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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Here and there, this and that

Once again, it seems forever since I last posted. I'm still here, and I'm still doodling with quilts, knitting, and cross stitch, I just don't seem to have much progress to share.

In quilting, I've been hand-quilting some more on the Double Wedding Ring. I've also worked a little more on piecing my Grandmother's Flower Garden. I have decided to join my local quilt guild, even though I don't think I'll be able to make all of the meetings (or maybe even half of them) since they meet during the day on the first Tuesday of the month. But I've scheduled some time off this coming Tuesday, and I'll be able to go to my second meeting. I'm going to take my SSS 2007 BOM quilt for show-and-tell. I can't wait to see what everyone else brings!

In knitting, I've finished my first sock of my second pair, and I've started knitting the second. I've also knitted a few more rows on my spring / summer scarf. Something is telling me that it might be fall before I get it finished... :)

In cross stitching, I'm getting really close to where I want to take a new picture of Midsummer Night's Fairy. I've been working on her hair, but haven't got her face yet, and I'd really like to complete that before I take my next progress picture. I hope to make that progress within the next week or so.

Oh, and I've started a new videogame. Thanks to Annette for a great suggestion, I'm playing "Professor Layton and the Curious Village", which is full of brain-teasers and other puzzles (and I mean FULL, which I love). The Nintendo DS is the perfect portable gaming system. There are so many different types of games you can play on it, so it's really hard to be bored. :)

Oh, and we're watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer now that we've finished Charmed. And Battlestar Galactica is coming back in just a few days, can't wait, can't wait!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

SSS 2007 finished-finished :)



I finally bound the SSS 2007 BOM quilt, and it is ready to be given to the recipient, which I decided some time last year would be my sister-in-law Sherry. We'll probably do that in the next couple of weeks. What a surprise it will be for her - I'm pretty sure she has no idea that she'll be getting a quilt so soon. :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Left to my own devices...

some might say I tend to go crazy. C went to the NASCAR race in Atlanta this weekend, camping out in the cold with a friend. I was happier to stay home in the warmth. Sunday morning I got up and decided to start something new. I've been wanting to work on it ever since I bought the fabrics almost a year ago. I worked on it all day Sunday, most of Monday, and actually finished up the borders last night. Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it (it is mine, all mine!)...


When I bought the fabric, I knew it would be the focus of a quilt, and it is. It's very busy, but I love it. I really like the pattern too, and may use it for another quilt someday.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Vintage Stitches finished

Woohoo, finally finished!!!


I've been working on Vintage Stitches as much as possible over the past week, and it paid off today, so happy dance with me, y'all!!

I also pieced the March block of the month, Margaret's Choice yesterday.


I think I'll do a rare thing and take the rest of the evening off. :)
Edited to add: Oh, yes, that is a grapes charm on Vintage Stitches. It came with the kit, and it's very shiny-metallic.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Genetics

I think I might have mentioned that I inherited my crafty genes from both of my parents. My dad's projects tend to be much larger than mine (see Backyard DIY Guy to look at some of the amazing things he has accomplished). Now I can also share with you the crafty talented genes from my mom's side. Here are two pictures showing the dress she just made for my niece to wear to a formal dance. Isn't it just beautiful?


Crafty updates

Though I haven't really done much stitching, knitting, crocheting, quilting, or beading in the past couple of weeks, I did take a couple of pictures to share. First up are my two knitting projects - the first of my new pair of socks and my spring / summer scarf.



I decided to stick with the k2 p2 rib for the leg of my sock instead of the pattern I was having such frustration with when I started it. And after ripping out the entire scarf the first time (I had knitted about 8 inches in length), I started it over, and at least I can see that my pattern is consistent now. The pattern is a 4-row repeat, and I've resolved that I won't start the first row unless I can complete the 4-row repeat. Hopefully that will help me to not lose my place. :)

Here are Delaney's quilt blocks so far. I have completed 6 of the approximately 30 different colors that will go into this quilt. I've started the second set of six colors (and you can see that those are not finished in this photo - the ones that have straight edges vs. the curved edges in finished blocks).


It will probably please some of you to know that I pulled out Vintage Stitches night before last. I've stitched the four outer corner blocks and have started working my way along the outer edges. I'm at step 19 of 21 (plus outer border), so it may not be too long now before I finish it, if I just don't put it down again! :)