribly sad for Stray Cat. Please find comfort in giving food and sanctuary to the little guy or girl.

The mug rugs are so wonderful--very talented ladies at repro divas.
I'm so very glad you heard from Timmy! I hope his time there is the most boring time ever!

MJinMichigan said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures. It's always fun to see what your group is doing.
Sorry to hear about the stray cat. At least you helped him or her while alive.
I'm so glad that you heard from Timmy. Boring is definitely good in his situation. I hope it stays that way.

Mary said...

I'm sorry about stray cat. We get attached anyway.

How in the world do you get your CW blocks done so quickly? I just now downloaded the pattern.

Lori said...

I always enjoy seeing what the Divas are up to. What a crafty and creative bunch!!

So sorry to hear about the kitty.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Those mug rugs are so fun!

Barb said...

what good stuff that group gets up to.
Poor Kitty.

Karen said...

I like the "round" log cabin. Good idea.

Margaret said...

I never heard of mug mats. Those are neat! (Thanks for leaving a message on my blog!)

MARCIE said...

Oh you heard from Timmy! Yay!
Old Swedish is coming along beautifully! And our CW block is so cool. Your fabric choices are always so amazing!
Fun mug mats and tags too!

Libby said...

So glad you have heard from that Marine - there is just nothing like a phone call . . . even if it's brief *s*

Henrietta said...

Don't feel sick, you gave him food, comfort and a place he obviously considered his safe place. Life for a feral cat is usually short and not very happy but you changed a part of the equation, he looks very content in your picture.

antique quilter said...

the Old Swedish is really looking great!
love those mug rugs, what fun!
that chair one is adorable but my favorite is the flower with the black center and buttonholing
cute tag, my initials ...
so glad timmy is bored, hope it stays that way for the next 4 years.

Julie-Ann said...

Oh - so sorry about the kitty. You did the right thing by feeding him in life and burying him in death.

Glad Timmy called right after this. Life sure is funny.

Great idea with the blue and grey.