Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Fabric


I've been very busy for the last week with things other than knitting and quilting. I took a cooking class. It was called Lunar New Year. Chinese cooking. We made dumplings, pot stickers, Korean beef, and other yummy things. I had a hair appointment. Bee as usual on Wednesday. Two doctors appointments, and one of them was a distance away. I did do a little shopping... Two quilt shops worth of shopping. I'm gathering fabric for a new pieced quilt. Gypsy Kisses from Material Obsessions 2, by Kathy Dougherty. It's a Pickle Dish pattern.


I joined the local quilt guild with other members of my Bee. We'll see how it goes. I'm not much for the clique-ishness or the power struggles. If I am noticing more of that than inspiration, then I'll quit. I don't need to be in charge of anything, or feel important. I just want to learn something, and be inspired by the art of others. Simple.

We babysat our oh-so-very-busy eighteen month old Grandson on two different occasions this week. We had four other Grandchildren for the weekend. We went out to dinner twice with them, and went to see some movies. We bought new toys for our toy-box, went hiking and to the park. Cake was baked and eaten.

I'm still nursing one of my dogs.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Gathering Inspiration

Well, it was one of those days yesterday. I wish I could have just skipped it. Really. My darling dog, Rowan stepped out of her wire crate yesterday and ripped her toenail out. My NEW carpet in the sewing room looked like a low budget horror movie. We took a very fast (broke a few speeding rules) trip to the veterinarian, and a few hours later I brought home a very groggy, heavily bandaged best friend.

I managed to knit a few rows on a project that I haven't shown you yet. It's a knit cowl. Half of it is simple garter stitch, and half of it is lace. Of course, I started with a lifeline before the lace knitting began. Let's just say that I have learned that lesson the hard way...

Today I'm a vegetable, as my poor little Golden Retriever either whimpered, or stood with her chin on my shoulder all night. In fact, I'm not sure I can type any longer. I think I'm going to watch BBC National Trust Documentaries on You Tube. Forgive me. I'll be back when I can think.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Busy Bee

I've been working like a little bee. I've spent hours on my Birdsong quilt, hand quilting one little stitch at a time. It's so peaceful and calm. I am also preparing the blocks for the second version of Sugar Kisses. A few blocks are also completed. 

 I've spent a morning with a cup of tea, working on my calendars for the year. I belong to quite a few fun groups, and I've entered all of our meetings in my calendars. I'm a dinosaur. I carry a calendar in my purse, and I have a large desk calendar. (By Susan Branch, of course). Yes, I have an IPhone, but I like having a real calendar that I can hold and look at and flip through, especially the beautiful hand painted Susan Branch calendars. They have spaces for writing, and spaces for notes, and inspirational quotes.

 I've started back to my two and a half mile power walk every morning. I just function so much better when I exercise. I plan my whole day, and somehow it inspires me to actually carry out the list. I think I'm managing so much more, because I've taken myself off of a medication that my Rheumatologist had prescribed for pain. It just did strange things to me, and a two month trial is now over. Period. Back to the things I love, The things that make me, me.

Now, back to my quilt. I use Hobbs Heirloom cotton and polyester batting  It is so easy to make tiny little stitches through. What ever I used on my last quilt ( Sugar Kisses) wasn't nearly as easy to stitch. In fact I bent many between needles. I hope I remember to check the packaging on the batting more closely. Cotton-poly it is.

 I just love hand sewing, applique and quilting. I don't finish nearly as many quilts as a lot of my friends, but they are all stitched one stitch at a time. Our first "Bee" of the year is this afternoon, after a month long break. I can't wait to see my friends.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My Word

Instead of a New Years resolution which will promptly be forgotten, I am choosing a word. A word that is easy to remember. It's easy to make the same old tired list about working out, and going on a diet, but in reality the minute I wake up stiff and tired, the exercise goes out the window. The very second I'm confronted with dessert or french fries, the diet is history. Then I feel like I've failed. Who wants to start January as a failure? Not me. So, I'm choosing one word that will remind me of what I want to concentrate on. Not for myself, but for everyone else. A positive goal in my life, that applies to me as well. My word for this year is:
Now, back to the knitting, quilting madness that sustains me.