Saturday, December 20, 2014
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.
Friday, December 19, 2014
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
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.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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!!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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
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.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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).