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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Quilt in Progress, Wii!

Winter Night quilt progres

I'm taking a couple of days of vacation this week, and I've worked a little more on my mother-in-law's quilt top. I'd say at this point that it is between 33 and 40 percent complete. I think it is coming together rather nicely.

While I'm off, I'm also taking advantage of the time I have to play with my new Wii! Last week during game night Waldo brought his Wii to let us see - I'd never played one or even seen it being played, only heard about it. I won the bowling game with 3 of the guys, what fun! So, what would you expect to happen? Yep, you guessed it. I was on the hunt for one for myself. My only requirement - I was not going to pay any more than retail for it, even though it's kind of scarce for now. I called my local EB Games store every morning to see if they got any shipments in, and I signed up for Circuit City's email notification. I'd rather support EB Games when I can, but unfortunately for them, Circuit City came through with a shipment Tuesday (just one week after I had started looking). Perfect timing for me (with my vacation being Wednesday through Friday this week). I also picked up Ware Ware: Smooth Moves and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix games. It's such fun! Of course, I haven't given up on my Gamecube (and I'm still playing Zelda: Twilight Princess), but I like the fact that there are some games that C and I can play together. I'm tempted to buy the Z:TP for the Wii, but I may just try to rent it to see how it is first. I'd imagine the mechanics are quite different. Also, they just released Resident Evil 4 for the Wii, and I want to rent it too, just to play it through in Wii mode. :)

LOL, Micky - yes, I think that I shall store my cross stitch mojo in my beaded flag amulet bag. :) Some good news on that front - though I haven't cross stitched much lately, I DID pull out Mother's Arms and work on it a bit this week. It has quite a few beads in it too. ;-)

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Beaded amulet bag (so far)

body of beaded amulet bag

So here is the beaded flag amulet bag so far - the body of the bag is complete, and now I need to attach the strap and fringe.

I also decided to start a quilt for my mother-in-law this week. I've been planning it for a while, I've had the pattern picked out, and I had gathered the fabric in a container already. I just hadn't started it yet, not wanting to have too many quilts in progress. Well, I finally decided to go ahead and start it, because it shouldn't take too long to complete. C's mom is going through a rough time right now, and I decided that she should have a "blankie" to help her through it. I'm taking off three days next week, and I plan to work on it then. :) Here is the first block - in progress, not quite completely pieced yet.

Winter Night first block in progress

Friday, June 15, 2007

Seriously slacking (on cross-stitch that is...)

While I can't say I haven't picked up a needle and thread (more on that in a moment), I do have to admit that I haven't picked up a cross stitch wip in a couple of weeks! Beading has consumed me lately. But there is one thing I should mention about my latest beading project - it's actually a lot like cross stitch. I'm following a pattern for the peyote beaded flag amulet purse (which is tiny, and yet is taking a long time to do). Here is my progress so far (ignore the bottom two rows - they were just to get me started).

Beaded flag purse progress

I think the purse part is about halfway complete at this point. I've never done peyote beading in the round, and it was a little more difficult to get the concept of working the pattern diagonally at first.

I do have a different happy dance to share, finally! The crochet doily that was supposed to be a Christmas present for a family friend is finally complete. It was probably 85% complete when I picked it back up last week, and I finished it in one evening while watching a couple of episodes of 24.

Crocheted doily finished June 2007

I have no idea what's on tap for the weekend - probably more beading, maybe a little cross stitching if I can put the beads down for just a few minutes! :)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Quilt blocks

It's that time again! I picked up my Super Second Saturday quilt block at the Quilter's Attic yesterday and pieced it up today, and then I went ahead and pieced the three variations of block #7 for Afternoon Tea.
Block 6, June, Rail Fence (Super Second Saturdays Quilt)
Afternoon Tea, Block 7, three variations

Beads, beads everywhere

I completed my second version of the square stitch bracelet, and I'm pretty happy with it (my color choices met what I envisioned, yay!). I wanted a sort-of "beachy" look. I used white 4mm miyuki cubes (that have a shimmer to them, but I wouldn't say they're pearlized), with some apricot seed beads along the edges and some other pastel colors for the flower embellishments.

Square Stitch bracelet #2

I've got the beads, thread, and pattern ready to go for this Wednesday's tutorial at the bead group. I also requested about 10 bead weaving books from the library. :)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Had a grand time today

No pictures, but I just had to share - I visited with a bead group today that meets weekly at the bead shop where I took the Square Stitch class Saturday. They were a lively bunch, a lot of fun to be around, and it was so inspirational! I'm going to go again next week and learn how to do a 2-drop peyote stitch amulet bag in a flag pattern. One of the beaders there has done it several times, and she said she was willing to teach those of us who wanted to learn. Since my peyote experience is limited (and I've never done 2-drop), I jumped at the chance.

They made me feel welcome immediately, and even though I was new, I felt like a part of the group before I left the shop. There are so many new techniques (or old techniques done with new beads, or techniques to which I was never exposed when I was first interested in beading), I am becoming obsessed with this now! Never fear, I shall not forget how to cross stitch or quilt or crochet or knit - this is just my passion of choice for now. :)

Oh, and for anyone who is interested in my Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess progress, I have completed the 6th dungeon, and I think it is my favorite so far. I think I'm about 72 hours into the game (but I play slowly, so don't take that to mean anything - I often have to try again and again to complete some tasks).

Saturday, June 02, 2007

My first official bead class

I took my first beading class ever today! It was so much fun. I took the first in a Stitch of the Month series and I learned the square stitch and the weaver's knot. There were only three of us in the class, which meant that I got lots of individual attention. I finished the project tonight after I got home, and I've just got to say, I LOVE it! Oh, and I got to choose the colors, so, it's 100% me. Laughing at myself It's embellished with seed beads on the top and sides. The beads I used were 4mm miyuki squares.

The results of my bead class
The bracelet on my arm

I've already signed up for next month's class - Netting.

Happy dancing!

Yes, CC's Flannel 4-Patch is done, hooray!

The quilt folded on my chair at work