Despite it being a long holiday weekend, I have been trying to quilt on this client quilt an hour and a half each morning before my troops are up. Today I got a little extra time and was able to complete all of the ditching of the appliques. This is Aunt Millie's Garden, and my client has only used 9 of the 12 blocks in the design (thankfully!!). I spent a whopping 8 hours ditching the many appliques. Yea you read that correctly...Eight hours of stitching monofilament. This is a sweet pattern, but it really doesn't leave a decent amount of space around the appliques for much quilting. If I made it, I'd make each block at least 1-2" larger on all 4 sides. Never the less, I am still trying to work a creative quilting scheme into the layout. You'll know if I succeeded by the end of this week!
For all interested, my cat Sally came home on Tuesday after spending 4 nights at the vet. She got IV fluids, and several xrays, all revealing "suspicious" items but not confirmed items in her intestines. When she began to eat again on Sunday afternoon, after nearly 5-1/2 days not eating, she began her road to recovery. Nothing un-natural has come out of her, so it makes us wonder what really was wrong. I've purged the kids' rooms of potentially dangerous things, in hopes of avoiding a repeat $627 experience! This is putting a severe financial burden on this Christmas, which coupled with my existing dislike of the holiday, isn't helping matters. But we are all happy to have her home. I'm good only purchasing the essential Christmas gifts so long as we aren't burying my kids's cat this week.