Friday, December 31, 2010

Looking Back on 2010

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It sure is rewarding to see pictures of all that I completed this year in one place.  I was happily surprised to see that over half of them were made with love for someone else.  In 2010 I started Charity Quilts for my Birthday and donated my first 2 quilts.  Only 38 more to go!  LOL   I knit 5 pairs of socks, keeping one pair for myself.  Knit my first lace shawl and enjoyed it so much that I knit another one.  I wrote a tutorial that got way more hits than any of my other posts.  I got my fabric all organized and have been more inspired because of it.  I was offered a job to make store samples for a friend’s business.  It has kept me busy and I am enjoying the extra income.  I met some wonderful bloggers in real life and have made a life long friend through blogging. 

 

It has been a great year!  I want to say a big thank you to YOU my readers.  It is so much more fun to post on here knowing that you read it.  I love when you take the time to comment, it feels like we are having a conversation.  I have enjoyed getting to know each of you.  Happy New Year!!!    

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Give and Receive

I hope you all had a nice Christmas.  Ours was very relaxing and enjoyable.  I wanted to show you a few gifts that I made for my sisters that live near me.  Every Christmas we get together for dinner and gift exchanging.  Some years it is on Christmas, some years it is on Christmas Eve, and this year we got together the day after Christmas.  We all really enjoyed having the whole day on Christmas alone with our families and it made Christmas lasted longer celebrating together the next day. 

 

I made this table runner for sister, Ann. 

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She has a beautiful dining set made with dark wood and chairs that have cushions that look like the dark blue fabric I used as a focus fabric.  I can’t wait to see it on her table.

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For my sister, Ellen, I made socks. 

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She dropped a lot of hints, which I love because then I know they will be loved and appreciated.  They both really liked their gifts and I enjoyed seeing their faces as they opened them. 

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I also made some flannel pajama pants for my kids with my husband’s help.  He pinned and cut out the pattern and I did the sewing.  It was fun to work together.  We made two pairs of pants for both kids and we bought them long sleeved t-shirts that match each pair of pants.  The kids opened them on Christmas Eve, put them on right away, and didn’t take them off for longer than I would like to admit. 

 

I think the gift I wanted most for Christmas was a Kona Cotton Solids Color Card.  And I got one!!!  I couldn’t stop looking at it.  It is so beautiful.  I have already ordered some fabric to make this pattern.  Thanks to my Kona Color Card I was able to pick out the colors I want without having to guess if the colors online are accurate. 

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I got a wonderful surprise in the mail from a friend I have known since high school and reconnected with through Facebook.  She’s crafty too and I read her crafty blog when she had one.  Now she has moved on to making soaps and she has an etsy shop called Lavender and Olive.  Isn’t that the greatest name!  The soaps smell so good!  She sent me a Sugar Plum soap and a White Tea and Ginger soap.  I can’t stop smelling them!  Thanks, Hirono! 

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Every year for Christmas my sister, Tina, sends me handmade cards.  I love it!!  I’d much rather send a handmade card than a store bought card and she keeps me stocked.  Thanks, Tina!!

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My husband gave me some Knit Picks City Tweed, which is a beautiful yarn.  I got enough to make a sweater.  I can’t wait to pick a sweater pattern to make with it.  My sister-in-law, Tracy, sent me some blocking mats that fit together like a puzzle and you can change the shape with the way you put them together.  They are awesome and will make blocking my hand knits so much easier.  Thanks, Tracy! 

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That’s all the crafty gifts I gave and received for Christmas.  What was your favorite crafty gift?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Little Tokyo

Recently my friend, Amber, gave me a little quilt she made.  It is a mini version of a quilt that Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! has designed and invited all to quilt along with her.  It is called Tokyo Subway Map and you can follow the link to make one of your own.     

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Amber is currently making the bigger version and she has all her little squares cut up and ready to go.  It was fun to see them all stacked by color.  It was some major quilter eye candy.

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When she gave me this little quilt I was so excited.  I could not stop smiling.  I had wanted to quilt along with Elizabeth and make my own but didn’t think I had enough variety in my stash for it.  Maybe I do, but I don’t have to wonder anymore because now I have my own little Tokyo Subway Map!

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It has become my little sewing machine rug.  Kind of like the mug rugs everyone is making all over blogland.  It is the perfect size and the best part is that I get to enjoy looking at it every time I sew, which is pretty much every day.  Thanks so much, Amber!!  I love it!!

I’ll be back tomorrow to show you some Christmas gifts I made and a few crafty gifts that I received. 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

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I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends!  Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Some Christmas Knitting

We get together every year to exchange presents with another family who we are really close to.  She’s my best friend, he’s my husband’s best friend, and our kids are best friends.  We consider each other family.  Since we just had our annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange, I can show you what I made for her youngest girl.  (my daughter modeled it for the pictures)      

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I made a poncho for her years ago and she still wears it.  It is WAY too small for her to be wearing but she loves it.  So I thought I better make her a new one so that she can pass the other one on to someone smaller than her to enjoy. 

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I made it a little on the big side because I knew that she would wear it for a long time like she did with the other one and I wanted it to last.  Here it fits my daughter well and she is a few years older.  My friend, Ginny, crocheted that wonderful flower for me.  She didn’t even use a pattern.  She just sat down and whipped one up.  I don’t crochet, so I was pretty impressed and it adds so much to the cuteness of the poncho.   

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When my friend’s youngest girl opened the present she reacted like every knitter dreams of.  She absolutely loved it and put it on and didn’t want to take it off.  She even told everyone she was planning on wearing it to her baptism that will take place next year.  I was so pleased to hear that!  As they left late that night she wanted to wear it home and to bed.  I call that a successful knitted gift!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Baby Quilts

Before I show you the baby quilts I just finished and gave to two good friends, I wanted to show you how my Autumn Haze afghan is going.   Shirley asked about it in a comment on my last post so I thought I would show you my progress.  I forgot all about it since I haven’t been able to knit on it for a month or so because of Christmas gift making. 

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And guess what?  Still not bored with it for one second.  In fact it has been very hard to set it aside to get other things done.

 

This first baby quilt is for my friend Tammy from church.  We’ve worked together at church for the last 3 years in the Primary which is where the kids 3-11 years old go.  I have really enjoyed working with her and we have become good friends.  I really went all out on this quilt for her baby girl. 

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It is pretty much all stash except for the binding which I went and bought after the quilt was all done and ready to be bound.  I love the look of the double pinwheel block.

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I used a lot of my favorite fabric in this quilt.  It was so fun to stand in front of my shelves of fabric and put this color scheme together.

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I free-motion quilted it and even wrote the baby’s name along one of the white sashing strips.  It was a fun way to personalize it for her.

 

The next baby quilt was for another good friend from church.  Tiffany had a boy 2 months ago and it took me this long to get it finished.  Which is kind of lame since I had the top done quite a while ago because I made it for A Year of Schnibbles.

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Tiffany dresses her boys in bow ties for church and it is the cutest thing.  As I pieced this quilt I knew I would be giving it to her for her third little boy that would soon be born. 

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I bundled them both up and my husband and I went to visit both mommies yesterday after church.  It feels so good to give a quilt and see the look on the recipient’s face.   

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They were both so happy to receive them and it put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Missed ya!

Have you missed me?  I’ve missed you.  I guess I took a bit of an unintended blog break.  Sometimes you just need to do that.  I just didn’t realize I did until I had already taken one.  Thanks to those who have been asking when the heck I was going to blog again.  I especially liked the one that said they were sick of looking at my blue scraps (my last post from over a month ago).  Haha!  That really made me laugh.  I love you too, Jeannie!  I think it really hit me that it had been a while when I got on Blogger and saw that I had 54 comments to moderate.  Yikes!  Most of them were for my Faux Binding Tutorial.  If you haven’t checked it out, it is a great method to finish off your quilt.   

 

Are you all in the thick of Christmas present making too?  Doesn’t make for good blog posting since I can’t show anything for fear that the recipient will see it and know it is for them.  But I can show you a few things that I have finished lately.  I knit these socks for my best friend’s birthday.  I don’t know how to say ‘I Love You’ more than knitting a pair of socks for someone.  They just take that much time.  

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My camera broke.  It still takes pictures but with a big dark spot in the corner.  So I got a new camera and made a cute camera strap for it.  I think my favorite setting on the camera so far is the sport setting.  I got some great action shots of my son’s soccer games and my daughter’s volleyball games.  Now I just need to read far enough in the book I bought to learn how to use it and figure out how to use it past the manual settings!   

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I made an apron for my daughter who was doing a presentation about cooking at a church activity.

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This was one of the Schnibbles I did last year.  I finished it up for a friend that was having a baby boy.

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I have a few more baby quilts that I am finishing up in the next couple days that I can show you.  So I will be back soon.  Promise!  And in the mean time, I would love to hear what you have been working on.

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