Saturday, December 20, 2014

Done

My Christmas gifts are done - stitched, knitted, purchased, wrapped, mailed, placed under the tree.  Some year I might actually keep track and count exactly how many.  Let's just say - it's a lot.  I always over do it and love every minute of it ... well ... now that it's done.


After dinner tonight we took a drive to look at Christmas lights.  This house is right around the corner from us.  I think there are more lights on this house than any one I've ever seen.  It was magical!  And - I'm really glad I don't love next door.



Friday, December 19, 2014

Quilt Shop Day

Today was spent in a quilt shop - all day ... Surrounded by fabric and quilts and thread and a few really pleasant customers.  A pretty darn good day!

Most of the day I was cutting and sorting and organizing kits.


Everything I did was times 20.  I have a whole new respect for organizers of Block of  the Month programs. I brought my Enchanted Garden Block #6 to stitch but it never even made it out of my tote bag.  There will be lots of stitching time over the next 2 weeks.

Don't you just love hanging out in a quilt shop?!



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quick Note

Just a quick post today.  I'm off to a Christmas luncheon.  I haven't done any sewing this week, but I have been knitting.


One more thumb to finish and my bison/silk mittens will be done!  Mittens are much faster than socks. I feel a new obsession coming on.


I just love this time of year ...



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

THREAD

On Monday, I did a free demo on using specialty thread on the Handiquilter.  Don't own one yet?  You can buy one at Soring Water Designs in Columbia, MD!!

Anyway - I've always struggled with metallic-type threads on my sewing machine.


When Dawn asked me to do the demo ... I had to figure this out and make it work and I did!


The thread needs to be horizontal.  Spinning off in the correct direction means no "extra twist". That alone made a big difference.  Slowly down also helped.  I tend to drive too fast.  And tension - back off the top tension on these threads and life gets a whole lot better.

I quilted 2 (TWO!) of the Christmas tree wall hangings with silver metallic glitter thread and it did not break even once!!


There are lots of fun threads on the market, even glow-in-dark.  Try them out!




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Field Trip

It's been busy around here but not a whole lot to show.  Some things are gifts and one or two of my gift receivers may read this blog - sometimes.

So ... I'm knitting.

This is what gets done at hockey.


And this is what gets done while traveling to PA on a quilting adventure.


Pretty good progress!

A couple of Bee-mates and I went on a fabric acquisition trip last Friday.  This is how I arrived home.


There's yarn and fabric and cookies and a couple of gifts and a bolt of orange fabric.

Ever been to Obies in Goodville, PA?




I do believe they have every single piece of fabric ever made, crammed into a tiny shop.  A little scary but a great laugh and some found treasures.






Friday, December 12, 2014

Hockey = Knitting

Yes, you have heard it here before ... there is knitting at hockey.  My Cute Husband and I had a date night - hockey game!  Washington Capitals vs Blue Jackets ... Sadly, we lost in OT.

Metro riding and intermission knitting will produce a great start to a sock.


And - to make it a great date night ... we were early for the game and wandered through an outdoor artisan mall and I bought ... YARN.


I never knitted with bison. It's soft and squishy.


I love hockey!!




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Party

My guild - Southern Comforters of Bowie - had a party!  Every year we have a holiday dinner - potluck style.  The tables are decorated by a "hostess".  I've hosted a lot and did again this year.



The table favor was a Christmas mug, complete with hot cocoa and a peppermint candy cane AND a mug rug.


I made 10.  The 1/2-square triangles were leftovers from a long ago Christmas table topper (4 years ago?). Stitching them up actually went pretty quick but the idea of quilting 10 little bitty quilts, well, it just wasn't happening.

I stitched them into ONE top and quilted it (on my Handiquilter).


Then cut them apart and applied binding.


Pretty smart - huh?!!