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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Star of Wonder


Started November 24 and finished November 26, 2005
stitched with the silks provided in Just Nan class kit - thank you again Katie!!!!

We drove to Arkansas and spent the Thanksgiving holiday with our friend Dave, who moved there over a year ago. We had a really enjoyable time and spent Friday watching the entire Star Wars series of movies from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi (well, okay, we finished Return up Saturday - we just couldn't keep our eyes open Friday night). I stitched a little on Gothic Castle last night while we watched some Frasier episodes and the very strange Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Let's all have some Blackberry Jam


At 10:30 last night, I finally put the last bead into it! I couldn't believe how much time it took - mainly because I kept finding places where I'd missed some backstitching - here, there, and everywhere. But finally, I think I managed to get all of the beads put into place, and now I can start on Star of Wonder without any guilt or hesitation. Happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Called out

LOL, Ann, you are absolutely right that I should finish my Blackberry Jam first. And I'm hoping to do just that tonight! If I concentrate, it really shouldn't take that long to do. If I do get it finished, I'll try to post a pic tomorrow.

And if I don't get back here before Thursday, Happy Turkey Day everyone!

Monday, November 21, 2005

A goal achieved


I was determined to get Merrick's robes stitched this month, and I did! I also managed to begin stitching the sea creatures before putting the project away until December (not so far away-yikes!), and so we have an octopus and a fish.

It's a nice short week (Thanksgiving holidays both Thursday and Friday for C and myself), and we're really looking forward to the extra time off.

I also managed to get 2 more blocks quilted on Gerrick's Aquarium, so there are 10 out of the 42 now done.

Thanks again to everyone for your sweet compliments!

Oh, and I'm thinking about starting a new Just Nan project over the holidays - either Catnip Tea or Star of Wonder. I haven't decided which one yet - I have both of them completely kitted up because they were gifts from my friend Katie. I'm trying to decide whether I'm in a Christmas-y holiday mood yet...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Quilting and some new xs progress photos

Kristen asked how I learned to quilt. I did not take any formal classes, but I can't really say that I'm self-taught, because I read many quilt books, and borrowed videos from both my local public library and a local quilt shop when I started to learn quilting. The videos were invaluable. I was able to actually see someone go through the process, not just try to figure it out from a book (not that you couldn't, I'm just a really visual learner). The first video was 'A Video guide to quilting' with the New England Quilters Guild. Some of the others were Jinny Beyer videos, and my local PBS station was showing some 'Quilt in a Day' shows at the time. I taped some of the Quilt in a Day shows (as well as 'Simply Quilts' on HGTV) through the years, and actually refer to them quite frequently. Thanks for asking!

Okay, on to cross stitch and pictures!
Nova framed!
Blackberry Jam getting close!
Summer Maiden, about halfway finished
Cat, a little more progress

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Brrrrr!!!

Last night before the storms I was wearing a sleeveless shirt around the house with my windows opened. This morning - I'm layered with a couple of long sleeve shirts, and I have my portable heater on. How quickly the weather can change around here. I think that Winter is nearly upon us, but for now Happy Fall, y'all.

I managed to quilt the red block in the middle on the quilt last night. Then I moved into the bedroom and did a little stitching on Cat. I'll be able to post new progress pictures on that and the summer Maiden this week. While I'm still not feeling 100%, I do seem to be feeling better. As long as I keep up with my exercises and stretches for my back/shoulder and with trying to protect my tailbone, I am able to stitch, quilt, etc., for a bit longer now.

This weekend coming up is the monthly Black Swan Designs Stitch-A-Long. I haven't seen Merrick in a month, and I'm looking forward to visiting with him again. I've sorely neglected some of the WIPs in my rotation, but I expect to be able to get back into a rhythm after Christmas. Oh, and I hope I can get a decent picture of Nova - I finally went and picked it up from my framers yesterday, and well, it's even more beautiful than I remember. It's so hard to capture that digitally, but I'm going to try!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Gerrick's Aquarium

First of all, thank you all for visiting my blog and web site. You have been so bountiful with your comments and praise, and I can't even begin to express my gratitude for such sweet online (and offline) friends.

One of the most wonderful things about my brother and his family is that they really DO appreciate the things I make for them, and when it comes to quilts, they absolutely get used, all the time. For me, that is the highest compliment. I look forward to seeing his face when he opens his present on Christmas day.

Next up in my quilting world, Gerrick's Aquarium is now finally getting some attention. It's smaller, and the quilting is simpler, so I've been moving right along and have 3 blocks quilted already.


The quilted blocks are the ones under the 'gummy fish'. :)

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Finished pic

Hooray!


I've just spent the better part of the afternoon basting together Gerrick's quilt - I think I'm going to change the name to Gerrick's Aquarium. Just have to put it into the frame now, and get to work! ;-)

Saturday, November 12, 2005

It's official!

The quilt for my brother, Scott's Ships is complete (with label attached)! I'm going to go ahead and wash it before I take a photo. This is one HUGE happy dance, yippee!!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

A little bitty stitching update

I have finished the top and the right sides of the binding on Scott's Ships quilt - just two more sides to go...

Oh, and Melissa - I bought Tetris Worlds, Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, and Super Mario Brother 3 (I've been told by many it's the best in the series). Now I just have to figure out the gameplay - it's a little different from my Classic Warioland and Donkey Kong games. :)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Peer Pressure

... with a capital P. Apologies to anyone who is hoping for a stitching update - this is mostly about video games. I have stitched just a little, but not much progress for a scan or report.

It all started with one co-worker talking to another one about a Game Boy Micro, and it spiralled out of control from there. The result: I got a Game Boy Advance SP yesterday, along with a few new games...

I've been playing Castlevania on my PSOne again recently, but I wanted to have something that could go with me for playing in those waiting rooms I seem to be in a couple of times a week, at least. Sometimes I like to take a book, sometimes I like to take a crochet or stitching project, but lately, I've just wanted a game to play.

I got my old Game Boy Pocket out, dusted it off, and played a little with it, but I was frustrated by the screen. It the old 4-shades-of-gray (or something like that), and no lighting whatsoever. You have to be in the right light and at the right angle to see the screen properly.

So, when I saw one of these Micros, I was really impressed by the screen: backlit and color, and while it was a little small (it IS named Micro for a reason), it was easier on the eyes than my GB Pocket. I started doing a little research, and discovered that the Micro only plays GB Advance games. I don't have any of those, since I never upgraded to the Advance, but I do have several Classic games, which I still enjoy. Then and there, I decided the Micro was out.

But I also discovered that Nintendo has recently released a new version of the GB Advance (with an SP in the name). It has a brighter screen which is also about twice the size of the screen of the Micro. AND it is backwards-compatible with my GB Classic games. Well, there you go. Actually, now that I think about it - either my nephew or one of my nieces (probably both) has one of these, because I saw one at my parent's house a day that the kids and I were visiting.

This thing is so cool - it has a rechargeable battery (no more AAA's!), and it even adds color to my colorless Classic games (like Donkey Kong and WarioLand) which are SO much easier to see now. And the GB Advance games are pretty darn cool so far.

I'm having a wonderful Wednesday, and I hope you are too!

Friday, November 04, 2005

It's Friday!

And once again, I'm so ready for the weekend. This week has been really busy, probably because of the combination that I was off work last Friday and Monday, and I've taken on a couple of projects in addition to my usual workload.

Quilting: I have Scott's quilt completely quilted, I've attached the binding to the top of the quilt, and I'm working on securing it to the back of the quilt now - I have one side done, 3 to go.

Cross stitch: I have also been working on the Summer Maiden some more. Whether it's the design, the chart, the fabric, the colors, the beads, or a combination of all of the above, I am having a wonderful time stitching this. It's so relaxing and exciting at the same time.

Knitting: I haven't worked much on the kitty bed, but I have put a few more rows in on the side that I'm knitting. I have about 10 more inches to knit before it can be put together.

Crochet: I'm still basking in the glory of having finished the Vacation Mile-a-Minute afghan. I do need to get on to putting together the rest of the 63 Squares one though! Especially before I start a new afghan. I really like having a crochet afghan project in progress for when the eyes are too tired for cross stitch or crochet, but not too tired for the yarn and hook.

Healing: I'm still going to physical therapy for my back/shoulder, and I can tell that I am healing, though more slowly than I would prefer. ;-) The attention that I have to pay to my tailbone has obviously taken some of my attention away from the shoulder, but that too is getting better (VERY slowly).

Whatever you do this weekend, have a wonderful one!!!