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Sunday, August 27, 2006

CATS Nashville stash

I just have to share - we had a great time Friday at the CATS Nashville shopping mart, in the Stitchers' Lounge, and at dinner. It was wonderful to meet up with friends I haven't seen in a year.

I put my paws on nearly everything before I decided on what I wanted to buy. I managed to find the perfect Dinky-Dyes perle cotton to sub in the Tropical Daydreams design (for the Caron Watercolours it calls for) - #77 Blue Mountains. It looks perfect beside the blue/purple silk I'll be using in the border. Funny, that's a dinky dyes too. #77 is the middle one here. Not so much green - just a hint of it.

I also picked up another "oops" bag from them, and there are more luscious silks and a few cottons in it. Definitely worth the money spent.

And then I decided I had to have Victoria Sampler's Jingle Bells Christmas Tree Farm. The kit didn't have fabric, so I bopped over to Picture This Plus and after pulling out quite a few different fabrics and poring over them, we decided that the Mercedes Cashel linen would be the best choice. With my free needle from The Silver Needle, I was ready to stitch!

We're back from Bristol now, and Kenny and Mikey both managed to stay out of trouble and on the lead lap, finishing 13th and 16th, respectively (NASCAR Nextel Cup Racing for those who aren't familiar). I'm looking forward to a couple more days of vacation to watch some movies, relax, and stitch on the new acquisition. Oh, and if I can manage it, a picture of Allison's quilt top finished - I've decided it's big enough (86 by 98 inches!), and doesn't need borders...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Aurora progress

Finally, here is my Aurora progress from the SAL weekend. Very colorful!

Yesterday I spent some time in my craft room, working on Allison's quilt, and I plan on working some more on it today. I would love to get the top pieced, but I don't know if I'll get all the way through or not - there are still borders to be pieced after everything else, and I don't even have the fabrics cut for those yet. But I do think that I'm on track for getting it finished in time for Christmas.

Tomorrow is CATS Nashville, and I'm definitely going! I'm skipping the AQS Quilt Expo this year (it started yesterday). I'd rather be working on the quilts I've got in progress now rather than being tempted by new fabric and patterns... maybe next year. I don't figure I'll miss much. But I'm really looking forward to getting together again with 'net friends at the needlework show tomorrow.

Wow, how time flies - it was a year ago that I started having the major shoulder scapula problems, and then a few weeks after that the tailbone problems. My shoulder is doing much better, as long as I keep up with my exercises and stretches. It has been a week since my third cortisone shot for coccydynia, and I didn't notice any improvement this time, sigh. I was really hopeful after the second one, so I'm quite disappointed now. Looks like I'll be keeping my follow-up appointment in Charlotte in a few weeks.

And can I just say that I'm disappointed (well, that's a nice way to say what I'm really feeling) about Sci-Fi Channel's decision to cancel Stargate SG-1?! It's Farscape all over again for me. Hey, congratulations on your 200th show and becoming the longest-running US Sci-Fi series, oh, and by the way, you're all fired after this season. Bitterly disappointed. I shouldn't be surprised, but I am.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Flannel 4-patch top pieced

Taking advantage of a bit of time to myself this afternoon, I finished sewing the strips for the flannel 4-patch quilt together. Now I just need to figure out what backing fabric we will use, and then take it over to the quilt shop for quilting.

flannel 4-patch quilt top complete

I've still got a couple of hours before we're supposed to head out to a luau, so I'm going to work a little more on Aurora. Her wings are intense, but I love the colors so far.

I've picked out my next small / samplers project - Tropical Daydream by Teresa Wentzler. I don't have all of the exact fibers that the pattern calls for, but I have some that are pretty close that I plan to substitute, and my friend Melanie was nice enough to bring me a piece of 20-count evenweave from her stash to use for this project. I'll probably start it later on this month or early next month. I still have two projects in rotation which need some attention first!

Claudia (and everyone else who is interested), I've now gotten my third cortisone shot. With the second one, I didn't notice much of a change until several days after the shot, so I'm in the same boat with the third one now - but I have been feeling somewhat (about 40%) better from the second one, so I've got my fingers crossed on this one to hopefully put me over the top. :)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Unicorn Mystique progress

Thanks for all the sweet comments on my Fantasy Sampler and my wall filled with cross stitch! I love having them surround me. Here is the latest Unicorn Mystique:

Unicorn Mystique progress

Tomorrow begins the monthly Black Swan Designs Stitch-A-Long (which I have been remiss about promoting the last couple of months). Aurora should see some decent stitching time this month!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Fantasy Sampler update

I think I now have all of the backstitching of the dragon scene in the middle done, and I also worked on the floral border some more this time.

Fantasy Sampler progress picture

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Promised pictures

Not all four walls of my bedroom, but two and a half anyway (with the old waterbed)... plus my new waterbed installed today!

Star Maiden, Merrick, and Magic in Motion

The Bride and the Shroom, Cymberleah, and Dragon Heart

Lucien (Dragon's Lair is hanging on the right side of the window on this wall)

Our new bed

The padded rails are a cocoa suede-like fabric, very luxurious. :) I'm loving it! I'll probably move Dragon Heart down a little, now that we have a headboard half the height of the other one. The only thing on the fourth wall is Teresa Wentzler's The Castle, so I still have a little bit of room to hang some more of the fantasy designs I stitch.

Friday, August 11, 2006

My bed broke!

Poor, poor waterbed. No, it wasn't the mattress, thank goodness - it was the frame. I came home and found the right side hanging off to the floor and the attached headboard hanging off quite a bit too. Thank goodness the kitties were all safe and sound. The frame had seen better days (I would say it's at least 25 years old, maybe more). So we decided to go ahead and get a new one. I have been planning to get a new pedestal with drawers for about 7 years now anyway - I was just holding off until we were ready to deal with the task of draining and deconstructing the bed and then reconstructing and refilling it. It will be installed Saturday, so we only have to sleep on the guest futon for a couple of nights.

But I did get to work just a little more on Fantasy Sampler last night, so I'll try to take a picture this weekend and post it.

What else have I been into? Playing more video games! I broke out the GameCube Tuesday (Game) night, and started playing The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

It has been a week now since my second cortisone shot, and I have noticed more of an improvement this time around. Maybe as much as 40%. The pain's still there, but it's not as sharp as it was before this last injection, so it's a step in the positive direction.

Happy Friday and weekend!!!!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Happy Dancing!

Halloween Fairy finished

She is stitched on the kit fabric, 28 ct. natural linen from Zweigart. I'm really pleased with how she looks.

I've also been working a little on the four-patch flannel quilt, and I have all of my pieces (342 blocks) ready to put into rows.

And now I can dive back into rotation! :)

Friday, August 04, 2006

Halloween Fairy - getting closer...

And looking quite pretty with those greens and oranges.

Halloween fairy at about 70%

Audrey, I don't think that I stitch super fast, but most of the time, I use the sewing method instead of the stab-stitch method, so it does cut down on the amount of time that it takes to complete a stitch. I've never timed myself, so I don't really have any idea of how fast I stitch. :)

Happy Friday, happy weekend, and happy rain finally arriving so my yard doesn't look all brown and yucky!