Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A few odds and ends

First of all, Jim finished his painting and I have been neglecting to post pics of it!

It turned out wonderful and it's hanging in Jim's office. It's sharp. :-)

And at the quilt shop this past weekend we did another mystery quilt. It was alot of fun and they came out great. I will post pics of that in a later post, but a woman did bring her quilt in for Chris to quilt on her long arm machine. It was stunning.

This picture does not do it justice, the fabrics were wonderful and the workmanship was excellent!

Friday, January 16, 2009

What I want to accomplish this weekend

Yes, it's finally Friday. And we have a three day weekend. I have some goals for this weekend. Just things I want to get caught up on. Like get all the junk mail shredded that I have been putting on top of the shredder, and I want to shred some of the old bills. Time to clear out for the new year! I want to sew 10 more blocks for my Peace Quilt. I want to finish reading A Spoonful of Poison. I want to work on a prayer shawl. I want to work on the entrelac socks. We will also be going to 4 hockey games. I think I can work on the prayer shawl at the games, it's just K3P3. Oh, and I want to get ready for the mystery quilt class next weekend. There is some homework. Boy this list is getting long! We'll see what I accomplish by the time I go back to work on Tuesday. Stay tuned for pics!!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Entrelac knitting

I picked up the Winter issue of Knitter's, and the entrelac sock pattern just looked like a fun thing to try. The pattern is by Sandi Rosner, and it's good. I have never tried this technique before, and it's coming out very well. I wish I had used a different yarn, and I think I will try a handpaint next.

Up here in the north it is cold. And getting colder. Our new washer was delivered today, the old one died on Friday night. I have to let the new one sit over night to warm up before I use it. I have pulled all the curtains shut to keep the heat in the house. I'm bundled up with a quilt, sipping coffee and waiting for NCIS to come on. Shadow has discovered one of our Christmas gifts, a sherpa pillow. I had leaned it against the dresser and it slid down. Didn't take her long to figure out that was a good comfy spot.

Funny, when it's on the bed she doesn't pay any attention to it. Silly cat.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Finished up some projects today!

I finished up some projects today and it felt really good! I made new pillowcases for the boys, fish for Zac and hot wheels for Brad.
I made a purse,

And here is how far Jim got on his painting today,

I mended a sweater for Cheryl, 2 pair of pants and a t-shirt for Jim. I have no idea what got in to me today!

And then there were 8

I worked all day on blocks for my Peace Quilt yesterday, and I finished 8 total. 90 to go. And I am loving every minute of it, I don't know why, but I think part of it is that I have to slow down and think while I am sewing them. Who knew I had such patience!
Paige finished the quilt for Michael, talking about patience. It's very cool,

And then to finish out the day after I got to sew all day at The Quilted Moose (which now has a website, http://quiltedmooseshop.com/) I got to meet Bella.

She is the neighbor's new grand puppy, and she is just too cute. Golden Retriever, about 7 weeks old. And she's a cuddler. :-)

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Well, it's 2009. I started off the morning with a new quilt. The Peace Quilt. I am using batiks for it, and a cream colored background. I have finished one block. It should go much quicker the more blocks I do, the first one was the hardest, figuring out how it all goes together.

Jim's painting is coming along very nicely. He might work on it today, we aren't planning on going anywhere.
The next picture shows the fog that we drove through to get home the Saturday after Christmas. I have never seen fog that thick. This was the view as we came off the Mackinac Bridge into St. Ignace.

And finally, the last of the Christmas quilts. This one was for my brother. He likes Peanuts, so I collected all the holiday fabrics for a year and made him a quilt with matching pillowcases.

I am hoping for peace in the new year, and also hoping that the economy picks up so that people in need of a job can get a good one, with benefits, a job that will enable them to take care of their families and have a good life.