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Julian’s away again this week – workshops in Melbourne. He misses home so much when he has to work away – and we miss him! He rings throughout the day wanting to know how we’re doing, what the animals are up to, to tell us of cool things he’s thought of trying …
But when he leaves, and I give him a hug and kiss and wish him safe travels, he always says “Oh you’ll be glad I’m away! You won’t do any “farming” – you’ll just spend the week making stuff and having a lovely time ...read more
I am really enjoying working on this afghan and I am crazy for the colors and how feminine it is. The rosettes in the center take a little while to make, so I probably won’t finish this anytime soon, but that’s okay.
The pattern called for worsted weight acrylic, but I’m using DK weight cotton. I really like the effect, but I don’t know how it will hold up… acrylic lasts forever!
The fabric swatches I ordered arrived. Out of them, Jim and I chose these.
While my first choice to make a new comforter for ...read more
Been AFK, or away from keyboard for a while. It still feels a little odd to go this many days without working at my desk. But life is good. Few freelance writing jobs to work on this week, until today. There is a lot of outdoor work to tend to, and after that, I tend to sit downstairs and do some handwork to relax.
My easily distracted craftiness has made me:
- Stall out on finishing piecing my large hexie project
- Start another crazy small (half-inch)hexie project, making it up as I go along. Going to be a Christmas wreath ...
Well, of course not literally…but I did manage to make 7k steps every day for the week so I’m feeling pretty good about that. This week I will shoot for the same goal and maybe next week I can bump it up to 8k. Baby steps…baby steps.
Which is how my quilting is coming along as well….baby steps. My indigo is soaked and laundered and needs to be pressed. Then I have to do math since this print is directional as well. I did add the first border but I’ll save pictures until the second ...read more
I know I haven’t been posting here much lately. I’ve been having a nasty spell with migraines, to the point that I’m seeing a specialist in June (as early as I could get in). In light of that, I’m not going to be taking in any customer quilts for a while.
I’m hanging in there with the gardening so far, but I haven’t gone out much and have been spending a fair amount of time in my recliner, either reading or crocheting.
I joined a couple of CAL’s (crochet-a-longs) and am enjoying working ...read more
I've been kept fairly busy lately with a few customer quilts hence the lack of blog posts. There are just not enough hours in the day!
My customer had stitched in the ditch around the blocks and that was all the quilting it had.
Luckily, i was able to pin it onto my frame and do a little quilting.
My yarn for the Mandala Madness crochet along (CAL) arrived yesterday after lunch. I have been feverishly crocheting in a mad attempt to catch up, since the rest of the group is already working on week four… I’m about halfway through week one.
I’m using KnitPicks Swish DK weight, in wool, with a size (7) 4.5mm crochet hook. This is such a wild quilt and there were so many colors, that I ended up ordering ten colors that I liked and am winging it from there! My colors are a bit more muted and less contrasty than ...read more
For the first spring quilting gathering, I decorated my house with flowers.
Our quilting group is becoming sometimes half knitting group. Eleni, our great long-arm quilter is crocheting a stunning jacket from a Rowan pattern with Rowan yarn. I am eager to see it finished. She as well did an apron for Michele, of her own pattern. We had fun trying it and we all want one!
Michele is knitting a wonderful blanket and the other friends are progressing with there quilting projects : Flower Garden hexagons, diamonds...
For coffee time I did for the first time a gluten free apple ... read more
I’m really enjoying working on the “Virus Shawl” (why on earth was it called such an awful name?) but man, I am really struggling to see between the small hook (E) and the DK weight yarn.
But I think the shawl is going to be very pretty, so worth it I guess. It’s very relaxing as the pattern is quite easy.
This morning I was hanging out some laundry and got to giggling. I read somewhere recently about “solar dryers”. What happened to good old-fashioned clotheslines? I love my Breeze dryer but I wouldn’t mind a straight ...read more
Our annual fall quilt retreat is already booked solid, in fact, I think it’s overbooked. We can barely fit sixteen of us if three people bring sewing tables to supplement the banquet tables at the venue, but this year we have nineteen.
I don’t think I want to try to sew with those cramped conditions, but I’d still like to go, so I think I’m going to order some yarn and make an afghan.
A friend of mine on Facebook posted this gorgeous picture of an afghan she just finished.
Isn’t that beautiful? It’s ...read more
I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work with it.
And how about an endless supply of unique BariJ art!
It was calling my name!