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Meow or never...

Meow or never...

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cnelson

I am and probably always be on Team Dog but I do like cats.  And there are lots of funny cat-centric things that catch my eye.

So how many cats does it take to be a "crazy cat lady"?  And how many yards of fabric does each cat represent?

Because I've been working on a few maybe-future-probably-next-month projects, I seem to be in a questioning mood.  I think it's partly my nature... uh oh, aren't cats supposed to be curious?  It's also Friday and that's supposed to be fun and perhaps a bit frivolous.  So we're going to be a bit "fluffy" today - Fluffy... a popular cat name - without a destination or story.

I keep a folder on my Desktop titled Random Stuffus.  It's right next to Ideas & Inspiration.  Both are filled with pictures of things that make me laugh, inspire me, give me ideas or just make me think.  While looking for something specific, I found a few things that I really wanted to share for no other reason than maybe it winds up in your Random Stuffus folder.

So here goes... you know I like my notions, tools and gadgets so to everyone who suggested favorite tools and notions - thank you.  I have now acquired a Clover Ball-Point Awl and I am looking forward to trying it out.  So the subject of tools and such...

Do you have a favorite ruler?  Your go-to, I really should have extras stashed all-time favorite ruler - what is it?  I have several and I'll share those next week, along with the favorites and go-tos of the Moda Designers.

Do you have a "perfect sewing" room, studio or space?  Perfect being defined as a space you love - one that inspires you to create something magical.  And just sew.

I wouldn't mind seeing this in my sewing room... but I think Betsy Chutchian would object if I just showed up on her doorstep and moved in.  (By the way, Betsy has cats.) (And yes, this is Betsy's collection of quilts.)

I've been thinking a lot this week about inspiration - what it is, where it comes from, who or what inspires me and so on.  (That probably-future-etc. project.)  I recently saw a lovely drawing with these words - Inspire: to cause or create ideas; infuse; to influence; to breathe life into.

As I thought about some of the things I've saved pictures of - notebooks, computer, Pinterest, etc. - it was a pretty eclectic assortment.

Jen Kingwell's Steam Punk.  I've had this quilt on my "to-do/wish" list forever.  Or since Jen published the pattern.

And this one - those lovely little blocks and getting to use so many different fabrics... I'm all in.

Takes the Cake by Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms.

And Amy Ellis' 100 Improv blocks in 100 days.  This isn't all of them but I really love where this is going.

What - or who - inspires you?  Is there a quilter-place-artist-person who inspires you?  It doesn't have to be for quilting.

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings reminds me that I really need to pull out my threads and needles and start stitching again - I love embroidery, I just haven't done it in ages.  But seeing beautiful work like this inspires me to turn off the sewing machine and get busy stitching.

Lisa... she could be Muriel.  Independent and doing the work she loves whether it fits a style or expectation.  Actually, I think I could say that about Jen, Camille, Betsy and Amy.

Self-expression and independence is probably a trait shared by many Moda Designers - and artists.

(Yes, I save cartoons, especially those that have something quilt-related.)

Exactly.

So what are you doing this weekend?  I'll be sewing - Market is coming soon looming and I'm in the midst of that delusional mindset of "I can absolutely make 73 quilts in the next six weeks".  It'll pass.

Because you've gotten this far through the fluff and are possibly considering answering one or more of my questions, I'm going to share some of my "fluff".  Leave a comment by Midnight on Sunday - Dallas time - and you'll be entered to win a goodie-bag of I'm-not-sure-what.  Are you game?

Just answer any question or tell me what you're working on and you're in.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

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