Thursday, December 11, 2008

Finishing projects

Today I've been blocking finished projects. Hopefully all will be dry by Sunday when I need to pack them up to cart to Maryland. One day I will have proper blocking tools but until then a sheet, the floor and pins will have to do.

The Stormy Scarf is for Dad for Christmas.



















The Philly Cowl is a Ravelry pattern. I will add buttons after it's finished drying. This is the back side (yeah go figure). Hopefully Misty will like this.












The Luna Moth Shawl is actually for me. I was afraid it wasn't going to be large enough but it really stretched when wet and it will be perfect for me. Church is always a little cool and I just love the look and feel of a shawl instead of a coat.










I've pinned a quilt that now needs quilting...this is for my littlest sister Dallas and I have procrastinated way too long on this.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I visited 2nd Cup of Coffees blog and found this quiz:


You Are Pumpkin Pie



Even when people are full - they make room for you.

Good or bad, your smell is most likely to arouse a man.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

HAPPY DOT!!


We received our DOT prize in the mail!! It was filled with quilt fabrics (doggie prints of course), snacks for mom, stickers and treats for the kids which they LOOOVVEEEE!! Thank you Paula and Elise!!











Look at that mug!













No not her...take a pic of me me me

Thursday, November 20, 2008

DOT - Cookie Baking

The pups and I (with supervision from one annoyed cat) made Breath Bustin' doggie cookies. It gave me some practice for Christmas cookie baking too although the dough is a little more elastic like bread. I pulled out the angel, gingerbread man and star cookie cutters and we went to work.






Here they are ready to bake.















Finished cookies cooling on the plate.














Puppies anxiously waiting for a treat.














Nom, nom, nom...














Cannot believe she's making cookies for those stoopid puppies.



















Fine, I'll just lay on the table and annoy her.














The cookie jar is filled once again and all is right in the world *sigh*

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Nieces

My sister Misty sent me these pics of the girls. Kylie is in kindergarten this year!! I remember when she was only a couple of weeks old at Christmas and I wanted her to be my present...time flies and she is such a big girl now. Tory is 6 months old in these pictures so they were taken at the end of July. I can't believe she is already walking with toys and will probably be running by the time I get to see her next at Christmas!! It makes me want to cry to think I am missing so much of them growing up without me there to see it. Kylie does like to talk on the phone and we keep up with each other regularly. That's the advantage to the grandsons being old enough to carry on conversations too but with wee little ones it's just not the same. I'll be leaving early for Christmas and staying for a long 2 weeks so as to take advantage of as much baby time as possible.

DOT

Not a whole lot going on here. Charlotte has good days and bad days with the hip but it's warmed up a bit so there have been more good days. Both pups have been helping me quilt this week. Wilbur ate his toy ball bone in half so now he thinks he has two toys (I'm thinking a boy trying to take it away from him may have been involved in the breakage but have no proof of the event). He's such a goofball. Also Charlotte continues to be camera shy where Wilbur is always at the ready for a photo opportunity.

Seaside Socks

I finished the 2nd pair of seaside socks (these are for moi) by Sara Morris (aka fyberduck). I used Regia yarn and ran short on the last couple rows of the 2nd sock but grabbed some non matching blue to finish up. Oh well you wouldn't really notice unless I pointed it out and well they are for my feet so I don't really care anyway.

Lancaster Season


This year our quilt guild, Pieceful Hearts Quild guild in N. Augusta, SC is doing Kim Shaefer's Lancaster Season as a block of the month (BOM). I volunteered to do the demos of the quilt as we go along.

The quilt is a great Christmassy quilt but by changing the center medallion you could adapt it to any season you like. I'm using fabrics that I already have in my stash. Since the focal point of this quilt was a pointsettia I chose a bronzy colored pointsettia print as my color inspiration and for the final border fabric. Some of the fabrics have metallic gold in them also and hopefully will add a glow to the finished quilt. I'm really excited to see how this finishes up. We are having our quilt show in October 2009 so I'm hoping those of us who are making this will have them finished in time to hang by then.

The central block is made on a 15 1/2 inch piece of fabric. The pattern uses machine applique technique so I traced the individual pieces onto freezer paper first then pressed them onto the fabric I was using. Since I didn't want a stiff appliqued piece I used Misty Fuse instead of one of the other products available. Misty Fuse is much lighter and still gives you a bendable product when you are finished and I would highly recommend it especially when layering of fabrics is involved. Cutting out individual pieces AFTER you have add the fusible web is much easier than precutting and trying to follow around the piece, it also avoids the jagged edges and leaves a much cleaner cut. Doing a preliminary layout before adhering any of the pieces is suggested just to be sure everything will fit properly then iron away! I shortened my zig zag stitch on the machine to 2.0 and .45 and stitched around each of the individual pieces in coordinating threads. Amazingly the little gold centers were not a bugger to stitch either!! I had forgotten to take a pic of the final finished block before giving it to Marie to take to the morning meeting next week...oh well I'll catch it on the next installment....

Thursday, October 23, 2008

DOT

Lots has been going on this week. We've been inundated with cuteness all round so there are lots of pics of my babies just being well, cute!!
Charlotte has been having trouble with her hip since the weather has changed and gotten cooler so we're back on the Rimadyl. She still wants to go with me when I walk at the library with the girls and I'm still trying to take her even though I feel guilty when she starts hobbling so we slow down for her...she has become one of 'the girls' herself.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

2nd DOT and quilting







After taking her nap, Charlotte came in and helped me work on the quilt top. If you look closely you can see the thread on her nose...silly puppy!

The top and bottom sashings were added and the rows were sewn together. All that's left to do is add the borders and the top will be finished!!

quilt progress



Piecing the blocks together and adding the sashing to seperate each I've gotten the 3 rows sewn together and am off to pin the sashings to the top and bottom of each...I love to pin...arghhh

DOT

This was in a joke that was going around and I thought it was very suitable for Dogs On Thursday...hope you and yours have a delightful DOT!!

Handle every stressful situation like a dog.

If you can't eat it or play with it,

Just pee on it and walk away.

Friday, October 10, 2008

FINISHED SOCKS!!

I finally finished the Seaside Socks! They were made with Knit Picks Memories yarn in Yukon colorway. These will be a Christmas present since they are a little taller than I really like.