Monday, January 9, 2012

Three quilts done already this year!

I gave up the search for the lost SD card and simply bought another one -- usually when I stop looking for something is when I find it :-).  Let's hope that happens.

My goal for this year (as in many years past) is to get through my stash of UFO's.  I'm making pretty good progress so far this year!

The first quilt to be finished this year is a breast cancer awareness quilt.  The background fabric has pink ribbons on it.  The solid pink is a Fairy Frost fabric.  I purchased both of these fabrics at the quilt store when on a mission for a totally different quilt.  Both fabrics were half yard pieces that were end of bolt and displayed nicely by the register.  So it isn't just the grocery stores that cater to our impulse buying.

The next quilt to be finished is one that I posted here last year.  It is a paper pieced wreath pattern by MH Designs.  I also did this one using only Fairy Frost fabrics (no, I'm not really obsessed with Fairy Frost --- any more).  This quilt used to scare me.  It is really so beautiful I didn't want to quilt it for fear of messing it up.  I finally took a deep breath and just did it.  It didn't turn out too bad.

The last little quilt is also a paper pieced pattern by MH Designs.  Tulips are my favorite flower and now I can see them every single day and gaze upon then whilst creating new quilts.

And last of all, a picture of my clean(ish) sewing area.  I did a lot of dusting!

The quilt on the left hand side was a present from a dear friend.  She brought it back from her hometown in India.  I absolutely love it!

The big question now is.....which UFO do I tackle next?  Or do I work on one of my knitting UFOs?  Decisions, decisions.


Lost Christmas photos.......

Well, my blondeness strikes again!!  I have misplaced the SD card from my camera that had all the photos of the items I made for xmas presents this year.  I hadn't posted any of the photos in case the recipients should happen to read my blog.  Sad, very sad.....guess I'll have to see if the recipients will take some photos for me.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Small Quilt Exchange -- part 2

Sometimes the United States Post Office just amazes a good way.  The quilt I made for my exchange partner was mailed from Phoenix on Monday, December 5th.  I didn't want to post a picture of it in case she happened to look at my blog.  Low and behold, she received the quilt in Ohio on December 7th!!!  That's amazing.

Here's a picture of what I made my exchange partner.  It is a 26" square Carpenter's Wheel.  I loved making the quilt and will be making another one in Christmas colors this weekend (or there abouts!)

Small quilt exchange

One of the yahoo groups I belong to (smallquilttalk) hosted a one-on-one small quilt exchange. I received the quilt below from Mary M. Who lives in Sprinfield, Ohio. The quilt is 15" square and right now resides in my cubicle at work where I can gaze at it 5 days a week. Mary incorporated my favorite color into the quilt ---- purple! And she made one of my favorite blocks, Lone Star, without knowing it was one of my favorites. Thanks so much Mary!!! I love the quilt.

When Mary receives the quilt I made her, I'll post pictures of it.....don't want to spoil the surprise.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Another blast from the past...

Here's another afghan I made, this time for my son.  I made it sometime between 2001 and 2003.  I copied the pattern from a very colorful afghan my grandmother gave me in 1988.

The picture is a little dark.  When I'm up in Washington next week I'll try to get a better picture.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blankets from mom....

I asked my daughter to take pictures of the afghans I've made for her over the years.

This first one is a basic granny square.  I made it for her during her sophomore year in high school and made it with her school colors.

And this next one is just a basic knit made from Red Heart Baby Cloud.  I actually made a smaller version of this for the baby of a friend.  My daughter liked the yarn so much I made her a bigger one.  I believe I made it her senior year of high school.  Blue is her favorite color.

I now finally have pictures!  Now to get some pictures of the afghans I crocheted for my son.

Happy stitching....

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's been a while.....

I just discovered the other day that a friend and colleague of mine has taken up crochet.  And she has been incredibly prolific in the past month or so....several caps, scarves, and shawls.  And she is really good about taking pictures.  After giving me a slide show of her goodies, she asked to see my pictures.  Pictures?  What?  I realized that most of the items that I knit, crochet, quilt or cross-stitch are usually given away and I don't always take pictures.  When I started crafting digital cameras didn't exist (and I'm only 43 years old!). 

My daughter has several items that I've knitted, crocheted and quilted for her so I asked her to take some pictures of the items for me.  I've also reached out to my ex-husband, who has a couple of lap sized quilts that I made years ago, to take pictures of them as well.

I'm making a New Year's resolution early.....take pictures of the items I'm working on and take pictures of the items when they are done.  And it wouldn't hurt to take pictures of them with their recipients, too.  This has to be easier than a New Year's resolution of losing weight!!!!!

The title of this blog really has to do with the fact that it has been months and months since I posted an entry.  Life has been a tad crazy around this house and around work.  However, thanks to the prodding of my friend, I'm going to be a bit better about posting what I'm working on and <gasp> include pictures.

Happy stitchin y'all!