|Doing laundry on the temple steps|
Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
12 x 14 inches
The Temecula Quilt Company seems to specialize in mini quilts. Even though I am not a fan of working with such tiny bits of scraps, I hope to complete the monthly mini featured on the calendar cards I purchased in December.
Do you like to create miniatures?
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Quilt of Valor
58 x 68 inches
Pattern: Two's Company by Karie Patch
A list of all the Quilts of Valor that I've made can be seen here.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
|12 Days of Christmas|
16 x 20
Temecula hosted the 12 Days of Christmas QAL again in December 2014, which jogged my memory of the completed blocks stashed somewhere in my sewing room.
In early January 2015, Bonnie challenged her blog readers to spend 15 minutes each week to tidy their sewing rooms. I took the challenge and began bringing some semblance of order to the chaos: I sorted patterns, folded and stored fabric, cleaned off my cutting table, found UFOs, and cut scraps into manageable sizes. It was in this fury of activity that I found the mini blocks and decided to finish this project.
Last weekend, I selected the sashing and border fabrics, sewed the top together, patched some batting scraps, machine quilted and added binding to the mini.
Some of the blocks are wonky, and the quilting is not straight; however, it is finished. Despite this mini's glaring imperfections, I like it.
Do you have a UFO that you haven't finished because it isn't perfect?
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Over the long weekend, I managed to get some sewing done on two Quilts of Valor - fraternal twins - one made with red fabric; the other, with blue.
The blocks are fairly large, and the tops will be finished in short order, resulting in #52 and 53.
Pattern: Two's Company by KariePatch Designs
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Sometimes, my life resembles this mailbox - crammed with useless items and tasks: so crowded that it is impossible to discern the important from the trivial. Last week, I had appointments, errands, meetings, and commitments nearly every day. It felt like I didn't have a moment to myself, and I didn't like that feeling. I've grown accustomed to and enjoy having downtime.
Frankly, I don't know how I ever had time to work.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Christmas Day 2014
Chris' face brightened as he remembered a favored toy from his childhood. Then, Harold said there was a Darkwing Duck bag in the storage garage. Chris asked if they could go get it right then, so coats and shoes were donned, and flashlights gathered, and off they went in search of a treasured childhood toy. They returned with the denim bag with Darkwing Duck characters and a Darkwing Duck airplane, and suddenly everyone at the table was transported back to an earlier Christmas.
The happiness I saw on Chris' face as he examined and explained each character was priceless. He received these toys when he was four or five, and now some 20+ years later, he was swept back to cherished memories. He was beaming!
Have you saved any of your own favorite toys or those of your children/grand children?
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
|Helen's Tulip Quilt|
We looked at the quilt and discussed ideas with Maria. We wanted to know what her expectations were. She rolled up the quilt and took it back to the bedroom. The following day, Christmas Eve day, Maria and Dwight went to visit Maria's aunt and uncle, so Marilyn and I tackled the project as a surprise Christmas gift.
|Damaged portion of the quilt|
Then, we made the first cut to remove the damaged section and allowing for seams.
Applique butterflies were ironed on some small holes and some larger ones, too.
|Marilyn tacking down the binding|
Dwight and Maria returned before we were finished, so we had to wait until they went to bed before the quilting elves could add the finishing touches. The final chore was hand tacking the binding and the fabric we added to the backing to camouflage the seam.
|repaired quilt without butterflies to hide the smaller holes.|
Friday, January 9, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
(approx. 11 weeks old - November 2014)
|Emma's Cowl - the frogged edition|
The cowl is based on Sixes and Threes Cowl by Very Pink. The pattern is free with yarn purchase, but since I have more than my fair share of sock yarn, I decided to surge forward on my own. The plain sections of my cowl are 8 inches long, and there are 11 stripes of each color in the striped sections. (In hindsight, I would knit 10 inches in the plain sections and a corresponding number of stripes to reach the same length. I would also use a size 5 needle since I tend to knit more tightly than most knitters)
Stitch count: 60 stitches (use a provisional cast on)
Needles: US, size 4 (16 inch circular)
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill (Dove, Burgundy, Teal Green, fingering weight) each skein is 420 yards
Even though I am close to the gauge given on the Very Pink Knits site, I am not happy with the length of the cowl. Since I think I have an adequate amount of yarn remaining, I am going to knit another round of repeats.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
|It's hard to form words with only vowels and one blank|
We assembled five puzzles (the smaller ones proved to be more difficult than the larger ones). Note the missing sky piece. I found it on the floor after the puzzle was taken apart.
|Brenda and Sabid enter the team names while Dwight gives|
Maria some bowling tips and pointers.
|Sabid and Brenda|
|Maria and Dwight|
|Maria celebrates her strike!|
|Steph, Chris with Grandpa Harold|
|Marilyn, Maria, Chris, Steph, Harold, and Justin|
What did your family do for fun during the holidays?