Ok folks, as you know, I have been trying to teach myself to knit. I've gotten the long tail cast on down and the knit stitch. I have been attempting the purl and it's going a little more slowly than I like. In the mean time, I have been conducting a poll in my local area...
I have been a quilter for a while now and have been looking for something to do in between quilts and thought knitting would be pretty neat to learn. About 7 years ago I asked a co-worker who is an avid knitter to teach me how. She said yes and told me what yarn to get.
My husband is participating in The Warrior Dash, an intense physical fitness competition course, next Saturday. He has been training consistently and intensely for months. He's looking good and I know he will do well. He's not doing the Dash just for the physical aspect, his main purpose is to raise money for the children who need the services of St. Jude. Please help him reach his goal of $250. If he reaches this goal he will have access to the St. Jude tent and be able to meet some of the children his efforts and your donations will benefit.
He and the children will appreciate any amount you are donating. Please help him meet his goal of helping these children and their families. He has worked hard and I am very proud of him. Please take a moment to read his personal message about the event and please support him in his efforts.
Thank you in advance for your donation and your support of my amazing husband!
(I do not own the artwork in this post. It is only used to promote this St. Jude event)
Last Saturday my 11 year old niece came to visit so I could help her with her business cards for her duct tape crafts business. She brought me a copy of our local energy co-op's latest publication with a cover story on a local quilter. It stared a discussion of quilting and I told her I have been collecting fabric for her's since before she was born but that her taste change so much that I have to keep buying different fabric to keep up.
As defined by Merriam-Webster: Addiction - compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance Hoarding - to collect and hide a large amount of (something valuable) I've been accused of having tendenciesof both.
As my Grandmothers eighty-ninth birthday approached, I began thinking about what I could make for her that she would appreciate and use. While visiting with her on several occasions I noticed she would bundled under a blanket as she watched television. She didn't look too comfortable to me and the thought came... a shoulder quilt.
Welcome to Way Back (When)sday, a new feature that will showcase what else, things from "way back". From music, fashion, television, movies, etc., some may not be so far back and some you may wish were so far back that no one remembers them. So sit back and enjoy a little piece of what was...
You know how you hear a song and it gets stuck in your head? For me, some lyrics are like that. When I hear one of these lines I think, hmm... never thought of saying it that way, that's a neat way to put it or how'd they come up with that? I love all kinds of music, especially the 80's, my musical generation. Here's a line that I've always remembered from Hall and Oates:
I have reading moods, sometimes I can read several books at once and finish them in a timely manner. Other times it takes me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get through even the shortest of books.
I'm sure everyone has their own guidelines by which they choose books. Mine are pretty simple, keep it clean in language and situation. I don't mind a few mild expletives, as far as adult situations, suggest it, leave most of it to the imagination. Isn't that part of what reading is about, using your imagination?
The transition of the blog seems to have gone pretty smoothly. Except for the double Twitter tweets (sorry about that), all went well. I have taken care of the double tweets and it shouldn't happen again. Thanks to everyone for sticking around.
OK, so I've dated myself with that title. Anyway...
I've tried to keep this blog limited to my quilting only. Because it takes me some time to finish quilts by hand, it seems the blog is forgotten. This is not true. I enjoy doing the blog and sharing what I've done. So, in an effort to keep the blog current I am incorporating all the other social media I maintain on other subjects into this one place.
I haven't forgotten about his blog. I've been busy working on several projects, none of which I feel are complete enough to feature yet. However, I do have some new ideas for this blog to keep it updated a little more frequently. Changes are coming soon! Stick around and see what happens.
I recently attended a quilt show hosted by the Sand Stitchers Quilt Guild. If you remember the post My First Quilt this is the Guild's meeting I mentioned. I'll have to do a few posts to get all the pics up but here is the first batch, enjoy.
I've been working nearly non-stop on my latest quilting project for the past couple of months. I finished piecing together the top late yesterday and decided to take a breather before peicing together the backing and putting the sandwich together. I gave myself today to sit in front of the television and flip through a stack of sewing and quilting magazines my sister picked up for me last week.
Upon awakening and making my way into the kitchen, there was my handsome honey awaiting my appearance with a freshly made cup of coffee. After thanking him with a great big morning hug and a kiss, and after rubbing both of my puppies floppy ears, I snuggled myself under a quilt and flipped on the tv and this is what I saw...
I'd had an idea for this project in my head for over a year. I'd had some of the fabric for it hanging around for more than fifteen years. At first, I'd thought to give it as a Christmas gift for my parents but thought again and decided it would make a much better anniversary gift.
If you would have told me back in the day I would get excited over an ironing board I probably would have looked at you like I had just seen a leprechaun riding a unicorn floating down the river on the back of the Loch Ness Monster, it could never happen! My idea of ironing in those days was to put the shirt between the cushions of the sofa and sit on them a day or so and the wrinkles would work themselves out. My how things change!
I have renamed my blog! I wanted to include more than just quilting and I think the new name will suit the new content better. I set myself a goal to have the new name and look up on February 1 and here it is. I'm still getting it organized. Yes, it is a work in progress but I'll get it together. I'm hoping to post more often. I've got a lot of new projects in the works, lots of other things and adventures to share. Stick around to see what unfolds. Follow me on twitter for new post notifications and notes from the road!
I am working on a project that needs to be completed by Saturday and I am attempting to teach myself to machine quilt. I thought it would be somewhat easy to do. I have my quilting foot and darning plate on the machine and this is how the first test worked out. It doesn't look too bad to me for my first try. But then you turn it over and this is what you get...