03 September 2007

So Originally...

...I was going to write about needing to get something out of my system. Lately, I've had quilting on my mind. More specifically, I've been thinking a lot about cathedral window quilt construction. I have a fair bit of fabric stash and some quilts that have never made it out of the starting gate, and one that's partially quilted and just waiting to be finished. Someday.

I do not, however, have space to be hauling any of it out very readily, and I certainly don't have the 40 bajillion yards of muslin that a cathedral window quilt would require. Still, I've been obsessing about it something fierce, so I decided I should at least do something to satisfy the craving and a few days ago whipped this out.

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Not perfect, but it certainly did at least give me something to play around with. I'm waiting on a book about machine construction techniques for the cathedral window genre, so I don't imagine it will be the last this will appear here. Still, it's going to have to wait a while, because among other things, I have to finish up the Diamond Fantasy shawl, especially since I got this from Scout to go with it.

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Shedir is also still on the needles, progress having been slowed by recent events and by a heavy caseload at work. I left the clinic a bit after noon today, my 15 hour shift having lasted 19 hours. It took a mocha frappuccino and Prarie Home Companion to get me home, and it wasn't long after that before I collapsed into bed for about a 5 hour nap. I've got one more night on this holiday weekend, but Monday night shouldn't be quite as bad, most of the vacationer crowd having gone home and most of the locals being more inclined to wait one more night until their regular vet is back in the office.

And because most of my coworkers and I will be slogging away on what promises to be a lovely Labor Day, instead of enjoying the holiday, we have planned a potluck. I signed up to bring cole slaw, which is a dish that I am genetically programmed to make, and one that I have prepared in many different variations. This particular one is red cabbage and carrots, with a bit of tarragon, and this photo is especially for Rabbitch (I'd send some, but it might not make for such good eatin' by the time it got there).

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Thank You...

...to everyone who offered their condolences, and to those of you who thought it but didn't say it directly. I have 18 wonderful years of memories, and the tears have been far outweighed by the joy those memories have brought me.

8 comments:

Rabbitch said...

Oh, I so have to dye that ... thank you!

Julie said...

The square is lovely.

Yummmy; I LOVE cole slaw!
I hope you have a slow day at the clinic today. Enjoy the potluck!

JoVE said...

The cathedral window looks interesting. Maybe you could be thinking cushion covers or something. A bit less daunting than a quilt.

Scoutj said...

Oh Mel. I'm so sorry about your sweet Poqui. :(

Sheepish Annie said...

Lovely quilting! I never did get back to last summer's quilting project. Maybe next year...

Good lookin' cole slaw there, too! I can almost taste it! I like the kind with the red cabbage better than the green.

knitnzu said...

That looks like a vinegary slaw? (vs mayonaise?) Will Rabbitch capture the melamine bowl too in her dye? Nice quilting...maybe a vest??

Ryan said...

Didn't read the Poqui story until today. So sorry, Mr. Mel. We lost both of our cats to old age over the course of two, three years many years ago and I, at least, have never completely recovered. Hugs to ya'.

Liz said...

NINETEEN HOURS?!?!?! Holy crap.

The cathedral window piece is lovely. More so knowing you were so freakin' exhausted. Yikes! (y caramba! ai!)