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Sunday, April 30, 2006

I'm happy dancing (swimming?)!

It has been quite a journey, but today I put the final stitches into Merrick by Black Swan Designs, stitched on the recommended Blue Spruce Belfast linen, and here is the handsome fella with all his helpful creatures:

It took a little longer than I anticipated (because of having a work week like you would NOT believe) but it is well worth the extra time I expended to finish it this month, yippee!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Flannel 4-patch pillow

I spent most of the evening working on Allison's quilt, cutting out the rest of the pieces I'll need for piecing it together (at least, what I should need, based on my calculations) while I watched a pretty bland American Idol.

My other accomplishment of the evening was finishing the pillow that goes with the flannel 4-patch quilt. Front and back (and the lining up of the back was not planned, other than making sure one side wasn't upside down of the other - it's not perfectly aligned, but pretty close - I didn't notice it until after I had taken the photo).

Monday, April 24, 2006

Stash enhancement - just because

I just thought the little kitties fabric was too cute, so I picked up the only little fat quarter bundle that had them in it at my local Joann's store. I'm glad they still had it! I had seen it Saturday evening while waiting for our place in line at dinner, and passed on it at the time. I'd been regretting it ever since. So I hurried over after work, and was in luck. I like the other fabrics that they picked to go along with it too. Can't you just see a whole lap quilt in these colors? :) Okay, I probably need to pick up a few more fabrics, and it will definitely be a 'someday' quilt, but I look forward to then, and I still get to fondle the fabrics and stare longingly at them for now. ;-)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

End of the weekend

And it's been a pretty good one. I've been listening to So You Want To Be a Wizard by Diane Duane - pretty cute little fantasy story - while I've worked on mostly Allison's Jewel Box quilt this weekend. I've also worked on Merrick while we watch movies and tv shows, and I'm going to continue to work on him until he is finished (maybe a happy dance by the end of the month!).

We went to Texana last night for supper, and the boys (CC and his cousin Larry) tell me it is exactly as it was before they closed it a couple of years ago and moved to Texas. It was good food, and great leftovers. :) My NASCAR fantasy team so totally sucked last night, but Kenny finished 17th, which wasn't terrible, so the race wasn't all bad. Fingers crossed that he won't be in any wrecks next week at Talladega!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Happy, happy Friday!

And once again, it is the Black Swan Designs Stitch-along weekend. I plan to get Merrick out and work on him this weekend (and maybe finish him up????) But before I get to that, I thought I'd share my latest Halloween progress.

Happy weekend everyone!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Quilty goodness

My fun playing in the craft room yesterday resulted in:

A few more pieces sewn together

and a few more pieces cut out of fabric

A pillow completed (for my brother, to match his quilt)

And a pillow in progress

I didn't get a chance to work on Allison's quilt yesterday, but I might do a little tonight. I started listening to Kay Hooper's Stealing Shadows yesterday while I was quilting, and I'm already halfway through tape 6 of 8. Too bad the library doesn't have any copies of the second book in that trilogy on tape or CD. They did, because the record still shows in the catalog, but there aren't any copies, so if I want to read it, I'll actually [gasp!] have to READ it, not listen. Which takes away from my crafty time. Hmmmm...... I may need another 'vacation'!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Oh, how I wish

that I had four more days off! I've had such fun on my mini-vacation. Yesterday didn't see much in the way of crafting, except that I started working on the little pumpkin in my Halloween project after seaming row 2 and row 3 on my 63 squares afghan. I also put a couple of stitches into Autumn Maiden, just to see how some of the colors were going to look with the other two. There are four in all, two done, and two to go. But mostly, I did laundry and other weekend chores.

Today I spent almost entirely in my craft room, and I worked up a quilted pillow to go with my brother's Ships quilt. I also started a quilted pillow to go with CC's Blankie #2, even though it hasn't even been completely pieced yet (far from it!). Oh, yeah, and I ended up the day playing with some more fabrics for the Double Wedding Ring quilt. Very slow going, but so much fun trying to figure out what fabrics to put where!

Now that C is home for the evening, I will join him back in the living room, where I'm sure we'll watch either baseball (go Braves!) or one of our Tivo'd shows or DVDs. I'll either work on Halloween some more or some other cross stitch project.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Since my last post

I finished Summer Maiden!

I haven't accomplished much else today, except going to Joann's to purchase some pillow forms and velcro (both on sale), dropping by the library to pick up a couple of books on tape, and driving over to my youngest niece's birthday party. I've been working a little more on Halloween tonight while we catch up on Commander in Chief from Thursday night. Happy Easter everyone!

Friday, April 14, 2006

What I accomplished today

  • A slight rearrangement of some of the furniture in my craft room
  • Pieced 5 more blocks on Allison's quilt
  • Cut out some more fabrics for Mom and Dad's quilt
  • Pressed the flannel four-patches that I've pieced so far
  • Worked on Summer Maiden and finished all of the cross stitching - a little beading and the backstitching of her legs are the only things left to go!

Today starts MY weekend!

Just a really quick update - I decided to take off today and Monday to work on quilts and such, and I'm really glad I did. I slept in this morning, awoke refreshed, and once I have breakfast, plan to "get to work." Updates hopefully every evening! P. S. I think I might be able to finish my Summer Maiden this weekend!!!!

Monday, April 10, 2006

Weekend catch-up

First, thanks again to everyone for your comments! Melissa (and others), I am doing maybe a little better? I still stand at work for most of the day and have been doing a little more of that at home too (cutting, ironing fabrics). I bought a hard moulded plastic Relaxo-bak comfort seat that I use on my chair at work when I eat lunch. It helps somewhat, but I can't use it for any length of time yet. In the car, I have the Relaxo-bak Deluxe covered cushion, which seems to work slightly better there than the original. At home, we still have the furniture rearranged so that I can sit on my dining room chair in the living room. It is made of oak and has no chair pad, so it makes me sit on my ischial bones, taking some of the pressure off the tailbone. My chiropractor has really worked on my lower back the last two times I've been to see him, and that has really helped with my overall wellness, because I know I've been really compensating for this injury.

The bad thing was that this weekend, I became Miss Dropsy. I dropped just about everything I picked up (okay, maybe not everything, but it seemed like it). I'm just glad that I didn't break anything important! I don't know if it's because I'm getting used to wearing my glasses full-time or what. Yes, that was the verdict from the visit with the optometrist last week. It still *feels* weird to use them for distance.

The good news is that we survived all of the tornadoes that tore through Tennessee Friday without even a scratch, and the same goes for our family members. I've seen pictures of the devastation, and I feel particularly grateful.

Barb, welcome! Your flannel quilt is beautiful. The lesson I learned about scant quarter inch seams and flannel is that (at least for me and the flannel I used) it frays VERY easily and the seams can come apart. I've had to repair CC's 'blankie' several times with zig zag / satin stitches where the seams just started coming apart. So for this project, I cut the pieces a little bigger, and am using generous quarter (or even 3/8") seam allowances.

I worked a lot of this weekend on the three quilts I started last weekend while either listening to a book on tape (Acorna's Quest by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball) or watching the Nextel Cup race. No new picture yet for Allison's quilt, but here is the Double Wedding Ring again, with a few seams sewn.

Here are a few of the flannel 4-patch patches sewn and pressed, and below that are the rest of the pieces waiting to be sewn into 4-patches.

And I have to give credit where credit is due - Mommy's Little Helper... she supervised the entire weekend. ;-)

Oh, and I nearly forgot - I also seamed Row 1 to Row 2 on the 63 squares afghan yesterday!

Friday, April 07, 2006

I love my quilt

Yes, indeed, Kelley, it is the Rail Fence one, and here it is!

I also managed to scan in the two Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks I have 'completed' (okay, I haven't put the connecting white hexagons on yet).

And here is the latest on Unicorn Mystique

I pulled Halloween back out for a little bit during the storms this afternoon, and I've also pulled out Summer Maiden for a new rotation round. But those three new quilts in progress are really starting to call to me again...

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

My quilt is done! done! done!

I just put the finishing stitches into the binding today after I got home from work (while watching my Tivo'd 24). It's finished, and it's in the washing machine right now. Woohooo!!!!

Oh, and the Double Wedding Ring quilt... it's for my mom and dad. I haven't made a quilt for them yet (and it seems like I've made one for everyone but them), so I decided it is time. :D

Monday, April 03, 2006

In my element

I spent a thoroughly engrossing and relaxing weekend in my element - crafting, of course. This weekend, though, was mostly about quilting. I have attached the binding to two sides of my quilt, and I've essentially 'started' three new quilts! Last night I finished cutting out the pieces for CC's Blankie II (a flannel 4-patch variation).

On Saturday, I cut out some pieces for Allison's new quilt and sewed them together, just to see how the blocks would look. I only got three blocks done, but here they are

And I decided to just go ahead and plunge into what I had been thinking about for several weeks (maybe even months) now - cutting out fabrics for a double wedding ring quilt. I've had the acrylic templates for a while. What do you think so far? Cut out, they look pretty good - the proof will be in the sewing, I'm certain...

Margaret, I haven't given up on my Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt, but I haven't worked on it in a while. I should pull it out of the closet and put it into the rotation! :)