Saturday, March 31, 2012
The pattern is from June 2008 issue of AllPeopleQuilt.Com and the designer is Avis Shirer of Joined At The Hip. The pattern is called “Hometown Parade”. I renamed my quilt “Checkerboard Houses”.
In my possession is a Grandma Moses print of The Old Checkered House, a famous painting with a red and white checkerboard farm house. I’ve always loved this print and have wanted to do checkerboard houses on a quilt for a long time.
I’m hoping Judy picks #4 for April. Why? Because I already have that one done!!!!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Finished the bindings on my friend Moe’s little projects – a patriotic table runner and a cute little wall-hanging for her sewing room.
I’m still working on a secret project, so I can only show bits and pieces until much later.
And another project I cannot show – for my postcard exchange group - is my April postcard idea. I was looking through some of my buttons for embellishments.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Do you have a skill? Are you an expert photographer or quilter or writer? Are you good at knitting or gardening? Or are you like me and struggle to feel adequate? I enjoy knitting but it is a skill in which I barely feel adequate. The patterns sometimes overwhelm me with repeats and I fear getting lost. So my solution is to make a spreadsheet listing each and every row. I check off each row as I go along and recount my stitches. It is tedious, but prevents me from making those easy mistakes when I am not paying attention.
I’m working on a shawl in which there are increases every row and pattern changes fairly often to make an interesting texture. I have learned some new stitches and patience. I got to this point once before, but there were so many mistakes I tore it all out and started over again. It is fun to knit though. It is teaching me and helping me to have more confidence in my knitting skills. If/When I complete this project, I promised myself that I would give socks another try. (How many times have I promised that?)
Here is a close-up of my work so far.
Not much of the pattern shows in the picture. My camera is not the best or I’m not a great photographer. The yarn has a little sparkle which is also not caught by the camera.
(Please note that I do have excellent EXCEL skills!)
Saturday, March 17, 2012
After being very sick for a week and recovering for another week, I was happy to feel like sewing today.
There was a whole lot of sewing done today, but I cannot show you what I am making. It is a Christmas surprise for someone – someone who might look at my blog.
So I can only show some “teaser” pictures to prove that I have been sewing. What a joy it was to give the sewing machine a good workout.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
with a terrible cough and a sore throat. I’m taking medicine that just has not kicked in yet so the racking cough has me exhausted and feeling very sorry for myself. Not feeling well enough to sew or knit, the day passes by slowly and I cannot find anything to perk me up. Then my eye happened to glance over at the window sill in the kitchen and I saw two pops of red. What? Oh my goodness – my Christmas cactus has two flowers on it!!!!
This restores my faith that I too will bloom again – and soon I hope.