Friday, March 25, 2011

Ideas and Snow

This is some of my new reading material; Amish quilts, Susan McCord's fabulous appliques from the Henry Ford, Gwen's wonderful quilting, Ami's stitches, and Tonya's words.  Enough ideas for dozens of quilt designs, now I just have to find enough time to get some of them onto fabric.  I love having lots of options and opportunities to try new things.     

This is March 24 in my back yard in mid-Michigan.  Last week was in the 40 and 50s, all the snow melted, and I went to buy seeds.  Hmmm...this week we got 5" of snow and 1/2" of ice on Tuesday night and it is still hanging around in the trees.  I'm going to be optimistic and pretend that spring really is here.  Tomorrow I start my tomato, basil, and flower seeds in flats in the florida room.  It will be good to see little green stuff.  It's time.      

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Still Knitting and the World Wide Swap

Okay, TWO dishcloths have been completely knitted.   They aren't perfect, but as Nita keeps telling me, "they are dishcloths". 

On the other front, the on line quilting group that I belong to is having a world wide swap.  I just spent two hours foraging in the boxes in the florida room to find my extra pieces, strings, buttons, and bows.  Tomorrow these will be going to Connecticut and I will be getting a package from California.  It is worldwide because we also have members participating from Australia, France, Panama, and Germany.  Harold is less than impressed that we are shipping fabric scraps across 4 continents.  I think it is totally cool! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Knitting, not Purling...The Dish Cloth

Okay, once again, Nita is teaching me to knit, notice that I did not say purl...yet, only knit.  My next lesson is purl.  I decided to figure them out one at a time.  It doesn't seem like it should be difficult, however, my motor memory seems to be faulty when it comes to knitting.  Of course, practice would help...and practicing oftener than every 2 months would be even better.  I will figure this out, even though I have to admit, I'm not sure that dish cloths are really worth the time or money for cotton yarn....but I need to make something to start.  Don't look really close though, every time I said that I had made a mistake, she said "keep going, it's a dishcloth". 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Oak Leaf Applique and Kids

I have not been blogging, but I have been busy.  This was spring break week for the kids' colleges and they both went out of town to visit their sisters and then spent a couple days at home and Chrissy brought her housemate too.  It was a lot of fun.  We went to Detroit and the Eastern Market yesterday, drove around Belle Isle and down Jefferson so she could see where they made the Chrysler commercial.  We had lunch at PF Changs and walked around Somerset eating Godivas.  Chrissy drank Starbucks again and again, since she can't get it up north.  But back to school today... 
The Oak Leaf Applique
I started this applique about a month ago.  I was thinking about maybe hand quilting a whole cloth  quilt when I saw this style in an old magazine.  I loved the oak reels and with big spaces between them, I'll have lots of room for fancy hand quilting.  The blocks are 25" with a 2" green border and a 5" white border.  (It's amazing how big and white 25x25" blocks can be when you are going to fill them up with stitches.)  I used white Kona muslin for the background and 1948 Roses by Maywood Studios for the varigated green applique and border.  It does have a fairly distinctive rose pattern in the green, but it was exactly the shades of green that I was looking for and I don't think it bother me when it's done.  I'm going to wash and dry it so I understand how it shrinks and then hand quilt it.  When it's done, I'm thinking about maybe tea dying it to give it a more vintage look and take some of the whiteness out of the background.  The next step is to decide on quilting patterns.  This one will take some real time.  Postscript...thanks to Harold for holding it for the photo (it was starting to snow).     

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Free Day at Basket Guild

I think we all had a good time.  It was our guild's, Mid Michigan Basket Weavers, free class day.  We had 10 new weavers looking for entertainment on a snowy Saturday.  We offered supplies, tools, instructions, lunch, and chit chat and they made small market baskets.  Everyone finished their basket and seemed pleased.  A couple people signed up to join guild (always a good thing) and I think a couple more may be back too.  It's a nice weekend; Chrissy is home from school with her roommate for the weekend and we had a good day making baskets.  I'm always grateful for family and fellowship with like minded women.