Quilt Blocks

October 16, 2016

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Sometimes I look at my blocks and wonder.  “What was I thinking?”  Last winter I joined The Splendid Sampler.  Twice a week for fifty weeks I receive an email with instructions for a six-inch block.  I could not decide on a single group of fat quarters, so, instead of two blocks a week, I am making four.  “They’re only six inches.”  Silly me.

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I have since learned that I really, really, really do not like paper piecing.  It seems such a waste of time and effort and paper.  Some I turned into applique.  It’s so much more fun.  Some I skipped.  And some I thought about enough to cut the shapes and then just sewed them together to fit.

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Life Goes On

October 14, 2016

This is Don.

019  He is a Labrador/Springer mix.  I was rather surprised when I searched the two breeds how much he favors Springer Spaniel rather than Labrador.

 

Gus

September 6, 2016

No one wants to sit here anyway.  It's got about seven years of Gus hair on it.

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Miss you.

Putting Winter Away

May 30, 2016

I finally managed to switch my Summer and Winter clothes.  I was beginning to wonder if we were having a mini ice age.  Last week we actually had the heat on and the air on by the end of it.  It’s a wonder I don’t have a cold.  And now…it’s raining again.  I think it’s causing me to lose my mind.  I put eggs on to boil this afternoon and I completely forgot  about them.  Rubber eggs anyone?

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I have made good progress with my squares.  I’m starting on four bonus blocks.  I am not making the last block.  It is all embroidery and I’m not in the mood.  I saved it in case I change my mind.  I hope to start the BOM from Australia that I joined later this week.  The fabrics are different from any that I have seen around here.  Once these are current, I have a December wall hanging to finish.  If it’s not Winter by then, there are my pants that have no pockets.  I don’t understand it.

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I forgot to show the back of my new hat.  I really like this one.

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And, there’s nothing like cat help.

 

 

After Sheep & Wool

May 18, 2016

I was lucky to have my daughter with me this year.  She doesn’t have to work on Saturdays anymore.  Even though we got there early, we had about a two-mile creep-along.  The weather was almost perfect.  We had had rain the day before and some areas were a little mushy.  I like to start at the Main Hall where I bought some Signature Needles.  They carry seven-inch single points.  Now I own every size they carry.  They are great for miters and shells.  Miss Babs was mobbed by the time we got there.  I wanted to this year’s show color.  Neither one of us cared for it.  Quite frankly, it looked something my dog threw up.  Jenn saw some Yowza she liked, but the line was so long even she didn’t want to wait.  We decided to look on-line instead.  We had lamb BBQ from the boy scouts.  It was very good.  I saw some old and new friends.  The last thing we did was get ice cream cones. A perfect way to end the day.

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Two skeins of sock yarn caught my eye this year.  The only yarn I bought last year was from Beth Brown-Reinsel.  I am really getting picky.  I need more yarn like I need a third eye.  That third eye would probably make me nauseous anyway.  I also have no need of buttons, but they are purple and yellow, green and orange.  What’s not to love?  I decided to try some new soap.  The woman I usually buy soap from broke her foot and I’m getting low.  I also bought a few ornaments and a pin from Liz.

 

Sometimes, I Know Exactly What I Want

April 30, 2016

I saw this yarn and knew it would be perfect with this pattern.

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Was I right?

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Making Progress

April 27, 2016

Since some people have inquired, I’m not dead.  But I do feel old.  These twenty-five degree changes can be tough.  Yesterday was lovely.  Today, I’m as grumpy as I possibly can be.  Just ask Sweetums.

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Except for the hand embroidery, I’m pretty much caught up with my sampler blocks.  I had given most of my embroidery equipment to my son.  I found some floss, but the only hoop I found was seven inches and the blocks are only six.  There was nothing to be had locally.  No surprise there.  Sometimes I wonder why I bother.  I got what I needed on-line, but it took a week.  So now I have eight blocks to embroider.  At least I know how.  Nannie taught me before I could read and write.  She was so patient with me.  I tried so hard to please her.  Her praise meant so much.  I can almost feel her hand on mine as I stitch.

Moving Along

March 16, 2016

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My daughter’s Christmas tree skirt is finished and I am very happy with the result.  Maybe I’ll make one for myself.

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Here are the twined knitted gloves I made for her.  The socks are almost finished.  Twined knitting takes so much longer than normal knitting, but it’s worth the work.  I think I’ll make an Ascot with the rest of the yarn.  They look so tidy.

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I’ve started working on the Splendid Sampler.  I couldn’t decide on which colorway to use so I made both.  The second block has a lot of tiny pieces.  It took forever to cut and my knees locked up.  But I’ll live.

Trying to Finish

March 3, 2016

DSCF1106  The back was finished, so I dragged my batting.  Dot was not much help.  She kept falling asleep.  She liked the fleece, but I would have had to piece it in two places.  I got out the Warm and Natural.  I didn’t really want to use it, but it’s 96 inches wide, so, no seaming.  Now, there’s only two  yards left.  I’ll have to order some more soon.  I hope to get the quilting accomplished tomorrow.  We’ll see.

 

I Thought I had Finished the Top

February 28, 2016

DSCF1054  I laid it out on the floor and had a good look.   I was very happy with the presents and trees.  But something was missing.  There was no Santa!  What ever was the matter with me?  So, I dragged the books, fabric, pencils and tracing paper back out.  Bumper!

DSCF1099  I need to find my markers to add eyes.  I had so much fun with this project.

I got out all my Christmas type fabrics for the back.  I cut out eight panels rather than trying to use one big piece.  I think I can get one piece for the batting.  If not, I have plenty of pieces.

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DSCF1090    Chick in a Santa hat.

DSCF1091    And cat help.