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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Box Kite off the Long Arm!

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Do you see this sweet little block with the bunnies?  It’s my favorite block in the whole quilt!

Well today it is.  The whole block came from gifted scraps and that center green square sparkles with glitter!

I NEVER buy fabric with shiny metallic bits and effects in it – it’s just not where my tastes roll, but there is so much freedom when making a scrap quilt, you can truly break ALL of the rules, even your own, and get a huge case of the giggles by putting a bright and sparkling piece of fabric next to something softer, more formal, more stately and subdued, or even with a novelty print or two.

When the light hits this block just right, the glitter just winks at me and reminds me that even quilters love their bling sometimes – and it shows even in our fabrics!

I’m up early this morning, so I came down to finish the last two rows of quilting on the Box Kite quilt.


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Off the machine!

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Look at that fun quilting texture!

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More fun fabric combos.

See my Canada Maple Leaf block?  That was made with fabric gifted to me by my friend Brenda when we were in England together this August.  So many fun memories!

I quilted this quilt with a maize/gold thread, using a pantograph called Plume.  More info on yesterday’s post HERE.

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My plan for binding!

I’m going to bind it with this black batik speckled with color.

When binding a quilt where the pieced border is the LAST border, I want to be sure not to cut off any  too many points in the process, so my binding needs to be 1/4” finished.  I trim my quilt 1/4” from those triangle points, and then make my binding out of a 2” strip of fabric. 

I like my bindings narrow, full and tight, and this ensures that I get the finish I want on this quilt.

But that will come much later today.

Right now, I need your prayers.


Sadie Jane is a bit under the weather.

I’m off to the vet today.  Sadie has blood in her urine, yelps when jumping up or getting down, is having difficulty navigating stairs ((Because I think it hurts her to make any jarring movements)) and her mood is just a downer.

I’m hoping it is something as simple as a UTI or Kidney infection.  But she is nearly 10.

Dogs don’t live NEARLY long enough.  And it is so hard to watch her slow down and age before my eyes.

I keep telling myself to stop dreading the worst until I have all the facts, but I’m tearing eyed and heart heavy this morning and I’m taking her in.

I’ll let you know what I find out when I find out.


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80 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:42 AM EST

    Will be thinking of you and your Sadie all day, Debby in Fanny Bay BC

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  2. I will say a few prayers for you and Sadie this morning. Hoping it is nothing serious. Lots of hugs to the two of you.

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  3. Sending good wishes to Sadie. I know how important our furry friends are. My Golden, Hoover, and I are the same age so that helps on the walking. He is almost 12 and I am almost 75. Where does time go!

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  4. Oh Bonnie, prayers for strength and comfort for this vet visit. I will look for your report.

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  5. We are at the stage with one of our babies. It is hard to watch. Thoughts and big hugs to you today and hoping it is something as simple as an infection.

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  6. Prayers for you & Sadie!

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  7. My goes out to you for Sadie. I hope it's something simple.

    Love the new colorful quilt. So pretty. Hugs.

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  8. Dogs do not live long enough, that's true. I am wishing good thoughts your way for Sadie and hoping it's not serious.

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  9. Hope that Sadie gets well soon.

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  10. So sorry to hear Sadie is feeling poorly, prayers being said.

    The Box Kite quilt is gorgeous. I love all the light/neutral in it. I remember the Krispy Kreme fabric, that is my favorite block!

    Best thoughts for the vet trip.

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  11. Prayers for both you and Sadie today. I hope the news is good and she recovers quickly. Glad you are home to care for her right now and not on the road.
    The quilt is wonderful!
    Meg

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  12. Its hard when the fur-babies don't feel good. Best wishes for Sadie!

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  13. No, our dogs don't live long enough and time passes so quickly! I'll be praying for Sadie hoping that it's a simple infection and she can get some meds to knock it out! Bless that sweet girl :-)

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  14. Keeping both you and Sadie in my thoughts and prayers this morning. Praying for the best possible outcome for all. Hugs, Finn

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  15. Sadie and you are in our prayers today. Try not to worry. It is most likely something kidney related. Did she get a lot of scraps during the holidays? She may need to go on a strict diet for a while. Happened to mine and she lived a long time after that once she was on the special diet. Hugs!

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  16. Let's hope for a UTI and some good meds to clear her troubles up. It is hard to watch our pups age. Daisy, greater swiss mt dog, is 11 which is getting to the top of the ladder for her breed.

    I never purchase glitter fabric either but this year, some of the new lines with gold were gorgeous.

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  17. Positive thoughts and here's hoping it is nothing serious!!

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  18. Sweet Sadie Jane ---- I am holding both you and Sadie up in prayer Bonnie. When they hurt it about kills us because they can tell us the details. PLEASE POST RIGHT AWAY WHAT YOU HEAR FROM THE VET.

    I WOULD NEVER EVER HAVE THOUGHT SHE WAS 10 ---- VERY TRIM YOUNG LOOKING GAL OUR Sadie!

    hugs
    JulieinTN
    So upset I didn't turn the caps off ...accident

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  19. I will be sending nothing but positive thoughts to you and Sadie today...can you feel them coming your way all the way from Canada?
    P
    PS LOVE your new quilt!! So special!

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  20. Prayers for Sadie Jane, she's such a good companion, and always loves the morning walks with you.

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  21. SO SORRY to hear that Sadie is not feeling well! Let's hope that your holiday gift this year is that antibiotics will bring her back to her old sweet self! Giant hugs and many prayers being sent your way!

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  22. Anonymous9:58 AM EST

    I'm going to guess just an infection. Sadie is pretty healthy with all that walking you two do together. Hugs and loves to Sadie. Cuddle with your buddy when you get her back home. You two can YOWL together... till meds help you both recover.

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  23. Aw Bonnie, I will be saying prayers in Oklahoma for her. We have our two schnazuer, but our male is getting older too. Right now he seems well, but know his is of an age where his health can turn quickly. I'll be watching for your posts, we all love you and your Sadie and family so much.

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  24. I hope and pray that Sadie is ok. Sending thoughts, prayers and huggsssssss to you all.

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  25. Billie Eberle10:01 AM EST

    Will be thinking about you & your Sadie. My Sadie is 8 but starting to show her age.

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  26. I don't normally comment on your blog (which I LOVE), but between your back and poor Sadie, I'm sending you hugs from Connecticut!

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  27. Sending puppy prayers for both you and Sadie.
    Box Kite is gorgeous!

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  28. My prayers are with you and Sadie for a simple diagnosis and quick recovery. Been there with a 14 yr old dog who had been on steroids for severe skin allergies, so of course I feared kidney damage when I saw blood in the urine. It was a UT infection that quickly resolved with antibiotics, much to our relief. Hoping for the same for Sadie.

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  29. Box Kite is one of my favorites among the quilts you've made recently. So colorful and lively!

    I always enjoy seeing Sadie's sweet, earnest face in your posts. I hope she's able to bounce back quickly from whatever's ailing her today. Give her a good scratch behind the ears from all of us.

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  30. Lori Clark10:12 AM EST

    Bonnie and Sadie Jane, I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  31. Thinking of you and Sadie while you are at the vet and sending puppy prayers your way! So glad God doesn't think we are silly when we love on and pray for our animals.
    Beautiful and fun quilt!

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  32. Our fur babies are such a big part of our lives. I get the same way when one of mine is feeling under the weather. Keeping both of you in my thoughts today and sending hugs to you both as well.

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  33. Anonymous10:20 AM EST

    Thinking of you and Sadie and hoping everything goes well for her. Animals are so loveable and loyal, it's so hard to see them sick.

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  34. Prayers for your baby girl, Miss SadieJane.

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  35. Beautiful quilt Bonnie. I so agree about scrap quilts, every little piece has a memory in it.

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  36. Thinking of you and Sadie (sweet lady). Hope all is well.

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  37. The quilt and the quilting are Beautiful! I hope Sadie feels better soon. You are right, our furry friends do not live long enough. Take care

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  38. Bonnie, I know how you feel with your furbaby. We have Shiloh, our 15 year old cat who is having kidney problems. As he cuddles on our laps in the evening, we also get teary eyed thinking about the possibility of losing him. Hoping that it just a simple fix.

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  39. She is such a love! I do hope that it's something simple. I'll be thinking of you both.

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  40. Sending good thoughts for sweet Sadie Jane! Glad you are able to be there with her.

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  41. Hugs and prayers for you and Sadie.

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  42. Good news about your bright and beautiful Box Quilt finish. I cant thank you enough for making me comfortable with using scraps and all you offer so willingly and enthusiastically in your blog.
    Not so good news about Sadie, but hopefully easily treated and cured. Co-incidentally, i had a call back from my vet today regarding pathology report on Maggie's eye. She is my sweet calico, just over 16. She had her left eye removed a week ago following 6 weeks of treatment that went nowhere. It appears the eye was a secondary site for a tumor. So it looks like we move into palliative care until that is no longer keeping her comfortable.

    We let our animal family into our lives and hearts where they keep us company and give unconditional love all through their all to short lives. Be well Sadie.

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  43. Hugs and prayers for sweet Sadie! She has such love in her eyes. Praying for comfort and healing.

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  44. sadie jane, you're in my thoughts and prayers. get well. (p.s. all of my pets and all of daughters' pets have always had middle names. from pepper marie to buckwheat edith and many other fun names.)

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  45. Anonymous11:35 AM EST

    you are in my prayers, good luck.

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  46. Prayers for you and Sadie. It breaks our hearts to see them in pain. My "puppy" is almost 13 and know I will have to face losing Hershey soon. Don't like to think about it. Love and prayers from Maine, Ramona

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  47. So sorry Sadie is under the weather. Hoping a round of antibiotics is all that is needed.

    Love the new quilt.

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  48. a zillion prayers for your sadie girl,,,,,

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  49. Prayers for Sadie! I went thru major surgery last spring with Max to save his life. Praying for good news for Sadie!

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  50. I'll keep Sadie and you in my thoughts today...

    Fingers crossed that it's something that's easily cureable...

    Lots of hugs all the way from Germany...

    - Janina

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  51. Oh, hoping it's not too serious, poor baby girl. will be sending prayers for both of you..big gentle hug for Sadie please.

    Debra in Ma.

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  52. I so hope that Sadie will be okay! All the best.

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  53. Hugs!!!! from Judy in Indiana.

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  54. Bonnie, I'm so sorry. I would be feeling the same way you are. Hope things tun out well.

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  55. Anxiously awaiting news of Sadie. I am a vet tech, so I know this could be any number of things. In answer to your question, I truly believe dogs and cats don't live as long as us so that we can love and care for many in our lifetime. There are so many waiting for our love. Sadie surely knows yours. ��

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  56. Please stay off of your feet and do what the Doctor says. As a person who has had 5 back surgerys in 44 years, I can tell you he knows best. Will be praying for you.

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  57. So so sorry about Sadie. Hopefully you will get a good diagnosis and she will be on the way to good health again. Prayers going out for you both.
    Sue

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  58. I hope Sadie Jane is okay. Thinking of her and of you.

    Myrna in KY.

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  59. I've been there, doggie wise. Hoping Sadie will be ok.

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  60. Oh Bonnie. Our beloved pets are so much a part of our families. Our golden lived to be 16 years old. In her last year of life she developed those ailments common to goldens, hip problems and lukemia. What a joy she was and now another 16 years have passed and we still miss her. Here's praying for the best for your Sadie. May she have many wonderful years ahead of her yet.

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  61. Thinking of you and Sadie Jane today, we are watching our old boy go down, he will only have another few months, I know how heartbreaking it is.

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  62. Just took my Easy Street off the rack as it is finished being quilted! I love how the pattern puffs up when it comes off. I feel quite accomplished quilting the largest quilt i have ever quilted.
    Love to Sadie.

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  63. You are correct, they do not live long enough! We had our dog, Buddy for 13 of his 16 years and we still miss him. They are just a big part of our lives. Hope Sadie does well on medication.

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  64. Anonymous4:25 PM EST

    Bonnie I have been following you for ages but never commented until today. Just had to send my best wishes to you and Sadie all the way from Australia. Hope the vet visit is a positive one.

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  65. I love that quilt! AND sending much love to your dear Sadie. Hope she is feeling better very soon!

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  66. Bonnie, when I read this post, I was so glad that you felt well enough with your back problems to be able to finish quilting the beautiful Box Kite on the longarm. Sadie is a sweetie and I love all the posts that have included her over the many years. Prayers and hugs going out to both of you!

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  67. I know this is coming in late but my thoughts are with you & Sadie Jane today. Hoping everything turns out for the best. Extra furbaby hugs for al of you.

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  68. My heart goes out to you and Sadie Jane.

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  69. Praying for Sadie & you. I hope your back is not giving you fits. Maybe standing at your long-arm just keeps it straight. Angelia

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  70. 127462This quilt feels like a glorious celebration, indeed!!!

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  71. Such a sweet face. I am teary too and waiting to hear that both you and Sadie are feeling much better!

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  72. Sadness is contagious and prayers from Toms River you and Sadie have in abundance. Fingers crossed too.

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  73. Love the quilt, but more importantly, I sure hope that Sadie is ok. Will be sending you and Miss Sadie some hugs and prayers.

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  74. I continue sending prayers and good wishes for Sadie to feel better.
    And I LOVE LOVE LOVE you Box Kite quilt!!!!!

    Jonnie
    dbrit89828 at aol dot com

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  75. Poor Sadie. We have a dachshund with recurrent bladder infections. We love our dogs to death and wouldn't give them up but it is so sad when they pass away. There is always another dog waiting at a shelter for our love as we got our two doxies from a shelter and they are a joy. Hoping she will recover soon.

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  76. I will have Sadie in my heart all day. I will say a small prayer for her and you today. Sending warm hugs for you both.

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  77. My two pets are proof that prayers help pets as well as us humans. Our Golden, Murphy (8 yrs.), had surgery this summer to remove a cancerous lump on his side. He has fully recovered. My cockatiel, Missy (14 yrs.), was very sick this summer, too. She was even having convulsions. She slept in a small box right in my bed, so I could hold her during the convulsions and keep her from flapping around in her cage. It took about six weeks of gradual recovery and she is now 100% well, too. Thankfully, God answered our prayers for both of them. Prayers going out today for Sadie.

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  78. I will say a prayer for you and Sadie. I just lost my sweet little kitty last week, and I know how hard it is when our pets are ill and we don't know what's wrong. Hopefully it will be a simple fix.

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