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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A fun and productive day

I spent mid-day with my girlfriends at our monthly "meeting" and thoroughly enjoyed their company. I sorely needed it after the night and morning that I'd had. After that, I came home and finished working on the borders I had started last evening for the Chunky Churn Dash quilt. I am very pleased with how they look in the quilt. Here is the finished quilt top and a closeup of the borders. Now I just need to get a backing ready and pay a visit to my quilter!

Tomorrow is back to work, hoping it won't be too crazy after having been gone for a day (it was the last time and seemed to take days to catch up!). More soon!

Monday, September 01, 2014


I was able to sit down at my sewing machine and get one Eldon block finished with the background diamonds (a second one, since I had already set in the background diamonds on November 30 last year). Back when I did that first one, I thought I wouldn't have enough fabric to complete all of the quilt, so I ordered some more. Apparently it is from a different print run, as is quite apparent when the blocks are placed side by side.

So, I think my solution will be - I am not ripping anything out - to make sure that these two blocks are far away from each other in the quilt, and I will make certain that I mix up the diamonds for the rest of the blocks and randomly use from both lots throughout the rest of the quilt. That way it shouldn't be as noticeable. After all, they are batiks, right? And batiks often have areas of different shades within the same yardage. I am excited to be moving forward on this quilt, I can't wait to get to the point where I'm putting the finished blocks together!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The best laid plans

When Friday rolled around, a friend asked what I was going to do with all my "free" time this weekend. CC was heading over to Memphis for a couple of days with one of his best friends, and so I had the entire weekend to myself. I could get so much accomplished! I had all these wonderful ideas about how I was going to spend my time.

But I wasn't feeling all that great Friday night, so I took some medication which I had taken before with no side effects. I did fine with it that night. But then Saturday morning I woke up with vertigo so bad I could only stop it by lying on my side. There went my morning for certain. I managed to make it to lunch with a friend, since we'd made the plans a few weeks ago and I didn't want to miss that, but as soon as I got back home, it was back on the couch, and that was where I spent the rest of the afternoon. I finally felt well enough to do a little knitting in the evening, but didn't want to overdo it. Fortunately, I felt much better this morning. Since I had no other symptoms, I'm guessing it was the medication, and I won't be taking that again. I will get by with something else from now on.

I went back into my sewing room today and decided to work on the Chunky Churn Dash quilt that was a block of the month in 2013 from Quilter's Attic. I had already completed all of the blocks, it was just a matter of sewing them all together into a quilt top. It went together very quickly, and now all I need to do is figure out borders. I will probably do a small inner border and a larger outer border. The quilt right now measures 55 x 67. It just doesn't look "finished," and I want it to be a little bigger anyway. Since my quilter is retiring at the end of the year, I was hoping I could get at least one more quilt finished so that she could quilt it for me, and it looks like I might meet that goal. None of my others are close enough in the process, so I will just cross that bridge when I come to it for them.

As for all those other things I was planning to accomplish this weekend? Well, there's always next weekend. :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A little night owl

The owl himself is finished, as is the left side of the tree. Now all I have to do is the bottom part underneath the owl and the branch that he is sitting on!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Knitting happy dance

This is Age of Brass and Steam #3, also known as Mom's new kerchief / shawlette. :)

CC likes the colors on this one the best so far. Even though I love my other two, I have to agree - and it's the most versatile. Goes with jeans or dressed up very well!