Monday, March 03, 2008

TOWANDA!

By an overwhelming number of comments on my squirrel adventures, it would seem more of you are interested in that than quilts. Well, too bad, cause this blog is mostly about quilts. Ha! However, it is gratifying to know that someone out there is reading my blog. I plagiarized a quote from Fried Green Tomatoes and was assaulted with cries of Towanda! Of course that was the image I was trying to portray, but I didn't realize it had become a war cry of the abused! How perfect! I haven't seen the movie in a long time and didn't remember that Towanda was the name of Kathy Bates' character. She is great! Now I want to watch that movie again.


Pam from My Creative Mind offered a suggestion of using ammonia in a spray bottle to spray around the deck where the squirrel was likely to go. I took her advice and was spraying along the edge of the deck where I saw chew marks in the wood. The deck is not free standing, but rather it sits on top of the roof of a lower floor. All of a sudden the squirrel shoots out from that area and flies into the trees! I didn't even know he was in there. I guess he didn't like the smell! Hooray!!! I don't know if he has been around since, but I continue to spray out there each day to discourage him. Nice call Pam! I tried to link to you but couldn't find your site. But thanks so much for the great advice!


I have actually been sewing over the past week, between chasing the relentless rodent. I drew up a design on EQ6 and went to work with some beautiful fabrics from the Jamestown fabric line, by Jo Morton. I found I needed to add some lighter colored fabrics to create the look I wanted, so you will recognize some of the fabric from places other than Jamestown. The 9-patch blocks are primarily from scraps. The rows are not all sewn together yet, but at least I am finally to that step. Then I get to play with a border idea. It is always a challenge to come up with a border design that contributes to the overall design in a compatible way.


My e-mail is through Google (g-mail). I really do like their whole e-mail design. Well, Karen from Sew Primitive and I have been chatting via e-mail. We were discussing toile fabric, and somehow Google picks up on bits of conversation and provides links to places that might be of interest. So this link shows up for toile fabric: http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/catalog_items.aspx?TypID=98&Viewby=Types&Page=1&gclid=CLGUp5nU75ECFR0yFQodNW-vwg Here is a great variety of toile! I am sure it is designer weight fabric, but still, they would work for focus areas of a quilt, such as my Williamsburg Medallion, or even the Kaffe Fassett Hat Boxes quilt. Take a look at the yellow and red one with the hen and chicks. I love it! Maybe I should make another medallion quilt. I will probably not get my other quilt back from the shop until they are good and sick of it. I am really tempted.
By the way, take a look at the additional site that Karen has set up to display her new patterns. She is designing some really cute things under the name Folk Art Children! If you like the new Wizard of Oz fabric, you will love what she is doing with it!





13 comments:

Pam said...

So...take that Mr. Squirrel Boy!!! HIP HIP HOORAY!! I am glad that works for you! Man, I wish the raccoons would disappear as quickly...for whatever reason we keep finding neon lights flashing in front of our house "Free Midnight Snack, Delicious Koi...pond freshly stocked on a regular basis ~ Ya'll Come!!" I swear my husband is going to start camping out there!!

Pam@
www.pamgwillim.com

Dawn said...

Dang girl. I love the peek at your newest quilt! I want that quilt! Oh how fun is that! Good luck on the border. Looks like somewhere down the road I'm going to be doing another one!

Annemiek said...

Really, really like the star quilt! My DD is planning an ohiostar quilt and spent some time playing with EQ. I shall mail her your design for I think it is a lot better than just stars with sashings inbetween!

Libby said...

Love those new stars . . . you come up with such great ideas *s*

Lynette Anderson said...

Love the look of your new quilt. Jo Mortons fabrics are always great. I look forward to seeing what border your design for it.

Kairle said...

So glad to hear you're getting your squirrel problem under control. Seems we have a bit of a mouse problem here. Mia has been sitting in front of and watching the fridge like she was waiting for something. Today I found some "mouse tracks" in the kitchen. YUCK!!!

Love, love, love your new design. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the border!

Perry said...

Glad you are making progress with your furry friend. You need to be sure he doesn't find a way into the crawl space in the attic. He will multiply if he gets in there, lol.

Gretchen said...

Love your new quilt! I just found your blog and you have wonderful quilts.

Tonje said...

Your star quilt looks lovely. Beautiful blog!

Lea said...

Get him, Geeeet h-iiiim, Marcie!!! Hooray, Rattirrel(LOL) is gone!!

I LOVE your newest quilt. Can't wait to see them all!!! Please! *S*

I like the movie(and book also) Fried Green Tomatoes. although I cry every time I watch that movie.*S*

Polly Froelich said...

hey! (this is actually becky)
i just wanted you to know that we're trying to start a Froelich Family update around here, so here is our tentative blog!
love you, (oh, and we all died laughing at your post about the squirrel)
haha, maybe rodents DO sell better than fabric...

Mary said...

I really like this star quilt too.

What a pain to have to keep the squirrels away.

Harmany Quilting said...

Lovely star and nine patch quilt. You've got squirells, we've got rats that come up from the river and it's war!!!!!!!!

Nicola in West Australia