Thursday, April 30, 2009

DQS6

I seem to be a last minute girl with deadlines. It is something I am always trying to improve but rarely succeeding. I am glad to have this completed and I am really happy with the results.


Sometimes simple just works.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thanks, Mel!


Mel from Mel's Own Place highlighted April as Autism Awareness Month on her blog. She shared all about her nephew Brock (what a cutie) who is autistic and taught us all about autism. I was surprised there was so much I didn't know. She had a fundraiser on her blog and did some giveaways. I won one of the giveaways! I was blown away but the prizes she sent me:



Two adorable magnets one fabric covered and one wool.



A pretty handmade bookmark. How did she know I love to read
and can never have enough bookmarks?



And a charm pack of the cutest fabric along with three coordinating fabrics AND one of her patterns called 30-Something Triangles. Cute, cute, cute!!



Thanks, Mel for all the fun loot!

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Dangers of Blogging!


No one warns you before you start blogging of the dangers out there. You know what I am talking about right? When you started blogging/reading blogs you felt pretty secure in your taste in fabric and quilts. You knew what you liked. Did you notice over time a change came over you. You started to be influenced by what you were seeing. At first you just think, huh, that's different...or...haven't seen that before. Soon those thoughts turn into...Oh, I kind of like that. Which then turns into...I have got to try that! I will just die if I don't get some of that fabric!


And all that has led up to this...


I bought this before I found out they are being discontinued *whew*


Too many hours online trying to find the best price at a store that carries the most colors of Amy Butler's Full Moon Dots fabric. Why? Because "I will just die if I don't get some" and a little "What if I wait too long and can't get my hands on some!"


How have you changed since you started blogging/reading blogs? Or am I the only weak one?


Friday, April 24, 2009

My Quilt Festival Pick

Amy over at Park City Girl is hosting a huge, fun quilt festival for bloggers. I have been having so much fun visiting the participant's blogs that I thought it would be fun to be one of them. If I were to pick a favorite quilt then it would be this quilt, but that quilt has probably had enough air time so I am picking another one I love.


One of my sisters asked me (or maybe I volunteered, I don't remember) to make a crib bedding set for her soon to be born baby girl. She bought some beautiful fabric by Moda called In Full Bloom. It was so pretty that I couldn't wait to play with it! The crib set turned out beautiful and I kick myself that I didn't ever get a picture of it! But I had a second chance a few years later when my sister asked me (or maybe I volunteered, yep I don't remember that either) to make a twin quilt out of the fabric that was left over. It was a bit of a challenge to figure out a pattern that worked with the left overs but I designed something that worked.





I ended up using some of my fabric from my stash but most of it is the Moda fabric that was left over from the crib set.



I had always wanted to do a picket fence on a quilt and found this to be the perfect opportunity.



I wish I could take credit for the incredible quilting on this one but that was my friend, Lou. She did a great job.






Thanks Amy for this virtual festival! I have found so many awesome, new blogs!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ZigZag Sprinkles...

...is the what my daughter named these socks as they were fresh off the needles. These are going to be so hard for me to part with. I bought the yarn for my mom, also a knitter, thinking she would want to try her hand at sock knitting. She didn't end up being interested in knitting socks so I took the yarn back with the promise of a finished pair for her to enjoy. And here they are...






I love how the ribbing blends into the zigzag pattern.

Pattern: Zigzag Socks by Christine Walker from The Ultimate Sock Book
Yarn: Knit Picks Essential Tweed in Plum
Needles: 2.50 mm set of DPNs


I am definitely going to make a pair of these for myself!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ahh, I'm quilting again


Have you noticed that I haven't done much quilting lately? I've worked on a couple swap quilts and have done the bare minimum on my block of the month commitments, but other than that I have stayed away from my sewing machine. My back has been bad and I haven't been able to quilt much so I lay in my back chair and knit. So the knitting has taken center stage but it looks like that might change thanks to some anti-inflammatory meds and regularly going for walks. I have been feeling a little better and I am able to do more.


Alexis sent me a beautiful charm pack with the cute doll swap quilt and I wanted to do something with it right away. There is somethings so freeing about whipping up a little project when you know you should be working on those long time WIPs or UFOs. It has been just what I needed to get the quilting juices flowing.


I sliced the whole charm pack up into 1 1/2" strips. I got three strips per charm square.


Threw them in a bag for some random piecing.


Then I just drew a strip from the bag at random and then started sewing them into this pretty braid...



Ok, it might not have happened exactly like that...it started out that way but when I kept pulling out strips that didn't work, I started looking into the bag for a strip that did work...until I just dumped the whole thing out for better choosing opportunity. I suck at random.




I bought a pretty fairy frost pink to go with it. I just laid the braid on the pink so you can get an idea of what it will look like. I am thinking it will be a table runner when I finish it. I will be back soon with (hopefully) a finished table runner and (definitely) a finished pair of socks!

Friday, April 17, 2009

DQS6 Arrived!!


Hooray!! I received the cutest quilt in the mail! I just barely started working on my DQS6 quilt and was surprised to already be getting one in the mail. It was sent by
Alexis and didn't have to travel very far to get to me.


This round we are posting a picture of ourselves with the quilt. So here I am...


Here is a close-up of the quilt. I love the different houses and the bright colors.


Look at the detail in each house. So cute!










She also sent chocolate (that didn't last long enough to take a picture) and a charm pack of gorgeous fabrics that I can't wait to work with. Thank you so much, Alexis, for everything!



I had to share a picture of the trees that are currently blooming on my street. Aren't they gorgeous!


Hope everything is blooming where you are!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter

I hope you all had a nice Easter Sunday. Ours was very nice. My parents are visiting from California. They came to see my sisters and I, especially my sister who just had a baby. We all went to my sister's church ward for the blessing of her baby. Then we all drove north to my other sister's house to hang out and then have Easter dinner. The only downside to the whole day was that it poured rain. So Easter egg hunting happened inside and not much of it. I hope your part of the world was sunny and beautiful.


My daughter looked lovely in the Easter outfit I made for her.















Now I am going to go enjoy a couple days with my parents before they move on to the next sister's house
.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

4SQS5 from Australia

I am a very lucky girl who got a very awesome package! From Australia! For the 4 Seasons Quilt Swap I picked red or yellow and Summer. Sheila took my choices and created this gorgeous quilt just for me!



Isn't it striking? Here is a close up of the wonderful detail.




She hand stitched around the poinsettia including french knots in the center.



I just love it! As if the quilt wasn't enough, Sheila also sent me this bag. I love that it says Australia on it. And when you open it up it's huge! I love a nice big tote bag! I can think of so many uses for this bag.




And that's not all. She also made me this little cat to go on my scissors.



Thank you so much Sheila! I love everything!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Easter Knitting


For Easter I am knitting my daughter a sweater. She has been admiring my
February Lady Sweater since I finished it. So we went online to Knit Picks and she picked out a pretty turquoise merino wool yarn.


She is 10 years old and small for her age so I had her pick a DK weight yarn instead of a worsted weight like the pattern called for. Then I cast on for the XS size and prayed it would fit her. Luckily with a top down sweater you can try it on as you go, so we have done that alot. I had to make the yoke smaller than the XS pattern called for when I realized that it was going to end up too big for her. So I stopped the increases and started the lace pattern sooner. It worked beautifully and I can't wait to have this sweater finished so she can wear it. I have also enjoyed getting to knit this pattern a second time. Second knit = less mistakes. I like that!


That pretty floral that the sweater is laying on is some fabric she and I picked out to go with her sweater. I am going to make her a skirt to complete her outfit.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Next!

Do you read blogs through Google Reader? Do you hate that it is so plain and you wish you could see the blogger's cute header? Do you hate that it takes so long to click over to each blog to make a comment? Do you feel overwhelmed by the fact that it shows you that there are still 150 posts to read? Are you wondering where I am going with this?


Well wonder no more...you need the Next button. My blog reading was revolutionized and the time it took to read them all was cut in half! (I didn't actually time that but it sure feels like it and don't I sound like an infomercial)


The Next button is a link in a skinny little toolbar that sits under you browser. Any time you are online you can click that button and it will take you to a blog post from your google reader. Yep, right there on that blogger's cute page with the comments options at the bottom. If there is a link in their post you can click on it and surf around until your done. As soon as you are ready to read the next blog post from your google reader you just click the Next button and it takes you right to another blogger's page. I feel like I am flipping through a good book reading all my blogs. It is so awesome!!


If you are as excited about this as I am then click on over to Tina's blog because she walks you through setting up your Next button!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Spring Break

I am sad that my kids' Spring Break is coming to a close. I have loved having them home this week. It was nice not going out of town but staying here and having a lazy week together. Top priority? Lots of play time and lots of fun!


We made a list of the have-to-get-dones for each day which usually included piano and 1/2 hour of reading on their own for the both of them. We set a goal to finish Peter and the Secret of Rundoon. I have been reading that to them for a while and we have been wanting to finish it and move on to a new book. We did it! On Wednesday we started The Hobbit. My oldest sister read this to me when I was about my kids age and I haven't read it since then. We are almost halfway through it and the kids are loving it, me too!


We were sad this was our last day off of school so we planned a Games Marathon.




We each took three slips of paper and wrote down a game we wanted to play on each paper. Then we folded them up and put them in a bowl. We took turns pulling slips and playing the game. We played Sorry, Rummy, Loot, Boggle, Scattergories, Scrabble, and Rummikub. We broke for lunch partway through the day. It was so much fun!



Here is our finished Scrabble board...



Not bad for an eight year old, ten year old, and thirty-something year old! We didn't play for points and helped eachother when someone was stuck.


I love that the kids are old enough to play games that don't bore me to tears. If I had to play one more round of Candyland or Chutes and Ladders (what I call the never ending games) I think I would go insane! I am glad my kids are past those.

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